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Jason Can't Catch a Break at Work or in Love on 'I Just Want My Pants Back' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 29th 2011 7:40AM
Chris Parnell, 'I Just Want My Pants Back' premiereFour years after the book became a funny success for author David J. Rosen, 'I Just Want My Pants Back' (Sun., 11PM ET on MTV) became the newest entry in MTV's burgeoning scripted comedy department, joining 'Awkward.' and the just cancelled 'The Hard Times of RJ Berger.'

But while those latter two series focus on the foibles and struggles of high school, 'Pants' jumps way ahead to the post-collegiate demographic. Still in the forefront, though, are sex and relationships. But after a string of flings, lead Jason finds himself more interested in his latest conquest.

He can't seem to get her off of his mind, though he has no idea how to find her considering she gave him a fake number after their one-night stand. In an attempt to deflect his feelings to his friends, he resorts to the title of the sitcom. She took and wore a pair of his jeans when she left.

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'Big Lake' - Parents Vs. Kids ... to the Death (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 1st 2010 11:35AM
'Big Lake' - Parents Vs. Kids ... to the DeathHaving children is a blessing and a joy, of course. But having kids is also a reminder of the primal state of nature, where siring offspring is an inevitable sign that the decline and death of the adult is soon to come. ... Yeah. Whoa. Heavy stuff, right? Don't blame us. We didn't bring it up. Mrs. Franklin on 'Big Lake' brought it up.

On the latest episode (Tue., 10PM ET on Comedy Central), Linda Franklin (Deborah Rush) is talking to her husband Carl (played by James Rebhorn), in front of a living room full of children. She tells Carl that he should be proud of their brood of sons. But then, unfortunately, she keeps on talking ... and talking ... and talking. "[Look at] you, proud lion," Linda says to him, at least starting out on an upbeat note. "Staring out over your cubs, protective and majestic."

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On the Set of 'Big Lake,' Comedy Central's New Show

by Chris Jordan, posted Aug 16th 2010 3:00PM
Big LakeThe bespectacled Chris Gethard is a ubiquitous presence on he set at Comedy Central's new comedy, 'Big Lake,' at Silvercup Studios in Queens, New York.

The star of the upcoming series, which debuts Tue., Aug. 17 at 10PM ET, has a tendency to wander around on dark sets or by the backstage lunch table, oblivious to everything except the script he's holding in his hands. He can be so focused on re-reading lines for upcoming scenes that you get the feeling he might walk into something.

"I'm just getting my lines down,'' said Gethard, a veteran of the city's Upright Citizens Brigade comedy troupe. "I have to memorize 90 pages a week and it really is overwhelming. It's not uncommon to see me wandering around mumbling to myself.''

It's OK as long as he's not mumbling on screen. It's been whirlwind for Gethard since he took over the main role on the Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy–produced comedy this spring for the suddenly departed Jon Heder. Noted comic writer Lew Morton ('Saturday Night Live,' 'Futurama') created 'Big Lake' and is writing, and 'Saturday Night Live' alums Horatio Sanz and Chris Parnell co-star.

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Holiday Special Casting News for 'Warehouse 13' and 'Eureka'

by Ryan McKee, posted Aug 11th 2010 11:00AM
Remember getting excited for the TV Christmas specials as a child? Instead of now, where you dread the holiday hiatus your favorite shows take. Well, the people at Syfy seem to remember that joy, and they're already working on how to recreate it for you this holiday season.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Judd Hirsch and Paul Blackthorne will guest star on 'Warehouse 13' for the network's first-ever stand-alone holiday episode. Hirsh is cast as Artie's estranged father, while Blackthorne is playing a workaholic who encounters a Santa-obsessed thief. It looks like Syfy will be pouring a lot of eggnog into their flagship show.

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Gethard in for Heder on Comedy Central's 'Big Lake'

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 12th 2010 11:00AM
Chris Gethard replaces Jon Heder on Comedy Central's 'Big Lake'Two weeks ago, Jon Heder ('Napoleon Dynamite') dropped out of a sitcom for Comedy Central produced by Gary Sanchez Productions. As it turns out, the company, led by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy, had their replacement already on hand.

Sanchez has tapped Chris Gethard, who has a small role in their summer action comedy 'The Other Guys,' to replace Heder in the sitcom, which is now tentatively called 'Big Lake.'

Gethard is far from Heder's level of fame (his other project this summer is 'It's Not You' with Shannon Elizabeth and Steve Guttenberg), but Gethard comes with an impressive pedigree outside of television. He's a staple at the Upright Citizen's Brigade in New York (the New York Times recently featured one of his more inventive shows).

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Heder Leaves Comedy Central Over Creative Differences

by Scott Harris, posted Mar 30th 2010 10:00AM
Hey guys, remember Jon Heder? About ye tall, curly hair, was once the hottest young comedy star on the market back when 'Napoleon Dynamite' blew up big in 2004? Well, if you're wondering what Heder has been up to recently, here's what he's not doing: a sitcom for Comedy Central.

That's because, according to the Ausiello Files, Heder has abruptly dropped out of his latest project, an untitled Comedy Central sitcom produced by Heder's 'Blades of Glory' co-star Will Ferrell. Set to begin production within the month, the series was to star Heder as a man who moves back in with his parents. Now those plans are on hold thanks to that dreaded Hollywood disease, creative differences.

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'Archer' - 'Dial M for Mother' Recap (Season Finale)

by Annie Wu, posted Mar 19th 2010 2:11PM
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(S01E10) Whoa, whoa, whoa. Did 'Archer' just get sentimental on us for a split second? It was an almost stealthy move. Sure, the season finale wrapped up with Mallory calling her son an ass but it was... sweet. Considering the whole super-spy nature of the show, the rest of the finale wasn't very action-packed. Instead, the focus remained on Archer and Mallory's relationship and the sick, twisted world of ISIS office romances. I think the picture accompanying this post pretty much sums that part up.

Overall, though, this was one of my favorite episodes from the series so far, with a lot of laugh-out-loud moments. And I'm sure you didn't realize we needed a new "Schwing!" but let's pretend that's what "Sploosh" (with the little hand motion) is going to be.

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New Jon Heder Pilot Getting 'SNL'-Heavy

by Nick Zaino, posted Mar 15th 2010 7:03PM
Chris Parnell on '30 Rock'Former 'Saturday Night Live' cast members Chris Parnell and Horatio Sanz have joined a new sitcom starring Jon Heder (of 'Napoleon Dynamite'), which is to start shooting at the end of the month for Comedy Central. The show, in which Heder plays a loser searching for some as-yet unidentified dream from his parents' couch ('Get A Life,' anyone?), already has writers/producers Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Chris Henchy aboard.

Parnell will play a "burned-out high school teacher," and Sanz as an ex-convict, both friends of Heder's character, whom he enlists to help with said unidentified dream, which somehow involves saving their home town of "Big Lake" (no word where that is). The show is set to premiere sometime this fall.

Hopefully, the sitcom won't prevent Parnell from appearing on '30 Rock' as Dr. Spaceman (pronounced "spuhcheman"), one of the show's more interesting cameos. And we'll get to see what Sanz looks like when he's not trying to keep himself from laughing.

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TV Casting: Mary Steenburgen to Star in 'Southern Discomfort'

by Andrew Scott, posted Mar 15th 2010 10:15AM
Oscar-winning actress Mary Steenburgen has landed a lead role in the ABC comedy 'Southern Discomfort.' Steenburgen will play the matriarch of the series, about a father whose adult children suddenly move back in with him. Steenburgen was last seen on the big screen in 'The Proposal' and 'Did You Hear About the Morgans?', and won 1980's Best Supporting Actress Oscar for 'Melvin and Howard.' [Hollywood Reporter]

More casting news after the jump.

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'Archer' - 'Job Offer' Recap

by Annie Wu, posted Mar 12th 2010 1:04PM
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(S01E09)
Just one more episode to go before 'Archer' wraps up its ten-episode run. It will be interesting to see if FX brings it back for another season. The show's super-spy universe really lends itself to further exploration, but the characters' tangled web of sexual tension and missing fathers may not hold up for another ten episodes. It's a small cast of main characters, and the back-and-forth nature can only last so long. [Edit: 'Archer' has been renewed. I knew that. I was totally just testing you guys. Totally.]

Maybe some new problems will be introduced in the finale, leaving us begging for more. Or maybe everyone will die in a fiery, sexy explosion. Y'never know.

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FX Renews 'Archer'

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 23rd 2010 12:03PM
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'Archer,' the new animated spy spoof on FX, hasn't exactly been destroying the competition in the ratings, but it has gotten enough viewers and critical acclaim and the network has given it a second season.

This makes me extremely happy. The show isn't as laugh out loud funny as I hoped it would be (though it has had some laugh out loud moments for sure), but I love the entire concept, a modern take on the classic '60s spy genre. It's like a really irreverent, dirty 'In Like Flint.'

The voice work (by H. Jon Benjamin, Jessica Walter, Chris Parnell, Judy Greer, and Aisha Tyler, among others) is perfect, and one of its funnier aspects is how most of the characters aren't even that likable. 'Archer' has created a world I want to get to know better (and that's a good thing, especially in a cartoon).

This season had ten episodes and FX has ordered thirteen for the second season, which means they have faith in this show. We'll have to wait until 2011 for the new episodes though.

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'Archer' - 'Skytanic' Recap

by Annie Wu, posted Feb 19th 2010 2:25PM
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(S01E07)
In this kind of, sort of action-packed episode of 'Archer,' the screwed-up relationships between characters really picked up speed. Drama is always heightened when you're stuck with your ex and your unfaithful current beau in a ticking time bomb of a blimp -- er, rigid airship.

It will be interesting to see how much longer they can go on without addressing Cyril's affair with Cheryl/Carol/what's-her-face. The show is only set to run for ten episodes, so it's not unimaginable that they could leave the big reveal for the final episode. And we can assume it will be big because we all saw what Lana did even when Archer and Cyril were just training together.

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'Archer' - 'Skorpio' Recap

by Annie Wu, posted Feb 12th 2010 11:45AM
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(S01E06)
This week's episode involved yet another super-spy mission and drugs and chocolate fountains, but the main focus was really the always-hot drama bubbling under the surface amongst the employees of ISIS.

So, Lana's off to take on another mission, this time with the extra-hairy arms dealer, Skorpio. Malory has also scampered away under some business-y business pretenses but she's really hanging out with her KGB lover, Nikolai, on his Chum Guzzler. That leaves Cyril and the rest of the ISIS crew to hang around in the office and not do work. Of course, office gossip ensues and we're left knowing a little too much about certain characters.

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Review: 'Archer' - 'The Honey Pot'

by Annie Wu, posted Feb 5th 2010 12:45PM
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(S01E05) Y'know the way you've been frantically scribbling in your diary for the past few years about how badly you want to see Thomas Lennon and Ron Perlman voice animated characters together? Yeah. I bet you thought you would keep writing forever. But 'Archer' sensed the secret wish in your tear-stained pages and made it a reality.

This episode wasn't quite as rapid-fire funny as some of the previous ones but it was still fantastic. It's clear that the writers are having a lot of fun with the characters, even the ones that pop up for only one mission.

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Review: Archer - Killing Utne

by Annie Wu, posted Jan 29th 2010 12:30AM
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(S01E04)
Ah, yes. Yet another fine episode of Archer. This show has been steadily funny, which is good. I'm still waiting for it to do something outrageous and surprise us with a particularly extra-hilarious or an especially terrible episode, but I don't mind watching something that I can rely on for decent laughs, even if it doesn't leave me rolling on the floor.

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