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ABC Buys Liberal Redneck Comedy Starring Trae Crowder From Rob Thomas

ABC has given a script commitment with penalty to a half-hour single-camera comedy starring comedian Trae Crowder, known for his stage persona the Liberal Redneck. Inspired by Crowder's life, the project hails from Warner Bros. TV and Rob Thomas' studio-based Spondoolie Productions. The untitled Trae Crowder Project was co-written by Crowder and Party Down creator John Enbom, who co-created Starz’s cult comedy series Party Down with Thomas, Dan Etheridge and Paul Rudd. It…
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‘Veronica Mars’: 10 Episodes That Prove Why Seasons 2 and 3 Were Unforgettable

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‘Veronica Mars’: 10 Episodes That Prove Why Seasons 2 and 3 Were Unforgettable
This week marks the tenth anniversary of the “Veronica Mars” finale, which we previously celebrated with a list of the 10 most amazing episodes from the show’s first season.

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While the first season of “Veronica Mars” was a pretty much perfect season of television, the following two seasons weren’t quite as consistent. However, there was still plenty to enjoy, including more mysteries, a Paul Rudd guest appearance, cameos by Kevin Smith and Joss Whedon, young Tessa Thompson and Krysten Ritter, and some truly dark twists and turns. You can experience it all now on go90.com, the show’s new streaming home, but for a quick taste of the best episodes from Seasons 2 and 3, check out the curated list below.

“Normal is the Watchword” (Season 2, Episode 1)

Written by: Rob Thomas

Directed by: John Kretchmer
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‘Veronica Mars’: 10 Episodes That Prove Why Kristen Bell and Season 1 Were Perfect

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‘Veronica Mars’: 10 Episodes That Prove Why Kristen Bell and Season 1 Were Perfect
In 2004, Upn debuted “Veronica Mars” to what quickly became an adoring audience. Three years later, after a chaotic run that involved a network change, the constant threat of cancellation and a thwarted attempt at a Season 4 set at FBI headquarters, the series came to a close.

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This week marks the 10 year anniversary of that last episode, and while it wasn’t the last we saw of Veronica (Kristen Bell) and her friends thanks to the 2014 feature film, the show’s cancellation stung. Fortunately, “Veronica Mars” now has a new, subscription-free streaming home at go90.com, making this the perfect time to revisit it.

For fans who might want to revisit the first season’s highs and lows, we’ve come up with a list of the ten best episodes that demonstrate why “Veronica Mars” remains gone but not forgotten.
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Fox Buys Liberal Redneck Comedy Starring Trae Crowder From Rob Thomas

Fox has given a script commitment plus penalty to a half-hour single-camera comedy starring comedian Trae Crowder, best known for his stage persona the Liberal Redneck. Inspired by Crowder’s life, the untitled project hails from Warner Bros. TV and Rob Thomas’ studio-based Spondoolie Productions. The comedy will be written by Crowder and John Enbom, who co-created the cult Starz comedy series Party Down with Thomas, Dan Etheridge and Paul Rudd. In the Fox show, worlds…
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Martin Starr interview: Party Down, Freaks And Geeks

Louisa Mellor Nov 24, 2016

As Starz gears up for a Party Down Thanksgiving marathon in the Us, we reminisce about the cult comedy with actor Martin Starr

As far as I can glean from the covers of the glossy magazines I regularly reach past en route to a bag of Haribo Tangfastics, party season is upon us. For many, the coming month will be filled with chic get-togethers and boozy shindigs celebrating the unlikely and continued survival of our species through the harsh climes of winter (or, whatever, Christmas).

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If you find yourself at such an event, spare a thought for the anonymous arm proffering trays of salmon vol-au-vents and mini pizzas. That arm belongs to a person, someone with hopes and dreams that very possibly
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Extended Promo For iZombie’s Two-Hour Season Finale

It looks as though every plot thread established on iZombie will explode in grand fashion when the two-hour season finale arrives next week. One view of the extended preview, which can be seen at the top of the page, will likely cause fans to countdown the days.

As we can see in the trailer, things aren’t going all too well for Major, who was arrested at the end of last night’s episode. Seeing as how he has reverted back to zombie form, going without adequate brain food could ultimately prove dangerous for both he and his fellow inmates. We all remember how rough it was for Liv when she found herself temporarily incarcerated earlier this season.

It also looks like we need to keep our eyes on those rowdy looking zombies in Max Rager’s secret basement. Will they break free and take a tour of the city?
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New Extended Promo & Stills For The Two-Part iZOMBIE Season 2 Finale Event: "Dead Beat" & "Salivation Army"

Dead Beat” — Ken Marino (“Veronica Mars”) Guest Stars — Liv (Rose McIver) and Ravi (Rahul Kohli) are in need of help and find an unlikely ally in Blaine (David Anders). Detective Babineaux (Malcolm Goodwin) and Dale Bozzio (guest star Jessica Harmon) pursue a new lead on an old case. Meanwhile, when Major (Robert Buckley) finds himself in a world of trouble, sleazebag Brant Stone (guest star Ken Marino) comes to his rescue. Vaughn’s (guest star Steven Weber) evil side reaches a whole new level of mean. John Kretchmer directed the episode written by John Enbom (#218). “Salivation Army” — Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20) Guest Stars — Working together on a mission, Liv (Rose McIver), Detective Babineaux (Malcolm Goodwin) and Major (Robert Buckley) crash Vaughn’s (guest star Steven Weber) Super Max Rager party, where Rob Thomas (as himself) performs a song from his solo career. Meanwhile, Blaine (David Anders) reaches out to Peyton
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How 9 prematurely cancelled TV shows would have continued

Had Freaks And Geeks, Caprica and more not been cancelled, here’s what their showrunners had planned for their futures. Spoilers…

Warning: major spoilers for all shows listed below.

Closure. It’s an important psychological concept. Without closure, it’s difficult to grieve, move on, make peace and nurture your inner Ewok or whatever it is the self-help books tell us. When a TV show is cancelled before its story has been fully told, the result is an unscratchable itch.

That itch can have positive side effects. The creativity for instance, of fanfic and fan art, and the tenacity and camaraderie of doggedly pursued fan campaigns. The less positive side though is, well, not so pretty. Sleepless nights, anxiety at work, a tendency to grasp total strangers by the shoulders with both hands, hot stress-tears streaming down your cheeks, and cry “So did Lois and Clark raise that baby or what?
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Party Down: a Us sitcom that richly deserves your time

Hollywood-set comedy Party Down ran for two great seasons, with a cast including Adam Scott, Lizzy Caplan, Jane Lynch and more…

David Brent-isms. “The Gareth” (a haircut inversely as popular with the viewing public as “The Rachel”). Making us well up at the mere mention of Only You by Yazoo. Martin Freeman’s face.

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s The Office gave us so much, not least its intermittently excellent Us remake and the many other sitcoms it inspired. Its hand-held single camera style and wryly observed mundanity became so seminal that for a period in 2009, it was technically illegal to launch a new Us sitcom that didn’t emulate them.

Thus arrived Modern Family and Parks And Recreation, two shows filmed in the mockumentary style for no discernible reason besides a love of The Office and its Us remake. (Parks And Rec grew out of NBC originally
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Fall TV reviews: 'Benched' & 'The McCarthys'

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Fall TV reviews: 'Benched' & 'The McCarthys'
We finally had our first network cancellation of the fall season last week, when ABC dropped the ax on "Manhattan Love Story." Had the Alphabet waited one more week, we'd have made it through the first season in a while where all the new fall shows got to debut before one was canceled. But that was not to be, and instead we have our final new network fall show (with plenty more on the bench for midseason, or whatever the broadcast nets are willing to call it these days) coming up this week, along with a new cable comedy. Both, oddly, feature Jack McGee in a supporting role (the result of cable and network shows often filming on different schedules), and that — along with the fact that I don't feel strongly about either one at this stage — is enough excuse to put them together in the same post for a
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Party Down Is Now on Hulu! Please Enjoy These Bloopers and a Tiny Movie Update

Party Down Is Now on Hulu! Please Enjoy These Bloopers and a Tiny Movie Update
Brace yourselves because you're going to be able to either experience for the first time or relive the joy that is Party Down. The beloved Starz series is now on Hulu. That's right, all 20 episodes—yes, only 20 episodes of this show were ever produced—are now at your finger tips. Are we having fun yet? Party Down had one of the best ensembles around. We're talking Adam Scott, Megan Mullally, Ken Marino, Lizzy Caplan, Jane Lynch, Martin Starr and Ryan Hansen. The dark comedy hailed from Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas, Paul Rudd, John Enbom and Dan Etheridge. The show was canceled in 2010 and everybody has moved on to other projects. But talk of a movie revival has been making the rounds since...
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Ryan Hansen Would 'Chop Off A Toe' For A Party Down Movie

The return of Veronica Mars in movie form has given fans renewed hope that other TV shows might someday find their way back to the screen either big, or small. The underrated Starz comedy Party Down is one series many people hope will be revived in some form or another, whether it be a movie or another season of the show. So when we sat down to talk to Ryan Hansen about the Veronica Mars movie, we had to ask him what the update was on bringing Party Down back. In addition to sharing a vague update on the interest among the cast and producers, he joked that he'd chop off a toe if it would get the movie made. From the sound of it, there hasn't been much progress since it was reported that John Enbom was working on a script, and that was back in 2012. But from what
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'Crazy Ones' books 'Mork and Mindy' reunion; Eliza Coupe returns to TV with 'Benched' and more

News and notes from up and down the channel guide:

- "The Crazy Ones" has booked a "Mork and Mindy" reunion. Pam Dawber will reunite with Robin Williams 32 years after the series finale of their sitcom when she guest-stars on "The Crazy Ones" later this season as a free-spirited author who goes on a date with Williams' Simon Roberts. Williams says the reunion is "a dream come true" and Dawber adds that "it'll be a great week" because she hears the "Crazy Ones" set is "a very happy one."

- USA has picked up a legal comedy, "Benched," starring Eliza Coupe ("Happy Endings") and Jay Harrington ("Better Off Ted"). The show will follow Nina (Coupe), a corporate attorney, who suffers a public breakdown and ends up working as a public defender. Phil (Harrington) is her scruffy, gambling colleague. "Benched" will be executive-produced by Michaela Watkins, Damon Jones, John Enbom, Mark Gordon and Andrea Shay.
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USA Comedy Pilot ‘Benched’ Gets Series Order

USA Network has given a series order to comedy pilot Benched starring Eliza Coupe and Jay Harrington. The single-camera project hails from ABC Signature, marking the first series for ABC Studios’ boutique division. “Benched is one of those unique series that creates an immediate connection with the audience,” said USA Network president Chris McCumber. “The lead is played brilliantly by Eliza Coupe, who has undeniable chemistry with Jay Harrington’s character. Benched is a half-hour courtroom comedy that focuses on Nina (Coupe), a dedicated, career-driven corporate attorney who has a very public nervous breakdown after getting passed up for an expected promotion, and finds herself working as a public defender. Harrington stars as Nina’s new colleague, Phil, a tall, dark and handsome, if not a little scruffy, public defender and avid gambler. With Happy Endings alumna Coupe, Benched brings to USA a piece of the cult comedy series that
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Eliza Coupe Benched, Nabs Much-Deserved Starring Role In USA Comedy Pilot

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One of America’s funniest actresses has finally gotten herself a new leading role in a comedy pilot and all I can say is “What took those networks so long?” When you have someone as talented as Eliza Coupe is when it comes to making people laugh and she’s floating freely in the wind, just waiting to be snatched out of the air, you don’t wait this long to build a show around her! Happy Endings was cancelled nearly six months ago; Coupe should’ve landed a new series immediately afterwards, even before USA Networks decided not to pick up Happy Endings.

In fact, it’s USA that has shown an interest in Coupe’s new comedy; they’ve picked up Benched for a pilot presentation. The half-hour comedy comes from writers and executive producers Michaela Watkins, Damon Jones and John Enbom, with Enbom serving as showrunner. Mark Gordon
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Eliza Coupe to Star in USA Network Pilot Benched

Eliza Coupe to Star in USA Network Pilot Benched
Oh Happy day: Eliza Coupe is once again bringing her comedy chops to TV.

The Happy Endings aluma has been tapped to star in Benched, a single-camera project that received a pilot order from USA Network on Wednesday.

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From executive producers Michaela Watkins (Trophy Wife) and Damon Jones (The Groundlings), as well as Mark Gordon (Grey’s Anatomy) and Andrea Shay (Family Tools), the sitcom centers on a career-driven attorney who loses out on a promotion, suffers a nervous breakdown and rebounds as a public defender.
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'Happy Endings' alum Eliza Coupe to star in USA Network pilot

USA Network may have passed on Happy Endings but it hasn’t passed on Eliza Coupe.

The network announced today that it has green lit a new original half-hour comedy pilot starring Coupe as a corporate attorney who has a nervous breakdown after being passed up for a promotion and ends up working among the legal world’s underdogs as a public defender.

Titled Benched, the pilot was penned by Michaela Watkins (Trophy Wife), Damon Jones (The Groundlings), and John Enbom (creator of Party Down). Enbom will serve as showrunner.
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'Happy Endings' alum Eliza Coupe to star in USA Network pilot

USA Network may have passed on Happy Endings but it hasn’t passed on Eliza Coupe.

The network announced today that it has green lit a new original half-hour comedy pilot starring Coupe as a corporate attorney who has a nervous breakdown after being passed up for a promotion and ends up working among the legal world’s underdogs as a public defender.

Titled Benched, the pilot was penned by Michaela Watkins (Trophy Wife), Damon Jones (The Groundlings), and John Enbom (creator of Party Down). Enbom will serve as showrunner.
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Happy Endings’ Eliza Coupe Getting a USA Sitcom

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Happy Endings’ Eliza Coupe Getting a USA Sitcom
Happy Endings' Eliza Coupe will star in a new sitcom for USA, the network announced today. Benched, created and written by Michaela Watkins (currently killing it on Trophy Wife) and Damon Jones, is about a high-end corporate lawyer who has a public meltdown after she's passed over for a promotion and winds up working as a public defender. Party Down's John Enbom will serve as showrunner, and the rest of us here in the peanut gallery will serve as the cautiously hopeful public, because this sounds promising.
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USA Orders Comedy Presentation Starring Eliza Coupe & Produced By ABC Signature

USA Network has given a pilot presentation order to Benched, a courtroom single-camera comedy to star Happy Endings alumna Eliza Coupe. The project hails from ABC Signature, the boutique division of ABC Studios launched earlier this year with Tracy Underwood at the helm, which focuses on cable, emerging platforms, off-cycle and lower-cost programming for broadcast networks. ABC Studios-based the Mark Gordon Co. is co-producing Benched, which will be directed by Mike Fresco from a script by Saturday Night Live alumna Michaela Watkins and The Groundlings’ Damon Jones. Party Down co-creator John Enbom has come on board as showrunner and will executive produce alongside Watkins, Jones, Gordon and Andrea Shay. Benched centers on Nina (Coupe), a dedicated, career-driven corporate attorney who has a very public nervous breakdown after getting passed up for an expected promotion and finds herself working as a public defender. Her personal and professional worlds are turned
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