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‘This is me asking Hollywood to begin giving Kelvin Yu the roles his face deserves. Enough with the stereotypical bit parts’
About five minutes into the second episode of the new Netflix sitcom, Master Of None, a tall drink of water called Brian appeared on screen. I’m using old-timey speak only because these were old-timey attributes in front of me: handsome in that clean, classic way, a lovely deep voice, and thick black hair, styled into submission in a low side parting. I had to find out more.
A quick internet scour gave me a sketchy bio: his name is Kelvin Yu, he’s Taiwanese American, and he’s been in Hollywood a long time (and not just because he’s actually from Los Angeles). How could I have missed him? It turned out I’d seen him before: there he is in two brief scenes in Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip »
- Bim Adewunmi
A couple of months ago, as I prepared to tape a radio appearance, the host and I discussed potential topics, and I noted that Starz's basketball comedy "Survivor's Remorse" would have its second season premiere that weekend, and I liked the show a lot. "I have honestly never heard of that show before," she told me. And this wasn't someone with a general interest show just doing a segment on television; this was someone who hosts an entire show about television. I know, I know: Peak TV in America, Starz has always had trouble getting traction with its comedies (Rip, "Party Down"), the title gets across the basic theme of the show (Jessie T. Usher's Cam Calloway feels guilt over making it out of a tough Boston neighborhood to become a pro hoops star) while never conveying what the show is actually about (or that it's a comedy), the »
- Alan Sepinwall
In the world of television writing, there’s a collection of names which, besides being known as creators of various series, are renowned for having pretty awful luck when it comes to how their shows get treated by the networks they end up on. For some, like Aaron Sorkin it’s somewhat self-imposed (he walked away after three seasons of West Wing, got shut down on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and gave up on The Newsroom), while for others like Bryan Fuller (Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies, Hannibal,Mockingbird Lane), Joss Whedon (Firefly, Dollhouse), and Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars, Party Down, iZombie), it’s more of a case of studios not knowing quite how to handle the shows as they tend to fall between easily definable genres. If iZombie is any indication, however, for at least Rob Thomas the curse of studio mismanagement might finally be over.
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- Lex Walker
NBC has promoted Lesley Cerwin to senior vice president, entertainment publicity, NBC Entertainment. As a VP, Cerwin has overseen publicity efforts for the network’s alternative series, working with Paul Telegdy, president, Alternative and Late-Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. Among the series she has worked on are “The Voice,” “American Ninja Warrior,” “Hollywood Game Night” and “The Biggest Loser.” Also Read: Greg Berlanti's 'Blindspot' Gets Full-Season Order from NBC She also oversees PR for the Golden Globe Awards and manages the publicity side of the network’s custom-content marketing department. Cerwin joined NBC in 2005 as a director of publicity, »
- Daniel Holloway
Lesley Cerwin, the PR exec who leads the charge for NBC’s “The Voice,” has been promoted to senior VP of entertainment publicity at NBC Entertainment.
Cerwin oversees PR for the Peacock’s alternative division, working closely with alternative and late-night programing chief Paul Telegdy and exec VP Meredith Ahr. In that role she steers publicity efforts for “The Voice” as well as “The Biggest Loser,” “Hollywood Game Night,” “American Ninja Warrior” and the annual Golden Globe Awards telecast, among other series and specials.
Cerwin has been with NBC since 2005, starting out as a director in PR working on such series as “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” and “Las Vegas.” Before joining NBC, she worked in PR at Buena Vista Television and at Universal Television.
- Cynthia Littleton
Hot on the heels of discussing the best work of Danny Boyle’s career, in honor of this week’s release of Steve Jobs, I want to do the same today with scribe Aaron Sorkin. Considered one of the very best, if not the absolute best, writers in the business, Sorkin is one of the most distinctive creators of dialogue that this generation has. A star both on television and in the movies, Sorkin is an undeniable genius. As such, it’s a distinct pleasure to rank his screenplays, as I’ll be doing below. It’s basically just ranking things from good to great, so everything listed is well worth checking out if you’ve yet to see something. Enjoy, and as always, remember that this is only how I would rank things, not the absolute final word on the matter… First as a bonus, here’s how I would rank his TV writing, »
- Joey Magidson
Aaron Sorkin will be honored with the Israel Film Festival’s Achievement in Film and Television Award on the fest’s Oct. 28 opening night ceremony.
Sorkin’s film credits include “A Few Good Men,” “The Social Network,” “Moneyball” and the upcoming “Steve Jobs.” His TV shows include “The West Wing,” “Sports Night,” “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” and “The Newsroom.”
“Baba Joon” won five Ophir Awards from the Israeli Academy of Film and Television, including Best Film. The pic is in Farsi and Hebrew, and is the first-ever Farsi-language movie to represent Israel. “Baba Joon” stars Iranian actor Navid Negahban (“Homeland”) in the story of familial conflict among three generations of Iranian Jewish men.
The festival, now in its 29th year, runs through Nov. »
- Dave McNary
Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) will get a blast from the past in “Supernatural’s” upcoming 11th season. The CW’s enduring horror series has cast Nate Torrence as Sully, Sam’s imaginary friend from childhood, Variety has learned exclusively.
Sully appears in episode 1108, titled “Just My Imagination,” because he needs Sam and Dean’s (Jensen Ackles) help. The episode will be directed by “Supernatural” alum Richard Speight Jr., who memorably played the angel Gabriel (and moonlighted as The Trickster) in various episodes between seasons two and nine. Speight and fellow “Supernatural” fan favorite Rob Benedict also moderated the show’s 2015 panel at San Diego Comic-Con, and are currently working on a crowdfunded webseries called “Kings of Con” which raised almost $300,000 earlier this year.
- Laura Prudom
Earlier this week, IndieWire's Sam Adams interviewed me, Mo Ryan, and Tim Goodman about the increasingly strange and outdated practice of reviewing new shows based just on the pilot episode. At one point, Sam asked what was the wrongest I ever was about a show's quality based on the pilot episode. I didn't have a great answer for that one, since I have a pretty good Spidey sense about when pilots aren't to be trusted (case in point: "Studio 60"), but I did think of an answer to a related question: What show was I most wrong in predicting its commercial success based on the pilot? The answer to that one's easy, and timely, because the show in question is airing a series finale special Sunday night at 9: "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." It's not that I was predicting its outright failure or anything. I actually found the pilot interesting »
- Alan Sepinwall
The actors formerly known as Josh Lyman and Walter White are teaming up to take the White House.
The Steven Spielberg-produced film is based on the Tony-winning play of the same name and stars Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston, revisiting the role he had in the Broadway production, as President Johnson.
All the Way takes place in 1964 — during »
Questions I have after watching two episodes of "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll," the new FX comedy created by and starring Denis Leary, which debuts tomorrow night at 10: In what year does this show think it takes place? Leary plays Johnny Rock, former lead singer of The Heathens, a band that had a meteoric rise and abrupt fall in the early '90s. Dave Grohl appears early in the pilot to explain that The Heathens were a huge inspiration for Nirvana. But Johnny, in both past and present, sports a rooster haircut that hasn't been fashionable since Rod Stewart and Ron Wood abandoned it in the mid-'70s. The Heathens' signature song, which provides the show its title (albeit one borrowed from a much better song — also from the '70s — by Ian Dury) is catchy, but sounds like a mix of punk and glam rock that had little place »
- Alan Sepinwall
Last night, LeBron James came as close as any player has in 46 years (since Jerry West in '69) to winning the NBA Finals Mvp for a losing team. What he did in carrying a team of scrubs and/or Knicks castoffs to within two games of a championship was otherworldly, not just for his own play, but for the complete ineptitude of his supporting cast whenever he wasn't on the floor. It had me wondering if there was a TV equivalent. I'm not talking about a great performance in an otherwise bad show, because we've seen plenty of those (Matthew Perry in "Studio 60," for instance), but a Hall of Fame performance that transforms a show that would otherwise be unwatchable into something seemingly great in its own right. I put the question out on Twitter this morning, and got some interesting responses: @sepinwall Orphan Black ... — Tormund Clientsbane (@LukeMayeux) June 17, 2015 Certainly, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Aaron Sorkin is an exceptionally talent writer who brings a playwright’s sensibilities to television which means his characters talk. A lot. But unlike so many prime time series, his characters actually have something to say. It’s a shame more people don’t want to hear whatever it is being discussed because Sorkin series tend not to last very long.
There were two seasons of Sports Night, four Sorkin-produced episodes of The West Wing and a single uneven season of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. For his self-proclaimed final act in television, Sorkin gave us three ever-shortened seasons of The Newsroom. This last ran on HBO and other than using a handful of words, could have easily aired on the major networks. After all, Sorkin didn’t pander with nudity or excessive violence.
The series’ conceit was that we were watching the fall and rise of network anchor »
- Robert Greenberger
Even when I watched far more reality TV than I do now, I had zero patience for dating competition shows. And I haven't watched a Lifetime show regularly since "Any Day Now" ended waaaay back in 2002. Yet I've already set a DVR season pass for "UnReal," Lifetime's new drama set behind the scenes at a thinly-disguised version of "The Bachelor." That's how good it is. "UnReal" (it debuts tonight at 10) was created by TV veteran Marti Noxon (whose Bravo show "Girlfriends Guide to Divorce" debuted earlier this year) and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, adapting Shapiro's short film "Sequin Raze." The show aims to pull back the curtain on reality TV to demonstrate just how much of a role production plays in manipulating and/or altering events to turn complicated human beings into two-dimensional character types (the bitch, the virgin, the desperate cougar) who can fill familiar roles in the same old storylines. »
- Alan Sepinwall
A little over a year ago, my wife wondered why I was still sitting down every Monday night for "How I Met Your Mother," given how much I would complain about it to her afterwards. "Is this one of those hate-watching things?" she asked. I told her that life was too short for hate-watching — especially in this new Golden Age of Too Much Good TV — and that I was with "Himym" til the end because the show gave me enough occasional glimpses of what it was like when it was good that I kept sticking around to see if they could get it together one more time, especially for the finale. (As it turned out, no they couldn't.) "Oh, I get it," she said. "You're not hate-watching. You're hope-watching!" And there it was: Hope-watching. It isn't the act of enduring a bad show for the sole purpose of mocking it, »
- Alan Sepinwall
If you’re scoring along at home, Sarah Paulson is now 5-for-5 in American Horror Story. The Cupid and Studio 60 alumna has landed a role in Ams: Hotel, continuing her run of appearing in every iteration of the FX anthology series. Paulson starred as Bette Tattler/Dot Tattler in the most recent Ahs installment, Freak Show, and played Billie Dean Howard on Season 1’s Murder House. She scooped a pair of Emmy noms for her roles as Cordelia Foxx on Coven and Lana Winters on Asy… »
He has served as showrunner on Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow” for the past two seasons but is exiting that post. The supernatural series has yet to be renewed for a third season.
“We are thrilled to be in business with Mark. He is a highly regarded showrunner and has emerged as a unique voice that crosses worlds and genres,” said Julie McNamara, exec VP of drama deveelopment, in a statement. “We look forward to a successful creative collaboration in the coming years.”
- Laura Prudom
Studio 60 should have killed, Mr. Sunshine was rather funny, and though I wasn’t a believer in Go On for a while, it got to me after a few episodes. None of them lasted two dozen episodes, but they didn’t get yanked after, let’s say, four either, so they got some chance to get moving. For whatever reason, where other Friends stars have had certain success (Joey, oddly enough, has one of the best shows on television right now), there’s a certain, “Look Dude, you’re Chandler,” vibe that seems to still be following Perry.
More importantly, there’s something very ’70s about The Odd Couple, as a play, an idea, and something we have to work with week after week. »
- Marc Eastman
One could excuse Matthew Perry if he feels snakebit. Since Friends disbanded in 2004, Perry has led respectable but ultimately rejected efforts in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Mr. Sunshine and Go On. Fortunately, Perry’s latest project, a sitcom reboot of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple, has a few things going for it that his previous attempts did not. It’s got a solid foundation of well-known source material from the 1968 Jack Lemmon/Walter Matthau film and the 1970s Tony Randall/Jack Klugman TV series. It’s got an incredibly simple premise. And it’s on CBS, who’s giving it a plum premiere … Continue reading →
- Ryan Berenz
"The Americans" is back for a third season. I had interviewed producers Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, as well as co-star Holly Taylor, and I have a review of the season premiere coming up just as soon as we go get a non-beer... "So it's all been bullshit — everything you've said to me." -Philip On the one hand, "Est Men" is so superficially similar to the last year's premiere that one might wonder if Weisberg and Fields felt the only way to avoid disappointing people who loved season 2 was to duplicate it. Once again, we open with a brutal action sequence in which one of our two leads barely escapes arrest or worse (with Elizabeth making short work of Agent Gaad and another fed), and we close with the shocking murder of a Kgb asset (Annalise, who makes the mistake of telling Yousaf too much in a place with no »
- Alan Sepinwall
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