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After struggling for years in the ratings, it seems that NBC is really starting to turn things around. Of course, they still have their challenges. Which NBC TV shows will be cancelled and which will be renewed? Stay tuned!
NBC shows this season (so far): A to Z, About a Boy, Ad: The Bible Continues: Allegiance, America's Got Talent, American Ninja Warrior, American Odyssey, Aquarius, Bad Judge, The Biggest Loser, The Blacklist, The Celebrity Apprentice, Chicago Fire, Chicago Pd, Constantine, Dateline, Dateline Saturday Night Mystery, Grimm, Hannibal, Hollywood Game Night, I Can Do That, The Island, Last Comic Standing, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Marry Me, Mr. Robinson, The Mysteries of Laura, The Night Shift, One Big Happy, Parenthood, Parks and Recreation, Running Wild with Bear Grylls, The Sing-Off, The Slap, State of Affairs, Undateable, The Voice, and Welcome to Sweden.
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Piggybacking on the premiere of the fifth and final season of Awkward, MTV’s Faking It continues the effervescent descent into high school idiosyncrasies for which the network’s teenage-aimed sitcoms have become known. The impressive thing about the first two episodes of the last half of the sophomore season of Faking It (which is obviously not the way MTV has broken up and scheduled the show) is that it has slowly begun to surpass its sister series as the incisive parody of high school minutiae that Awkward was in its hay day.
Picking up two weeks after last year’s finale, the season 2B premiere dumps its coterie of amusing characters into a new, scary version of Hester High. The show’s crushingly liberal nexus of plots and characters is undergoing a bit of a face lift, thanks to a few cascading »
- Mitchel Broussard
Warning: major spoilers for all shows listed below.
Closure. It’s an important psychological concept. Without closure, it’s difficult to grieve, move on, make peace and nurture your inner Ewok or whatever it is the self-help books tell us. When a TV show is cancelled before its story has been fully told, the result is an unscratchable itch.
That itch can have positive side effects. The creativity for instance, of fanfic and fan art, and the tenacity and camaraderie of doggedly pursued fan campaigns. The less positive side though is, well, not so pretty. Sleepless nights, anxiety at work, a tendency to grasp total strangers by the shoulders with both hands, hot stress-tears streaming down your cheeks, and cry “So did Lois and Clark raise that baby or what? »
Shattering records globally, Jurassic World crushed the opening-weekend box-office, scoring the highest domestic, international and worldwide openings of all time. The film has taken in more than $1.6 billion globally to become the third-highest grossing film in history.
Now fans can experience the thrill and awe when Jurassic World arrives on Digital HD on October 1, 2015 and on 3-D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on October 20, 2015, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. More than two decades since Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park was released, fans of the original films and new moviegoers alike can witness the story come full circle as the park that was only a promise comes to life.
Now, 22 years later, an even bigger and enormously popular attraction has risen on Isla Nubar: Jurassic World. To keep attendance high, the park operators introduce a new, genetically modified hybrid creature called Indominus Rex. Bigger, stronger and far more intelligent than »
- Michelle McCue
Viewers will be able to enter the realm of dinosaurs from the comfort of their couches this fall, when Jurassic World comes out on Digital HD October 1st and 3-D Blu-ray, standard Blu-ray, and DVD October 20th.
Press Release: Universal City, Calif., Aug. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Shattering records globally, Jurassic World crushed the opening-weekend box-office, scoring the highest domestic, international and worldwide openings of all time. The film has taken in more than $1.6 billion globally to become the third-highest grossing film in history. Now fans can experience the thrill and awe when Jurassic World arrives on Digital HD on October 1, 2015 and on 3-D Blu-ray™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on October 20, 2015, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. More than two decades since Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park was released, fans of the original films and new moviegoers alike can witness the story come full circle as the park that was only a promise comes to life. »
- Derek Anderson
Earlier this summer, NBC made a last-minute schedule switch on sitcoms "Mr. Robinson" and "The Carmichael Show." Originally set to air together over six weeks, NBC instead turned them into mini-binges — or, more realistically, super-fast Summer Burn-Off Theatre — by having "Mr. Robinson" air as a double feature for three weeks, followed by "Carmichael Show" doing the same. This seemed like a weird reshuffling of the deck chairs on a pair of sinking ships: both shows had been in development in some form or other for two years and were already being dumped at a time late in the summer when even broadcast executives who boast about year-round programming don't like to debut things. But the strange approach may have worked. "Mr. Robinson" was terrible, but its ratings were surprisingly decent and it could get renewed. And by splitting the two shows up, NBC did a favor to "Carmichael Show," which is a sharper, »
- Alan Sepinwall
15 years ago today, the Toros stepped out onto the football field and put some serious cheer back into the atmosphere. To steal a phrase from the film: Bring It On's the poo - so take a big whiff.
A Hollywood star from the age of 12 thanks to her breakthrough role in Interview with the Vampire, Dunst's star was burning brightly when she led the Toros as Torrance Shipman. Two years later, she went on to land her biggest role as Mary Jane Watson in Sam Raimi's three Spider-man films.
In recent years, she's reinvented herself as a critical darling, winning Best Actress at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival for Melancholia, »
Presto has secured subscription video on demand (Svod) rights in Australia to a number of NBC Universal comedy and drama programs.
Presto TV will be the exclusive Svod home to the complete seasons of the hit Irish comedy series Mrs Brown.s Boys starring Brendan O.Carroll.
As part of this deal, Presto has also acquired the Svod rights to the multi-award winning and nominated NBCU comedy series 30 Rock (seven seasons) and Parks and Recreation (five seasons initially) in addition to critically acclaimed dramas Grimm and Heroes. .
All of these series will arrive on Presto and be available to stream on demand beginning today (Monday, August 24).
Presto has also acquired from NBCU the drama series Bates Motel, which will join the service in December.
.Presto interim chief executive, Shaun James, said NBCUniversal was a prolific producer of quality popular content. »
- Inside Film Correspondent
- Clarence Moye
It seems utterly inconceivable that Amy Poelher has never won an Emmy. Between her long-term stints on "Saturday Night Live," "Parks and Recreation," and hosting the Golden Globes — for all of which she served as both a creative mind and physical interpreter — the fact that she's never been awarded television's highest honor just seems silly. With her NBC sitcom over and done, she's got one last shot at earning the trophy for a program that may form the basis of her legacy — but there are five other ladies looking to stop her. Read More: Lisa Kudrow on How 'The Comeback' Began, How Season 2 Ended and a Potential Season 3 You have to start with the returning champ, Julia Louis-Dreyfus. A member of TV royalty, Louis-Dreyfus has won one or more Emmys for each of her landmark roles: "Seinfeld," "The New Adventures of Old Christine," and "Veep." Edie Falco »
- Peter Knegt and Ben Travers
To clarify, this article and the ones similar to it are not reviews of this fall/midseason’s pilots (because pilots can change a lot between now and when they broadcast). These are just my first impressions of the not-for-air network pilots that I have been able to screen. I last wrote about Fox’s Grandfathered. Next up: Fox’s The Grinder, which premieres on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 8:30 p.m. The Premise: A struggling lawyer’s Hollywood-star older brother returns home after years of playing an attorney on a popular TV series and now believes that he can be the real thing. The Cast: Rob Lowe (Parks and Recreation) as Dean Sanderson, Fred Savage (The Wonder Years) as Stewart Sanderson, Mary Elizabeth Ellis (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) as Debbie Sanderson, Hana Hayes (Bucket and Skinner’s Epic Adventures) as Lizzie Sanderson, Connor Kalopsis (Days of Our Lives) as Ethan Sanderson, »
- Chris King
Nostalgia is a very powerful weapon, but it goes both ways. Longing for the past can cover up the sins of the present, especially when it comes to television. Past nominees like "Louie," "Modern Family," "Parks and Recreation" and even "Veep" have been around long enough for voters to establish a permanent impression of the show, rather than an accurate judgement of the current season. That could work for or against any one of these institutions, as shows that maybe haven't had their best season yet — "Modern Family," "Parks and Recreation" — could benefit from years of respect to win even in an off year. Meanwhile, shows like "Veep" and "Louie," which only continue to improve, may be seen more as future candidates than present ones; meaning voters may want to put off crowning them until they've peaked. Read More: Jeffrey Tambor on 'Transparent': 'The Revolution is Here' That being said, »
- Peter Knegt and Ben Travers
There is no reason to believe that the winner in this category for the past three years, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, can't pull off a four-peat for her role in Veep. But there could be a sentimental tide brewing for multiple nominee Amy Poehler, who has never won in five previous noms and has her last shot for Parks And Recreation this year. Another Amy, as in Schumer, is hotter than hot and could give our Veep candidate a run for her money, too. These are likely the top three… »
Mary Tyler Moore, watch your back.
If Julia Louis-Dreyfus takes home the 2015 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, you’ll have to share with the Veep star your position as most-honored woman in the category (at five statuettes apiece).
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A win by Louis-Dreyfus would come as no shock, either, considering she’s seeking her fourth straight win (for her fourth season of the HBO political comedy).
To make history, Louis-Dreyfus will have to get past some other ladies with serious Emmy clout. »
Industrious as she is, Amy Poehler can't be everywhere. At times, that can be an issue — for example, on the set of Parks and Rec, where she was often needed to help block out shots. So for four years she had a stand-in, Hadley Meares, who recently wrote about the experience for Atlas Obscura. Meares describes her career as "a moving piece of furniture" and emphasizes the patience required: "if you don’t like being stared at or prodded, standing in is not the job for you." She also shares a specific story about knowing when not to wander across Andy and April's front lawn when they're filming, no matter how bad you have to pee: I got up and started walking on the lawn, positive that I was safely out of camera view, when I noticed that Chris Pratt was staring at me, looking very confused. “Why on earth »
- Dee Lockett
Although Robert Carlock and Mike Schur haven’t worked together in years, their careers keep intersecting. They met as writers on “Saturday Night Live” in the ’90s. Carlock went on to showrun NBC Emmy favorite “30 Rock” with Tina Fey, before the pair co-created Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Schur spent three years on NBC’s “The Office” before launching Amy Poehler starrer “Parks and Recreation” on the same network. Seven seasons later, “Parks” has come to an end and earned a farewell nom for best comedy series alongside the debut season of “Kimmy.” And now Schur is working for Netflix too, exec producing the upcoming Aziz Ansari vehicle “Master of None” (which, like “Kimmy,” is produced by NBCUniversal).
Variety: Robert, you were on a show that won a lot of Emmys. Mike, your show has been largely ignored by the Emmys. Robert, what is Mike doing wrong?
Mike Schur: »
- Geoff Berkshire
This could be the first year an Internet distributor harvests an Emmy from the funny farm.
Both freshmen shows competing for the comedy series prize — Amazon Studios’ “Transparent” and Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” — hail from digital outlets. Regardless of whether they take home any trophies, the noms reflect the heightened competitive field for unique and compelling laffers.
And raise the question: Have digital players changed the rules for what’s considered a top-tier TV comedy?
Opinions vary. According to some industryites, any show created for Netflix or Amazon could just as easily run on premium or basic cable — or even broadcast. Indeed, it’s worth pointing out that “Kimmy,” from the “30 Rock” tag team of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, was in production for NBC before Netflix struck the deal to save it from an uncertain future.
“As much as (‘Kimmy’) was written for NBC, obviously NBC and we »
- Todd Spangler
For five years running, the Emmys have kept the best comedy series race all in the family.
The quintet of consecutive wins for “Modern Family” already put ABC’s breakout laffer in the TV Academy’s record books: It’s tied with “Frasier” for the most ever wins in the top comedy category. One more victory and it would hold the record solo.
He says it would be “thrilling” if “Modern Family” broke the tie but doesn’t feel like it’s a competition. Rather it would mean recognition of how hard the show’s cast and crew continue to push themselves after six seasons and over 140 episodes.
“We aren’t writing for validation on ‘Modern Family,’ but we did set out »
- Geoff Berkshire
The headline of the comedy race is, of course, the question of whether “Modern Family” will claim its sixth consecutive crown, breaking its current tie with “Frasier” for the all-time record. Yet two series may play spoiler: Amazon proved it could be a contender in the awards race with its Golden Globe win for “Transparent,” the delicately nuanced story of a family patriarch who comes out as transgender. And HBO’s “Veep” soared to new comic heights in its fourth season, as Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ politico continued to fumble in her quixotic quest for political power.
The safe bet may well be with “Modern Family.” Just look at this season’s clever “Connection Lost” episode, filmed entirely on all manner of Apple technology. But all dynasties must eventually come to an end. Keen-eyed prognosticators say momentum has shifted to a pair of formidable women. Louis-Dreyfus has owned the lead »
- Debra Birnbaum
The contenders, not surprisingly, feature some first-rate series. What relatively few of them do, consistently, is generate laughter, reflecting how the drama category has not only grown in complexity and ambition, but also has, in some respects, oozed its way into the half-hour field.
The crowded nature of the drama ballot, perhaps, reflects why you don’t see half-hours petitioning for admittance to the drama race, unlike the high-profile series (“Jane the Virgin,” “Shameless” and, unsuccessfully, “Orange Is the New Black”) that sought admission to the comedy dance. The TV Academy’s decision to alter its rules to define content by duration — hours default into drama, and half-hours into comedy — brought some order to the proceedings, »
- Brian Lowry
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