Producer Brian Grazer, and his company Imagine Entertainment, would very much like to crowd-fund the long-rumored Friday Night Lights movie. (The series, itself adapted from a film, ran for five seasons on NBC, ending in 2011.) “We made a terrific feature with Pete Berg, turned it into a terrific TV series and will now make a movie from that series. I’m not sure such a thing has been done before,” Grazer told Deadline. Grazer is out of the country and unavailable for comment, though Imagine told us that while discussions are ongoing, there are no plans yet.
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Physical comedy is deceptively simple. Anyone can do a pratfall, but most couldn’t do one well — and the number of people who can actually make five minutes of nearly falling, falling, and slowly getting up seem entertaining is smaller still.
Enter Melissa McCarthy, a versatile comedic actor with top notch timing, great delivery, and a physicality that the Three Stooges would admire. Sure, she’s much more than a klutz — but for better or for worse, the physical stuff is what SNL likes to showcase whenever the Bridesmaids star appears on the series. And though surprise appearances from Dennis Rodman and Peter
Drunklage Dinklage threatened to steal focus from McCarthy herself, her physical presence helped her nail her second Saturday Night Live hosting gig.
But if McCarthy wants to win the title of Mr./Ms. Saturday Night, she’d better leave those sparkly red platform sandals at home — because beating Justin Timberlake will be an uphill battle. READ FULL STORY »
This past Saturday’s episode of SNL was indisputably a season highlight. But here’s a question: How much of the credit for that belongs solely to host Justin Timberlake?
Timberlake certainly seems to have a Midas effect whenever he drops by SNL. His very presence energizes the entire show, even the segments in which he doesn’t appear. Take, for example, this week’s Stefon appearance, which is the funniest the character’s been in months.
That said, an enormous number of “surprise” cameos also buoyed Timberlake’s latest Saturday Night Live turn — and when the euphoria induced by Steve Martin, Andy Samberg, Jay-Z, et al wore off, we were left with an episode that lagged mightily after Weekend Update (“The Adventures of Sober Caligula”? ), despite Timberlake’s best efforts. Arguably, then, Timberlake himself doesn’t necessarily deserve full marks for the show’s success. (I’m not necessarily making that argument; I’m just saying one could.)
Still, Timberlake shouldn’t have much trouble shooting to the top of this week’s Host Poll — especially since last week’s results prove that none of our current Mr./Ms. Saturday Night contenders has a decisive lead. READ FULL STORY »
From Ross and Rachel’s Central Perk lip-lock to Kate and Sawyer’s scorching smooch — as he was tied to a tree in a jungle of mystery! — TV’s given us plenty of memorable first kisses. And after last night’s New Girl, we can add one more to the list: Nick and Jess’s passionate embrace, which was hot enough to silence those who have complained that Zooey Deschanel’s character is just too precious and immature for a 30-something woman. [Sheepishly raises hand.]
Will Jess ditch sleepy-eyed Sam for her grumpy roommate? Will she and Nick spend next week’s episode pretending like their makeout session never happened? Will Nick ever get that awesome trenchcoat back? Since there’s no way to know as of now, let’s focus on one question we can answer: Precisely how many times did you watch and re-watch that blistering kiss? (And the tender one that followed. Awwwww.)
Eh… sorta. The consensus about last weekend’s SNL seems to be that while Jennifer Lawrence tried her very best, the show itself wasn’t quite up to snuff. Maybe it’s because the writers ran out of topical material early on, forcing them to resort to spoofs of ’70s-era foreign films and the Civil War. Maybe the month-long break between December’s Martin Short Christmas Spectacular and Saturday’s episode just wasn’t long enough.
But no matter: This poll is about the show’s host rather than the show itself — and by most rubrics, Jennifer Lawrence proved herself to be capable and game. Whether she was sneering about serving Bobby Moynihan toilet water or yipping excitedly as a lady-sized shih tzu competing on “Top Dog Chef,” the Oscar nominee committed to her material… even when that material was more cloud than silver lining.
But will her efforts be enough to make Lawrence a Best Host contender? READ FULL STORY »
One month ago, Homeland and Modern Family were named Best Drama and Best Comedy at the 64th Annual Emmy Awards. Their crowning ushered in the 2012 fall TV season, an exciting new beginning filled with surprising triumphs and unsurprising failures. (Made in Jersey and Animal Practice, we hardly knew ye!)
It’s too early to tell whether any of the networks’ shiny new shows will dethrone Homeland or ModFam at next year’s Emmys. Still, we’ve seen enough of them to know which ones are live-watch musts, which deserve a spot on the DVR… and which should follow CBS’s legal drama and NBC’s monkey comedy to an early grave.
For now, though, let’s keep things positive. Which of the following new shows is your favorite one of all? Vote in the poll below — and explain yourself in the comments.
As of last night, AMC can no longer claim to be the only cable network as essential as HBO. By snagging the Emmy for Best Drama Series, Homeland officially dethroned four-time winner Mad Men — and ushered in what may be a new era for Showtime, a channel that’s never been quite as prestigious as its brethren. Homeland executive producer Alex Gansa noted as much at the beginning of his acceptance speech: “I want to start by congratulating Showtime on its first best series Emmy ever. It’s been a long time coming, and Homeland stands on the shoulders of a lot of great shows over there: Dexter, Weeds, Nurse Jackie, among them all. So I want to congratulate… the entire Showtime family: This is your night as well as ours.”
But Homeland‘s win doesn’t just mean great things for Showtime. It indicates that other cable networks may also have a shot at the prestige that’s been hogged by HBO and AMC over the past five years — so long as they continue to make quality programming. Could the grizzled antiheroes of FX be the next cablers to break through? What about the fun, glossy series on USA? And are TBS and TNT bound to ditch reruns for more original series?
Obviously, there’s no way to know yet. So in the meantime, let’s concentrate on answering this question: Which of these cable networks is most essential to you — and which would you pick if forced to choose between them?
The unofficial first day of the fall TV season is always bittersweet. Yes, your beloved shows are back on the air, yes, your summer favorites are taking their final bow, and yes, anticipated new series are debuting, but what do you watch live when these shows have competing timeslots? With the season premiere of NBC’s The Voice and the season finale of ABC’s Bachelor Pad both airing at 8 p.m. EST, which TV show will get your undivided, live attention? It’s the ultimate war of reality TV competitions!
When John McCain announced that Sarah Palin would be his running mate in the 2008 election, the news struck a chord with arch conservatives — and fans of NBC’s comedy lineup. Even casual viewers immediately noticed that Palin bore a striking resemblance to 30 Rock star Tina Fey, kicking off speculation that Fey would return to her old SNL stomping grounds in order to play Palin onscreen. The rest, as they say, is history, “I can see Russia from my house!”-style.
But when Mitt Romney announced his own running mate this past Saturday, the news didn’t send comedy nerds into a similar frenzy. Much like Palin, Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan is a young, good looking politician with bright, twinkly eyes and an aggressive reputation — but unfortunately, he isn’t a dead ringer for anyone affiliated with SNL. Then again, looks aren’t everything: Chevy Chase didn’t even bother donning a bald cap when he skewered Gerald Ford in 1975, but his impression became the stuff of legend anyway.
So, keeping that in mind, who should get the chance to flank Jason Sudeikis’s robotic Romney when Saturday Night Live returns in September? (Provided Sudeikis does return to the show, of course.) READ FULL STORY »
While you’re busy figuring out how many more swings you’ve got left in that summer hammock, the broadcast networks are already focusing on the fall, preparing to push a bunch of new shows across your television screens. Not surprisingly, many will feature a familiar face or two. Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis stand imposingly on opposite sides of the law in CBS ’60s-era drama Vegas. Terry O’Quinn is downright devilish as an upscale apartment building owner in ABC’s 666 Park Avenue. David Krumholtz and Michael Urie are partners in CBS’ Partners.
You can get your first sneak peek of the season this week, when NBC previews Go On (Aug. 8), a comedy featuring Matthew Perry as a glib (were you expecting a different adjective?) sports talk radio host who’s forced to try group therapy to help him cope with his wife’s death, and Animal Practice (Aug. 12), a comedy in which Weeds‘ Justin Kirk stars as a highly skilled vet who doesn’t enjoy humans and whose closest friend is “Dr. Rizzo,” played by… the drug-dealing, cigarette-smoking monkey from The Hangover 2. (Her credits also include Night at the Museum and Community.) The capuchin — whose real name is Crystal — will be up to all kinds of tricks, from running a gambling ring to going on rounds in a toy car. All while wearing a lab coat. And playing a male monkey. READ FULL STORY »
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