18 items from 2014
Given its consistently low ratings, it's somewhat astounding that "Raising Hope" managed to get four often terrific seasons on Fox. It's still sad to report that "Raising Hope" will have its series finale on Friday, April 4 with an hour-long send-off. "On behalf of myself, Greg Garcia and 'Raising Hope's' amazing cast and crew, I would like to thank our audience for tuning in and supporting us over the last four seasons," blurbs executive producer Mike Mariano, who took over as showrunner for Garcia this season. "We planned our Season Four finale with this possibility in mind, and hope our loyal fans enjoy the way we’ve chosen to say goodbye to the Chances and to Natesville. Thanks again, and we’ll see you in syndication." Often aired in erratic patterns with lengthy hiatuses, doubled-up episodes and early finales, "Raising Hope" will still hit 88 episodes by its finale. During its run, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Wes Anderson's new film features a blizzard of star cameos, but one character is present throughout - the lobby boy played by Tony Revolori. He talks about getting threats from Bill Murray and reveals his grand ambitions
For Tony Revolori, the scariest moment of making The Grand Budapest Hotel was meeting Bill Murray, not least because the actor was threatening to throw his dad in the hotel's swimming pool. "He was like, 'I've thrown parents in the pool before, don't make me throw you,'" says Tony, adopting a hangdog look and mimicking Murray in the lowest, most droll voice possible. He wasn't joking: according to Revolori, Murray gave a stage parent an unwanted dip on the set of Wes Anderson's previous film, Moonrise Kingdom. Thankfully for Revolori's dad, the former Ghostbuster went up to him after the wrap and said, "Actually, I've decided you're Ok. I won't »
- Tom Seymour
The ratings for Duck Dynasty are down 40% from a year ago, but it can’t be blamed on Phil Robertson‘s homophobic and racist comments. Ratings were sliding before Robertson’s infamous GQ profile. Now I’m looking back at that interview and wondering if those comments were an attempt to drum up some publicity.
- Lyle Masaki
TV News and notes:
- Here's all the proof you need that CBS isn't going to continue with its limited series "Hostages": The network has just cast star Dylan McDermott as the lead in Kevin Williamson's new psychological thriller pilot. McDermott will play a Los Angeles police detective who handles stalking incidents. [Deadline]
- "Battle Creek," the pilot from "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan (who wrote it) and "House" creator David Shore (who will run it), has found its lead. Dean Winters will star as a no-nonsense police detective who teams up with another detective with a completely different worldview and crime-solving tactic. [Entertainment Weekly]
- Prince will take over "The Arsenio Hall Show" on March 5, performing multiple songs and sitting down to talk with Hall about what he has in the works for 2014. The news was announced on Hall's show via a Prince impersonator. [Billboard]
- CBS is staging a "Go On »
Cougar Town co-executive producers Chrissy Pietrosh and Jessica Goldstein have signed a two-year overall deal with Universal TV. Under the pact, which begins June 1, the duo will develop new projects. “Chrissy and Jessica are an inspired writing team with a unique comedy voice that fits perfectly for the type of shows we’re producing,” Uni TV Evp Bela Bajaria said. “Our future couldn’t be brighter with both of them on board.” Pietrosh and Goldstein, repped by ICM Partners and Ken Richman, will segue to the Uni TV pact after they wrap a three-year overall deal at ABC Studios where they worked on the studio’s series Cougar Town and developed projects with such ABC Studios-based companies as Temple Hill, Shondaland and Mark Gordon Co. Pietrosh and Goldstein’s previous series credits include My Name Is Earl and ABC’s Big Day. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
There’s a “My Name Is Earl” reunion afoot on the upcoming TV Land comedy “Jennifer Falls.” The comedy, which stars “Earl” alum Jaime Pressly, has signed her former castmate Ethan Suplee — who played Earl’s dimwitted brother Randy Hickey on NBC’s redneck-redemption comedy — as a series regular. Also read: Jaime Pressly Comedy ‘Jennifer Falls’ Picked Up by TV Land The series, which has received an eight-episode order, stars Pressly as Jennifer Doyle, who moves back in with her own mother after being let go from her high-powered, six-figure job. With her teenage daughter in tow, Jennifer has to face her new. »
- Tim Kenneally
It’s a My Name Is Earl reunion on another single-camera comedy series, TV Land‘s newly picked up Jennifer Falls. Ethan Suplee has been tapped as a regular on comedy series toplined by his former Earl co-star Jaime Pressly. He will play Jennifer Doyle’s (Pressly) brother, Wayne. The role has been recast; it was was played by Joel David Moore in the pilot. Jennifer Falls centers on Jennifer Doyle (Pressly), a career woman and mother who must move back in with her own mom (Jessica Walter) after being let go from her high-powered, six-figure-salary job. With her teenage daughter in tow, Jennifer has to face her new life and figure out the next steps to rebuild. Jennifer Falls is executive produced by creator Matthew Carlson, Michael Hanel and Mindy Schultheis. This is Pressly and Suplee’s second post-Earl on-screen reunion. They guest starred together on an episode of Fox’s Raising Hope, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
One of the greatest television shows of the 1980s was The Equaliser. Hands down. Denzel Washington will be bringing a new version of that to screens later this year. The other great TV show of that decade was Knight Rider, and the word around the Hollywood camp fire is that a new movie version of it is headed to cinemas too, courtesy of none other than The Weinstein Company. The big question is – ‘who could possibly replace David Hasselhoff in the central role of Michael Knight?’ Well, either Chris Pratt or Danny McBride, that is who.
The rumour mill suggests that McBride and Pratt, who stars in this weeks big opener The Lego Movie (well, his voice does), and the bound-to-be-massive Guardians Of The Galaxy this summer, will head to the black Trans-Am for a new, sexy, modern version of the camp 80s show, which is being written by Brad Copeland (Yogi Bear, »
- Paul Heath
The naming of a TV programme is becoming an increasingly salacious business, but are these provocative titles more off-putting than enticing?
Let me put it all out there – it takes balls to call your sitcom Scrotal Recall. This week, Channel 4 announced they'd ordered a full six-part series of the show after scrutinising an (unaired) pilot episode and deciding it was definitely their bag. The pitch is high-concept with a dose of low humour: a man is diagnosed with chlamydia and has to track down everyone he's ever slept with to share the unfortunate news. It's My Name is Earl with an Sti twist, and one of those rare comedic premises that has built-in long-term prospects. By dealing with a new old flame every episode – literally, a case of the week – this one could run and run.
In many ways, the title deserves a clap: Scrotal Recall is thematically appropriate, »
- Graeme Virtue
Arclight Films announced today in Berlin the world market launch of their upcoming crime thriller Tell . The project will star Milo Ventimiglia ("Heroes," Grace of Monaco ), Katee Sackhoff ( Riddick , "Battlestar Galactica") and Jason Lee ("My Name Is Earl," Alvin and the Chipmunks ) with supporting roles for Alan Tudyk ( Frozen , 42 ), Robert Patrick ( Terminator 2 , Identity Thief ), John Michael Higgins ( Yes Man , Bad Teacher ) and Oscar Nuñez ("The Office," The Proposal ). .We are eager to introduce 'Tell' to buyers for the very first time in Berlin, a uniquely-original and smart crime-thriller that interweaves subtle yet striking humor throughout its adrenaline-charged ride.. said Clay Epstein, Svp Sales and Acquisitions for »
From The Millers to the late How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life), sitcom protagonists sure move back in with their moms a lot. Such is the plot of the Jaime Pressly pilot just picked up by TV Land. As the lead in Jennifer Falls, Pressly plays a woman who must move herself and her teenage daughter back to her mother's house "after being let go from her high-powered, six-figure-salary job." Pressly still has a lot of goodwill stored up from her My Name is Earl days, but let's mix it up a little bit, networks. Maybe a high-powered business woman has to move back into her childhood treehouse or an abandoned ice cream truck? We're just spitballing here. »
- Halle Kiefer
TV Land has picked up a new sitcom called Jennifer Falls. It will star Jaime Pressly as a career mom named Jennifer Doyle who loses her high-paying job. Jennifer and her teenage daughter must then move in with her mother as they figure out what to do next.
Here are some additional details:
New York, NY - January 27, 2014 - TV Land has greenlit single-camera sitcom "Jennifer Falls" starring Emmy(R) Award-winning actress Jaime Pressly ("My Name is Earl"), it was announced today by TV Land President, Larry W. Jones. The comedy, which was previously announced as a multi-cam series, will premiere this summer.
"We are really excited to make this foray into single-camera comedy," said Jones. "With Jaime at the helm and such high-caliber talent »
I was never a huge fan of My Name Is Earl, despite being a big fan of most everyone involved, and Jaime Pressly has always been one of my favorites… for reasons that, to be completely honest, I don’t really understand. I couldn’t get behind I Hate My Teenage Daughter, but she almost made it work. With the right material, she has the charm and comedic timing to pull audiences in. Considering TV Land‘s solid record so far, this may be one to really watch out for.
That said, and considering TV Land‘s obvious bent toward the styles and sensibilities of sit-coms from 20-30 years ago, this one sounds like it could easily go too far toward the silly, milking cheap laughs at every turn (a la Mom). It will be interesting to see how the cast rounds out, but for now we have something to look forward to. »
- Marc Eastman
TV Land has given a series order to the comedy “Jennifer Falls” starring “My Name Is Earl” alum Jaime Pressly, network president Larry W. Jones said Monday. The eight-episode series revolves around career woman and mother Jennifer Doyle (Pressly), who moves back in with her own mother after being let go from her high-powered, six-figure job. With her teenage daughter in tow, Jennifer has to face her new life and figure out what the next steps are to rebuild. Also read: Leah Remini Signs on for TV Land’s ‘The Exes’ The comedy, which was originally announced as a multi-camera sitcom, »
- Tim Kenneally
TV Land is getting into the single-camera comedy business, green lighting Jaime Pressly starrer Jennifer Falls to series. Created by The Wonder Years' Matthew Carlson, Falls revolves around Jennifer (My Name Is Earl's Pressly), a career woman and mother (My Name Is Earl's Jaime Pressly) who must move back in with her own mom (Arrested Development's Jessica Walter) with her daughter in tow after being let go from her high-profile job. Missi Pyle co-stars as Dina, Jennifer's childhood best friend. The comedy, which was previously announced as a multicamera series, will move forward as a single-camera vehicle and premiere
- Lesley Goldberg
• Meryl Streep (August: Osage County) is set to go face to face with the NRA gun lobby in The Weinstein Company’s upcoming film, The Senator’s Wife. Harvey Weinstein confirmed Streep’s involvement in the anti-nra film on The Howard Stern Show, saying, the NRA “is going to wish they weren’t alive after I’m done with them.” According to Deadline the upcoming film will focus on a behind-the-scenes account of how the NRA uses its influence with politicians to defeat the legislation that would have required more extensive background checks on gun sales. [Deadline]
- Pamela Gocobachi
It's an interesting insight into the thoughts of one of the most respected artists in film, one that has been directing movies for almost 55 years. He cites the medium's changing methods of exhibition, and how going to the cinema might soon become a niche activity, believing films will eventually only be viewed in "smaller theaters, online, and, I suppose, in spaces and circumstances that I can’t predict."
Ultimately, though, he praises the democratisation of film; that with such affordable equipment these days, movies really can be made by anyone. It's heartwarming, optimistic stuff. Read it below....
I’m writing this letter to you about the future. I’m looking at it through the lens of my world. »
- Oliver Davis
Spoof supremo Marlon Wayans' returns for more ghostly giggles (or lack of, dependent which way you look at it) in the upcoming release of 'A Haunted House 2'. Open Roads Films have unveiled a new one-sheet for the sequel heading our way on the 28 March. Michael Tiddes returns to direct with Wayans back to star and co-write alongside Rick Alvarez. Jaime Pressly ('My Name is Earl'), Gabriel Iglesias ('Magic Mike'), Essence Atkins, Affion Crockett, Dave Sheridan, Ashley Rickards ('Awkward') and Cedric the Entertainer all star in the follow-up. Check out the new poster below. »
18 items from 2014
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