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‘Playing House’ Producer-Stars Talk Fans, Guest Stars, Twitter – TCA

How much of a chatter-fest was this? Referring here to today's TCA panel on USA's Playing House, featuring stars/executive producers Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham. With few pauses for breath, the pair gabbed and giggled their way through a discussion of their comedy, a follow-up to the pair's NBC semi-autobiographical comedy series Best Friends Forever. Two topics seemed to float to the surface: One, guest stars, and two, Twitter. The pair has managed to persuade…
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Talks to Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham About Playing House, Babies, and Physical Comedy

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Talks to Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham About Playing House, Babies, and Physical Comedy
Like on their short-lived but long-missed Best Friends Forever, on Playing House, creators/stars Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham offer one of the most realistic portrayals of female friendship ever put on the small screen. It sure helps that they are best friends in real life. With the show's second season premiering tonight on USA, who better to interview the comedy duo than another one of their comedian friends, Julia Louis-Dreyfus. They discuss physical comedy, having babies, and neck-editing. Enjoy, because they sure did.On Putting Family Before Business: Jessica St. Clair: Jld! Thank you so much for doing this.   Julia Louis-Dreyfus: Wait, a minute but I didn't get my baby.   Jsc: Goddamn it, you can pick her up. Or I'll drop her off. You're in the Palisades? Jld: Yeah, just stick her in a box and put her right outside my door if I'm not there.
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USA’s Playing House to return for a second season

Fans of USA Network’s sitcom Playing House, and/or of creators Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair can rest easy, as Deadline is reporting that the channel has renewed the show for an 8-episode second season, following six months of speculation about the show’s fate after its first season finale.

This news is particularly heartening, as the show had appeared set for cancellation following USA’s announcement that it would be moving away from half-hour comedies and focus on hour-long dramas going forward. Playing House joins Benched and Sirens as the only three representatives of the genre on the channel.

The show’s seemingly poor ratings were a source of concern for USA. However, the series’ strength lay in its popularity on On-Demand outlets, which will lead to a unique distribution model. When the series returns, it will be premiering on VOD platforms Xfinity, TV Everywhere, and USA
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Playing House's Lennon Parham, Jessica St. Clair Talk Friendship, Gilmore Girls, and Fighting in the Baja Fresh Parking Lot

Playing House's Lennon Parham, Jessica St. Clair Talk Friendship, Gilmore Girls, and Fighting in the Baja Fresh Parking Lot
The ladies are back! Two years after their first show NBC's Best Friends Forever was cancelled before its time, real-life best friends and Upright Citizens Brigade alums Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair have created another TV comedy, Playing House. In their USA debut, the pals play Maggie (Parham) and Emma (St. Clair)—two childhood friends who have decided to raise Maggie's baby together in their small hometown. Us Weekly editor Rachel McRady spoke to the pair about their devoted friendship, their writer's room inspirations, and one particularly [...]
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Watch My Show: Playing House's Lennon Parham, Jessica St. Clair Answer Our Showrunner Survey

Not only are they best friends in real life, but Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair keep playing them on TV. The comedy duo, last seen on NBC's Best Friends Forever, are back once again playing BFFs, but this time on USA's new sitcom Playing House (Tuesdays at 10/9c). Parham stars as Maggie Caruso, who decides to raise her baby alone after catching her cheating husband in an online affair. St. Clair is her best pal Emma Crawford, who gives up her career to help Maggie raise the baby. Parham and St. Clair, who are also executive producers on the show, filled out our TV Guide Magazine showrunner survey to explain why Playing House is worth an appraisal.

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Playing House Stars Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair: 5 Things to Know About the Real-Life BFFs

Playing House Stars Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair: 5 Things to Know About the Real-Life BFFs
Laverne and Shirley, Lucy and Ethel, Snooki and JWoww and now Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair? The two comedians and writers created and star in the new USA sitcom Playing House about best friends Maggie (Parham) and Emma (St. Clair), who decide to live together and help raise Maggie's baby in the suburbs. The show premieres on Tuesday, April 29 on USA, and here's what you need to know about the funny ladies heading up TV's next big comedy: 1. They Are Best Friends Forever … Literally Before [...]
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Tuesday TV: Playing House, the Fabulous Fargo

If at first you don't succeed, try cable. Which helps explain the déjà vu feeling that accompanies USA Network's new-but-kinda-familiar Playing House (Tuesday, 10/9c), starring and executive produced by real-life BFFs and partners-in-comedy Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair, who performed similar duties for the blink-and-you-missed-it NBC sitcom dud Best Friends Forever, which aired for several weeks two midseasons ago.

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TV Review: ‘Playing House’

TV Review: ‘Playing House’
Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham certainly merit points for perseverance. Having co-created and starred in the short-lived, modestly appealing NBC sitcom “Best Friends Forever,” they migrate within the same corporate hierarchy over to USA, collaborating on the modestly appealing “Playing House.” Both shows involve the two pals living together, here in preparation for the birth of a baby. While the duo has an obvious rapport, this is still a rather wispy premise for a network whose sitcom development remains on wobbly toddler legs.

The fairly classic set-up has St. Clair’s Emma as the hard-driving career woman (she’s initially seen working in Shanghai) returning home to throw a baby shower for her bosom buddy Maggie (Parham). Still, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out Maggie’s husband (Brad Morris) is a bit of a worm and that Emma will ultimately be moving in to help guide
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Playing House TV Review – USA Rolls Parham And St. Clair Dice

Back in 2012, which certainly isn’t long ago, NBC brought you Best Friends Forever, which starred Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair. Best friends of a higher order, who now live on opposite sides of the country, are brought back together when one of them suddenly finds herself holding divorce papers. As they begin living together again, plus one boyfriend, hilarity ensues as they face life together, and learn new things about being adults, and what it really means to have a friend you know better than you know yourself. Well, something like that anyway.

Now USA is giving Parham and St. Clair another shot with Playing House, in what is basically the same show, except that we’ve replaced the boyfriend with a baby. In this version, Maggie (Parham) is pregnant, and Emma (St. Clair) is flying back to her small town home for the baby shower. Again, the pair were once best friends,
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USA’s Playing House Promo Reel May Seem Familiar

USA‘s new show, Playing House, is hitting on April 29th, and the thus far under-promoted show has a promo clip that it hopes will hook you. Famous for its Character Welcome tagline, and shows like Burn Notice, Psych, White Collar, etc., that arguably live up to the theoretical standard of character focus, USA now looks to fill the comedy gap created by the end of Psych.

If the show seems a little familiar already, it’s likely because you saw commercials for the short-lived Best Friends Forever. In less likely theories, you may have even seen the show. Also starring Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair, Bff couldn’t draw a crowd quick enough for NBC, and “new world” that it is, viewers apparently weren’t taken with the female-centric comedy. It was a pretty good show actually, but it was one that even the most optimistic of fans had to be nervous about,
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'Playing House' First Look (Exclusive)

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'Playing House' First Look (Exclusive)
The ladies are back!

Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham, the duo behind NBC's "Best Friends Forever," return to the small screen this month with their new comedy, "Playing House," and AccessHollywood.com has an exclusive first look at the show.

As childhood best friends, Maggie Caruso (Parham) and Emma Crawford (St. Clair), have a lifetime of fun memories together, but they're about to embark on a whole new chapter after Maggie - who is pregnant - learns her husband (played by Brad Morris) has been cheating on her with an alarmingly muscular German woman.

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Fred Savage to Direct IFC's 'Garfunkel and Oates' Comedy (Exclusive)

Fred Savage to Direct IFC's 'Garfunkel and Oates' Comedy (Exclusive)
Fred Savage is diving into another female comedy. The prolific TV director, who helmed every episode of NBC’s short-lived Best Friends Forever, has inked a deal to direct and executive produce all eight episodes of the IFC's forthcoming comedy, Garfunkel and Oates. The half-hour effort chronicles the humorous misadventures on the comedy-folk duo Riki Lindhome (Super Fun Night, Enlightened) and Kate Micucci (The Big Bang Theory, Raising Hope). Production, which will include the duo's clever songs, begins today in Los Angeles with a plan to premiere in late summer. Story: Fred Savage's Never-Ending Wonder Years as

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USA’s Female Buddy Comedy ‘Playing House’ Sets April Premiere

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USA Network’s upcoming comedy “Playing House” will premiere April 29 at 10 p.m., with back-to-back episodes, the network said Friday. The series will slide into its regular 10:30 p.m. timeslot the following Tuesday. Also read: ‘Drop Dead Diva’s’ Carter MacIntyre Joins USA Comedy ‘Benched’ The series stars “Best Friends Forever” duo Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham as Maggie Caruso and Emma Crawford. The two childhood friends team up to raise Caruso’s baby, after Caruso discovers that her husband has been having an online affair with a muscular German woman. Meanwhile, Crawford must confront the past that
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USA Network Sets April 29 Premiere For ‘Playing House’

USA Network‘s new comedy Playing House will debut on Tuesday, April 29 at 10 Pm with two back-to-back episodes, immediately following Modern Family. Following the premiere, the series will resume with a new half-hour episode every Tuesday beginning May 6 at 10 Pm. Inspired by the ultra-close friendship between Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham, Playing House centers on mother to-be Maggie (Parham) who asks her single and career-driven best friend Emma (St. Clair) to return home from her job overseas to attend her baby shower, having no idea what’s truly in store. Playing House is a follow-up to the pair’s NBC comedy series Best Friends Forever. They are exec producing along with Judah Miller (American Dad) and Scot Armstrong and Ravi Nandan of American Work though Universal Cable Prods. Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele), Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm In The Middle), Brad Morris (Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World
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Jessica St. Clair Welcomes Daughter Isobel Kelly

Jessica St. Clair is a mom! The actress, who is known for her roles in Bridesmaids and the TV series Best Friends Forever, welcomed a baby girl with her husband Dan O'Brien. Isobel Kelly O'Brien was born on Oct. 1 in Santa Monica and weighed in at 9 lbs., 9 oz.  "Everyone is healthy, happy and doing great," St. Clair's rep tells E! News. St. Clair is certainly following in the footsteps of her former Best Friends Forever co-star, and good buddy Lennon Parham. St. Clair and Parham married within one week of each other in July 2006 and Parham gave birth to a baby girl in April. Looks like these little ladies will be close buddies just like their moms! Up...
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Jessica St. Clair, Best Friends Forever Actress, Welcomes Daughter Isobel Kelly

Jessica St. Clair, Best Friends Forever Actress, Welcomes Daughter Isobel Kelly
And baby makes three! Jessica St. Clair and husband Dan O'Brien welcomed a health baby girl into the world in Santa Monica, Calif. on Tuesday, Oct. 1, a rep for the Best Friends Forever actress confirms to Us Weekly. The couple wasted no time finding a fitting name for their daughter either: Isobel Kelly O'Brien. Their tiny bundle of joy weighed in at 9 lbs., 9 oz., according to the rep. The 36-year-old actress, who has also had smaller roles on 2012's Wanderlust and 2011's Bridesmaids, as [...]
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Sdcc 2013: What's Happening and Where

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This year's San Diego Comic-Con is quickly approaching and, as in years past, movie studios and game companies are flocking to the event to showcase their upcoming projects. With press releases overflowing in my inbox about which films will be showcase (and where), I've decided to mash them all together into one convenient article for you. Come inside to see which movies will be on hand from which studios.

Sdcc 2013 is happening next week! Hard to believe it's already here, but Cinelinx will be there and will be providing the all the latest for you to enjoy from the comfort (safety?) of your own home. It's easier to break this down by the press releases I've received so enjoy!

Summit Entertainment:

* Summit Entertainment will showcase the studio's highly anticipated film event Ender's Game at Comic-Con 2013, presenting never-before-seen new footage, appearances by cast members and filmmakers, and several massive, interactive fan events.
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Get Ready To Play 'House' With These Bff's Again

Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair's sweet, silly and totally unique Best Friends Forever was easily one of my favorite new shows in 2012. Naturally it was canceled by NBC after six episodes, leaving me praying another network would be smart enough to tap these funny ladies to shepherd another comedy, immediately.

Thankfully USA stepped in and greenlit their new pilot, Playing House, which sees the real life Bff's once again playing Bff's -- but this time there's a baby in the mix. I caught up with Jessica St. Clair at USA's Upfront Event in NYC to talk/gush about the dearly departed Best Friends Forever, find out what fans can expect from their newest union (like a Queenetta cameo!) and see how life has changed since Jessica's become The Pope of Designer Fashions For Less!

ETonline: How did you and Lennon pitch this show to USA?

Jessica St. Clair: We were like, "Listen, we got
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“Scandal” is the New “24″ and Will “Doctor Who” Reveal the “Name of The Doctor”?

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The CW’s fall schedule is interesting to say the least. Supernatural is moving to Tuesday, following The Originals. Historical soap Reign gets the prime post-Vampire Diaries slot while The Carrie Diaries gets exiled to Fridays.

Meanwhile, Warehouse 13 isn’t the only show to get the cancellation/renewal notice. Nikita will also get a final, six-episode season. And now I have “For Now” from Avenue Q stuck in my head.

The Tomorrow People, one of The CW’s many sci-fi series this fall.

That gets io9 to ask, “How did the CW become The go-to network for fantastical television?” Sure, its the child of the network that gave us Charmed and the network that debuted with Star Trek: Voyager (who eventually took turns airing Buffy and Rosewell) but it always had a mix of genres. Not only will the upcoming season feature more sci-fi and horror shows than any other network,
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TVLine Items: Watch Under the Dome's Full Trailer, USA Picks Up Pair of Comedies and More!

TVLine Items: Watch Under the Dome's Full Trailer, USA Picks Up Pair of Comedies and More!
Ready to go Under the Dome?

CBS has unveiled the first full-length trailer for its upcoming summer series, which stars Mike Vogel (Pan Am), Britt Robertson (Life Unexpected), Rachelle Lefevre (A Gifted Man), Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) and Natalie Martinez (CSI: NY), among others.

Related | Fall TV Schedule 2013 — What’s On When? And Against What?

The 13-episode drama, based on the novel by Stephen King, takes place in the New England community of Chester’s Mill. In the snap of a finger, the town is tossed into turmoil after finding itself trapped beneath a transparent barrier.

Press Play below, then
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