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SNL Scribe Mikey Day Joins Cast

SNL Scribe Mikey Day Joins Cast
Fresh off his on-camera run on NBC’s summer variety series Maya & Marty, Saturday Night Live writer Mikey Day is making the transition to featured player on the long-running sketch series.

Day, who has been with SNL since 2013 (and whose handiwork includes the always entertaining “Close Encounter” sketch embedded below), will join the cast for Season 42, premiering Saturday, Oct. 1. His previous writing credits also include The Underground, Robot Chicken and Incredible Crew, while his on-camera work includes Wild ‘N Out and “correspondent” segments on Jay Leno’s assorted talk shows.

Though their Chris Redd intel has since been denied, The
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TV Review: ‘Happy Endings,’ ‘Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23’ Return to Crowded Night

Chicago – Two comedies that were on the bubble of cancellation just a few months ago are being thrown into the deep end on Tuesday nights by ABC, starting tonight. “Happy Endings” and “Don’t Trust the B—— in Apt. 23” return at 8pm Cst and face off with similarly skewing comedies on NBC (“Go On” & “The New Normal”) and Fox (“New Girl” & “The Mindy Project”).All of these shows are also reaching a point where they’re being watched more on Hulu or other On Demand services than live. So how will their success be determined?

Television Rating: 3.5/5.0

Perhaps there’s a better question — which ones are worth your time? I think the reason I lead with the pile-up of similar programming is because the quality level is also similar across the board. “New Girl” is probably the best of the six comedies but ABC may have the best overall hour
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'Old Christine's' Tricia O'Kelley joins Roseanne Barr pilot at NBC

'Old Christine's' Tricia O'Kelley joins Roseanne Barr pilot at NBC
TV's pilot season is starting to wind down, but a few final pieces of casting are taking place, including a changeup in Roseanne Barr's NBC comedy and CBS finding the the final lead for its comedy "Super Fun Night."

- Tricia O'Kelley, who played mean mom Marly Eckhardt on "The New Adventures of Old Christine," has joined the cast of "Downwardly Mobile," Barr's comedy pilot set at mobile home park. She replaces Salli Richardson ("Eureka"), who according to Deadline "could not sync up" with the other actors when the pilot had a run-through last week.

O'Kelley's character, Mrs. Denby, is the wife of a hedge-fund manager who has just lost all his money and hates being in the mobile park. She will clash with Barr's character, Rose, who manages the park. O'Kelley's credits also include recurring parts on "Secret Life of the American Teenager" and "Gilmore Girls."

Other casting news,
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Fox Announces 2011-2012 Schedule

Fox enters the ring on the new year schedules, and they have a few interesting items on the agenda. Check out all the info below.

Launching this fall is the highly anticipated singing competition series The X Factor, which marks the return of Simon Cowell to Fox. Cowell, along with Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Cheryl Cole and Paula Abdul, will judge the U.S. version of the international television phenomenon that will award an unprecedented $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music to the next global superstar or breakout music group.

Epic family adventure series Terra Nova, executive-produced by Steven Spielberg (“Saving Private Ryan,” “Jurassic Park”), Peter Chernin, René Echevarria (“Castle,” “The 4400”) and Brannon Braga (“24”) and starring Jason O’Mara (“Life On Mars”) and Stephen Lang (“Avatar”), premieres in the fall. The ambitious series follows an ordinary family on an extraordinary journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as
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Fox Announces Full Fall Primetime Schedule

Fox has release it's full primetime schedule for Fall 2011-12. This includes new shows such as Terra Nova, New Girl, The X-Factor, I Hate My Teenage Daughter, the animated Napoleon Dynamite series and J.J. Abrams Alcatraz which is my most anticipated of all the new series. Below you will find the full schedule along with a synopsis for each new TV series. Check it out and tell us what shows you are most looking forward to.

Fox Fall 2011 Primetime Schedule

(All Times Et/Pt)


8:00-9:00 Pm Terra Nova (new)

9:00-10:00 Pm House


8:00-9:00 Pm Glee

9:00-9:30 Pm New Girl (wt) (new)

9:30-10:00 Pm Raising Hope


8:00-9:30 Pm The X Factor Performance Show (new)

9:30-10:00 Pm I Hate My Teenage Daughter (wt) (new)


8:00-9:00 Pm The X Factor Results Show (new
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TV News: Fox Announces Fall Schedule, Details New Series

Chicago – Fox made their Fall schedule official this morning, putting to rest any lingering hope for fans of “The Chicago Code” (or the other four canceled bubble programs) and detailing what will air when.

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With aggressive new programs on three nights of the week, Fox isn’t rocking the boat with their renewals — “House” will air on Mondays, “Glee” & “Raising Hope” on Tuesdays, “Bones” on Thursdays, and “Fringe” on Friday.

In the Fall, “Terra Nova,” “New Girl,” “The X Factor,” “Allen Gregory,” and “I Hate My Teenage Daughter” will premiere on Fox. Show descriptions are below.

Canceled programs include “The Chicago Code,” “Traffic Light,” “Breaking In,” “Lie to Me,” and “Human Target.”

Mondays will feature “Terra Nova” and “House.”

Tuesdays start with “Glee,” followed by new comedy “New Girl” and “Raising Hope.”

Wednesdays features “The X Factor” and comedy “I Hate My Teenage Daughter.”

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Fox unveils 2011-12 fall and midseason schedules

Fox unveils 2011-12 fall and midseason schedules

Fox revealed its fall and midseason schedule this morning which includes Steven Spielberg’s dino-drama Terra Nova on Mondays and The X-Factor taking over the American Idol slots on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Glee will continue to rule Tuesdays, leading into freshman comedy New Girl starring Zooey Deschanel and the return of Raising Hope. New comedy I Hate My Teenage Daughter will have a Factor lead-in on Wednesday while Bones will continue to have a singing competition opening act on Thursdays. All told, four new comedies and three dramas will join Fox next season, replacing cancelled titles like Human Target and Lie to Me.
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ABC picks up Tim Allen comedy, renews 'Happy Endings'

ABC picks up Tim Allen comedy, renews 'Happy Endings'
Tim Allen’s return to primetime is a go: ABC ordered a new comedy that will star the Home Improvement star as a traditional manly-man in a progressive world. The laugher also will feature Nancy Travis, who will play Allen’s “smart and loving wife who doesn’t miss much.” Hector Elizondo will serve as Allen’s boss Ed.

The comedy is titled Last Man Standing and is from the Emmy-winning Jack Burditt (The Mike O’Malley Show, Inside Schwartz). ABC also picked up Apartment 23 (which previously had the rather great but ultimately doomed title Don’t Trust the Bitch
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Happy Dad: Damon Wayans Talks About Jr.'s Hit Sitcom, His Own Pilot, and TV's Reality Illness

Happy Dad: Damon Wayans Talks About Jr.'s Hit Sitcom, His Own Pilot, and TV's Reality Illness
Damon Wayans Jr. brings top comedic chops to his role as Brad on ABC’s Happy Endings (Wednesdays at 10/9c) — no surprise given the very funny family tree from which he fell. So when the producers of the freshman comedy got wind that Damon Wayans Sr. was game to return to the small screen via his son’s show, they immediately got to work breaking Brad’s dad.

Here, the alum of such TV fare as In Living Color, My Wife and Kids and The Underground previews his Happy father’s day, shares a peek at his CBS comedy pilot,
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TV Review: ABC’s Comedy ‘Happy Endings’ Breaks Streak of Awful ‘Friends’ Rip-Offs

Chicago – ABC’s new sitcom “Happy Endings” is undeniably yet another “Friends” rip-off, an attempt to make a pal-com about relationships, misunderstandings, and good buddies. I’ve seen enough of these things that I automatically get a bit defensive when they appear on my desk. If you sat through junk like “Traffic Light” and “Perfect Couples,” you would too. So no one is more surprised than me to report that “Happy Endings” works. It isn’t perfect but it’s much closer to the quality level of its inspiration than anything we’ve seen in the last few years.

TV Rating: 3.5/5.0

Remember how “Friends” opened with Ross being left at the altar by his wife? Guess what happens in the opening scene of “Happy Endings”? As if the 3-guys-3-girls parallel and general style of the show didn’t make its inspiration clear enough, “Happy Endings” opens with the same conceit,
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Happy Endings TV Review

ABC's Happy Endings is yet another in a growing list of recent premieres with titles that don't make a lot of sense to me (Don't get me started on Fox's Traffic Light, which at one point had the perfectly sensible working title Mixed Signals). A sort of next-gen Friends, Happy Endings kicks things up a notch by opening with the wedding of two of the six... friends. Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) and Dave (Zachary Knighton) are at the altar when Alex suddenly bolts, and that puts the entire group in a very sticky situation.

The remaining members of this particular social network - Alex's sister, Jane (Eliza Coupe) and husband Brad (Damon Wayans, Jr.), Max (Adam Pally) and Penny (Casey Wilson) - find out that life can get complicated when the people you spend all of your time with are struck by life-altering events.

Alex takes off on the Honeymoon, and the group,
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First Look: Happy Endings Trailer Touts Elisha Cuthbert On a Trampoline, Lost Tongue Rings

First Look: Happy Endings Trailer Touts Elisha Cuthbert On a Trampoline, Lost Tongue Rings
ABC wants to give you a happy ending after a Wednesday night line-up loaded with laughs. The fittingly titled Happy Endings may be just the show to do it, and we’ve got a first look at the new comedy’s full-length trailer.

Save the Dates: ABC Announces Season Finales

Sneak-peeking April 13 after Modern Family (before moving to its regular Wednesdays-at-10 slot), Happy Endings stars Zachary Knighton (FlashForward) and Elisa Cuthbert (24) as Dave and Alex, would-be-marrieds that fail to seal the deal when the bride jilts the groom at the altar. Once Alex comes slinking back, it sets the stage
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ABC Announces Midseason Premiere Dates for Happy Endings and Mr. Sunshine

Midseason schedules have already been announced from Fox and NBC, but now ABC has revealed their plans for the midseason with the premieres of the new comedy series Mr. Sunshine starring Matthew Perry and Happy Endings featuring Elisha Cuthbert (24). As a result of the new comedy premieres, Courtney Cox’s Cougar Town will not return to the schedule until Wednesday, April 13th. Starting that same Wednesday ABC will premiere a three-hour comedy block starting with The Middle and concluding with Modern Family Fan Favorite episodes. For a full rundown of the new schedule and details on ABC’s two new comedy series premieres, hit the jump.

Mr. Sunshine follows Ben Donovan (Matthew Perry), a self-involved manager of a San Diego sports arena, the Sunshine Center, where curious mishaps and bizarre requests are nothing more than ordinary. Allison Janney (The West Wing) also joins in the laughs as his boss and arena owner Crystal,
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ABC's Mid-Season Schedule & The Whole Truth Yanked

ABC is one of the last networks to announce its mid-season schedule.  Today it announced that two of its mid-season shows - Mr. Sunshine & Happy Endings - will be making their debuts on February 9 and April 13 respectively.  Cougar Town will also be on hiatus until April 13.  ABC's goal is to create a three hour comedy block on Wednesday nights beginning April 13.  The newest drama by Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice creator Shonda Rhimes - Off the Map - will premiere on January 12 on Wednesday nights and will be replaced by Happy Endings when its run ends.

It was also announced today that ABC is yanking The Whole Truth from its schedule immediately.  Despite the show being canceled, seven episodes had still be completed and were scheduled to be aired, but it looks like that won't be happening.  Find full details of ABC's mid-season schedule below.

Matthew Perry Returns to Television
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Gabrielle Dennis: A Back Stage Exclusive

"I consider myself a hustla," says Gabrielle Dennis, and she is in the very best sense of the word. After graduating from Howard University, Gabrielle moved to Hollywood and landed her first job within a month.  She's followed it up with standout roles on Showtime's "The Underground" with Damon Wayans, and on CW's "The Game." She's currently playing the role of Denise Roy, the controlling girlfriend of the star running-back in Spike TV's outrageous new series "Blue Mountain State." Gabrielle exhibits a natural confidence in person, peppering her conversation with dazzling array of wry and witty remarks. Chosen as this week's Girl2Watch, Paula will be featured in a series or articles, fun facts, and social media tweets through this week for subscribers of Actor2Watch: What was your first real break as an actor?Gabrielle Dennis: It might've been "A Rage in Harlem" with Gregory Hines.
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Showtime rings mobile deal

Showtime Network is venturing into the mobile arena. The premium cable channel has struck a deal with wireless technology firm Mobile Streams that will make video clips and wallpaper available via a wireless application protocolportal at WAP enables all sorts of mobile devices to access Showtime content. The new offering is timed to coincide with a multimedia marketing push behind the premium channel's new series Dexter. Elements of the promotional campaign will direct mobile users to send a text message to Showtime that will send them information about the series. Other participating Showtime properties include Weeds, The Underground, Sleeper Cell, The L Word and Showtime Championship Boxing.

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