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May 12, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
The Beek is back -- and he's not himself. James Van Der Beek, who was last seen in ABC's now-canceled "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" playing an actor named James Van Der Beek, is coming back to prime time. The former "Dawson's Creek" star will lead an ensemble in "Friends With Better Lives," about a group of thirtysomething friends who each think the others have it better. CBS has picked up the show for the upcoming season The multi-cam comedy is from Dana Klein, who was a writer and producer on "Friends," and Aaron Kaplan, an executive producer of ABC's "The Neighbors.
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May 10, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Bill Lawrence's "Cougar Town" will return with new episodes in 2014, and it will be joined by his new comedy, "Ground Floor," co-created with "2 Broke Girls" writer Greg Malins. The series, which is expected to premiere its 10-episode first season in 2014, will reunite Lawrence with his former "Scrubs" star John C. McGinley, "Cougar Town" actress Briga Heelan and Skylar Astin as a hotshot banker whose one-night stand gets more complicated when he discovers the girl also handles the maintenance of the building where he works.
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May 10, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
CBS has ordered six new series for the upcoming season, including two dramas and four comedies. The new dramas are: "Hostages," about a family caught in the middle of a grand political conspiracy that will change their lives forever. Toni Collette and Dylan McDermott star in the series produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Warner Bros. Television. "Intelligence," centered at U.S. Cyber Command, focusing on a unit that has been created around one agent with a very special gift, a microchip that has been implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum.
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May 5, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Groundbreaking actress-singer Diahann Carroll ("Julia," "Claudine") was an 18-year-old New York model when her singing career took off. Her break came when she won a talent show called, appropriately enough, "Chance of a Lifetime" in January 1954 on the old DuMont Network. Besides the cash prize, she was booked at the famed Latin Quarter nightclub. By year's end she had made her film debut in Otto Preminger's "Carmen Jones" with Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte and her Broadway bow in the Truman Capote-Harold Arlen musical "House of Flowers" with the legendary Pearl Bailey.
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April 30, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of April 28 - May 4, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies       SERIES Arrow Oliver (Stephen Amell) has trouble making amends with Tommy and Diggle (Colin Donnell, David Ramsey), so he focuses his attention elsewhere in this new episode. 8 p.m. KTLA The Middle Frankie's (Patricia Heaton) dad (Jerry Van Dyke)
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March 13, 2013 | By Wesley Lowery, Los Angeles Times
The crowd at New York's legendary Comedy Cellar is always primed for high-profile drop-ins like Louis C.K. and Jerry Seinfeld. But this was different. Dave Chappelle was in New York - and on stage. Chappelle, one of the country's most sought-after yet reclusive comedians after walking away in 2005 from his still-influential Comedy Central show, spent three recent nights onstage at the Cellar, sometimes joined by friends, including Chris Rock, Kevin Hart, Marlon Wayans and Paul Mooney.
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February 21, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Producer Walter Latham is best known for the "The Original Kings of Comedy" -- a successful comedy tour headlined by Bernie Mac, Cedric the Entertainer and Steve Harvey that resulted in a movie directed by Spike Lee. Latham cemented his reputation with television specials for HBO and Showtime -- including Chris Rock's "Bring the Pain," "Queens of Comedy" and "P. Diddy Presents the Bad Boys of Comedy" -- and by promoting the concert tours of Rock,...
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January 5, 2013 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
Josh Gad found religion - along with huge laughs, rave reviews and an adoring fan base - as part of the original cast of "The Book of Mormon," the smash stage musical from the creators of "South Park. " The rotund actor was center stage as the overeager Mormon Elder Cunningham, dancing and singing his way to a Tony nomination for best leading actor in a musical. Gad has now traded Broadway for the Beltway. He stars in NBC's new comedy "1600 Penn," playing Skip Gilchrist, the bumbling member of a dysfunctional (and fictional)
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December 18, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
For the first time during a boisterous joint interview with Barbra Streisand, who plays his mother in the new comedy "The Guilt Trip," Seth Rogen seemed at a loss for words. The question posed was straightforward: Did he grow as an actor working with veteran Streisand ("Funny Girl," "The Way We Were," "Yentl," "A Star Is Born") in the buddy comedy opening Wednesday? But Rogen hesitated. "I don't know," said Rogen, 30. He looked over at Streisand, one of a relative handful of entertainers who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony, sitting next to him on a sofa at a Beverly Hills hotel room.
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December 17, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Josh Gad, who was nominated for a Tony for "The Book of Mormon," is the co-creator and effectively the star of "1600 Penn," a new single-camera sitcom from NBC about the first family. It gets a preview Monday night to draft off "The Voice" before taking up a Thursday post in January. As in Comedy Central's "That's My Bush!" more than two election cycles back, the big idea is to stock the White House with characters familiar from a thousand years of situation comedy. We get a gruff and grumpy dad, the president (Bill Pullman)
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