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The “30 Rock” alum joins the live TV musical as Ralphie’s teacher, Miss Shields, while the “Silicon Valley” vet will play the kid’s dad. The two join previously announced cast members Maya Rudolph, Matthew Broderick and Andy Walken.
Rudolph is Ralphie’s mom, Broderick plays the narrator — adult Ralphie — and Walken will be the 9-year-old holding out hope for a Red Ryder BB gun. »
- Tony Maglio
NBC has renewed freshman comedy “Trial & Error” for a 10-episode second season, Variety has learned.
Though the show, which stars John Lithgow, has not been a ratings hit, insiders say it has been a favorite of NBC boss Bob Greenblatt.
The comedy aired twice per week during its spring run, bringing in 3.9 million viewers overall — not as strong as NBC’s other comedies “The Good Place” or “Superstore,” both of which were renewed early.
In Variety‘s review of the series, critic Sonia Soraiya praised the series, comparing its elements to those of “Parks and Recreation,” “30 Rock,” and “The Office.” She wrote, “The show is a lighthearted, zany spoof of shows like ‘The Jinx’ and ‘Making a Murderer,’ those true-crime documentary series that take a viewer into the real-time investigation of a convoluted case.”
“Trial & Error” is a fish-out-of-water comedy that follows a bright-eyed New York lawyer (Nicholas D’Agosto) who heads to a tiny Southern town »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
If the Writers Guild of America walks out Tuesday, it will be the guild’s seventh strike since 1960. And if history is an indicator, it will likely last for several months. All six strikes have lasted for at least three months, except for a two-week walkout in 1985.
The most recent strike remains fresh in the minds of show business, even though it took place nearly a decade ago. The acrimonious 100-day work stoppage, fueled by the WGA’s demand for new media residuals and jurisdiction, started Nov. 5, 2007, and ended Feb. 12, 2008.
The most affected were late-night staples, scripted series, and shows such as “30 Rock” and “The Simpsons,” which were forced to shorten their seasons. Films that were in production, such as the James Bond movie “Quantum of Solace,” were unable to use screenwriters for script revisions. Ceremonies for the 65th Golden Globe Awards were replaced by a news conference where the »
- Dave McNary
Baldwin is taking over the role from Robert Osborne, who died last month. The actor was a close friend of the. »
- Linda Ge
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