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The small screen gets larger everyday. Scrub those listings and let us know - what keeps you from reaching for the remote?
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Jed
Jed and Abed in the mooooorrrning!
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Like. Love. Jealous. Happy for you. Sykughsdiybvrighaietht. Ack, so cool! - Heather
Very cool! :D - AHnix (Anna Haro)
Donde. Esta. La biblioteca. - Brent Schaus from iPhone
Thanks everyone! It was great! - Jed
A little jealous here haha - Mo Kargas
Jed
Dean-lightful!
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Dude! Was your inner fan boy screaming OMGOMGOMG IT'S DEAN the whole time you were talking to him? - Corinne L
SQUEE! - Spidra Webster
Ha. NICE! - Micah
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Fabulous! - Heather
Thanks everyone! It was so much fun! Corrine: You have no idea! :) - Jed
Jed
Yahoo! Screen just released a new trailer for Community season 6, premiering in two weeks! Take a gander at the trailer over at FreakSugar. http://www.freaksugar.com/yahoo-r...
Andrew C (✔)
Community Season Six Trailer Premiere | Community Original Clips - Yahoo Screen - http://screen.yahoo.com/communi...
Jed
Watching Weekend Update used to be my favorite part of SNL. No longer.
Jed
Community comes back in March! In honor of its return, I took a look at some of Greendale Community College's best secondary characters over at FreakSugar. http://www.freaksugar.com/pop-pop...
Andrew C (✔)
You Go Big Or You Go Home: An Oral History Of The Creation And Evolution Of ‘Parks And Recreation’ - http://uproxx.com/tv...
"YANG: There’s a crazy thing that will sound unnecessarily self-indulgent, but for a long time the writer’s assistant Greg Levine, who became a writer in Season 7, he was an amazing writer’s assistant. And on his computer, he had a sound board where he would play sound almost like a morning radio DJ. And it got to the point where every writer on staff had their own theme song, so anytime you would say something or make a joke that was particularly representative of your character, he would play your theme song. It was unbelievably delightful. So, the whole work day became a sort of entertaining circus of people making jokes and then him playing sounds. Then you would hear your theme song. Some of the theme songs involved people getting up and dancing. It was just a really fun room to be around, so we always thank him for making the room so fun." - Andrew C (✔)
Jed
Pretty awful that #CecilyStrong was left out of the #WeekendUpdate host rundown tribute. #SNL40
Andrew C (✔)
Jon Stewart says he’s leaving The Daily Show · Newswire · The A.V. Club - http://www.avclub.com/article...
Jon Stewart says he’s leaving The Daily Show · Newswire · The A.V. Club
"Ending one of the most venerable and trusted careers in making a complete mockery of the news, Jon Stewart has announced that he is stepping down as host of The Daily Show. According to sources who were there (some of whom are already passing word along on social media), Stewart let the news slip at the taping of today’s episode, telling those in the audience that he’s retiring. No word yet on when exactly he’s leaving, whether this means he’s ending his time in the anchor chair to focus on being a Serious Movie Director now, or just how much this is Brian Williams’ fault." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"UPDATE: Comedy Central just sent out this official statement confirming the news, and saying that Stewart will remain with The Daily Show until the end of the year. It also says that the show will “endure for years to come,” suggesting that it won’t end with Stewart." - Andrew C (✔)
Wow, end of an era. - Todd Hoff
I have "Angry Optimist" out from the library. Only skimmed it, but maybe I should read it now. - Andrew C (✔)
... leaving to become the new anchor for NBC? :-P - John (bird whisperer)
:( - Heather
It is sad, really sad. But I didn't expect Stuart to stay forever. Maybe the next host will be something special. Be optimistic! You wouldn't want him to stay longer than he would want would you? - Joe "The Anvil" Pierce
We want him to want to stick around! - Andrew C (✔)
I really hope they pick someone amazing. Another stand up comic would be the obvious choice...maybe someone like John Mulaney >.> - Chris Topher
Chris Rock! - Brent Schaus from iPhone
Fake Chris Rock from Twitter! - Micah from iPhone
Andrew C (✔)
A Dictator and a Dad: How ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Star Randall Park Went From Kim Jong-un to Sitcom Paterfamilias « - http://grantland.com/hollywo...
A Dictator and a Dad: How ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Star Randall Park Went From Kim Jong-un to Sitcom Paterfamilias «
"But all that happened only after years of acting and writing and doing stand-up and making web shorts just to stay busy and creating. Park, 40, has plenty of blue-collar-actor stories. He’s been in commercials for all the big banks. He knows what it’s like to walk around town as the guy from the K-Y Jelly ad, to worry about being recognized from your job as part of the improv troupe on MTV’s Wild ’N Out when you’re at your other job tamping shots at Starbucks. It happened occasionally; people were mostly confused. “They think if you’ve been on TV, you’re a millionaire.” This was not the case for cast members on Nick Cannon variety shows, plus Park had student loans." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
'@midnight' Is Holding an Internet Casting Call for Guest Panelists | Splitsider - http://splitsider.com/2015...
"If you've always dreamed of being a contestant on @midnight, today is your lucky day. The show recently announced an internet casting call called #PointsMe, in which @midnight fans can try out to appear on the show via Twitter, Vine, Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr posts using the #PointsMe hashtag." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
I kinda want to do this, kinda don't. I don't think my stuff is necessarily up to snuff, but then I take a random dip into the #pointsme hashtag on Twitter and a lot of it is terrible. - Andrew C (✔)
Jed
Michael Westmore ain't putting up with any amateur BS this season. He's got his sassy pants on. #FaceOff
Jed
Both Daredevil and Community are premiering in March. March is coming in like a lion.
Jed
In this FreakSugar article, I take a look back at how Steve Carell's work on THE OFFICE showed that he had the acting chops to pull off his dramatic turn in FOXCATCHER. http://www.freaksugar.com/steve-c...
Andrew C (✔)
SNL's Asian American Doll: The Doll That's Asian American - http://blog.angryasianman.com/2014...
SNL's Asian American Doll: The Doll That's Asian American
"I've seen a lot of divergent reactions to the sketch. Some are hailing it as clever commentary on well-meaning-but-clueless white people who have no idea what they're doing when it comes to dealing with race. Others are calling it a jab at hypersensitive consumers and activists. It's either a quiet middle finger or an embarrassed "sorrrreeeeeee" shrug to Asian Americans. I don't know, I'm thinking it's actually both." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"I think the key line is, "We made her from a place of fear." Saturday Night Live is regularly dogged by criticisms about its paltry lack of diversity. Hell, I've taken aim at the show several times just in the past year for its shitty representation of Asians, from its consistent use of yellowface to the show's four-decade failure to hire an Asian American cast member. By the way,... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"I actually say all of this as a longtime fan of Saturday Night Live. It does suck to create something from a place of fear, whether it's sketch comedy or any other damn endeavor. Is this SNL's way of acknowledging that they've sucked at doing the Asian stuff? Great, now how about making fewer excuses and trying a little bit harder? It feels like a sheepish shrug from the previously... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
The End of ‘The Newsroom’ Is Bringing Out the Worst in Aaron Sorkin « - http://grantland.com/hollywo...
"I come to bury Aaron Sorkin, not to praise him. With only one episode left before the end of The Newsroom, Sorkin managed to produce an episode of the series that exemplified all of its worst tendencies, to such an extreme that it may make it impossible for me to take anything he writes or has written seriously ever again. That was the praise part." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Turdlike. Heh. - Kristin
I liked it. But I like words. - Todd Hoff
Andrew C (✔)
CommuniCon 3 panels are up at Yahoo. Did I not mention this earlier? Sorry. https://screen.yahoo.com/communi...
Andrew C (✔)
The new all-American TV: How “Cristela” is changing the meaning of family television - Salon.com - http://www.salon.com/2014...
The new all-American TV: How “Cristela” is changing the meaning of family television - Salon.com
"“Cristela” has taken on the bizarre task of being fresh in a medium that can feel incredibly dated. Because here’s the other hiccup about multi-cam: Occasionally, its racial politics feel about as dated as its overproduced laugh tracks. “Cristela” is advancing a Latino family sitcom that makes sharp jokes critical of white privilege in a format whose broad strokes often invite caricature: “2 Broke Girls,” in 2014, has such a troubling Asian-American character that Emily Nussbaum at the New Yorker called it “so racist it is less offensive than baffling.” [...] But: It is /killing/ it. “Cristela” is the funniest new comedy I’ve seen this year, and one of the first shows in a while that I’ve wanted to introduce to my parents. It’s family-friendly and broad, but it’s not dumbed-down, either." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
The Eternal Chump: Everything's Coming Up Milhouse - http://the-toast.net/2014...
The Eternal Chump: Everything's Coming Up Milhouse
"Milhouse Van Houten is the chump to end all chumps. His father was a chump. He comes from a long line of chumps. He was born a chump, and he’ll die a chump. He knows his place on the social hierarchy — higher than Martin, lower than Nelson — as he explains to Bart, “We still get beat up, but at least we get an explanation.” Unfortunately for Milhouse, the explanation is usually “you’re Milhouse.”" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Adult Swim’s Too Many Cooks is the weirdest sitcom to never exist · Newswire · The A.V. Club - http://www.avclub.com/article...
Adult Swim’s Too Many Cooks is the weirdest sitcom to never exist · Newswire · The A.V. Club
"Adult Swim viewers who are still awake at 4 a.m. may have recently happened upon Too Many Cooks, a 12-minute video, airing in an “Infomercials” slot, that is a clever sitcom spoof that slowly metastasizes into a full blown case of deconstructive insanity. The brainchild of Casper Kelly, Too Many Cooks begins as an exaggerated parody of ‘’70s and ’80s sitcom intros like Eight Is Enough, Just The Ten Of Us, and Too Close For Comfort. But just as one gets tired of the joke of the ridiculously long list of cast members, Kelly’s short expands beyond its roots into other genres, including detective shows, primetime melodramas, cartoons, and space opera fare—all while leaving a growing pile of dead bodies in its wake." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Review: Futurama: “Space Pilot 3000”/“The Series Has Landed” · TV Club · The A.V. Club - http://www.avclub.com/tvclub...
Review: Futurama: “Space Pilot 3000”/“The Series Has Landed” · TV Club · The A.V. Club
"Fry, Leela, and Bender, and their various relationships, are the heart. To get nerdy, if you squint, they’re roughly equivalent to the Kirk/Spock/McCoy triangle of classic Star Trek, with Fry as an infinitely doofier Kirk, Leela as the perpetually able (and deservedly frustrated) Spock, and Bender as the cantankerous McCoy’s logical endpoint: a drunken robot with almost no inhibitions who not-so-secretly dreams of destroying anything that isn’t like him." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Episodes Land at Vimeo, Which Has Exclusive on Future Releases | Variety - http://variety.com/2014...
‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Episodes Land at Vimeo, Which Has Exclusive on Future Releases | Variety
"A collection of 80 episodes of cult comedy series “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” featuring a man and his robot sidekicks riffing on especially terrible B-movies and assorted shorts, is now available on Vimeo. In addition, under Vimeo’s pact with Shout! Factory for “MST3K,” the online-video service has exclusive rights to any newly cleared episodes launching over the next year. According to Vimeo, about a dozen new “MST3K” episodes are slated to become available within the next 12 months. Homevideo rights for the show are complicated by the fact that the segments include full-length films and clips owned by other studios, and to date only 80 of 198 total “MST3K” episodes have been made available for digital distribution." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Bluesun 2600
Gracepoint WTF!
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I'm flipping Channels & come across this premiere of Gracepoint, But I'm confused, I see David Tennant look just like he did in the UK show Broadchurch, only with a bad American accent. Why in gods name is FOX getting the same actor to do the same British story only set in California instead of the southern British coast. If your doing the same script anyway why not just show the original f...ing show! American version on Top, UK Version on the Bottom.  - Bluesun 2600
I just found out that they also are using the same damn Director and Writer. Again why not just show the original? You just got the right to it from the BBC and ITV for the show. Why redo it with the same people? - Bluesun 2600
No reason other than snobbery. - Stephen Mack
Jed
Oh no! Yvette Nicole Brown, who plays Shirley on Community, will be leaving the show to take care of her ailing father. I give you the details in this Nerd Bastards article. http://nerdbastards.com/2014...
Andrew C (✔)
Aubrey Plaza to Voice Grumpy Cat in an Upcoming Lifetime Movie | Splitsider - http://splitsider.com/2014...
Aubrey Plaza to Voice Grumpy Cat in an Upcoming Lifetime Movie | Splitsider
In retrospect, this seemed inevitable. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
I keep forgetting grumpy cat is a girl. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Andrew C (✔)
‘You’re the Worst’ Finishes Its Great First Season As One of the Best Comedies on TV « - http://grantland.com/hollywo...
‘You’re the Worst’ Finishes Its Great First Season As One of the Best Comedies on TV «
"Next week, the broadcast networks will begin unveiling their dispiriting crop of new comedies, and the dominant theme for them is romance. The results would be brutal even without You’re the Worst doing doughnuts on their front lawn." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"On weak gruel like A to Z and Manhattan Love Story, love is treated like some sort of magical destination — Oz with granite countertops. The brilliance of You’re the Worst is that to these richly drawn, deeply fucked-up human beings, love is a terrifying side effect of actually living. By admitting this, and laughing about it so heartily, Falk and his merry band of writers are able to... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Veronica Mars actors reunite to bend reality with spinoff series · Newswire · The A.V. Club - http://www.avclub.com/article...
Veronica Mars actors reunite to bend reality with spinoff series · Newswire · The A.V. Club
"Those who have longed for more Veronica Mars as well as more of the awkward comedy about actors seen in Party Down will soon get both of those things, despite being such greedy babies. Buzzfeed has confirmed what was first hinted at by The CW back in January: an online-only Veronica Mars spinoff featuring (almost) everyone from the cast, with the meta spin that those actors will also be playing themselves, begrudgingly taking part in a Veronica Mars spinoff." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"As Rob Thomas, creator of Veronica Mars and Party Down and not the song “3 A.M.,” told HitFix earlier this year, the show has “more in common with Party Down tonally,” as it sees Ryan Hansen trying to exploit the recent renewed interest in Veronica Mars by launching his own spinoff series revolving around Dick Casablancas. That eight-episode show will be called Play It Again, Dick, and... more... - Andrew C (✔)
CANNOT WAIT. I loved both Party Down and Veronica Mars. - Andrew C (✔)
OK, that should be totally hilarious. Even for people who haven't seen PD, the videos that they did for the Kickstarter should give everyone an idea of how funny the actors are when they're mostly just goofing around. - Jennifer Dittrich
Andrew C (✔)
"Being Mary Jane” is Akil’s first one-hour series, and its début season was a major hit, scoring higher ratings than “True Detective” and “Mad Men,” though you wouldn’t know it from media coverage." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Lessons from Late Night - Tina Fey - The New Yorker - http://www.newyorker.com/magazin...
Lessons from Late Night - Tina Fey - The New Yorker
"(1) Producing is about discouraging creativity. A TV show comprises many departments—costumes, props, talent, graphics, set dressing, transportation. Everyone in every department wants to show off his or her skills and contribute creatively to the show, which is a blessing. You’re grateful to work with people who are talented and enthusiastic about their jobs." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"You would think that in your capacity as a producer your job would be to churn up creativity, but mostly your job is to police enthusiasm. You may have an occasion where the script calls for a bran muffin on a white plate, and people from the props department show up with a bran cake in the shape of Santa Claus sitting on a silver platter that says “Welcome to Denmark” on it. “We just... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Get Your War On’s David Rees wants to teach you fun but useless things on his new TV show · TV Review · The A.V. Club - http://www.avclub.com/review...
Get Your War On’s David Rees wants to teach you fun but useless things on his new TV show · TV Review · The A.V. Club
"After it ended, Rees did some writing for Huffington Post and his own blog, and started an artisanal pencil-sharpening service—a flight of fancy that speaks pretty sharply to his personality. He’s interested in details, and he wants to have a fun time getting at them. Which leads pretty directly to Going Deep With David Rees, his new show for the National Geographic Channel." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"In each episode, Rees will dive into the particulars of how to do something practical really, really well—unnecessarily well. The journey to making the perfect ice cube, which is tracked in episode one, isn’t one that people will necessarily want to take themselves, but it’s compelling stuff nonetheless. " - Andrew C (✔)
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