Day: January 9, 2014

IFC’s multi-generational miniseries parody, “The Spoils of Babylon”

Meeting today’s TV Critics Association in Pasadena, the cast of IFC’s new miniseries spoof, The Spoils of Babylon, seemed both apologetic and triumphant. Tragically triumphant? Tobey Maguire told the critics: “For those of you who will watch this, I’m sorry and you’re welcome.” Kristen Wiig added: “It’s always fun to do something overly dramatic and not worry if you’re doing a good job acting.” A Funny or Die production for IFC written/created by Matt Piedmont and Andrew Steele, directed by Piedmont and executive produced by the duo with Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Nate Young, The Spoils of Babylon debuts...

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Jim Breuer joins AXS TV’s “Gotham Comedy Live” for season three as host/producer

The third season of AXS TV’s weekly stand-up comedy showcase series, Gotham Comedy Live, kicks off tonight with a new host who’s also on board as consulting producer. It’s Jim Breuer, as you remember seeing on Saturday Night Live or listening to on SiriusXM. Tonight he’ll host live at 10 p.m. Eastern with Jessica Kirson, Rich Aronovitch, Jeff Dye & Isiah Kelly at Gotham Comedy Club in New York City. Check the tease from Breuer. Gotham Comedy Live has a weekly 24-episode order for season three, airing new live episodes Thursday nights (10 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Pacific) with rebroadcasts over...

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NBC’s Parks and Recreation celebrates 100 episodes

Tonight is the 100th episode of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, which seems entirely plausible and yet also miraculous, considering the state of network television programming at NBC in the 2010s. Of course, throwing the word miracle around is a dubious prospect. As even Parks and Rec‘s co-creator, Michael Schur, noted in giving thanks at the 100th episode cake-cutting ceremony, in a new video just released by NBC. Watch Schur and star Amy Poehler with the cast here. Poehler and the rest of the cast offer their own thanks to you, the viewers, here: And if you’d like to celebrate...

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International Academy of Web Television’s 2014 Awards

The International Academy of Web Television held its annual awards ceremony in Las Vegas on Tuesday night as part of CES, with Carrie Preston — as seen on HBO’s True Blood, but also director of the webseries Darwin — presiding over the awards as host. In case you missed it, you can watch the ceremonies, which naturally were streamed online:   Founded in 2009, The IAWTV is a nonprofit focused on improving web-based TV. Its members include actors, agents, composers, distributors, directors, editors, producers, technology innovators, writers and other industry professionals from digital entertainment companies, studios and industry organizations...

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Stop. Motion. Animation. Crazytown. Watch “Timms Valley,” the “failed” pilot from IFC

Sure, everyone who loves comedy is talking today about the bold new miniseries farce, The Spoils of Babylon, which debuts tonight on IFC. But if you think that’s bold, then you should have, would have and could have seen something even crazier from the cable network. Like the 1980s  soap operas that also inspired The Spoils of Babylon meets Team America: World Police crazier. That is, if IFC had picked up the stop-motion animated pilot, Timms Valley, to series. Alas, alack, IFC dropped the ball and crashed the plane on Timms Valley. The half-hour pilot, ordered last year, has surfaced...

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