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J.J. Abrams, 'One Tree Hill' Creator Team for New CW Project and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 7th 2011 4:30PM
J.J. Abrams The CWEverybody wants a piece of J.J. Abrams. The in-demand producer is teaming up with 'One Tree Hill' creator Mark Schwahn for a new drama project based around a hotel.

According to Deadline, the project is one of the highest-profile projects at the network. Schwahn will pen 'Maine' (tentatively title) with both men executive producing the project. 'Maine,' described as a character-based drama, will follow the staff of a hotel and its guests.

This is a homecoming of sorts for Abrams. He started his TV career on The WB with 'Felicity.'

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Molly Shannon Elevates Passive Aggressive to an Art on 'The Middle' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 24th 2011 5:00AM
Molly Shannon, 'The Middle' - 'Thanksgiving III''The Middle' (Wed., 8PM ET on ABC) is absolutely killing it the past couple of weeks with guest stars. Last week it was Norm MacDonald as Mike's slacker brother, and this week it was Molly Shannon as Frankie's passive aggressive sister, Janet.

When the Hecks head to Frankie's family's house for Thanksgiving, Janet immediately starts to use that horrible passive aggressive technique that we all hate, and we all know someone who does it. More often than not, it's a relative who masks it with love.

So it was worth it when finally Frankie stood up to her and the two had a sincere fight, airing out the grievances that have been plaguing them most likely for years. Round it out with Marsha Mason and Jerry Van Dyke as the parents, and these are recurring characters we can truly be thankful for.

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Larry King Gives Geoff the Robot a Voice And a Brain on 'Late Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 11th 2011 5:00AM
Larry King as Geoff, 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'Geoff wore suspenders to honor his new voice for the night, as Larry King stepped in to provide the words for late night's only mechanical sidekick on 'The Late Late Show' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS). Right away, you could tell he wasn't used to playing second banana.

When Ferguson did call on him, King had thoughtful and somewhat lengthy responses, which is a far cry from Geoff's usual jokes and innuendos.

"You didn't want this, did you?" King said via Geoff. "You didn't want a robot who thinks. You didn't want someone who creates of his own mind." Ferguson may not have wanted it, but we did. King's banter with Ferguson was hilarious from beginning to end.

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Kathie Lee and Hoda Sample Some Schweddy Balls Ice Cream (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 8th 2011 4:20PM
Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford try Schweddy Balls on 'Today'It's been roughly 13 years since Alec Baldwin appeared on 'Saturday Night Live' with Molly Shannon and Ana Gasteyer for the infamous NPR Schweddy Balls sketch. The sketch has persisted enough in the public imagination that Ben & Jerry's just released a Schweddy Balls flavor, a vanilla infused with rum and fudge-covered rum and malt balls.

Wait, did you say rum? That explains why Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb were eager to give it a try on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC).

Gifford didn't seem to full appreciate the subtle double entendre, though. 'Schweddy Balls' is named for its creator, Pete Schweddy, but Gifford quickly dispatched with the nuance. "I've been trying to avoid sweaty balls all my life," she said. "But apparently, this is not what you want to avoid."

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Julie Chen Teases the New Women of 'The Talk' on 'Late Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 6th 2011 9:30AM
Julie Chen, 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'You can always tell when Julie Chen is on 'The Late Late Show' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS), because Craig Ferguson is on his best behavior. After all, her husband is Les Moonves, the head of the network.

He actually asked her about the new season of 'The Talk,' which has been getting a lot of press due to the cast shake-up. Out are Holly Robinson Peete and Leah Remini. In is Sheryl Underwood as a regular co-host.

"We just announced that joining us at the desk will be Molly Shannon from 'Saturday Night Live.'" Chen said, to Ferguson's delight. Shannon has been tapped as a guest co-host for the month of September.

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Molly Shannon Talks About Her Son Yelling at Lego Darth Vader on 'Kimmel' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 23rd 2011 4:26AM
Molly Shannon, 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'Molly Shannon took her family to the Legoland theme park, where she discovered just how passionately her son hates Darth Vader. On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (Weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC) she talked about how she turned around to find her son confronting a life-size lego statue of the 'Star Wars' villain.

But he wasn't just staring at it. He was scolding the Sith Lord. "Darth Vader you are bad!" her son was shouting at him, according to Shannon. "I'm gonna get you! I'm gonna get you!"

We're pretty sure that's what Luke Skywalker was trying to say to him for three movies, only he didn't get to the point quite so beautifully or succinctly.

Jimmy Kimmel said her son was going to feel bad after he's seen all the films "because it turned out Darth Vader is just misunderstood."

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Good News for Gleeks

by Stephanie Earp, posted Apr 13th 2010 3:29PM


I think I have established in my previous columns that I don't like 'Glee.' But here's the thing: you do. Or at least a great many of you do. Oprah likes 'Glee,' Ellen likes 'Glee,' even Michelle Obama likes 'Glee.' I have decided this week, in honour of the show's return on Tuesday, to put aside my own distaste and bring you, my readers, as much good news about 'Glee' as I can.

1. More Music


According to the producers, the second half of the first season will be even more loaded with musical numbers, jumping from 3-5 numbers to at least 5 numbers per 1-hour episode (some episodes are closer to 10 songs).

What other 'Glee'-ful things are in store? Read more after the jump!

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Spoilers Anonymous: 'Fringe,' 'Glee' and Much More!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Mar 19th 2010 4:02PM

This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by emailing us at tvsquad at gmail dot com, or call and leave a message at (775) 640-8479. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: 'Bones,' Castle,' 'Chuck,' 'Desperate Housewives,' 'Fringe,' 'Glee,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Lost,' 'NCIS,' and 'The Big Bang Theory.'

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Betty White May Host 'Saturday Night Live' Solo After All

by Gary Susman, posted Mar 3rd 2010 2:30PM
Good news, bad news: The bad news is, while 'Saturday Night Live' will indeed have a "Women in Comedy" special in April, Betty White won't be part of it. The good news is, 'SNL' producers are still in talks with her about the solo hosting gig that her nearly half a million Facebook fans have been clamoring for.

The news came from a panel discussion in New York on Tuesday night about 'SNL,' whose attendees included longtime 'SNL' executive producer Lorne Michaels and 'SNL' head writer/'Weekend Update' anchor Seth Meyers. "I think it's happening," Meyers told Jezebel.com, about a White hosting gig. "We would love to have her."

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Spoilers Anonymous: 'Glee,' 'NCIS' and more!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Feb 12th 2010 1:02PM

This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by emailing us at tvsquad at gmail dot com, or call and leave a message at (775) 640-8479. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: 'Bones,' 'Castle,' 'Chuck,' 'Glee,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Lost,' 'NCIS,' 'The Mentalist,' and 'The Office.'

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Molly Shannon Latest Star Cast on 'Glee'

by Kona Gallagher, posted Feb 11th 2010 10:38AM
molly shannonLook, I'm not saying that 'Glee' can do no wrong (the fake pregnancy storyline obviously refutes that), but they sure do a lot of things right. Not only do they have Kristin Chenoweth returning, Idina Menzel joining the cast, but now Molly Shannon is coming to wreak havoc at McKinley High.

According to Michael Ausiello, Shannon is playing Brenda Castle, McKinley's newest astronomy teacher/ badminton coach (did your high school have either of these things? Mine sure didn't). Not only that, but she's set to become Sue Sylvester's arch-nemesis, which is brilliant for several reasons.

One, because if Sue Sylvester has another arch nemesis besides Will, then that means more screen time for Jane Lynch, which improves any show by at least 65% (FACT).

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TV Casting: Molly Shannon Joins 'Glee'; Gabrielle Carteris Lands 'Criminal' Role

by Andrew Scott, posted Feb 10th 2010 1:55PM
Molly ShannonSuperstar Molly Shannon will reportedly play Sue Sylvester's (Jane Lynch) new pill-popping nemesis on the award-winning Fox comedy 'Glee.' The role -- astronomy teacher/badminton coach Brenda Castle -- is said to be recurring, and will make its debut in time for May sweeps. As if Gleeks needed more to sing about. [Ausiello Files]

More casting news after the jump.

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Why isn't Jan Hooks famous?

by Eliot Glazer, posted May 9th 2009 12:50PM
Radner. Louis-Dreyfus. Poehler. Fey. Shannon.

jan hooks snlSuffice it to say, the number of women who became famous on Saturday Night Live before graduating to solo success is few and far between. Sure, Gilda Radner can be considered a pioneer in the art of sketch comedy. And Julia Louis-Dreyfus undoubtedly honed her comedic skills before becoming a sitcom icon on Seinfeld. And, yes, Tina Fey can easily be considered a heroine to comedy nerds everywhere who have witnessed her climb from Weekend Update anchor to Mean Girls scribe to single-handedly decimating the vice presidential chances of one certain gun-wieldin', six-pack-totin' Alaskan governor.

But, sadly, the number of men who left Studio 8 for the superstardom of Planet Hollywood (not the theme restaurant) easily outnumbers the ladies. For every Amy Poehler, there's a Will Ferrell. And a Bill Murray. And a Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy and Adam Sandler (although, to be fair, there's also a David Gary Kroeger, A. Whitney Brown, and Charles Rocket for every Melanie Hutsell, too). (And for the record, no, you shouldn't recognize those names.)

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Jeannie Darcy: SNL's most underrated character? - VIDEO

by Eliot Glazer, posted Jan 8th 2009 6:01PM
jeannie darcy molly shannon snl saturday night liveIt seems that there has never been a period of time when critics (and the masses) didn't chide Saturday Night Live, claiming the show to be in a "creative slump," or even going as far as calling it - get this - "Saturday Night Dead."

But for stalwart fans like myself who tend to consider every nuance and minor detail of the show's sketches, the sentiment is either only partially true or not true at all. Sure, the show saw a spike in viewership thanks to Tina Fey's Sarah Palin impression, leading critics to praise SNL's "creative resurgence." But the buzz was just as strong when Will Ferrell played George W. Bush nine years ago. (And, furthermore, it wasn't as if the show didn't have its culturally resonant hits in recent years, not limited to Maya Rudolph's Donatella Versace impression or Andy Samberg's fusion of Internet humor into the mix).

So to those who say SNL is back, I say, have you ever seen Molly Shannon's Jeannie Darcy? Because it is, by far, one of the most brilliantly executed, underrated characters to ever appear on the show. (Or maybe I just have a thing for mullets and bolo ties. Same difference.) See what I mean in the video after the jump.

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Kath & Kim: Pilot (series premiere)

by Richard Keller, posted Oct 10th 2008 2:09AM

(S01E01) We're friends here, aren't we? So, I can be honest with you. I mean, some of you have been utterly, brutally honest with me to the point I cry into my pillow at nights. The least you can let me do is allow some truthiness spill over to you. Okay? Okay.

I went in blind to the premiere of Kath & Kim. Not blind in the sense that I didn't know who the stars were. My late 20s and early 30s were spent watching Molly Shannon on Saturday Night Live and I had knowledge of Selma Blair's work over the last few years. What I'm talking about is that I knew nothing about this NBC comedy or the Australian hit it was based on. The upside to this was that I was coming into the show like any other viewer. The downside was that I was coming into the show like any other viewer.

I probably should have come in a little more knowledgeable.

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