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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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 »

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 »

Are These The Top 100 Comedies Of All Time?

From time to time, major organizations such as the AFI give us lists of the best movies of all time. There’s some kind of grand countdown from 100 to 1 and then we debate for a few days over how low this one was ranked or why was another ranked too high. And most of the time, we rarely get a glimpse behind the process.

Time Out London has just released their list of the 100 Best Comedies Of All Time but have done it in a fun and uniquely transparent way. They surveyed over 200 people who work in, with, or around comedy and asked them for their top tens. Then they averaged all those lists together to come up with the top 100.

The best part, though, is that all the lists are public. So instead of just listing the 100 best comedies of all time, we can also find out which ten comedies director Edgar Wright lists as his favorite of all time. Or Office co-creator Stephen Merchant. Or Ghostbusters 3 tease Dan Aykroyd. Or about 200 more people.

After the jump, we’ll highlight a few of the individual top tens and as well as reveal the full 100. Read More »

Movie Trailer: ‘Hall Pass’

Peter and Bobby Farrelly have returned with a new comedy, Hall Pass. The title refers to the pass that is given to characters played by Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis by their wives. They get one week of free play (with other women) with no consequences. Watch the trailer after the break. Read More »

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The Farrelly Brothers start shooting their new film Hall Pass in Atlanta this week, and the cast just got an injection of additional talent. Stephen Merchant and J.B. Smoove will join Owen Wilson, Jenna Fischer and Jason Sudeikis in the film about two husbands (Wilson and Sudeikis) who are given a free pass to have extra-marital adventures for a week. Still don’t get why the title ‘Hall Pass’ applies, but no matter; Merchant and Smoove are great additions. [THR]

After the break, three actors join the indie thriller Retreat, and 50 Cent gets serious. Read More »

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It’s only been a few months since the release of Ricky Gervais’ The Invention of Lying, so I was surprised to learn that his next feature, Cemetery Junction, is gearing up for an April 2010 UK release. We featured a teaser for the film back in July, as well as some comments from Gervais in September. Now we have our longest glimpse at the film yet with a full trailer. Co-written and co-directed by his frequent collaborator Stephen Merchant, Cemetery Junction looks to be as big a stylistic leap for Gervais as Judd Apatow’s jump from 40 Year Old Virgin to Funny People.

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Hopefully you watched the great little teaser for Cemetery Junction, the new film written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. As great as that clip is, however, it doesn’t really give you any idea what the film is about. For that we’ll have to go directly to Gervais himself, who spoke about the film and his animated The Ricky Gervais Show while promoting The Invention of Lying in Toronto. Read More »

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