If you love Happy Endings then you’re going to be absolutely overjoyed by this news: There is a third Kerkovich sister! Yes, that's right: Hollywood.com can exclusively report that Jane (Eliza Coupe) and Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) have an older sister, and we'll meet her later this year in the Season 3 finale.
Hollywood.com recently sat down Happy Endings creator David Caspe, and after ooh-ing and aah-ing over the show’s consistently amahzing storylines, we got down to the goods: When are we going to meet more of the Happy Endings gang’s extended family? Between Megan Mullally, Damon Wayans Sr., and Christopher McDonald, the quirky show has cast some of comedy’s best and brightest to play the parents of our sensational sextet.
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“We’ve talked a little bit about maybe meeting Alex and Jane’s older sister. We haven’t really made a decision or figured out who would do it,” Caspe shared. Since our initial chat with the creator, we have confirmed with the powers that be at Happy Endings that the show is indeed searching for the third Kerkovich sister.
Not only will this be the first time meeting another of the gang's siblings, it'll also be the very first time fans will have heard of a third sister. “We’ve talked about it, but we have not mentioned it before on the show,” Caspe said.
One thing we know for sure is this actress will have some very high heels to fill in this year’s finale — remember last season’s perfection known as Mandonna? Of the new family member, Caspe revealed, “She out Janes Jane, and when she’s in town she turns Jane into Alex.” Yikes! So who has what it takes to be the oldest sister in this meat-loving Serbian family? We’re glad you asked!
Check out the top five ladies we think could be a perfect addition to the Kerkovich clan in our Happy Endings dreamcast!
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1. Anna Camp: Sure she’s a little on the young side, but for those of you who’ve witnessed the insta-classic Pitch Perfect, we know that no one can play a perfectionist quite like Camp. We’ve seen this actress portray an uptight pastor’s wife in True Blood, and watched her shine as the kind-hearted yet very opinionated best friend in The Mindy Project. Basically she’s had the personality of a Kerkovich for years now, she’s just never been on Happy Endings.
2. Malin Akerman: We’ve seen this actress in multiple hilarious roles, so we already know that she’s got the comedic chops to keep up with the Happy Endings crew. Plus she was most recently seen on another ABC fave, Suburgatory, so you know the network already has her on speed-dial.
3. Christina Applegate: Now that Applegate has decided to leave Up All Night, we imagine that her schedule is wide open. It’s obvious that multi-cam is not her thing, so she should come to Happy Endings so see what life is like when you don’t have to worry about babies and such. Mix a little bit of Reagan Brinkley‘s Type A personality and Kelly Bundy’s ditziness and we’ve got the formula for the perfect Kerkovich.
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4. Elizabeth Banks: Who wouldn’t want to have this actress as your sister? Banks is the epitome of a likeable blonde, something that Jane and Alex have perfected over the past three seasons. Plus now that 30 Rock is over (RIP Liz Lemon), we need an excuse to get Banks back on the small screen before she's whisked away to the Capitol yet again.
5. Lisa Kudrow: It wouldn’t be a dream casting unless we added the queen of quirky blondes into the mix. It's easy to list her past work and all the reasons why she'd be wonderful, but all we really have to say is it’s Lisa Freakin’ Kudrow! The woman can do no wrong.
Who do you think has what it takes to be the third Kerkovich sister on Happy Endings? Cast your vote in the comments below!
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It's been a while since we last saw our favorite CW Southern charmer, Hart of Dixie, and in preparation for tonight's midseason premiere, Hollywood.com got the chance to chat with Executive Producer Leila Gerstein about the back half of Season 2. Get ready for a whole new saga of Zoe and Wade's "fledgling" relationship, as those two crazy kids try to make it work in the only ways they know how. But what does that mean for Zoe and George? And how about the rest of our favorite Bluebell pairings? Read on for all the juicy scoop, and be warned: mild spoilers ahead!
Hollywood.com: The last time we were in Bluebell, a lot of relationships shifted drastically, between Zoe and Wade, Lavon and Ruby, Lavon and Lemon, George and Tansy, Brick and Shelby...
Leila Gerstein: Yeah, it was a big Christmas.
So do we jump back in right away, or is there a time jump?
There is a time jump. I think approximately a few weeks later. So Zoe and Wade are a few weeks into their fledgling relationship. They’ve been in the honeymoon period and this episode will show their very first conflict and how they’re going to deal with that. And Zoe, who has very limited relationship experience, is freaking out because she doesn’t want to fight. And so we’re going to get a lot of humor from that. And at the same time, Lavon has asked them to play this founding couple in the town’s Pioneer Days.
And I’m assuming Zoe will do what she always does and inadvertently mess things up trying to not mess things up?
Yeah, yeah. She has a way of messing everything up, that Zoe Hart. But it will all be fun. And I think it’s actually an interesting window into a relationship, because they are opposites and they are going to hit a lot of hurdles. Wade will continue to behave completely irresponsibly, he’s going to be completely Wade-ish, and Zoe’s going to be Zoe-ish, and they’re still going to drive each other crazy. But the question is, how are they going to make it as a relationship? How are they going to drive each other crazy and still care about each other and find a balance of what their relationship is going to be? I think it’s a pretty fun episode.
Ever since the beginning of the show, George has always been in the back of her mind as the end game for Zoe. Has Wade finally shifted her focus, or is that still her goal, to end up with George?
I think that for Zoe, she’s with Wade right now. We’re going to delve back into that question in Episode 12 and talk about it, because I feel like the audience kind of wants to be on board with that as well. It’s a really good question. I think that yes, George always was in the back of her mind as the end game, but the more she’s with Wade the more she has feelings for Wade. I think she’s starting to realize that that might not happen and that’s okay.
It’s so surprising at how well Zoe and Wade have worked out. In the beginning, it was set up as this big love story for Zoe and George, but now they couldn’t be any further from getting together, since she’s so happy with Wade.
It surprised us, I would say, as well. We love Zoe and Wade together, [but] by all means I’m not saying that George and Zoe are not going to get together one day, because it is hopefully a long series. But for right now, coming back, Zoe and Wade are making a go of it. And if you stop and think about it, Zoe and Wade, I don’t know really what the long-term picture is for them. They’re very different. What do they look like in 10 years? I don’t know. And at some point, obviously sooner than 10 years, I think that Zoe will have to start asking herself those questions. And the possibility that George is out there is always going to exist.
Was this always planned for Zoe and Wade to test things out, or did it just happen organically as time went on?
It happened kind of organically. We loved them together last year and we obviously did not plan so super much into the future. So we are kind of feeling it out, that there is not necessarily one true love in this show. We are very much feeling Zoe and Wade right now, and I think the audience is feeling it. And we’re going with that, and we’re going to kind of take it to its natural place this season.
Are there any big reactions from the people of Bluebell when Zoe and Wade finally make their relationship official, or did everyone just expect this to happen anyway?
Everyone kind of assumed it. We don’t feel like it’s scandalous in any way or anything.
So the only ones who didn’t see this coming was Zoe and Wade!
Right, exactly! Yeah!
Let’s talk about Lavon now. Is Ruby out of the picture for good now, or can we expect a reconciliation down the line?
Ruby is really out of the picture. For now. For a while. He’s taking it really hard for the first episode back, and he’s really blaming Lemon. And that all plays out in this first episode back. But he’s not going to be moping around for long. He’ll get back on his feet pretty soon. And he will find love again.
"He will find love again"… Does that mean good things for Lemon?
In this season, he is going to find out about ... well, I don’t want to keep him in the dark about Lemon’s feelings. He is going to find out about Lemon’s feelings. I can’t say when or how, but he’s going to do that.
And what can we look forward to in tonight’s midseason premiere, "Old Alabama"?
Tuesday’s episode as a whole is Pioneer Days, so it’s a fantastic town event. Everyone is going to be wearing period costumes from the time that Bluebell was founded. And we are going to see George and Brick together working on the Shelby of it all. And Wade and Zoe giving it their first go as a real couple.
Hart of Dixie returns tonight at 8 PM ET/PT on The CW.
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The Five-Year Engagement is an ambitious film by Hollywood rom-com standards. The script by director Nicholas Stoller and lead actor Jason Segel aims for charm and pain and laughs and truth. The presentation is slick with the beauty of San Francisco and small town Michigan backdropping the comedy captured with above-average photography that screams "This isn't your run-of-the-mill Katherine Heigl flick!" Five-Year Engagement is a shotgun blast of grand ideas every element spread so thin it ends up being not that charming not that painful not that funny and not that truthful.
Tom (Segel) a professional cook and his girlfriend Violet (Emily Blunt) a hopeful psychology student have been dating for one year before the question is finally popped. They seem perfect for one another understanding the other's perspectives sharing sensibilities and helping each other loving life to the fullest. The couple's wedding planning process is slow and steady but when the date is finally in sight Violet finds herself with an offer to attend the University of Michigan. The wrench in the life plan sets the nuptials back much to the chagrin of Violet's mother (Oscar-nominee Jacki Weaver) who pushes her daughter to tie the knot before all the grandparents are dead. The potential move doesn't sit well with Tom either — leaving San Fran means quitting a high profile cook job and saying goodbye to his best bud Alex (Chris Pratt) and Violet's sister Suzie (Alison Brie). But the compromise is eventually made and Tom and Violet find themselves driving into the cold snowy unknown of Michigan.
Five-Year Engagement maximizes Segel's and Blunt's inherent charisma (and really they're two of the gosh darn nicest on-screen people in recent years) by making them kind loving and flawless. To give the movie a reason to exist problems for their relationship are then randomly conjured up. Slowly but surely their relationship suffers strain from all the bending over backwards. The archaic conceit of why these two actually need to get married to profess their love isn't really addressed — they just have to and life is standing in their way. Tom can't find a cooking job; Violet's professor plays devil on her shoulder about marriage; Tom hates Michigan but turns out to be too nice to say anything; Violet sees shades of her psychological experiments ripping apart Tom's exterior. After meeting them in the beginning the hurdles the central couple faces throughout their five year engagement are nonsensical. They're perfect for each other they're just written to have rom-com problems.
The movie earns a few chuckles. Pratt and Brie steal the show as the friend and sister who quickly fall in love tie the knot have kids and foil Segel and Blunt's relationship. The two leads are comedically proficient too — a conversation between Blunt and Brie performed with Cookie Monster/Elmo voices is pure genius. But it's a movie of moments diluted by a non-action arc that's simply a bore. Halfway through the movie Segel's Tom goes full-on cartoon character embracing a mountain man persona who's obsessed with venison and brewing his own honey mead. The jokes could work in another movie but not in Five-Year Engagement which strives for something more.
Time is essential to Five-Year Engagement but it's unclear how many months have passed between the movie's scatterbrained scenes. Alex and Suzie visit Tom and Violet with kids then magically they're all grown up when a year (maybe) has passed. And when did Tom go crazy? How quickly did they put their third marriage attempt together? The film's timeline is key but never feels established — even with a run-time of over two hours. Much like Tom and Violet the audience waits and waits and waits and waits for the couple to finally tie the knot in Five-Year Engagement. Tom Petty was right: the waiting is the hardest part.