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Fox Orders More 'Bob's Burgers'

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 31st 2011 1:00PM
Fox Orders Bob's BurgersDelicious news, TV fans: Fox has ordered an extra helping of 'Bob's Burgers.'

Season 2 of 'Bob's Burgers' will now be 22 episodes, up from the previously announced 13. Season 2 premieres midseason.

"Last season, 'Bob's Burgers' infused our Sunday lineup with a fresh new voice that was fully embraced by our Animation Domination fans," Kevin Reilly, president of entertainment at Fox, said in a statement. "Loren Bouchard, Jim Dauterive and the team have done an amazing job with the show, and we've got one of the most talented and hilarious voice casts in the business, so we look forward to seeing what they cook up for the next nine episodes."

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'Jon Benjamin Has a Van' ... And a Lot of Random Funny Stories to Tell

by Kim Potts, posted Jun 14th 2011 10:30AM
'Jon Benjamin Has a Van' ... and what a van it is! The voice behind 'Archer' and 'Bob's Burgers,' H. Jon Benjamin (actually, he's dropped the 'H' here ... see below) is starring, voice and body, in the new Comedy Central fake news/sketch comedy series (premieres Tues., June 14, 10:30PM ET; moves to its regular timeslot on Wed., June 15, 10:30PM ET).

The show finds the frequently animated actor and comedian roving around in his super cool van in the pursuit of stories -- like the man who has pre-traumatic stress disorder, old people trying to use the Internet and a war between the gangsters of Little Italy and their miniature enemies in little Little Italy.

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Fox Renews 'Bob's Burgers,' Robert Sean Leonard Might Leave 'House' and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 7th 2011 6:00PM
Bob's BurgersFox has ordered a new batch of 'Bob's Burgers.'

(Listen, people, the pun writes itself.)

The network announced today that its freshman animated series will return for a second season in the fall.

"'Bob's Burgers' has proved to be a perfect neighbor to our slate of fan-favorite animated families this year," said Fox president of entertainment Kevin Reilly. "The series has found its own really unique, irreverent voice and is doing consistent business for us on Sundays, so we're excited to serve up another season to the fans."

The show follows a family-run burger joint.

In other TV news ...

'House' star Robert Sean Leonard says this could be his last season on the Fox show. The star's contract is up at the end of the current season, and he might want to spend his time on Broadway and with his family instead. [TV Line]

'My So-Called Life' will start airing on the Sundance Channel on April 25. Could Sundance, which also airs 'The Comeback,' become the new home to beloved-but-canceled series? [THR]

Collette Wolfe, who plays Travis's girlfriend on 'Cougar Town,' has joined a new pilot. The actress will co-star alongside Ryan Hansen on ABC's 'Lovelines.' She replaces Amanda Loncar in the comedy. [TV Line]

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Bob Inadvertently Invites His 'Night-Time Friends' to Tina's 13th Birthday Party on 'Bob's Burgers' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 7th 2011 7:11AM
'Bob's Burgers' - 'Sheesh! Cab, Bob?'Good intentions lead to ... interesting results as Bob takes on another job to help pay for his daughter's big 13th birthday party on 'Bob's Burgers' (Sun., 8:30PM ET on FOX). Unfortunately, moonlighting as a taxi driver led to long nights and even stranger cab-fellows.

His worlds collided when some of his "night-time friends" started showing up at Tina's party.

"You invited transvestite prostitutes to our daughter's birthday party?" Linda asked Bob.

"No. Maybe. This week has been kind of a blur," he admitted. A blur of alcohol and partying it up in his new night-life.

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When Linda Adds Dinner Theater to 'Bob's Burgers,' The Guests Think a Robbery is Part of the Show (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 21st 2011 5:36AM
'Bob's Burgers' - 'Hamburger Dinner Theater'After Linda got the musical theater itch on 'Bob's Burgers' (Sun., 8:30PM ET on FOX), she had an absolutely terrible idea. Why not incorporate musical theater into the dinner experience? How could that go wrong?

Well, the problem was that the production the family put on was just awful. It would have gotten appropriately negative reviews as well if not for a fortuitous, albeit horrible, incident that happened at the end.

The diner got robbed. Unfortunately, the patrons thought it was just a twist in the show. And once the robber figured this out, he played along as if it was.

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Bob Has an Accident When He Misses His Afternoon 'Meeting' on 'Bob's Burgers' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 14th 2011 6:42AM
'Bob's Burgers' - 'Sexy Dance Fighting'If 'Bob's Burgers' (Sun., 8:30PM ET on FOX) is trying to capture that sense of realism that made 'King of the Hill' a hit for so many years, they've certainly tapped into something real this week. Incredibly uncomfortable, but real.

When Bob's daughter Tina gets into a kind of martial art, she begins to spend more and more time in classes. It's more because the teacher is ripped and never wears a shirt than any desire on her part to learn anything he has to teach.

The problem for Bob is that he's a very regular man. As in, he has a "meeting" every day at the same time, and usually Tina is on-hand to cover the grill at the restaurant so he can take care of business, so to speak.

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Bob Makes Up With, and Then Out With, a Cow on 'Bob's Burgers' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 24th 2011 1:45AM
'Bob's Burgers' - 'Sacred Cow'Poor Bob. After making a living off of hamburgers, he had to go and befriend a cow. That connection put his livelihood in jeopardy. So when the cow died on 'Bob's Burgers' (Sun., 8:30PM on FOX), Bob needed a pep talk from his subconscious to be able to move on.

"Turn me into something amazing," the cow encouraged him after he fainted and had a vision of himself in the clouds with the cow.

It was just the moment of clarity Bob needed to get his life and business back on track.

"Kiss me," the cow said.

Well, that took a strange turn. Not nearly as strange as what his family saw when they looked down on his unconscious body and saw his making-out kissy-face. Tongue, Bob? Ew.

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'Bob's Burgers' Cast Talks Getting Animated & Big Guest Stars (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jan 21st 2011 11:00AM
'Bob's Burgers' is the most appropriately inappropriate addition to Fox's Sunday night animation lineup in a long time.

Following burger dive proprietor Bob (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin) and his family of misfits -- including wife Linda (John Roberts) and children Louise (Kristen Schaal), Gene (Eugene Mirman) and Tina (Dan Mintz) -- the show isn't afraid of a little weird (like Louise's ever-present and adorable bunny ears) and a lot of awkward (daughter Tina, voiced by a man, had a serious case of itchy crotch in episode one).

I caught up with the cast to find out a little more about their characters, which big names are lending their voices to the show and what's next for Bob and his possibly inhumane/possibly human burger meat.

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Sundays With Seth: 'American Dad,' 'Family Guy' and 'Cleveland Show' Recaps

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 17th 2011 8:15AM
'American Dad' - 'Fart-Break Hotel']['American Dad' - 'Fart-Break Hotel']
['Family Guy' - 'And I'm Joyce Kinney']
['The Cleveland Show' - 'How Do You Solve a Problem Like Roberta?']

Well, things have certainly changed on the FOX Sunday lineup, and it looks like 'American Dad' is getting the short end of this particular stick. To make room for 'Bob's Burgers' in the post-'Simpsons' slot, FOX has shifted 'The Cleveland Show' to 9:30 PM ET, after 'Family Guy.' That move booted 'American Dad' to the top of the night, so to speak, at 7:30 PM ET.

Unfortunately, that's kind of before primetime even starts, and ratings history has shown that shows airing before 8 PM ET don't do so well in the ratings.

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Bob Slowly Goes Crazy Trapped in the Walls of His House on 'Bob's Burgers' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 17th 2011 6:58AM
'Bob's Burgers'It seemed like such a good idea at first. Upon learning that his in-laws were coming to stay the night, Bob decided to pretend he was stuck in the walkway inside the walls of his house on 'Bob's Burgers' (Sun., 8:30PM on FOX). What followed was a bizarre series of events in the house and restaurant as Bob interacted with his family through the walls.

Unfortunately, he eventually discovered that he really was stuck, and after his wife learned he'd been initially lying about his predicament, she called off attempts to save him. Now stuck for real in the tiny confines of the walkways, Bob started to lose his mind.

Thanks to a camera he'd borrowed, he recorded it as well, though we doubt the camera caught the giant glowing bear serving him bootleg hooch in the speakeasy he "discovered" in the walls.

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Sundays With Seth: 'Family Guy' and 'Cleveland Show' Recaps

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 10th 2011 6:40AM
Drew Carey, 'Family Guy'['Family Guy' - 'New Kidney in Town']
['The Cleveland Show' - 'Ain't Nothing but Mutton Bustin'']

'American Dad' always seems to be the unloved stepchild of the FOX Sunday lineup. It gets pre-empted and bumped around more than anything, and this week was no exception.

With 'Bob's Burgers' premiering this week at 8:30PM ET, 'Cleveland' jumped to 9:30PM and 'American Dad' got the night off. When it comes back next week, it'll be in its new unfriendly 7:30PM timeslot.

That's where shows like ''Til Death' and 'King of the Hill' went when FOX didn't know what else to do with them but wasn't ready to put them down yet. Of course, if 'Bob' doesn't click with audiences, 'Dad' may be called back up to the big leagues before we know it.

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'Bob's Burgers' Sees the Restaurant Accused of Serving Human Meat (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 10th 2011 3:26AM
'Bob's Burgers'FOX took another stab at a new animated series for their Sunday "Animation Domination" block. 'Bob's Burgers' (Sun., 8:30PM on FOX) is from the same creative team that brought us the uniquely bizarre 'Dr. Katz.'

'Bob' is much more traditional than 'Katz' was, but it still has that subversive edge to it.

This premiere saw the restaurant under siege from the Health Department after daughter Louise spread a rumor that the meat was made from human flesh. The fact that the restaurant is set next to a mortuary made things even worse. The fact that the health inspector used to date Bob's wife, Linda, turned it into a nightmare.

And yet, after fighting all episode against the stigma of serving human meat, it turned out to give them one of their best days ever.

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Odd But Funny 'Bob's Burgers' Is a Good Fit For Fox's Sunday Animation Block

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 8th 2011 2:00PM
'Bob's Burgers'After years of trying to figure out what to pair with 'The Simpsons' and 'Family Guy' on Sunday nights, FOX hit on a successful formula: Give Seth MacFarlane every timeslot after the venerable 'Simpsons.' It works, even if it made the night somewhat monolithic in nature. So any attempt at bringing in other voices to the 'Animation Domination' lineup should be welcomed.

Enter Loren Bouchard, who produced the "squigglevision" cult hit 'Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist' and the short-lived but well-regarded 'Home Movies.' His contribution to the FOX Sunday lineup is 'Bob's Burgers,' which debuts Sunday, January 9 at 8:30PM ET. It's a show that takes its cues as much from Adult Swim as it does its FOX counterparts. But for all of it's irreverence and oddity, there's a sweet tone underneath that makes the show more accessible than most of its AS cousins.

Oh, and it's also pretty damn funny, to boot.

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Talking TV Podcast Takes on 'Episodes,' 'Southland,' 'The Cape,' 'Doctor Who' and More

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jan 3rd 2011 12:00PM
Happy New Year! I hope 2011 is treating you right so far.

For those of us covering TV, the new year ushered in one of the busiest mid-seasons in recent memory. A lot of new shows are debuting, many notable shows are returning and Ryan McGee and I tried to cover quite a few of early January's offerings in this week's super-sized Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan podcast.

We gave our impressions of 'V' (and you can find my season 2 review of that ABC show here), 'Southland,' 'Downton Abbey,' 'Bob's Burgers,' 'Shameless,' 'The Cape' and Matt LeBlanc's new Showtime series, 'Episodes.' Just for fun, we also talked a bit about the recent 'Doctor Who' special that aired on Christmas Day.

Please note that in the next few days, I'll be posting full reviews of many of these programs (though not for 'Bob's Burgers' or 'Southland'). Read on for the running times of the various podcast dicussions, and also for news on notable reruns beginning this week.

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New 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand' Lead Almost Cast, 'Bones' Spinoff Postponed and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Nov 9th 2010 11:30AM
'Spartacus: Blood and Sand'According to a new report, Starz is not far from naming Andy Whitfield's replacement on its hit series 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand.'

Deadline reports that Stephen Amell, Aiden Turner and Liam McIntyre are the final three actors in the running from the role, which Whitfield bowed out of after his cancer returned in September. The three are flying to New Zealand for screen tests with the cast, and a new Spartacus could be named within the next week.

In other TV news ...

Former 'ER' star Goran Visnjic will appear on the two-part season finale of 'Leverage.' The actor will play Damian Moreau, the "ruthless" international businessman the team has been chasing all season long. [TV Guide]

Fox will air an extended promo of its new show, 'Bob's Burgers,' on Thanksgiving night. The series, about a diner owner and his family, will premiere in January. [Variety]

The planned 'Bones' spinoff/new series launching pad has been postponed until the spring due to "creative reasons." The episode would introduce a new character, an eccentric man who's good at finding things named Walter Sherman, who would then get a new show based on the 'Locator' book series by Richard Greener. [Movieline]

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