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Erik Sommers, co-creator of CBS’ multi-camera odd couple comedy pilot Cuz-Bros, has signed an overall deal with the studio behind it, Sony Pictures TV. Cuz-Bros, which Sommers co-wrote with Happy Endings creator David Caspe, stars Geoff Stults as a successful, suave ladies man whose perfect life gets turned upside down when his mess of a cousin needs a place to stay. Sommers and Caspe executive produce with Fanfare’s Jamie Tarses. This marks the first overall pact with Sommers, a rising star at Sony TV, which has been impressed by his stints as a co-executive producer on the studio’s comedy series Happy Endings and Community as well as his development. This season, Sommers sold two comedies, Cuz-Bros to CBS and a medical half-hour to ABC with Will Gluck producing. UTA-repped Sommers started his career in animation with stints on Drawn Together and American Dad! »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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Ahead of the release of The Single Moms Club, a film written, directed, produced by and starring Tyler Perry, we thought it was worthwhile looking back on all the Tyler Perry Productions (Tpp) that came before it. In total, Perry has produced 16 films (including Smc) from the ongoing Madea franchise to stand-alones, such as Temptation and Why Did I Get Married? All of the films have been met with varying degrees of praise and success. But who has actually sat down and watched all of them? Inspired by that question, I decided to review all of Perry’s film in order to grade and rank each film.
To see how they fall in order (from worst to best), flip through the gallery above. For a more in-depth, critical analysis keep on reading!
(Warning: The films were not watched in order of release. In fact, if watched in »
- Stacy Lambe
A day after committing to three seasons of The Big Bang Theory, CBS has renewed 18 shows, which leaves only The Mentalist, Intelligence and, most worrisome, The Crazy Ones with their fates undetermined.
John Cho will star opposite Karen Gillan in the ABC comedy pilot Selfie, about a woman who starts over after being the star of a humiliating viral video. Cho will play an expert she hires to help rehabilitate her reputation.
Don’t care about the source, I just want to keep my John Cho delivery system working.
Syfy has ordered its first mini-series since 2009, according to The Hollywood Reporter — and it’s a return to a series set in space. Ascension is described as “part Battlestar (Galatica) and part Downton Abbey,” and follows a space shuttle that was secretly sent on a mission to find a world that can be colonized back in 1963. If the mini-series is successful, »
- Lyle Masaki
With the fate of low-rated Fox freshman comedy Enlisted in limbo, its star Geoff Stults has booked the main lead in CBS’ multi-camera odd couple comedy pilot Cuz-Bros, from writers David Caspe and Erik Sommers, Sony TV, CBS Studios and Fanfare. It centers on Nick (Stults), a successful, suave ladies man working as a sportscaster for a local Los Angeles TV station whose perfect life gets turned upside down when his mess of a cousin needs a place to stay. Stults was cast as a guest star given his commitment to Enlisted, on which he is a regular. Enlisted, which launched on Fridays, has been very soft in the ratings, though it perked up a bit when moved from 9:30 to 9 Pm. Still, a renewal is considered a very long shot. In a calculated risk, pilots often cast actors from existing bubble series. In majority of the cases, the bet pays off, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses! This week there are two columns inspired by True Detective, partially because True Detective was a thought-provoking TV show which deserves a significant amount of thoughtful analysis, but mainly because I missed a column last week. Today: A consideration of where the show’s ending fits into the pantheon. Tomorrow: A meditation on the show’s meaning, or lack thereof. Spoilers follow.
True Detective only ran for eight episodes, but the final episode carried series-finale weight and expectation. »
- Darren Franich
It’s ironic that an episode of The Middle with a member of the Heck family getting arrested was actually just an okay episode without too many laugh out loud moments. I wasn’t entirely bored by it though because of the “ah-mah-zing” guest star, Casey Wilson. Casey Wilson will always be Penny Hartz from Happy Endings [&hellip
The Middle 5.16 Review: “Stormy Moon” »
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Happy Endings is a wonderful little show filled to the brim with pop culture references, bad hair, and Bar mitzvah dancers. Its abrupt cancellation in May 2013 temporarily robbed us of a reason to live simply because of the fact that there’ll be no new jokes from Max and Penny or traditional Serbian folk dance performances by the Kerkovich sisters. But fear not! The series has since been resurrected right here on VH1, and its creators and stars are all over TV and film in 2014.
Damon Wayans, Jr. had the easiest transition post-he. He had already filmed the pilot for New Girl when Happy Endings was picked up to series in 2011. And despite a lengthy and rarely addressed absence, Coach returned to the loft this season as if little had changed. He’s a different character, but we’ve recently been introduced to his penchant for voices »
- Emily Exton
It’s crunch time at the networks, as they take stock of their current crop of shows and map out their needs and plans for fall.
The bubble will burst for a slew of skeins, likely including first-year comedies fronted by Michael J. Fox, Sean Hayes and Rebel Wilson. While these all disappointed in the ratings, Robin Williams’ CBS comedy “The Crazy Ones” has fared better, but is among the tougher prospective renewal calls for any net.
Star power can help launch a show, but in the end, a network must decide whether the series has enough potential for growth, and makes proper financial sense, to bring it back.
“Crazy Ones” is the highest-profile attempt at single-camera comedy by CBS, whose eight-laffer roster is otherwise all multicams. The net wants to keep its toe in the single-cam pool, and figures to give “Crazy,” which usually has ranked second or third in its timeslot, »
- Rick Kissell
Parenthood, Season 5, Episode 16, “The Enchanting Mr. Knight”
Written by Julia Brownell
Directed by Allison Liddi-Brown
Airs Thursdays at 10pm Est on NBC
This week, on Parenthood: Julia accepts some blame, Crosby eavesdrops, and Sarah makes a choice
Parenthood knocked it out of the park last week by focusing in on the difficult transitions happening for Julia, Sydney and Victor, and Amy. It was somewhat of a respite, with the various Bravermans coming to each other’s aid and generally being the best versions of themselves. This week that break is extended somewhat, with each of the main storylines in a holding pattern. While the episode is entertaining, it’s far from essential and indicative of the growing pains present this season, with the series that so excellently adapted to a shorter episode order last year straining to expand back to its full 22 episode order.
The most successful scenes this »
- Kate Kulzick
Below, you'll find a list of ABC's recent/current/upcoming primetime TV shows and their current status.
They include 666 Park Avenue, ABC's The Lookout, America's Funniest Home Videos, The Bachelor. The Bachelorette. Back In The Game, Bet On Your Baby, Betrayal, The Black Box, Body Of Proof, Castle, Celebrity Wife Swap, Dancing With The Stars, Extreme Weight Loss, Family Tools, The Goldbergs, Grey's Anatomy, Happy Endings, Killer Women, Last Man Standing, Lucky 7, Malibu Country, Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Middle, Mind Games, Mistresses, Mixology, Modern Family, Motive, Nashville, The Neighbors, NY Med, Once Upon A Time, Once Upon A Time In Wonderland, The Quest, Red Widow »
Feeding America is the “nation’s leading domestic hunger relief charity” helping to nourish the one in six Americans (yes, one in six) that doesn’t have enough access to food to sustain a healthy life. Comedy Gives Back is a “social benefit company” co-founded by Amber J. Lawson that connects charities with entertainment industry professionals and other prominent members of society for live streamed events to raise dollars, awareness, and action for a cause. And Yahoo, is, of course, Yahoo. And with all their collective influence and powers combined, the three entities are joining forces for Yahoo Presents Comedy Gives Back (Cbg Live) @ SXSW, a comedy celebration to generate laughs and appreciation for Feeding America’s cause. American actor and comedian Adam Pally (who you may recognize as Max Blum in the ABC comedy series Happy Endings and/or Peter Prentice in Fox comedy series The Mindey Project) will »
- Joshua Cohen
Anghus Houvouras asks why we want our celebrities to suffer...
Matthew McConaughey had an enviable 2013. The kind of career reinvention that is so rare I'm hard pressed to find a modern comparison. He was always a likable guy. Since he first rolled up in movies like Dazed and Confused audiences were drawn to this good old boy from Texas who had the looks and the charm of a leading man with swagger to spare. Hollywood tried him as a leading man and major box office draw to mixed results. They never found a real vehicle that would propel him to international super stardom, though they tried. Junk like Sahara was the kind of mainstream movie designed to turn him into a major star, but none of them ever took.
Most of his early success came in the form of the most reprehensible form of movie: The romantic comedy. McConaughey was »
- Gary Collinson
It's morning round-up time, with quick thoughts on last night's episodes of "New Girl," "About A Boy" and "Growing Up Fisher" coming up just as soon as you have any porn set in the Byzantine Era... The conclusion of Linda Cardellini's "New Girl" stint mostly put Abby by the wayside to focus on the other characters' reactions to her. And as much as I enjoy watching Cardellini play comedy, the episode was the better for it — not perfect (this was perhaps the most disposable Winston subplot of the season, other than the shouted-from-another-room "That's for my dingaling!" payoff), but with some excellent sequences like Jess binging on the comforts and solitude of the hotel room, or Coach and Cece plotting about what to do with Schmidt and Abby. (The more the show has moved away from the original conception of Coach and simply let Damon Wayans Jr. be Damon Wayans Jr. — or, »
- Alan Sepinwall
“Through a culturally resonant story of an imperfect marriage, the series takes a captivating look at real modern day issues facing couples in today’s complicated world,” said USA Network President Chris McCumber.
- Stephanie Robbins
Michelle Obama will appear in a cameo on the season finale of Parks & Recreation.
Canadian channel Showcase has ordered a fifth season of the very gay inclusive Lost Girl. That should make it easier for Syfy to continue airing it stateside.
The New York Daily News claims that CNN doesn’t know who will take over Piers Morgan‘s soon-to-be-vacated time slot but the channel’s top choice is Rosie O’Donnell. Joy Behar, Ann Curry, Star Jones and Rachel Maddow are also on CNN’s list. That’s »
- Lyle Masaki
Review Billy Grifter 28 Feb 2014 - 09:44
This week's Revolution contains a Wtf moment to rule them all. Here's Billy's review...
This review contains spoilers.
2.14 Fear And Loathing
Despite numerous calls to Putin, he refused to allow Sochi to go on longer, and I was forced to confront my worst fears. Revolution came back.
The majority of Fear and Loathing (…in New Las Vegas) revolved around the consequences of Bass and Connor being caught and being forced to cage fight to the death. On paper that sounds silly, though actually it wasn’t as daft as that might seem in the show. Instead of just jumping to the fight they allowed time for things to percolate a little, which gave David Lyons (Bass) some unusual breadth to act. He’s probably the best actor here, along with Elizabeth Mitchell (Rachel), but he’s spent most of the last thirty four episodes just smiling and killing people. »
Carter MacIntyre has found a new place to roost. He has joined as a series regular on USA Network’s upcoming comedy, “Benched.” MacIntyre will play Trent, Nina’s (“Happy Endings’” Eliza Coupe) ex-fiancé and professional nemesis. He filled in an as the resident guardian angel on the fourth season of Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva.” Viewers will also remember him from J.J. Abrams’ short-lived NBC spy dramedy, “Undercovers.” His other TV credits include ABC’s “Mixology,” The CW’s “The Tomorrow People” and a recurring role on the final season of ABC’s “Private Practice.” Also read: ‘Office’s »
- Jethro Nededog
USA Network's upcoming Eliza Coupe legal comedy Benched has enlisted the services of Carter MacIntyre. The Drop Dead Diva alum has boarded the series as a regular, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The single-camera series focuses on Nina (Happy Endings' Coupe), a dedicated, career-driven corporate attorney who has a public nervous breakdown after getting passed over for an expected promotion and finds herself working as a public defender. Her personal and professional worlds are turned upside down when she joins the ranks of the legal world's underdogs, and she quickly realizes that the law isn't quite as fair
- Lesley Goldberg
This story first appeared in the March 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. The Happy Endings cast may get a happy ending after all. The stars and producers of the cult comedy, which ABC canceled last summer, all have lined up new projects this pilot season. Elisha Cuthbert will play gay in NBC's lesbian comedy One Big Happy, Zachary Knighton will star in Fox's Weird Loners, Casey Wilson is reteaming with Endings creator (and fiance) David Caspe for NBC's Marry Me, and Eliza Coupe is toplining USA's legal comedy Benched. Photos: The Faces of Pilot Season 2014 Meanwhile, Adam
- Lesley Goldberg
The NBC pilot Marry Me was on my radar because it comes from Happy Endings creator David Caspe with Casey Wilson and Ken Marino starring. Now, Tim Meadows has joined the cast as one of Wilson’s gay dads. Is it possible for Caspe to create a gay character as loved as Max turned out to be?
Comic Book Resources has the first look at Arrow‘s Suicide Squad, which will include Shrapnel (Sean Maher). Considering the Squad’s comic book history, there’s a good chance that will be the last we see of Shrapnel. I’m not sure how I feel about that. Shrapnel was the kind of villain I wouldn’t mind seeing killed off (okay most of Arrow‘s villains are that despicable) but that would also mean less Sean Maher.
Becki Newton has found a new pilot role, joining the Fox comedy pilot Weird Loner, »
- Lyle Masaki
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