TV comedy used to be ruled by sarcastic and cynical shows like Arrested Development, 30 Rock, The Office, Curb Your Enthusiasm and the departing Veep. Nowadays, Schitt's Creek embodies TV comedy's niceness trend. "Over the show’s four seasons (and a holiday special that aired in December), this Canadian import has found the humor in the sunnier side of things, alongside newer shows — The Good Place, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, One Day at a Time, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel to name but a few — that are earnest without being cloying or toothless," says Manuel Betancourt. "In a TV landscape once littered with brooding antiheroes, it’s a welcome change." Amid the political turmoil of the Trump era, he adds, "there is a sense that comedies are also finding humor not in apathy but in sincerity...Schitt’s Creek may have punchlines aplenty (and (Catherine) O’Hara remains unparalleled when it comes to doling out hilarious non sequitur lines), but it’s bingeworthy precisely because it feels like such a calming balm. Its wholesomeness is most welcome at a time when it would be (and is) all too easy to sink into apathetic despair. There’s a joy that runs through it that’s infectious, and which is symptomatic of a growing trend in recent comedies."
After saying last fall "I'm definitely looking for a change" after her contract expires in 2020, Pompeo appears to be more optimistic about returning for Season 17. “I keep saying, ‘I’m ready to move on and I want to stop the show before the ratings go down,’ but the ratings never go down!” she tells TVLine with a laugh. “They go down a little bit, but the fact that we are able to hold our (title as ABC’s No. 1 series) is kind of (incredible). It’s very cool to have these kind of ratings and be on a hit network show in this (Peak TV) landscape.”
The Mad Men alum will play Carol Baker, mother to Kaya Scodelario and Willow Shields figure skating sister characters. "The head of the Baker family, Carol fiercely pushes both her girls to become Olympians in order to fulfill the dream she could never achieve herself," according to Deadline. "Simultaneously, she struggles with personal demons that threaten to ruin her relationship with her daughters, the thing she values about all else."
The network has ordered a pilot for the romcom The Story of Us, which takes place over different timespans, like Me, Myself & I. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Story of Us "revolves around an unlikely couple who become an unlikely family as told through interviews and vignettes that span 10 years." The Story of Us is from Mike Royce, who co-created Netflix's One Day at a Time reboot.
Protesters are planning to descend on the comedy club tonight and Thursday after it booked the disgraced comedian and announced his gig days in advance. “We see comedy as the final frontier and we don’t censor artists. We want them to perform without scrutiny," San Jose Improv said in a statement. "We trust that our audiences can decide for themselves what their limits are. We understand that not everyone will agree with our decision and we respect their right to protest. We also respect Louis CK’s right to perform.” UPDATE: About 30 protesters showed up in the rain, chanting "Shame!" and "San Jose, not Man Jose."
The Surviving R. Kelly-inspired protest this morning included a petition signed by more than 217,394 people demanding that Sony Music label RCA Record drop the disgraced R&B star. ALSO: Dave Chappelle has a hazy memory when it come to Chappelle's Show R. Kelly sketch.
The Riches, airing for two seasons from 2007 to 2008, starred Driver and Eddie Izzard as a family of Irish Traveller con artists and thieves. But its second season was affected by the writers' strike. When posed the question Wednesday of what show she would resurrect, Driver responded on Twitter: "#TheRiches It was a brilliant show, predicated on an even more brilliant idea. We were cancelled in the wake of punitive measures taken against writers who were vocal in the writers strike in 2007. Lunacy. I’d make this show again in a heartbeat."
The creator and narrator of the Comedy Central series says he's cut back on drinking alcohol and only gets drunk while working on the show. “I take a break, to heal,” he says.
Ralph Blumenthal and Leslie Kean, who have written extensively about UFOs, explain the real story of Project Blue Book. "The History series," they write, "predictably sensationalizes and overdramatizes case investigations and the historical figures involved, adding many story elements that simply never happened. It’s already hard enough for those trying to understand the truth about government involvement with U.F.O.s without mixing fact and fiction."
"Hey America, we already did that joke!" tweeted showrunner David Mandel, accompanied by a Season 6 scene, in response to Trump treating the Clemson football team to fast food at the White House on Monday.
"bob costas, my dear friend - broadcasting brother, really - is leaving NBC after 40 years of hall of fame work," the former NBC Nightly News anchor tweeted. "it’s like hearing his hero mickey mantle decided to leave the yankees. the master is leaving the building. godspeed, robert."
Roberts' decision not to return for Season 2 could pave the way for Hong Chau to become the podcast-based series' new star.
The legendary record producer who has worked with everybody from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Johnny Cash, Beastie Boys, Run D.M.C. and Lady Gaga will be the subject of an "all-access pass" documentary series that will take viewers inside his creative process. The docuseries' working title is Shangri-La, named after his Malibu studio.
The Twitter account for the Sharp Objects star's PR firm tweeted at a Twitter user after she shared fake, LGBTQ-supporting memes in wake of the actress' Golden Globes win.
"Let's Go to the Mall," "You Just Got Slapped" and other classics from the CBS sitcom can be streamed on Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music and more.
The former Saved by the Bell co-stars, now ages 44 and 45 respectively, decided to add 20 years to the trending #10yearchallenge meme.
The Syfy fantasy black comedy starring Christopher Meloni returns March 27.
"Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a movie that feels like a living comic book," says Beth Elderkin. "It works not only because of how it uses its source material, but how it shifts away from it. Syfy’s Deadly Class fails to meet the same standard, leaning too heavily on its graphic novel to the point where it doesn’t feel like a show anymore. That might make it palatable for hardcore fans, but others may grow tired of a series that’s not only flawed, but feels like it’s trying too hard to be cool." She adds: "The biggest problem for Deadly Class isn’t the acting, it’s the story. Regardless of whether or not you’ve read the source material (I’ve read the first two volumes), the show comes across like the writers turned a comic book into a script without changing enough to make it feel real. Comic books may be visual, but they don’t automatically equal good television. The mediums are different, and should to be treated as such."