NBC decided to pick up four comedy pilots from established comedians that actually have decent premises.
If you watch NBC on Thursday nights you’ve likely seen Natalie Morales deliver a few lines of well-timed sarcasm as Aziz Ansari’s girlfriend on “Parks and Recreation.”
New TV shows that, chances are, will be canceled soon.
TV vet McG is the frontrunner to helm the the pilot episode of the David E. Kelley-produced reboot.
Members of Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Club have bestowed their annual Man of the Year award to walking lowest common denominator Jay Leno.
For soap opera fans and all interested parties, below is a list of NBC soap operas airing from the NBC days of radio until the inception of television. Originally, soap…
There’s a lot of lame elements to Wonder Woman, and if anyone knows about lame superhero shows, it’s NBC.
The cast offers up some juicy spoilers on the D&D episode and Shirley’s ex-husband.
We want to congratulate ex-NBC Chairman Jeff Gaspin for having gigantic balls, which apparently needed a very fancy washroom to be occasionally exposed in throughout the day.
Rob Lowe, a late addition to the cast of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” has just been informed that the show has been off the air for months. This angers Rob Lowe. And you wouldn’t like Rob Lowe when he’s angry.
An affable TV comedy. It’s nothing new and not outrageous enough to be memorable, although it could get there.
Everything about this pilot was lazy. They actually play “Hit the Road Jack” when Harriet gets fired from the patent office. Really?
The show’s return on Jan. 20 is actually long awaited by fans, since it went on hiatus over the summer. This year, get to meet the rival city to Pawnee, IN.
Viewers of the NBC sitcom “The Office” have been emotionally preparing themselves for the eventual departure of often-lovable goofball Michael Scott from the paper-pushers at Dunder Mifflin.
Can’t wait to see how Abed narrates this geekfest.
Once you’ve watched NBC’s ‘Outsourced’ for a while, you begin to see the show’s inward value — namely the fact that for a few minutes of every episode, Australian actress Pippa Black shows up on screen.
If I had a dime for every project that Steve Carell has sold I’d have enough dimes to put into a sock and beat my mailman. Speaking of mailmen, Steve Carell has sold a post office comedy to NBC.
Dani Pudi plays the character on “Community” who provides most of the show’s self-referential meta humor. So it makes sense that Abed is responsible for a stop-motion animated episode in the tradition of the Rankin Bass specials.
Remember the classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” Christmas special with the herky-jerky animation? If you don’t, you’re a communist. Even so, you might appreciate that “Community” is planning a similar stop-motion animation holiday spoof.
NBC has been running this new promo for their mid-season series “The Cape” in anticipation of its January 9th premiere. It looks fun in a goofy kinda way. Like Darkman without the crazy parts or compound fractures.
Gun changed for awesomticity's sake.
A real honest to goodness can kill a brotha hand gun was found on the set of "Law & Order: Los Angeles." Hit Fix reports the NBC show was filming in Culver City on Wednesday when a cameraman spotted it on a rock. Los Angeles police spokeswoman Karen Rayner says "the semiautomatic handgun was in working order. It will be test-fired, with the results logged for possible crime matches."
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. I live right around the Culver City area in Los Angeles. That's where I lay my head at night. How am I supposed to feel safe now knowing that thing was found there? Skeet Ulrich has no right traipsing around my town. The gun on the rock, yeah whatever, but Skeet?! Now I have to start the moving process. I don't have time for this right now. The new Screen Junkies site launches next week! You like how I worked that in there?
Of all the Disney kids, Hilary Duff has the sweetest good girl image even by Disney standards. No scandals, no feuds, just wholesome music and family friendly movies (except for a few questionable paparazzi pics). So what did "Community" do to make her so nasty? She plays Meghan on this Thursday’s episode, leader of a Greendale clique who terrorize Britta, Shirley and Annie.
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This morning I have for you a preview of the upcoming Halloween episode of "Community." Zombies have taken over Greendale. The producers have also managed to make all the characters' costumes funny again, as well as indicative of their unique personalities. Jeff is so vain that he always goes as something effortlessly attractive. This year he's David Beckham. Brilliant. And wait until you see Senor Chang.
"Community" is without a doubt one of the best shows on television, and it's perplexing to me that no one watches it. You and I might watch it, but everyone else is tuning into "The Big Bang Theory" and not DVRing the little college sitcom on NBC at the same time. Some affiliates across the country are even dropping it from their lineup due to the fact that no one in their city gives a crap. That is not a good sign, folks. Once affiliates start dropping programs it's not long before it gets yanked from the schedule altogether. Let's watch this Halloween episode and save this show from going the way of "Arrested Development."
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Donald Glover did not succeed in his campaign to become the first black Spider-Man. Andrew Garfield will keep Spidey Caucasian, but Glover’s still getting some digs in. He opened the new season of “Community” dressed in Spider-Man pajamas. It was more for the Black Spidey movement than for Glover himself.
“It’s weird, I feel like a lot of people were connected to that more so than I was which was interesting,” Glover said in a conference call today. “It felt like the war veteran who had his leg shot off and then he got a new leg and walks up to the podium and people are teary eyed. And people are like, ‘He did it anyway.’ I’m like, it’s not that big a deal. This happened during the summer, let’s make a nod to it. It was fun to do it. Was the costume cool? It was pajamas. Pajamas that were tailored to me.”
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As you know, I was not thrilled with the premiere of “The Event,” but I knew I’d have to keep watching it. The second episode definitely picked up the excitement, not for any story complexity or alien revelations, but at least some surprise stabbings and icky arm implants. Tonight, “The Event” gets more outrageous and more intelligent, making it more fun to watch.
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Many have voiced concerns that Fox's premature cancelation of the critically-acclaimed "Lone Star" will water down the presence of creativity in the network television landscape. If this next item is any indicator, eff yeah it will.
Because there are no original ideas allowed anymore and because this was such a big hit, NBC has announced plans to team with Bryan Fuller to bring back "The Munsters." Wow. A rehash of a lame 1960's sitcom about a family of monsters and their one hot relative does not sound appealing at all. Besides, it's totally redundant to have this on television while "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" is still airing. (EW)
Maybe I’m being unfair, but it really felt like “The Event” was just blatantly trying to be “Lost 2.0.” I know some shows take a few episodes to get going, but that wasn’t it. The very device of the show is contrived to build mystery artificially, meaning if they just told the story in order, it would be a silly sci-fi show, but they expect it to be more mysterious in flashbacks.
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I had an interesting experience with “Outsourced.” I watched it over the summer and wasn’t impressed. It just didn’t make me laugh. I didn’t care if it was offensive or not, it just wasn’t funny. Then I saw it again with an audience at a public screening and it got more laughs, and was endearing. I had the same experience with “Community” last year, although “Outsourced” isn’t as good as “Community” even the second time around.
It’s a weird conundrum. What good is playing well to a crowd on TV? Most of the time we’re going to watch it by ourselves. I guess it can give you a quicker sense of the elements that might grow on you in repeat viewings. It won’t take several episodes to realize Abed and Troy are the funny ones if you see people laughing at them right away. That’s “Community” though. “Outsourced” still doesn’t have an Abed and Troy.
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NBC’s new Thursday night comedy “Outsourced” is about an American sent to Mumbai to run a call center. We’ve all been on the phone with those guys. It’s not really funny when you’re trying to explain why your DVR is recording the wrong shows, but they’re making it funny on TV. There premiere on September 23 will basically just set up the characters. What we really want to know is how is this going to be funny week after week.
The cast of the show came to the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills last night to premiere the pilot for fans. We got a spot on the red carpet for some exclusive interviews and the actors promised some edgy comedy involving sexual harassment and Halloween costumes. Visit the Paley Centers in New York and L.A. this week and next for more fall TV previews.
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Rob Thomas, Jon Enborn, and Dan Etheridge, the creators of the intelligent and hilarious, so of course now cancelled, "Party Down" have sold a pilot to NBC. "Temps" will focus on a group of recent college graduates who are forced to take a variety of oddball temp jobs to make ends meet. It will be single-cam like "Party Down" and "Community" (shows you love), not multi-cam like "Big Bang Theory" and "According to Jim" (shows your grandma loves).
Thomas is also currently working on an outline for a show at Showtime. He told TV Squad, "Right now it's simply 'Untitled Rob Thomas Spy Show. It's set in the world of corporate espionage." That project is supposed to be dark though, not funny. At least not "Ha ha" funny. "Temps" better be ROTFLMAO funny, that is if NBC makes the pilot, the pilot tests well, they pick it up to series, it airs, and people watch it so it continues airing. Tell your Nana we need her support.