1-20 of 247 items from 2014 « Prev | Next »
Several network series return this week, but the fall season starts in earnest next week. Before the premieres kick off, here are SoS TV Editor Kate Kulzick, SoS Managing TV Editor Deepayan Sengupta, and SoS lead TV critic Randy Dankievitch with their takes on the networks’ new offerings.
Note: Our thoughts are based on pilots that are works in progress, so there may be changes to these episodes before they air.
Forever (10 pm Est, ABC)
Premieres Sept. 22nd and Sept 23rd , 2014
Among ABC’s new fall shows is Forever, a series set to focus on a medical examiner in New York who has a distinctive trait; unlike the rest of the population, he is immortal. Every time he dies, Dr. Henry Morgan finds himself waking up naked in a nearby body of water, and he teams up with Detective Martinez to help solve the city’s crimes.
Based on the pilot, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Those of us who were fans of ABC's tragically canceled Happy Endings have something to look forward to this Fall: NBC is adding new series Marry Me to its schedule on Oct. 14, a sitcom from Happy Endings creator David Caspe, and it features one of its stars, Casey Wilson. Wilson stars opposite Ken Marino as a couple trying to get their relationship and engagement on track. As you'd hope, Marry Me has a few things in common with the dearly departed ABC series, and it's more than just Wilson's face. I've watched the delightful pilot for Marry Me and can tell you the distinct ways it will remind you of Happy Endings - and one way it won't. Source: ABC »
Fox wants to bring John Stamos into the family.
The network has given a put pilot order to an untitled project starring Stamos as a longtime bachelor whose life is upended when he discovers he’s a father and a grandfather.
Stamos has been all over the TV dial in recent years with roles on USA’s “Necessary Roughness,” Fox’s “Glee” and NBC’s “The New Normal.” He’s a regular in the upcoming ABC drama “Members Only,” and he’s been active on Broadway in recent years with roles in “Cabaret” and “The Best Man” opposite James Earl Jones.
The actor who became a TV star on ABC’s Tgif comedy “Full House” has taken severe stabs at returning to a comedy series with pilots. »
- Cynthia Littleton
NBC's “Marry Me” is one of the most promising new sitcoms of the fall 2014-2015 TV season. The romantic comedy is inspired by creator David Caspe‘s real-life marriage to star Casey Wilson (both from the canceled “Happy Endings”), but many of its best lines come from veteran comedians Ken Marino and Tim Meadows (“SNL”). The cast gathered together Wednesday night at PaleyFest to plug the half-hour, as-real-as-it-gets look at love. Also read: John Mulaney Credits Former Fox Chief Kevin Reilly for Fixing His Sitcom Marino (“Party Down”) plays Caspe's on-screen counterpart, which basically means he fights a lot with »
- Tony Maglio
There’s no denying the fact that online streaming platforms are the thing of now. Unrestrained by the finite schedules of broadcast, streaming networks, such as Netflix, are offering fans the opportunity to watch old (and original) programming on their TV, computers, or phones. Thanks to the success of Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards and the hype surrounding upcoming series, The Cosmopolitans and Transparent, Netflix and Amazon Prime are getting a lot of attention while Hulu has quietly ramped up its offerings — making it one platform everyone needs to get on board with.
While Hulu Plus constantly touts its large collection of online exclusives, it’s not always clear »
- Stacy Lambe
I usually oppose the convention wisdom that says that bringing couples together ruins sitcoms, but even I couldn't ignore a coupling's devastating recent impact on one of my favorite sitcoms. Season 2 of "New Girl," which was mostly devoted to the flirtation between Zooey Descanel's Jess and Jake Johnson's Nick, was at times the best comedy on television. Season 3 of "New Girl," in which Jess and Nick were a firmly-established couple, was an absolute mess, until finally creator Liz Meriwether and her writers hit the eject button on the whole idea and had the relationship fall apart in the space of an episode. Now, Jess and Nick being together — and fighting almost constantly over issues that weren't a big deal when they were just roommates with the benefit of chemistry — wasn't the only problem with season 3. There was also the decision to make Schmidt be pure evil, and the struggle »
- Alan Sepinwall
Can’t afford to travel the world? Live vicariously through your favorite celebrities. Esquire Network has confirmed exclusively to EW that its original series The Getaway will return for a second season on Oct. 15. From executive producer Anthony Bourdain, each episode of The Getaway explores a different city guided by a revolving cast of travel-loving celebs. Here’s a first look at the new season, along with the celebrity lineup for the first five episodes.
Chrissy Teigen (model) in Bangkok
Jack McBrayer (30 Rock) in Hawaii
- Breia Brissey
Reviewing a new TV show usually comes out to about 50 percent analysis of what's there, 50 percent psychic projection of what the show might become past the episode(s) you've seen. With comedy, the balance tilts heavily towards the psychic end of things, because so few comedies start out strongly, and you have to make an informed guess as to what mediocre pilot will turn out to be great like "Parks and Recreation," and what will settle for being crass like "2 Broke Girls." Even having more episodes beyond the pilot isn't always a help. Back in January, for instance, Comedy Central sent out the first two "Broad City"s to critics. They were clever and seemed to have a distinctive voice, but it was a busy time of year, and I moved on to other things. Then my friends kept raving about it, I watched the rest of the season over the summer, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Really, Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”
Written by Jay Chandrasekhar
Directed by Jay Chandrasekhar
Released August 28, 2014 by Amazon
While the Broken Lizard comedy troupe were behind four movies from 1996 to 2006, recent years have seen the group members branching out individually. One particularly prominent member of the group has been Jay Chandrasekhar, who has directed episodes of shows such as Happy Endings, Chuck, and Community. His newest foray into television is the pilot for Really, a show that takes a look at couples and people in various stages of relationships. Looking for a series greenlight, Amazon and the creators have released the pilot online for voting, and it paints the picture of a show that could either be a success or a failure, depending on whether it chooses to focus on its comedic elements or its dramatic ones.
One of the strong points of the show is the »
- Deepayan Sengupta
It came as quite a surprise to fans two years ago when Marvel Studios hired directors Anthony and Joe Russo to direct the highly-anticipated "Captain America" sequel. Sporting a resume that included the feature films Welcome to Collinwood and You, Me and Dupree as well as television series like "Arrested Development," "Community" and "Happy Endings," it was a choice that may not have seemed ideal to many, but following the reception to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it's hard to imagine a different team bringing that story to life. »
You're the Worst on FX is doing markedly worse than its companion show, Married, in the ratings. But it shouldn't be. Even though Married has gotten more press and boasts a more familiar, pedigreed cast - Oscar winner Nat Faxon, Judy Greer, and even Paul Reiser - You're the Worst is the better series. Starring Aya Cash as romance-averse music publicist Gretchen and Chris Geere as her bitter Brit-novelist love interest, it's really the only show of its kind on the air right now. Here are six reasons you need to start watching (besides the fact that I just really want it to get picked up for a second season): 6. It's from the same guy behind Weeds and Orange Is the New Black. Stephen Falk, who is co-executive-producer on Oitnb and previously held down the same job on Weeds, is also at the helm of this FX series. So »
In a summer that seems to be lacking in truly great, original comedies, Let’s Be Cops certainly has the potential to break the mould and offer something a little different. With a host of great weapons in its arsenal, including two rising stars in Damon Wayans, Jr. and Jake Johnson, we also see them joined by the talented leading lady Nina Dobrev, and a revered Andy Garcia as the film’s chief antagonist. The premise itself is the stuff of comedy gold – two ne’er-do-wells from Los Angeles dress up like cops and use the power that comes along with the position to do everything from smoking marijuana in public, getting into trendy night clubs, and turn the tables on those who’ve wronged them in the past. But halfway through this film, it simply becomes all too familiar.
Jake Johnson is Ryan, a disgraced former college football star »
- Damen Norton
The Emmy Awards are on NBC at 5 p.m. Monday, but the celebrations start early. Variety will be on hand inside the best parties around Hollywood as the stars mingle, nibble and toast to TV’s finest. Here’s our party report for Sunday, Aug. 24:
11:55 a.m. ICM Partners’ annual brunch has become a welcome respite from the swirl of nighttime events on Emmy weekend. Waiters with cups of Sangria spiked with apple slices and grapes greeted guests on the steps of Chris Silbermann’s Santa Monica home. The brunch was fantastic — fresh crepes made on the spot, blintzes, all manner of egg dishes and fruit. There’s a reason we skipped breakfast.
- Cynthia Littleton, Malina Saval and Laura Prudom
ABC has proven itself capable of delivering creatively strong comedies over the years, though almost all of them don’t last long (see: the late, lamented Trophy Wife, underrated gem Suburgatory, gone-too-soon Happy Endings, very funny Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, subversive Better Off Ted and, looking back further, cult classic Pushing Daisies). It’s too early to tell whether Selfie, starring Karen Gillan of Doctor Who fame, will join that lineup of strongly written, low-rated comedies, but the pilot episode shows some promise, despite a few missteps.
Centering on Eliza Dooley (Gillan), a self-obsessed sales rep in her early twenties, Selfie takes aim at the general public’s crippling addiction to social media. Eliza is “Insta-famous,” having amassed 263,000 followers across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Out of those ‘friends,’ though, she can only claim to know a select few. Everything about Eliza is built for public consumption, »
- Isaac Feldberg
The TV spots and trailers for Let’s Be Cops made me extremely excited for this movie. I love both Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. as actors, as they both have a tendency to sign on to projects that have a very unique brand of humor. Their performances in other works have always left my sides aching. But this film just falls kind of flat. All of the best jokes were played out in the various marketing materials, and the ones they didn’t spend were overplayed and predictable, which was a bummer since the ads and the casting made me confident there would be some original humor in it.
Johnson plays almost exactly the same character he does on Fox’s New Girl, which is both a positive and a negative, since over the past seasons, Nick has become the reason I watch the show. But I was »
- Jake Smith
“Let's Be Cops” may be the summer's next R-rated comedy hit — providing ticket buyers completely disregard the critics pumping it full of lead. The 20th Century Fox release starring Jake Johnson (“New Girl”) and Damon Wayans Jr. (“Happy Endings”) as two Los Angeles losers who pretend to be cops after dressing up for a party has been nearly universally panned in reviews summing it up as, simply, not that funny. Also read: ‘Let's Be Cops’ Opens With Strong $5.2 Million at Box Office Director Luke Greenfield‘s comedy he co-wrote with screenwriter Nicholas Thomas has accumulated a 9 percent “rotten” rating on Rotten. »
- Greg Gilman
I don’t think I’ve ever had the privilege of being in a bromance but the time I spent with Adam Pally in the elevator come pretty close — I’m just sure of it!
Whoa! I mean, he’s just the coolest and so nice! I love him in the online series, Game of Bros, and I’m obviously the biggest fan of his role as Peter Prentice on The Mindy Project. So thank goodness I got the chance to also have him question my taste and love for flannel? Haha. Perhaps my “Best of Flannel” shirt was too much for him but luckily my energy wasn’t! Adam was completely down to chat!
In fact, we talk about his life growing up in New Jersey, his thoughts on playing a gynecologist, and even his alcohol-induced online shopping addiction. He once bought a motorcycle and he hasn’t even been on one. »
It would be unfair to cite “Let's Be Cops” for being completely unfunny, but the movie at least deserves a warning for carrying so little actual humor over the course of its running time. A mild chuckle every five minutes or so doesn't justify the predictable slog of this mistaken-identity farce. If nothing else, it's an object example of the importance of writing. The cast is loaded with people who have been hilarious elsewhere — Damon Wayans, Jr. (of the brilliant, gone-too-soon “Happy Endings”), Jake Johnson (“Drinking Buddies”), Rob Riggle (“Ntsf:sd:suv::”), and Keegan-Michael Key (“Key & Peele”), to name just »
- Alonso Duralde
View Photo Gallery
If you’re in love with New Girl‘s dynamic duo, Damon Wayans, Jr. and Jake Johnson, you’re about to love them even more. VH1 recently sat down with the bromantic stars of Let’s Be Cops to learn about hilarious past jobs they’ve had (yes, Jake was in a 2007 tampon commercial), how they work their moves to get the ladies, and what they’d be like as real life roomies (attention ladies: Damon is single And a neat freak!).
The two refer to themselves as “the odd couple” and clearly didn’t need any liquid courage (see video above) in order for their real life chemistry to resonate on screen. Happy Endings alum Damon was open to discussing what it’s like having a stranger’s balls in his face, while Jake didn’t shy away from answering why he always seems to bet getting these “slacker” roles. »
- Taylor Ferber
Chicago – When the assignment was to find a comedy team to take on impersonating police officers, funny men Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. – of the TV series “New Girl” – fit the uniforms perfectly for the new film, “Let’s Be Cops.” Add in the always hilarious Rob Riggle, and let the games begin.
Riggle is a well known comic character presence on “The Daily Show” and films like “The Hangover,” “21 Jump Street,” “Big Miracle” and the upcoming “Dumb and Dumber To.” Riggle is also famous for having served in the Marines and Marine Reserves for a total of 23 years – retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel – and began his comedy career after his first military stint.
Photo credit: 20th Century Fox
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
1-20 of 247 items from 2014 « Prev | Next »
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners