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The Ratings Game is a weeklong series exploring what the new world of TV ratings means for your favorite shows. To kick things off is Liz Meriwether, creator of Fox's New Girl. Hey, everyone! I hear you want to know about the Nielsen ratings? Sure! I created a network television show, which obviously means I’m an expert in everything. The Nielsen ratings are a way of measuring how many viewers are watching a TV show live. For those younger people reading, a television is a large electronic box that hangs on the wall or is freestanding in what is sometimes called a media center, which is a late-20th-century term for big cabinet. If you can believe it, you turn on that television at the exact moment that a television show starts. You can’t be late. Just like an airplane or a train! Then you watch the commercials. »
- Liz Meriwether
There are still several weeks left before Fox cracks open Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life, but we’ve already got a sneak peek at some of its wisdom.
Premiering Sunday, Jan. 3 at 8:30/7:30c, the freshman comedy stars Jack Cutmore-Scott (Kingsman: The Secret Service) as the titular sad sack who doesn’t have the job he wants and has accidentally fallen in love with his across-the-hall neighbor Kelly (Being Human‘s Meaghan Rath).
As Cooper struggles to survive each of life’s many challenges, »
Satya Bhabha has landed a role in indie comedy “Dude” opposite Lucy Hale, TheWrap has learned. The coming of age film also stars Alexandra Shipp, Kathryn Prescott and Nora Lum and follows a quartet of best friends navigating the final two weeks of high school. Bhabha will play the role of Mr. Bemis, a hot teacher one of the girls develops a crush on. Also Read: 25 Holiday Movies We're Dying to See (Photos) Olivia Milch is directing. Bhabha, who recurred on “New Girl” and “Key & Peele” and recently wrapped an untitled TBS pilot from Matt Fogel and Todd Strauss-Schulson. His big screen credits include. »
- Linda Ge
Will Castle‘s snooping lead to the big “shift”? What’s on tap for the New Girl wedding? Will Arrow‘s Oliver get another blast from his past? Is new Chicago Fire romance heating up? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.
VideosCastle Fall Finale: Kate Ponders Second Anniversary Plans…?
Does anything good happen in the Castle fall finale (airing Monday)? –Barry
Since I just got done watching it, why don’t I give you a taste of what happens and then you can decide/debate what is “good”?
1) We learn the (unconventional) location »
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Grimm, Castle, Grey’s Anatomy and The Big Bang Theory!
1 | Isn’t it a little weird to watch Grimm‘s Adalind being so nice? Is anyone else just waiting for the other Hexen-shoe to drop?
2 | “Black Jeopardy” was moderately amusing on Saturday Night Live, but can we get a 12-month moratorium on game show sketches?
3 | Walking Dead fans, are »
When the mid-season finale of hip-hop drama “Empire” debuts on Fox December 2nd, viewers may have a hard time figuring out when a segment of the show ends and a commercial for Pepsi begins. That will be by design.
On that night, the writers of “Empire” will cap off a storyline that will have been brewing for three weeks: Jamal Lyon, one of the central characters of the hit show, will nab an all-important commercial endorsement from Pepsi, which in turn will use one of his songs as part of a new ad campaign. As characters on the show prepare to take a gander at Lyon’s new commercial, the show will break for one: a 60-second spot from Pepsi featuring the character and the song. And once the ad – directed by “Empire” creator and executive producer Lee Daniels (above, right) – is complete, viewers will immediately see the next scene of “Empire” start to unfurl. »
- Brian Steinberg
Read More: Watch: Errol Morris-Approved 'Uncle Nick' Trailer Warns It's Going To Be An Uncomfortable Christmas Brian Posehn's unforgettable facial features and stoic brand of comedy have appeared on such television shows like "The Sarah Silverman Program," "New Girl" and, most recently, Netflix's "W/ Bob and David." In "Uncle Nick," Posehn stars as the titular drunk in what is described as "the anti-christmas movie of the year." The bright, pasty Christmas poster features an animated Posehn in a deceivingly stable image of a jovial Uncle Nick fallen over on his chair, completely spread about over his own destruction. You can take a look at the poster below. "Uncle Nick" also stars Missi Pyle and Paget Brewster. The movie is directed by former "Attack of the Show" head writer Chris Kasick and written by Mike Demski, another "Attack of the Show" veteran. Prolific documentarian Errol Morris serves as. »
- J. Carlos Menjivar
Netflix’s next comedy series is taking us back to a time “when men were men and dads were kings.”
The streaming service on Monday released the first official trailer for F Is for Family, starring comedian Bill Burr — also a creator and writer — as the voice of ’70s curmudgeon Frank Murphy. Additional voices include Laura Dern (Enlightened) as Frank’s wife Sue and Justin Long (New Girl) as their oldest son Kevin.
F Is for Family premieres Dec. 18.
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In what can only be described as great news, multiple award-winning writer and producer Kay Cannon is finally set to make her feature film directorial debut, with the upcoming comedy movie, The Pact. The producers of the film – including Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg – will almost certainly be hoping to cash in on Cannon’s impressive comedic skill-set, which helped the TV series 30 Rock achieve dizzying heights of success, and the Pitch Perfect film franchise earn more than $400 million in box office so far.
The Pact is written by Brian Kehoe and Jim Kehoe (Overachievers), with Deadline reporting that Eben Russell, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg also worked on the script. It is, unsurprisingly, a male-dominated story, focusing on three highly protective fathers, and their efforts to derail a pact made by their respective daughters, that would see them each lose their virginity on Prom night. While the plot sounds »
- Sarah Myles
Cannon, who has worked as a writer on New Girl and was Emmy-nominated for 30 Rock, has penned the scripts for both of the films in the acapella-themed Pitch Perfect franchise and has signed on to write the third.
The Pact will follow a trio of parents who attempt to stop their respective daughters from fulfilling an American Pie-style “pact” to lose their virginities on prom night.
- Tom Beasley
The Pact tells of three parents who discover their daughters have made a deal to lose their virginities on prom night and set out to stop them before it is too late.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Cannon’s husband, Eben Russell, has also been tapped for a rewrite on the script about three parents who, upon discovering that their daughters have made a pact to lose their virginities on prom night, go out and try and stop them before it’s too late.
Point Grey’s Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver will produce alongside Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg and Dmg Entertainment’s Chris Fenton from a script by Russell, Hurwitz and Schlossberg and brothers Brian and Jim Kehoe.
- Dave McNary
At this time last week, I was pleading with Scream Queens to give us answers or give us deaths. I’m happy to report that Tuesday’s episode gave us plenty of both.
Let’s start with the death: Ladies and gentlemen, Jennifer (aka “that really unusual girl with the very odd candle fetish”) has left the building. The non-Boone Red Devil took her out after failing to off Dean Munsch — in a spectacular homage to 1960’s Psycho, which starred Jamie Lee Curtis’ mother Janet Leigh »
New Girl star Zooey Deschanel has announced she has converted to Judaism for her husband, Jacob Pechenik. Zooey Deschanel Coverts To Judaism Deschanel wished to convert to the religion before her wedding in June. The couple wants to raise their newborn baby, Elsie, who was born in July, as a Jew. Deschanel has stated in […]
- Ryan Kappy
The Office alumna Angela Kinsey has sold semi-autobiographical comedy 1-800 to TBS, I have learned. Kinsey will write 1-800, loosely based on her experiences working at a call center when she was starting out, with an eye toward co-starring as well. The workplace comedy reunites Kinsey with TBS, where she recently recurred on the comedy series Your Family Or Mine. Kinsey also starred on the Hulu original series The Hotwives Of Las Vegas and recurred on Fox’s New Girl.… »
Ever since we found out New Girl's fifth season would be pushed to 2016, we've been weeping on the inside. Megan Fox is starring on the series while Zooey Deschanel is out on maternity leave, and we finally have a premiere date! Season five will officially premiere on Jan. 5, followed by the return of several other Fox shows after the Winter hiatus. Take a look below to get the full list of premiere dates! Monday, Jan. 4 8 p.m. - Superhuman Tuesday, Jan. 5 8 p.m. - New Girl 8:30 p.m. - Grandfathered 9 p.m. - Brooklyn Nine-Nine 9:30 p.m. - The Grinder Wednesday, Jan. 6 8 p.m. - American Idol Wednesday, Jan. 13 9 p.m. - Second Chance (formerly known as Lookinglass)* Friday, Jan. 15 9 p.m. - MasterChef Junior Sunday, Jan. 24 10 p.m. - The X-Files* Monday, Jan. 25 9 p.m. - Lucifer* Sunday, Jan. 31 7 p.m. - Grease: Live* Friday, Feb. »
- Maggie Pehanick
Fox has unveiled its schedule for the upcoming winter TV season, and it's full of returning favorites, series debuts, and lots of timeslot switcheroos.
"American Idol" will be back for its final season with a two-night premiere on January 6 and January 7, bumping "Sleepy Hollow" from Thursdays to Fridays. "Bones," meanwhile, is missing from the schedule entirely, though we're guessing that Fox is holding out on assigning it a new timeslot until it sees how its freshman shows fare (and whether or not they get yanked, opening up a hole for "Bones" to fill). "The Last Man on Earth" is in a similar situation, we assume, and is off the schedule for now.
"New Girl," which was held for midseason to accommodate star Zooey Deschanel's pregnancy and maternity leave, will make its fifth season premiere on January 5, moving to the 8 p.m. Tuesday timeslot. There are plenty more changes on that night, »
- Katie Roberts
The CW is developing a female sportscaster-centric series from exec producer Olivia Munn, Variety has learned.
The untitled project is set in 1974 and revolves around a young journalist who gets hired by an ambitious New York news programming chief as a publicity stunt to be one of the first female on-air sports reporters. She has to learn to navigate gender politics in front of and behind the camera at a time when women were literally not even allowed in the press box.
From scribe Ted Humphrey (“The Good Wife”), Munn — a former sideline reporter — will exec produce. Stacia Peters will also work on the project, reuniting her with Munn, after HBO’s “The Newsroom.” The potential series hails from CBS Television Studios.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The things we do for love! Zooey Deschanel made a grand gesture for husband Jacob Pechenik, a source reveals exclusively in the new issue of Us Weekly. In the past, the New Girl actress has declined to identify with any particular faith. “I don’t attach myself to any one religion,” Deschanel, whose mom is Roman Catholic and father is Quaker, has said. “My family is liberal. I was raised in the ‘you can be whatever you want’ kind of way. And in the end, I was like, [...] »
In a form of casting synergy, Peter Gallagher will guest star on “New Girl” as the never-before-seen father of Max Greenfield’s Schmidt. As TV Line reminds us, Greenfield played the younger version of Gallagher’s beloved father (figure) Sandy Cohen on Fox sudser “The O.C.,” reruns of which recently became available on digital service CW Seed.
“Fargo’s” Allison Tolman will topline ABC’s “Downward Dog” pilot, Variety has confirmed. Based on the web series, the comedy centers on a woman and her dog. The project was hot this development season, being pitched around the networks, before ultimately landing at ABC. Tolman’s character, Nan, is described as being in a constant state of upheaval, »
- Whitney Friedlander
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