Ready to go back to the future? Parks and Recreation returns to NBC on Jan. 13 to kick off its final season, and we pick up where the season 6 finale cliffhanger left us—in the year 2017. Now Andy (Chris Pratt), aka Johnny Karate, has a badass TV show, Tom (Aziz Ansari) is something resembling a mogul, and Leslie (Amy Poehler) is still referencing The Notebook. Don’t let us drone on — take a quick first peek at future Pawnee below. READ FULL STORY
Dick Wolf’s television shows will basically come alive on his new reality series Nightwatch, which follows emergency responders who work the overnight shift in New Orleans.
Terry Crews is going viral: The Brooklyn Nine-Nine star has signed on to host World’s Funniest Fails, Fox announced today. READ FULL STORY
What is it with Mark Hamill and daddy issues?
Tonight, NBC airs the new animated holiday special Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas (8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT) which gives the Star Wars actor a turn at playing the surly father redeemed by his kind-hearted son.
But instead of Luke saving Darth Vader from the dark side, this is Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons as an overgrown elf saving his cranky dad (Hamill) from Santa’s naughty list.
“I’m sort of the Scrooge of the story, who has a big change of heart,” Hamill tells EW. “I thought Jim Parsons did such a great job, he’s so lovable in that part. You had to get somebody who could portray that kind of clueless innocence and without the right Buddy the whole thing falls apart. Luckily for us we had a great Buddy.”
The hour-long special is a stop-motion mash-up of the 2003 film Elf, which starred Will Ferrell and James Caan, and the 2010 Broadway musical, which featured songs by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin.
Hamill talked with EW about voicing the cranky dad, his own yuletide TV favorites, and that one Star Wars Holiday Special that everyone involved pretends doesn’t exist. READ FULL STORY
ABC Family announced that they have put in a series order for Recovery Road, a new scripted drama based on the young adult novel by Blake Nelson of the same name. READ FULL STORY
Another reason to dislike the Seinfeld finale: Fans’ reaction to the closing episode of NBC’s iconic sitcom isn’t helping the odds of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm ever coming back.
Curb creator and star Larry David was asked by Grantland about the possibility of Curb ever seeing a ninth season. David has often seemed pessimistic about the acclaimed and popular show returning, but he sounds even more against the prospect than usual.
“I guess, right now, the odds would be against it, probably 6 to 1,” said David, who is prepping his new upcoming Broadway comedy show, Fish in the Dark. READ FULL STORY
Once The Colbert Report goes off the air and host Stephen Colbert moves on from Comedy Central to replace David Letterman on The Late Show, Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show will get a new late-night companion: Larry Wilmore’s The Nightly Show, which released its first teaser Tuesday.
Created by Stewart, The Nightly Show will focus on people and topics less represented in the media. “It’s a show about underdogs,” Wilmore told the New York Times in November, “and that happens in a lot of different forms, whether it’s race, gender, or whatever.””
Wilmore currently holds the title of Senior Black Correspondent on The Daily Show in addition to being an executive producer of ABC’s Black-ish. His past work includes co-creating The Bernie Mac Show and writing for series including The Office and In Living Color. READ FULL STORY
The fall finale of The CW’s Jane the Virgin jumped in the ratings after last week’s unexpected Golden Globes nominations.
The dramedy had 1.3 million viewers and a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating Monday night, up 20 percent from last week to match its series-premiere best. Jane received a Globe nomination for best comedy series and star Gina Rodriguez was nominated for best actress in a TV comedy. READ FULL STORY
No more sweat-drenched survivors trudging through forests! The Walking Dead‘s companion project is taking the zombie apocalypse out of Georgia. Sources confirm TV Line‘s report that the as-yet-untitled pilot is set in Los Angeles.
The scenery shift to the West Coast adds some intriguing setting possibilities: Beaches and the ocean, Hollywood, iconic landmarks, walker celebrities (though the cable show could likely never top Bill Murray in Zombieland), a nearby desert, and a larger metropolis to play with than the original hit’s occasional dips into Atlanta.
Just because the setting is Los Angeles doesn’t guarantee it will be shot there. AMC, which had no comment, is still casting the pilot written by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson. So far Cliff Curtis (Sunshine), Frank Dillane (who played Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Storm) have signed on.
For Glee‘s sixth and final season, Rachel and Kurt are returning to McKinley High to reinstate the Glee Club. And from the looks of the trailer, that involves butting heads with Ms. Sylvester, running into The Dalton Academy Warblers and, of course, singing “Let It Go.”
But where’s Idina Menzel?
In the first season of Mad Men, in the episode entitled “The Wheel,” pitchman poet Don Draper reframed a carousel slide projector as a time machine and defined the word “nostalgia” not as “a sentimental longing” or “wistful recollection of the past” but by the Greek meaning, “pain from an old wound.” Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner not only gave us a way of understanding his show and its haunted antihero but also a perspective on ’60s nostalgia in general, a genre of entertainment unto itself. It began in earnest in the 1980s, when the thirtysomethings who suffered the history of Platoon, Mississippi Burning, and JFK started grieving their Wonder Years and bemoaning The Big Chill and wishing they could Peggy Sue it all over again. Where oh where did all The Right Stuff go? The nostalgia was imprinted upon proceeding generations. Ferris Bueller on a float, lip-synching to “Danke Schoen” and “Twist and Shout”? Perfect metaphor for Gen X teens raised on the bittersweet symphony of Baby Boomer existential crisis. A myth was massaged into us by all of this Back to the Future cultural conditioning: Once upon a time, America the not-so-beautiful was on an ascending redemptive arc, then got shot down by assassinations, war, and Nixon. Our mission impossible: to recover the lost narrative and complete it. We could be Marty McFlys, fixing our fallen-and-can’t-get-up malaise infected culture, and we didn’t need time-traveling DeLorians to do it. We just needed to stand by me, lean on me, do the right thing. Because (sing it!) that’s the POWER of love! READ FULL STORY
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