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The Performer | Allison Janney
The Show | Mom
The Episode | “Three Smiles and an Unpainted Ceiling”
The Airdate | January 22, 2015
The Performance | Allison Janney’s versatility as an actress isn’t exactly a secret, not after taking home a pair of Emmys last year — one for Guest Actress in a Drama (for Masters of Sex) and the other for Supporting Actress in a Comedy (for Mom). But on Thursday’s installment of the CBS comedy, as recovering alcoholic Bonnie coped with the death of her recently rekindled love Alvin (played by Kevin Pollak »
“This is going to be a lot of fun watching people get killed!”
So joked director Jason Reitman as he kicked off the latest installment of Film Independent’s popular Live Read series on Thursday night with perhaps his boldest selection yet: Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas.”
At the event, which returned to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art following last month’s sojourn to downtown L.A., Reitman praised the gangster classic as having “a perfect screenplay.”
To celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary, Reitman cast a fresh ensemble of actors, including Laurence Fishburne (in the part originated by Robert De Niro) and Fred Savage (in Ray Liotta’s signature role), to read the Oscar-nominated screenplay before a live audience.
Before the show began, »
- Matthew Chernov
Oh, this one's going to hurt. After six seasons, the Braverman family is leaving our lives for good when Parenthood airs its series finale on Thursday. No, we're not ready. Yes, we're emotional wrecks. Not helping us in our impossible mission to let go of this gem of a show? This exclusive sneak peek from the series finale, titled "May God Bless and Keep You Always," which finds Hank (Ray Romano) asking Zeek (Craig T. Nelson) for his blessing to marry Sarah (Lauren Graham). Break out the tissues because you will cry. A lot. In the video above, Hank goes to Zeek to lay "all the cards" on the table, including that he probably has Asperger's, something »
Zeek Braverman is going to die before the conclusion of next week’s Parenthood series finale. That much seems clear after this week’s episode, in which the Braverman family patriarch announces that he plans to avoid additional surgery and simply live his life until his heart will no longer allow it. And yet, after watching this penultimate Parenthood, I'm pretty sure that his death is something the show will not delve into very deeply. It’s possible we won’t even see a single minute of his funeral.There’s only an hour of Braverman drama to go, and we already know that hour will include the wedding of Sarah Braverman and Hank Rizzoli, setting us up for a finale that (fingers crossed) will be just as rich, lovely, and emotional as the season-three ender that centered around the Crosby–Jasmine nuptials. So it seems unlikely that Jason Katims »
- Jen Chaney
The title of Parenthood’s penultimate episode — “We Made It Through the Night” — could just as easily describe the NBC drama’s viewing audience as accurately as it does the family at its center.
Even though many of us are now emotionally compromised from watching Thursday’s installment, we are indeed nearing the end of the Bravermans’ on-screen journey — and this week’s events, while tearjerking (duh), seem to be bringing the beloved series to a sweet conclusion.
After all, how could you not love the episode’s tender moments? Adam helping a student make the perfect soufflé? Sarah and Amber’s lovely duet? »
A review of tonight's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I have my second wedding at a volcano... "Of course I'm with you. I'm always with you." -Camille Where previous seasons of "Parenthood" have been sprawling in their narrative — sometimes following stories for a whole year, and other times taking brief detours for a few weeks — this final edition has been laser-focused on the end, and on bringing everyone's story to some kind of definitive close, even if Zeek is the only one likely to actually die before the end. Staying on such a long, narrow path all season has taken some air out of the show, leading to fewer three-hankie moments so far than I think many of us would have expected going in. But there can be a power in inevitable moments as well as surprising ones, as our penultimate episode "We Made It Through the Night" demonstrated early and often. »
- Alan Sepinwall
This post originally ran in November 2014. We are republishing it with the series ending later this month, as no one has died yet. With Parenthood on hiatus until next year, you still have plenty of time to set up your betting pool on who will (as promised!) be kicking the bucket. All signs seem to be pointing toward Zeek, who, at the end of the last episode, asked that Camille call an ambulance. But maybe the writers of Parenthood are planning a little twist? Here are your odds. Have a happy Thanksgiving with your family. Kristina Braverman (Monica Potter): 100:1 Kristina already had a death scare in season four, but it’s perfectly possible that the cancer could come back. Or maybe this is just wishful thinking, because she’s turned into a monster, letting Max get away with murder at the Braveman-run charter school and still (!) parading around »
- Lindsey Weber
Project revolves around rising attorney whose perfectly crafted life when his long lost childhood friends threaten to expose a dark secret
NBC and “CSI” executive producer Carol Mendelsohn are going into business with each other for the drama pilot “Game of Silence.”
The pilot, which Mendelsohn (pictured) is executive producing, is about a rising attorney on the brink of success who risks losing his perfectly crafted life when his long lost childhood friends threaten to expose a dark secret from their violent past.
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- Tim Kenneally
NBC has picked up its fourth drama pilot for the 2015-16 cycle, “Game Of Silence.”
The hour-long thriller from Sony Pictures TV and Carol Mendelsohn Productions follows a successful rising attorney who could lose it all when his long-lost childhood friends threaten to expose a dark, violent secret from their past.
Carol Mendelsohn, former showrunner of “CSI,” will serve as exec producer on the legal drama, along with Julie Weitz and David Hudgins (“Parenthood,” “Friday Night Lights”). Hudgins will pen the pilot.
“Game Of Silence” is based on the Turkish series of the same name.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
After six seasons, only two new episodes are yet to air of the NBC drama.
"It's been so hard not to spill the beans because people at like Ralph's or Trader Joe's are like, first of all, they're very upset and we're all very sad and upset," she told Kit Hoover and guest co-host Holly Robinson Peete on Access Hollywood Live on Wednesday. "I have to say when I read the last two episodes, I couldn't turn the pages and I don't cry that ...
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Forever a Gilmore Girl! Eight years after Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel appeared together in the series finale of Gilmore Girls, Graham is reflecting on the beloved dramedy. Now starring in the final season of Parenthood, Graham, 47, stopped by Late Night on Tuesday, Jan. 20, and looked back on the ending of her current show in contrast to that of Gilmore Girls. "It's really difficult but also really nice to be able to say goodbye," Graham said of shooting the final episodes of Parenthood. "I've mainly been [...] »
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
"Modern Family" star Eric Stonestreet and "Arrow" star Stephen Amell were on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Tuesday night, and they competed in a fun game called "Name That Thing." Spoiler alert! Eric won, but he admitted in one of his individual videos that Stephen probably should've won because the final round was to name a bunch of U.S. Presidents and Stephen is Canadian. Eric said Stephen knows more about the U.S. than Eric does about Canada, so it wasn't quite fair. Eric also talked about pranking his "Modern Family" co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and shared his latest torture, sending him a sex toy in the mail. He's a big football fan, »
- Gina Carbone
Based on Helberg’s real-life experiences, the film centers around a guy who doesn’t know how good he has it, and breaks up with his long-time girlfriend when someone else shows interest in him.
As I’ve said before, I think this one may turn out to be a surprise hit, and you don’t want to miss it.
More importantly, you don’t want to miss a shot at an autographed poster!
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Written by and starring Simon Helberg and co-directed by his wife, Jocelyn Towne, We’ll Never Have Paris is a hilarious look at the real-life antics that led up to the star’s engagement. The film co-stars Melanie Lynskey »
- Marc Eastman
Louis C.K. and FX have been tight since as early as 2010 when the comedian launched his hit show Louie on their basic cable network. The show has brought to audiences a whole new level to self-deprecation-style humor and promises to continue to push boundaries with its upcoming fifth season coming later this year. C.K. has no doubt brought good things to the network, like Emmy nominations as well as wins, but now he has his sights on Better Things.
The new comedy pilot will feature longtime friend and fellow comedian Pamela Adlon in the driver’s seat, says Deadline. It aims to mirror her real life, playing an actress and a divorced mother and is being referred to as “a female version of Louie.” C.K., who co-wrote the pilot, will executive produce Better Things, through FX Productions and C.K.’s Pig Newton Productions, and direct the pilot episode. »
- William Fanelli
John Corbett never played much of a big character on Parenthood, but he had high hopes to be there at the end. Now we hear that his emotion scene was cut from the upcoming series finale. He plays Lauren Graham’s ex Seth, who is the father of Amber. He was set to come in as the father and meet his grandchild while also talking to Sarah. However, it looks like his part has been cut out last minute for the Jan 29th. Here is what John had to say.
I got a bad call from [Parenthood creator] Jason Katims two nights ago — they had to cut my great scene, They flew me all the way from New York [to Los Angeles] to do a scene with Lauren [Graham], and God, it was such a good scene. I got to see [Amber’s] baby” — aka Seth’s grandchild — “and they had to cut it for time. I was super bummed. »
- Sarah Peel
Following his Sunday appearance at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, where he was promoting the new FX/Denis Leary comedy Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, John Corbett confirmed that he had shot a scene for Parenthood‘s very final episode, only to learn it didn’t make the cut.
What does Bob Greenblatt want most? A hit comedy.
The NBC Entertainment chairman is looking at the prospect of starting next season with an entirely new comedy slate if none of this season’s remaining shows — “Marry Me,” “About a Boy,” “Undateable” and the upcoming “One Big Happy” — manage to earn renewals. “Parks and Recreation,” NBC’s most established comedy, wraps its seven-season run on Jan. 29.
The environment for NBC comedy launches is so challenged that the Peacock was receptive to the offer from Netflix to buy up the latest Tina Fey-Robert Carlock series, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” Greenblatt acknowledged Friday during NBC’s portion of the Television Critics Assn. press tour.
“We didn’t want to put it on in a situation where we couldn’t really launch it,” Greenblatt said, noting that the show had something of an “edgy setup” by the standards of network TV comedy. »
- Cynthia Littleton
The crowd laughed about the failed projects that topped off a past TCA session. He added, “Last year?”
See photos: The Scene at TCA: Funny, Frank and Flippant Quotes From the 2015 TV Press Tour
When asked whether the network will never go into business with Cosby, 77, again, Greenblatt curtly answered, “Yes, I think that’s safe to say. »
- Jethro Nededog
Even though "Bad Judge" and "A to Z" flopped, "State of Affairs" and "Marry Me" are basically doomed, "The Voice" is down, "Peter Pan Live!" fizzled, "Constantine" will be done after 13 episodes and "Mysteries of Laura" is attracting mostly older viewers, it still wasn't a bad fall for NBC. Certainly NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt is likely to look on the bright side at Friday (January 16) morning's Television Critics Association press tour panel with NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke and Late-Night and Alternative President Paul Telegdy. Click through and follow along... 8:15 a.m. Pt. Paul Telegdy appears to be a late scratch, so it'll be Greenblatt & Salke alone... 8:53 a.m. Panel time! Robert Greenblatt takes the stage first to give us our talking points. He notes that the network "held back" many of its top dramas for midseason, so he's excited to share some of them with us. »
- Daniel Fienberg
"Delta actually was a joke," the 40-year-old actor told Ellen. "Our first daughter's name is Lincoln, which is very masculine, so a friend of mine teasingly texted me, 'Oh great! What's this one going to be? Navy Seal? Delta Force? Green Beret?' And I was reading this text out loud to Kristen and I said, 'Oh, Steve said, "What if we named her Delta?" Delta! Delta Bell Shepard! That's it!' And that's it."
News: Kristen & Dax Welcome Baby No. 2!
Dax also shared the intense 33-hour labor his wife Kristen Bell, 34, went through for 3-week-old Delta.
"Kristen, God bless her, was in labor for 33 hours," Dax said. "[Her labor with Lincoln was] 15 [hours]. That's child's play."
At the last minute, Kristen ended up needing a C-section, something that Dax didn't expect to have such an effect on him »
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