‘Selfie’ Full Episode Preview: Watch the series premiere!

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“Selfie” is not my cup of tea, but hey, it might be yours!

ABC’s newest comedy tells the tale of a social media celebrity (Karen Gillian, “Doctor Who”) who’s suffering through a #FirstWorldProblem. She hires Henry (John Cho, “Go On”) to handle damage control.

Though the show won’t debut until Tuesday, September 30, the Alphabet network has made its pilot episode available online.

I’ve drawn my conclusions. Now it’s your turn. Watch the pre-air premiere after the jump! Continue reading…

This Week in TV

robin-williams-dead-at-63Robin Williams:

  • Robin Williams Dead at 63 in Suspected Suicide (TVLine)
  • See Conan O’Brien and Will Arnett’s on-Air Tribute to Robin Williams (Vulture)
  • Conan Takes Some Time To Remember Robin Williams, The Best Talk Show Guest In The World (Uproxx)
  • #TBT: Robin Williams on “The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien” (Funny or Die)
  • The best of Robin Williams’ Reddit AMA (Vox)
  • Watch Jimmy Fallon Pay Tribute To Robin Williams, ‘The Muhammad Ali Of Comedy’ (Uproxx)
  • Where To Watch (Some Of) Robin Williams’ Work Right Now (Buzzfeed)
  • Emmy Producers Prepare Tribute for Robin Williams (TV Guide)
  • Robin Williams tribute to air on Oprah’s OWN (Entertainment Weekly)

New Media:

  • Mmm… Apps: FXNow Hopes to Rival HBO Go With ‘Simpsons World’ (The Hollywood Reporter)
  • For Its New Shows, Amazon Adds Art to Its Data (The New York Times)
  • Netflix Adds Four New Stand-Up Specials to Its Growing Comedy Line-Up (Decider)
  • Why BuzzFeed Is Launching Its Own Hollywood Studio (Variety)
  • The Most Torrented TV Shows And Movies By State (Uproxx)

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Pilot Watch 2014: ‘A to Z’ (Full Episode Preview)

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Show: “A to Z”

Starring: Cristin Milioti (“How I Met Your Mother”), Ben Feldman (“Mad Men”), Lenora Crichlow (“Back in the Game”), Christina Kirk (“Girls”), Henry Zebrowski (“Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell”) and Katey Sagal (“Sons of Anarchy”)

Genre: Single-camera comedy

Premiere Date: Thursday, October 2, 9:30 p.m., NBC

Direct Competition: Thursday Night Football/”The McCarthys” (CBS), “Gracepoint” (Fox), “Scandal” (ABC), “Reign” (CW)

Premise (in 140 characters or less): It’s love at first sight for Andrew and Zelda. It’s “How I Met Your Mother,” except it’s not.

Initial Reaction: This is your typical romantic comedy, but a good one at that! Continue reading…

Pilot Watch 2014: ‘Galavant’

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Show: “Galavant”

Starring: Joshua Sasse (“Rogue”), Timothy Omundson (“Psych”), Vinnie Jones (“The Cape”), Mallory Jansen (“Young & Hungry”) and Luke Youngblood (“Community”).

Genre: Musical / Single-camera comedy

Premiere Date: Midseason – Sundays, 8:00 p.m., ABC

Direct Competition: “Madam Secretary” (CBS), Sunday Night Football (NBC), “The Simpsons” (Fox)

Premise (in 140 characters or less): A celebrated hero must face the woman who broke his heart, as well as her new husband, the king.

Initial Reaction: So, it’s a unique programming choice. I’ll give ‘em that! And there’s sure to be some “Once Upon a Time” fans who’ll be enticed by the notion of another weekly fairytale. This isn’t for me, though. Continue reading…

This Week in TV

true-detective-s01-artworkIndustry Buzz:

  • 21st Century Fox Withdraws Bid for Time Warner (Variety)
  • Did the Writer of “True Detective Plagiarize Thomas Ligotti and Others? (Lovecraft eZine)
  • “True Detective” Creator, HBO Dismiss Plagiarism Allegations (TV Guide)
  • Senators Propose Letting Cable Customers Decide Which TV Stations They Want (Variety)
  • Viacom Demands Cablevision Loses Rights to MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central (The Hollywood Reporter)
  • “The Big Bang Theory” Drama Ends as Actors Close In on Mega-Bucks Deals (Variety)
  • NBC & Sony TV Close Deal For Bill Cosby Comedy Project (Deadline Hollywood)

TV Trends:

  • The Uncertain Fate of TV’s Most Radical Get-Rich-Quick Scheme (The AV Club)
  • Self-Gatekeeping: The Shifting Demographics of the 10/90 (Culture Learnings)
  • TV Upfront Commitments Drop for First Time in Five Years (The Hollywood Reporter)
  • Netflix Originals “House of Cards,” “Orange Is the New Black” Watched by Fewer Than Half of Subs, Study Finds (Variety)
  • This Is What Black People Watch (And Don’t Watch) On Premium Cable (Buzzfeed)

Renewals:

  • NBC Renews “Welcome To Sweden” For Second Season (Deadline Hollywood)
  • “Girl Meets World” Renewed for Season 2 (TVLine)

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Pilot Watch 2014: ‘Manhattan Love Story’

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Show: “Manhattan Love Story”

Starring: Analeigh Tipton (“Crazy, Stupid, Love.”), Jake McDorman (“Shameless”), Nicolas Wright (“White House Down”), Jade Catta-Preta (“Californication”) and Kurt Fuller (“Better with You”).

Genre: Single-camera comedy

Premiere Date: Tuesday, September 30, 8:30 p.m., ABC

Direct Competition: “NCIS” (CBS), “The Voice” (NBC), “Utopia” (Fox), “The Flash” (CW)

Premise (in 140 characters or less): A misogynist (McDorman) and a cliché (Tipton) fall for each other after a series of unfortunate events.

Initial Reaction: The overuse of voiceover is glaringly obvious in the wake of an underdeveloped script.  Continue reading…

Pilot Watch 2014: ‘Fresh Off the Boat’

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Show: “Fresh Off the Boat”

Starring: Randall Park (“Veep”), Constance Wu, Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler and Ian Chen.

Genre: Single-camera comedy

Premiere Date: Midseason, ABC

Direct Competition: TBD.

Premise (in 140 characters or less): An Asian-American family moves from Washington D.C. to the suburbs of Orlando, find it difficult to assimilate in their new surroundings.

Initial Reaction: This is a far better pilot than “Black-ish” or “Selfie,” so why is it being shelved for midseason and/or potential burn off? It’s also the first sitcom to feature an all Asian-American cast since 1994′s “All-American Girl.” How is that okay?! Continue reading…

This Week in TV

  • britta-slow-news-day“The Big Bang Theory” Contract Battle: Sides Aim For Deals By Sunday (Variety)
  • How We Pulled Off This Year’s “Greendale Forever: TV Guide Magazine’s Tribute to ‘Community’” Panel (Franklin Avenue)
  • “Parenthood” Scoop: “Breaking Bad’s” Betsy Brandt Returning as Hank’s Ex (TVLine)
  • Brilliant “Breaking Bad” Street Art From Around The World (Buzzfeed)
  • “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” Season 2 Poster Promises Same Shift on a Different Day (TVLine)
  • Kyra Sedgwick will guest star on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Entertainment Weekly)
  • “Undateable” Renewed for Season 2 (TVLine)

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Netflix Unveils ‘BoJack Horseman’ – Trailer

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Netflix’s latest original series isn’t horsing around!

“BoJack Horseman” features an all-star voice ensemble, including Will Arnett (“The Millers”), Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”), Alison Brie (“Community”), Patton Oswalt (“King of Queens”), Paul F. Tompkins (“Speakeasy: With Paul F. Tompkins”), and comedienne Amy Sedaris (“Strangers with Candy”). On August 22, the streaming media giant will unleash all 12 episodes about a has-been sitcom star looking to make his comeback. Did I mention he’s a horse?

It’s almost certain – nay, certainly going to be your new summer obsession.  Continue reading…

Elizabeth Banks, Ryan Hansen Team for New Paramount Comedy ‘Resident Advisors’

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Executive producers Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman (“Pitch Perfect”) are bringing the workplace comedy to a whole new venue: the college dormitory.

“Resident Advisors,” starring Ryan Hansen (“2 Broke Girls,” “Burning Love”), Jamie Chung (“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”), Alison Rich (“College Humor Originals”), Andrew Bachelor (“House of Lies”), Graham Rogers (“Revolution”) and Anna Camp (“Pitch Perfect”), will follow the misadventures of a group of resident advisors juggling sex, drugs and midterms.

Paramount Digital Entertainment is producing the comedy, but is not yet confirming a digital outlet or release date. Paramount’s other programs, including “Hotwives of Orlando” and “Burning Love,” air on Hulu Plus.  Continue reading…