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One has a side-parted afro, another an app for bloke-chat in pubs – these geeks turn technical support into a fresh and very funny job
Long before Glee and The Big Bang Theory turned geeks into heroes, The It Crowd was shining a light on that most stereotypical of nerd jobs: technical support. Doing the same for computer experts as he did for the clergy in Father Ted, writer Graham Linehan tackles geek stereotypes head-on, while putting his characters into some very silly situations indeed.
The status of the It department within Reynholm Industries is made immediately clear by the fact that central characters Roy, Moss and Jen work in the basement of their office, shut away from people and sunlight. Much of the humour in The It Crowd stems from their inability to interact normally with others. Roy, played by Chris O'Dowd, even has an app to help him chat to blokes in the pub. »
- David Renshaw
It’s not just New York City twenty-somethings who can’t stop watching Hannah Horvath and Co.
The British Academy Television Awards were held last night and the award for International Program went to Girls, beating out Game of Thrones, Homeland, and The Bridge. But Game of Thrones didn’t go home empty handed — the HBO drama did win the Audience award (which Girls was not nominated for).
Elsewhere, fans looking for their next option to binge-watch should consider the Olympic-themed Twenty Twelve. The U.K. sitcom, starring Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville, won Olivia Colman the BAFTA for Situation »
- Erin Strecker
Alright, let’s get this party started. “Why would you consider?,” you may ask. Well, anything created by Christopher Guest (This is Spinal Tab) and starring The It Crowd’s Chris O’Dowd is widely considered to be a party. Alright, fine, maybe not “widely” considered, but being a fan of both, it’s definitely a party to me. The Irish comedian is an up-and-coming star, who is currently getting some decent roles in Hollywood flicks (most notably in Bridesmaids) and will hopefully establish himself as a solid leading man in the future. He truly deserves it. Nevertheless, the character he plays wasn’t even the funniest character in the series premiere of Family Tree, which is Guest’s newest mockumentary. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the director’s work, he’s well-known for writing outlines instead of screenplays and letting his actors improvise the dialogue — think »
- Paulo Lazo
Family Tree, a new faux documentary series on HBO, chronicles one man’s attempts to discover his lineage.
After losing his job and his girlfriend, Tom Chadwick (played by Chris O’Dowd) receives a box of things belonging to a great aunt he never knew. This prompts him to begin investigating his past.
The show, created by Christopher Guest (Best in Show) and Jim Piddock (The Five-Year Engagement), features a lot of improvised dialogue by veteran actors — many of whom have worked with Guest in the past. Familiar faces Ed Begley, Jr., Fred Willard, Michael McKean, Nina Conti, and Bob Balaban »
- Amanda Taylor
Gemma Chan made waves when she first appeared as a series regular on ITV’s Secret Diary Of A Call Girl, as the dominant Charlotte. It was a role that was born to grab the audience’s attention, but not only did it grab our attention…it squeezed us hard around the throat in some kind of asphyxiation ritual that we’re ashamed to admit to liking. This wasn’t the first time the stunning Gemma Chan had gone out of her way to try something different. Originally a law student, after graduation he decided to pursue her real passion of drama. After a stint as a model on Project Catwalk, she began picking up small but memorable roles on shows such as Doctor Who, The It Crowd, and Sherlock, as well as parts in films including Pimp and Submarine.
Now she’s set to star in Channel 4′s Dates, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
“Have you tried turning it off and on again?” If Ricky Gervais reprising his role as David Brent in The Office Revisited wasn’t enough for British comedy fans out there, some good news has arrived. Graham Linehan’s geeky sitcom The It Crowd, which has been sitting still with four seasons and no conclusion since 2010, will finally come to an end.
Lineham recently answered questions at a digital conference in Germany and revealed that there will be one final 40-minute episode coming together to finish the series off.
BleedingCool says the script for this wrap-up was completed over a year ago. But since Parkinson got pregnant, and O’Dowd and Ayoade have been busy working on their film careers, it was postponed. At the time, Linehan said the special would be filmed in a few weeks.
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- Ethan Anderton
After four hilarious seasons, The It Crowd ended in 2010 with no wrap up for the employees for the It department of Reynholm Industries. Due to the busy schedules of the show’s four stars Chris O’Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson and Matt Berry, the sitcom had long been rumored to be working on a fifth season, but nothing ever panned out. Now the show’s creator Graham Linehan has confirmed that the show will receive a 40-minute special finale later this year. »
He pioneered the mockumentary on film. Now Christopher Guest is bringing his latest comedy, HBO’s Family Tree, to a TV landscape crowded with the format. My take on whether he succeeds. At The Daily Beast, you can read my latest feature, "Family Tree Brings Christopher Guest’s Mockumentary Style to HBO," in which I review HBO's latest comedy, Family Tree, which begins Sunday evening, and which stars Chris O'Dowd (The It Crowd) and hails from the fertile mind of co-creator Christopher Guest (Best in Show, Waiting for Guffman, A Mighty Wind). Over the last few decades, the mockumentary format has become almost totally synonymous with Christopher Guest, the writer/director (and often actor) best known for films such as This Is Spinal Tap, Best in Show, Waiting for Guffman, A Mighty Wind, and For Your Consideration. Each film—to varying success—mined the documentary format for laughs, setting up »
- Jace Lacob
After a few years of false starts, cult British comedy The It Crowd is coming back for a reunion, after creator Graham Linehan finally tried turning it off and on again. Entertainment Weekly confirms a report first floated by Bleeding Cool that the sitcom about two guys toiling in tech support will return for a 40-minute finale episode to be filmed in the coming weeks, with star Chris O’Dowd set to reprise his role despite his increasingly crowded schedule. Other major cast members Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson, and Matt Berry are also expected to be back for the special »
Another TV show is coming back for its final say — this time from across the pond.
The It Crowd, a British show about computer guys and their misadventures, ended in 2010 but has gotten a reprieve on its untimely demise. Rumors have been swirling for several years about a fifth season, to give the characters closure and end things on the note that creator Graham Linehan (Father Ted) always wanted. He tweeted in 2012 that he had written a script but was waiting on the cast members’ schedules to open up.
And now they have.
Since the show aired, star Chris O »
- Amanda Taylor
Beloved British nerd comedy The It Crowd is at long last coming back for its finale special. Creator Graham Lineham announced at a conference in Germany yesterday that this 40-minute episode — which he's been talking about for years — will start shooting in a few weeks. According to Bleeding Cool, stars Richard Ayoade, Chris O'Dowd, Katherine Parkinson, and Matt Berry will all be back, and most of the delay can be chalked up to their variously busy schedules. Remember, if you have an emergency, go ahead and call 0-118-999-88-199-9119-725 … 3. »
- Margaret Lyons
FX has announced that its sitcom "Wilfred" will return at 10pm on June 20th.
The network has also scheduled back-to-back episodes of the half-hour comedy in its first two weeks on the air. [Source: Zap2It]
American Dream Machine
Showtime is developing a series based on »
- Garth Franklin
Well, it’s apparently finally happening. The It Crowd is getting the chance to close out. If you aren’t in the know, I suggest heading over to Netflix. The show is available as an Instant Stream, and it’s brilliant. This is one you’ll binge watch. If you are in the know, start celebrating now. Apparently a problem with scheduling has kept the show from coming together thus far, what with Chris O’Dowd being in everything, and Richard Ayoade being busy as well (well, yes, Katherine Parkinson and Matt Berry have other things too).
Whether it’s movies or TV, or any other screen, this is the happiest news in a while.
Series creator and writer of the Channel 4 sitcom set in a company’s It department, Graham Linehan just announced during an It Crowd Q&A at German conference re:publica that the long-teased special, which »
- Marc Eastman
The It Crowd is to shoot a finale special in the coming weeks, reports suggest.
Linehan first announced plans for a final It Crowd special in December 2012, after previously confirming that the sitcom would not return for a full fifth series.
The comedy - which originally aired between 2006 and 2010 - starred O'Dowd, Ayoade and Parkinson as three staff members of the It department at the fictional Reynholm Industries.
O'Dowd - who played Roy - revealed last year that he was interested in reprising his role, claiming that the show's stars still "need closure".
"I'd love to do something more with those characters, »
News Louisa Mellor 7 May 2013 - 13:30
Graham Linehan confirms that the much-anticipated It Crowd special is due to film in just three weeks' time...
Spotted by the good folk of Bleeding Cool yesterday was news that Father Ted and Black Books writer/director Graham Linehan has officially confirmed that the forty-minute finale special of The It Crowd is due to begin filming later this month.
Linehan and co. found themselves in something of a Sherlock situation when the careers of leads Chris O'Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson, and Matt Berry took off both in front of and behind the camera, not to mention Linehan's own packed stage and TV slate, making scheduling for the finale tricky.
Now all the main players are due back in the Reynholm Industries' basement for the episode, which, according to a statement made by Linehan during a Q&A at the re:publica German conference, is »
Cult British comedy "The It Crowd" will film its long-anticipated series finale within the next three weeks, according to Bleeding Cool.
The show's creator, Graham Linehan, reportedly broke the news of the show's impending return during an "It Crowd' panel at the recent re:publica conference in Germany. The forty-minute special was written over a year ago, per Bleeding Cool, but due to scheduling conflicts with cast members Chris O’Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson and Matt Berry, the stars didn't align until now.
The sitcom, set in the It department of a London office, ran for four seasons of six episodes. Although a fifth season was ordered in 2010 by British broadcaster Channel 4, Linehan revealed in late 2011 that it would not go ahead, and the series would instead end with an "extended special."
In the Us, the series was broadcast on IFC and is available via Netflix and iTunes, having gained a stateside following. »
- Laura Prudom
To be directed by Max Winkler and adapted from the play by Nick Jones, The Coward is set in 18th century England, where Driver plays the son of a wealthy nobleman. Driver is the only son left after his six brothers are killed in vicious duels, so to avoid a violent death he hires a street criminal (O’Dowd) to fight for him. However, things turn sour when his doppelganger tries to assassinate him and take his place in society – with the father’s permission!
Any Girls fans will notice that the two have previously worked together throughout seasons one and two. Both are hilarious by themselves, so it’ll be brilliant to see them work together again. Although I’ve seen O’Dowd in various roles, »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Kick-Ass 2 will allow audiences to see its cast kick at least two bottoms - perhaps even more - come its release on July 19, but for the time being we're going to have to make do with stills, posters, TV spots and trailers; trailers like this new green-band number, which you can check out below.Of course, with this being a green-band trailer, there's zero blood or f-bombs (or c-bombs, of course), but there are dogs biting baddie's bits - as played by Benedict Wong, a.k.a. Prime from the Countdown episode of The It Crowd - and the word bitch. Also, some feet being placed firmly on people's rear ends. Ass kicking, if you will.There's also a bit more humour, a bit more Carrey, and less of the Hit Girl emphasis we've seen before. And don't worry, you can expect another red-band trailer before too long...In case you were wondering, »
With a script written by Ted Melfi (who will make his directorial debut with the project) the film focuses on Murray, a boozing, womanizing lowlife who is left to babysit Melissa McCarthy’s (O’Dowd’s Bridesmaids co-star) 12 year-old son. If he signs onto the project Chris will play a strict and sober Catholic priest who can’t believe what kind of a bad influence Murray is over the boy.
I’m a huge fan of Murray, O’Dowd and McCarthy, so to see the three of them create havoc together would be brilliant. Chris has always been funny in my eyes and it was a complete surprise to see him turn up in HBO’s Girls! Featuring alongside the comedy legend that is Murray would »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Frankie Boyle may make BBC comeback
Those who detest BBC1's raucous comedy Mrs Brown's Boys are going to be disappointed: Shane Allen, the new BBC controller of comedy commissioning, loves the show that has puzzled some critics but averaged nearly 10 million viewers for its latest series and won last year's Bafta award for best sitcom.
"Before Mrs Brown's Boys there was this self-appointed cabal saying what was cool and what was great," says Allen, in his first interview since moving to the BBC from Channel 4 (where "anything that got over a million was decent"). "It was a game-changer. I think sometimes people in TV land make TV for people in TV land, and Mrs Brown's Boys is a perfect example of how to serve an audience. »
- Ben Dowell
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