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Ghosted & La to Vegas: Fox Execs Address Fate of Comedy Series

Ghosted and La to Vegas are still awaiting word on whether they will return during the 2018-2019 season at Fox.

With the network confirming its fall schedule earlier this morning, and also revealing what's on tap for midseason, fans of the two comedy series have been on tenterhooks to find out whether the above shows will be back.

Thankfully, Fox has offered an update on both series, and while they're not yet renewed, they're not canceled either.

“We haven’t made a decision,” said Fox boss Dana Walden during a press call ahead of the network's upfront presentation.

Related: Fox Fall Schedule: What's on the Move?

She went on to confirm that Ghosted Season 1 will return to the schedule in July. Paul Lieberstein replaced Kevin Etten as showrunner of the series back in November.

The series is currently averaging 2.9 million viewers and a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49. Those are solid results,
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‘La To Vegas’ & ‘Ghosted’: Fox Execs On Fate Of Freshman Comedy Series

Fox is heading into its upfront presentation today with two freshman comedy series, midseason addition La to Vegas and fall entry Ghosted still in limbo. “We haven't made a decision,” Fox chairman Dana Walden said during Fox’s upfront press call today. “We still have episodes to air of a in July,” she said. Ghosted was taken off the schedule in April. Remaining are the back 6 episodes of the supernatural comedy made under new showrunner Paul Lieberstein who was brought…
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Interview: Paul Lieberstein – Song Of Back And Neck

Paul Lieberstein — perhaps better known as Toby Flenderson from NBC’s The Office—made his feature film debut at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival with sardonic laugh-fest Song of Back and Neck. Lieberstein is no stranger to off-screen work: he was The Office’s showrunner from seasons five through eight; he’s an Emmy-winning writer/producer; he has directed at least a dozen episodes of TV.

And that was just the beginning. Now writer/director of his own first feature, Lieberstein also stars as sad-sack Fred Trolleycar, whose crippling back pain may be psychosomatic and—in a bit of surreal art-imitates-life symmetry—an outlet for creative expression.…
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‘Song of Back and Neck’ Review: Toby from ‘The Office’ Laughs Through the Pain [Tribeca]

‘Song of Back and Neck’ Review: Toby from ‘The Office’ Laughs Through the Pain [Tribeca]
Do we really need another sad middle-age white guy comedy? Probably not, but if we have to have them, at least let them be more like Paul Lieberstein’s Song of Back and Neck. The artist best known to audiences as Toby from TV’s The Office makes his first step behind the camera for feature filmmaking […]

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‘Song Of Back And Neck’ Is A Funny, Unconventional Rom-Com About A Painful Subject [Tribeca Review]

Chronic pain rarely earns a place on the big screen. That’s an astounding representational oversight, considering upwards of 100 million Americans—more than those with diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer combined—suffer from the condition. Daniel Barnz’s 2014 Jennifer Aniston starrer “Cake” most recently dealt with the complex issue, but now another independent feature is stepping up to tackle chronic pain. Paul Lieberstein’s “Song of Back and Neck,” which premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, is a droll, romantic, and ultimately cathartic story of pain and compartmentalization.
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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Song of Back and Neck’

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Song of Back and Neck’
In the American version of “The Office,” Paul Lieberstein played Toby Flenderson, the world’s least competent Hr director, so ineffectual he actually wound up bearing the brunt of his colleagues’ workplace harassment. Like a human Eeyore, or the sad-sack equivalent of a giant shrug, the actor made for an amusing contribution to a well-rounded ensemble, although it’s hard to imagine Lieberstein carrying his own movie. Sure enough, even when serving as writer-director, as he does in “Song of Back and Neck,” the guy frequently seems like the least interesting character on-screen (there are entire scenes where he literally just lies there while funnier actors steal the show).

If this were Tom Cruise we were talking about, that would be a crippling flaw, but Lieberstein designs his eccentric little debut along the lines of “Being John Malkovich,” in which John Cusack and Cameron Diaz had their star power stripped
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'Song of Back and Neck': Film Review | Tribeca 2018

What if Toby, the sad-sack Hr guy from The Office, became the hero of a rom-com? How could anyone make such a low-key, deadpan character engaging enough? That’s a problem that the star, writer and director Paul Lieberstein never quite solves in Song of Back and Neck, his often funny and just as often pedestrian first feature.

Lieberstein not only played Toby, he was a writer, producer and for several seasons showrunner on The Office. In Song, he plays Fred Trolleycar, a paralegal in his father’s law firm, who shares the sitcom character’s passive demeanor. Lieberstein weaves together three strands of a...
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‘Song Of Back And Neck’ Tribeca First Look: Paul Lieberstein Makes Adjustment To Directing Movies

Exclusive: The Office alum Paul Lieberstein's feature directorial debut Song of Back and Neck is making its world premiere today in the U.S. Narrative Competition section at the Tribeca Film Festival. The pic stars Lieberstein and Rosemarie DeWitt; Lieberstein, the Office regular who became the series’ showrunner later in its run, stretches his legs as a feature writer-director after helming TV episodes including The Mindy Project and The Newsroom. In the dark comedy he…
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Tribeca Film Festival Unveils 2018 Slate

Tribeca Film Festival Unveils 2018 Slate
The Tribeca Film Festival has set its full feature film slate for 2018, tapping 96 movies, including Drake Doremus’ “Zoe” — a sci-fi romance starring Ewan McGregor and Lea Seydoux — and closing night offering “The Fourth Estate,” the first episode of Liz Garbus’ four-episode Showtime documentary series about the New York Times as it covered the first year of the Trump administration.

Of the almost 100 titles on the Tribeca docket, 75 are world premieres and 46% of the films are directed by women. Programmers divide the lineup in sections that include narrative features, international narratives, and docs up for the juried competition, as well as spotlight sections and genre programming, among other sections.

The latest by Doremus (“Like Crazy”), screening as the festival’s centerpiece selection, centers on colleagues at a high-tech research lab, and features a cast that also includes Christina Aguilera, Rashida Jones, Theo James, and Miranda Otto. Films lined up for competition
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Ghosted: Cancelled? Sitcom Replaced by Return of Brooklyn Nine-Nine

While it's not cancelled, fans aren't going to be able to watch the Ghosted TV show on Fox for some time. The network has removed its new, supernatural series from the schedule, in order to make room for Brooklyn Nine-Nine season 5B. Back in November, Fox gave Ghosted a sign of confidence when it upped the season one order from 13 to 16 episodes and brought on Paul Lieberstein to serve as the new showrunner, for the last six episodes. Reportedly, season one will return to Fox later in the season with the seven remaining episodes, including Lieberstein's six. A Fox horror comedy, Ghosted stars Craig Robinson, Adam Scott, Ally Walker, Adeel Akhtar, and Amber Stevens West. It centers on ex-Lapd detective and current mall security guard, Leroy Wright (Robinson), and former Stanford astrophysics professor and current bookstore clerk, Max Jennifer
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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Gets Return Date By Fox, Will Replace ‘Ghosted’ On Sunday

‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Gets Return Date By Fox, Will Replace ‘Ghosted’ On Sunday
Fox updated its program listings today, unveiling a March 18 return for comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine in a new (old) time slot, Sunday, 8:30 Pm. The cop comedy will replace in the post-The Simpsons time period freshman comedy Ghosted, whose most recent original was broadcast Jan. 7. Ghosted has aired 9 episodes of its 16-episode first season. The remaining 7, including the Back 6 overseen by new showrunner Paul Lieberstein, will return later in the season. For the past…
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The Office: John Krasinski Hasn't Been Called About an NBC Reboot

Will there be a reboot of The Office? According to The Hollywood Reporter, John Krasinski is not aware of an NBC series revival.Kransinski played Jim Halpert on the long-running workplace comedy, which also starred Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson, B.J. Novak, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Creed Bratton, Paul Lieberstein, Oscar Nunez, and Ed Helms. The show ran for nine seasons before ending in 2013.Read More…
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Ghosted: Season One; Fox Orders More Episodes, Taps New Showrunner

Where cancellation and renewal chances are concerned, there are signs that the Ghosted TV show could be renewed for season two on Fox. The network has ordered an additional six episodes, bringing the first season episode count up to 16. On top of that, executive producer Kevin Etten is exiting the supernatural sitcom. Paul Lieberstein, a veteran of NBC's The Office has been named a new Ep and will take the reins as showrunner for the final six episodes of the freshman installment. Airing on the Fox television network, Ghosted stars Lieberstein's fellow Office alum Craig Robinson, with Adam Scott, Ally Walker, Adeel Akhtar, and Amber Stevens West. The comedy centers on ex-lapd detective and current mall security guard, Leroy Wright (Robinson), and former Stanford astrophysics professor and current bookstore clerk, Max Jennifer (Scott). The duo are recruited to work
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Fox Orders More Ghosted Episodes, Hires Office Ep as New Showrunner

Fox Orders More Ghosted Episodes, Hires Office Ep as New Showrunner
Fox is scaring up more Ghosted.

The comedy, which stars Adam Scott and Craig Robinson as a pair of paranormal investigators, has been ordered for six more episodes, bringing its Season 1 total to 16, our sister site Deadline reports. Additionally, Paul Lieberstein (The Office) is replacing Kevin Etten as showrunner.

Related2018 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?

New episodes of Ghosted air Sundays at 8:30/7:30c.

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'Ghosted' Replaces Showrunners, Adds 6 Episodes

Fox is reinvesting in Ghosted.

The network has swapped out showrunners and added an additional six episodes to the order for the freshman series starring Adam Scott and Craig Robinson.

Out is Kevin Etten, who oversaw the first 10 episodes of the paranormal comedy. He is being replaced by The Office grad Paul Lieberstein, who will serve as showrunner on the newly ordered six episodes.

Created by Tom Gormican, Ghosted was a contender throughout development season as it came packaged with marketable stars in Scott and Robinson. The showrunner change serves as a reunion for Lieberstein and Robinson, who both...
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‘Ghosted’ Gets 6 More Episodes From Fox, Taps Paul Lieberstein As New Showrunner

Fox has ordered six more episodes of freshman action paranormal comedy Ghosted, bringing the Season 1 total to 16 episodes. As part of the pickup, former The Office executive producer/showrunner Paul Lieberstein has been brought in as executive producer/showrunner for the Back 6. Kevin Etten, who served as executive producer/showrunner on the first 10 episodes, is exiting. There is no official decision yet on Fox’s well received new Marvel drama series The Gifted. Like…
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Steve Carell Has an Explanation for That Office Revival Tweet That Freaked Out Fans

Steve Carell Has an Explanation for That Office Revival Tweet That Freaked Out Fans
There’s a simple explanation for Steve Carell‘s faux revival tweet.

On Wednesday, Michael Scott (Carell) attempted to trick The Office fans into thinking the show was coming back with one simple tweet: “Breaking News: “The Office” returning to NBC.”

Breaking News: "The Office" returning to NBC.

Steve Carell (@SteveCarell) January 18, 2017


Chaos quickly broke out on the social media platform with fans retweeting the exciting announcement, only to be let down moments later when Carell followed up with another message: “Wait, sorry. I meant “Will and Grace” (Typo).”

Wait, sorry. I meant "Will and Grace
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Rosemarie DeWitt to Star in Paul Lieberstein’s Directorial Debut ‘Song of Back and Neck’ (Exclusive)

Rosemarie DeWitt to Star in Paul Lieberstein’s Directorial Debut ‘Song of Back and Neck’ (Exclusive)
Rosemarie DeWitt and Brian d’Arcy James will star in Paul Lieberstein’s feature film directorial debut “Song of Back and Neck.”

The dark comedy also stars Robert Pine, Sam Anderson and Paul Feig, director of “Ghostbusters,” “Spy” and “Bridesmaids.” The film follows the life of the repressed Fred Trolleycar, played by Lieberstein, on a journey to find the cure to his chronic back pain.

Lieberstein is best known as a writer and producer who also played Toby Flenderson on the U.S. version of “The Office.” He directed episodes of “The Mindy Project,” The Newsroom” and “The Office” on which he also served as showrunner during four seasons.

Lieberstein wrote the original screenplay for “Song of Back and Neck” during his last year on “The Office.” The script was partially inspired by his own battle with his back, which was cured after reading Dr. John Sarno’s “Healing Back Pain,
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The Mindy Project Review: Your Problematic Fave is Back

That’s right, Danny Castellano returns to infuriate us all in this week’s new Mindy Project. The passionate (read: angry) feelings evoked by his bursting into Jody’s office really only solidified the Danny haters’ opinions that he’s become a poor shell of the character we all once swooned over. Let’s not allow Danny to ruin an otherwise super funny episode though. So many guest stars, including returning Eliza Coupe as Mindy’s neighbor-turned-friend, Kyle Bornheimer as Mindy’s (spoiler alert!) new casual hookup, and Paul Lieberstein as a desperately sad dating dud Mindy meets from a site. Really though any excuse for a

The Mindy Project Review: Your Problematic Fave is Back
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