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Live, From New York: Sprout’s Morning Show For Kids Wants Celebrities In Mix

1 hour ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

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

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DirecTV orders up more Nick Jonas and Frank Grillo in 'Kingdom'

18 October 2014 11:01 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"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

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Parenthood: Season Six Ratings

17 October 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

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 »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Kingdom 'Renewed' by DirecTV

17 October 2014 1:03 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

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.

Related Matt Lauria, Jonathan Tucker Preview DirecTV’s Mma Drama Kingdom, Duke It Out Over Parenthood‘s Amber

Starring Nick Jonas, Matt LauriaFrank Grillo, Kiele Sanchez, Jonathan Tucker and Joanna GoingKingdom will begin production on this next batch of episodes in Spring 2015.

According to DirecTV, Kingdom “has proven to be one of Audience Network’s most popular shows of all time.”

Related storiesMatt Lauria, Jonathan Tucker Preview DirecTV's Mma Drama Kingdom, »

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Parenthood Cry-Cap: Love Finds Max Braverman

17 October 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

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

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Parenthood Recap: We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

16 October 2014 8:52 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Parenthood‘s Joel and Julia have the kind of relationship Taylor Swift songs are made of.

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, »

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Chris Rock to Host SNL in November

14 October 2014 1:11 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Saturday Night Live is welcoming back another one of its most famous players next month.

Related Bill Hader Hosts SNL: Watch Video of the Best and Worst Sketches

Chris Rock, who appeared on SNL from 1990 to 1993, will return to host the Nov. 1 episode, NBC announced Tuesday on Twitter:

We’re so excited to welcome back @chrisrock and musical guest Prince (@3Rdeyegirl) for our November 1 show! #SNL #SNL40

Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) October 14, 2014

It was also recently announced that Jim Carrey — who twice hosted SNL in 1996 and 2011 — will return for the Oct. 25 episode.

Your thoughts on Rock returning as host? »

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Lego is developing a reality TV show

14 October 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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'Parenthood': Watch Zeek's Emotional Homecoming (Exclusive)

14 October 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

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

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- Lesley Goldberg

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The Voice: Christina Aguilera, Pharrell Set for Season 8 Coaching Panel

14 October 2014 8:06 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The Voice is going back to basics — and yep, Christina Aguilera junkies, that’s a reference to her epic 2006 double album.

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. »

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The Voice Recap: Duel Realities

13 October 2014 7:39 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

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, »

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Parenthood's Monica Potter to Star in NBC Comedy Pilot

13 October 2014 7:04 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Monica Potter might not be straying from NBC after Parenthood‘s end.

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.

Related Parenthood Favorite Jason Ritter Returning in Season 6

Details about the project’s premise are not available, but according to Deadline it is loosely based on Potter’s own life.

The multi-cam pilot is penned by I Hate My Teenage Daughter creators Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer. Potter will also serve as a producer.

Related storiesBill Hader Hosts SNL: Watch »

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‘Parenthood’ Star Monica Potter Developing NBC Comedy with Ellen DeGeneres’ Banner

13 October 2014 7:04 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Monica Potter may be staying put at NBC next season. The “Parenthood” star is set to topline and produce a comedy pilot for NBC from Warner Bros. TV and Ellen DeGeneres’ production banner.

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

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Bill Murray plans to sing Christmas carols in his own holiday TV special

13 October 2014 6:59 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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Parenthood’s Monica Potter Attached to NBC Comedy

13 October 2014 6:16 PM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

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

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Trailer for A Merry Friggin’ Christmas starring Robin Williams

11 October 2014 4:59 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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

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The Judge Trailer Will Pull You Into The Theater

10 October 2014 5:41 PM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

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

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Marry Me Cast Talks NBC Comedy's 'Crazy' Ensemble Dynamic

10 October 2014 4:44 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

If you’re hoping to see some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities on NBC’s fall comedy Marry Me (premiering Oct. 14), stars Casey Wilson and Ken Marino have some bad news.

“I’m going to say a couple of names,” Marino says, tongue planted firmly in cheek.“George ClooneyMeryl Streep…” — He points to Wilson when she suggests Kim Kardashian — “…will not be on the show.”

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, »

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The Merry Friggin' Christmas Trailer Gives Us Robin Williams And Plenty Of Laughs

10 October 2014 9:35 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

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 »

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Parenthood Recap: The Wedding Band

10 October 2014 7:12 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

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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