Chris Pratt will officially become a big time movie star with today’s release of Guardians of The Galaxy (my personal pick for best film of the summer). And considering that GOTG is coming on the heels of The Lego Movie and will be followed by next year’s sure-to-be-massive Jurassic World…well, let’s just say Pratt (who stars in all three) has a lot of things to talk about. And we talked about all of those things when he stopped by the Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) studio this morning. But we also wanted to chat with Pratt (hey, they rhymes!) about the impending ending (again, rhymes!) of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, which will sign off after one final season. So how does Pratt feel about gearing up for the last go round in Pawnee? READ FULL STORY
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Suggested alternate title: Love in the Time of Cynicism.
From the moment you see Jimmy Shive-Overly (Chris Geere) taking pictures of his junk during a wedding toast, it’s pretty clear You’re the Worst doesn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. To wit, Jimmy is mid-waltz with the bride—his ex—when he informs her he’s only come to her wedding to gawk at the imminent “disaster” of love and marriage.
The surly new half-hour rom-com from Stephen Falk (Orange Is the New Black) presents a challenge for itself by offering up a character like Jimmy as its entrée into the series. Despite audiences’ seemingly insatiable appetite for antiheroes in basic-cable dramas, it’s fairly rare to lead a comedy with someone kind of awful (Worst‘s FX sibling Louie has been blazing that trail to much acclaim). How are viewers meant to fall in love with Jimmy, who’s as reactive as he is bitter? And, more importantly, how are they to believe a woman would fall in love with him? READ FULL STORY
On July 8, 2009, Reno 911! aired its season six finale, an episode titled “Wiegel’s Couple Therapy.” It concluded with Jones and Dangle telling a classroom of young children (in song!) that it’s okay to have gay parents; a fitting season finale, but not necessarily a fitting conclusion to the entire series.
After killing off series regulars Wendy McLendon-Covey, Carlos Alazraqui, and Mary Birdsong at the end of season five—a decision that some fans disagreed with—season six was the show’s most heavily debated. Still, that didn’t make it less shocking Comedy Central decided to pull the plug on Reno altogether that August.
Series creators Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon had never intended for “Wiegel’s Couple Therapy” to serve as the show’s true ending. So now, on the accidental series finale’s five-year anniversary, EW chatted with Lennon and Garant about how they’d planned to end the series, what their favorite episodes were, whether there’s hope for the future, and more. READ FULL STORY
The Daily Show has hired another correspondent in the wake of John Oliver’s exit.
Saturday Night Live writer and standup comic Michael Che will join the Comedy Central series in June after he finishes his stint at SNL. The hire follows the exit of Oliver, who launched his new HBO talk show, Last Week Tonight, on Sunday. The Daily Show also recently added Jordan Klepper last March.
Che is an NYC standup comic who joined the SNL writing staff last fall. Che started doing standup in 2010, and since then has won New York’s Funniest Stand-Up Competition, appeared on CBS’ Late Show, and was a regular on VH1’s short-lived Best Week Ever reboot. He’s been writing for SNL since 2013.
Here’s Che on Late Show: READ FULL STORY
Sutton Foster and Hilary Duff will be joining forces this fall in a TV Land comedy from Sex and The City creator Darren Star. READ FULL STORY
Got an idea for a sitcom? NBC wants to hear from you.
The broadcast network announced “an unprecedented effort to discover fresh comedic voices” on Tuesday by launching a national campaign offering aspiring comedy writers from around the country the chance to pitch their sitcom ideas.
“We are taking a bold, alternative approach in what we hope will uncover original comedy minds who are looking for a way to get into the television business,” said NBC entertainment president Jennifer Salke. READ FULL STORY
Wannabe comedy stars looking to make it big via NBC’s Last Comic Standing are going to have to win over a few icons first.
Roseanne Barr and Keenen Ivory Wayans will serve as celebrity judges on the eighth season of the reality competition, set to premiere May 22 at 9 p.m. ET. International comic superstar Russell Peters will join them at the judges’ table, while J.B. Smoove has been tapped as host. Wanda Sykes will serve as an executive producer on the season’s 13 one-hour episodes.
After a four-year hiatus, Last Comic Standing returns to NBC with a new format, too. The season will open with invitation-only auditions. A pool of 100 comics will be whittled down to 20; those contestants will compete in semifinal rounds. The Top 10 will move into “challenge rounds,” which will test the competitors’ sketch, improv and stand-up skills, as well as their ability to work both alone and in teams.
John Oliver has already promised to give viewers insight on major news stories happening around the world…“eventually.” Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, which eschews the 24-hour news cycle for a weekly series that curates the top stories — or at least those with the best punch lines — from the previous seven days, is set to premiere April 27 at 11 p.m. ET on HBO.
Until then, the show has posted a few new clips that provide a glimpse at the kind of humor we can expect from the Daily Show alum’s new venture. The two videos feature Last Week web producer Josh Gondelman and parody the GOP’s recent ad campaign targeting hipsters, women and minorities:
Who’d have guessed that Kevin Arnold would grow up to be a director?
Fred Savage — erstwhile star of The Wonder Years and, more recently, a prolific TV director who’s helmed episodes of everything from 2 Broke Girls to It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia — has signed on to play a major role in IFC’s Garfunkel and Oates. The network announced Wednesday that Savage will executive produce the scripted comedy series, as well as direct all eight episodes of its first season.
“Fred is one of today’s hottest comedy directors and he’s a huge addition to Garfunkel and Oates as both series director and executive producer. We’re thrilled to have him at the helm of this smart new comedy,” said IFC President Jennifer Caserta said in a release.
Garfunkel and Oates — named after Art Garfunkel and John Oates — stars Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci, who have performed together as a folk-comedy duo since 2007. According to IFC, the series will “chronicle the pair’s humorous misadventures and how they rely on each other — and a few clever songs — to get them through their personal and professional stumbles.” Think Broad City plus Flight of the Conchords, perhaps with an extra dash of Portlandia quirk as well. Production begins in Los Angeles on Wednesday; IFC will premiere the series late this summer.
And it’s a slam dunk for executive producer LeBron James.
Starz has officially picked up Survivor’s Remorse, a half-hour comedy from James, Tom Werner, Mike O’Malley, Maverick Carter, and Paul Wachter. Written by O’Malley, Survivor’s Remorse will explore what happens when an athlete leaves the world of professional basketball behind.
“Ever since I got cut from the freshman hoop team at Bishop Guertin High School in 1980, I’ve wanted to write about my love and hatred of basketball,” O’Malley said in a press release. “Starz has given us great freedom to explore an authentic world inspired by Maverick and LeBron. Tom’s legendary TV career and his experiences as a professional sports owner combined with Paul’s wealth of business and entertainment industry relationships have given this team a truly strong foundation to build a successful series.”
The series will focus in on Cam Calloway, a young 20-something who’s thrown into the basketball world with a multimillion-dollar contract. From “opportunistic family members” to the ups and downs of stardom, Cam and his cousin Reggie will have to face everything that comes along with being a well-known professional athlete.
Survivor’s Remorse is set to debut its six-episode first season in the fall.
The survivors on The Walking Dead haven’t had a lot to laugh about lately, what with one of their own being executed and the loss of the prison fortress they called home. However, one of the actresses on the show recently had an opportunity to explore her comedic side when she went in to record a multi-episode arc for FX’s Archer. Who is that mystery actress? Well, judging by the photo above you’ve probably already figured it out: It’s Lauren Cohan, who plays farmer’s daughter turned complete badass Maggie Greene on the zombie drama. READ FULL STORY
The Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival announced their full headliner lineup this morning, adding Fred Armisen and Marc Maron to a billing that already includes the likes of Dennis Miller, Kids in the Halls, Mike Birbiglia, and Demetri Martin. The Austin-based festival, presented by the Paramount Theatre, will run from April 23-26. This is the third annual Moontower event, which celebrates the best and weirdest in stand-up, sketch, and improv comedy.
On November 8, New York-based comedian Kerry Coddett (pictured, left) fired shots at Saturday Night Live with an editorial published on the Atlantic‘s website. In it, she blasted the notion that the show’s cast hadn’t featured a black woman in years because — as longtime repertory player Kenan Thompson said in a widely-circulated interview last fall — “in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready.” Coddett contended instead that SNL‘s diversity problems were endemic and ingrained. “Perhaps it’s not that black women aren’t ‘ready’ for SNL; it’s that SNL isn’t ready for a black woman,” she wrote.
Less than a month later, a rep from Saturday Night Live invited Coddett to audition for the show.
“I didn’t know anything about the audition until I got there,” she told EW in an interview Wednesday. “Going into it, I was like ‘Ha, wouldn’t it be funny if there were only black women here?’ And that’s what it was.”
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