7 items from 2016
Twenty years ago this week - Feb. 9, 1996 - the romcom-dramedy Beautiful Girls first opened in theaters. The film centers around Willie (Timothy Hutton), who returns home for his high school reunion in a small Massachusetts town. It's funny, it's heartwarming, and it features one of the better ensemble casts of the 1990s. In honor of the film's 20th anniversary, we're pulling out the yearbook and looking up the film's cast to what they've been up to over the past 20 years. Timothy HuttonHutton won Best Supporting Actor in 1981 for Ordinary People when he was only 20. To this day he's the youngest-ever »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
My Name Is Earl aired for four seasons on NBC before it was cancelled, and the creator has revealed how he would have ended the series if it had continued on to a natural end. The series ended with a bit of a cliffhanger, but Greg Garcia did have a plan in mind for how to wrap things up.
In a Reddit Ama, he revealed how he would have ended the comedy series if he had been able to close it out. He said:
“I had always had an ending to Earl and I’m sorry I didn’t get the chance to see it happen. You’ve got a show about a guy with a list so not seeing him finish it is a bummer. But the truth is, he wasn’t ever going to finish the list. The basic idea of the ending was that »
NBC picked up three new comedy pilots, including one from “Cougar Town” creator Bill Lawrence. Written by Vladimir Caamano, the untitled multi-camera sitcom follows Vlad, the son of Dominican immigrants, who wants to carve his own path in life. But that proves difficult because his father has no desire to change their extremely co-dependent relationship. Lawrence, Adam Sztykiel and Jeff Ingold will serve as executive producers on the series from Warner Bros. TV. Also read: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones Comedies Get NBC Pilot Orders The network has also ordered a pilot for “Sebastian,” executive produced by “My Name Is Earl” and “Raising Hope” creator. »
- Reid Nakamura
Over two years after Tori Spelling's husband Dean McDermott's cheating scandal, the reality star is opening up about how she handled it - and her decision to document the process of working through it with him on television. In a lengthy interview with Lena Dunham for the Girls star's newsletter, Lenny Letter, Spelling, 42, explained she chose to document her life with McDermott after his infidelity on True Tori because she "felt backed into a corner." "Like I didn't have a choice. Everything about me was stripped away with one magazine cover. That was it," she said."I always »
- Aurelie Corinthios
Over two years after Tori Spelling's husband Dean McDermott's cheating scandal, the reality star is opening up about how she handled it - and her decision to document the process of working through it with him on television. In a lengthy interview with Lena Dunham for the Girls star's newsletter, Lenny Letter, Spelling, 42, explained she chose to document her life with McDermott after his infidelity True Tori because she "felt backed into a corner." "Like I didn't have a choice. Everything about me was stripped away with one magazine cover. That was it," she said."I always say »
- Aurelie Corinthios
How dry is the NBC comedy well? Dry enough that it's taking straight-up imports. It's not unheard of for ABC to air Canadian cop shows in the summertime, say, but not so long ago, the eight o'clock Thursday slot on NBC was as primo as primo got, which is where the network has placed Sky 1's You, Me and the Apocalypse. Here is a brief history of what has aired in that time slot over the last 30-odd years:The 1984–85 TV season until the 1991–92 TV season: The Cosby Show 1992–93 TV season: A Different World, Out All Night (that was a one-season Patti Labelle show), Mad About You 1993–94 and 1994–95: Mad About You 1995–96 through 2003–04: Friends 2004–05: Joey 2005–06: Joey, Will and Grace 2006–07 through 2008–09: My Name Is Earl 2009–10 and 10–11: Community 2011–12: Community, 30 Rock 2012–13: 30 Rock, Community 2013–14: Parks and Recreation, Community 2014–16: »
- Margaret Lyons
Warner Bros. TV has opened the application process for its third annual Television Directors’ Workshop, a program designed to give aspiring and diverse directors the chance to break into primetime television.
The Wbtv Directors’ Workshop aims to prepare directors from other mediums — feature films, music videos and commercials — for the transition to episodic TV, as well as to seek out fresh, diverse voices from within the creative community, to help provide increased opportunities to women and ethnic minority helmers.
The 12-week master class course will run from May through August and is taught by director and author Bethany Rooney, with other industry professionals providing insights as guest speakers. Past participants include Zetna Fuentes, who went on to direct episodes of “Pretty Little Liars” and iZombie”; Antonio Negret, who subsequently helmed episodes of “Arrow,” “The Flash” and the “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”; and Richard Speight, Jr., who made his episodic »
- Laura Prudom
7 items from 2016
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