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In a mid-season line-up jam-packed with over-used laugh tracks and played-out sitcom storylines, Fox is giving fans a breath of fresh air with their new unromantic comedy Weird Loners.
The NYC-based series, which premeires Tuesday, March 31, features a sensational cast of fan favorites -- Becki Newton (Ugly Betty), Zachary Knighton (Happy Endings), and Nate Torrence (Hello Ladies) -- as well as small-screen's newest gem Meera Rohit Kumbani.
Each late-twenties/early-thirties something character brings a unique and fun twist to the definition of "weird," while simultaneously proving to be some of the worst (and subsequently most relatable) human beings you've ever seen on your screens.
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If you're like us and need a TV show comparison chart, think of Weird Loners as a series with the same quirkiness of New Girl, the character chemistry of Happy Endings, and the NYC-based unbelievabilty of Friends. (Come on y'all »
Being a fan of Parks and Recreation over the past six years has meant loving a show that almost always seemed on the verge of cancellation. During the early seasons, journalists interviewing creator Michael Schur were pretty much required to bring up the show’s low ratings and ask him to gauge its odds of survival — so much so that Schur eventually began to paint life on the Nielsen bubble as a positive. “I’ve come to really enjoy the uncertainty. I think it breeds good ideas,” he told HitFix’s Alan Sepinwall in 2013. And yet, when Parks signs off tomorrow, it will have run seven seasons and 125 episodes: That’s a short run, perhaps, compared to other classic comedies (200 for The Office), but more than enough to avoid the dreaded label of “critically beloved but short-lived” (we will never let go, Happy Endings). So how did Parks manage to »
- Josef Adalian
If you haven’t found the love of your life in time for Valentine’s Day, you’re not alone — Fox has four “Weird Loners” who are in the same boat.
The quirky new comedy stars Becki Newton (“Ugly Betty”), Zachary Knighton (“Happy Endings”), Nate Torrence (“Hello Ladies”) and newcomer Meera Rohit Kumbhani as four relationship-challenged thirtysomethings who are unexpectedly thrust into one another’s lives, forming unlikely bonds in a Queens, N.Y., townhouse.
Ahead of the show’s March 31 premiere, Variety has a sneak peek at Fox’s enlightening dating profiles for the romantically inept foursome, which, if nothing else, should put even your most disastrous dates in perspective.
- Laura Prudom
Kim Kardashian didn’t become famous just because of her sex tape because she says so. [Beauty World News] Happy Endings fans are freaking out, as they should be. [Jezebel] Watch the Pitch Perfect 2 crew take on DC in the latest trailer. [YouTube] See the interview that got NBC’s Brian Williams in deep shit. [Business Insider] Gabrielle Union opens up on her NBA hubby and prenups. [Necole Bitchie] Courtney Love sings “Take Me to the River” for this week’s Empire. [Pitchfork] The Twitter CFO got a fast one pulled on him after an account hacking. [Fast Company] Dave Chappelle announces upcoming comedy shows in NYC. [Brooklyn Vegan] You’re still freaking out about the Happy Endings news, aren’t you? Luckily, this game of Operation with Adam Pally will make you feel better. »
- Taylor Ferber
Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls! At least for one week, we're back on a regular Firewall & Iceberg Podcast schedule. In this week's installment, view's got a trio of reviews for new shows or miniseries or event series things, including "The Slap." Is it as risible as NBC's ad campaign? Find out! And then we answered a small pile of mail, including questions about the "Happy Endings" return rumors, low "Americans" ratings and possible "Mad Men" prequels. Lots of stuff! Today's breakdown: "The Slap" (00:01:30 - 00:20:45) "Bosch" (00:20:45 - 00:36:25) "The Book of Negroes" (00:36:25 - 00:51:40) Listener Mail: "Happy Endings" (00:51:55 - 01:01:15) Listener Mail: CW Expansion (01:01:20 - 01:06:40) Listener Mail: "The Americans" (01:07:00 - 01:12:05) Listener Mail: "Mad Men" prequels (01:12:10 - 01:17:50) As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Last week something ah-mazing happened. The twitter account belonging to the writers of the beloved ABC comedy Happy Endings, tweeted a message that would link its followers to a countdown with the message “It’s almost a new day.” The countdown will take us to April Fool’s Day, which could mean this is all one big joke, but fans of the series that was cancelled in 2013 are all hoping this could mean a reunion of sorts for the funniest ensemble to appear on television since Friends. The twitter account continues to leave fans baffled with the added tweets of YouTube videos featuring Ketchup. The bio for the account has also been updated to read: Winter comes twice in 2015. With all this hype devoted to our favorite sitcom, we decided to provide a list for our readers about the series’ cast. Here are ten things you may not know about the cast of Happy Endings. »
- Tim Gerstenberger
This is either the best news in a very long time for TV fans...Or the cruelest trick that has ever been played on anyone ever. The Happy Endings writers/producers just tweeted out a link to a You Tube video of this... Yup. Vivaldi's "Four Seasons." Get it? Four seasons? Fourth season? This after a few other cryptic tweets counting down to April 1, and promising that #wintercomestwice. Here's precisely what we know about what's happening with this hit-canceled ABC series, which was produced by Sony. • Netflix isn't doing anything with Happy Endings, per the reps. • Amazon isn't doing »
The Oscar winner will play Isaac Douglas, a rich do-gooder who — after being cleared as a possible murder suspect — wines and dines the lovely crimefighter over a multi-episode arc.
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“You will see more of [Jo’s] love life, for sure” in coming episodes, de la Garza told TVLine during a recent visit to the series’ Brooklyn set. »
In this day and age, when shows are constantly saved from cancellation and older series are revived for new seasons or limited runs (just look at Arrested Development, Community, and, even more recently, Twin Peaks), it’s easy to get excited when there’s even the slightest bit of hope that a favorite show of yours may get brought back from the edge of cancellation, or resurrected from its TV death. And it’s certain that fans of the ABC sitcom Happy Endings (myself included in that group) felt that bit of excitement over the weekend, after a cryptic post was made from the show’s writers’ Twitter account (@happywrites) on Friday. There were no actual words or even hash tags written; instead, there was simply a link, one that, if you clicked on it, would lead you to a countdown page, promising that “It’s almost a new day, »
- Chris King
Because when Lady Sif resurfaces in the series’ second episode back (airing March 10), she will have lost her short-term memory, meaning she knows nothing of Thor, let alone what/who she is back on Earth to thwart.
“[W]e’re going to have fun with that,” executive producer Jeffrey Bell tells TV Insider, which first reported on Alexander’s encore. »
It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life… and we’re feeling very curious.
Almost two years after the beloved ABC comedy Happy Endings was cancelled, the Twitter handle @happywrites — which was run by the show’s scribes — published a rather intriguing tweet on Friday.
— Happy Endings (@happywrites) February 6, 2015
The link in the tweet brings readers to a white screen that states, “It’s almost a new day,” with a countdown clock currently showing 52 days, 11 hours and some-odd minutes.
Damon Wayans Jr. is leaving New Girl at the end of this season, TVLine reports. He was only on a one-year contract, but no one likes change, least of all TV viewers. Ban change! Recall that Wayans was part of the pilot for New Girl, but in second position to his role on Happy Endings (Rip); when Happy ended, he returned to the show as a special guest-star and was made a series regular for this season. New Girl hasn't always known exactly what to do with Coach, so this isn't catastrophic for the show so much as a bummer for Wayans fans. Can we get this guy on another show, please? Stat? »
- Margaret Lyons
Sad news, New Girl fans: there will soon be an empty room in the loft. Damon Wayans Jr., who plays Coach on the Fox sitcom, will be leaving the series at the end of its current fourth season. TVLine was the first to report the news of his exit. “I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to come back to New Girl in Season 3 to reprise the role of Coach,” Wayans told TVLine. “Working with this incredibly talented and funny cast and crew has been one of the best experiences of my career.” It’s been an interesting journey for both Wayans and his character since New Girl first premiered. He originally starred in New Girl‘s pilot back in 2011 but was already committed to the ABC sitcom, Happy Endings, which was unlikely to be renewed for a second season due to its low ratings. However, Happy Endings »
- Chris King
Damon Wayans Jr. is departing Fox’s “New Girl” — yes, again. The is the actor’s second time leaving the comedy. After the 2011 pilot, Wayans Jr. chose NBC’s “Happy Endings” over “New Girl.” As a result, Fox kinda-sorta replaced him with current co-star Lamorne Morris, albeit in a different role. Wayans Jr. played/plays Coach, now a gym teacher at the titular character’s school. Morris plays new cop Winston Bishop. Also Read: Why ‘Empire’ Is Ruling: The Secrets to TV’s New ‘Dynasty’ “I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to come back to ‘New Girl »
- Tony Maglio
“New Girl” is losing Coach — again.
Damon Wayans Jr. is exiting the comedy at the end of the current fourth season, Fox confirmed. Variety has learned his role will not be recast.
“I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to come back to ‘New Girl’ in season three to reprise the role of Coach,” Wayans Jr. said in a statement. “Working with this incredibly talented and funny cast and crew has been one of the best experiences of my career.”
“We love Damon and are so lucky to have had him return for the past season-and-a-half,” exec producer Liz Meriwether commented. Joking, she added, “We are working on crafting an exit for him that will leave the door open for many more returns, especially since Coach is our resolution to the upcoming ‘Who’s Jess’ Baby Daddy?’ storyline.”
Wayans Jr. was originally cast in “New Girl’s” pilot »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Damon Wayans Jr. is exploring his options. A year and a half after returning to New Girl, The Hollywood Reporter confirms that the actor has opted not to return for the Fox comedy's all-but-certain fifth season — instead fielding pilot offers for the upcoming TV season. Wayans Jr. rejoined New Girl in a recurring status in 2013 before becoming a regular soon after. He originally starred in the series' pilot, but obligations to surprise renewal Happy Endings kept him from continuing with the show. Happy Endings' ultimate cancellation freed up the actor for a return. Read more 'New Girl'
- Michael O'Connell
New Girl is undergoing another Coach-ing change.
Damon Wayans Jr. has opted to exit the Fox comedy at the end of the show’s current fourth season, TVLine has learned exclusively.
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“I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to come back to New Girl in Season 3 to reprise the role of Coach,” Wayans tells TVLine in an exclusive statement. “Working with this incredibly talented and funny cast and crew has been one of the best experiences of my career.”
The actor’s exit is »
TVLine reports that the actor, who plays Coach on the Fox comedy, will depart the series at the end of its current fourth season. No reason for his exit was explained.
"I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to come back to New Girl in Season 3 to reprise the role of Coach," Wayans told TVLine in a statement. "Working with this incredibly talented and funny cast and crew has been one of the best experiences of my career."
Wayans was originally cast as Coach in the "New Girl" pilot, but bowed out of the series when his ABC show "Happy Endings" was unexpectedly renewed. He was replaced in the ensemble by Lamorne Morris's Winston, though he returned in a guest starring stint in season three, and became a series regular again for season four. »
- Katie Roberts
Adam Pally was the latest guest-host of The Late Late Show on Friday, and even he wasn't exactly sure why. After a man-on-the-street segment that failed to pick up any Happy Endings or Mindy Project fans, Pally and sidekick Ben Schwartz settled in for an hour of doing whatever the heck they pleased, confident in the knowledge that literally no one was watching. They chatted about Bangkok Dangerous, talked with NFL tight end Martellus Bennett about fonts, interviewed children's-book author Beth Stern, and watched Eric Andre spin his chair around and around and around. As Pally himself put it, "CBS could not give a fart what I'm doing." »
- Nate Jones
Welcome back to Stay Tuned, Vulture's TV advice column. Each Wednesday, Margaret Lyons answers your questions about your various TV triumphs and woes. Need help? Have a theory? Want a recommendation? Submit a question! You can email firstname.lastname@example.org, leave a comment, or tweet @margeincharge with the hashtag #staytuned. I've been rewatching The League recently while waiting for my newfound love You're the Worst to return. What would you recommend that I watch for comedy/rom-dramedy to hold me over until next season? I've watched Californication, but it didn't really charm me as much as those other two. Himym and Happy Endings just aren't cutting it for me in the meantime. —SadieIf you like the bouncy nihilism of The League and Ytw, you'll probably like Archer, which shares a similar set of dark values and quick humor. I'd say start at the beginning, just for completeness' sake, but you »
- Margaret Lyons
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