Thursday, January 6, 2011

From LA Examiner: The Web Is The Place For Original Programming; Mark-Paul Gosselaar Will Be Back On My TV Come Summer...


"Childrens Hospital shooting season three in Los Angeles; Hilarity Ensues"

Season three of Childrens Hospital is currently shooting in Los Angeles, embarking on a six-week schedule that will feature content more akin to House than the Grey’s Anatomy it parodied in its inception. The cast and creators are already knee-deep, working on the fourth and fifth episodes, but they took some time out of their busy schedule to wake up critics and journalists at the winter press tour today in Pasadena. Being the first panel of the morning can be a daunting task, but this group knows how to put on a show! ... [MORE]


"Franklin & Bash: Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer making lawyers look fun!"

Mark-Paul Gosselaar was last seen as a series star in a heavy law drama from Steven Bochco called Raising the Bar. In that series, he was a noble lawyer who often came up against his own moral code when in the courtroom, paid to represent a particular client. These days, though, he just finished filming Franklin & Bash, which, though will air this summer on TNT, the network that “knows drama”, has a much heavier humorous hand. That is an element that drew Gosselaar to the project initially; he wanted to lighten the mood a bit and get away from the stoic seriousness... [MORE]


"Cougar Town and ABC are coming for web domination"

Cougar Town has really come into its own with a unique brand of quirky humor winning over longtime Courteney Cox fans and skeptic critics alike (LA TV Insider Examiner falls into both categories, by the way). Showrunner Bill Lawrence has embraced making fun of his own show's title; in fact, the most recent episode's title card said it's new year's resolution was to embrace the name...and lose six pounds. Furthermore, though, the writers have really tweaked the characters into an ensemble-- a somewhat unorthodox family-- and allowed each of their unique personalities moments to shine. Cougar Town is making a strong case to take down its lead in, Modern Family, and now it is going for the web, too... [MORE]


"Tosh.0 and Portlandia are the new wave of short-form entertainment on television"

Clip and sketch shows seem to be all the rage these days. What was once a very specific (and somewhat questionable, quite frankly) art has exploded into a pop culture trend. More of today's youth get their news from programs like The Daily Show than FOX or MSNBC, so we really shouldn't be surprised that they want to see what is happening in the world of entertainment the same way: shortened and with a lot of snark! And while Joel McHale and The Soup certainly had the handle on the niche market for a while, spin-offs like Web Soup and rivals like Tosh.0 are proving there is a large part of today's entertainment landscape carved out for commentary programming... [MORE]

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