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Ucb Cofounder Matt Walsh on Amy Poehler's Ascent, Improv, and His New Show Players

17 March 2010 12:15 PM, PDT | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

Matt Walsh was one-fourth of improv troupe Upright Citizens Brigade's most famous lineup -- the one with fellow comic totems Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Amy Poehler that fronted the '90s Comedy Central series Upright Citizens Brigade. The 45-year-old's cult hero status has led to a number of supporting roles as a correspondent on The Daily Show, bit player in The Hangover, Role Models, and I Love You Man, and star on Comedy Central's recent Dog Bites Man. Now, as Walsh's new Spike TV sports bar comedy Players takes off, he talks to Movieline about improvisation, the college experiences that led to Players, and the kind of "postmodern" comedy he finds annoying. »

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Spike orders 'Back Nine' golf pilot

17 February 2010 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Spike TV has greenlighted a golf-themed pilot -- just in time for Tiger Woods' return to the spotlight.

The single-camera "Back Nine" stars "The Dukes of Hazzard" alum John Schneider as Ronnie Barnes, a hard-drinking, larger-than-life, washed-up former U.S. Open champion. He travels the country competing in small-time tournaments with Tiger, his sex-addicted longtime caddy, in order to qualify again for the PGA Tour.

Miguel Nunez is in negotiations to play Tiger in the project written by Jason Filardi ("17 Again") and Mark Perez ("Accepted").

Spike put the "Back Nine" script on the fast track almost a year ago. The sex-addict Tiger-named character was part of that early script and preceded by more than a year Woods' November car crash that opened the floodgates to allegations about his extramarital affairs. Woods is expected to publicly address those allegations for the first time Friday.

Filardi and Perez also are set »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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Matt Walsh brings 'Players' to Spike, March 2

16 February 2010 9:24 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Spike has the dudes covered with their series that veers into Animal House-land, rude, as crude and lewd is the call-to-action as the network brings the fellas "Players" on Tuesday, March 2 at 10:30 Pm. Spike TV expands its comedic slate with .Players,. a series created by and starring one of the founders of the acclaimed improvisational comedy troupe, the Upright Citizens Brigade, Matt Walsh. .Players. follows two brothers (Walsh and Ian Roberts) with conflicting personalities trying to run a successful sports bar. Spike TV.s new original half-hour comedy .Players. stars Walsh as Bruce Fitzgerald, a free-spirited, fun-loving, guy.s guy who is living out his fantasy of owning a sports bar that allows him to bet »

- April MacIntyre

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