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IFC has expanded its programming team to bolster a growing roster of original series.
The promotion and exec appointments come seven months after producer Peter Aronson joined IFC as exec VP of original programming and production.
Christine Lubrano (pictured) has been promoted to senior VP of original programming, overseeing all development and creative efforts for scripted series, live events and specials. She had been veep of current series.
IFC has appointed Maura Madden and Jeff Meyerson as VPs of original programming, and Sachi Ezura has joined the net as director of original programming. All three will report to Lubrano.
“Christine has been at the forefront of IFC’s evolution into a distinctive comedy destination, supervising the network’s roster of critically acclaimed hits including ‘Portlandia’ and ‘Maron,’” said Aronson. “She has a stellar reputation in the production community as a smart, honest and effective creative partner. With her leadership, and Maura, »
- Shelli Weinstein
It's been eight years since Sleater-Kinney played their farewell show in August 2006. And after side projects (Wild Flag, which featured two of the band's three members) and television shows (hello, Portlandia), the band's getting back together. They've announced a U.S. tour, which starts next February, and a new album, No Cities to Love, out January 20, 2015. Here's the first song off that record, "Bury Your Friends." »
- Gilbert Cruz
(Cbr) You may not know The Birthday Boys, but you’ll definitely recognize quite a few of the faces on "The Birthday Boys," the sketch comedy group’s TV show that returns for a second season tonight at 11:30 on IFC. The Birthday Boys — Jefferson Dutton, Dave Ferguson, Mike Hanford, Tim Kalpakis, Matt Kowalick, Mike Mitchell and Chris VanArtsdalen — started as a stage show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles, and caught plenty of high-profile attention over the years; notably Bob Odernkirk and Ben Stiller (who have a shared history on sketch comedy with Fox’s short-lived but fondly remembered 1992 series The Ben Stiller Show). Odenkirk and Stiller serve as executive producers on "The Birthday Boys" TV show, with Odenkirk appearing frequently in the show’s first season. This year, though Odenkirk retains a presence on "The Birthday Boys," his schedule (including filming "Breaking Bad" spinoff "Better »
- Albert Ching, Comic Book Resources
Twin Peaks is coming back. Those are five words David Lynch fans having been waiting to hear for a long time. On Monday, Showtime announced they are reviving the ABC cult classic for a nine episode run in 2016, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Both of the show's original writers, Lynch and Mark Frost, are back to pen the new season, with Lynch also signed on to direct the reboot. Now that the news is officially out, Twin Peaks devotees are wondering where the revival will pick up. Those involved in the project are staying tight-lipped about details, including whether the original cast will return, »
- Kelli Bender, @kbendernyc
ABC will air “Star Wars Rebels” with a special visit from Darth Vader, as voiced by James Earl Jones ABC’s special airing Oct. 26 of Disney Xd's "Star Wars Rebels: Spark Of Rebellion” movie will contain a bonus scene featuring Darth Vader. “We wanted to do something special for the ABC broadcast,” says exec producer Dave Filoni. “We’ve added a scene which gives audiences insight into the Inquisitor and includes a cameo by Darth Vader.” Amazon renews “Transparent” for Season 2 Amazon wouldn’t release viewing figures, but they were apparently enough to warrant renewal. “South Park” mocked Spin magazine this week for being outraged over last week’s episode After last week’s episode aired, Spin writer Brennan Carey expressed outrage that Stan’s dad dressed as Lorde (“Has Lorde ever really done anything all that worthy of drawing the cartoon creators' ire?,” he wrote). So in this week’s episode, »
- Norman Weiss
The series is created, written by and stars Cross (pictured) as Todd Margaret, a man lacking good judgement who manages to find his way into a senior sales position, instigates a biohazard emergency, gets swindled out of stock by Turkish terrorists, gets arrested for breaking into Parliment, and at the end of the second season, inadvertently blows up the world.
“As thrilled as I am to not have to answer the question, ‘Hey man, will there be a third series of ‘Todd Margaret’ or what?’ anymore, the true thrill comes in figuring out how to extend a serialized episodic in which the world blows up at the end of series two. How do you do that for six episodes?!,” exclaimed Cross.
“Perhaps it was a poor »
- Shelli Weinstein
Agent Cooper is returning for more "Damn good coffee."Showtime just announced they're bringing back David Lynch's twisted and bizarre murder mystery from 1990, "Twin Peaks." The director teased the announcement over the weekend, but the network just confirmed the news by posting a fittingly weird trailer for the new series. The teaser reveals very little, simply showing Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) snapping before a slow zoom on the "Welcome to Twin Peaks" sign. The words "25 years Later" and "2016" also flash on the screen before the Showtime logo pops up.The new, nine-episode season will reportedly go into production in 2015 and air in 2016, the 25th anniversary of the original's finale. Kyle MacLachlan is in talks to once again star as FBI Agent Dale Cooper and the show will be a continuation of '90s cult classic.The original show, which ran for just two seasons, followed Cooper as he tried »
- tooFab Staff
Having created, starred in and written one of the best sitcoms of all time with "Seinfeld," comedian Jerry Seinfeld knows a few things about making people laugh. Moreover, he knows the insane amount of work it takes to get a joke right, and will tinker with material sometimes for years (see below) before even trying it on in public. So when he decides to lavish praise on a show, you know he's not throwing it out there lightly. Speaking with Vulture, Seinfeld said Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen's IFC series "Portlandia" was "beyond brilliant," and he found some parallels with his own work on "Seinfeld." “You know what they’re really good at? We kind of did this on my show: They’ve got extremely mean waiters, and random people who are really mean for no reason," he said. "I love it when people are difficult and hostile for absolutely no reason. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Jerry Seinfeld: “Portlandia” is “beyond brilliant” — “easily one of the best comedies of all time" Seinfeld, who was just in Portland shooting "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" with Fred Armisen, says: “I’m kind of obsessed with ‘Portlandia' right now,” adding that “I think that’s the best comedy on TV right now." Teresa and Joe Giudice will talk about their prison sentence on “Watch What Happens Live” The “Real Housewives of New Jersey” stars will give their first post-sentencing interview on Monday. Plus: Inside the rise and fall of Teresa Giudice. Katy Perry is coming to Espn’s “College Gameday” She’ll be the celebrity guest picker when “Gameday” broadcasts Saturday morning from the campus of Ole Miss. Click Read Full Post For More Viola Davis on “How to Get Away with Murder” posters: "“I see pressure. I’m aware that my booty is on the line »
- Norman Weiss
Why should Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein settle for putting a bird on when their sketch show Portlandia can now boast Jerry Seinfeld's stamp of approval? “I’m kind of obsessed with Portlandia right now,” Seinfeld told Vulture last night at the Clio Awards. “I mean, wow, it’s just too beyond brilliant. I was just in Portland, and everywhere you go, it’s like, is this a sketch, or is this the real show?” Seinfeld told us his favorite Portlandia characters were lesbian bookstore owners Toni and Candace, and added, “You know what they’re really good at? We kind of did this on my show: They’ve got extremely mean waiters, and random people who are really mean for no reason. I love it when people are difficult and hostile for absolutely no reason. I don’t know why, but that’s really funny.” In fact, Seinfeld »
- Jamie Sharpe
Jeff Goldblum is such an agreeable weirdo that anytime he pops up -- on an episode of "Portlandia" (this past season, as mattress titan The Pull-Out King, might have been his finest performance yet), as a guest on "Conan" or in a Wes Anderson movie wearing some kind of silly facial hair - our heart gets filled with unalloyed glee. So when we saw Goldblum's new commercial for Ge light bulbs, which seems to luxuriate in the actor's perceived oddness, our heart very nearly exploded with joy. (Don't worry our heart is fine.)
In the spot, directed by the brilliantly bizarre duo of Tim & Eric, Goldblum plays Terry Quattro, "Famous Person," who has "benefitted from exceptional lighting." Then Goldblum runs down how you can get "successful guy lighting at normal guy prices," in a manner that is both off-putting and truly intoxicating. (And honestly, we kind of want these light bulbs now. »
- Drew Taylor
It’s been just eight months since viewers helped greenlight the pilot with their passionate reviews, and today, the entire first season of Transparent finally makes its much-anticipated debut on Prime Instant Video.
The 10-episode half hour series, which stars Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development), Judith Light (Dallas), Gaby Hoffman (Girls), Amy Landecker (Louie) and Jay Duplass (Togetherness), explores family, identity, sex, and love through the story of the Pfeffermans, a Los Angeles family forced to deal with their long-held secrets together.
Critical reception for the series has been overwhelmingly positive, with critics from several major outlets recommending it as the best new fall TV show, including Time and Entertainment Weekly:
“Transparent has the beginnings of a transformative, transcendent, transporting story of a person, a family–and a culture–going through a transformation.” – James Poniewozik, Time
“Beautiful, funny and touching…One of those rare shows that alters the complexion of the landscape with its quality. »
“7th Heaven” cast reunites Beverley Mitchell last night posted a pic of her Stephen Collins, Jessica Biel, David Watson, David Gallagher and Catherine Hicks, but where was Ruthie? “The Good Wife” gets a cameo out of Gloria Steinem Julianna Margulies says she was starstruck when she filmed a scene with the feminist icon, who’s playing herself. "I made a fool of myself and then had to email her and had to apologize,” Margulies said on “Live! with Kelly and Michael." “Mystery Science Theater 3000” is coming to Vimeo The online video service will stream 80 episodes of the cult comedy series, plus any new episodes made over the next year. Click Read Full Post For More Marvel’s “Agent Carter” adds James D’Arcy He’ll play Edwin Jarvis, the butler to Dominic Cooper’s Howard Stark. After binging on “Parks and Rec," Diane Keaton says “I've fallen in love »
- Norman Weiss
Wow, Jeff Goldblum can sing! The actor stopped by "Late Night with Seth Meyers" earlier this week, where he shared some fan-written lyrics for the "Jurassic Park" theme song, and performed them for the audience. Check out the video above to see Jeff's singing skills! Seth joked with Goldblum after the performance, telling the 61-year-old that he likes the song better without lyrics. "I will say, all things being equal, I think it was probably right not to have the lyrics in the actual film," Meyers told Jeff. "I think it was better with no lyrics in the film." But Goldblum disagreed with the late night host, "Really?" he asked. "I think it was a big mistake."The "Portlandia" star made headlines earlier this summer, when he proposed to his 31-year-old girlfriend Emilie Livingston in Hawaii. "Jul 8 he proposed @ our fave #okstore. I was taken over by tears of joy n ecstasy! »
- tooFab Staff
It's like an Italian fashion dream come to life! Six gorgeous starlets stepped out on the Venice Film Festival red carpet wearing Miu Miu looks from the latest collection. Dakota Fanning, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Mara, Felicity Jones, Lena Dunham, and Nicoletta Romanoff are now officially involved in our biggest fashion battle to date! Miuccia Prada must be having the best day of her life because every one of these ladies looks absolutely gorgeous. Let's do this one bracket style. In group #1 we have The Last of Robin Hood actress in a white shift dress with colored embellishments on the right side, the Portlandia guest star in a black and blue patterned creation, and the House of Cards hottie in a cream »
[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, Fxx is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.] It's all over! Day 12 of Fxx's Every Simpsons Ever takes us from "A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again" through "The Yellow Badge of Cowardge" and that's the end of the road for "The Simpsons," at least so far. To close things out, we have five Day 12 recommendations and only one to skip. And I'm probably going to be using this day to catch up on a few episodes I missed from last season when there was just too much TV on Sunday nights to catch "The Simpsons" every week. [I'd also add that "Bob's Burgers" has, for me, usurped "The Simpsons" as Fox's funniest Sunday comedy and the one I seek out first on Hulu or OnDemand. "Bob's Burgers" earned that Emmy this year. But let's see what "Bob's Burgers" looks like in Season 25.] We've had a lot of fun going on this 12-day journey and I hope that these »
- Daniel Fienberg, Alan Sepinwall and Katie Hasty
Louis C.K., who seems capable of doing just about anything these days, has just received a 10 episode order for a sitcom he is working on with Zach Galifiankis called Baskets.
Deadline reports that Galifianakis will star in the show as a man wishing to pursue his dream of becoming a professional clown by finding a job at a rodeo. FX picked up the series order and is looking for a 2016 launch. Baskets will be the fifth new comedy pilot picked up to series by FX and the 11th in FX’s comedy lineup.
This news comes days after C.K. picked up his second Emmy for writing on his show Louie.
- Brian Welk
Two forces of a comedic nature are coming together to form what will hopefully be a bearded twister of hilarity for Baskets. Bungler of distinction Zach Galifianakis and innovative stand up Louis C.K. created the show with Portlandia writer Jonathan Krisel and following a pilot FX have given the green light for ten episodes. Galifianakis takes the lead as Chip Baskets, a man who is determined to be a clown at all costs.
Pig Newton, C.K.’s production company, are bringing this colourful and no doubt calamitous saga to the small screen. The pie-fingered comedian recently inked a deal with the channel that will see him impart his expertise to other creative types as they develop their concepts. C.K. is very much a one man operation so it’ll be interesting to see how that translates to a corporate hierarchy. It says something perhaps that Baskets is the »
- Steve Palace
On August 24th, a beautiful Sunday evening, a line formed outside of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The crowd was full of diverse characters, but we all had one thing in common: we have a strong love of horror, and music. So there I was, about to enter Johnny Ramones 10th Anniversary Tribute, and I was ready to enjoy a memorable experience.
For those who are not familiar with the venue, it is actually a cemetery. It is also the final resting place of many celebrities, including Johnny Ramone himself. Often there are movie screenings there, and you are allowed to view the film picnic style, with blankets, chairs, and coolers. In other words, it’s a really cool way to watch a movie.
Soon after everyone entered the premises, many claimed seats on the lawn, and others ventured into the mausoleum to observe some very awesome horror goodies from the »
FX announced today that they’ve given a series order to a show co-created by Galifianakis, Louis C.K., and Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia, Saturday Night Live). Entitled Baskets, Galifianakis will play Chip Baskets, a man who dreams of becoming a professional clown, but after a failed attempt at attending a fancy Parisian clowning college, he takes the only clowning job he can find, working at a local rodeo. The ten-episode first season will air in 2016, which gives them plenty of time to figure out how to apply clown makeup to a beard. »
- Jesse David Fox
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