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Flight of the Conchords

Coming Soon: The 'Flight of the Conchords' Movie?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 28th 2011 7:00AM
Time for 'Flight of the Conchords' fans to break out the animal sweaters and do the happy dance: Bret and Jemaine are headed to the big screen! Maybe. Star Bret McKenzie told 'The Hollywood Reporter' that "We're gonna try and do a movie. We just need a story."

McKenzie joked, "I'm gonna go back to New Zealand tomorrow, maybe film it next week. And then edit it the week after. I don't know how familiar you are with movies, but there's a lot of behind the scenes stuff that could take one or two weeks. And then, probably in about a month we'll have a premiere."

'Conchords' co-creator James Bobin, who's fresh off directing the new 'Muppets' movie, told StarPulse that he's game: "I'd love to do it. It's just a question of what it would be and when we would do it, but I'm sure because that's what I want to make happen at some point."

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Hopelessly Devoted to You: Five TV Obsessives, from Kenneth the Page to Screech Powers

by Van Sias, posted Oct 10th 2010 1:00PM
Fred Flintstone and Barney RubbleFrom Yogi and Boo-Boo to Barney Rubble and Fred Flintstone, the concept of a devoted sidekick thanklessly following around a main character on a TV show dates all the way back to the Hanna-Barbara days. No matter the amount of craziness it entailed, those guys would do anything for their buddies and received little love in return.

That level of extreme devotion is not a phenomenon dedicated solely to cartoon characters -- in fact, it's a concept that's been featured in many a show over the years. After the jump, a look at five of the most hopelessly devoted TV obsessives.

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'The Simpsons' Premiere: 'Glee,' 'Flight of the Conchords' Show Up and Sing (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 27th 2010 1:00AM
'Simpsons' Premiere: 'Glee,' 'Flight of the Conchords' Show Up and SingThis is the 22nd season of 'The Simpsons' (Sun., 8PM ET on Fox). Wow, has it really been that long? The years have just flown by. This particular 'TV Squad' writer still remembers when the first episode of the show came on. I happened to be in middle school when 'The Simpsons' debuted, which means that:

1) I'm really old now.

And ...

2) Gosh, 'The Simpsons' has been on TV for a really long time. I also recall when the show was considered so scandalous that Bart Simpson t-shirts were banned in my school for being too "in your face," but that's neither here nor there ...

At any rate, moving on ... 'The Simpsons' is now a beloved cultural institution, featuring many, many celebrity guest stars. And tonight's episode is no different. The show welcomes Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, stars of 'Flight of the Conchords,' -- and members of the identically named band, which is "New Zealand's fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo a capella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo." Yay! ... Oh, and some people from 'Glee' show up as well.

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

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Commercials We Love: The HP Ads With Rhys Darby Playing a Murray-alike

by Jane Murphy, posted Apr 7th 2010 4:15PM
As any 'Flight of the Conchords' fan knows, when you hire Murray Hewitt -- talent manager and occasional New Zealand diplomat -- you get round-the-clock commitment, rabid enthusiasm and an extreme belief in your greatness. But let's not dwell on the negative.

After all, Murray (or someone an awful lot like him) is hanging out these days with real movers and shakers. Fortune 500 techno-giant Hewlett Packard is featuring 'Conchords' comic Rhys Darby in a series of witty ads under the banner "Let's Do Amazing." ('Conchords' duo Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie pulled the plug on the show in December). It's hard to think of another example of a TV character-inspired pitchman, but the move is genius (there was "I'm not a doctor, but I play one on TV." Uh, nah.)

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Flight of the Conchords co-creator to direct the Muppets

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 29th 2010 7:03PM

The MuppetsJames Bobin has signed on to direct the new Muppet movie. Bobin co-created the television version of Flight of the Conchords (as opposed to the band itself, which was co-created by Jermaine Clement and Bret McKenzie).

So it's a writer who has predominantly worked in television who is directing a movie about a group of characters who became famous from a television show. The movie itself is co-written by Jason Segel, star of How I Met Your Mother, who is rumored to be a Muppet-maniac. I'm still waiting for his Broadway production of Dracula, the Puppet Musical.

As a Muppet fan myself, I'm happy about this piece of news. I have enjoyed Bobin's work on Da Ali G Show and Flight of the Conchords without being aware of his involvement. I just hope Bobin shows love and respect for the franchise and we don't end up with another Muppets' Wizard of Oz.

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Best TV of the '00s: Comedic Actress

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 2nd 2010 10:02AM
Julia Louis-DreyfusMore of our best of the decade coverage, which started on Tuesday. You can read the other posts at the link above. Here, we talk about the women who made us laugh the most during the decade.

Since Lucille Ball, television has been a bastion of funny ladies, and the '00s were no exception. Like Lucy, many of the women on this list played second fiddle to no one. And those that weren't the stars of their own shows managed to steal the scene anyway the moment they got in front of the camera.

The '00s will probably go down in television history as one of those decades where the sitcom sputtered and almost died -- again! But it's alive and well now, with an amazing turn-around in 2009. But, as this list proves, it was never truly in danger. Throughout the decade these women provided plenty of laughs in both the hour and half-hour formats, proving that as long as we want to laugh, there will be brilliant actresses around to crack us up.

Here's our list of the top funny ladies of the decade:

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TV: The Ultimate Holiday Icebreaker

by Stephanie Earp, posted Dec 15th 2009 10:22AM


Ah, the office holiday party - it's a delicate operation. After all, you know these people - in fact you probably spend one-third of your life with them - but do you really know them? Do you want to? If my experience is anything to go by, it's only sheer effort that's kept your opinions of how the boss really ought to run the company quiet. Ditto your feelings on your cube neighbour's BO, ugly baby or sloppy work.

And yet, every December the powers that be decide to round up this unruly group in a hall or hotel conference room, serve them drinks and expect them to get along without embarrassing themselves.

If it wasn't for television, it would be impossible.

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From the horse's mouth: no more Conchords

by Brad Trechak, posted Dec 11th 2009 2:03PM
Flight of the ConchordsWe wondered before if Flight of the Conchords would make a third season, and now we know. It won't. The final episode of the HBO series' second season had them returning to New Zealand to be shepherds and that's where they're staying.

Jermaine Clements and Bret McKenzie (co-stars and co-writers of the series as well as the only two members of the group) wrote on their website that while the characters Jermaine and Bret are done, the real ones will still be around.

At first I thought this was a tactic for getting more money from the producers, but after some thought there is likely some truth to their statements about the series being hard to produce. The first season was much easier because they already had the library of songs to use. The second season was probably so much harder that it put them off a third season.

There is always the possibility of a movie. Keep buying those DVD sets.

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Has Flight of the Conchords flown the coop?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 3rd 2009 8:05PM
Flight of the ConchordsSome more sad TV news that thankfully doesn't involve Kirstie Alley: Flight of the Conchords might not be returning to television.

Jermaine Clement, one of the show's stars, told the Reuters News Service that their hilarious show might not return to television for a third season because the amount of work that it requires.

This isn't his or anyone else's final decision on the matter. Clement and his costar Bret McKenzie will discuss the possibility of a third season with directors and producers and should come to a decision by the end of the month. So all of you fans with Flight of the Conchords prayer alert hidden in your closet might want to a light an extra candle before you go to bed tonight.

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Flight of the Conchords revisit original radio show

by Annie Wu, posted Oct 7th 2009 1:02PM
bret and jemaine, Flight of the Conchords
Back in the day, before Flight of the Conchords' Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie became America's favorite Kiwi musician-comedians, they did a six-episode radio series for BBC Radio 2. The audio has been floating around YouTube for a while, pleasing the fans desperate to get as much folkin' action as possible. To make things a little more legit and extra-fun (thanks to bonus materials), BBC Audio is about to re-release a bigger CD set of the Flight of the Conchords radio show.

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Stewie still really wants an Emmy

by Annie Wu, posted Aug 26th 2009 1:29PM
family guyLast week, our own Mr. Bob Sassone posted Family Guy's Emmy campaign video. It was a wee bit aggressive towards both The Office and Brian (who just wanted to relax after a nice shower, poor fella), and now it looks like Stewie isn't quite done yet. Videos were made for the rest of the nominees, including 30 Rock, Entourage and Weeds.

All the new videos are available here. Although it's pretty repetitive -- nay, incredibly repetitive -- it's kind of amusing to hear the jabs against each show.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 3rd 2009 7:30PM
Ed Sullivan - Elvis DVDHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

Wow, I didn't even realize that season six of Kate and Allie was being released this week (Canada only). Reminds me that I haven't bought season five yet. I think I was waiting for it to be released in the U.S., but now Amazon doesn't have any copies, so I'll guess I'll get them both this week at the same time.

Not sure what's up with the Elvis Ed Sullivan Show DVD. There was a very similar DVD set released a few years ago, so maybe this is a re-release or a re-master?

  • The Adventures of Black Beauty - Series 2
  • Daffy Duck's Quackbusters
  • The Ed Sullivan Show - Elvis Presley

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HBO exec session: Hung, True Blood, Entourage renewed; Gervais animated show ordered - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 30th 2009 6:42PM
HBO logoMichael Lombardo and Richard Plepler of HBO held an executive session at the beginning of HBO's star-studded presentation. Among the news:

  • The entire Sunday summer lineup: Entourage, True Blood, and Hung will be coming back next summer.
  • They've ordered an animated series from Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant based on their podcasts with the ever-entertaining Karl Pilkington.
  • On a third season of Flight of the Conchords: "We're ready when they're ready."
  • The pilot of Boardwalk Empire, directed by Martin Scorsese, has been delivered to HBO. It will be picked up based on what they see. They like what they see so far.
  • No more Little Britain USA, but they are working with the producers to create specials with all-new characters.

More coming. Stay tuned to our Twitter feed for the latest updates.

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Flight of the Conchords to release new album

by Annie Wu, posted Jul 24th 2009 12:03PM
Flight of the Conchords albumOh, my. This is just like Christmas! Christmas in July. It's been revealed that Flight of the Conchords will have a new album coming out from Sub Pop Records, featuring music from the second season of their HBO series. It's called "I Told You I Was Freaky."

Despite the fact that season two didn't pack quite the bite that the first did, we're getting "Carol Brown" and "Too Many Dicks (On the Dance Floor)," and that's all that really matters.

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The Emmy Nominations

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 16th 2009 9:05AM
EmmyThe Emmy Award nominees were announced this morning, and with the help of a lot of caffeine and my DVR, I managed to catch the announcement. Here are the nominees in the major categories, with some comment on who was nominated and who was neglected.

If you notice, the major categories have more nominees starting this year.


Outstanding Drama

Mad Men
Damages
House
Lost
Big Love
Breaking Bad

Dexter

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