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In January, Stephanie Counts and Shari Gold made headlines with a lawsuit that alleged that Fox's New Girl was ripped off from their television pilot script. While allegations of theft are common in Hollywood, what made their lawsuit potentially serious was the amount of detail offered in an 87-page complaint about how the screenwriters had worked with William Morris Endeavor agents in shopping a proposed television series titled Square One, how they once proposed Zooey Deschanel for the lead and how Fox allegedly made a $10,000 settlement offer. The plaintiffs might have offered a substantial theory about how
- Eriq Gardner
Now is the time of year for TV fans to be a little nervous for news about their favorite shows - specifically, whether they'll make it to next season. Renewal and cancellation news is flowing in, and we're compiling all the updates here. Find out what's already guaranteed to come back and what's gotten left on the chopping block so far. What's Been Renewed Network: Grimm: NBC has renewed the supernatural drama for a fourth season. Chicago Fire: The firehouse-set drama got a third season from NBC. Chicago Pd: NBC renewed the freshman drama for a second season. The Big Bang Theory: CBS has renewed the comedy for three more seasons. 2 Broke Girls: The comedy will return for a new season. Mike & Molly: Melissa McCarthy's comedy will be back. Two and a Half Men: Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher's comedy is returning. The »
- Shannon Vestal
It's an unthinkable proposition, but one that was very real: The role of Schmidt on “New Girl” could have been played by someone other than Max Greenfield. Greenfield, now 33, seemingly became an overnight sensation when he debuted on the Fox sitcom in 2011 as the goofball-bro-ocd hybrid with a heart. But the truth is that he had been working his way up through the industry for 12 years before that big break — starting with an episode of MTV's “Undressed.” And as he told TheWrap this past weekend at Tribeca in New York, he almost called it quits before »
- Jordan Zakarin
Chris Messina broke hearts a few weeks back on The Mindy Project when his character, sexy doctor Danny Castellano, ended his just-beginning relationship with Mindy because he “didn’t want to ruin the friendship” or whatever, a.k.a.: He’s a big baby and fans were/are not amused.
But! The darkness may be coming to an end soon. Messina told Vulture on Sunday, “There is a payoff that I think is worth sticking around for. We »
- Erin Strecker
Currently best known for playing weirdo ladykiller Schmidt on New Girl, Max Greenfield has also been cropping up occasionally of late on the big screen. He’s now signed to co-star in Michael Showalter’s new comedy, Hello My Name Is Doris.According to Greenfield, the film follows an older woman named – as you might guess – Doris, whose mother dies and forces her to re-think her life. She decides to move to New York and starts a relationship with a younger man (Greenfield). “It's very funny, but it really kind of toes the line. It'll be different than what you're used to seeing with Michael,” Greenfield told The Wrap.That Greenfield’s appearing in Showalter’s new solo outing isn’t too much of a surprise, since he just worked with the writer/director/actor on the Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler comedy They Came Together, which Showalter wrote with David Wain. »
New Girl’s Max Greenfield has a new project on his slate, teaming him for a second time with writer/director Michael Showalter for Hello My Name Is Doris. According to Greenfield, when he spoke to The Wrap, the film is something of a departure for the Wet Hot American Summer scribe.
“It’s about Doris, this character – she’s an older woman. Her mother passes away and then she’s forced to kind of find a new life in the city, and she meets this younger guy and thinks he’s the answer. It’s very funny, but it really kind of toes the line. It’ll be different than what you’re used to [seeing] with him,” said Greenfield.
Michael Showalter co-wrote They Came Together with David Wain, featuring Max Greenfield alongside stars Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd - which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January this year, »
- Sarah Myles
• New Girl’s Max Greenfield will reunite with They Came Together co-writer David Wain for his upcoming comedic drama Hello My Name Is Doris. According to Greenfield, who spoke to The Wrap about the upcoming project, the film will focus on Doris, an older woman who must start anew after her mother passes on. When Doris meets a younger man, she believes him to be the answer to finding a new life for herself in the city. [The Wrap]
- Pamela Gocobachi
The indie drama About Alex features a number of well-known TV actors, including Parks and Recreation's Aubrey Plaza, New Girl's Max Greenfield and Parenthood's Jason Ritter. The movie's writer-director, Jesse Zwick, who makes his feature film debut with the project, also has a TV background, not only writing for Parenthood but also being the son of legendary producer Ed Zwick (Thirtysomething, My So-Called Life, Once and Again). Photos: Nas, Robert De Niro and Susan Sarandon Attend the Tribeca Film Festival The elder Zwick executive produced the project, but his writer-director son is quick to clarify his
- Hilary Lewis
Max Greenfield is set to star in writer-director Michael Showalter's next film, “Hello My Name Is Doris,” Greenfield told TheWrap Friday. The “New Girl” star previously featured in the Sundance comedy “They Came Together,” which Showalter co-wrote with director David Wain. See video: ‘New Girl's’ Max Greenfield and Paul Scheer Reenact Classic Vanilla Ice-Arsenio Hall Interview “It's a story about Doris, this character, she's an older woman,” Greenfield said. “Her mother passes away and she's then forced to kind of find a new life in the city, and she meets this younger guy and thinks that he's the answer. »
- Jordan Zakarin
One of our 20 Most Anticipated Films Of The Tribeca Film Festival, which kicks off today, "About Alex" already has us impressed by the cast director Jesse Zwick (son of Ed Zwick) has pulled together for his debut. Aubrey Plaza, Max Greenfield ("New Girl"), Maggie Grace, Nate Parker, Max Minghella, Jane Levy and Jason Ritter all feature in the ensemble dramedy, making it one to keep an eye on. Penned by Zwick as well, the "Big Chill"-esque tale follows seven college friends who reunite for a weekend of fun and togetherness after one of them suffers a breakdown, only to discover that as much as they've drifted apart in the intervening time, old jealousies, flirtations and political differences still flare up. And as you'll see in this exclusive clip, just taking a picture starts a war of words. "About Alex" premieres on April 17th at Bmc Tribeca Pac. Watch below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Whenever New Girl has had a big plot point in, it’s always been interesting how they handle — or don’t — the fallout in the next episode. A few examples: Jess and Nick’s first kiss in “Cooler” was followed by the Indian speed-dating shenanigans of “Table 34″; the roomfriends were doin’ it and doin’ it and doin’ it well in “Virgins,” but “Winston’s Birthday” felt a bit like a digression; and it’s probably best if we don’t dwell too much on “Exes” (aside from Adam Brody’s dreaminess therein) because it had the misfortune to air in »
- Lanford Beard
The 13th Tribeca Film Festival begins Wednesday, April 16 with a lineup featuring over 50 world premieres and even more must-see films.
This year’s Tribeca line-up begins Wednesday, April 16 with a screening of Time Is Illmatic, a documentary celebrating the 20th anniversary of Nas’ 1994 album Illmatic. After the screening, Nas himself will perform songs from his legendary album.
Features Premiering At Tribeca
TV comedies collide in About Alex, which stars Parks and Recreation’s Aubrey Plaza and New Girl’s Max Greenfield – not to mention Jane Levy (Subergatory), Max Minghella (The Mindy Project, The Social Network), Jason Ritter (Parenthood), Nate Parker and Maggie Grace (Taken, Lost). Written and directed by Jesse Zwick, this The Big Chill homage takes place during a weekend away, as old friends in their mi-twenties come together to help one in the group who is suicidal.
Another TV-star driven film premiering at Tribeca is Life Partners, starring »
Aubrey Plaza was terror-stricken when she arrived at the abandoned Catskills ski lodge that served as the set of her indie film About Alex — so much so that she became closer to her castmates than originally expected.
“I forced Jane to move in with me because I was terrified I would get murdered by some mountain person,” confesses Plaza, one of the lead characters in the film about a group of old college friends who reunite over a long weekend to bond after one of their pals attempts suicide. “I felt like we were in the middle of nowhere, and it was totally creepy. »
- Nina Terrero
TV Land has ordered 12 episodes of Younger, a comedy from Darren Starr. The series follows a 40-something single mom who ends up leading a double-life, including one where she passes herself as a 26-year-old. The series has an amazing cast led by Sutton Foster with Hilary Duff, Debi Mazar and Miriam Shor. A fall debut is planned.
I still miss Bunheads.
On a related note, here’s the trailer for the Rosemary’s Baby mini-series. I have to admit, the changes have me intrigued.
Wgn America is adapting the Vertigo Comic Scalped, »
- Lyle Masaki
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to The Schmindy Project. Max Greenfield—aka New Girl's kimono-wearing douchebag that we all love, Schmidt—is showcasing his talents on our favorite TV comedy. On Tuesday night, Greenfield will be making a one-episode switch over to The Mindy Project as Lee, a hot player at a bar who hits it off with Mindy Kaling's currently heartbroken character, Mindy Lahiri. Basically if you love Schmidt just as much as we do (with our entire heart and soul, obvi) then you'll love to see the actor's yet sure-to-be memorable appearance in Mindy's world—even though you, like us, might still be crying buckets over the demise of Mindy and Danny. To get you even »
Coincidentally, both new episodes deal with the fallout of two break-ups. In New Girl’s “Big News,” Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) have to come clean that they’re just friends again, resulting in a “devastated” Schmidt. As for Mindy, “Think Like a Peter” follows Dr. L (Mindy Kaling) under the tutelage of her frat bro colleague Peter (Adam Pally), who tries to get the rom-com »
- Lanford Beard
Last year we were happy to share the web series EastSiders right here on TheBacklot. The dark comedy starring Van Hansis (As the World Turns) and Kit Williamson (Mad Men) made its cable broadcast debut as a feature film on LogoTV, scored wins at both the Indie Series Awards and La Web Fest, received a Satellite Award, spawned a web comic and was eventually released on DVD and VOD by Wolfe Video.
We were wondering if the cast and crew might reunite for more episodes of this great series and– great news– EastSiders will indeed begin shooting a second season this Summer!
A Kickstarter campaign was launched today to finance the new episodes. (The first season was also funded via Kickstarter, reaching it’s goal in just four days and nearly doubling it by the end of the campaign.) The goal for filming a second season has been set at »
- Dennis Ayers
Comedy writers-exec producers Joe Port and Joe Wiseman, who are coming off an overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV, have closed a two-year overall pact at CBS TV Studios to develop and supervise projects. Under the 20th TV pact, the duo served as executive producers on the studio’s Fox comedy New Girl and most recently worked on CBS’ The Crazy Ones. Repped by UTA and Myman Greenspan, Port and Wiseman met while they were both assistants on the 1999 Upn animated comedy Dilbert and went on to serve as story editors on NBC’s multi-camera Just Shoot Me. They also worked on NBC’s 1600 Penn as writers and exec producers, were co-exec producers on NBC’s Perfect Couples and consulting producers on The Office. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Port and Wiseman are represented by UTA and Myman Greenspan.
- Whitney Friedlander
Comedy duo Joe Port and Joe Wiseman are on the move. The writing partners will segue from their longtime home at 20th Century Fox Television to CBS Television Studios under a new two-year overall deal, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Under the new pact, the duo will develop and supervise new projects for the studio. Photos: Faces of Pilot Season 2014 Port and Wiseman most recently worked on CBS' freshman comedy The Crazy Ones, which hails from 20th TV. Their credits also include 20th-produced comedies 1600 Penn (NBC) and Fox's New Girl, the latter of which netted them
- Lesley Goldberg
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