Following in the footsteps of shows like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and David Cross and Bob Odenkirk’s comedy series With Bob and David, several episodes of NBC’s 30 Rock and ABC’s Scrubs are being pulled from streaming and syndication due to white actors appearing in blackface.
30 Rock series creator and star Tina Fey requested that content providers pull four episodes from circulation, and shortly thereafter, Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence confirmed that they were following suit by pulling three episodes from streaming. Read More »
TV shows centering around cops have been forced to reckon with the impact they’ve had on public perception of law enforcement in recent months, amid the global anti-police brutality protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd by Minnesota police officers. Reality shows like Cops and Live PD have been canceled, while scripted series like Law & Order and NCIS are grappling with the question of whether they glorify police brutality.
So where does that leave Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the beloved NBC sitcom about a team of NYPD detectives that has built a loyal following for its goodhearted comedy? As it heads into its eighth season, the series is starting from scratch, star Terry Crews confirmed, revealing that the writers have decided to scrap four of the Brooklyn Nine-Nine season 8 scripts in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests.
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30 Rock is about to be proud as a peacock to return to NBC with cast members Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer, and more reprising their series roles for a remotely produced hour-long special. However, this will be a little bit different from the quarantined special that Parks and Recreation put together for NBC, because the 30 Rock revival will also double as a primetime upfronts special to promote new NBCUniversal shows for the 2020-2021 TV season. Read More »
So no one told you it was gonna be this way. Your job’s a joke, you’re broke, your love life’s DOA. And since coronavirus has us stuck at home in fear, it hasn’t been our day, our week, our month, or even our year. But now Friends can be there for us all over again now that the entire series is back in a streaming library. Now the show you used to watch for free, and then paid to watch at Netflix, is available to pay for all over again on HBO Max. Capitalism! Read More »
Way back in 2012, Steven Spielberg brought the musical series Smash to NBC. The series followed the production of a hopeful Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe and all the drama that comes from putting a show together. On top of that, there’s also the melodrama from the lives of everyone working on it, from the actors and actresses vying for parts, to the producers behind the scenes, and the writers who created it . Now the show is about to get a little meta, because Spielberg is turning the series into a Broadway musical. Read More »
Next week will start with a bang as the Community table read reunion for charity is taking place on Monday, May 18. The cast of the NBC comedy series, which became a Yahoo original for the sixth season and maybe has a future as a feature film, is getting back together to help support World Central Kitchen and Frontline Foods in their efforts to help people struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. In case you needed any convincing to tune in, here’s a Community table read teaser that’ll do the trick. Read More »
The Blacklist, a show that managed to last longer than I realized, is about to air its seventh season finale – in a surprising way. The episode was only halfway done shooting when production had to shut down due to the coronavirus, and rather than wait to finish filming it, a creative solution was employed: animation. The episode will be a blend of live-action and graphic novel-style animation, giving the world the cartoon James Spader it deserves.
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Last week, we learned that most of the cast of the often-brilliant comedy series Community will be reuniting for a virtual table read to raise money for coronavirus relief efforts. Even Donald Glover will be back, marking the first time he’s doing anything related to this series since he left the show in 2014.
But one person won’t be able to make it: Justified and The Shield alum Walton Goggins, who guest-starred in the episode that the cast will be reading – season five’s “Cooperative Polygraphy.” Instead, his role will be read by The Mandalorian, Narcos, and Game of Thrones actor Pedro Pascal. Check out a photo from their recording session below. Read More »
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Could Community finally live up to its mantra #SixSeasonsandaMovie? The format-breaking comedy survived showrunner changes, cancelations, and Chevy Chase, so why not? All six seasons of Community recently hit Netflix, and with that came a new surge in interest in the odd little pop culture-homaging sitcom. That interest may be translating to discussions over developing the long-awaited Community movie, series creator Dan Harmon recently hinted. And with a virtual table read reunion on its way and excessive hints from its former cast, it seems like we could finally fulfill that hashtag.
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Saturday Night Live concluding the 45th season this weekend is a little more bittersweet than usual. That’s because the late night sketch show was forced to wrap up with three editions of the remotely produced Saturday Night Live At Home, featuring all of the cast members doing sketches from the homes they’ve holed up in during quarantine. Thankfully, what will hopefully be the final edition of the show in this format was the best one yet, and it brought an array of guest stars, including Kristen Wiig as host, and dreams of getting back to normal once this pandemic is all over
So let’s take a look at the best and worst Saturday Night Live At Home sketches for (hopefully) one last time. Read More »