January 30, 2016
Theater A Moon for the Misbegotten 2 lost souls find solace with one another on a Connecticut farm. Closes 2/7. Walnut Street Theatre - Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $30-$35. A Taste of Things To Come New musical about 4 women participating in a baking contest in '50s-era Illinois. Closes 2/21. Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope; 215-862-2121. $30. A Taste of Things To Come New musical about 4 women participating in a baking contest in '50s-era Illinois.
January 29, 2016 |
If you ask Cameron Esposito, seeing your face on a movie screen isn't nearly as thrilling as seeing your name. The Chicago-born, L.A.-based stand-up comic known for her amicably in-your-face style, personal anecdotes, and swooping "side-mullet" has recently started to diversify. She just got back from the Sundance Film Festival, where two films by young directors - J.D. Dillard's Sleight and Kerem Sanga's First Girl I Loved - featured her in supporting roles. "Because of my stand-up stuff, and how much of my career involves promoting yourself as a brand, I see my face a lot," she said in a recent interview while on the ride home from LAX. "But one thing I haven't seen a bunch is my name on a single title card.
January 26, 2016
_ THE X-FILES. 8 p.m. Monday, Fox29. I still want to believe. Sunday's post-football premiere of the limited-series reboot may have been far from the best "X-Files" episode ever, but as the show settles into its regular time slot tonight, things are looking up, at least for fans of the long and tortured personal history of Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson). _ LUCIFER. 9 p.m. Monday, Fox29. Unless someone's truly made a deal with the devil, I don't see much of a future for a show in which the Prince of Darkness (Tom Ellis)
January 15, 2016 |
Is a scheduled binge really a binge at all? In an effort to replicate the coveted Netflix model, TBS is playing of all of Angie Tribeca - the new Rashida Jones-starring comedy created by Steve and Nancy Carrell - in a marathon format. For 25 commercial-free hours on Sunday and Monday, TBS will run the first 10 episodes of Angie Tribeca back to back to back. TBS isn't the first network that has tried to adapt the binge-watching model to cable. But no one has been particularly successful at it yet. And Angie Tribeca is a weird choice for TBS to use as a test case.
January 13, 2016 |
With on-demand streamers Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu capturing large audiences for general-interest entertainment, Comcast-owned NBCUniversal has ripped a page from cable's playbook with the niche comedy channel Seeso.com. NBCUniversal says its model of a specialized online channel with Seeso is like cable networks that cater to sports or music fans. If Seeso works, NBCUniversal expects to launch other pay-per-month streamed genre channels. "The consumer is telling us that this is a no-brainer," Evan Shapiro, NBCUniversal's executive vice president of digital enterprise, said Monday of Seeso, which he said he considered supplementary entertainment to Netflix as a "comedy channel for comedy nerds.
January 1, 2016 |
I was excited when I heard one of the writers of The Office had created a workplace sitcom set at a Walmart-ian bargain basement box store. It's a tantalizing idea with plenty of room for goofy fun and social satire alike. I should have known better. NBC's America Ferrera vehicle, Superstore , premiering at 8 p.m. Monday, is an unimaginative, run-of-the-mill network affair full of stock characters, flat dialogue, and too many poop references. It's one of two new and very different shows next week.
November 14, 2015 |
The Second City, Chicago's improv sketch comedy theater, surely has extended its Windy City reach with comic legends such as John Belushi, John Candy, Joan Rivers, Alan Arkin, Bob Odenkirk, Adam McKay, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Cecily Strong, Aidy Bryant, Dan Aykroyd, and Bill Murray. Still, the moment someone mentions the troupe or its school, Chicago rears its ugly head. "I am a member of one of Second City's touring companies, three of them, all based out of Chicago," says comedian Andrew Knox, who managed to get out of town long enough to perform on a cruise ship for nearly five months - albeit a Second City-based excursion.
October 28, 2015 |
Still not over not seeing Tom Haverford on TV every week? Well, meet Dev Shah. Aziz Ansari has finally spilled the beans - or a few of them, at least - on "Master of None," his new scripted comedy series for Netflix that debuts Nov. 6. In a two-minute trailer, the comedian, best known for his stand-up and his turn as a small-town bureaucrat turned baller on NBC's "Parks & Recreation," casts himself as Dev Shah, an actor...
October 24, 2015 |
Way back in another time (1987 to be exact), Barry Levinson directed Robin Williams in Good Morning, Vietnam , in which a famous comedian does his trademark shtick in the midst of a far-off conflagration - bullets flying, convoys exploding all around. It was a star vehicle built just right for Williams. Everything worked: the manic monologues, the soulful 1960s soundtrack, the stick-it-to-the-man mentality, and a character humanized by the war, by the wartorn. Cut to 2015, and Levinson's directing credit is affixed to Rock the Kasbah , in which a famous comic actor does his trademark shtick in the midst of a far-off conflagration - bullets flying, convoys exploding all around.