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'Up All Night's' Luka Jones: Rock chalk Jayhawk and 9 other things you should know

20 September 2012 8:47 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

"Up All Night" began its second season Thursday (Sept. 20) with some big changes -- Ava's (Maya Rudolph) show was canceled, meaning Reagan (Christina Applegate) is now out of work. And we also met Reagan's brother, Scott, for the first time.

Scott is played by Luka Jones, whom you may recognized from NBC's short-lived "Best Friends Forever" from last season, and he offers a nice, laid-back counterpoint to the more tightly wound characters on "Up All Night." He's also one of Zap2it's Ones to Watch for the 2012-13 season, so we thought we'd introduce you to him with this questionnaire. Here are 10 things you probably didn't know about the Upright Citizens Brigade veteran.

What's the most embarrassing song is on your iPod?

There are so many embarrassing ones. I have a version of "Home on the Range" on there. That might qualify.

Zombie apocalypse or alien invasion?

Alien invasion.

Do you have any strange phobias? »


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What to Watch Thursday: Three NBC Comedies Return, SNL Special, Awkward and Wilfred Finales

20 September 2012 4:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

On TV this Thursday: The nation’s capital gets Knoped in the Parks and Recreation premiere, Dunder Mifflin returns to The Office for the last time, Jenna’s Awkward choice sets up next season and Wilfred faces some big, hairy questions in its finale. Here are 11 programs to keep on your radar tonight.

8 pm Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday (NBC) | The late-night series’ cast offers up 30 minutes of live, politics-related sketch comedy in primetime. (Fyi, 30 Rock premieres Oct. 4.)

8:30 pm Up All Night (NBC) | Season 2 premiere: Reagan’s brother (Best Friends Forever’s Luka Jones) shows up, Chris goes »

- Kimberly Roots

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Up All Night Snags Sean Hayes for Season 2 Arc

1 August 2012 11:42 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

We’ve got some bad news and good news for Up All Night’s Ava: You’re losing your talk show but gaining a buddy!

Will & Grace’s Sean Hayes will join the NBC sitcom’s upcoming second season as an accompanist who worked with Maya Rudolph’s Ava during her music recording days, reports. His multi-episode arc will have him palling around with the audacious Ava front woman, whose show-within-a-show we’ll see far less of (according to The Huffington Post) as the comedy moves toward telling more stories about Reagan, Chris and Amy at home.

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- Kimberly Roots

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'Smash' and 'Up All Night' add new regulars to their casts

7 July 2012 2:51 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

A pair of NBC series going into their second seasons have added new members to their casts.

"Smash" is giving Karen (Katharine McPhee) a new roommate, while Christina Applegate's character on "Up All Night" is getting a brother.

On "Smash," Broadway actress Krysta Rodriguez ("The Addams Family") will play Karen's "fun and spunky" new roomie. Karen presumably will need one after splitting with Dev (Raza Jaffrey won't be a regular next season). The character is an ensemble actress in Broadway shows who's looking for a big break, which makes it sound as though she has more in common with Ivy (Megan Hilty) than Karen.

Rodriguez originated the role of Wednesday in the "Addams Family" musical and has also appeared in the 2007 revival of "A Chorus Line" and "In the Heights." Her screen credits include a guest role on "Gossip Girl" and the Will Ferrell-produced movie "The Virginity Hit. »


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Up All Night Season 2 Scoop: Luka Jones Cast As...

6 July 2012 1:38 PM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

The family, and cast, of Up All Night will grow a tad larger on Season 2.

As first reported by Entertainment Weekly, Luka Jones - best known for his role on the short-lived Best Friends Forever - has been added to the NBC sitcom as a series regular.

He will play Scott, Reagan's younger brother and a contractor with both a successful career and a very laid back attitude. Look for the character to be a divorcee with a five-year old son.

Up All Night returns with new episodes on Thursday, September 20. Get a look at the full NBC fall schedule now. »

- (Matt Richenthal)

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TVLine Items: Up All Night Finds a Best Friend, Haven Season 3 Scoop and More!

6 July 2012 1:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

NBC’s Best Friends Forever may be gone, well… forever, but its male lead Luka Jones has found a new group of pals over on Up All Night.

Per, the actor — whose résumé essentially consists of the aforementioned axed series and an episode of How I Met Your Mother — is joining Season 2 of the heartwarming comedy as a series regular.

Jones will play the über-laid back Scott, the younger brother of Christina Applegate’s Reagan who, after going through a divorce, comes to town with his unruly 5-year-old son.

Related | Christina Applegate Enjoys Being Up All Night, Praises »

- Megan Masters

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'Up All Night' casting scoop: Christina Applegate gets a brother

6 July 2012 12:00 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

Christina Applegate is getting a brother on NBC’s Up All Night, a move that’s going to add a major new dynamic to the show.

Actor Luka Jones is joining the comedy as a series regular this fall.

Jones (Best Friends Forever) will play Reagan’s younger brother Scott. He’s a contractor who is great at his job, but ultra laid back and doesn’t have much business sense. He’s a sharp contrast to Applegate’s Reagan, who’s the ultimate planner. Reagan’s husband, Chris (Will Arnett), likes his cool, mellow brother-in-law. The recently divorced Sam »

- James Hibberd

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The 21 Best Emmy Awards Ballot Longshots

20 June 2012 2:12 PM, PDT | Celebsology | See recent Celebsology news »

We snuck a peak at this year's Emmy Awards ballot, and of course the list is flanked with critical hopefuls, from Mad Men to Homeland, Modern Family to Breaking Bad and everywhere in between. But there's hope for the underdogs yet as we found some of the most interesting entries on the Emmy ballot. MTV, Emmy-winning dramas? The CW taking home the gold? Yeah, right- but we can only hope and dream. Check out 21 interesting shows who have rallied for their stars to take home this year's Emmys, straight from the official ballot:

Awkward.: Ashley Rickards for Lead Actress in a Comedy, Brett Davern for Supporting Actor in a Comedy.

Awake: Jason Isaacs for Lead Actor in a Drama, Dylan Minnette for Supporting Actor in a Drama, Bd Wong for Supporting Actor in a Drama.

Best Friends Forever: Lennon Parham for Lead Actress in a Comedy, Jessica St. Clair »

- Terron R. Moore

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Six Reasons To Celebrate 'Bff Day' With NBC's Best Friends Forever

1 June 2012 11:44 AM, PDT | Access Hollywood | See recent Access Hollywood news »

Calling all comedy fans - listen up! After airing only four episodes of "Best Friends Forever," NBC gave the heartwarming new series the dreaded premature axe.

Penned and performed with love by writer/actresses Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair, the sitcom (directed and executive produced by Fred Savage) follows 30-something Jessica Black (St. Clair) as she scrambles to cope with an unexpected divorce by moving back in with her best friend Lennon White (Parham) and Lennon's boyfriend Joe, (Luka Jones).

With its quick-witted banter and comedic chemistry reminiscent of Ethel and Lucy, "Best Friends Forever" garnered a loyal ...

Copyright 2012 by NBC Universal, Inc. All rights reserved.

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. »

- ( Editorial Staff)

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TV News: NBC Fall Schedule Includes ‘The Voice,’ Six New Shows, ‘Community’ on Fridays

13 May 2012 11:36 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – NBC revealed their Fall schedule today and there were multiple surprises including comedies moving to Tuesday and Friday nights (we were wondering where all of the sitcoms would go) and a Fall cycle of the hit singing show “The Voice.” Other major news is that “Smash” is being held for mid-season. The network also revealed that six new shows — two dramas, four comedies — will premiere in the Fall.

The big news for comedy fans is that Thursdays have been tinkered with again as the final season of “30 Rock” will kick off the night at 7pm Cst, followed by “Up All Night,” “The Office,” and “Parks and Recreation.” In the 9pm Cst timeslot that was the kiss of death last season with “Prime Suspect,” “The Firm,” and “Awake,” the network has given up and will air the low-rated but inexpensive “Rock Center with Brian Williams.”

Whitney” and “Community” move to Friday nights, »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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NBC pulls Best Friends Forever from its schedule

30 April 2012 9:29 AM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

NBC's masochistic strategy of putting its under-promoted midseason comedies up against American Idol and ABC's Wednesday night block—where they can further NBC's descent into the deliciously twisted world where pain is pleasure, pleasure pain—has yielded another victim in Best Friends Forever, which the network has ripped from its schedule effective immediately while emitting a tormented yet strangely orgasmic howl. Co-creator and star Lennon Parham broke the news via Twitter, letting fans know that the freshman sitcom about two platonic girlfriends and the boyfriend who gets in the way of their love was being taken off »

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TV News: Glades, Bff, Unknown

27 April 2012 7:09 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Glades

A&E has set the third season premiere for "The Glades" on Sunday June 3rd at 9pm. That will be followed by the premiere of the new Katee Sackhoff-led series "Longmire" at 10pm. [Source: The Live Feed]

Best Friends Forever

NBC has pulled the plug on its midseason comedy "Best Friends Forever" after just four episodes. Show co-creator Lennon Parham says they're hoping to post the already completed next two episodes online, no air dates have been set for said episodes. [Source: The Live Feed]

The Unknown

Dominic Monaghan will serve as narrator of Crackle‘s original horror-thriller anthology series "The Unknown". Monaghan plays a blogger who chronicles the unexplained phenomenon that occurs in each of the six half-hour episodes. [Source: Deadline] »

- Garth Franklin

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Best Friends Forever: NBC Cancels Future Airings

27 April 2012 7:08 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

NBC has pulled Best Friends Forever, their low-rated sitcom from the schedule. While the show hasn't been officially cancelled, there's no chance that it will be renewed for a second season.

Following a pair of best gal pals who are reunited after a divorce, Best Friends Forever stars Lennon Parham, Jessica St. Clair, Stephen Schneider, Luka Jones, and Daija Owens.

The sitcom debuted on April 4th to poor ratings with a disappointing 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 3.94 million total viewers. The second episode fell a whopping 25% in the demo and week three dropped another 11%. This week's installment held steady but a 0.8 rating with 2.7 million viewers is still a terrible performance for a network show.

On our NBC ratings report card, Forever ranks 19th out of 20 scripted shows this season, beating only The Firm and »


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NBC Pulls 'Best Friends Forever' From Schedule

27 April 2012 4:52 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NBC has pulled the plug on midseason comedy Best Friends Forever, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Created by Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair, who also star, the half-hour series bowed in early April to 4 million viewers and a 1.2 rating in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demo before dipping in the ratings. "Bff Fans: Wanted to let you know that our show is being taken off the air until the summer. Hoping to post ep 5 & 6 online asap. We love u," Parham wrote Friday afternoon on Twitter. She followed up by thanking

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- Philiana Ng

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NBC Yanks Best Friends Forever

27 April 2012 4:45 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Bff is about to go Mia. The quirky NBC comedy Best Friends Forever has been pulled from the schedule, effective immediately, according to co-creator and star Lennon Parham. "Our show is being taken off the air until the summer," she tweeted. "Hoping to post ep 5 & 6 online asap." Except for Smash, NBC hasn't had much luck with its midseason replacements this year: The Firm flamed out early, Awake is struggling, and the network double-pumped and under-promoted its well-liked sitcom Bent. »

- Kyle Buchanan

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NBC Pulls Best Friends Forever from Schedule

27 April 2012 4:17 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Best Friends Forever does not appear to be forever, as NBC has pulled the freshman comedy from its line-up effective immediately, after four airings.

“Bff Fans: Wanted to let you know that our show is being taken off the air until the summer,” series star and executive producer Lennon Parhmam said via Twitter on Friday. “Hoping to post ep 5 & 6 online asap…. Jessica St. Clair and I Cannot thank you enough for the love and support of our little show. You guys are truly the best.”

Best Friends Forever starred Parham and St. Clair (who also serves as an Ep) as »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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Lena Dunham's Girls is no successor to Sex and the City

18 April 2012 10:53 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

From HBO's new New York comedy to Don't Trust The B--, these stories of female friendship owe nothing to Carrie et al

HBO has spent the last month on a promotional rampage designed to make sure no potential viewer could be unaware of Girls, it's new comedy about the sex lives of four New York women that is a direct successor to it's old comedy about the sex lives of four New York women. Lena Dunham, Girls' prodigiously-talented director, writer and star, tackles the Satc 2.0 perception head-on in the first episode. "You're like a Carrie with some Samantha aspects," naive virginal Shoshanna gushes to her glamorous bohemian British cousin and mooching roommate Jessa, who professes ignorance of the show. "I'm definitely a Carrie at heart," she continues, unaware of how much she's boring her cousin. "But sometimes Samantha comes out. When I'm at school I definitely put on my Miranda hat. »

- Jonathan Bernstein

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'Best Friends Forever' Duo Talk Competition, Chemistry and Choreographed Dances (Exclusive Video)

18 April 2012 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair are best friends on screen and off, which becomes particularly evident as you ask the writer-producer-stars about their working relationship. Their NBC comedy, Best Friends Forever, which bowed in early April, centers on one friend, Jess, who moves back in with her best friend, Lennon, and live-in boyfriend after Jess' marriage ends in divorce. The comedy, which premiered to a 1.2 rating in the key 18 to 49 demographic earlier this month, is based somewhat loosely on their own friendship. The duo talked to The Hollywood Reporter about their chemistry, notes and reason the other

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- Lacey Rose

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A Salute to TV’s Sweatshirt Boyfriends

11 April 2012 6:30 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

TV is experiencing a surge in what we're going to dub "sweatshirt boyfriends" — they're sort of schlubby, likely to have some stubble, cute but more boyish than traditional hunk. There are still plenty of romantic leads that are more classically handsome, or more sophisticated, or more professional, but ... blech. Give us a man who eats sandwiches out of the garbage, please.Despite their relaxed attitude toward personal grooming, sweatshirt boyfriends aren't necessarily Apatowian man-children — Jack (Nick Wechsler) on Revenge owns his own bar and takes care of his annoying teenage brother, Pete (David Walton) on Bent is a successful enough contractor, Alex* (Chris D'Elia) on Whitney is an entrepreneur, and Joe (Luka Jones) on Best Friends Forever is a video game designer. Pete (Mark Duplass) on The League just seems sort of low energy, more depressed than inept, while Nick (Jake M. Johnson) on New Girl and Max (Adam »

- Margaret Lyons

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The Point Radio: Monsters Beware – Fact Or Faked Back On SyFy

10 April 2012 1:15 PM, PDT | | See recent Comicmix news »

The paranormal doesn’t stand a chance as SyFy launches a new season of Fact Or Faked next Tuesday (April 17th) at 9pm Et. Join us as we talk to investigators Ben, Austin & Lanisha about what dark things these new episodes will uncover. There’s also more with Jessica St Clair and Lennon Parham, creators and stars of NBC‘s new comedy, Best Friends Forever. Plus it had to happen – comic book sales begin to shoot Down in March!

The Point Radio is on the air right now – 24 hours a day of pop culture fun for Free. Go Here and Listen Free on any computer or mobile device- and please check us out on Facebook right here & toss us a “like” or follow us on Twitter @ThePointRadio.


- Mike Raub

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