3 items from 2015
With “Parks and Recreation” only a few days away from ending, we’ve been running a lot of stories about the show’s history, including Jim O’Heir recalling the strange life of Garry Gergich, and Mike Schur explaining the show’s weird recurring characters and running gags . One of those weirdoes was Jean-Ralphio Saperstein, Tom Haverford’s best friend and a monstrous human being. Earlier this week, I emailed actor Ben Schwartz a few questions about how he got the part, the origin of Jean-Ralphio’s hair, love of singing, and more. The “Parks” series finale airs Tuesday night at 10 on NBC. Before then, I have one more big interview to publish, plus a look back at what made this one of TV’s best comedies. Mike said that Jean-Ralphio was born out of you spending an hour in his office and making him realize you were funny enough »
- Alan Sepinwall
Alfre Woodard threw her first Oscar’s Sistahs Soiree six years ago, when she had grown tired of everyone assuming actresses of color were in competition with each other. “Every time we hear each others’ names, it felt like it was one of our reps going, ‘If that b–tch turns it down, then you can have it!’” Woodard revealed at a cocktail gathering before the dinner. “I was like, wait a minute. When I hear my sisters’ names, I want to have a joyful feeling in my heart about it.”
There was nothing but joy evident in the cocktail party at the Beverly Wilshire held before the 28 invited guests headed into a private dinner. The room was loud with laughter and cheers as Woodard tried to find an area where she could talk. “You see how loud it gets!” she said with a laugh. “It’s always like this, »
- Jenelle Riley
The entire cast, plus executive producer Michael Schur, will be guests on the nighttime NBC talker on Tuesday, Feb. 24.
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The comedy’s one-hour series finale airs that same evening, at 10/9c.
Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…
* Showtime has pushed back the Season 2 premiere of Penny Dreadful from April 26 to Sunday, May 3 at 10 pm.
* ABC has give a six-episode order to an updated version of Comedy Central’s BattleBots, which featured homemade robots battling against each, »
3 items from 2015
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