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Dan Patrick, Happy Madison Developing Sports Comedy at NBC (Exclusive)

18 December 2015 4:35 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Veteran sportscaster Dan Patrick and Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison have teamed to develop a workplace comedy for NBC revolving around a sports news program.

The untitled project will be penned by Brian Gatewood and Alex Tanaka, who at present are exec producers of “Dice,” the upcoming Andrew Dice Clay comedy for Showtime. Patrick is exec producing with Doug Drazin and Happy Madison’s Doug Robinson for Sony Pictures TV, where Happy Madison is based.

The single-camera half-hour focuses on a sports news program dubbed “The Hit Show,” where a young YouTube personality is hired to co-anchor with a seasoned pro. NBC has given the project a script plus penalty deal.

Patrick is a co-host of NBC’s “Football Night in America” pre-game telecast. He hosts the syndicated “Dan Patrick Show” radio program and is a contributor to Sports Illustrated. From 1989 to 2006 he was a co-anchor of Espn’s “SportsCenter. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Television that Home Video Forgot: Reaper (2007)

24 October 2015 2:31 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


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Created by Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters

Produced by Dark Baby Productions, The Mark Gordon Company, ABC Studios, Fazekas & Butters

Aired on The CW for 2 season (31 episodes) from September 25, 2007 – May 26, 2009


Bret Harrison as Sam Oliver

Tyler Labine as Burt ‘Sock’ Wysocki

Missy Peregrym as Andi Prendergast

Rick Gonzalez as Ben Gonzalez

Ray Wise as the Devil

Show Premise

Sam Oliver is a coddled college dropout who spends his daily routine living a low stakes life with his slacker friends while working at a hardware megastore named “The Work Bench”. He’s got no real skills, no ambition, and no desire for much of anything, except for maybe harboring a longtime crush on his coworker Andi. A fire is put under Sam after he learns that his parents had sold his soul to the Devil, which will be claimed upon his 21st birthday. When the Devil arrives, he »

- Jean Pierre Diez

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30 Rock: Tracy Morgan Reunites with Castmates for Saturday Night Live Skit

18 October 2015 2:42 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Last night, Tracy Morgan returned to Saturday Night Live and reunited with the other castmembers of 30 Rock -- Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Jack McBrayer and Jane Krakowski. Aside from his Emmy appearance last month, it was Morgan's first performance on television since his limousine accident in June 2014.

In his opening monologue, Morgan thanks friends and viewers for their out pouring of love and support. He then recalled a 2012 episode of 30 Rock that revolved around his character being in a serious accident. That led into the sketch -- complete with digs at NBC and their cancelled series from that era, musical drama Smash and the Animal Practice sitcom.

After the sketch, Morgan was joined onstage by his friends and co-stars. Take a look:

What do you think? Did you enjoy the brief revival of 30 Rock? »


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Saturday Night Live, Ep. 41.03, “Tracy Morgan/Demi Lovato”

18 October 2015 11:07 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Saturday Night Live, Season 41, Episode 3, “Tracy Morgan/Demi Lovato

Airs Saturdays at 11:30 pm Et on NBC (East coast version watched for review)

Host: All Tracy Morgan had to do was stand up on stage and crack a few jokes. Nobody had any right to expect Morgan to reach the kind of lunatic heights he did in his prime. But to watch Morgan come on SNL tonight, trot out all of his old staples from the show, and absolutely slay is one of the warmest, most uplifting moments to air in the history of TV. It’s an incredibly hard thing to articulate, because to just talk about how funny Tracy is tonight is bad writing, as is just listing adjectives for how inspiring his recovery is. But that’s the draw of it: Tonight is Tracy Morgan’s comeback and he’s still funnier than everyone else. Morgan’s »

- Jj Perkins

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Tracy Morgan Welcomed Back to ‘Saturday Night Live’ By Special Guests (Spoilers)

17 October 2015 9:26 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Tracy Morgan has made a triumphant return to “Saturday Night Live,” which had a few special guests on hand to celebrate his first comedic TV appearance since he was severely injured in a car crash 16 months ago.

Spoiler Alert: Stop reading if you have not seen the Oct. 17 edition of “Saturday Night Live.”

Morgan’s opening segment featured surprise appearances by his former “30 Rock” castmates Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Jane Krakowski and Jack McBrayer. The actors delivered a sketch that was meant to be from a 2012 episode of “30 Rock” that eerily predicted Morgan’s real-life car crash. The bit was complete with teaser promos for the now defunct NBC series “Smash” and “Animal Practice” popping into the frame.

Of course @RealTracyMorgan brought his @nbc30rock crew with him! #WelcomeBackTracy #SNL

Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) October 18, 2015

Morgan, who was an “SNL” cast member from 1996 to 2003, opened the »

- Cynthia Littleton

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The Jim Gaffigan Show: Will You Return For the Comedian's Family Affair?

15 July 2015 7:29 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Jim Gaffigan Show, which premiered Wednesday, might be an autobiographical sitcom based on the life of a popular stand-up comedian. It is not, however, about his career as a stand-up comic.

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The eponymous vehicle is about Jim’s life as a well-to-do husband to wife Jeannie (Ashley Williams, How I Met Your Mother) and their attempt to maintain sanity all while raising five — yes five! — young children in a two-bedroom apartment.

In the premiere episode, their status quo is threatened when Jeannie suspects »

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12 TV Comedies You Need To Be Watching

19 June 2015 4:42 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


Over the past few years, many iconic TV comedies have come to an end, leaving fans desperately searching for something new to fill the void. Original greats like 30 Rock, The Office, Parks and Recreation, How I Met Your Mother and Futurama all went off the air within a few years of each other, while so many new sitcoms struggled to live up to that high standard as replacements, many cancelled before we even got to know them at all.

Let’s face it, Selfie and Animal Practice aren’t about to become your new addiction. Nobody is going to remember S*it My Dad Says with William Shatner as anything more than a complete and utter waste of time. And how Melissa and Joey managed to make over 100 episodes before viewers were put out of their misery, we’ll never know. 

While the hole in your heart left by »

- Brendan Morrow

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Wayward Pines, Ep. 1.03, “Our Town, Our Law” piles on the plot twists

28 May 2015 8:00 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Wayward Pines, Season 1, Episode 3, “Our Town, Our Law”

Written by Chad Hodge

Directed by Zal Batmanglij

Airs Thursdays at 9pm (Et) on Fox

You can say this for Wayward Pines: for a show that’s built on big mysteries and has a lot of actors that most shows would kill to have around for a few episodes, it’s not a show that has any reticence about making big moves. Perhaps because they’re conscious of only having ten episodes to play around with, or perhaps because they’re cognizant of having a limited amount of source material (not that that stops Game Of Thrones) but “Our Town, Our Law” pushes things forward in a very meaningful way. It upends circumstances for over half of the characters, takes out its second big-name star in as many weeks, and adds ever more sides to the polygon that is the true nature of Wayward Pines. »

- Les Chappell

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Sam Laybourne Inks Overall Deal With ABC Studios

14 May 2015 12:57 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Sam Laybourne has closed a two-year overall deal with ABC Studios, where he will supervise and develop new projects for the studio. Laybourne co-created, wrote and executive produced NBC’s The Michael J. Fox Show, which aired last year. His other credits include ABC’s Cougar Town, Fox’s Arrested Development, The CW’s Aliens In America and NBC’s Animal Practice. Laybourne also sold comedy project Juvie to ABC last year. He is repped by UTA and Myman… »

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Confirmed: 'Captain America: Civil War' Directors Will Take Over the 'Avengers' From Joss Whedon

7 April 2015 4:36 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Update: Marvel has officially confirmed that Joe and Anthony Russo will indeed direct the two-part Avengers: Infinity War movie, due out in 2018 and 2019. Even just five years ago, Anthony and Joe Russo were carving out a pretty healthy career as directors on doomed TV shows like Carpoolers, Running Wilde, and Animal Practice, about a veterinarian whose best friend is a monkey. Of course, they did also work on good shows like Arrested Development, Happy Endings, and Community, but the point is they were just small screen guys doing simple sitcoms with small casts and zero special effects. So, naturally, they're the guys who will be directing both parts of another series that has small casts and zero special effects, The Avengers: Infinity War - Parts 1 and 2. Badass...

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- Peter Hall

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Bob Ingersoll: The Law Is A Ass #348: The Thing Is An Escaped Crusader

6 March 2015 10:00 AM, PST | | See recent Comicmix news »

First a show of hands, how many of you think the Puppet Master is dead?

No, I mean really dead. Sure Puppet Master’s always been a second-tier villain. After all, anyone who had access to his radioactive clay and a grade school art class could duplicate his powers. But how many think he’s really never-coming-back-from-the-dead dead?

Probably the same number of people who think that the Thing  really killed him. However, as things sit in Fantastic Four v5 #13, Thing was sitting in Ryker’s Island waiting trial for murdering Puppet Master. Until Thing recruited his own version of the Impossible Mission Force and broke out of prison.

Step One: Thing met with his lawyer, She-Hulk. Step Two: Ant-Man shrank down to subatomic size so he could navigate along the wiring of Ryker’s Island and use a pulse bomb to shut down the cell cubes and power dampeners »

- Bob Ingersoll

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Sony Signs Marvel Team; Are the Russo Bros. Doing 'Spider-Man'?

3 March 2015 1:19 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sony Pictures has signed Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo to a three-year first-look deal that begins this April. The brothers and filmmakers will develop new projects for Sony and their subsidiaries Columbia Pictures and Tri-Star Pictures. Here's what Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad had to say in a statement regarding the deal

"Joe and Anthony Russo are terrifically exciting filmmakers with a sensibility that matches the tastes of audiences worldwide."

The news comes less than a month after Sony and Marvel finalized a deal to bring Sony Pictures' Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Leaked emails from the Sony hack last year revealed that the Russos were coming aboard to produce Sony's new Spider-Man movie, but that was never confirmed. The Spider-Man reboots hits theaters in July 2017, after the new Spidey debuts in an unconfirmed Marvel movie, which many believe to be the Russos' Captain America: Civil War. »

- MovieWeb

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NBC Orders Politically Incorrect Office Comedy Pilot From The Russo Brothers

3 February 2015 5:50 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC has given a pilot order to an untitled comedy from Aseem Batra and the Russo brothers.

The laffer, described as a politically incorrect office comedy, follows two best friends, Dale and Georgie, whose relationship is rocked when one of them starts dating the perfect woman.

The project marks the first-ever pilot pickup for Batra (“Animal Practice”). She’ll exec produce and write the pilot. Joe and Anthony Russo (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Animal Practice,” “Community”) will serve as exec producers under their Russo Bros. Productions banner, along with Universal TV, where Batra has an overall deal.


- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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