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Here’s some tentatively good news for gay TV. Fox has ordered six episodes of the John Mulaney comedy series that NBC rejected last spring. The original pilot included Martin Short, Nasim Pedrad and Elliott Gould as Mulaney’s gay neighbor. Currently, it sounds like Pedrad and Gould might not be a part of the Fox series. Let’s hope there’s still a gay neighbor on the show.
FX’s upcoming Fargo miniseries has added Colin Hanks to the cast as a single dad who is a police deputy.
Wilfred has »
- Lyle Masaki
MTV has found new showrunners for Awkward., and has ordered a fourth season of the scripted comedy.
More Awkward., more Matty!
The TV Land comedy pilot Jennifer Falls has cast Jaime Pressly for its lead role, TVLine reports. The pilot follows a businesswoman who loses her job after losing control of her temper and moves in with her mother. I just hope the script has better punchlines than I Hate My Teenage Daughter.
Maybe if Magic City included a little male nudity to go with all that female nudity… »
- Lyle Masaki
The multi-camera project follows Pressly’s character, Jennifer Doyle, a smart and successful mom businesswoman whose biggest liability is her temper — which has just gotten her fired from her high-paying job.
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Drowning in debt and having lost everything, Jennifer and her teenage daughter move in with her mother. The former career woman then takes a job as a waitress at her brother’s bar and reconnects with friends from her youth. »
- Kimberly Roots
Slowly but shortly! Jaime Pressly had her long blond locks cut into a chin-length style on June 18. And just a little over a week later, on June 26, she went under the shears again, transitioning to an even shorter look. The I Hate My Teenage Daughter actress tweeted two photographs of her new Miley Cyrus-like 'do, courtesy of stylist Jonathan Hanousek (who was also responsible for her first chop in June). In one photograph, Pressly, looking gorgeous with minimal makeup on, sports a chic faux-hawk; it's [...] »
Advertisers were given their first big glimpse of the fall TV schedule Monday as NBC launched the annual Upfront Week in Manhattan. The upfronts are lavish (and longish) network presentations staged for the ad community with the hope of vacuuming up all their money with the promise of great, popular shows. The truth is, of course, that few shows manage to be great and/or popular. One could even call this a sad truth. But, to be philosophical, nothing ventured, nothing gained - and NBC could use some gaining. After applying advanced critical theorem to the brief clips presented at Radio City Music Hall, »
- Tom Gliatto, PEOPLE TV Critic
Also getting a green light are the Sean Hayes sitcom Sean Saves the World, DJ Nash’s Family Guide and Jason Katims’ comedy About a Boy. They join the previously-ordered Michael J. Fox Show and Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ Dracula.
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Among the noteworthy pilots not getting the go-ahead from NBC: Hatfields & McCoys, The Gates and The Sixth Gun. (NBC’s complete development slate can be found here. »
- Michael Ausiello
Next month in New York City, the broadcast networks will unveil a whole new batch of comedies that could either follow in the footsteps of The Big Bang Theory — or fall flat like I Hate My Teenage Daughter.
So that got us thinking: Just how many half-hours over the years, failed or otherwise, have become go-to synonyms for bad TV sitcoms? We know what you’re thinking — by golly, I’ve lost count! But here are 10 that have (and always will) serve as convenient punchlines.
Baby Bob (CBS, 2002-03)
An unspeakable crime — and not just because fan faves like Adam Arkin, »
- Lynette Rice
ABC Family continues to expand its slate of original programming.
On Wednesday (April 24), the cable net announced that its given the greenlight to one-hour drama "Chasing Life" (formerly "Terminales"). The series, adapted from a successful Televisa Spanish-language Mexican television series will go into production in Santa Clarita in July, expected to premiere in early 2014.
The series follows twenty-something April (Italia Ricci, "Unnatural History"), a smart and quick-witted aspiring journalist whose life is upended after she is diagnosed with cancer. The cast includes Mary Page Keller ("NYPD Blue"), Aisha Dee ("I Hate My Teenage Daughter"), Richard Brancatisano ("The Elephant Princess") and Haley Ramm ("Red State").
It pays to ride with Rick Grimes.
Indeed, Chad L. Coleman and Sonequa Martin-Green, who recurred on Season 3 of The Walking Dead as Tyreese and Sasha, have been upgraded to series regulars for the fourth season of AMC’s zombie-apocalypse smash, TVLine has learned.
Additionally, Emily Kinney — who joined the show in Season 2 as Hershel’s youngest daughter Beth — has also been elevated to a regular.
Coleman and Martin-Green’s promotions come after Sunday’s Season 3 finale saw their brother-sister duo refuse to help The Governor carry out »
- Michael Slezak
It's a peek at what could have been when The Office goes to "The Farm".
I'm just thrilled at the news that Jonathan Del Arco has been promoted to a series regular for the second season of Major Crimes. Dr. Morales has been way too much fun for the little screen time he's gotten, so I've been hoping this would happen.
Last night, Ed Schultz announced that his show is moving to a two-hour weekend time slot next month, which opens up a major prime time slot on the news channel. If I'm reading the New York Times' item correctly, the new prime time host could be announced later this morning, with Chris Hayes, Ezra Klein and Joy Reid mentioned as front runners. That might explain why Klein has been making so many guest-hosting appearances lately.
The Emmy-winning Glee star will make her Broadway debut taking on the role of evil orphanage matron Miss Hannigan this spring in the Broadway production of Annie, currently playing at the Palace. Jane Lynch is stepping in for Katie Finneran, the original actor in the role, who is taking time off to shoot NBC’s new Michael J. Fox comedy series, which has a 22-episode order for a fall 2013 launch. It hasn’t been determined when Finneran is leaving; the Sony Pictures TV series already has shot its pilot and the show is being done out of NY but no schedule has been set. Lynch, whose stage experience includes a turn with Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company and The Second City, is set in the role from May 16-July 14. Finneran, a two-time Tony winner, starred on Fox’s sitcom I Hate My Teenage Daughter and landed the co-starring »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Oxygen kicks off its modeling competition The Face tonight,
to keep things simple, it's airing on the same night and time as Face Off.
G4 will soon be gone from your cable line-up, replaced by The Esquire Network which aims to be "an upscale Bravo for men." The new channel's first show will be Knife Fight a cooking competition show hosted by Top Chef winner Ilan Hall, who absolutely no one was demanding to see on TV again. The network will also heavily feature Adam Scott with reruns of Parks & Recreation and Party Down. I have little interest in any show that brings back anyone from that awful second season of Top Chef (because I watched it once and Never Again), but I can suport putting plenty of Adam Scott on TV.
Fox's comedy pilot about a New York police prescient just picked its police captain casting Andre Braugher »
Juliette Goglia ("Joan of Arcadia," "Easy A") will play Fox's daughter on the show, which is guaranteed a spot on NBC's 2013-14 schedule. Her character is the middle child in the family, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Fox's character is a New York news anchor who has taken time off to deal with Parkinson's disease but wants to return to work. Wendell Pierce ("The Wire," "Treme") will play his former boss at the TV station.
It's time for Fringe fans to say goodbye.
We're starting to get details of American Horror Story's third season. Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson will return for the third story. Ryan Murphy added that he had promised Jessica Lange she'd get to wear some designer gowns to get her to return after playing Sister Jude, so her character this time will be a "glamour cat leading lady."
Meanwhile, the big industry news is that Fox might split American Horror Story's network into two channels. Broadcasting & Cable reports that FX would keep the dramatic content while the new network would focus on comedy (similar to the division between TNT and TBS) and inherit shows like Archer and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The new channel would take over the Fox Soccer channel.
After quitting Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Meredith Viera might be entering the daytime talk show scene. »
Hank Schrader's not gonna take this well, but Marie's leaving him for Michael J. Fox. Betsy Brandt follows The Wire's Wendell Pierce as the second player from an all-time great television show to join Fox's new NBC sitcom. Katie Finneran of I Hate My Teenage Daughter also got into the fray this week. NBC committed to 22 episodes of the series and will likely premiere it this autumn. »
- Zach Dionne
After several seasons spent being chipper about her fictional husband’s impairment on Breaking Bad, Betsy Brandt is now moving on to more of the same with a co-starring role on Michael J. Fox’s as-yet-untitled NBC sitcom. Brandt joins a quickly solidifying cast that also includes her fellow-cable-about-to-be-refugee, Treme’s Wendell Pierce, as Fox’s boss, I Hate My Teenage Daughter’s Katie Finneran as his sister, and Person Of Interest’s Conor Romero as his college dropout son—all of them revolving around Fox as he tries to juggle his family, his career as a newscaster, and his »
Brandt will play Michael J. Fox’s wife on his upcoming sitcom. On the as-yet-untitled show, Fox plays Mike Burnaby, a New York City newscaster who goes back to work and has to juggle his family, career and Parkinson’s disease. It marks the five-time Emmy winner’s first TV series starring role since ABC’s Spin City. “Michael came in and pitched us the show, and it’s completely inspired by his life as a father and a husband and a family man who is grappling with [Parkinson's] disease,” NBC entertainment »
- James Hibberd
Fresh off of her Golden Globes win, Jennifer Lawrence is set to take the Saturday Night Live stage — and we have a sneak peek at what the Silver Linings Playbook starlet will bring to this weekend’s show.
Press Play below to watch Lawrence channel her inner Hunger Games gal Katniss Everdeen, poke fun at SNL vet Jason Sudeikis and tackle the most annoying thing an award-winner can encounter: being played off the stage.
Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…
• Michael J. Fox’s buzzy new NBC comedy is rounding out its cast. »
- Megan Masters
The as-yet-untitled series has a 22-episode commitment and will launch in the fall. It's a single camera comedy partly inspired by Fox's real life and stars the five-time Emmy winner as Mike Burnaby, a New York City newscaster who goes back to work and is forced to juggle his family, career and Parkinson's disease.
Two-time Tony winner Finneran ("Noises Off," "Promises, Promises") will play his unemployed, self-absorbed, single sister. Finneran also starred on Fox's "I Hate My Teenage Daughter" and "Wonderfalls."
Romero is set as Burnaby's college-dropout older son and Goor as Burnaby's 7-year-old youngest child.
Michael J Fox's new sitcom has cast I Hate My Teenage Daughter star Katie Finneran. Fox will play Mike Burnaby - a news anchor with Parkinson's disease who returns to work following a hiatus. Finneran has been cast as his self-obsessed sister, while Conor Romero (Person of Interest) will play Mike's college drop-out son, Deadline reports. Burnaby's youngest 7-year-old son will be played by child actor Jack Goor - all three join Fox and the previously-cast Wendell Pierce (The Wire). The comedy series - currently untitled - has been picked up (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
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