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Jonah Hill Talks the Fate of 'Allen Gregory,' '21 Jump Street' & Co-Hosting 'Live! With Kelly'

by Maggie Furlong, posted Dec 2nd 2011 11:00AM
Jonah HillFrom Oscar buzzy sports drama 'Moneyball' with Brad Pitt, to his turn re-imagining an '80s classic with the big screen '21 Jump Street,' to his Fox animated series 'Allen Gregory' and a stint co-hosting 'Live! with Kelly' next week, it's safe to say that Jonah Hill is having an awesomely schizophrenic moment in his career.

I caught up with the actor/writer/producer/funnyman to find out about the fate of 'Allen Gregory' (season finale airs Sun., Dec. 4, 8:30PM ET on Fox), his absurdly inappropriate animated series that finds him voicing a precocious seven-year-old who sips fine wine and lusts after his geriatric school principal. The show's gotten mixed reviews and has done little in terms of ratings for its first batch of episodes -- and, as expected, it was nowhere on the midseason schedule Fox just unveiled -- but that's fine by Hill.

"I just think everything on TV is so boring that our show ... [laughs] look, our show is not exactly killing it in the ratings," Hill laughed. "We're not a show that's gonna win a bunch of Emmys or get 20 million viewers a week. But we totally stand by what we do and aren't gonna change that for anything. Our central love story is between a six-year-old kid and a hideous 80-year-old lady, you know? I feel really prideful that we got that on the air."

Check out the rest of our chat, including scoop on his 'Jump Street' costar Channing Tatum and his next project that'll reunite him with some old pals, after the jump.

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Lust and Lies on 'Allen Gregory' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 7th 2011 8:25AM
'Allen Gregory' sex tapeIt's hard fitting in when you're the new kid in school, but we're not sure that 'Allen Gregory' (Sun., 8:30PM ET on FOX) is going the right way about it. This week, overcome with lust for Principal Gottlieb, the precocious Allen pretends that he has a sex tape of him and the principal getting it on.

Never mind that Allen's only seven years old and his classmates have basically no idea what he's talking about, he follows through with his plan to the end and destroys the supposed sex tape in front of the class and the principal. Supposedly in order to spare her blushes and save her relationship.

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'Allen Gregory' Falls Madly In Love With ... His Principal? (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 31st 2011 4:45AM
'Allen Gregory' - 'Pilot'It's pretty rare for an animated series to be so clear in its vision with the very first episode, but 'Allen Gregory' (Sun., 8:30PM ET on FOX) seems to know exactly what it's going to be about. It has a crisp look, well-defined characters and a lead who's completely unlikable but utterly fascinating.

Voiced by Jonah Hill, Allen Gregory is more than just another genius grade schooler. He's arrogant, socially clueless and way more confident than he should be. And he's apparently into much, much, much older women.

When he first lays eyes on his principal -- and the first thing he sees is her behind -- he's immediately whisked off into a rather disturbing fantasy, to say the least, of the two of them jet-setting together on a romantic getaway.

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Reviews: 'Allen Gregory' Disappoints But 'Beavis and Butt-Head' Rock Their Return

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 27th 2011 1:30PM
MTV has produced a lot of iconic images over the years, but when it comes to audio, its finest achievement may be a pair of unmistakable giggles.

'Beavis and Butt-head' (10PM ET Thursday, MTV) and their instantly recognizable "heheh hehehes" are back, but the news that Mike Judge and the network were resuscitating the slacker duo was a little scary when it emerged last year.

I have many fond memories of the way Beavis and Butt-head fearlessly and sophomorically commented on the overblown music videos and pop-culture icons of the '90s, but in a few years, I'll be exiting television's most desirable demographic, and I probably left MTV's a decade or two ago. Would new-school Beavis and Butt-head have relevance for those unfamiliar with their breathy giggles or would the show return as a musty and ultimately irrelevant museum piece aimed at the nostalgia crowd?

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Talking TV Scares Up 'Grimm,' 'Chuck,' 'Allen Gregory' and 'Sons of Anarchy'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 26th 2011 2:45PM
Good news (we hope) for SAMCRO fans: Now that 'Breaking Bad' has concluded its fourth season and we're not gabbing about that drama every week, Ryan McGee and I will be discussing 'Sons of Anarchy' weekly until 'SOA' ends its fourth season Nov. 29. In the final segment in this week's Talking TV podcast, we talk about Tuesday's eventful episode.

Before that, behold the magic: We talk briefly about the return of 'Beavis & Butt-head' on MTV on Thursday, the arrival of the new crime drama 'Whitechapel' on BBC America Wednesday, and the debut of 'Allen Gregory,' Jonah Hill's new animated comedy, Sunday on Fox. Then we talk for longer periods about 'Chuck's' return on Friday and the debut of the supernatural detective drama 'Grimm' the same night on NBC.

Running times are below.

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Jonah Hill Previews 'Allen Gregory' and Talks About His Feud With Matthew Morrison (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 24th 2011 4:15PM
Jonah Hill has a new cartoon comedy coming out on Fox called 'Allen Gregory,' but all is not well within the Fox family. Hill dropped by 'Good Day LA' (weekdays, 7AM PT on Fox) to preview the new show and also discussed his ongoing feud with 'Glee' star Matthew Morrison.

Hill wrote and voices 'Allen Gregory' (premieres Sun., Oct. 30, 8:30PM ET on Fox), which follows a genius, erudite seven-year-old who's just starting at public school. While Allen prefers to drink Pinot Grigio and watch Charlie Rose, his contemporaries are more into finger-painting. "In animation you can do things you can never do in live action, like I couldn't play a seven-year-old on TV, so we kind of thought that was cool and took it from there," Hill said.

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What to Watch: TV Picks for October 24 - 30

by Stephanie Earp, posted Oct 24th 2011 11:30AM
Allen Gregory - Sunday October 30, 8:30PM ET/PT, Global/Fox

Tonight marks the series premiere of a new animated series with the sweetest timeslot of the week. Voiced by Jonah Hill and French Stewart, it combines plot elements form 'Family Guy,' 'My Two Dads' and oddly, 'Frasier.' Hill plays Allen Gregory, a super-smart home-school kid who gets plopped into public school when the economy goes south. He's a hopeless snob, but I think we're supposed to like him because hey, we like Stewie Griffin. And the good news is, 'Bob's Burgers' isn't canceled, it's just resting and will return eventually.

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What To Watch: TV Picks for Oct 24-30

by Laura Prudom, posted Oct 23rd 2011 2:30PM
Marshall and LilyMONDAY, OCTOBER 24

'How I Met Your Mother' (8PM ET, CBS)

The gang begins to realize their romantic partner reminds them of one of their parents. Meanwhile, Barney and Nora's planned romantic evening is ruined by a string of bad events. Wayne Brady guest-stars as Barney's brother and Frances Conroy guests as their mother.

'2 Broke Girls' (8.30PM ET, CBS)
Caroline tries to build a Murphy bed for herself in Max's apartment, and the chemistry between Max and Johnny (Nick Zano) heats up.

'Hart of Dixie' (9PM ET, The CW)
Zoe discovers something shocking about the local minister (guest star Peter MacKenzie) and his wife (guest star Kerry O'Malley), causing quite a stir among the residents of Bluebell. Lemon is determined to find the funds to renovate the town's historic bridge that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, but first she is put in the extremely awkward position of having to convince Lavon to choose her proposal over so many other worthwhile submissions.

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Fall TV: The Kids Are All Right

by AOL TV Staff, posted Sep 8th 2011 12:00PM
'Modern Family'The great comedian W.C. Fields once famously said, "Never work with children or animals." But come on -- sometimes animals are really cute! Oh, and we guess children aren't so bad either. We kid, we kid ...

Whether you need a prematurely precocious tyke to spout one-liners, or a serious little man to play the heir to a lineage of serial killers, it's not the kind of thing you can just CGI in. To tell a real-life story, you're just gonna have to suck it up, work on your knock-knock jokes and get ready to act alongside real-life little ones.

Fall TV is chock full of children, but there are a few special squirts -- and several more mature minors -- that have caught our eye, including a new little Lily on 'Modern Family,' a hot 'Terra Nova' teen and an animated 40-year-old trapped in a 7-year-old's body.

Check out our favorite kids of the fall TV season after the jump ...

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Fox Orders More 'Napoleon Dynamite' & 'Allen Gregory,' 'Torchwood' Gets Good Start on Starz & More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 11th 2011 7:00PM
Allen GregoryBefore either show has debuted, Fox has handed out additional script orders to new cartoons 'Allen Gregory' and 'Napoleon Dynamite.'

According to Vulture, 'Gregory' received an order for six new scripts and 'Dynamite' got seven.

More script orders could happen this fall if Fox continues to like what it sees.

Look for 'Gregory' to premiere Oct. 30 after 'The Simpsons' traditional 'Treehouse of Horror' special. 'Dynamite' is set for mid-season.

In other TV news ...

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Fox Announces Fall 2011 Premiere Dates

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 23rd 2011 1:30PM
Terra NovaGet ready for singing teens, dinosaurs and cranky doctors -- Fox has announced the premiere dates for the fall 2011 season.

'Cops' kicks things off on Sat., Sept. 10 at 8PM. 'Glee' returns on Tues., Sept. 20 followed by the series premiere of 'New Girl' and Season 2 debut of 'Raising Hope.'

Simon Cowell's 'The X Factor' hits the air with a two-part episodes airing from 8-10PM on both Wed., Sept. 21 and Thurs., Sept. 22.

Dinosaur drama 'Terra Nova' makes its highly-anticipated debut with a two-hour episode on Mon., Sept. 26 at 8PM.

Check out the rest of the premiere dates below.

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Fox Pilots Snap Judgment: Our First Reactions to the New Shows

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 7th 2011 12:00PM
New Fox showsWe've seen the network's new fall pilots, and while they're not for review (things often change drastically before the shows are set to premiere), we do want to share our first reactions with you.

This is designed to get you excited for some new shows ... and to warn you to curb your enthusiasm for others. Just keep in mind that we'll have full reviews of the final pilots closer to airdate, in the fall or midseason. For now, here are our snap judgments of all of Fox's new shows for the 2011-2012 TV season.

There are seven shows total -- the good ('New Girl'), the bad ('I Hate My Teenage Daughter') and the why-the-hell-did-this-happen (animated 'Napoleon Dynamite') -- and plenty of varying opinions from Mo Ryan, Maggie Furlong, Jean Bentley, Chris Harnick, Alex Moaba, Alexis Moore and Laura Prudom.

Here's how we're breaking these down:
Watch It - awesome show, can't wait for more
Skip It - it's either horrible or just totally not their thing
DVR It - there's potential, will give it a second chance

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Fox Announces 2011-2012 Schedule

by Jean Bentley, posted May 16th 2011 9:30AM
The X FactorIn advance of this afternoons Upfront presentation in New York, Fox announced its fall 2011 TV schedule this morning. There aren't any big surprises, aside from the 'Bones' spinoff 'Finder' getting its debut at midseason instead of this fall as a contingency plan for Emily Deschanel's pregnancy like many predicted.

The long-delayed 'Terra Nova' finally gets its official debut this fall, with the Steven Spielberg-produced dinosaur show airing Monday nights at 8PM before 'House.' 'The X Factor' takes over 'American Idol''s time slot, and will help launch a new comedy on Wednesday nights.

Another interesting tidbit to note: 'America's Most Wanted' has been discontinued as a regular TV series; after 23 years Fox has decided to bring back the show in the form of occasional specials.

Check out the full lineup after the jump.

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'Napoleon Dynamite' Cartoon Series Coming to Fox

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 11th 2010 5:00PM
Napoleon DynamiteGet ready for all those obnoxious quotes from 2004 to make a resurgence: Fox has ordered a six-episode cartoon series of the inexplicably popular flick 'Napoleon Dynamite.'

According to the Live Feed, the original cast members -- including star Jon Heder -- will be lending their voices to the cartoon. 'Simpsons' veteran Mike Scully, along with Jared and Jerusha Hess, are writing and executive producing the project.

Fox has also ordered another teen-targeted cartoon, this one from 'Superbad' star Jonah Hill and 'Yes Man' writers Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul.

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