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Fox’s ‘Dan the Weatherman’ Adds JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Jack Stanton in Recastings

The Fox comedy “Dan the Weatherman” is recasting two key roles, Variety has learned.

JoAnna Garcia Swisher is joining the project as Deborah, taking over the role played in the original pilot by Ashley Williams. Jack Stanton will play Dan Jr., the role originally played by Dashiell McGaha-Schletter. The pair will join the rest of the cast to re-shoot scenes from the pilot this summer, with the single-cam series still in contention for a midseason pickup at the broadcaster.

Williams most recently appeared as Ariel in ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” in addition to starring in fellow ABC series “Kevin Probably Saves the World.
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The Best TV Shows Critics Wrote Off but Then Grew to Love — IndieWire Survey

The Best TV Shows Critics Wrote Off but Then Grew to Love — IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What’s a show that you may have quit or written off, but were happy that you gave a second chance?

(This could mean a show that got better as it went along, a show that course-corrected, a show that you felt got lumped together with others and therefore didn’t get a fair shake at first, or one that you see differently because of some changed perspective in your own life.)

Pilot Viruet (@pilotbacon), Vice

This question is good timing because I just spent my weekend watching all of Halt and Catch Fire! I remember watching the first episode at a preview screening and struggling
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TV Review: Amazon’s ‘Comrade Detective,’ From Channing Tatum

TV Review: Amazon’s ‘Comrade Detective,’ From Channing Tatum
Even after finishing all of it, it’s an open question if the six-episode “Comrade Detective” is trying to be funny. The half-hour show from co-creators Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka (who created NBC’s quite different sitcom “Animal Practice”) presents itself as a lost piece of Soviet propaganda, now dredged up and remastered for curious American audiences. What it is, actually, is a six-part series shot and performed entirely in Romanian — in Romania! — and then dubbed over, ridiculously, with English. The splashy, macho cop drama set in Bucharest takes on quite a different meaning when performed in a different language, overlaid with English-language dialogue performed by Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and a whole array of guests like Jenny Slate, Nick Offerman, Jason Mantzoukas, and Chloë Sevigny. The characters self-consciously and unconvincingly sing the praises of the Soviets, while decrying the oversexualized, God-fearing weakness of the American way.

At first blush, it
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Upfront 2017: TV Networks Square Off Against Cooling Ad Market

Upfront 2017: TV Networks Square Off Against Cooling Ad Market
The TV industry faces a cliffhanger in weeks to come that is every bit as tantalizing as ones that surface in the final episodes of a season of “Empire,” “The Walking Dead” or “Grey’s Anatomy.” Can CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox and the rest tune in more advertising dollars than they did last year?

Madison Avenue is, at least initially, saying no. A range of ad buyers suggest TV’s annual “upfront” market, during which the U.S. networks try to sell the bulk of their ad time for the coming season, is likely to be more challenging than last year’s. In 2016, TV carried the day, and advertisers agreed in many cases to pay double-digit rate increases. The five English-language networks secured between $8.41 billion and $9.25 billion in advance ad commitments for primetime, according to Variety estimates – the first time in three years they might have managed to break the $9 billion mark.

Advertiser
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Huayi Brothers forms joint venture with Russo Brothers

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Huayi Brothers will invest up to $350m in the project.

China’s Huayi Brothers Media Corp is establishing a joint venture with Captain America director-producers Joe and Anthony Russo to produce a slate of film and TV projects for global distribution.

Huayi Brothers is investing $250m in the new venture for project development, IP acquisition and developing theme parks based on the company’s properties – and plans to tip in a further $100m to cover production costs.

The Beijing-based studio will retain exclusive distribution rights to the joint venture’s productions in Greater China and Southeast Asia.

The new venture plans to produce big-budget, English-language franchise movies, with the Russo Brothers producing and sometimes also directing. Production is not expected to commence until the Russo Brothers have completed their existing commitments on Disney/Marvel’s upcoming The Avengers movies.

The Russo Brothers credits include Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War. They are also
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MADtv: Nicole Sullivan, Will Sasso and Bobby Lee Appearing on CW Revival

MADtv: Nicole Sullivan, Will Sasso and Bobby Lee Appearing on CW Revival
MADtv is bringing out the big guns to help usher in its new era on The CW.

Nicole Sullivan, who starred on the original MADtv from 1995 to 2001, and Will Sasso (1997–2002) will guest-star in the new series’ premiere on July 26 (9/8c), TVLine has learned exclusively. Bobby Lee (2001–2009) is also confirmed to appear in an upcoming episode.

RelatedMADtv Gets Premiere Date on The CW — Meet the Revival’s New Cast

Since leaving MADtv, Sullivan has recurred on Scrubs, Cougar Town and The King of Queens, in addition to starring in her own short-lived Lifetime sitcom Rita Rocks; Sasso went on to appear on shows like Justified,
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The Warriors: Hulu to Adapt Classic Film as TV Series

Can you dig it? Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, of Captain America: Civil War and Captain America: The Winter Soldier fame are developing The Warriors TV show with Paramount and Hulu. The Russos executive produced the Animal Practice TV show which was cancelled after six of nine episodes aired on NBC. They also served as executive producers on cancelled series Community and Happy Endings.The brothers will reimagine the 1979 Walter Hill film of the same name, for television. The cult-classic feature was based on Sol Yurick's 1965 novel. Deadline says, "Their take will honor the original film while adding its own unique brand of grit, pulp, sex and violence. The Russo brothers will team with writer Frank Baldwin on the series. The Russo brothers will
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Channing Tatum producing buddy cop comedy series Iron Fisting

Entertainment Weekly has got its hands on the first poster for Iron Fisting, a new buddy cop action-comedy series from Channing Tatum’s production company Free Association.

Iron Fisting is “billed as an ’80s Romanian cop show that will follow the adventures of a pair of mismatched policemen partners. The series will poke fun at the buddy cop genre, as the two protagonists strive to protect the Communism of 1980s Romania from the evils of Capitalism.”

The series has been created by Brian Gatewood and Alex Tanaka (Animal Practice), with Rhys Thomas (Saturday Night Live) set to direct.
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Tatum Plans 80s Romanian Cop Series "Iron"

Channing Tatum's production company Free Association has announced the new buddy cop action-comedy series "Iron Fisting" which A24 will finance and co-produce.

The series is described as a fictional 1980s Romania-set cop show that will follow the adventures of a pair of mismatched policemen partners. Along the way it will skew the buddy cop genre as the two protagonists strive to protect the Communism of 1980s Romania from the evils of Capitalism.

Like a real Romanian series, the project will be dubbed in English and will be shot in Eastern Europe in September. No actors have been cast, and no network is yet attached.

Brian Gatewood and Alex Tanaka ("Animal Practice") created the show and will serve as executive producers, while SNL alum Rhys Thomas will direct.

Source: EW
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NBC To Stunt ‘Superstore’ During the Olympics, Launch Reality Series Off Games

Four years ago, NBC previewed new comedies Go On and Animal Practice during the London Summer Olympics. This year, the network is taking its only returning comedy series, Superstore, which will produce an original episode to air following one night of coverage from the games in Rio. “We think that can give this show an enormous amount of attention,” NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt said during the network’s upfront call. Coming directly off the games will be new reality series…
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7 Spotlight-Stealing Animal Actors

Are you an animal-loving actor? Then you know that even in movies starring the likes of Ben Stiller, Ian McKellen, or Jim Carrey, a talented dolphin, horse, dog, or monkey can run away with the show. We’ve rounded up seven of our favorite animal actors in everything from “Mr. Poppers Penguins” to “The Lord of the Rings.” Now who’s a good boy? Crystal the MonkeyThere’s no monkeying around when this little lady hits the set—she’s a professional! Named in 2012 as one of television’s highest paid actors, audiences know Crystal from feature comedies like the “Night at the Museum” franchise and “The Hangover Part II,” as well as television series “Community” and “Animal Practice.” Cosmo the DogThis talented Jack Russell terrier made such an impact on set that “Beginners” star Ewan McGregor wrapped shooting and adopted a dog of his own. Cosmo has also had
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Upfront 2016: TV Networks May Gain Upper Hand For First Time In Years

Upfront 2016: TV Networks May Gain Upper Hand For First Time In Years
After years of difficulty, TV is tuning in something it hasn’t had in a long time: pricing power.

In the weeks to come, advertisers are likely to hear about new Thursday-night football games on NBC, an attempt to revive the fortunes of MTV, and the vision of a new entertainment chief at ABC. They will encounter something else, as well: For the first time in four years, they may have to capitulate to demands that they pay higher rates of increase to reach the TV audiences they need to buy their laundry detergent, hamburgers and smartphones.

TV continues to face audience erosion brought on by streaming video that beams across the rival screens of laptop computers, mobile tablets and smartphones. In 2016, however, TV has more wind at its back. Advertisers purchasing so-called “scatter” inventory, or ad time bought closer to air date, have found that prices have risen steeply
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Dan Patrick, Happy Madison Developing Sports Comedy at NBC (Exclusive)

Dan Patrick, Happy Madison Developing Sports Comedy at NBC (Exclusive)
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.
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Television that Home Video Forgot: Reaper (2007)

Reaper

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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

Cast

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

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”

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

Tracy Morgan Welcomed Back to ‘Saturday Night Live’ By Special Guests (Spoilers)
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 pic.twitter.com/8XEbYBeIGS

Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) October 18, 2015

Morgan, who was an “SNL” cast member from 1996 to 2003, opened the
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Video: Tracy Morgan Goes Full 30 Rock in His First SNL Appearance Since Accident

Video: Tracy Morgan Goes Full 30 Rock in His First SNL Appearance Since Accident
Tracy Morgan made it back to Saturday Night Live with a little help from his 30 Rock friends.

"I was in a terrible car accident more than a year ago. It was awful, but it also showed me how much love and support I have in this world," Morgan said, returning to SNL for the first time following a tragic car accident that put him in a coma last year.

Morgan joked about concerns that he might have suffered brain damage.

"People are wondering, 'Can he speak? Does he have 100 percent mental capacity?' " Morgan asked. "The truth is, I never did.
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The Jim Gaffigan Show: Will You Return For the Comedian's Family Affair?

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

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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
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