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Stop me any time if this sounds familiar: A lawyer at a big corporate firm is denied a promotion, engages in a spectacular meltdown, and finds herself, after a period in purgatory, taking a job as a public defender, uniting her with wacky office mates (including one who’s kinda dreamy) and a new array of unpleasant smells. “Benched” plucks its leads from defunct ABC comedies — Eliza Coupe of “Happy Endings” and “Better Off Ted’s” Jay Harrington — and generally presents the sitcom version of a recycling program. The greatest indignity might be that its unscripted lead-in, “Chrisley Knows Best,” delivers more laughs.
Much like USA’s “Satisfaction,” the outburst by Coupe’s Nina, delivered to a shocked conference room full of colleagues, helps set the plot in motion. Not only does the bridge-burning eruption result in her frequent humiliation — since the legend surrounding the actual event seems to grow »
- Brian Lowry
Casey Wilson and Ken Marino are perfectly matched, niche comedians, and NBC‘s latest effort, Marry Me, looks to be a vehicle perfectly constructed for them. Of course, that still leaves open the question of whether or not people are going to jump on board. Brought to you by one of the writers of Happy Endings, and obviously with one of its stars, the show has a connection to the comedic stylings of that show, but clearly pulls from the “cornier” comedic abilities of Wilson and Marino. Also like Happy Endings, the show’s only chance at survival is to run as far and as fast as it can from its opening gimmick.
The show centers on a couple who have been dating for six years, and opens as they return from a romantic vacation. The pilot is basically one long joke, which doesn’t exactly solidly establish what you »
- Marc Eastman
Two more adaptations have been added to the list of TV series based on films. EW can confirm that a script has been ordered by The CW for a show based on the 2006 film The Illusionist, which starred Ed Norton as the titular character. The project is being written by Mark Hudis and executive produced by Ben Silverman and Bob Yari. The show comes from CBS Television Studios, Electus, and the Yari Film Group. The TV adaptation would transplant the film from its Vienna locale to turn-of-the-20th-century New York, where a renowned illusionist has returned to his home after a 10-year stint in prison. »
- Jonathon Dornbush
Original creator Paul Weitz will head the project, while brother Chris will executive produce, reports Deadline.
The 2004 original followed the story of advertising executive Dan (Quaid), whose new boss is half his age (Topher Grace). Dan then has to deal with the fact that his daughter (Scarlett Johansson) starts to date his boss.
Watch the trailer for In Good Company below: »
The story revolves around a middle-aged executive dealing with a new boss half his age who is also dating his daughter. The project will be a combination multi- and single-camera show.
Josh Bycel and Jon Fenner ("Happy Endings") are writing the script with the original film's writer/director Paul Weitz. All three will executive produce along with Andrew Maniao, Chris Weitz and Kerry Kohansky.
The news is just the latest in a rush of TV adaptations of films that are on the way. These include shows based on the likes of "Underworld," "Resident Evil," "The Mortal Instruments," "Monster-in-Law," "Rush Hour," "12 Monkeys," "Uncle Buck," "Big,""Real Genius," and "In America".
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- Garth Franklin
“In Good Company” is the latest movie getting a TV remake CBS is developing the 2004 film starring Topher Grace, Dennis Quaid and Scarlett Johansson in which Grace falls for the boss’ daughter as a comedy based on Paul Weitz’s script. Another movie remake: CW orders “The Illusionist” The 2006 magician film starring Edward Norton and Jessica Biel will be remade as a TV series set in turn-of-the-century New York City. Coming soon: “Real Housewives of Philly”? A producer from the Bravo franchise has been recently interviewing Philadelphia’s most successful and glamorous women. Click Read Full Post For More “About a Boy’s” David Walton: "This is my first Season 2 experience, and I really like it” ""It's just nice to be employed,” says Walton, who’s starred in six failed network shows over the past decade. Steve McQueen’s HBO drama project gets a name and a star The »
- Norman Weiss
Marry Me is not Happy Endings 2.0, but if you liked Happy Endings, you'll want to watch Marry Me. If you didn't like Happy Endings, you'll probably still want to watch Marry Me! The new NBC comedy has very funny and capable leads in Ken Marino and Casey Wilson and the creative forces from Happy Endings leading the charge behind the scenes. What did you think of the first episode? David Caspe, Wilson's real-life hubby and co-creator of Happy Endings, is in charge of the show. He knows his wife's strengths and that clearly shows in the first episode. Don't expect Marry Me's Annie to be Happy Endings' Penny. Well, maybe just a little bit. "…[I] look forward to showing »
The Universal TV project is the latest in a slew of movie-to-tv adaptations floating around this development cycle. It’s a symptom of how few experienced writers and showrunners are available to develop original ideas.
Sitcom vets Josh Bycel and Jon Fenner (“Happy Endings”) are writing the script with Paul Weitz, who wrote and directed the film. “Company” revolves around a middle-aged exec who has to contend with a new boss who is half his age and is also dating his daughter. If it goes to pilot, the plan is to produce it as a hybrid multi- and single-camera show.
- Cynthia Littleton
A wise woman once said, “If you liked it, then you shoulda put a ring on it.”
Played by Happy Endings‘ Casey Wilson, Annie’s is more than a little antsy to be engaged to longtime boyfriend Jake (Veronica Mars‘ Ken Marino), a point she makes quite clear after Jake doesn’t propose on their luxurious vacation… or so Annie thinks. Completely oblivious to the fact that Jake is on bended knee behind her, Annie goes on a cringe-inducing rant once the pair returns home, »
I wrote about NBC's "Marry Me" — and about my wish that I could have seen some more episodes beyond the very premise-y, very grating pilot episode — this morning. Now it's your turn. For those of you who watched tonight, what did you think? Did you find the opening scene hilarious or did it turn you off? Did you come out of the pilot liking Annie and/or Jake? How did you feel about the friends and assorted parents? If you're a "Happy Endings" fan, how did the experience of the two compare? And will you watch again? Have at it. I will try to check back in again sometime in the next few weeks. Hopefully, I'll like upcoming episodes more. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Casey Wilson is more than happy to confess she slept with her boss—in fact, she's downright proud of her accomplishment. The 33-year-old former Happy Endings star penned a hilarious essay for Cosmopolitan, appropriately titled, "Yes, I Slept With My Boss," in which she details how she finally wooed her hubby and the creator of the ABC comedy David Caspe while the two were working together. "I have always been attracted to men with "power," despite the fact that the guys I usually dated were by turns: a poet, a magician named Ashley, and a dog walker," Wilson reveals. "This all changed when I was cast as Penny Hartz on an ABC sitcom called Happy »
StreamFix fills you in on the essential viewing options on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Crackle. Here's what the web is serving up for your binge-viewing needs. We begin with a Netflix cornucopia of Woody Allen offerings. Netflix "Interiors" Woody Allen goes dark and deep in this Bergmanesque family drama from '78. Geraldine Page plays an interior designer who is basically the most depressed single figure you will ever see on the silver screen. Think about being an interior designer in '78; you can only choose beige or gray wall coverings. You understand her dourness. Diane Keaton and Mary Beth Hurt play her grim daughters, and Maureen Stapleton rules in a small role. "Manhattan" Never forget that Meryl Streep once seemed destined to play icy roles forever. In "Manhattan" she plays a lesbian who used to be in a relationship with Woody Allen. She is bitter and bad-ass here, so be sure to catch that. »
- Louis VIrtel
Fans of Happy Endings, television comedy, Casey Wilson and Ken Marino….come forth and rejoice! Marry Me is premiering on Oct. 14 on NBC, and it's the sitcom you've been missing since Happy Endings was taken from us in the most cruel fashion (before we got eight seasons and a movie. Not six seasons. Eight.) But Casey Wilson, who played Penny Hartz on the former ABC gem, is back with Marry Me, a comedy series created by her husband and Happy Endings creator David Caspe. And if you need any more proof that this is a show that must be on your watch list, or at the very least on your DVR list, just remember that the leading lady is simply the best, and the proof is in her Twitter and Instagram feed. Here »
You've probably seen writer and actor Ken Marino in one of his many comedy classics, including "Wet Hot American Summer," "Role Models," or "Party Down." Casey can currently be seen on the big screen in "Gone Girl," but you may also know her as the ah-ma-zing Penny Hartz on the sadly short-lived sitcom, "Happy Endings."
Now the hilarious pair play Jake and Annie, a newly-engaged duo who deal with the awkward, silly, and highly relatable trials and tribulations that come with a relationship. The show starts out with a proposal, but don't expect to just watch wacky wedding drama around picking a dress or losing a ring here.
We got the chance to speak with the show's hilarious two stars, who filled us on their »
- Alana Altmann
With Casey Wilson returning to TV in Marry Me, one of the best new sitcoms of the season, it’s easy to forget she breezed through Saturday Night Live for two short seasons before being let go by Lorne Michaels. Since then, Wilson has packed her credits with a number of hilarious TV shows (Happy Endings for one), writing credits (Bride Wars, Ass Backwards), and notable film appearances (Gone Girl).
And for the uninitiated, this is your guide through the hilarious career of one of TV’s standout actresses.
It should go without saying that this is Wilson’s most prominent and funniest role on TV. As Penny, Wilson took all the hang ups of late twentysomethings unwilling to accept adulthood and flipped it into a hilarious mantra: Year of Penny. Season two of the show is when Wilson and the series, as a whole, shines.
- Stacy Lambe
Ironic that in a fall season where so many new romantic comedies are fighting for our attention, and maybe even our affection, I'm still waiting to fall in love. Maybe it's the Goldilocks syndrome of being necessarily picky: one's too gimmicky (Manhattan Love Story), one's too generic (A to Z), one's too self-consciously trendy (Selfie), none seems just right.
Last of the batch to arrive, and thankfully not the least, NBC's brash and hyper-verbal farce Marry Me (Tuesday, 9/8c) is at least worth falling in "like" with, especially if your own heart was broken by ABC's cancellation of Happy Endings a year or so ago. That show's executive producer, David Caspe, has cast the funniest female from that ensemble (Saturday Night Live veteran Casey Wilson) — who happens to be his real-life bride — as the maddening Annie, who's her own worst enemy when it comes to her six-year romance with the »
- Matt Roush
(Note: For reasons that will seem obvious by the time you're done, this isn't exactly a review, and any grade I might apply would be a simple Incomplete. Will revisit down the road.) Once upon a time, David Caspe created a sitcom that co-starred Casey Wilson, and that opened with a high-concept, marriage-related premise pilot featuring all the characters behaving in such a grating manner that I took an instant dislike to it. That show was "Happy Endings," and it grew on me in time, eventually becoming one of TV's funniest sitcoms (if an often uneven one) before ABC gave up on it after a few seasons. Caspe has done it again, with another sitcom that co-stars Casey Wilson, and that opens with a high-concept, marriage-related premise pilot featuring all the characters behaving in such a grating manner that I really didn't like "Marry Me" at all. Now I just »
- Alan Sepinwall
Happy endings do happen! Shortly after the cancellation of the ABC comedy Happy Endings, star Casey Wilson married show creator David Caspe. Now he's given her the coolest wedding present ever — a new television series! Wilson and one-time Happy guest Ken Marino (Party Down) star as Annie and Jake, a newly engaged couple we already want to spend the rest of our lives with. NBC apparently agrees: It's given the show the plum post-Voice time slot...
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- Damian Holbrook
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 this week, 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 »
"It's flattering. I loved doing the show and I'm so happy that people who watched Happy Endings loved it so much," Wilson tells TVGuide.com. "There weren't a lot of them!"
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On Marry Me (premieres Tuesday, 9/8c), Wilson plays Annie, who unknowingly ruins her longtime boyfriend Jake's (Ken Marino) proposal by going on a hysterical tirade while he's on bended knee — not to mention with ...
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- Joyce Eng
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