Day: October 30, 2014

HBO will wrap up Stephen Merchant’s “Hello Ladies” with “Hello Ladies: The Movie”

If you thought that Stephen Merchant’s Hello Ladies said goodbye already back in 2013, then you’ve got a second coming coming. HBO will wrap up the show’s initial eight-episode storyline with an 80-minute Hello Ladies: The Movie, that debuts Nov. 22 on the cable channel and wherever your HBOGo goes. Here’s a tease. Roll the clip! Merchant similarly had wrapped up storylines for his TV projects with Ricky Gervais — The Office and Extras — with extra-long goodbye specials. For Hello Ladies: The Movie, we find Merchant’s “Stuart” trying to impress his ex-girlfriend, who’s visiting Los Angeles from Britain with...

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Maybe See TV? The week in pilots, script commitments and development deals (Oct. 30, 2014)

You’ll hear a lot in the trades and the trade winds from now through pilot season, which starts in earnest in January, all the way up to the cable Upfronts in the spring and the broadcast network Upfronts in May — when TV programmers present their new and returning lineups to impress and attract advertisers for 2015-2016. When a network orders a pilot to series, that’s newsworthy and vital information for you to know. Everything else is speculation. In fact, that’s what the programming suits do is invest in a speculative market, buying up sitcom ideas and their writers and producers,...

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Portlandia sneak peek of Season 5: Goth couple funeral planning

Trick or treat! IFC has a Halloween treat—a first look at Portlandia’s fifth season! In this clip, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein are a goth couple celebrating the most goth thing they could possibly do: Plan their own funerals, obviously. What to include, what to include, though? How about body-dragging jackals, shrieking and an empty coffin. The clip will pop up on TV Friday night during the special Halloween episode of Comedy Bang! Bang!, but you can see it right now. Roll the clip! Season five of Portlandia returns January 2015 to...

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Hulu gets into original sitcom programming, orders 10 episodes of Jason Reitman’s “Casual”

As Netflix and Amazon have gotten into the game of programming original sitcoms and dramas alike, Hulu has been dipping its toes into the water, relying mostly on distribution of newly-acquired content or animation and parody. Hulu has added to the fray today, ordering up a straight-to-series 10-episode order of Casual, a single-cam pitch from filmmaker Jason Reitman and Lionsgate Television. No cast announcements yet. Reitman will direct the first episode. Zander Lehmann will write it. Casual will focus on a dysfunctional family with a bachelor brother and his newly divorced sister who help each other navigate the dating...

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