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July marks the 25th anniversary of one of television's most iconic series: Seinfeld. And for one cast member, her career is anything but cursed.
After the Emmy-winning comedy signed off in 1998, Julia Louis-Dreyfus added a second Emmy to her collection for The New Adventures of Old Christine in 2006. Now, the 53-year-old is aiming for an Emmy three-peat next month for her hilarious turn on the HBO comedy Veep.
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- TV Guide News
Earlier this week, a former NBC sitcom made headlines by improbably returning from the dead, thanks to a website most people didn't even know was in the streaming video business. But the story of how "Community" will live again on Yahoo isn't nearly as far-fetched as the tale of another NBC Thursday sitcom, which few of the executives at the network understood, which was considered too weird and self-referential to ever succeed, and which — unlike "Community," the little cult engine that could — actually turned into the most popular show on television. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Let's look back at some of the key markers on the road from when NBC premiered a pilot called "The Seinfeld Chronicles" — 25 years ago this Saturday, in fact — to when the show that became "Seinfeld" turned into a pop culture-altering smash: * On July 5, 1989, NBC aired "The Seinfeld Chronicles" pilot, starring Jerry Seinfeld, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is an icon of television. Her role as Elaine Benes on "Seinfeld" cemented that status, and she's only continued to contribute to her legacy with the network hit "The New Adventures of Old Christine," HBO's Emmy-winning political comedy "Veep," and even edging closer to the zenith of film by garnering Oscar buzz for her role in last year's more-than-a-romantic-comedy, "Enough Said." All this is to say, she's not only avoided the "Seinfeld" jinx plaguing her co-stars -- she's working overtime on projects she's passionate about. This includes the 2013 short film "Picture Paris," which she shot with her husband, Brad Hall, who wrote and directed the film. On the day of its iTunes release, Louis-Dreyfus took a few minutes to discuss her first foray into the festival circuit, what's next for "Veep," and how she's seen the television world change since she began her legendary run. So you made this short film, »
- Ben Travers
As a performer, Clark Gregg has garnered a number of fans over his career with roles in movies such as The Usual Suspects, State and Main, Spartan, and his recurring role in the Marvel films, as well as tv shows such as The West Wing, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. However, his 2008 directing debut Choke had many people intrigued to see when he would step behind the camera once again, which he is set to do in his next project. Titled Trust Me, Gregg takes on screenwriting and directing duties, while starring in the film alongside Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell, Amanda Peet, and Felicity Huffman. The first trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below.
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- Deepayan Sengupta
Julia Louis-Dreyfus has already won a pair of Emmys for her cunning portrayal of self-consumed, marginalized Vice President Selina Meyer on Veep, and chew on this: She’s just entering Selina’s most dangerous, power-mongering, dangerous days. This season, our nation’s No. 2 is thinking big, and in Sunday night’s episode (HBO, 10:30 p.m.), she takes another uneven step in her run for Oval Office. “I’m so grateful that this part came my way,” says Louis-Dreyfus. “I mean, it’s the role of a lifetime.” That’s saying something, as she has, in said lifetime, also taken »
- Dan Snierson
Baby's got back! Julia Louis-Dreyfus is nude on the cover of the April 24 issue of Rolling Stone, wearing just one thing truly befitting her Veep character: Words from the Constitution inked across her back. "In my defense, 'I was in a drunken stupor,'" the actress, 53, joked on Twitter, adding, "#crackexcuse." Dubbed "The First Lady of Comedy" by Rolling Stone for a career that has spanned from Saturday Night Live in the 1980s through Seinfeld and The New Adventures of Old Christine, the interview with Louis-Dreyfus is as revealing as the cover. "It's unbelievable, because whatever I do, people just assume it's true, »
- Wade Rouse
Julia Louis Dreyfus, crowned “The First Lady of Comedy” by Rolling Stone, graces their newest cover in the nude.
Julia Louis Dreyfus Covers 'Rolling Stone'
Dreyfus, 53, appears on the latest cover of Rolling Stone completely in the buff – save for the United States Constitution that’s inked on to her bare back, which is inaccurately signed by John Hancock. Inside, the magazine promises a look into her “journey from Seinfeld to Veep.”
Last night, Dreyfus took to Twitter to unveil the sexy cover, writing, “In my defense, “I was in a drunken stupor” #crackexcuse.”
In my defense, “I was in a drunken stupor” #crackexcuse http://t.co/Jo0HgFtpho cc: @RollingStone pic.twitter.com/f7SFgCsHBO
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) April 8, 2014
Prior to showing off her Rolling Stone cover, Dreyfus presumed that her social media standing was about to improve.
I think I'm about to get some more Twitter followers...
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is wearing absolutely nothing but the immortal words of America's founding fathers on the cover of the next issue of Rolling Stone, which hits newsstands this Friday.
Contributing editor Vanessa Grigoriadis scored an equally revealing story from the 53-year-old star of the HBO political satire Veep, who has anchored two other shows since her smash success in Seinfeld – Watching Ellie and The New Adventures of Old Christine – and recently appeared opposite James Gandolfini in his final film, Enough Said. »
The half-hour multicamera project produced by 20th Century Fox Television stars Tom Papa as a husband and father who decides to make a career change so he can, as the show’s title suggests, spend more time with his family. Lenehan (“The New Adventures of Old Christine”) will play Tom’s mother. Joe Pantoliano has already been cast as his father.
- Whitney Friedlander
TBS has picked up a second season of their original sitcom, Ground Floor. The office comedy debuted in November and wrapped its first season in January. Season two, which will also have 10 episodes, will start airing later this year.
Here's the official press release:
TBS has renewed its new sitcom hit Ground Floor for a second season. Created by Emmy(R) nominees Bill Lawrence (Cougar Town, Scrubs, Clone High) and Greg Malins (2 Broke Girls, How I Met Your Mother), the series stars Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect), Briga Heelan (Cougar Town) and John C. McGinley (Scrubs). Lawrence, Jeff Ingold (upcoming Surviving Jack, Undateable) and Jeff Astrof (The New Adventures of Old Christine) serve as executive producers on Ground Floor, which is being produced for TBS by »
TBS has renewed sitcom “Ground Floor” for a 10 episode second season. The workplace comedy was one of four TBS series that ranked among basic cable's Top 10 original sitcoms of 2013 in the advertiser-sought adults 18-49 demographic. “Ground Floor” is created by Bill Lawrence (“Cougar Town”) and Greg Malins (“2 Broke Girls). It stars Skylar Astin (“Pitch Perfect”), Briga Heelan (“Cougar Town”) and John C. McGinley (“Scrubs”). Also read: ‘Will & Grace’ Creators Land New TBS Comedy Pilot Lawrence, Jeff Ingold (“Surviving Jack”) and Jeff Astrof (“The New Adventures of Old Christine”) serve as executive producers. Lawrence's Doozer, in association withWarner Horizon Television, produces the show for TBS. »
- Tony Maglio
TBS has renewed its new sitcom hit "Ground Floor" for a second season. Created by Emmy nominees Bill Lawrence ("Cougar Town," "Scrubs," "Clone High") and Greg Malins ("2 Broke Girls," "How I Met Your Mother"), the series stars Skylar Astin ( Pitch Perfect ), Briga Heelan ("Cougar Town") and John C. McGinley ("Scrubs"). Lawrence, Jeff Ingold (upcoming "Surviving Jack," "Undateable") and Jeff Astrof ("The New Adventures of Old Christine") serve as executive producers on "Ground Floor," which is being produced for TBS by Lawrence's Doozer, in association with Warner Horizon Television. TBS has ordered 10 episodes for the second season, which is slated to begin in »
The comedian has said he is working on a 'secret project' that will reunite the Seinfeld cast, and it will appear 'very, very soon'
• Jerry Seinfeld on how to be funny without sex and swearing
Rumours have been circulating that Seinfeld was planning some sort of return to the 90s sitcom that bears – and made – his name, after he and co-star Jason Alexander were recently pictured going into the Tom's Restaurant diner which was one of the main locations for the show.
@HuffingtonPost @BuzzFeed @Gothamist just saw Jerry and George walking in to Tom's Restaurant pic.twitter.com/goN9o8zOqs
— Ali Phil (@ClubAliP) January 13, 2014
Seinfeld remained fairly tight-lipped when being interviewed on the Boomer and Carton sports talk show in the Us, but revealed some tantalising details. »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
Kevin Williamson is stalking primetime again for CBS, landing a drama thriller.
The untitled drama project revolves around a pair of detectives who handle stalking cases for the Los Angeles Police Department. Project hails from Warner Bros. TV and his Outerbanks Entertainment banner. Williamson wrote the script and will exec produce.
Williamson is already commanding a hefty chunk of primetime real estate as the showrunner behind “The Following,” which is posting strong numbers at the start of its second season on Fox, and an exec producer of CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals.”
Meanwhile, CBS has also picked up the comedy pilot “Save the Date” from Jackie and Jeff Filgo of “That ’70s Show” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” which follows a 30-something named Kate who drunkenly books a wedding venue — before she finds her groom. The Filgos will also exec produce. Project comes via ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios. »
- Cynthia Littleton
CBS has ordered a pilot for comedy “Save the Date” from married writing partners Jackie and Jeff Filgo (pictured above). The ABC Studios/CBS Television Studios project will be written and executive produced by the couple, who have worked together on “That ’70s Show” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” among other shows. Also read: CBS Orders Therapy Comedy Pilot ‘Good Session’ “Save the Date” follows Kate, a 35-years-old and newly single woman who drunkenly books a wedding venue and is now faced with the task of meeting the right man in time. The past two days have been busy ones for the CBS. »
- Tony Maglio
Romantic comedies have been a hot genre this development season, and CBS just gave a pilot order to one such project, Save The Date, from That 70′s Show alums Jackie and Jeff Filgo. The comedy was developed at ABC Studios, which will co-produce the pilot with CBS TV Studios. Written and exec producer by the Filgos, Save The Date centers on Kate, 35 and newly single, who drunkenly books a wedding venue and now is faced with the task of meeting the right man in time. The format of the project will be hybrid, in the vein of How I Met Your Mother: a multi-camera comedy employing shorter scenes and no live audience. This marks spouses Jackie and Jeff Filgo’s return to CBS, where they previously worked on The New Adventures Of Old Christine. Other romantic comedy pilot this season include ABC’s Jeff Lowell and Irreversible, NBC’s A To Z, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Tricia O’Kelley (The New Adventures of Old Christine) has been cast in a season-long recurring role on Lifetime’s Devious Maids. She’ll play Tanya, a local Beverly Hills resident. O’Kelley, repped by Domain and Art/Work Entertainment, recently recurred on ABC Family’s The Secret Life Of The American Teenager. Season 2 of Devious Maids is set to premiere April 20, when star Eva Longoria will direct the season opener. That is some good first impression. Joshua Sasse, who was recently set for the title role Dan Fogelman’s ABC musical comedy pilot Galavant, also has landed a meaty recurring role on Fogelman’s ABC comedy series The Neighbors. Sasse, ICM Talent, Olivia Bell Management and Authentic Talent, will play Larry’s (Simon Templeman) brother — they are rivals as everyone loves him and is sent down to earth to clean up Larry’s mess. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Matt Damon, Robert DeNiro, Chiwetel Ejifor, SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard, Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Marsden, Ewan McGregor, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Julia Roberts, Elisabeth Röhm, Meryl Streep, and Emma Thompson will be presenters at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer/Director Jeff Margolis and Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced today.
They join a growing roster of actors who will honor their colleagues at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards that already includes Ben Affleck, Sasha Alexander, Don Cheadle, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Garner, Clark Gregg, Tom Hanks, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, Kerry Washington, Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey.
The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, one of the awards season’s premier events, will honor outstanding performances from 2013 in five film categories and eight television categories, including the distinctive ensemble awards. This year’s Actor® recipients will be announced at »
- Michelle McCue
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