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Judd Hirsch is cooking up — actually, make that baking up — something big at CBS.
The network has ordered 13 episodes of Superior Donuts, which stars the two-time Emmy winner as the thick-skinned owner of a small donut shop in a rapidly gentrifying Chicago neighborhood, TVLine has learned.
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Despite its yearly tendency to swing the cancellation axe with Lizzie Borden-esque abandon, NBC has somehow remained a reliable bastion for quality comedy. The home of Friends, Cheers, Seinfeld, 30 Rock, and the enduring Saturday Night Live, it’s semi-regularly offered viewers the best half-hour sitcoms to be found anywhere on the small screen. That’s no small feat, especially with HBO and Showtime leading a movement of razor-sharp satires (Veep, Episodes) and innovative dramedies (Girls, Shameless) liberated by primetime network restrictions. NBC hasn’t just endured the rise of the premium cable networks; with series like Community and Parks and Recreation that deconstructed then re-invented the sitcom and mockumentary formats, it’s flourished.
In a post-Community, post-Parks world, however, all eyes are back on the network, wondering whether any of its fresh offerings can measure up. After all, for every Community, there »
- Isaac Feldberg
The Timeless heroes know how to time travel in era-appropriate style, as entertainingly illustrated in a new promo for NBC’s upcoming action-adventure series.
Premiering Monday, Oct. 3 at 10/9c, Timeless stars Abigail Spencer (Rectify), Matt Lanter (90210) and Malcolm Barrett (Better Off Ted) as a historian, soldier and scientist tasked by the government with chasing after a criminal (ER‘s Goran Visnjic) who has stolen a time machine. To that end, the trio are outfitted with a… less-shiny, not-entirely-reliable “beta” version of the stolen vessel.
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Timeless is determined not to break viewers’ brains with confusing time travel.
“It’s important to [co-creator] Eric [Kripke] and I, and NBC as well, that this not be the kind of show that falls down some serialized rabbit hole and loses itself and turns on itself,” co-creator Shawn Ryan said at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Tuesday. “This show is much more like Back to the Future and Quantum Leap than it is like 12 Monkeys.”
RelatedFall TV First Impression: NBC’s Timeless
Timeless is among many time travel shows on air this year, when turn-back-the-clock TV seems to be the hottest new trend. But it’s the only series that’s daring to deal with sending a black character to eras where it was not at all fun to be black. Malcolm Barrett (Better off Ted) plays Rufus, a scientist who can pilot the time machine that goes back to the Hindenburg disaster in the first episode of Timeless, which premieres on NBC this October. Rufus is hesitant to join the small crew tasked with chasing a suspected terrorist back to May 6, 1937. “I am black,” he tells his superior. “There is literally no place in American history that will be awesome for me.” But he goes back anyway. There’s a reason he’s best for the job, a reason still mysterious to viewers upon the end of the pilot episode. And »
- Emily Rome
Inspired by the Internet’s notorious “404” error code, the mystery thriller — which is comprised of six, self-contained, hour-long episodes (each boasting a twist ending!) — aims to “evoke that 3 a.m. feeling of wandering onto the weird side of the web, stumbling upon stories that cannot be explained in the world that we know. »
The pact secures Adler’s exec producing and writing responsibilities on “Life in Pieces” for two years, plus allows him to bring development projects into the studio.
“‘Life in Pieces’ is as unique and groundbreaking in its format as it is heartwarming and funny — it’s no wonder it became the highest rated new comedy of last season. Full credit goes entirely to its creator Justin Adler, who wrote the pilot on spec and delivered an inspired take on the family sitcom based on experiences and relationships from his own life. This deal keeps this gifted, inventive writer we love running the show, and allows us to develop other projects with him going forward,” said Jonnie Davis, 20th Century Fox Television president of creative affairs.
In its first season, “Life in Pieces” ranked as the 2015-16 season’s »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The broadcast networks have nearly 20 shows debuting this fall, including Kiefer Sutherland’s term as Potus, Michael Weatherly’s NCIS follow-up and the story of Mlb’s first female player. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.
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The Competition | CBS’ Scorpion and ABC’s Conviction (new)
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The single-camera sitcom, which was recently ordered straight to series, follows Joel (Olyphant) and Sheila (Barrymore), husband and wife realtors leading vaguely discontented lives until the latter goes through a dramatic change, sending them down a path of death and destruction — but in a good way. Gisondo will play Eric, the awkward boy next door with a love of science and a crush on Abby, Joel and Sheila’s yet-to-be cast daughter.
The series, »
From Eric Kripke (Revolution), Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and the producers of The Blacklist, Timeless is described as an action-adventure series in which a mysterious criminal (ER alum Goran Visnjic) steals a secret state-of-the-art time machine, intent on destroying America as we know it by changing the past. Our only hope is an unexpected team: a scientist (Better Off Ted »
Victor Fresco ("Better Off Ted") created the series which centers on married couple Joel (Olyphant) and Sheila (Barrymore), realtors leading a vaguely discontented lives in the titular Los Angeles suburb. Sheila goes through a dramatic change that sends both of their lives down a road of death and destruction - albeit in a good way.
An episode count has not yet been determined. This will mark Barrymore's TV series regular debut, and Olyphant's first series since wrapping his acclaimed six season turn in FX's "Justified".
Source: The Live Feed »
- Garth Franklin
As if Netflix doesn’t have enough going on today, the streaming service just announced it’s grabbed two big names – Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant – to join its newest single-camera comedy series Santa Clarita Diet. This should be good news for fans of the short-lived Better Off Ted, since the showrunner of that series, Victor Fresco, will head up Netflix’s newest sitcom.
Santa Clarita Diet was picked up straight to series by Netflix, with an expected premiere date in 2017. The story will focus on a married couple, Joel (Olyphant) and Sheila (Barrymore), who are realtors “leading vaguely disconnected lives in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita.” That’s when things take a turn, as apparently some kind of “dramatic change” happens to Sheila and the couple’s lives spiral “down a road of death and destruction… but in a good way.”
Sounds intriguing, and at least far »
- Mitchel Broussard
Timothy Olyphant and Drew Barrymore are headed to Netflix. Olyphant and Barrymore have been tapped to star in the streaming giant's original comedy series Santa Clarita Diet, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Picked up straight to series, the single-camera comedy will premiere in 2017 and hails from writer Victor Fresco (Better Off Ted). The comedy centers on married couple Joel (Olyphant) and Sheila (Barrymore), realtors leading a vaguely discontented lives in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita — until Sheila goes through a dramatic change that sends both of their lives down a road of death and destruction
- Lesley Goldberg
Andrea Anders (Better Off Ted) is set as the female lead opposite Craig Ferguson in Crunch Time, NBC's hybrid game show/comedy pilot written by Betsy Thomas based on an original idea by veteran game show producer Phil Gurin (Weakest Link). Crunch Time, which intercuts between a real game show and the scripted workplace, centers on Emily (Anders), an up-and-coming producer trying to wrangle the volatile host, Toby (Ferguson). Driven, loyal and level-headed, Emily is… »
Goran Visnjic is Vandal Savage…?
RelatedPilot Season ’16: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows and Stars
Penned by Eric Kripke (Revolution) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield), the high-octane drama follows an unlikely trio — played by Abigail Spencer (Rectify), Matt Lanter (90210) and Malcolm Barrett (Better Off Ted) — who travel through time to battle a master criminal intent on altering the fabric of human history with potentially catastrophic results.
Per our sister site Deadline, Visnjic will play said baddie, »
British actor Paterson Joseph (HBO’s The Leftovers) and Malcolm Barrett (ABC’s Better Off Ted) have been cast in Time, NBC's action adventure drama pilot from Supernatural creator Eric Kripke and The Shield creator Shawn Ryan. Time is described as "Back to the Future meets Mission: Impossible." Toplined by Matt Lanter and Abigail Spencer, the series is a high-octane drama following an unlikely trio who travel through time to battle a master criminal intent on altering the… »
Hot on the heels of Spotlight‘s Oscar triumph, co-star Brian d’Arcy James has booked the lead role in CBS’ multi-cam comedy pilot Superior Donuts, TVLine has learned.
RelatedPilot Season ’16: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them
Based on the play by Tracy Letts, the potential series follows the relationship between the owner of a donut shop, his new young employee and their patrons in a gentrifying neighborhood of Chicago.
Welcome back to Stay Tuned, Vulture's TV advice column. Each Wednesday, Margaret Lyons answers your questions about your various TV triumphs and woes. Need help? Have a theory? Want a recommendation? Submit a question! You can email firstname.lastname@example.org, leave a comment, or tweet @margeincharge with the hashtag #staytuned. What do you recommend for people who like good comedy but not prestige drama? I have no shame about my distaste for prestige drama, but recommendations are harder to come by when you can't handle the violence of The Wire or Game of Thrones and you find Mad Men and Downton Abbey boring. My comedy tastes to tend fall into a few categories: dark (Dead Like Me, You're the Worst), absurd (Don't Trust the B—, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Broad City), gentle (Raising Hope, Black-ish), satirical (Better Off Ted, Veep), or combinations thereof (dark/absurd = Archer, gentle/satirical = Parks and Rec). What »
- Margaret Lyons
18 items from 2016
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