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‘Avenue 5’: Armando Iannucci Space Comedy Starring Hugh Laurie Is on Its Way to HBO

‘Avenue 5’: Armando Iannucci Space Comedy Starring Hugh Laurie Is on Its Way to HBO
With satire dying an excruciating death on earth, Armando Iannucci is officially heading to space. Variety is reporting that HBO has given a series order to “Avenue 5,” a comedy set decades in the future in a world where interplanetary travel is a successful, viable industry.

Comedy vet Hugh Laurie, who’s also appeared on the Iannucci-created “Veep,” will star in this new series as the head of a spacebound cruise ship. He’ll lead an ensemble cast that also includes Zach Woods, Josh Gad, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Rebecca Front, Lenora Crichlow, Suzy Nakamura, and Ethan Phillips. (Front previously starred in the third and fourth seasons of “The Thick of It” as MP Nicola Murray.)

Before directing last year’s critically acclaimed historical comedy “The Death of Stalin,” Iannucci served as a writer on a number of Alan Partridge series and as the creator of both “Veep” and “The Thick of It.
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Netflix Is Experimenting With a ‘Play Random Episode’ Feature

If you have trouble choosing which episode of your favorite shows to watch on Netflix, the streaming giant may soon have a solution. The company is experimenting with an option that will allow viewers to play random episodes rather than choosing one on their lonesome, rolling out the feature on the Android app before deciding whether or not to implement it further.

“We are testing the ability for members to play a random episode from different TV series on the Android mobile app,” Netflix told Deadline in a statement yesterday. “These tests typically vary in length of time and by region, and may not become permanent.”

Netflix has many binge-friendly series, of course, and among those the new option is currently available for are “The Office,” “Arrested Development,” “New Girl,” and “Our Planet.” Shows for which the feature is available appear in a new row labeled, appropriately enough, “Play a Random Episode,
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‘Superstore’ Gets New Showrunners: Gabe Miller and Jonathan Green to Take Over for Creator Justin Spitzer

  • The Wrap
There’s about to be a change in management at NBC’s “Superstore.”

Executive producers Gabe Miller and Jonathan Green are set to take over for series creator Justin Spitzer as co-showrunners on the workplace comedy beginning next season, while Spitzer shifts his focus to new development for Universal Television.

All three have renewed their overall deals with the studio ahead of “Superstore’s” fifth season this fall.

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Miller and Green have been writers on “Superstore” since the show’s first season, and their previous credits include “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Office” and “The Mindy Project.”

“I can’t thank Justin enough for giving us one of the smartest comedies on television and I’m grateful we now get to pick his very fertile brain for new ideas,” said Utv president Pearlena Igbokwe. “He is leaving
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‘Superstore’ Creator Justin Spitzer Steps Down As Showrunner; He, Gabe Miller & Jonathan Green Re-Up Overall Deals With Uni TV

  • Deadline
A showrunner change is ahead for Season 5 of Superstore. Creator Justin Spitzer is stepping down as showrunner as he, Gabe Miller and Jonathan Green have re-upped their overall deals with Universal TV, the studio behind NBC’s critically praised comedy series. Spitzer has served as showrunner of Superstore since the series’ launch. Beginning with Season 5, Miller and Green will take over showrunner duties, while Spitzer will shift to develop new projects for the studio.

Spitzer has his own deal with the studio, and Miller and Green have re-upped as a team.

“I can’t thank Justin enough for giving us one of the smartest comedies on television and I’m grateful we now get to pick his very fertile brain for new ideas,” said Pearlena Igbokwe, President, Universal Television. “He is leaving Superstore in the very capable hands of Gabe and Jonathan who, along with America, Ben and the entire cast and crew,
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‘Superstore’ Showrunner Justin Spitzer Steps Down as He, Gabe Miller, Jonathan Green Renew Overall Deals at Utv

  • Variety
“Superstore” executive producers Justin Spitzer, Gabe Miller and Jonathan Green have all renewed their overall deals with Universal Television.

In addition, Miller and Green will take over showrunner duties on “Superstore” while Spitzer — who also created the series — will shift to develop new projects for the studio beginning with the 2019-2020 season.

“I can’t thank Justin enough for giving us one of the smartest comedies on television and I’m grateful we now get to pick his very fertile brain for new ideas,” said Pearlena Igbokwe, president of Universal Television. “He is leaving ‘Superstore’ in the very capable hands of Gabe and Jonathan who, along with America, Ben and the entire cast and crew, will continue to deliver the high-quality show we’ve all come to love.”

Before creating “Superstore,” Spitzer spent seven seasons writing for and producing on the Emmy Award-winning comedy “The Office” in which he rose
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Superstore to Undergo Showrunner Change Ahead of Season 5

Management at Store 1217 isn’t the only change at Superstore: Series creator Justin Spitzer will step aside as showrunner ahead of Season 5, TVLine has learned.

As part of a new overall deal with Universal Television, Spitzer will move on to develop new series for the studio. Fellow Superstore EPs Gabe Miller and Jonathan Green, who have also inked new deals, will succeed Spitzer as co-showrunners.

“I can’t thank Justin enough for giving us one of the smartest comedies on television and I’m grateful we now get to pick his very fertile brain for new ideas,” Pearlena Igbokwe, President of Universal Television,
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Netflix Testing Shuffle Feature to Randomize TV Viewing

Netflix Testing Shuffle Feature to Randomize TV Viewing
In the age of streaming video, the experience of coming home, turning on the television and finding a random rerun of The Office to watch has largely become obsolete. 

Netflix might be bringing it back. 

The streaming giant is testing a button that would allow its users to play a random episode of television. The test, first discovered by the blog Android Police and later confirmed by Netflix in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, is currently only running for some users on the Netflix mobile app for Android devices. Netflix regularly tries out new features with a small segment of ...
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‘Barry,’ ‘The Americans,’ and ‘The Good Place’ Among 78th Peabody Winners

The 78th Peabody Awards Board of Jurors announced its latest batch of winners on April 18, including nine Peabody 30 honorees in the Entertainment category.

Fictional murderers had a big year in 2018, with Peabody Awards going to HBO’s darkly comedic hitman-turned-actor series “Barry,” in addition to wins for BBC America’s slinky, serial killer drama “Killing Eve” and FX’s Cold War spy thriller “The Americans.”

That marks the second Peabody Award win for “The Americans,” which originally scored the honor in 2014, elevating the show to an exclusive echelon of drama series that have been honored by the organization more than once. AMC’s “Breaking Bad” accomplished the achievement most recently, for seasons in 2008 and 2013, respectively, with both “The Sopranos” and “The West Wing” earning back-to-back honors for 1999 and 2000. “Northern Exposure” also won twice, while “Homicide: Life on the Streets” is a three-time winner.

Other winners in the Entertainment category include FX’s “Pose.
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‘Penguins’ Review: Disney’s Nature Doc Celebrates Our Furry Flightless Friends

‘Penguins’ Review: Disney’s Nature Doc Celebrates Our Furry Flightless Friends
A new Disneynature documentary from directors Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson — they also collaborated on the studio’s bless-the-beasts-and children docs Monkey Kingdom and ChimpanzeePenguins puts the focus on Steve, an Adélie penguin coming of age during a freezing Antarctic spring. Yup, there is a cute overload; penguins are as adorable as hell. Steve’s 100-mile journey from his natural ocean habitat to the breeding grounds on shore does not skimp on trials and travails, which include nest building and making a life for himself. It’s no easy ride.
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10 Sitcoms To Stream On Netflix Instead Of Bingeing The Office Again

As much as we love to watch the hilarious cringefests that unfold inside the tiny Scranton office of Dunder Mifflin, it's sometimes nice to have a change of pace every so often and pick up a different sitcom to binge on Netflix. Yet we think to ourselves, how could there possibly be a better option out there than The Office? What other sitcoms will offer characters that manage to make us laugh as hard as we do with Michael Scott and Dwight Schrute? How could any other TV love story compare to the likes of Jim and Pam?

These shows might just do the trick. Below is a list of the best sitcoms to watch on Netflix while you take your quick water break from The Office.

Related: The 10 Funniest Shows on Netflix to Stream Right Now
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Jenna Fischer's Behind-the-Scenes Vlog From the "Booze Cruise" Episode of The Office Is Too Cute

Jenna Fischer's Behind-the-Scenes Vlog From the
Some episodes of The Office are more iconic than others, and "Booze Cruise" is up there among the best.  It's the episode that took place mostly on a boat, where Jim (John Krasinski) professed his love for Pam (Jenna Fischer) to Michael (Steve Carell) just as Roy (David Denman) and Pam finally commit to a wedding date. Fischer did us all a favor way back in 2005 and filmed a behind-the-scenes vlog, featuring the crew and cast and some throwback tunes to go along with it.  The video's been online a while, and has been on Youtube since at least 2007, but Fischer tweeted it out on Tuesday night.  "Omg. I just found this Behind the Scenes video I shot from the Booze Cruise...
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John Cusack to Headline Utopia, New Amazon Series From Gillian Flynn

John Cusack to Headline Utopia, New Amazon Series From Gillian Flynn
John Cusack is taking the small-screen plunge. The Say Anything actor has signed on to headline Utopia, Amazon’s forthcoming nine-episode drama series from Sharp Objects and Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, TVLine has learned.

Adapted from the British series of the same name, Utopia centers on a group of young adults who meet online that are mercilessly hunted by a shadowy deep state organization after they come into possession of a near-mythical cult underground graphic novel. Within the comic’s pages, they discover the conspiracy theories that may actually be real and are forced into the dangerous, unique and
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Georgia Engel, Television And Broadway Star, Dies At 70

Georgia Engel at the Leonard Goldenson Theatre in 2008 (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Veteran television and broadway star Georgia Engel has died. She was 70 years old. The beloved actress enjoyed an incredible career on stage and screen that lasted almost 50 years.

Engle was cast as Georgette Franklin Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1972. She played the character until 1977 when the show ended. During that time, she garnered two Emmy Award nominations.

When the show ended, she teamed up with fellow Mary Tyler Moore Show co-star Betty White on The Betty White Show. The show lasted one season (1977-1978).

On Broadway, Engle was known for roles such as Mrs. Tottendale in The Drowsy Chaperone, The Boys From Syracuse, and My One and Only with Tommy Tune. She also played the role of Minnie Fay in Hello, Dolly! where she co-starred alongside Ethel Merman.

She also performed in Off-Broadway productions
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Old Media Flexes Library Muscle For Streaming Platform Launches With Off-Network Comedies, Creating Intrigue Around ‘Seinfeld’ & ‘The Office’

  • Deadline
Disney last week finally unveiled its plans for its upcoming direct-to-consumer platform. It was packed with popular Marvel superheroes, Star Wars warriors and beloved Pixar characters. But none of them got the plum slot at its culmination, just before Direct-to-Consumer and International chairman Kevin Mayer unveiled the launch date and price for the new series. It went to a 30-year-old TV series, The Simpsons, as the Springfield clan, in their trademark irreverent style, announced that all produced seasons of the iconic animated series will be available on Disney+ at launch. (you can watch the video below)

That was not done just for comic relief. Blockbuster movie titles are great, but having 600 episodes of a hugely popular series like The Simpsons can be a game-changer, helping to turn on the lights at any new outlet. The Simpsons already did it for the linear Fxx and online FXNow as part of a
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Georgia Engel Dies: 5-Time Emmy Nominee For ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’ & ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ Was 70

  • Deadline
Georgia Engel Dies: 5-Time Emmy Nominee For ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’ & ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ Was 70
Georgia Engel, who earned two Emmy noms for playing Ted Baxter’s significant other Georgette Franklin on The Mary Tyler Moore and three consecutive for Everybody Loves Raymond, has died. She was 70. She died Friday in Princeton, NJ, her friend and executor John Quilty told The New York Times.

Engel joined The Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1972 when it was a top 10 primetime series and would appear in nearly 60 episodes over its final five seasons. Her dim but well-meaning Georgette was the love interest of self-important anchorman Baxter (Ted Knight), who courted and eventually her during the November 1975 sweep — though he didn’t seem all that prepared for it. They went on to adopt a child and later had one of their own.

The role earned her back-to-back Emmy noms for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 1976 and ’77.

“Georgia Engel was a comedy machine,” Mary Tyler Moore Show co-creator
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Chris Hemsworth Is the Latest to Join Kevin Smith's Jay And Silent Bob Reboot

Director Kevin Smith has announced that Avengers: Endgame star Chris Hemsworth has joined Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. It’ll be just a cameo role, but it’s pretty fun to see that Smith managed to get Hemsworth on board! The filmmaker made the announcement in a fun and playful way on Instagram saying:

"Sometimes I like to highlight unknown actors in our industry - and I think this fresh face from young Hollywood might soon find fame and fortune on the Silver Screen! He’s newcomer Chris Hemsworth and I’m predicting right here that Chris is gonna take Tinsel Town by storm one day! The boy is like a god who thundered down from another universe! But it’s not some kinda dark world because this guy is no black hat - he’s an artistic avenger who’s just looking to book his first gig on the
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'The Office' Star Brian Baumgartner Crashes Iowa City Bar, Leaves $69 Tip

  • TMZ
'The Office' Star Brian Baumgartner Crashes Iowa City Bar, Leaves $69 Tip
Brian Baumgartner -- aka Kevin Malone from "The Office" -- was the life of the party at an Iowa bar this week, throwing back shots with college kids and leaving a meaningful tip.  We got these pics of Brian crashing country night at Bo-James bar in downtown Iowa City ... and you can tell he had one hell of a night!  Folks who were there tell us Brian surprised everyone when he strolled in at 9 Pm on a Wednesday,
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Ranked: All Seasons Of The Office

The Office is an iconic show that has made its place in pop culture in a big way. Even though the last episode aired nearly six years ago, the show still has many die-hard fans. Many of the quotes and scenes from the show are still favorites of the internet. While all fans have their favorite seasons, there are definitely some that are better than others.

Here are all of the seasons of The Office ranked from worst to best.

Related: The Office Character Guide: Where Are They Now?
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Universal At Altar On India Wedding Comedy Vehicle For Mindy Kaling, Priyanka Chopra

  • Deadline
Universal At Altar On India Wedding Comedy Vehicle For Mindy Kaling, Priyanka Chopra
Exclusive: A spirited auction has ended with Universal winning the rights to an untitled comedy pitched around town by Mindy Kaling, Priyanka Chopra and Dan Goor. Kaling will write with Goor and she will potentially direct. Its a two-hander star vehicle for Kaling and Priyanka Chopra that takes place in America and India. The deal was closed before the WGA-Ata talks broke down this evening.

We heard that numerous suitors chased this one, including Legendary, Sony, Netflix and Amazon Studios, latter of which made the splashy Sundance Film Festival deal for Late Night, the comedy that Kaling scripted and stars in with Emma Thompson.

Kaling has an option to direct this film. She will write it with Dan Goor, who is co-creator and exec producer of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. He is producing with Kaling’s Kaling International, Chopra’s Purple Pebble Pictures, 3Arts’ Howard Klein and Goor. Klein produced
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Billie Eilish Is a Major Fan of The Office--and Mindy Kaling Is Here for It

Attention, Dunderheads: Billie Eilish is one of us! That's right, the 17-year-old "Bury a Friend" singer is a major fan of The Office. The rising star even samples an episode of the beloved series in her song "My Strange Addiction," from her debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? In the track, we hear clips from The Office's season seven episode "Threat Level Midnight," during which Michael Scott (Steve Carell)—aka Michael Scarn—teaches everyone how to do the "Scarn Dance" in his action movie. So what inspired her to include dialogue from the 2011 episode in that specific song? Billie recently admitted that The Office is her strange...
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