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Some talk shows lure guests with the promise of hyping a new project. Others deliver instant fame. And then there’s one that hopes to hook visitors with the sounds of an anthropomorphic chicken whose voice is reminiscent of a kazoo.
Chica, that clucking character, has held forth for seven years from the “Sunshine Barn,” a set placed in converted office space in Comcast Corp.’s Philadelphia headquarters, all part of kiddie-cabler Sprout’s “Sunny Side Up Show.” Now the character and her four handlers have a new roost: a tiny studio on the sixth floor of NBCUniversal’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza complex, not far from the wardrobe racks used by the Roots, the house band for Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show.” Chica and crew will continue to celebrate viewer birthdays and do crafts projects live seven days a week. The new twist? Every once in a while, a celebrity guest or musician will join them. »
- Brian Steinberg
"Kingdom" will continue to reign on Directv. Just a week after the series premiere, the platform has ordered an additional 20 episodes of the one-hour drama from creator Byron Balasco ("Detroit 1-8-7") and Endemol Studios ("Hell on Wheels"). Production will begin in spring 2015, with the first 10 episodes airing on the Audience Network next fall. The following 10 episodes will air sometime in 2016. Starring Nick Jonas and Frank Grillo ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier"), "Kingdom" is a brutal family saga that takes place in the rough and tumble world of Mixed Martial Arts in Venice, California. "Kingdom" also stars Kiele Sanchez ("Lost"), Matt Lauria ("Friday Night Lights"), Jonathan Tucker ("Parenthood") and Joanna Going ("House of Cards"). “Directv could not be more thrilled by the response that last week’s premiere of 'Kingdom' elicited from both critics and our viewers,” said Directv's Chris Long in a press statement. “The series very »
- Dave Lewis
Despite mediocre and poor ratings, Parenthood managed to escape being cancelled for years. But now, NBC has decided to end the show with season six. Will the ratings rise in the final year or will they drop even lower? Will they regret the decision? Stay tuned.
Parenthood follows the lives of the extended Braverman family in Northern California. The large ensemble cast includes Bonnie Bedelia, Joy Bryant, Tyree Brown, Max Burkholder, Erika Christensen, Lauren Graham, Miles Heizer, Sam Jaeger, Peter Krause, Xolo Mariduena, Craig T. Nelson, Monica Potter, Savannah Paige Rae, Dax Shepard, and Mae Whitman.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- usually the next day, around 11:30am Est/8:30am »
DirecTV is expanding its Kingdom.
The provider has ordered 20 additional episodes of its new Mma drama, our sister site Deadline reports, just two episodes into its 10-episode run on Audience Network.
According to DirecTV, Kingdom “has proven to be one of Audience Network’s most popular shows of all time.”
How many road trips must season six of Parenthood go on before season six of Parenthood can stop taking road trips?That’s not a lyric from a Bob Dylan song. But it might be the mantra I repeat privately, in my head, when I go on a silent retreat this weekend, one I sincerely hope will not be rudely crashed by Crosby Braverman while being led by Lindsay Weir’s guidance counselor. (Hey, Dave Allen. Sup?)Seriously, let’s recap, in mid-cry-cap, all the recent Parenthood road-trip madness. During the season-five finale, Drew impetuously drove to Oregon. This season’s first episode featured Crosby and Adam taking that improbably spontaneous trip to Vegas, which followed Sarah and Zeek’s slightly less random trip to Vegas. Last week gave us National Lampoon’s Amber and Drew Go to Wyoming Despite the Fact That It’s a Long-Ass Drive. And this week, »
- Jen Chaney
A trip to Sydney’s classmate’s house on Thursday — you know, to make her apologize for being a tiny terror — led to the conversation no fan of the show, or fan of true love for that matter, ever wanted to hear: “We need to tell them we’re not getting back together.”
In the end, though, Julia couldn’t bring herself to say those words — or anything close to those words — to their kids. Instead, she told Sydney that the future is uncertain, »
Saturday Night Live is welcoming back another one of its most famous players next month.
— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) October 14, 2014
Your thoughts on Rock returning as host? »
Lego is developing a reality TV show Following the success of “The Lego Movie,” Lego is planning to launch a TV show in 2015, possibly revolving around Master Builders, the designers who use Legos to build stuff. Report: “Downton Abbey” is considering ending after Season 6 Radio Times reports that producers have been talking about an end, which is something creator Julian Fellowes hinted at earlier this year. Wgn America renews “Manhattan” for Season 2 About 1.7 million viewers have been watching each episode of Season 1, which ends Sunday. Click Read Full Post For More “Jane the Virgin” debuts to 1.63 million, helping give CW its largest Monday audience in years “Jane” doubled the demo audience of “Beauty and the Beast.” Pharrell Williams will stay on “The Voice” He’ll join original coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera for Season 8. Is “True Detective” in danger of missing its summer 2015 premiere? Season 1 took 9 months »
- Norman Weiss
Parenthood fans, rest (somewhat) easy: Zeek Braverman (Craig T. Nelson) is coming home. In an exclusive clip from Thursday's all-new episode, the head of the Braverman family makes a somewhat triumphant return from open heart surgery to his Bay Area home — only it's not as easy as he would have hoped. Clearly in pain as he attempts to make his way from the car to the house, Zeek is clearly uncomfortable with his luxury "suite" and appears to be feeling a bit defeated as he spies the literal long walk up the steps. Read more 'Parenthood's' Jason Katims: Final Season
- Lesley Goldberg
Aguilera — one of the original Voice coaches, who hasn’t occupied one of the show’s rotating red chairs since Season 5 — will return to NBC’s hit singing competition for Season 8, alongside Pharrell Williams, and permanent panelists Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.
Pharrell’s return engagement for the spring 2015 cycle is significant, too, as he’ll be the first “replacement” coach — aka not one of The Voice’s original foursome of Shelton, Levine, Aguilera and Cee Lo Green — to appear in consecutive seasons. »
Like those old episodes of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom where the straggler impala gets picked off by the hungry lioness, The Voice‘s Battle Rounds are compelling (though not necessarily comforting) viewing.
Only the strongest voices — or at least those attached to the youngest, doe-eyed-iest, most social-media-approved bodies — survive the two-person, one-song contests.
And while I understand those who wince at the inherent cruelty of whittling a pool of 48 singers down to 32 (eight Battle “losers” get second chances via The Steal), it’s nevertheless a necessary evil. I mean, let’s be honest: After three consecutive weeks of Blind Auditions, »
The Peacock network has given a pilot production commitment to a half-hour comedy starring the actress and executive-produced by Ellen DeGeneres, our sister site Deadline reports.
Details about the project’s premise are not available, but according to Deadline it is loosely based on Potter’s own life.
The multicamera half-hour is described as loosely based on Potter’s life. She’s known as an actress who maintains an active life outside of her thesping work. (For example, she fronts the lifestyle/crafting e-commerce website Mrs. Potter.)
Comedy vets Ellen Kreamer and Sherry Bilsing-Graham are writing and exec producing for DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production banner. DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman are also EPs. Project has a hefty pilot production commitment from the Peacock.
Potter is in the final season of drama “Parenthood,” which has made her a fan favorite for her nuanced portrayal of Kristina Braverman, whose emotional and physical ups and downs have been a pillar of the family drama.
Kreamer and Bilsing-Graham most »
- Cynthia Littleton
Bill Murray plans to sing Christmas carols in his own holiday TV special The project, which is still in the developmental stages, would involve Sofia Coppola, who directed Murray in "Lost in Translation." “It’s not going to be live,” Murray tells Variety. “We’re going to do it like a little movie. It won’t have a format, but it’s going to have music. It will have texture. It will have threads through it that are writing. There will be prose.” “Monster-in-Law” is set to become a Fox sitcom the 2005 film starring Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda is being remade for TV. You’ll have to re-watch “Breaking Bad” to appreciate “Better Call Saul” That’s according to the president of Sony Pictures Television: "I won't spill the beans too much, but it is going to force you to go back and check out things that happened »
- Norman Weiss
Monica Potter is not allowing her current series Parenthood‘s ending ruin her love for NBC. It has been confirmed that she is attached to a comedy project by the growing (and glowing) network. The series is untitled and seems to be in the pipeline for NBC. It is rumored that it will be loosely based upon Monica’s own life. Ellen DeGeneres is attached as the executive-producer along with Monica serving a producer role as well. Other than those very few details, NBC has not provided many for us to go on.
Way to go Monica! I always loved her acting on the show, so it will be good to see her stretch her wings a little. I am sure she could easily support a short comedy series and show us her talent range. I just hope that NBC will support it as it seems like they are buying »
- Sarah Peel
A new trailer has arrived online for the festive comedy A Merry Friggin’ Christmas, which sees the late, great Robin Williams in one of his final screen roles.
Merry Friggin’ Christmas follows Boyd Mitchler and his wife Luann as they spend a dreaded Christmas with Boyd’s father Mitch and his family of misfits. Upon realizing that he has left all of his son’s gifts at home, Boyd hits the road with his father and younger brother in an attempt to make the 8-hour round trip before sunrise.
Check out the new trailer here…
A Merry Friggin’ Christmas is set for release on November 7th in the Us and is directed by Tristram Shapeero (Community) with a cast that also includes Joel McHale (Deliver Us From Evil), Lauren Graham (Parenthood), Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time Machine 2), Oliver Platt (Mortdecai), Wendy McLendon-Covey (Think Like a Man Too), Tim Heidecker »
- Gary Collinson
The Judge is hitting on October 10th, and the cast alone should get you to theaters. Robert Downey Jr., who brought a certain gravity to the charm of Iron Man, which has helped make those films so successful, returns to a more dramatic role. As Hank Palmer, Downey Jr. finds himself in the middle of several emotional tangles when he has to return to the small town he left for New York City, and is forced to reconnect with his estranged father (Robert Duvall). That would make for a rough enough time out from Hank’s life as a big time attorney, but Hank not only has to interact with his father, he has to defend him in a murder trial.
Oscar-winner Robert Duvall plays a veteran judge with over forty years on the bench, who is obviously a prominent member of the community. A car accident seems not to have been all that accidental, »
- Marc Eastman
Still, despite a lack of Academy Award winners (and one polarizing reality TV star), Marry Me still packs quite the comedic punch. Starring Happy Endings’ Wilson and Childrens Hospital’s Marino as odd couple Annie and Jake, »
The trailer for A Merry Friggin' Christmas has arrived and it gives us a good look at the shenanigans that ensue when Joel McHale and the late, great Robin Williams team up as father and son. Check it out in all of its family holiday mayhem below... Beyond being one of the final films to star Robin Williams, A Merry Friggin' Christmas boasts a solid cast, which includes Community's Joel McHale, Parenthood's Lauren Graham, Bridesmaids (and The Goldbergs) Wendi McLendon-Covey and Hot Tub Time Machine's Clark Duke. Writer and actor Tim Heidecker plays Boyd's bother-in-law, Dave... Via Entertainment Tonight, the trailer introduces us to Boyd Mitchier (Joel McHale), a man who's reluctant to return home for the holidays with his family, due to the complicated relationship he has with his father Mitch (Robin Williams). As we see in the video, Boyd and Luann (Lauren Graham) have forgotten »
In this week’s episode of Parenthood, when the doctors and nurses rolled Zeek Braverman toward the operating room from which he knew he might not emerge, it was pretty impossible to fight off the tears. That was partly because of Craig T. Nelson’s delivery of his open-heart farewell to Bonnie Bedelia. “I’m scared, Millie,” Zeek said, his voice cracking so severely that his last words came out like a baby bird’s squawk. “I’ll see ya.” But it was also because of the way Camille responded after Zeek was whisked away, leaving her with just his wedding band of gold to clutch. The camera kept its eye on Camille in that moment, and it let us see her break, then attempt to regroup. It was the rare occasion when Parenthood has given Bedelia the space and time to let some personal, intense emotion naturally spill out of her character. »
- Jen Chaney
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