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Posted Tuesday 12/11/18 at 3:31PM EST
Lake Bell comedy Bless This Mess jumps from Fox to ABC -- Fox passes on Dan the Weatherman and Mean Jean
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
With Fox shifting its scripted strategy, the network has decided not to proceed with three potential midseason comedies. Bless This Mess, which Bell co-created with New Girl creator Liz Meriwether, has instead landed a pickup on ABC for a six-episode season. Bell and Dax Shepard play a newlywed couple who ditch the big-city for the simple life of Nebraska. Fox's other midseason comedies, Thomas Lennon's Dan the Weatherman and Mean Jean, starring Kaitlin Olson and Leah Remini as a lesbian couple, "have both also been passed over as Fox has limited room on its schedule with coverage of the NFL," according to The Hollywood Reporter. "The network has refocused its scripted strategy to target broad procedurals and multicamera comedies."
Posted Wednesday 9/26/18 at 10:56PM EDT
Single Parents doesn't break new ground with its easily predictable jokes
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The ABC comedy that New Girl's Liz Meriwether created with her colleague JJ Phlbin has a whiff of overfamiliarity, like all network shows, says Tim Goodman. "Very few series know how to really be great in this genre — Amazon's Catastrophe is a brilliant example of how to do it with originality — but Single Parents feels like a comedy that goes for simple snark and believes it's a little more clever than it really is, but then had a bunch of network notes stuck to it about softening those right angles," he says. "The result is a kind of paint-by-numbers approach meant to be, uh, different? All the parents here are single — how they got that way isn't really confusing but neither is it really interesting."
- Two things work to Single Parents' advantage: Its formula and characters, despite an imperfect pilot
- The pilot is bogged down in haggard-parenting gags that are older than Hulu and Netflix lifespans combined
- It’s refreshing to see a comedy that acknowledges a different experience than most hangout sitcoms do
- Taran Killam immediately has the great sitcom dad thing locked down
- Leighton Meester says playing a mom gives her "room to have a little bit more depth"
- Creators Liz Meriwether and writer JJ Philbin explain how Single Parents came out of the New Girl writers' room
- Why did it take Killam so long to star in a TV show after leaving SNL?
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 3:23PM EDT
Hannah Simone to reunite with New Girl pals on Single Parents
New Girl's Liz Meriwether and JJ Philbin, who co-created the ABC family comedy, have enlisted Simone to join the series. She'll also reunite with New Girl vet Taran Killam, playing his character's love interest.
Posted Thursday 6/21/18 at 6:51AM EDT
New Girl creator Liz Meriwether joins the denunciation of Fox News: "I am horrified and disgusted and furious"
Meriwether is still involved with Fox with the ABC comedy Single Parents for a 20th Century and Bless This Mess for Fox TV and 20th Century Fox. "I don’t know what adding my voice ultimately means to the powers that be, but I have to speak out. This must stop," Meriwether tweeted of Fox News' coverage of the immigrant family separation story. She also responded to Corey Lewandowski's "womp womp," calling it "Horrifying." Meanwhile, Westworld actor Jonathan Tucker says he'll donate all earnings from Fox projects to helping separated immigrant families.
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 10:53PM EDT
New Girl creator on series finale twist: "I was nervous about it because we’ve never done anything like that on the show"
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Liz Meriwether says her "incredible writers" came up with one of the series finale's biggest reveals, adding: "We wanted to have the finale be emotional but not have it be too emotional, and this felt like the (message) of the show. It’s still a bit silly." As for what Meriwether regrets not including in the show, she says with a laugh: "I really wish that we could have had a Nick and Schmidt kiss in the finale, but I guess I’ll have to be satisfied with Schmidt telling Nick that he loves him."
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 6:27PM EDT
New Girl says goodbye having shed many identities
When Liz Meriwether's Fox comedy starring Zooey Deschanel ends its seven-season run tonight, it will have lived multiple lives. "Most long-running series evolve in some way, but few have shed identities quite as often, as easily, or as successful creatively as New Girl has through its many lives," says Alan Sepinwall. "First, it was the Zoey Is Adorkable show, as all of the marketing, and much of the writing, were focused on the big-eyed 500 Days of Summer star’s many quirks, her clumsiness, her sloppy and vulnerable emotions, and her penchant for singing her own theme song. In the early days, the show was so Jess-centric that her three new male roommates barely registered as characters." Yet New Girl evolved to allow Schmidt, Nick and Winston to emerge. "Charming and funny as Deschanel was," says Sepinwall, "that version of the series wasn’t sustainable (though the show was a genuine hit back at the start, and for many years now has suffered tiny ratings even by #EndTimes for broadcast TV standards), and the writers quickly fell in love with Max Greenfield’s off-kilter line readings as the loft’s lovable douchebag Schmidt."
- New Girl was "the Trojan horse of chocolate cakes" -- it presented "an easy-to-understand package and hid its secret sauce inside"
- Creator Liz Meriwether plans to write the post-#MeToo playbook now that she has a powerful voice
- What's the best idea for a New Girl spinoff, Schmidt Happens?
- Tonight's “The Curse of the Pirate Bride” episode was inspired by Meriwether's real-life marriage
- Zooey Deschanel doesn't know what to make of Snooki's fan letter
Posted Tuesday 4/10/18 at 7:15PM EDT
New Girl's final season gets to explore how life goes on after a rom-com ending
Source: The Daily Mail
The Season 6 finale gave Fox's Zooey Deschanel comedy the perfect ending. New Girl didn't need to have another season, says Caroline Framke. Yet Season 7 is worth watching, she says, because it "is an incredibly charming victory lap that manages to keep the characters and their relationships intact even as they enter the next, ostensibly more mature stages of their lives...At first, it’s jarring to see everyone we once knew as lovably chaotic messes living the lives they always dreamed of. But to the credit of both the actors and writers, everyone’s evolutions end up feeling entirely natural." She adds: "What this season proves is that these characters don’t need to be playing drinking games and sleeping with the wrong people to be the people their fans grew to love. Against the odds, New Girl found a way to roll the credits on its own rom-com and show what happens next without overstaying its welcome."
- The cast filmed the final season with a renewed since of excitement, like it was senior year of high school
- Creator Liz Meriwether is still unsure if "Girl" should've been in the title: "It ended up working, I guess!"
- New Girl made a home at the end of one TV era and the beginning of another
- Other shows do what New Girl does better, but it's still a unique show that's needed on TV
- New Girl crew would've liked to see a Schmidt Happens spinoff
- Zooey Deschanel: "It felt like we were ready for it to be the end, in a bittersweet way"
- Lamorne Morris: The cast stuck around on set two hours reminiscing after wrapping the final scene
- New Girl's best recurring characters, from Sadie to Outside Dave
- How New Girl writer Noah Garfinkel ended up in a portrait on The Good Place
Posted Friday 3/02/18 at 2:13PM EST
ABC's Single Parents comedy pilot will star Leighton Meester, Taran Killam and Brad Garrett
The respective alums of Gossip Girl, Saturday Night Live and Everybody Loves Raymond will each play a single parent in the single-camera comedy revolving around three single parents from New Girl creator Liz Meriwether and JJ Philbin.
Posted Wednesday 2/14/18 at 2:32PM EST
Don Johnson to star in Fox comedy pilot Daddy Issues opposite Barely Famous' Erin Foster
Foster wrote the comedy pilot loosely based on her life with New Girl's Liz Meriwether on board as executive producer. Foster will play a daughter who's shocked to learn her playboy father, played by Johnson, has fallen in love with her best friend.
Posted Tuesday 2/06/18 at 4:08PM EST
Fox gives a pilot order to Bless This Mess from Lake Bell and New Girl creator Liz Meriwether
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Bell will star in and direct the pilot of the Nebraska-set comedy that she co-created with Meriwether. However, Bless This Mess will skip the traditional pilot season by shooting its pilot in June. This is Meriwether’s third project to get a pilot order in recent weeks.
Posted Thursday 2/01/18 at 2:23PM EST
This year’s TV pilot trends: Multicamera comedies are back, #MeToo and Time’s Up are influencing pilot orders
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Pilots with female stars and feminist themes are all the rage this pilot season, with The Hollywood Reporter crediting the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements for making an impact. Also having an impact is Will & Grace, which ihas helped pave the way for a multicamera sitcom comeback. ALSO: ABC orders two family comedy pilots from New Girl team.
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 9:05PM EST
New Girl creator and cast talk three-year time jump -- and all the hubbub over a female-led show with a female showrunner
Creator Liz Meriwether recalled the launch of New Girl when asked how her show would be different if it debuted in the #MeToo era. “I remember when we first premiered it was a year where there were a lot of shows with female showrunners – and there were lots of stories written about the show,” she said. At the time, she said she wondered, “‘Wait, why is that a story, that I’m a woman and I’m running a show?’ Seven years later I don’t think that’s the story. That would be an odd story.” Zooey Deschanel recalls how she was asked if her character was too "feminine" -- “Can you be feminine and be a feminist?”
Posted Thursday 10/19/17 at 1:48PM EDT
New Girl creator, Barely Famous’ Erin Foster team up for Fox’s Daddy Issues pilot
Liz Meriwether and Foster are developing a comedy about the relationship between a womanizing father and his two daughters, one of whom serves as his “wingman.”
Posted Tuesday 10/10/17 at 10:15PM EDT
Lake Bell to star in a Fox comedy pilot that she and New Girl creator Liz Meriwether are co-writing
Bless This Mess would have Bell play one half of a newlywed couple that moves from New York City to Nebraska to experience the “simpler life.”
Posted Tuesday 10/10/17 at 5:55PM EDT
Entourage, 30 Rock and Seth MacFarlane all alluded to Harvey Weinstein’s abusive behavior
Source: The Washington Post
In several instances the fallen Hollywood mogul's terrible reputation made it to the small screen. Weinstein wasn’t happy with Entourage’s “Harvey Weingard” character, a verbally abusive power player who appeared in Season 2. Kevin Connolly told The Hollywood Reporter that Weinstein gave him an earful about the character, saying, “Tell them if they ever mention my name again, they’re dead.” On 30 Rock, Jenna Maroney said in a 2012 episode, “Oh, please, I’m not afraid of anyone in show business. I turned down intercourse with Harvey Weinstein on no less than three occasions. Out of five.” And in 2013, Seth MacFarlane cracked a Weinstein joke while announcing the Oscar nominees with Emma Stone. “Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein,” he said of the five nominees for best supporting actress.
- Entourage “remains the best chronicle of Hollywood sexism”
- Harvey Weinstein has been thanked more than God at the Oscars, one analysis found
- New Girl creator Liz Meriwether recounts her problematic encounter with a powerful man in Hollywood
- Anthony Bourdain slams Weinstein after girlfriend Asia Argento alleged that the mogul raped her