7 items from 2009
FX has decided not to make anyone wait for the final season of "Nip/Tuck," which along with a new season of "Damages" will hit your screens in January.
"Nip/Tuck" is scheduled to wrap up its sixth season on Dec. 16. It will be off the air for only three weeks before the final nine episodes begin. That's a far cry from FX's original plan, announced in summer 2008, that put the series finale in 2011. Now the final episode is scheduled for March 3.
"Damages" begins its third season on Monday, Jan. 25. Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, Tate Donovan and Ted Danson will all return to the show, and they'll be joined by Campbell Scott and Martin Short as series regulars and guest stars Keith Carradine, Lily Tomlin and Len Carion. »
FX continues its unprecedented ramp up of original programming with the network today placing series orders of two new dramas, Terriers and Lights Out, announced FX President and General Manager John Landgraf. FX has ordered 13 episodes of each series, with Terriers tentatively slated to premiere next summer and Lights Out in late 2010.
Terriers, from Creator/Executive Producer Ted Griffin (Ocean's Eleven) and Executive Producer Shawn Ryan (The Shield), is a comedic drama starring Donal Logue (The Tao of Steve, Damages) and Michael Raymond-James (True Blood). It centers on "Hank Dolworth" (Logue), an ex-cop who partners with his best friend "Britt Pollack" (Raymond-James) to launch an unlicensed private investigation business. The duo, both struggling with maturity issues, solve crimes while avoiding danger and responsibility. Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow, The Shield) directed the pilot episode. Terriers is produced by Fox 21.
The League, FX's new ensemble comedy series set against the backdrop of a fantasy football league from producers Jeff Schaffer (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld) and Jackie Marcus Schaffer (Disturbia), will premiere on October 29 and run Thursdays at 10:30 p.m. Et/Pt behind all new episodes of the hit comedy It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
The network has also set the timetable for the rollout of its two other new comedies Archer and Louie, which will debut in January and the first quarter of 2010, respectively. FX has ordered six episodes of The League, six episodes plus four additional scripts of Archer and 13 episodes of Louie, all from FX Productions.
The League is a half-hour comedy about male friendship, marriage, parenting, suburbia, and growing up - or refusing to grow up - through a circle of friends involved in a fantasy football league. The ensemble cast includes Mark Duplass, Steve Rannazzisi, »
The folks over at Adult Swim have been pretty spot on with animated (and even live action) comedies in the past few years. They have produced some impressive shows, such as Venture Bros., Frisky Dingo, and of course, Robot Chicken. Due to the success of the latter, the show’s creators have developed a new show, Titan Maximum.
The show is about the Titan Force Five a team of young heroes who band together after breaking up to take down one of their own who turned to the dark side. It’s basically a claymation Voltron accept updated with the sense of humor of Tom Root, Matt Senreich, and Seth Green. Starring some of the Robot Chicken regulars like Breckin Meyer, Rachael Leigh Cook, Dan Milano, Eden Espinosa, and Seth Green.
- Matt Raub
FX is making a rare foray into animation with a new comedy series from Adam Reed, the cable network's first cartoon in 10 years.
Tentatively titled "Archer," the series, which has received a six-episode order for a launch in the fall, is set at Isis, an international spy agency whose highly trained employees constantly confuse, undermine, betray and royally screw one another.
"Archer" features the voices of Jon Benjamin ("Family Guy") as suave master spy Sterling Archer, code name Duchess; Jessica Walter ("Arrested Development") as Malory, his domineering mother and boss; Aisha Tyler ("Friends") as his ex-girlfriend, Agent Lana Kane; Chris Parnell ("Saturday Night Live") as Cyril Figgis, an Isis comptroller and Lana's new love interest; and Judy Greer ("Miss Guided") as Malory's lovesick secretary, Cheryl.
The pilot for "Archer" quickly built strong buzz after being delivered to FX a month ago.
"It is a smart, adult comedy," said Nick Grad, »
- By Nellie Andreeva
There’s been no shortage of comics jumping to the screen lately, but there are still a lot of great stories out there flying below Hollywood’s radar. In this recurring “Adapt This” feature, we’ll take a look at comics that merit attention from filmmakers — and offer some thoughts on why (and how) they should be brought to the screen.
The Story: “The Adventures of Dr. McNinja” by Chris Hastings
What It’S About: Hastings’ long-running webcomic, which is also available in print collections, follows the exploits of Dr. McNinja — a doctor who also happens to be a ninja. Faced with the contradicting responsibilities of healing and killing, McNinja (his first name is never actually given) fights crime and cures the sick alongside his mustachioed 12-year-old sidekick Gordito Delgado, his raptor Yoshi, his assistant Judy (a gorilla) and a clone of Benjamin Franklin.
Along with settling the occasional familial »
- Rick Marshall
Reviewing the Adult Swim DVDs has been educational and occasionally entertaining. I find the third series, Frisky Dingo Season Two, the most enjoyable because it takes absurd situations and characters and uses smart humor to get its point across. The series, about Killface, an alien super-villain come to Earth and his struggles against the heroic Awesome X, pokes fun at the conventions of animation, super-heroics and action flicks. They ratchet things up in season two, collected here, as Killface finds himself accidentally solving Global Warming and running for president.
Now the humor sharpens as creators Adam Reed and Matt Thompson skewer politics and does so while serializing the campaign across most of the twelve episode season, which ran on Cartoon Network from August – October 2007 and March 2008. The escapades build as Killface’s newfound popularity has him begin ton contend with the political machine and rivals begin to figure out how to campaign against him. »
- Robert Greenberger
7 items from 2009
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