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Shulman & Associates is losing a gynecologist.
Pally will make guest appearances as his schedule permits, but will no longer be a series regular on the hit Fox comedy come episode 13 of this season. Pally recently inked a two-year overall deal with ABC.
The former “Happy Endings” actor joined the show as Dr. Peter Prentice at the beginning of season two. The sitcom, starring Mindy Kaling, is now in its third season. Fox just raised the season order of “The Mindy Project” from 15 to 21 episodes.
- Maane Khatchatourian
Dan Bucatinsky is keeping busy. The actor-writer-producer has been promoted from recurring player to series regular on NBC's freshman comedy Marry Me, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The Emmy-winning Scandal alum signed on to the comedy from Happy Endings creator David Caspe as a recurring player the morning after his character on the ABC Shonda Rhimes thriller was killed off. See more Faces of Fall 2014 The promotion comes at a busy time for Bucatinsky. In addition to his role as Casey Wilson's father on the marriage comedy, Bucatinsky appears onscreen on HBO's revived The Comeback — which he
- Lesley Goldberg
Fox's The Mindy Project is poised to say farewell to Adam Pally. The Happy Endings alum will exit the third-year Fox comedy, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Pally has the option of guest starring when and if his schedule permits. As first reported by TV Line, Pally will depart the series in early 2015. His contract was set to expire with episode 13. Fox recently picked up an additional six episodes of the Mindy Kaling vehicle, bringing its total count to 21. Pally, one of the most in-demand actors last pilot season, joined the series as a recurring player
- Lesley Goldberg
Shulman & Associates is undergoing another staffing change.
TVLine has learned exclusively that Adam Pally‘s run as a Mindy Project series regular will come to an end in early 2015.
I’m told Pally’s pact with the Fox comedy was always set to expire with this season’s 13th episode. He joined the show as Dr. Peter Prentice at the start of Season 2 and was quickly upgraded to a regular. Pally is expected to make occasional guest appearances as his schedule permits.
TV ratings for Tuesday, November 18th are in. Here’s a brief rundown: NBC’s swell new comedy Marry Me (from the creator of Happy Endings) saw a rise of three tenths for last night’s Thanksgiving-themed episode, earning a 1.6 rating in the 18-49 demo and scoring 5.32 million viewers. About a Boy was also up, rising four tenths to a 1.3 rating and garnering 4.3 million viewers, while Chicago Fire was down two tenths to a 2.0 rating and 7.70 million viewers. Over on The CW, The Flash (read Dave’s recap here) was down a tenth to a 1.3 rating and scored 3.58 million viewers, while Supernatural rose a tenth to a 1.0 rating and scored 2.63 million viewers. ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (read Evan Valentine's recap here) was up a tenth from last week’s series low to a 1.6 rating and 4.54 million viewers, while Forever matched last week’s 1.0 rating and scored 4.41 million viewers. »
- Adam Chitwood
Jon M Chu will produce high school dance comedy Can't Touch This.
The Step Up director's film will be set in the 1990s, reports Deadline.
It has not been revealed whether he will also direct the project.
Details of the film remain under wraps at this point.
Chu recently completed filming on the Jem and the Holograms live action film.
His next projects will include Now You See Me 2 and Lionsgate horror Run. »
Hulu orders Billy Eichner comedy “Difficult People” from producer Amy Poehler Eichner and his "Billy on the Street” head writer Julie Klausner originally filmed their pilot about a pair of difficult friends for USA. “Peter Pan Live!” changes the “Ugg-a-Wugg” song so it won’t offend Native Americans After consulting with a Native American consultant, the “Peter Pan Live!” has changed “Ugg-a-Wugg” to “True Blood Brothers” and removed any phrases like “the brave noble red skin” from the lyrics. Dave Chappelle wants to guest on every TV show -- and have sex with Olivia Pope The comedian tells GQ in his first extensive interview in years: “For one year, I want to do this thing where I guest-star on as many television shows as I possibly can. I’d be a zombie in 'The Walking Dead.' A corpse on ‘CSI.' I’d be the first black guy to »
- Norman Weiss
Jake (Ken Marino) and Annie (Casey Wilson) won't be the only ones feeling the love on NBC's Marry Me (Tues., 9/8) in the new year. TV Guide Magazine has learned exclusively that comic Rob Riggle (who previously appeared on Wilson's Happy Endings as the world's most obnoxious — and ill-fated — mail carrier) and absolute scream Natasha Leggero (Let's be Cops) are guesting on an as-yet-unscheduled 2015 episode.
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- Damian Holbrook
Jon M. Chu, the director of the Step Up films and G.I. Joe: Retaliation, is set to develop a new movie project called Can’t Touch This. As most of you know, that is the name of a popular song written by M.C. Hammer. The film is a high school dance comedy that will be set in the 1990s. Having grown up as a teenager in the '90s, the thought of a dance movie called Can’t Touch This made me laugh. I’m glad to hear that it’s going to be a comedy because hard to imagine a movie with a title like that could be taken seriously, unless they tackle it like films such as Dazed and Confused or American Graffiti. Those both had a good balance of drama and comedy.
Chu is definitely the best man for the job. This seems to fit in with »
- Joey Paur
Eliza Coupe is back on our TV screens with her new series Benched, but we’re still mourning the loss of Happy Endings. After saying goodbye to the ABC series in 2013, there are still some questions that keep us up at night: Did Jane continue to work for the Car Czar? Will Max ever become a functioning adult? How has Alex successfully avoided the meat sweats with her insane love of ribs?
Luckily, Coupe was on hand to dish on some of her favorite He moments, including the time she swapped (crusty) spit with co-star Adam Pally. Check it out above, and catch Benched Tuesdays at 10:30/9:30 C on USA.
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- Emily Exton
Can't Touch This
Plot specifics are under wraps, but it has been described as "'Safe House' on a plane". Joe Gazzam penned the script. [Source: Variety]
Filmmaker Patty Jenkins ("Monster," "The Killing") has closed a deal to direct a remake of the 2011 Norwegian action comedy "Jackpot" at Focus Features. David Callaham ("Godzilla") is penning the script based on a story by "Headhunters" novelist Jo Nesbo. »
- Garth Franklin
Right now, G.I. Joe Retaliation director Jon M. Chu is busy with Jem and the Holograms, a big screen adaptation of the musical animated series of the same name. And after that, he'll continue a run of nostalgia with Can't Touch This, a high school dance comedy set during the increasingly old decade that is the 90s. Deadline reports Chu and his producing partner Hieu Ho have set up the project at Focus Features, returning Chu to the world of dance that launched his career in the form of films like Step Up 2: The Streets and Step Up 3D. And this one has great talent with plenty of nostalgia experience working on the script. The script will come from Annie Mebane and Steve Basilone, who have written on "Community" and ""Happy Endings." But what makes them perfect for this project is their work as producers on "The Goldbergs," the »
- Ethan Anderton
No story details have been released, although the title is likely inspired by M.C. Hammer's 1990 hit song "U Can't Touch This." Jon M. Chu and Hieu Ho came up with the original idea for Can't Touch This, hiring The Goldbergs writers Annie Mebane and Stephen Basilone to pen the screenplay.
It isn't known yet if Jon M. Chu will direct the project himself, or when production will begin. The filmmaker recently wrapped production on Jem and the Holograms, which will be released next October, and he will next start shooting the upcoming sequel Now You See Me 2.
Exclusive: Jem and the Holograms and G.I. Joe: Retaliation helmer Jon M. Chu is going old school. He and producing partner Hieu Ho have sold to Focus Features new project Can’t Touch This, a high school dance comedy set in the golden era of the 1990s.
The teen dance milieu has been a fruitful one for Chu, who launched his career with fan favorite sequels Step Up 2: The Streets and Step Up 3D and has quickly become one of Hollywood’s in-demand studio directors. Storyline is being kept under wraps, although the title alone evokes a part of the decade that was too legit to quit. Chu and Ho originated the idea then tapped Happy Endings and Community writers Annie Mebane and Steve Basilone to script. Mebane and Basilone know their way around retro comedies; they’re producers on ABC’s ’80s-set The Goldbergs.
Chu and Ho will »
- Jen Yamato
The release of a Christopher Nolan movie, even one that “underperforms” at the box office like this week’sInterstellar, is by far the most fervently talked about work of art for several news cycles. Even in the face of constant barrages of Taylor Swift headlines, Nolan’s work is intensely debated and scrutinized in a way no other filmmaker receives for even one film, let alone all of them… read the full article.
‘Interstellar’ on the Small Screen
Concertgoers often rave about the opportunity to see their most cherished acts perform in a small, intimate space. There’s like an infinite number of bobbing heads in a Madison Square Gardens audience, but standing just feet away from your beloved musicians where if you’re lucky there’ll be some eye contact — that’s where the magic supposedly is… read the full article. »
Sitcoms, like every other TV genre, start off with something Buzzy and Conceptual to grab audience attention, before jettisoning it, to some extent, to get down to the business of what the show is actually about. Which, more often than not in sitcom-land, is the dating misadventures of a group of friends in a large city.
Marry Me, the NBC sitcom about a long-term couple about to get engaged, fits this mold. It was created by David Caspe and stars Casey Wilson, who previously worked together on Happy Endings, a fantastic ABC comedy that ran for three seasons before getting cancelled. One reason this former effort never quite garnered viewing momentum was that it took too long to move past the initial Big Concept; the series was ostensibly about the will-they-won’t-they of formerly engaged couple Dave and Alex, who in the pilot fail to get married when Alex (Elisha Cuthbert »
- Claire Hellar
In just four years, since his breakout roles in 2010's You Again and the critically-acclaimed but short-lived drama series Lone Star, James Wolk has put together an impressive string of performances. While he's best known, of late, for playing Bob Benson on AMC's Mad Men, he has also showed off his diverse talents in For a Good Time, Call..., Shameless, Happy Endings, Political Animals and The Crazy Ones. The actor returns to the big screen this weekend in the charming indie Always Woodstock, opening in select theaters and on VOD formats November 14.
The story centers on the quirky Catherine Brown, stuck in a miserable job at a New York record label, who decides she needs a change of pace. She packs up everything and moves to her family home in Woodstock, New York. It's there she meets charming local doctor Noah Bernstein (James Wolk)
I recently had the chance to »
We’ve already said our vows to NBC's freshman series Marry Me, and now it looks like we've have yet another reason to fall in love with this new romantic comedy.
ETonline exclusively reports that My Big Fat Greek Wedding's Nia Vardalos has been tapped to play Pam, a former friend of the Kevins (Dan Bucatinsky and Tim Meadows) and Annie's (Wilson) biological mom.
Watch: 'Marry Me' Review: Say 'Yes!' to this Adorable New Comedy
So what's the story behind Annie's Mia mom? In Vardalos' episode, which is slated to air in January, fans will find out that Pam was an extremely motivated and ambitious young woman and she used her egg donor money to kick start her own business.
Annie will reconnect with Pam only to discover that her mom is even more amazing then she »
We asked Den Of Geek’s writers to recommend brilliant comedy shows that deserve to have more of a fuss made about them. Here they are...
Banging a drum about stuff we love is more or less our remit on Den Of Geek - hence what many readers have started referring to as the ‘inexplicably regular' appearance of Statham, squirrels and Harold Bishop from Neighbours on these pages.
To that end then, we asked our writers which comedy shows (past and present, UK or otherwise, on TV, radio, or online…) deserved more praise, and here are the ones they chose. You might already like them too, or you might discover something new to dig out and enjoy. That’s the fun of it.
Please note that this list isn’t ranked in any order, nor is it exhaustive. It’s compiled from the opinions of a group of different people, »
Eliza Coupe has an uncannily innate ability to seem like the most composed and least poised person at the same time on screen. It is a trait that Happy Endings used well, even if it didn’t fully embrace it until the final season, when it delved into Jane’s increasingly slapstick job with the Car Czar. When dealing with the messiness of Brad or Alex’s tomfoolery, Coupe’s Jane Kerkovich-Williams was the only one keeping everything together, yet when she was unable to live up to her own standards of perfection, she fell apart before you could squeak out a trademark Kerkovich “What?”
Benched, the new half-hour comedy on the USA Network, harnesses this quality well. Centering on the career obliteration of “money law” Hbic Nina Whitely (Coupe), following a public breakdown stemming from being passed over for a promotion, the show embraces the less than glamour-filled world »
- Whitney McIntosh
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