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Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 6:52PM EDT
Veronica Mars stars "pranked" into campaigning for another revival
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?
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
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
Posted Friday 1/26/18 at 1:32PM EST
Ellen DeGeneres celebrates her 60th birthday
Kristen Bell and Justin Timberlake were among the stars to wish happy 60th to Ellen, who is celebrating her birthday today. Timberlake serenaded Ellen with a special version of "Happy Birthday."
Posted Thursday 1/25/18 at 9:04PM EST
The Good Place was designed to break its rules
“The Good Place is an ‘anything can happen’ type of show, but ‘anything’ must adhere to a set of ‘if X is true, then Y’ statements,” says Erik Adams. “The very core of The Good Place’s premise is rule-bound—how its characters will spend eternity rests on what they should’ve or shouldn’t’ve done when they were alive—and this goes a long way toward making the universe of the show feel real, well-rounded, and familiar whenever a reset takes place. The neighborhood is the neighborhood whether its streets are dotted with frozen yogurt shops, pudding stands, or chowder fountains. But none of that is the foundation that’s held firm through all the renovations. Rules give shape to The Good Place, but character gives it life, and consistency and rigor in that department is what has truly kept the show from rocketing off of its axis in season two.”
Posted Monday 1/22/18 at 1:40PM EST
Aziz Ansari was a no-show, but James Franco did appear at SAG Awards
Ansari, nominated for best actor in a comedy series, lost to William H. Macy at the SAG Awards. Ansari didn’t attend the ceremony that came eight days after he was accused by a date of sexual misconduct. Franco did attend, but skipped the SAG red carpet. Franco’s sister-in-law, Alison Brie, was asked about the accusations, responding: “I obviously support my family and not everything reported has been fully accurate. But of course now is a time for listening and that’s what we’re all trying to do.”
Posted Friday 1/19/18 at 10:48PM EST
Kristen Bell, the first-ever SAG Awards host, says she's "very comfortable with the teleprompter, and I’m a pretty decent party pumper..."
"...Which I believe are the only two qualifications," Bell says jokingly. “I do hope to keep it very fun and lively,” she adds of Sunday's hosting gig. “It’s going to be a lot of women this year. A lot of women. Out of respect for the changes that are happening in the business and the topics of conversation that are happening currently, we want that to be something that is honoring women, and I don’t want to take anything too seriously. A lot of topics, people have asked me if I’m going to broach. I don’t think it’s really my place to broach a lot of negativity, but we want the night to be really uplifting and celebrate a lot of women and celebrate a lot of women that maybe haven’t had as much of a spotlight as they should have had in recent years.”
Posted Thursday 1/18/18 at 2:19PM EST
Aziz Ansari’s MTV Movie Awards promo showing him putting the moves on Kristen Bell hasn’t aged well
Ansari filmed the date skit with Bell, which included bad sex puns, when he hosted the MTV Movie Awards in 2010.
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 5:54AM EST
Ted Danson takes his brilliance as a actor to new heights on The Good Place
On the NBC comedy, says Angelica Jade Bastién, “Danson feels especially wondrous. He’s zany yet heartfelt, cunning yet arch, while never forgetting the existential quandaries rooted in the arc of his character.” She adds:
“Michael, the demon who’s gone from an architect of torture to a genuine ally to the four humans in The Good Place, marks a particularly noteworthy entry in Danson’s post-Cheers career. His performances — even his most loathsome characters — feel all too human, showcasing what (Ian) Crouch refers to in his New Yorker profile as the ‘effortless-looking panache’ that has come to define the actor. Michael allows for a far different approach. Danson lends the character a surreal, even ‘alien quality’ that feels distinct from his previous high-profile roles, and embodies the moral complexity of the character’s arc toward discovering his own humanity.”
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 9:05PM EST
How does The Good Place’s Janet compare to artificial intelligence assistants like Siri and Alexa?
The NBC comedy’s android character, played by D'Arcy Carden, is like a search engine on steroids, says Brittany Levine Beckman. “How Janet learns is kinda, sorta like how artificial neural networks, which are modeled off the human brain, work,” she says. “… She gains knowledge as she encounters new things, but we don’t know how she gets from point A to point B, and neither does she, really.
- D’Arcy Carden describes what it's like to play Janet
- Manny Jacinto got Jason Mendoza’s voice from a YouTube video that he won’t reveal
- William Jackson Harper details his Chidi audition process: “I was going in for a guy named Chris…”
- Jameela Jamil: “I’m English, so phony niceness comes very naturally to me”
- The Good Place represents Kristen Bell’s “second act”
Posted Wednesday 12/13/17 at 6:49PM EST
SAG Awards to feature only female presenters
With Kristen Bell serving as the first-ever host of the Screen Actors Guild Awards, executive producer Kathy Connell decided to go with all female presenters to honor the #metoo movement. “I feel pretty strongly about the women’s movement,” she says. “Women stepped forward in such a huge way in this last year.” Bell adds: “I’m not the first female host. I’m the first host. The fact that a female was chosen to be the first one means my genitals become irrelevant.”
Posted Friday 12/08/17 at 3:02PM EST
Golden Globes nominations will be annnounced by Alfre Woodard, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Bell and Sharon Stone
NBC’s Today will broadcast the major nominations live at 8:38 a.m. ET on Monday.
Posted Monday 12/04/17 at 6:02PM EST
Kristen Bell signs on as the first-ever SAG Awards host
The Good Place star will helm the ceremony that will be broadcast live on Jan. 21 on TBS and TNT.