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Fearless Females in Comedy

November 18th, 2009 11:23am EST
Leslie Mann
Buried under a mountain of dick jokes and sweaty, hairy men, the one shining go-to for laughs in Universal Studios' "Funny People" was supporting actress Leslie Mann. No stranger to the boys' club, Mann is a graduate of the "Apatow School" but has proved herself to be more than a worthy opponent when stealing scenes - regardless of whether or not the man behind the camera was in her family (the two have been married since 1997). Though she has been in this business for almost twenty years, Mann has only been getting the critical acclaim she so richly deserves in the last few.

Mann can be...

Grading The TV Networks: It's Report Card Time

February 6th, 2008 2:31pm EST
Ugly Betty
The last two television seasons have had it all. We've seen everything from the birth of a broadcast network (the CW) to the most debilitating industry work stoppage in 20 years. Now it's time to take a closer look at each of the five major broadcast networks and see what they are doing right, what needs improvement, and where they stand.

Like any true report card, we won't be judging the networks on any one category alone. Although overall ratings are a factor, they are not the only factor. Also, we will be looking at the time period from Fall of 2006 (when the CW debuted) to pres...

Mick Jagger Vetoed Original Name of 'Knights of Prosperity'

January 15th, 2007 9:37am EST
The Knights of Prosperity
Mick Jagger took offense at the name of new comedy show "Let's Rob Mick Jagger" and demanded they change it to the less colorful Knights Of Prosperity. The Rolling Stones rocker stars in the new American sitcom, but ABC Entertainment President Stephen McPherson said that while Mick was happy to appear in the sitcom, he objected to the original name.

And now that it has been given the seal of approval from the singer, it's hoped more stars will appear. McPherson says, "A lot of people have come out of the woodwork to be on the show. It has become a hip New York comedy to be involved in...

Tonight's TV Highlights: 'According to Jim,' 'Knights of Prosperity' & 'In Case of Emergency'

January 3rd, 2007 8:00am EST
According to Jim
Emmy nominated According to Jim returns for its sixth hilarious season, premiering Wed., Jan. 3, (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET), on ABC. "According to Jim" will air in back-to-back episodes from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET, Jan. 3, 10 & 17, and will move to its regular Wednesday 8:30 p.m. time slot on Jan. 24.

In the season premiere, "The Punch," Jim thinks Cheryl has turned Kyle into a mama's boy and doesn't approve. He takes the reigns and teaches Kyle how to become a "man" by teaching him to throw the perfect punch to defend himself against the school bully. However Kyle enjoys his new punching skills...

A Sneak Peek at New Mid-Season Shows

January 1st, 2007 1:00pm EST
Courteney Cox
* Courtney Cox stars in the FX series "Dirt," which centers on a tabloid editor and a photographer who try to make their way in the world of celebrity journalism. The network boasts some critically acclaimed shows such as The Shield, Rescue Me, and Nip/Tuck, so "Dirt" has large shoes to fill. The series premieres Tuesday, Jan. 2 at 10 p.m.

* The ABC comedy The Knights of Prosperity kicks off Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 9 p.m. For almost 20 years, Eugene Gurkin (Donal Logue) has dreamed of opening a bar, but his dead end job on the late, late janitorial shift won't even fund a bottle of premi...

ABC Announces New Comedy Premieres; 'Lost' To Air At 10 PM In February

December 6th, 2006 10:13am EST
In Case Of Emergency
ABC will kick off the New Year with the premieres of the innovative new comedies The Knights of Prosperity and In Case of Emergency on Wednesday, Jan. 3. "The Knights of Prosperity" will air at 9:00 p.m., ET, followed by "In Case of Emergency" at 9:30 p.m., ET.

"The Knights of Prosperity" is a hilarious tale of haves and have nots, starring Donal Logue as the leader of a band of affable, new-age Robin Hoods who have never even shoplifted a candy bar, but now find themselves prepping for a heist to finance all of their long-held, heart-felt dreams. The target -- Rock icon Mick Jagger's ...

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