Comedy Central renews “Inside Amy Schumer,” Andy Daly’s “Review” and “TripTank”
Also, Comedy Central has ordered “Another Period,” a 1902-set comedy starring Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome as sisters, and “Idiotsitter."
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Comedy Central renews “Inside Amy Schumer,” Andy Daly’s “Review” and “TripTank”
I thought the best part of interviewing Andy Daly in Austin over the weekend would be getting a chance to witness the star of Comedy Central's "Review" channeling his fictional alter ego Forrest MacNeil and eating pancakes, as he did in the year's funniest half-hour of television. But though pancakes were, in fact, consumed (in the interests of accuracy, I should say that Daly ordered the short stack — albeit what turned out to be a Texas-sized short stack — and ate much, but not all, of it), the most exciting part of the interview was the news that Comedy Central was days away from announcing that "Review" (which had ended on a brilliant, but seemingly final, note) would return for a second season.
(In that same announcement, Comedy Central also renewed "Inside Amy Schumer" and the animated series "TripTank," as well as greenlighting two new series: "Another Period," starring Riki Lindhome and Natasha Leggero as rich, vapid sisters circa 1902; and "Idiotsitter," created by and starring Jillian Bell and Charlotte Newhouse as, respectively, a rich woman under house arrest in her daddy's mansion and the woman hired to keep her out of further trouble.)
And now that the renewal is official, here's our entire conversation in Austin, looking back over the brilliance of that first season, and ahead to how the show might work in season 2.
With his second solo album, “Lazaretto,” out Tuesday (10), Jack White continues on his exploration of American music. For all his talk of condemning others for being musical magpies, he proves to be quite one himself on the set: Whether he’s recalling Howling Wolf or The Band or even Lynyrd Skynrd, it’s easy to trace the new creation back to its musical forbearers.
Where White’s true talent lies is that he’s able to assimilate so many different styles into his music. “Lazaretto” works also most as two different albums: there are the gentle country-influenced acoustic tracks and the feral, primal, razor-edged electric tunes and he sells both of them with equal conviction. For the most part, both tread the same lyrical band: a sense of isolation that, in some cases, quietly creeps in and other times, announces its arrival with unrestrained howls.
As acclaimed a guitarist as White is, much of the album relies on stellar keyboard work. White sounds more comfortable here than he did on 2012’s “Blunderbuss.” The stylistic shifts may be jarring for some, but fans of White’s should be pretty used to his ability to be a Jack (White) of all trades by now.
Below is a track-by-track review:
“Three Women”: Sounding like a cross between The Band, Dr. John, and Lynyrd Skynyrd on this barrel-house piano blues rocker, White brags about the three women in his life who come visit him every night. Sure, it’s a big confusing keeping everyone happy, but he seems to be juggling just fine. It’s a fine, high energy kick off to the album: GRADE: B+
“Lazaretto”: Frenetic, jerky, fuzzy track that’s all about White’s kinetic electric guitar work and his jagged vocal delivery. Full of bleeps and effects, and an unexpected fiddle break, the title track is the album’s most lacerating track. GRADE: B
“Temporary Ground”: A beautiful, country-tinged acoustic track that examines a God that would leave here letting us believe we’ve found a safe haven when we’re really only on temporary ground. “All the creatures have it hard now/Nothing but God is left to know/ Why he left us all here hanging with an illusion of a home,” White sings as he trades lyrics with Lillie Mae Rische. A gorgeous alt-country tune that brings in acoustic guitars, fiddles, mandolin and pedal steel, while still sounding contemporary (with a nod back to very, very early Elton John). GRADE: A-
“Would You Fight For My Love”: “I’m getting better at becoming a ghost,” White declares on this mid-tempo, dense track about getting shattered by love. Lyrically, he’s most vulnerable than we usually hear him. Musically, he’s all over the map here from new wave to operatic background singers to screeching guitars. It’s a very busy tune and instead of his vocals sounding interesting, he just sounds like a David Byrne wanna be. GRADE: B-
“High Ball Stepper”: An woozy, psychedelic instrumental track that lets White show off his guitar chops and serves as a palate cleanser between the first and second halves of “Lazeretto.” GRADE: B-
“Just One Drink”: Straight-ahead country rocker that would have sounded right at home on a Georgia Satellites album. He loves her, but she doesn’t love him…same old story told in a familiar, but still refreshing way. GRADE: B+
“Alone In My Home”: Genial alt country track with White singing in a straight ahead style that we don’t normally hear. He’s once again broken and he again, as in “Would You Fight For My Love,” references becoming a ghost “so nobody can known me.” As jaunty as the playful piano may be, the lyrics are about isolating and escaping pain. GRADE: B
“Entitlement”: The alt country roll continues on this track that crosses Wilco with the Jayhawks. Lyrically he takes on those who can “take like Caesar and nobody cares” and how, despite being one of the entitled ones, he can’t quite do the same. “Stop what you’re doing and get back in line/I hear this from people all the time,” he bemoans. It’s a damned-you-do-damned-if-you-don’t song set to a nice mandolin that comes to a nice resolution. GRADE: B-
“That Black Bat Licorice”: A slinky, creeping track that finds White rhyming names like Columbo and Dumbo (the NYC neighborhood, not the baby elephant) in a trippy/, shape-shifting tune. Weird but it somehow works. GRADE: B-
“I Think I Found The Culprit”: “Birds of a feather may lay together/but the uglier one is always under the gun,” White sings as love and betrayal takes on the form of two birds on a windowsill. GRADE: B
“Want and Able”: White ends the album with a sloping, country parable that sounds very much like a Avett Brothers track: Want is never satisfied and always looking for more, while Able is the freedom to carry out our desires. GRADE: B
Philip Seymour Hoffman was supposed to be on tonight’s “Louie”
According to Jeremy Renner, Hoffman was supposed to be part of tonight’s 90-minute episode. Louis CK had already filmed a guest spot on Hoffman’s Showtime pilot “Happyish."
Still-retired Barbara Walters to interview the father of the Santa Barbara mass murderer
Peter Rodger, the “Hunger Games” assistant director, specifically requested that Walters interview him about his son, Elliot, who killed six people two weeks ago.
“Game of Thrones” enlisted an ex-North Carolina basketball player to play a giant
Neil Fingleton stands between 7-6 and 7-8.
“Revenge” makes James Tupper a series regular
Tupper, who plays Emily's dad, had recurred over the past three seasons.
“Royal Pains” announces a slew of guests
Oscar nominee Michael O’Keefe, “Greek's” Spencer Grammer and “Reaper’s” Tyler Labine will be among the guest-stars in Season 6.
Steven Spielberg wants Bryan Cranston to reprise his LBJ stage role for a TV miniseries
Spielberg, who directed Cranston in “Saving Private Ryan,” is close to obtaining the rights to the Tony-winning play Lyndon B. Johnson play “All the Way,” according to Deadline. That play won Cranston a Tony award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play.
Seasoned devotees of British TV comedy -- as well as any children of the 1990s with fond memories of "Drop Dead Fred" -- are feeling a twinge of sorrow today with the news that Rik Mayall has passed away at the age of 56. The comic actor and writer, who made a name for himself in 1982 with the cult BBC sitcom "The Young Ones," died in his London home this morning. The cause of death has not yet been announced, but is not being treated as suspicious.
“Once Upon a Time” casting for “Frozen’s” Queen Elsa, Anna and Kristoff
Elsa will appear in nine episodes, more than her other fellow “Frozen” characters.
Police: Driver in Tracy Morgan crash hadn’t slept in more than 24 hours
New Jersey State Police say Walmart truck driver Kevin Roper drove "without having slept for a period in excess of 24 hours."
Gov. Chris Christie will visit Jimmy Fallon on Thursday
The New Jersey governor’s visit to “The Tonight Show” on will be the first time he’ll see Fallon since "Late Night" skewered him with Bruce Springsteen over BridgeGate.
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” launches a food truck to campaign for the Emmys
Joe Lo Truglio will be aboard today as the truck travels through L.A. and Beverly Hills.
“Nathan For You’s” new season promo touts his “Dumb Starbucks” prank
The new promo also shows Brian Williams being fooled by a “pig” saving a goat.
Jay Leno has become a YouTube hit with his “Leno’s Garage” YouTube channel
Boasting 900,000 subscribers with 5 million views per month, the former “Tonight Show” host’s YouTube channel is No. 5 in the auto category.
J.Lo pulls out of World Cup’s opening ceremony
Jennifer Lopez provided this year’s World Cup anthem.
Jimmy Kimmel’s mom drives her son, Snoop Dogg and Psy to karaoke
Watch the trio surprise patrons at a karaoke bar while promoting Psy and Snoop Dogg’s new "Hangover" music video.
Watch an extended trailer for Jerry Seinfeld’s new “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” season
Aziz Ansari, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jon Stewart, Robert Klein and George Wallace are part of the 4th season, which premieres in 11 days.
Bravo gives a reality show to a New Jersey woman living in Alabama
Watch the trailer for “Jersey Belle.”
Watch “Hemlock Grove’s” Season 2 trailer
Warning: It’s not safe for work.
Check out HBO’s 2nd trailer for “The Leftovers”
This has a “Sounds of Silence” theme.
Introducing the Hodor keyboard app
The “Game of Thrones” character has inspired his own app, which replaces everything you type with “Hodor.”
“The Bridge” lands on Hulu Plus
Season 1 of the FX series is available today.
“Terry the Tomboy” from AwesomenessTV is getting a Nick TV movie
Lia Marie Johnson will star in a film airing June 21.
John Oliver spends 13 minutes attacking FIFA
Soccer, he says, "is an organized religion. And FIFA is its church."
Fast National ratings for Sunday, June 8, 2014.
On a busy Sunday night of live programming, there was actually very little competition at all. ABC's coverage of the second game of the NBA Finals dominated primetime in all measures. The Tony Awards telecast put CBS in second place overall, while NBC's Miss USA coverage eked out a distant second among young viewers.
All of those numbers will be prone to adjustments when Final Live+Same Day figures trickle in. As of now, the Tony Awards were flat from last year in the key demo and down a hair overall. Miss USA was up very slightly from last year.
FOX had the night's other couple notables, as "Enlisted" ticked down a tiny bit in total viewers, while the finale for "Cosmos" was down in most measures.
On to the numbers...
You have to give Psy credit, the Korean rapper continues to parlay his international fame that started with 2012’s “Gangnam Style” on little more than a few clever dance moves, not-particularly catchy, bleating beats, and videos that spread virally like wildfire.
Earlier this spring, the complete run of "Hill Street Blues" was released on DVD, and it was remarkable to see just how well the groundbreaking cop drama held up three decades later. Some elements of it felt dated, but on the whole, you could find common DNA with many of this century's best dramas.
How “Game of Thrones” pulled off the wall battle
Between 100 and 200 extras and four weeks of filming was allotted, but director Neil Marshall says the toughest scene to pull off was “probably the mammoth. Everything else exists in some form or another. Even the giants are like 8-foot-tall actors that we film against green screen and make them bigger. But the mammoth is 100 percent CG. So you have to plan out these sequences where you have stunts and then you’re going to put this giant and mammoth there, and leave room for them. Easily the most complex effects work I’ve done on anything.” PLUS: Kit Harington and Rose Leslie talk last night’s episode, how the book was different, this was "bravura cinema-on-TV” yet a very odd episode, there was a lot of action and yet very little happened, the producers relied on spectacle because there was less important raw material, this episode needed to happen years ago, and this was the best hour of action filmmaking this year, on TV or in film.
Bryan Cranston on winning a Tony: “It’s as strong as blue crystal meth”
The former “Breaking Bad” star also joked about playing Lyndon B. Johnson in “All the Way”: It’s “like I stole something," he quipped. "Every adult is seeking something ... And I found it. I stumbled on it. And I'm the luckiest guy in the world."
Comedian killed in crash was Tracy Morgan’s mentor
James McNair, AKA Jimmy Mack, not only worked as the former “30 Rock” star’s writer, but he shared a long history with Morgan. "He was one of the first comedians that took Tracy under his wing,” Morgan’s wife, Sabina, said of the 62-year-old Mack. "They were very close."
“Orange is the New Black” isn’t as popular as “House of Cards," based on illegal downloading
Season 2 of “OITNB” was illegally downloaded by 55,668 individuals, compared to 90,841 for “House of Cards” Season 2 in its first two days of release.
Shonda Rhimes tells Dartmouth grads: “My dreams can suck it”
The “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” honcho, who graduated from Dartmouth College in 1991, told graduates on Sunday: "Dreams are lovely, but they are just dreams -- fleeting, ephemeral, pretty,” adding: "My dreams did not come true, but I worked very hard and ended up building an empire out of my imagination, so my dreams can suck it."
“Everwood” cast reunites without some of its biggest stars
Treat Williams and former real-life couple/TV siblings Chris Pratt and Emily VanCamp didn’t attend Saturday’s reunion at the ATX Television Festival. But much of the cast was there, including Gregory Smith a grown-up Vivien Cardone and creator Greg Berlanti. PLUS: See reunion photos.
Tony Awards was more than a “Hey, we’re just like the movies” ceremony
The Tony broadcast rolled out so many people from the movie world, it seemed to try to fool viewers into thinking the theater was like the big screen. Yet there was a subtext to the broadcast, as Neil Genzlinger points out, that showed how tough it was to put on eight live performances per week. PLUS: The best and worst moments, LL Cool J and T.I. rap “The Music Man,” Jonathan Groff paid tribute to John Travolta, Neil Patrick Harris grinded on Sting, and Hugh Jackman was terrific.
“Mulaney” star Nasim Pedrad doubts she’ll be on “SNL” next season
Pedrad has been filming both Lorne Michaels-produced shows -- which film in L.A. and NYC -- since December. But Pedrad doesn’t think she’ll have time to be on the “Saturday Night Live” cast for its 40th season. “I haven’t heard any official word so far, but I love this show so much,” she says.
Oxygen orders “Sisterhood of Hip Hop” reality show
The “docuseries” will focus on upcoming female emcees, or “femcees.”
“Roswell” cast reunites for 15th anniversary
Diehard “Roswell” fan Snooki from “Jersey Shore” was also in attendance at Sunday’s ATX Television Festival. PLUS: See the cast pic.
Matthew McConaughey presented ex Sandra Bullock with the “Decade of Hotness” prize at Guys Choice Awards
“What decade? I have several under my belt,” responded Bullock.
“GMA’s” Ginger Zee weds
The TV meteorologist married NBC News correspondent Ben Aaron over the weekend.
Former “Bachelorette” Emily Maynard had a secret wedding
Maynard married fiance Tyler Johnson on Saturday after telling guests that they were attending an engagement party.