Today’s TV Bits offers a few things to look forward to in the not-too-distant future, including imperiled lawyers, asshole baseball players, pretty flight attendants, and a touch of dry British humor. After the jump:

  • NBC drops two teasers for its legal thriller The Firm
  • HBO announces premiere dates for Eastbound & Down and Life’s Too Short
  • ABC confirms that Pan Am is not cancelled

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This week, David, Devindra, and Adam discuss the sad business of Brett Ratner’s Oscar-hosting gig, unabashedly praise Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, ponder the bizarre world of Cars, and get excited for new episodes of Arrested Development. Special guest Keith Phipps joins us from AV Club. To read more about the twisted world of Cars check out Eric D Snider’s and Rachel Mercer’s respective blog posts. Also, check out the AV Club’s awesome podcast, Reasonable Discussions.

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Ricky Gervais Invited to Host Golden Globes Once More

Few awards hosting appearances have been as divisive as Ricky Gervais‘ stint on the last Golden Globes. That gig kicked off with a detailed evisceration of Charlie Sheen before taking time to poke ugly/accurate fun at many celebs nominated for awards, and at the Globes themselves. The fallout was quick, with then-president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Philip Berk saying Gervais “definitely crossed the line. And some of the things were totally unacceptable. But that’s Ricky.”

Now after a long period of speculation the HFPA — a group of professionals, it must be noted, that is regularly considered to be generally useless and self-serving at best — has voted to invite Gervais back to host once more. Read More »

My feelings about Ricky Gervais have become more complex than they once were as some of his comedy and general public statements have veered into mean-spirited territory over the past year or two. But he can still deliver and/or enable a very biting and hilarious sort of comedy, as evidenced by clips from Life’s Too Short, the show he is doing with Warwick Davis and Stephen Merchant.

The last time we saw anything from the show Gervais was being berated by Johnny Depp. This time, Liam Neeson shows up to announce that he wants to break into comedy. The attempts at comedy that ensue are dreadfully unfunny. Which means, ironically, that they are hilarious. Check out the five-minute clip below. Read More »

Below you’ll find a minute of the opening of Disney’s The Muppets, whcih hits screens on November 23. The scene is a fun little song and dance number that introduces new Muppet Walter and his human friend Gary, played by the film’s co-writer Jason Segel.

This is a pretty effortlessly charming little piece of film that helps sell The Muppets as a film that still has at least one foot firmly planted in the classic musical storytelling style that always made the show a small wonder. I think you’ll like it. Read More »

VOTD: Johnny Depp Isn’t Very Happy With Ricky Gervais

OK, fine, Johnny Depp isn’t really upset with Ricky Gervais. But in this preview from Life’s Too Short, the new show Gervais, Warwick Davis and Stephen Merchant are doing for the BBC, we watch as Davis introduces Depp to Gervais. Thanks to a few jokes made as Gervais hosted the Golden Globes, the conversation doesn’t go very well. But Tim Allen will be happy to know that someone has his back, I expect. Check out the clip below. Read More »

International Poster For ‘The Muppets’

It has been fun to watch Disney remind audiences about The Muppets as it prepares to release a new feature starring Jim Henson’s classic characters. There have been some creative, playful trailers and a poster that was a little bit unusual as Muppet depictions tend to go — Muppets with legs! But this new international poster is a pure and simple old-school look at the crew, with no humans allowed. You’ll probably love it.  Read More »

Depending on what you want out of Robert Rodriguez, this first trailer for Spy Kids: All the Time in the World may either instill dismay (“he made this instead of a ‘real’ movie?”) or happiness (“if he wants to make this, then let someone else do Deadpool“). This looks like a Canadian promo for the film — check the Alliance logo where the Weinstein-related one should be — but I imagine it is very similar to the US trailer we’re likely to see. Check it out below. Read More »

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