ABBY’S: Executive producer Michael Schur chats about his new comedy and Season 4 of THE GOOD PLACE – Interview

Executive producer Michael Schur | ©2019 Universal Television/Evans Vestal

NBC’s Thursday-night comedy ABBY’S stars Natalie Morales as a military veteran who opens her own bar. But not just any bar – Abby’s is a proudly unlicensed establishment that’s under a canopy in the backyard of Abby’s rental home. It’s a big hit with the neighbors. New landlord Bill (Nelson Franklin) at first freaks out when he sees Abby’s, but Abby and her customers soon bring him around. Created by Josh Malmuth, ABBY’S has the distinction of being one of the very few television comedies ever shot for a live audience outdoors, rather than on a soundstage.  Michael Schur is […]Read On »

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THE GRINDER: Mary Elizabeth Ellis and Natalie Morales on new Fox comedy – Exclusive Interview

Mary Elizabeth Ellis in THE GRINDER - Season 1 | ©2015 Fox/Brian Bowen Smith

In Fox Network’s new half-hour comedy THE GRINDER, Tuesdays at 8:30 PM, Rob Lowe stars as Dean Sanderson, a successful actor who’s just spent nine years playing a maverick lawyer on a TV drama. Dean decides to go home to the small town where he grew up – and then decides he’s played a lawyer for so long that he’s qualified to practice in the courtroom. This horrifies Dean’s brother Stewart (Fred Savage), an actual lawyer who loves his sibling but resents being overshadowed by Dean’s celebrity and legal grandstanding. Mary Elizabeth Ellis plays Stewart’s loyal wife Debbie, who keeps […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Director Randall Einhorn on WILFRED Season 3

Jason Gann in WILFRED - Season 3 | ©2013 FX/Frank Ockenfels

WILFRED, now in its third season on FX Thursdays at 10 PM, is the offbeat, often surreal comedy about Ryan (Elijah Wood) who is the only person who sees his neighbor’s dog Wilfred (Jason Gann) as an Australian fellow in a dog suit. Gann originally created the series with Adam Zwar as a short in their native Australia, where then was made into a television series. David Zuckerman adapted WILFRED forU.S. television. Randall Einhorn has directed the majority of WILFRED’s episodes and after a gathering of FX series directors at the Television Critics Association press tour, he takes some time […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: HOUSE OF LIES’ Ben Schwartz talks Season 2

Ben Schwartz as Clyde Oberholt in House of Lies | (c) 2013 Michael Desmond/SHOWTIME

HOUSE OF LIES, Showtime’s dark comedy about a team of ruthless management consultants, is now in its second season, Sunday nights at 10 PM. In the series created by Matthew Carnahan, Ben Schwartz plays team member Clyde Oberholt, who envies boss Marty Kaan (Don Cheadle, who is also one of the show’s producers) and would like to seduce colleague Jeannie van der Hooven (Kristen Bell). As a performer, Bronx native Schwartz is also a member of the comedy group Upright Citizens Brigade and has a recurring role as Jean-Ralphio on PARKS AND RECREATION, as well as voicing the animated hero […]Read On »

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TCA 2012: NBC discusses the state of their Thursday night comedies THE OFFICE, 30 ROCK, and PARKS AND RECREATION

Amy Poehler in PARKS AND RECREATION - Season 4 - "Win, Lose, Or Draw" | ©2012 NBC/Tyler Golden

As NBC begins to transition from its aging comedy series to finding the next big breakout hits, change is inevitable. And even though THE OFFICE, PARKS AND RECREATION, COMMUNITY (now on Fridays) and 30 ROCK are critics darlings, ratings have been on the decline and NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt says they are looking to find broader based shows to fill those holes if and when those series go off the air. “The Thursday night shows are great shows,” says Greenblatt speaking at this week’s NBCUniversal Summer 2012 Press Tour. “They’re award-winning and incredibly sophisticated and clever, and we couldn’t […]Read On »

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TV Review: PARKS AND RECREATION – Season 4 – “Win, Lose, Or Draw” – Season Finale

Amy Poehler in PARKS AND RECREATION - Season 4 - "Win, Lose, Or Draw" | ©2012 NBC/Tyler Golden

Stars: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe Network: NBC, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: May 11, 2011 As NBC mulls the fate of PARKS AND RECREATION (it would seem an impossibility that they wouldn’t bring it back, even for a truncated season), the fourth season finale “Win, Lose Or Draw” proves why the show shouldn’t be on the bubble, and deserves a few more seasons of its well-oiled comedy. Like THE OFFICE, PARKS AND RECREATION derives its humor from the mockmentary approach. There’s a little more fluidity with the PARKS […]Read On »

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Interview: Ben Schwartz builds a HOUSE OF LIES

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Showtime’s HOUSE OF LIES, now in the midst of its first season Sundays at 10 PM and already renewed for next year, is based on a memoir by real-life former management consultant Martin Kihn. In the series, Don Cheadle plays Marty Kaan, the leader of a group of corporate management consultants whose vocabulary of head-spinning slick-speak can dazzle clients into ignoring the b.s. raining down upon them. Marty’s minions include Kristen Bell’s Jeannie Van Der Hooven, Josh Lawson’s Doub Guggenheim and, last but not least, Clyde Oberholt, played by Ben Schwartz. Schwartz, who recurs on NBC’s PARKS AND RECREATION as […]Read On »

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TV Review: PARKS AND RECREATION – Season 4 – “I’m Leslie Knope” – Season Premiere

Amy Poehler in PARKS AND RECREATION - Season 4 - "I'm Leslie Knope" | ©2011 NBC/Ron Tom

Stars: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe Network: NBC, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: September 22, 2011 Although PARKS AND RECREATION started off okay and then developed into one of the funniest shows during its second season, it finally found some mainstream acceptance with its third season and the addition of Adam Scott and Rob Lowe to the cast. Season Three was fantastic and showed the show growing and evolving into its own. With the Season Four premiere “I’m Leslie Knope,” the series is on target to deliver another solid […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: NBC inks new deal with THE OFFICE and PARKS AND RECREATION producer Greg Daniels which includes animation

Steve Carell in THE OFFICE - Season Seven - "Counseling" | ©2010 NBC/Chris Haston

With the success of THE OFFICE and PARKS AND RECREATION on NBC’s Thursday night schedule, NBC announced today they’ve nabbed Greg Daniels(who executive producers those two series) for a new development deal. “Greg and I had the chance to work together a number of years ago at the Fox network when he was launching KING OF THE HILL, which I think ran 13 years,” says NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt at the today’s NBC TCA press tour. “It’s a new deal to develop all kinds of programming, but we also want to emphasize animation, which is something that Greg is […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Bonita Friedericy on CHUCK & the Season 5 renewal – Part 2

Bonita Friedericy | photo courtesy of Bonita Friedericy

In Part Two of our exclusive interview with actress Bonita Friedericy, she tells us more about playing General Beckman on CHUCK, plus when she realized the show had a cult following and her other recent projects. ASSIGNMENT X: Beckman does show up in person occasionally, but most of the time, she interacts with Chuck et al over a computer monitor … BONITA FRIEDERICY: I’m playing a part that actually is pretty much on a monitor. I’m always either on a video camera or it’s floating away from me onto the reactions of others, which I find extremely amusing. This is […]Read On »

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