Day: February 7, 2011

Your support for The League’s stand-up comedy tour helped convince FX to renew it for season three

FX announced tonight that it had renewed fantasy-football sitcom The League for a third season, to go into production this summer with a fall premiere, in time for, well, football season. If the NFL doesn't suffer a lockout or strike, that is. But check out this quote from FX e.v.p. of original programming, Nick Grad: ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre pleased to announce the third season pickup of The League, and are fired up to continue our partnership with Jackie and Jeff Schaffer and the ensemble cast,‚Äù said Grad. ‚ÄúWe love the show, and the reaction the cast received across the country during their recent comedy tour is a sign the show is really building momentum.‚Äù Last fall, several members of the cast — which includes Mark Duplass, Stephen Rannazzisi, Nick Kroll, Paul Scheer, Katie Aselton and Jon Lajoie — embarked on a stand-up comedy tour together. You bought tickets. You showed up at the comedy clubs. And FX noticed. In ratings terms, The League averaged 1.4 million viewers during its second season (1.1 million in ages 18-49) in its initial airings (2.5 million over the course of its multiple-run airings each week), which was up slightly from the first...

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This guy figured out which Cubs game Ferris Bueller skipped school to attend on his cinematic day off

In the 1986 hit movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Matthew Broderick made us want to be Ferris, if only for a day. It also made at least one guy want to find out what day game of the Chicago Cubs that Ferris, Cameron and Sloane had attended after skipping school. This guy. Larry Granillo of Baseball Prospectus. Granillo worked out the details shown in the TV broadcast that was playing within the movie, dug through the box scores, and came up with a date. June 5, 1985: Cubs vs. Braves. Attendance: 25,557, +/- three Hollywood actors Here's the scene from the movie, with commentary from director John Hughes. Note that he'd rather have gone to Comiskey Park for the White Sox, but only the Cubs played day games to fit the script! Part of the scene to refresh your memory:   First week of June also makes total sense for a day that a high-school student would just want to play hooky and make a day of it with friends in the big city. And as Granillo noted: More interesting than that is the timeline that this presents for Ferris. It's said in the movie that the reservation he stole was for noon, but we can't say with certainty if that's what time they ate. Seeing as how they finished the lunch with no hassles, it's safe to assume either Abe never showed...

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Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet sing “Write it Gay” at 2011 WGA Awards

For the West Coast edition of the 2011 WGA Awards, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet — Modern Family's gay couple — opened the ceremonies with a song and dance of their own, called "Write it Gay." Roll it! (Note: May be NSFW for one or two profanities)   The number was co-written by Gary Stockdale, Spencer Green and Guy Nicolucci. Related: Kristen Schaal's opening for WGA-East, and the slate of comedy-writing...

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Jimmy Fallon tells The Daily what he’d do if he were in charge of NBCUniversal

If you're in New York City, following the media, and have an iPad, then you definitely have heard a lot about The Daily, Rupert Murdoch's new iPad-only daily publication that launched this month. They've already gotten some comedians on video for it, too. For the Super Bowl, they asked Ron White and Eugene Mirman (separately, not together, although that would have been something, too) some questions about football. And now they've sat down with Jimmy Fallon, for what doesn't seem to be an interview so much as a collection of thoughts from Fallon about Justin Bieber, chords of him singing "Whip My Hair" as Neil Young, an acknowledgement that he'd create a bar game to play at home, and answering the question of what he'd do if he were in charge of NBCUniversal. Roll the clip!...

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Which Super Bowl ad surprised you more: Joan Rivers as Go Daddy girl, or Roseanne getting Snickered?

Two of the more surprising Super Bowl commercials this year involved comedians. Make that comediennes, as in Joan Rivers and Roseanne. Yes, Richard Lewis also was in that Snickers commercial, but he didn't have do any of the heavy lifting, or in this case, pratfalling. And I'm sure plenty of people were rubbing their eyes trying to make that image of Joan Rivers as Go Daddy girl disappear. But there are some things you cannot unsee. Which one of these surprises, though, surprised you more? Joan Rivers unveils her Go Daddy knock-out body:   Or Snickers knocking out Roseanne:...

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