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Posted Thursday 11/08/18 at 1:48PM EST
Conan O'Brien's podcast announces its first guests, starting with Will Ferrell on Nov. 19
Source: The Comic's Comic
Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend's first batch of guests includes many celebrities who've appeared on his talk show, including Kristen Bell, Bill Burr, Dax Shepard, Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally, Wanda Sykes and Marc Maron. New episodes will be released weekly on Mondays, starting Nov. 19.
Posted Wednesday 11/07/18 at 2:51PM EST
Kirby Howell-Baptiste is following Kristen Bell, going from The Good Place to Veronica Mars
The British actress, who's been recurring on The Good Place this fall, will play a Neptune bar owner on the Hulu revival of Veronica Mars. Howell-Baptiste has also had high-profile roles this year on Barry and Killing Eve.
Posted Friday 9/28/18 at 6:27AM EDT
The Good Place has become one of TV's most necessary shows
Source: Vanity Fair
"Plenty of TV comedies have tried to confront the horrors of modern life in America, especially in the past few years," says Laura Bradley. "Too often, their attempts hinge on punching at public figures with jokes that don’t land—even if a studio audience is there to whoop and cheer as if they did," she adds, referring to shows like the Will & Grace revival. Bradley says the Michael Schur-created NBC comedy's "genius is in running in the complete opposite direction. Where other shows choose flagrant defiance, The Good Place chooses mirth." She adds that The Good Place "is a candy-coated exploration of human behavior, morality, and redemption—one that, more than anything else right now, feels like an essential reminder of the capacity for goodness within us all...At a time when we’re drowning in deep existential dread, we need television like The Good Place. It’s hard to imagine anything more comforting right now than a beautifully crafted story about a universe overseen with purpose and order—by beings who genuinely care about us, despite our deepest flaws."
- Here’s a philosophical question: Does humanity even deserve The Good Place?
- The Good Place is doing in Season 3 what Lost never could do in six seasons
- Unlike most network sitcoms, The Good Place allows its characters to change
- The Good Place is arguably the most underappreciated comedy on television
- From Jean-Paul Sartre's No Exit to Adam Sandler's Little Nicky: What to read and watch for Season 3
- Ted Danson’s Australian accent is terrible in Season 3, but in an intentional and amusing way
- Richard Marx explains why he let The Good Place use his music, despite never having watched the show
- Writers have a contingency plan in case the Jacksonville Jaguars win the Super Bowl
- Why The Good Place keeps rebooting itself: "It is frustrating, but it’s also fundamentally optimistic"
- Michael Schur addresses the big-picture questions about the afterlife
Posted Friday 9/28/18 at 6:27AM EDT
Kristen Bell: Hulu's Veronica Mars revival will be much more adult and cinematic
"Well, marshmallows can expect the same characters but also a lot of new characters, and a much more adult show," Bell tells Entertainment Tonight. "The show will have grown with Veronica. It will also have grown with the fan base because, you know, it was on 15 years ago. I can't even remember." She adds: "It will be a much bigger world cinematically. Television is able to do unbelievably cinematic things now and we are planning on letting Veronica's world follow."
Posted Thursday 9/27/18 at 1:43PM EDT
Seth Meyers gets Kristen Bell to read President Trump's tweets as Gossip Girl
Source: E! Online
"We feel as though a lot of Donald Trump's tweets feel very gossipy," Meyers said during Bell's Late Night visit. "We've asked if you wouldn't mind reading a few of them with the classic Gossip Girl sendoff." ALSO: Bell discussed the Veronica Mars Hulu revival with Meyers.
Posted Thursday 9/20/18 at 1:16PM EDT
Hulu officially orders Veronica Mars revival for eight episodes airing in 2019
"Attention all Marshmallows: BREAKING NEWS!!!!! We are OFFICIALLY back in business!!!" Kristen Bell announced on Instagram. Creator Rob Thomas will be back, writing the revival's first episode. He'll be joined by his fellow Veronica Mars producers Diane Ruggiero-Wright and Dan Etheridge. Here's the logline for the Veronica Mars revival: "Spring breakers are getting murdered in Neptune, thereby decimating the seaside town’s lifeblood tourist industry. After Mars Investigations is hired by the parents of one of the victims to find their son’s killer, Veronica is drawn into an epic eight-episode mystery that pits the enclave’s wealthy elites, who would rather put an end to the month-long bacchanalia, against a working class that relies on the cash influx that comes with being the West Coast’s answer to Daytona Beach."
Posted Wednesday 8/22/18 at 1:56PM EDT
Why another Veronica Mars revival is a bad idea
Source: The Muse
The Kristen Bell-starring teen noir mystery series already had its revival, a 2014 movie funded mainly by its fans. "We can’t possibly need more than that," says Rebecca Fishbein. "The whole premise of Veronica Mars was that she was a wise-cracking teen who solved crimes and survived high school at the same time. Now she’s an adult, and based on what I recall from the film, she’s just as useless and f*cked up as the rest of us. That’s fine. Growing up is hard! But I don’t need my heroes to age with me, and these reboots are starting to feel lazier by the minute."
Posted Tuesday 8/21/18 at 5:47PM EDT
Hulu is close to bringing back Veronica Mars with Kristen Bell reprising her breakout role
Hulu is finalizing a deal that would have creator Rob Thomas and Bell return for an eight-episode limited Veronica Mars series. "Doing Veronica Mars is not going to interfere with Bell’s duties as star of the NBC comedy series The Good Place," reports Deadline's Nellie Andreeva, who adds: "I hear there have been preliminary conversations about bringing back a number of the other cast members from the original series and followup movie." Veronica Mars originally ran from 2004 to 2007 on UPN and, in its final season, The CW. It returned as crowd-funded movie in 2014.
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 12:16PM EDT
Animal Planet to tell stories of Celebrity Animal Encounters
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Kristen Bell, Danny Trejo, Whitney Cummings, Al Roker, Justin Hartley, Moby and other celebrities will each recount an unexpected run-in with an animal on the upcoming series.
Posted Monday 6/25/18 at 6:54PM EDT
Hollywood Walk of Fame's new star recipients include Kristen Bell, Candice Bergen, Lucy Liu, Guy Fieri and Alvin and the Chipmunks
Veronica Mars alum and The Good Place star Bell will be honored not for her TV work but for her resume as a movie actress. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce also announced that Sid and Marty Krofft, Stacy Keach, Dianne Wiest, the late Julia Child, Cedric the Entertainer, Judith Light, Idina Menzel, Mandy Moore, Terrence Howard, Tyler Perry, Robert De Niro and Dolly Parton will all be honored in 2019.
# TOPICS: Kristen Bell, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Candice Bergen, Cedric the Entertainer, Dolly Parton, Guy Fieri, Idina Menzel, Judith Light, Julia Child, Lucy Liu, Mandy Moore, Robert De Niro, Terrence Howard, Tyler Perry, Hollywood Walk of Fame
Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 6:52PM EDT
Veronica Mars stars "pranked" into campaigning for another revival
Source: Brit + Co
Ryan Hansen got Kristen Bell and Jason Dohring to film a video that was actually intended to campaign for another season of YouTube Red's Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television.
Posted Thursday 4/26/18 at 5:09PM EDT
Are SNL's Colin Jost and Michael Che the right choice to host the first Emmys of the #MeToo era?
Source: Vanity Fair
This morning's announcement raises a question, says Laura Bradley: "Are Che and Jost really the right fit for this moment?" She adds: "As women fight to end exploitation and promote equal opportunities in the entertainment industry, choosing a woman from the SNL family would have sent a strong message—especially for an awards show that likes to praise the TV industry for supposedly being more progressive than the film world. (Kate) McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Cecily Strong, or Aidy Bryant would have made excellent Emmys hosts, either together or separately. (This also might have been NBC’s last chance to tap one of them, as all four seem likely to make their exits from SNL before the network hosts the Emmys again in four years.) Even beyond the halls of Studio 8H, there are plenty more talented women with TV shows on the current NBC roster, including Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Kristen Bell, America Ferrera, and Retta. (Bell even has one hosting gig under her belt already this year; she hosted the SAG Awards in January.) Were none of these women available?" ALSO: To have the first Emmys of the #MeToo era "hosted by two bros with a history of making highly questionable jokes is not good for progress."
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, Saturday Night Live, Aidy Bryant, America Ferrera, Cecily Strong, Colin Jost, Debra Messing, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Bell, Leslie Jones, Megan Mullally, Michael Che, Retta, Sexual Misconduct, Time's Up
Posted Monday 3/12/18 at 2:09PM EDT
Apple orders its first animated series, a star-studded musical comedy from Bob's Burgers creator
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Central Park, about a family of caretakers who live and work at the iconic New York City park, will feature the voices of Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Titus Burgess, Daveed Diggs, Stanley Tucci, Leslie Odom Jr., and Kathryn Hahn. Bob's Burgers creator Loren Bouchard will write the series with Gad and Emmy-winning writer Nora Smith. Central Park has been given a two-season, 26-episode order.
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 4:12PM EST
Kristen Bell reacts to The Good Place fan theories
Watch the YouTube video she filmed for The Late Late Show with James Corden.
Posted Friday 2/02/18 at 3:15AM EST
The Good Place Season 2 was funnier, crazier, more surprising and audacious thanks to the hard work of Season 1
“Like most of the sitcoms Michael Schur has worked on, The Good Place wasn’t as great at the start as it became later,” says Alan Sepinwall. “But where The Office, Parks and Rec, and even Brooklyn Nine-Nine needed a bit of time to fine-tune themselves and correct things that weren’t quite working, season two of The Good Place has been wonderful in large part because of the hard and occasionally thankless work that season one did. This season has been funnier, crazier, more surprising, and more audacious, but only because the show’s first year spent a lot of time explaining how the world worked and what made each character tick….The only reason a Groundhog Day-style episode covering hundreds of reboots works is because we have a baseline knowledge of who and what is important, so the show had the freedom to just get to the jokes, boom boom boom.”
- “Lesser TV shows give you what you think you want. A great TV show like The Good Place gives you what you didn’t know you needed”
- The Season 2 finale was as ambitious as Season 1’s finale, and it opens up even more possibilities for Season 3
- A handy guide to Michael Schur’s favorite actors, from Kristen Bell to Maya Rudolph