The actor has joked that his recent debacle with NBC was just an expensive media blitz for his third book, 'Familyhood,' and in a way he's right. Being axed by the last-place network after only two episodes gave the 'Mad About You' actor a pedestal to A) Rip on his former bosses and, B) Bring up his latest tome, which is you guessed it ... about being a dad to Ezra and Leon (ages 15 and 11).
Reiser's previous books were about marriage and becoming a dad. He spoke to AOL TV sister site PopEater about his new book, being an embarrassing father to his boys and his disappointment in being given the gong so quickly at the network he made millions for. His theory for why the Peacock-ers gave up on 'The Paul Reiser Show'?
"Literally, it could not have been a less opportune moment," to air a new show, he says. "It was bought by some people and then the entire network was sold so there was no real investment on anybody's part ... all shows are moving parts on their chessboard, they don't get particularly attached."
Thus, Paul Reiser was booked for Monday night to promote his new NBC sitcom, 'The Paul Reiser Show.' The problem? NBC canceled the show this past Friday. To Reiser's credit, he showed up anyway.
"It turns out they said we enjoy missing you more than actually having you," he said. "When you're the last place network, you don't want to jeopardize that. You've found your niche. Stay there. So I get it."
Playing a version of himself, Rollins was talking to Reiser about a comedy part he's going for. The simple glee and excitement in Rollins as he talks about the role and even reads some of the simply awful lines is infectious and funny itself.
After reading a line about a particularly lame joke about mistaking a fat woman for a beached whale, Rollins started talking about a part with more physical humor. "It's not so cerebral as that last one," he explained. "Let's see, it's right after the dance montage."
'Happy Endings' is yet another variation on a comedy format we've seen a lot lately. It focuses on an ensemble of six characters at different stages of their relationships, and it's quite similar to 'Better With You,' 'Traffic Light' and 'Perfect Couples,' all of which premiered during the current TV season.
'Happy Endings' is really no better than any of those other comedies, which is to say, it's pretty weak.
Now he's back with a new sitcom, 'The Paul Reiser Show' (premieres Thurs., April 14, 8:30PM ET on NBC), where he plays -- you guessed it -- Paul Reiser. Well, sort of.
Like most comedians, Reiser is working off what he knows, and these days he knows three things: life as a husband, a father and a friend to the other kids' fathers from school. It's definitely not reinventing the sitcom wheel -- in fact, this same show could easily have been on circa 'Mad About You' -- but then again, the network's standards aren't quite so high these days either. (His observation, not mine.)
I caught up with Reiser to hear about his return to primetime and to welcome him to Twitter. (How does he feel about Twitter? His first tweet said it all: "This is my very first tweet and I'll be honest with you - it already makes no sense. I'm typing to myself in a room. I don't see the appeal.")
He also dished about his new castmates, not wanting to make 'Mad About You 2,' reuniting with former TV wife Helen Hunt and having some famous friends come guest star.
After 'Mad About You' ended its run, Reiser decided to stay home and help raise his children. But, everything changed when one of his boys asked what he does as a profession, he said.
The new series, which has been waiting on a premiere date for months now, will knock the underperforming freshman series 'Perfect Couples' off of Thursday night's comedy block.
'The Paul Reiser Show' follows Reiser as a fictionalized version of himself. The setup: Reiser's successful show has been off the air for a few years, he's been living out of the spotlight and working on TV, but behind the scenes. Reiser now finds himself with a new group of friends -- husbands of his wife's friends, parents of kids his children are friends with -- to get into adventures with.
Buscemi tells his sad tale on 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC). Back in the '80s, Steve was trying to "make it" as a comic, and would show up at the Improv Comedy Club in New York City -- along with other young comedians like Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David. These guys were picked to perform, but Steve never was ... because the club manager didn't like his act.
Jim and Pam on 'The Office' are just the latest fictional couple to welcome a baby into their wacky fold in tonight's special one-hour episode (9PM ET, NBC). To commemorate the occasion, we're taking a walk around the virtual nursery, looking back at some of TV's most anticipated -- for both good and bad reasons -- babies.
Did your favorite TV baby make the list? Check after the jump.
Yes, it's true: Resier, who fifteen years ago was headlining one of the top shows on television, is finally back, this time with a subject close to his heart: himself. According to the article, the untitled pilot, which Reiser will write and star in, is similar in tone and concept to 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' and will explore the quirks of Reiser's real-life family.
Reiser, co-creator and star of NBC's hit sitcom 'Mad About You', is executive producing and starring in a new single-camera pilot backed by Warner Bros. Word is that NBC has picked up the project, possibly to help fill the coming gaps in its schedule thanks to Leno's return to late night.
(S03E04) Usually the teasers for 30 Days are pretty innocuous. They give an idea about what the topic is and show some reactions from both sides. This week, however, I had the feeling I was going to be pissed.
The part that stuck out the most was the sound byte of Kati saying, "It confirms the option of becoming gay." A person who would let that comment come out of their mouth is clearly uneducated on a great many things and I hoped that we'd get to see some redeeming qualities in her.
I had to laugh when Spurlock said Kati was going from Leave it to Beaver to My Two Dads. I've seen both of those shows many times and while the Beav can certainly be classified as a kid from a "typical American home," I never got the idea that Paul Reiser and Greg Evigan played gay lovers. I guess I need to rent that show on DVD.
Unfortunately (probably only for me), that idea never materialized, and the episode that we did see still left me with something of a mixed reaction. On the good side, it was well constructed, and I give a lot of points to the writers for a well thought out plot. Chris got a bit of the short shrift, but using Meg's birthday as the setting for offing Francis was a good choice. It involved her in what was otherwise a mostly Peter affair.
Mercedes Ruehl has joined the untitled Paul Reiser comedy pilot for CBS, about a man who takes over the family car dealership in Queens, NY. In 1991, Ruehl won an Academy award for her supporting role in The Fisher King. Ruehl joins castmates Bobby Cannavale (Will & Grace) and Hector Elizondo (Chicago Hope).
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