Jess meets Jess in ‘New Girl’ season 4 premiere as Biel circles back to TV

Jessica Biel’s once flourishing big-screen career, back in the days of “The Illusionist”, “Cellular”, even “Elizabethtown”, took hit after hit recently (“Valentine’s Day”, “The A-Team”, “New Year’s Eve”, “Total Recall” and, oh my, “Playing for Keeps”), so sooner or later, the 7th Heaven whiz-kid was bound to need TV again to help pay the bills. more »

Rhea Perlman will appear on “The Mindy Project” as a tough M-I-L

It’s perfect: Mindy Kaling announced that Rhea Perlman has been tapped to play her mother-in-law on The Mindy Project, of which Kaling is star and executive producer, on its third season. Kaling teased the news during an appearance at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, saying Perlman would play her fiance and partner Danny more »

Little-loved MacFarlane hires universally-loved Azaria for ‘Bordertown’

(Reluctantly) love him or (vocally) hate him, but controversial actor, animator, comedian, writer, producer, director, singer and, yes, Oscar nominee and emcee Seth MacFarlane is poised to remain in the spotlight, both on the small and big screen, for at least a little while longer. No, his disgraceful boobs-centric Oscar song isn’t enough to bury more »

FXX to air a full series marathon of the Simpsons to coincide with app

FXX’s acquisition of cable TV and streaming rights for The Simpsons is apparently enough of a coup that the fledgling(ish) network has decided to commemorate the occassion in the most bombastic (and sorta terrifying) way possible: airing a marathon of the 25 year old series in its entirety over the course of two straight weeks. That’s more »

Saving souls and smoking weed? Adult Swim prepares for ‘Black Jesus’

As I type this, I still find the statement hard to believe – Aaron McGruder is getting ready to work with cable outlet Cartoon Network (and it’s late night [adult swim] brand) again. After what appeared to be a highly acrimonious split from the channel over the final Season of his animated lightning rod, ‘The more »

The (almost) complete ‘Pee-wee’s Playhouse’ is coming to Blu-ray

Today’s secret word…is BLU! As in Blu-ray. Yes, after months of wondering whether Shout! Factory was/is ever going to released the beloved children’s TV show ‘Pee-Wee’s Playhouse’ on the high definition format of record, the company announced this week that the complete series will be hitting store shelves this October (October 21, to be exact). more »

Why that sounds perfectly cromulent: A live ‘Simpsons’ show is coming to the Hollywood Bowl

You know The Simpsons is in the toilet bowl when it’s not only a cliché to note it’s not the show it used to be, but it’s also a cliché to point out what a cliché it is to note that it’s not the show it used to be. But we’re all adults here. We more »

Tommy Wiseau’s long anticipated sitcom ‘The Neighbors’ is coming, somewhere, this September

You’re splitting my sides, Lisa! The AV Club is reporting that Tommy Wiseau’s long anticipated and long thought lost follow-up to his infamous film “The Room”, The Neighbors, is “coming September 2014”. Where it’s coming to exactly is anyone’s guess being that no major network or streaming service has picked up the sitcom. But it’s more »

Tracy Morgan sues Wal-Mart after 24-hour driving stint results in deadly crash

On behalf of the still recovering Tracy Morgan, lawyers filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in U.S. District Court in New Jersey, claiming the retailer was negligent by allowing a driver of one of its tractor-trailers (Kevin Roper, 35, of Jonesboro, Georgia) to go without sleep for 24 hours. On June 7, the driver more »

Lewis Black will take live requests during his live standup special, “The Rant is Due”

What used to happen at improv shows IRL – audience members offering topics/subjects for a comedy troupe to riff on – Lewis Black will also do live, streaming over the internet. The manic finger-pointer is accepting a challenge and throwing the gauntlet (I hope he doesn’t pull a muscle) in asking his online audience to more »


Garfunkel and Oates’ IFC show is sweeter than ten thousand pounds of candy

Don’t fall for the bundle of sweetness and light shown in the recently released opening credits for comedy singing team Garfunkel and Oates’ IFC show, which starts August 7. Garfunkel and Oates sound sweet, but they can and do switch to a variety of far less pleasant tones, from pissed to gangsta, at will. And more »

John Cleese to play villain in an unauthorized ‘Baywatch’ movie

Eric Idle may be Monty Python’s slightly less sad equivalent to Chevy Chase, he may be the cynical once-funnyman who will never stop flaying the rotting carcass of what was once the most daring and innovative sketch comedy groups in history. But there is one thing he is not. He is not the man who more »