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Maya Rudolph to return to TV with star-studded variety show

April 16th, 2014 3:10am EDT
Maya Rudolph
Former Saturday Night Live star Maya Rudolph is heading back to TV with her own star-studded variety show.

The comedienne will front The Maya Rudolph Show, a one-off special that executives at America's NBC network have described as a revival of the classic variety show format.

Rudolph has recruited some of her former SNL co-stars to appear on the programme, including Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen and Chris Parnell, as well as actors Sean Hayes, Kristen Bell and The Office's Craig Robinson.

Janelle Monae is set to serve as the musical guest, with soul legend Raphael Saadiq serving as bandle...
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Cheryl Hines Honored With Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

January 30th, 2014 10:47am EST
Cheryl Hines Honored With Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame
Actress Cheryl Hines was honored with the 2516th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday.

The Tallahassee, Florida, native was joined by former "Curb Your Enthusiasm" co-stars Larry David, Jeremy Sisto, Chris Parnell and Kevin Nealon. Rachel Harris, who stars with Hines in Yahoo web series We Need Help, was also there to support her pal.

"I'm so happy about this location because I can get my makeup done and I can get a drink, and then I can go across and get a wig," Cheryl joked about the location of her star, according Tallahassee's WCTV. "This is the happiest day of my life!"
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Review: 'The Five-Year Engagement' Just Not That Engaging

April 26th, 2012 7:19pm EDT
Five-Year Engagement
Unlike John, the other half of the 'Two Jews On Film, it doesn't take a lot for me to enjoy a film. Basically, I want to care about the characters and their story. And this brings me to my problem with 'The Five Year Engagement', directed by Nicholas Stoller ('Get Him To The Greek') I just didn't care.

Not only didn't I care about the two lead characters, Tom (Jason Segel) and Violet (Emily Blunt) but they really, really annoyed me.

The film starts out promising. Tom, an up and coming chef in San Francisco proposes rather romantically to his British girlfriend Violet. She happily accepts...
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'Archer' Recap: 'Bloody Ferlin' (3.09)

February 24th, 2012 1:39am EST
Archer
If I could have a crush on an animated gay man, it would be Ray Gillette. He's funny and generally saner than everyone else at ISIS, and completely deserving of his own Archer episode.

The saga begins when Lana and Archer find Ray (who is not actually paralyzed; he was just rolling with everyone else's assumption for the past six months) stocking up in the ISIS armory. "I kind of have some family problems," he tells them. His brother Randy is a "drug farmer" who's being targeted by the local sheriff, and he's intent on mounting a rescue mission. What interests Archer about this is tha...
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'Archer' Recap: 'Lo Scandalo' (3.08)

February 17th, 2012 1:38am EST
Archer
Of all the things on Archer that can make me cringe (and there are many of them), the topic that always gets to me is any mention of Malory Archer's sex life. So here's an entire episode about that!

Archer and Lana are called over by his mother on a rainy Friday night because there's "a guy in a full-body latex cat suit" who's been shot to death in her apartment - and that guy happens to be the Prime Minister of Italy. It looks like the fatal end to an incredibly kinky sex game, and it kind of is. This is Archer. No one ever really dies normally, or with much dignity.

We find ou...
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'Archer' Recap: 'The Limited' (1.06)

February 3rd, 2012 2:41am EST
Archer
Sterling Archer has always wanted to fight on top of a train. In this week's Archer, he finally gets his wish, with hilarious results.

The agents of ISIS are helping to transport a Canadian prisoner back to Canada...as well as Malory and her dozen-plus suitcases. Archer shows up wasted, having gotten the departure time wrong. The voice of reason is a black porter whose name actually is George. Yep, "The Limited" is a typical episode of Archer.

The transport is taking place via train, which means Archer can continue to get even more drunk in the dining car ("Do you even still get ...
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'Archer' Recap: 'The Man From Jupiter' (3.04)

January 20th, 2012 1:36am EST
Archer
Archer officially starts its third season with a great get: Burt Reynolds. Having Archer's hero in the house makes for a fantastic opening episode.

He comes into the picture when he and Archer are at the same bar; after trying and failing to pick up another random woman, Archer gets his face introduced to the bar by none other than his favorite actor. Unfortunately for Sterling, Burt Reynolds is there because he's meeting Malory for a date. Rather than throw up, as he would usually do, Archer decides to faint instead. "It was an involuntary reaction," he declares the next day, sp...
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'Archer' 3.03 'Heart of Archness, Part 3' Review

September 30th, 2011 2:14am EDT
Archer
Sterling Archer's pirate saga concludes tonight, and that also means the end of our Archer fix until 2012. At least we have a great conclusion to hold us over.

Malory has realized that half the ISIS team has gone missing at the same time that Cyril discovers he must have drained the agency's accounts in his drunken rage. It's the makings of a very bad day - so unsurprisingly, it's the time when Archer has become a comedian, and not a very good one. He's still in the pirate dungeon, making jokes about (wait for it...) Dungeness crabs. He is useless to everyone trapped with him, but ...
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'Archer' 2.13 'Double Trouble' Review

April 22nd, 2011 1:30am EDT
Archer
I'm so sad that the second season of Archer is over now. Where am I supposed to get my fix of complete insanity?!

Seriously, though, this episode ensures that the season goes out a winner. Picking up from the events of last week's "White Nights," "Double Trouble" is packed with hilarity, more shooting, and even a touch of genuine emotional impact. I'm not supposed to be getting choked up watching Archer, dammit!

Our hero has brought his new ex-KGB lady friend Katya back home, where she declares that she wants to become an ...and a newer, better, still ticked off Barry Dylan.

There ...
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FX Brings Back 'Archer' And 'Justified'

March 29th, 2011 4:23pm EDT
Justified
Good news, everyone!

Two of our favorite shows around these parts have officially been renewed for their respective third seasons. Both TV Guide and Entertainment Weekly are reporting that Archer and Justified will return. The news isn’t a surprise, as both shows have been going strong in their sophomore runs (currently airing Thursdays & Wednesdays at 10 PM, respectively), but it’s still great to know that we can expect to see more of Sterling Archer and Raylan Givens.

The good folks behind Archer revealed on Twitter that their third season will be sixteen episodes, while Justified's ...
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'Archer' 2.09 'Placebo Effect' Review

March 25th, 2011 1:30am EDT
Archer
So, Sterling Archer has cancer. Like everything else, he does not take this well. And as usual, most of the humor in this week's Archer comes from his larger-than-necessary reactions.

Upon discovering that his expensive cancer medications are utterly useless, Archer recruits Lana and sets off on a self-described "rampage" to find out who's behind the deed. Carrying a half-dozen guns, some grenades, and a knife might be overkill for Archer on a normal day. Doing it while hooked up to an IV and smoking a large quantity of medical marijuana pretty much guarantees disaster. "Placebo Effec...
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TV on DVD: 'Archer: The Complete Season One'

December 30th, 2010 3:47pm EST
Archer
Burn Notice is over, Nikita's in reruns - where do you get your spy fix? Don't worry, FOX Home Entertainment has you covered. On Tuesday, they released the complete first season of the hilarious FX animated spy series Archer. The wildly inappropriate comedy created by Adam Reed (Home Movies) and featuring the voice talents of H. Jon Benjamin (Family Guy), Aisha Tyler (24), and Jessica Walter (Arrested Development) comes home in a two-disc, ten-episode DVD set.

The Show

I love this show. I'm also convinced I'm going to hell for loving this show.

Archer is hilarious to me, but it's comp...
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'SNL' Alums Chris Parnell & Horatio Sans Join New Jon Heder Sitcom

March 15th, 2010 12:22pm EDT
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Comedy Central has cast Chris Parnell and Horatio Sanz in the untitled sitcom starring Jon Heder from Gary Sanchez Productions and Debmar-Mercury, it was announced today by Gary Sanchez Productions, Comedy Central and Debmar-Mercury.

Produced by Gary Sanchez Productions, the production company led by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy, and distributed by Debmar-Mercury, the untitled, multi-camera sitcom for Comedy Central stars Heder ("Napoleon Dynamite," "Blades of Glory") as a young man who won't let anything get in the way of his big dreams, even if it means losing his job and ha...
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Celebrities Who Should Host Saturday Night Live

January 22nd, 2010 6:00pm EST
Celebrities Who Should Host Saturday Night Live
With such an iconic sketch comedy show like Saturday Night Live, it can be very disappointing when the host fails to excite us. Some celebrity hosts surprise the audience and are actually funny like Brian Williams

, whereas some bomb terribly like January Jones, Michael Phelps and Paris Hilton. Most likely if Lorne Michaels invites the celebrity to host again, it's a good sign like Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, John Goodman, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Drew Barrymore, and Jon Bon Jovi. A few other phenomenal past hosts were Justin Timberlake, Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Jon Hamm, Britney S...
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Aisha Tyler Stars In New FX Animated Series, 'Archer'

January 14th, 2010 8:37am EST
Archer
Archer is an animated, half-hour comedy set at the International Secret Intelligence Service (ISIS), a spy agency where espionage and global crises are merely opportunities for its highly trained employees to confuse, undermine, betray and royally screw each other.

The series features the voices of H. Jon Benjamin as suave master spy "Sterling Archer," whose less-than-masculine code name is Duchess; Jessica Walter as his domineering mother and boss, Malory Archer; Aisha Tyler as his ex-girlfriend and current co-worker, Agent Lana Kane; George Coe as his aging-but-loyal butler, Woodhouse;...
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Exclusive: Tim Meadows On 'The Bill Engvall Show' And His Favorite Moments On 'SNL'

July 9th, 2009 10:59am EDT
Tim Meadows
Tim Meadows joins us to discuss the upcoming season of "The Bill Engvall Show" (premiering July 18 on TBS). He continues the discussion -- that we had previously begun with Nancy Travis -- about the state of the American sitcom and looks back at his favorite moments on "Saturday Night Live," throwing out the first pitch at a Cubs game and tries to answer why, actually, did he sign that SNL 30 year contract.

Mike: How did you get involved with "The Bill Engvall Show"? I've followed your career for some time; I really like you on the show but, I admit, I didn't completely see this one comi...
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'30 Rock' Finale Recap: 'Kidney Now'

May 15th, 2009 1:00am EDT
30 Rock
In the season finale of 30 Rock, we pick up last week's kidney cliffhanger with Jack feeling some sort of obligation to help the man he admits he does not even know for sure is his dad. He goes to Liz to ask her opinion, stating that the kind of hopes he's not even a match. Well, if anyone can fudge results of a compatability test, it should be Dr. Leo Spaceman, who mixed up the forms and documented that Jack would be giving his professor dad the kidney. Hell, he probably won't even need to fudge anything; I'm sure he makes lab mistakes all the time.

Thanks to the success of the Tim...
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'30 Rock' Recap: 'Mama Mia'

May 7th, 2009 11:00pm EDT
30 Rock
30 Rock is a bit of a walking contradiction this week. Though Jack has decided he doesn't want to learn who his real father is because family, to him, includes "Easter egg hunts that turn into knife fights," so he has no desire to invite more of that into his life, the special guest star is Alan Alda, so one can only assume he will inevitable change his mind and find his dad in the lovable, lanky veteran (of comedic TV and fake war). Jack calls Steve Buschemi up to his office and gives him the new assignment of tracking down his pop after all, in what is perhaps the fastest 180 for a corpor...
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'30 Rock' Recap: 'The Natural Order'

May 1st, 2009 10:06am EDT
30 Rock
In this week's episode of 30 Rock, "The Natural Order," Tracy is finally fed up with being treated like a child. His blow up happens at the TGS stage after Pete made up a fake call sheet and Kenneth changed all of his clocks to say PM when it was really still the AM. Tracy had no idea what time it really was (so realistically, they shouldn't be so made at him for sauntering in late all of the time), and he blames them for turning him into a stereotype, so he pulls a quite literal bright yellow Race Card out of his pocket. Liz foolishly accepts it and dooms her fate...at least for the next d...
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'30 Rock' Recap: 'The One'

April 23rd, 2009 11:02pm EDT
30 Rock
Jack hopes to win back his lady love, Elissa (Salma Hayek), weeks after she turned down his proposal and then disappeared (though he is quick to point out she didn't technically say no), on this week's episode of 30 Rock, aptly titled "The Ones." Jack claims to have coined the term "The One," as well, which leads Liz to believe he should really be a writer. He and Liz head to a fine jewelry store in Manhattan to look at rings, where she loses one down a vent, and the store clerk tells Jack he is lucky to have found someone so "spirited." Jack whips out a picture of the "real" bride, and the...
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'30 Rock' Hits 50 In Latest Episode 'Cutbacks'

April 9th, 2009 10:05pm EDT
30 Rock
After three years on air, 30 Rock, and their show within-a-show-TGS, has only just now hit the fifty-episode mark, and Jack decides to celebrate by giving them all empty wine bottles in this week's episode, aptly titled "Cutbacks." Just another show to deal in the recent economic downturn, and even Jonathan was not safe (presumably because he has to go co-star in another season of Weeds, though, and once things pick back up for Sheinhardt, he and his BlueTooth will be back kissing Jack's feet in no time. Liz will have to deliver a presentation to justify her budget at the end of the week, b...
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Krod Whips Out His Flaming Sword This Thursday; New Preview Clips

April 8th, 2009 6:00pm EDT
Krod Mandoon and The Flaming Sword of Fire
Krod Mandoon and The Flaming Sword of Fire premieres this Thursday! Check out the two new preview clips below - Krod's flying attack and Dongalor's fashion show.

What is that strange burning sensation? It's Krod Mandoon and The Flaming Sword of Fire Comedy Central's epic half-hour, live-action series chronicling the adventures of Kröd Mändoon (Sean Maguire) and his hopelessly inept band of freedom fighters in an ancient fantasy realm. Marking the all-comedy network's first foray into fantasy-comedy, the groundbreaking series premieres on Thursday, April 9 at 10:00 p.m. marked by a sp...
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An Insider's Look At 'SNL' Behind The Scenes

April 1st, 2009 10:53am EDT
SNL
I am a Saturday Night Live junkie - so much so that at times I have trouble hiding how big of a fan when that little thing called professionalism may be at stake. It was so apparent in the interview I conducted with current featured player Bobby Moynihan - a self-described "SNL" nerd himself - that he casually mentioned the prospect of me attending a show.

Now I could tell Bobby was a really nice guy, but I thought he was just trying to be polite. I was pleasantly surprised (read: screamed like a 12 year old girl!) when a week later he followed up on that invitation and asked if I wan...
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'30 Rock' Recap: 'Apollo Apollo'

March 27th, 2009 10:24am EDT
30 Rock
It's a trip down memory lane in 30 Rock's newest episode, "Apollo Apollo." First Dennis Duffy returns to "atone" to Liz for his past behavior, citing the fact that he has recently self-diagnosed as a sex addict and probably just didn't know what he was doing, and then Jack's mother sends him a box of his childhood memories-- including home movies!-- for his birthday. Well, not entirely for his birthday; she also just needed the space in the garage. Nonetheless, it sends both spiraling down the rabbithole that was their craptastic pasts in order to make way for what will hopefully be only fu...
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'30 Rock' Recap: We All Live In Our Own World

March 20th, 2009 6:23am EDT
30 Rock
If you've been tuning into 30 Rock for the eye-candy, sadly last night was your last chance, as the inevitable demise of Liz and Dr. Drew (Jon Hamm) that we were all waiting for from the seemingly shocking start to their relationship finally (and funnily!) occurred. Liz begins to take note of-- and not be captivated by-- just how easily Dr. Drew skates by because he is good looking. Random women on the street come up to him and tell him he looks nice, meter maids rip up tickets right in front of him, he gets seated at Plunder even during the lunch rush, and Calvin Klein offers him a job as ...
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'30 Rock' Recap: Check Out This Fun Cooker!

March 13th, 2009 8:15am EDT
30 Rock
Liz' new pal Kenneth catches her on the way into 30 Rock and offers to help carry her inordinate amount of bags from some sort of container store. As she babbles about the "round plastic thing" she got to hold her shoes "with a compartment to put a picture of what shoe goes in there" on it, she thinks she will finally become a well-adjusted, wonderful person. And then a guy flies off her bike and lands right on top of her. And suddenly she gets it: this is going to be the worst day ever-- but what is horrible for her usually ends up as great fun for us, so I say bring it on, "Funcooker!"

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'30 Rock' Recap: 'Goodbye, My Friend'

March 6th, 2009 8:51am EST
30 Rock
Liz is back to talking about adoption in "Goodbye, My Friend," perhaps an ironic twist considering Jenna is back to fishing for compliments and/or just general attention.

When the "diaper chicken" sketch gets cut, Jenna fakes an injury to get people to fawn all over her, but with her birthday coming up in a few days, she shouldn't go to too bad of extremes, right? Aw, if you're nodding in agreement, then you obviously don't "go to there" often with 30 Rock!

Liz finds Jack skulking around the studio with a beer on a Friday night because although he has "art gallery openings or a g...
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'30 Rock' Recap: Larry King

February 27th, 2009 9:03am EST
30 Rock
Yes, last night's 30 Rock was about love, with Elisa unwilling to "take the next step" (you know, sexually) with Jack until she knew where they stood and he admitted he loved her, but more importantly it was about Larry King!

The episode, after all, was aptly titled "Larry King" who had a cameo as himself when Tracy Jordan went on his show to promote something-or-other but ends up commenting on the Breaking! News! that the Asian markets are falling. His words of "stay calm and prepare your bodies for the Thunderdome because that is the law now" seem to have oxymoronic effects on...
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30 Rock: 'Valentine's Day Love Massacre...'

February 13th, 2009 8:51am EST
30 Rock
Thursday night is one for the Dr. Drew's of the world, it seems; not only does Mr. Pinsky himself own VH1 with "Sober House" but now Jon Hamm's "30 Rock" character has been bumped up to recurring.

Picking up after last week's surprising turn of events, he and Liz are in the lobby of their building, trying to come up with a time that is good for the both of them to have their first date. His life is complicated-- with his medical practice and a sick mother-- and she has "a stupid show" to do on Friday, so she suggest Saturday night. It might be the logical thing for most singles, excep...
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Chris Parnell Chats About SNL, '30 Rock,' Lindsay Lohan, Will Ferrell & More

February 12th, 2009 11:32am EST
Chris Parnell
In the circles I run in, "Ooh, now that's a hot lead" is something I hear quoted by my friends quite often, really, for any reason or occasion. It's just one of those things. Of course, this is one of Chris Parnell's lines from Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Naturally, I was (way too) excited to share this fact with Chris and, well, he (ahem) had no idea what I was talking about -- at least at first.

Regardless, Chris was nice enough to join me the day after his birthday and discuss everything from his time on Saturday Night Live, helping put YouTube on the map with "Lazy Sund...
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