That's a Whole Lotta Seths: Seth MacFarlane showed first name solidarity today when he hired Seth Green to play the lead in his new Fox live action comedy show, Dads. Green already works with MacFarlane on Family Guy (voicing Chris), and now he's set for at least 6 episodes as a wealthy but not quite grown up bro whose life is turned upside down when he's visited by his — you guessed it — dad. The dads move in, and mayhem ensues. Mayhem! [Deadline]
Roll Call: Rhys Darby, best known as hapless band manager Murray on the late great HBO comedy Flight of the Conchords, could be headed to your TV screens this fall in the ABC comedy Keep Calm and Karey On. He's playing Kelly Preston's husband in the pilot, about a woman who takes care of her brother's kids when he's sent to prison. [Deadline]
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More Gigolos Are Coming Your Way: That's right, kids! Season 4 of Showtimes's "salaciously sexy" (their words) series Gigolos — which chronicles the life of Las Vegas, you know, Gigolos — will return with all new episodes on April 18. [Via Release]
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The series won over critics and fans alike with its 2007 debut, but New Zealand duo Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement ended the show, which also starred Darby, for good in 2009 after two seasons.
McKenzie recently hinted in an interview that a big screen adaptation was in the works, but bosses for American network HBO quashed fans' hopes by stating "There are no plans for a Flight of the Conchords movie."
However, Darby has contradicted the denial by declaring the comedians have discussed the possibility of a film.
Speaking on New Zealand's George FM radio station, he says, "I can say in all faith that we have connected, recently we've talked, and the boys do want to make one so it's just a matter of finding time and I think next year pen will hit paper."
CBS has the fewest new shows coming this fall and why screw around when you’re number one? They’re already an incredible ratings juggernaut, so most of their five new shows run along the lines of your basic CBS series. We’ve got cop shows with gifted officers, medical dramas with a supernatural feel, and comedies that are, well, they look like comedies. Check out the videos below to find out what your parents will be asking if you’ve seen in about two years.
And while you're at it, check out our previews for ABC, NBC, and FOX.
Two Broke Girls
Starring: Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs
Basics: Two waitresses from two different sides of the tracks: one is blue collar, working her whole life while the other is a former heiress who has never worked a day in her life. They meet at their job and begin scheming to open their own restaurant.
Why: This show comes from Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City) and comedienne Whitney Cummings. Even though Cummings has her own show on NBC that looks terrible, this show seems to have more of her voice. Kat Dennings is a fantastic actress, though how she’ll handle a traditional sitcom remains to be seen. This could be a great female sitcom or it could be like other CBS sitcoms and waste oxygen. We’ll have to see.
How to Be a Gentleman
Starring: David Hornsby, Kevin Dillon
Basics: An uptight magazine columnist reunites with his slobbish high school friend.
Potential: Probably, despite the premise
Why: Notice a theme with CBS’s new comedies? Pairing up odd couples? It's not exactly the newest concept ever, but the talent behind this show is quite impressive, Kevin Dillon withstanding. Hornsby is a writer for It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia so he brings a bit of anarchy to a very rigid CBS and Rhys Darby was the breakout star of Flight of the Conchords. It’s got potential, let’s see how it does.
Starring: Poppy Montgomery, Dylan Walsh
Basics: A police officer has near-perfect memory and uses her disorder to help solve crimes. Except the one that haunts her memory.
Why: It's the millionth crime procedural about an officer with a supernatural gift, and this one was at one point called The Rememberer, so that should tell you something about it. While it does have a somewhat interesting premise, it will undoubtedly get lost in the horrible exposition dialogue and terrible acting. Yet it will have higher ratings than Community, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad combined.
A Gifted Man
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Jennifer Ehle
Basics: A doctor is haunted by the ghost of his ex-wife who wants him to help her achieve a sense of closure.
Why: It’s about a doctor. Who sees a ghost. Of his ex-wife. Absolutely not, no matter how many Oscars the people behind the show have (which is a surprising amount).
Person of Interest
Starring: Michael Emerson, Jim Caviezel
Basics: An eccentric billionaire has somehow found a way to predict if a person will be involved in a violent crime. So he hires a rogue former CIA agent, long thought to be dead, to do the dirty (but justified!) work for him.
Potential: Oh, please let it be good
Why: The show comes from J.J. Abrams (squeal!) and re-teams him with the best actor from Lost, Michael Emerson. That alone would get me to watch, but Jonathan Nolan (yes, the brother of Christopher Nolan and his frequent writing collaborator) scripted the pilot. So, we have a great cast, great team behind the show, and an intriguing premise. Please don’t screw this up, CBS.
Ever since Steve Carell announced that the next season of The Office would be his last, the show's writers and producers have been hard at work trying to find a suitable replacement for the star. Now, an Entertainment Weekly exclusive hints at what the hit comedy's brain trust may have in mind.
Sources reveal that since Carell's announcement, The Office's producers have been quietly reaching out to comic actors Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down) and New Zealander Rhys Darby (Flight of the Conchords) to "gauge their interest" in joining the cast at the end of this season in anticipation of Carell's departure. However, it's not yet clear whether the addition of either actor would serve to replace Michael Scott, or merely to come on as a new salesman while an Office veteran (perhaps Rainn Wilson's Dwight or Amy Ryan's Holly) is promoted to Regional Manager.
Office showrunner Paul Lieberstein has confirmed that they're "having discussions" about bringing on a new salesman at Dunder Mifflin, but would not reveal whether there were definite plans to groom the new addition for Carell's post. "We haven't settled exactly who will take over," he said.
Still, some members of the Office team have been quite vocal about who they'd like to see promoted. "I'd love to see Rainn Wilson in that position," co-executive producer Mindy Kaling told EW last month. "Dwight has become so nuanced - you actually care about him now. I think if [we did a good job laying the groundwork] this coming season, he would be a fantastic boss."
Personally, I would love to see either Danny McBride or Rhys Darby join the cast of The Office, no matter which position the show's producers ultimately decide to give them. Unfortunately, McBride's addition looks to be a long shot, as the rising star just got his HBO show Eastbound & Down renewed for a second season and has a number of film projects on the horizon. Luckily for us, Darby's schedule is mostly clear since the cancellation of HBO's Flight of the Conchords.
What do you think? Check out some of Darby and McBride's hilarious comedic stylings below and feel free to mouth off in the comments section.
As the British Invasion stormed American airwaves in the mid-'60s its conquest of its native land took the shape of a sea-based guerrilla offensive. Broadcasting from ships anchored just outside British territorial waters a handful of so-called “pirate radio” stations defied the BBC’s strict limits on popular music by blasting the isles with around-the-clock rock 'n' roll. Writer/director Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral Love Actually) pays tribute to that vibrant era with Pirate Radio a sentimental lighthearted ode to the renegade DJs who helped British rock find its sea legs.
Curtis introduces us to Pirate Radio’s motley ensemble through the bright eyes of Carl (Tom Sturridge) a naive schoolboy whose godfather Quentin (Bill Nighy playing perhaps the hippest sexagenarian in history) owns and operates Radio Rock Britain’s premier pirate station. Surrounded by a crew of boisterous impossibly well-dressed musical misfits — all of whom are seemingly modeled after various '60s countercultural archetypes (the mod hipster the impish lothario the uncompromising purist the dazed hippie the Jim Morrison clone etc.) — Carl’s unusual voyage of discovery commences in earnest.
Pirate Radio may strike some as reminiscent of another nostalgic paean to the wonders of rock 'n' roll Almost Famous — not least because star Philip Seymour Hoffman essentially resuscitates his Lester Bangs performance in this film. But Pirate Radio is far less ambitious than Cameron Crowe’s 2000 film not seeking so much to define an era as to use it as the backdrop for a brisk buoyant comedy. And in that regard it succeeds far more often than it fails thanks largely to the efforts of a talented cast led by Hoffman Nighy Nick Frost and Rhys Darby. There are a few bittersweet moments scattered throughout Pirate Radio but at its core the film is a comic coming-of-age story — punctuated by a lively soundtrack loaded with classics from the Who the Kinks the Rolling Stones and other seminal bands.
It should be noted that a significantly longer version of the film titled The Boat That Rocked debuted in the UK over six months ago. Narrative gaps are evident throughout Pirate Radio but director Curtis’ decision to pare nearly 20 minutes off the film’s running time for its American release looks like a wise one as the shortened length still tests the limits of one’s patience. Rock 'n' roll can be many things but it must never ever be boring.
Flight of the Conchords stars Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie are set to take a year-long break after wrapping the second season of their hit TV series.
The New Zealand comedy duo were catapulted into the spotlight after their show became a cult hit after its 2007 debut, and their comedy album The Distant Future won a Grammy Award the following year.
But the pair will now take a break as they contemplate the next step in their careers.
Actor Rhys Darby, who plays the pair's manager Murray Hewitt on Flight of the Conchords, tells NME.com, "I'm open to whatever Bret and Jermaine want, it's their baby and I'm just along for the ride. I know they're going to take a year off, but there's already a bit of pressure already from people saying, 'How can you end this thing now?' There's no decision made."
The funnymen have been approached to write a third season, but Darby insists they are considering all their options.
He adds, "There's been orders for another season but I know the guys have a British mentality where you create something, you finish it and move on. We're being pulled different ways. Even if we do go on, there are different options there. Do we do a Christmas special, or a film or even turn it into a stage show and tour the world with it? It's still a full on 'who knows?' scenario!"
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The New Zealand comedy duo were catapulted into the spotlight after their show became a cult hit after its 2007 debut, and their comedy album The Distant Future won a Grammy Award the following year (08).
But the pair will now take a break as they contemplate the next step in their careers.
Actor Rhys Darby, who plays the pair's manager Murray Hewitt on Flight Of The Conchords, tells NME.com, "I'm open to whatever Bret and Jermaine want, it's their baby and I'm just along for the ride. I know they're going to take a year off, but there's already a bit of pressure already from people saying 'How can you end this thing now?' There's no decision made.
The funnymen have been approached to write a third series but Darby insists they are considering all their options.
He adds, "There's been orders for another season but I know the guys have a British mentality where you create something, you finish it and move on. We're being pulled different ways. Even if we do go on, there are different options there. Do we do a Christmas special, or a film or even turn it into a stage show and tour the world with it? It's still a full on 'who knows?' scenario!".
Carl Allen (Jim Carrey) is a drag -- a recent divorcee in a dead-end job who basically has one word for everything: “No!” Then one day he is dragged to one of those super positive self-help seminars that forces him to say “Yes” to everything or face dire consequences. Thing is it works. Need Viagra? Yes. Bungee jumping? Yes. A quick hummer by his over-sexed septuagenarian neighbor (Fionnula Flanagan)? Uh … yes? Carl’s newfound agreeable self gains him more than he ever imagined. He even finds the love of his life a kooky musician/amateur photographer named Allison (Zooey Deschanel). Of course all this goodwill does have its consequences and Carl learns some valuable lessons. Sound familiar? Hey if Liar Liar worked once why not go back to the comedy well? Jim Carrey is just his best when he’s in a comedy -- even quirky comedies such as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. He is so at home in the shoes of this kind of loveable loser who gets to live life in broad strokes. He knows how to play for big laughs without going overboard. So from now on Jim just say NO to thrillers like The Number 23. In the top notch supporting cast Sasha Alexander is a deadpan standout as the Persian wife he orders online and veteran Terence Stamp is a hoot as the self-help guru who gets Carrey into his predicament in the first place. Also very amusing are his best buddies played by Bradley Cooper and a hilarious Danny Masterson. As his bonkers New Zealand-esque boss Flight of the Concord’s Rhys Darby is a riot as Carl's boss. Deschanel is kind of the “straight man” here but she’s handles it well if not memorably. Peyton Reed is a fairly reliable comedy director with mostly hits (Bring It On The Break-Up). He knows Yes Man exists as a vehicle for the Jim Carrey brand of comedy and lets Carrey hog the spotlight. The movie lives or dies on what Carrey can deliver and on that scale Yes Man is a hit. There are some bits that fall flat and might have been cut but for all its broad humor Reed manages to keep it grounded and in simple scenes between Carrey and Deschanel the movie even borders on sweet. In a season of dark drama on screen -- and off -- the antidote could well be this dumb but fun time killer. So is a little comic relief worth the $10 in the economic downturn? We say YES!