September 25, 2012 |
Jimmy Fallon had a vision: Three men stood at a bar, as men often do, but then they turned around and lo, it was revealed that each wore a Baby Bjorn, with an actual baby. He would call it "Guys With Kids," which after a sneak preview earlier this month premieres in its regular time slot Wednesday. It's not much to build a comedy on, as the pilot for NBC's "Guys With Kids" makes abundantly clear. But perhaps Fallon can be forgiven for viewing the fact that some men take care of their own children as earthshaking news because we keep treating it as such.
September 24, 2012 |
"Ben and Kate" is a sweet, smart new show from Fox that may turn out to be the best new comedy of the fall season. Certainly, it is the most original, combining silly, often physical humor with the more sensitive homespun sort while also showcasing one of the most fascinating yet under-used relationships on TV: a brother and sister. Kate Fox (Dakota Johnson) is a twentysomething single mom, which means she'll be handling the voiceover. A bar manager, she's trying to create some stability for her 5-year-old daughter Maddie (Maggie Elizabeth Jones)
September 22, 2012 |
In a sparse room, not much bigger than a walk-in closet, Nick Rutherford sits at an editing bay, head in hand, peering up at half a dozen versions of himself on a giant flat screen. He taps his Converse-clad foot nervously as a video editor assembles the images. It's the raw footage for his first comedy special. And it's headed straight to YouTube. "In the past, if Comedy Central or Showtime or HBO didn't say, 'You deserve a special,' then you didn't deserve a special," says Rutherford.
August 20, 2012 |
Sha-la-la-la! Michael J. Fox is returning to NBC. After reports of a planned comeback for the 51-year-old actor began making the rounds last week , it's now official: Fox will star in a loosely autobiographical comedy about a husband and father of three from New York dealing with family, career and other life challenges - including Parkinson's. It's a homecoming of sorts, putting Fox back on the network that began airing “Family Ties' three decades ago. The untitled single-camera comedy was given a straight-to-series order by the network with a 22-episode commitment.
July 30, 2012 |
"The Watch" must have seemed like a good idea to someone, at some point in time. Featuring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill, the story of a civilian watch group that comes across an alien plot boasted three of comedy's biggest names. How big? The three, individually, were involved in some of the most successful and influential comedies of the last 20 years ("Wedding Crashers," "Knocked Up, "Tropic Thunder"). Yet "The Watch"-- which sat in development for years, dubbed "'The 'Burbs' with aliens” by some industry wags -- turned out to be a bad idea, a point one suspected from the dismissive reviews last week and confirmed Sunday with a soggy $13-million opening.
July 19, 2012 |
What move befits an actress looking to make a fresh start after a high-profile divorce? If you're Katie Holmes, you turn to the comforting, high-wattage embrace of Broadway. After a month that found Holmes joining Mimi Rogers and Nicole Kidman among the ranks of ex-wives to movie star Tom Cruise, the actress has signed on to star in Theresa Rebeck's new comedy, "Dead Accounts," which will premiere at Broadway's Music Box Theatre this fall. Holmes made her Broadway debut in 2008 in a production of Arthur Miller's "All My Sons," which resulted in mixed reviews including Ben Brantley in the New York Times, who wasn't exceptionally complimentary of the actress' peformance but seemed most disappointed in the play's director.
June 25, 2012
John Amos has demonstrated his versatility over the last four decades. Here are just three of his memorable roles: Gordon Howard Amos played Gordy the Weatherman at WJM on the classic CBS comedy series "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" for three seasons. Kunta Kinte Amos portrayed the adult slave in ABC's seminal 1977 miniseries "Roots," earning an Emmy nomination. Pastor Nelson Amos lends a dramatic element to the new comedy "Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection" as a minister who is about to retire.
June 20, 2012 |
It's been more than 13 years since Roberto Benigni - the actor-director-writer-producer and all-around Italian force of nature - joyously clambered atop the back of seats at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on his way to pick up the Oscar awarded to "Life Is Beautiful" for foreign-language film. Benigni also took home the lead actor Academy Award that night in 1999 for his performance in the World War II drama. Since then, he's had a much lower profile on American movie screens; fans may have caught him in his 2002 version of "Pinocchio"and his 2005 drama "The Tiger and the Snow" (which, like "Life Is Beautiful," costarred his wife, Nicoletta Braschi)
June 14, 2012 |
NBC announced Thursday its plans to capitalize on the 2012 Summer Olympics - along with hits such as"America's Got Talent, "The Voice" and"Sunday Night Football" - to launch some of its new shows. NBC will give a sampling of its fall lineup with a commercial-free sneak preview of the Matthew Perry-starring comedy "Go On," about a sportscaster who joins a support group, after coverage of the Summer Games on Aug. 8. Additionally, "Animal Practice,"...
May 18, 2012 |
What's so funny about the TV networks' new fall schedules? Everything - or at least that's the hope of programmers who unveiled their new lineups to advertisers this week in New York and have gone cuckoo for comedy in a way not seen in at least 15 years. Reversing their lament from a few seasons ago that sitcoms were suffering from a creative and ratings drought, the networks are now whipping up a cloudburst of hoped-for laughs that will rain across flat screens, laptops and tablets come September.