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MTV Makes a Date with 'The Hard Times of RJ Berger'

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 16th 2010 9:00PM
'The Hard Times of RJ Berger'
Now that MTV has rebranded their network, losing the "Music" in their name and ditching "Gen-Xers" for good (it still stings ... we made you, MTV! We made you!), they're ready to start expanding their roster to resemble the more traditional cable networks. First up, it's MTV's first single-camera comedy ... ever!

For this groundbreaking first, they're going with an all-original concept: 'Hung, Jr.' 'The Hard Times of RJ Berger.' Premiering June 6 at 11 PM ET, or whenever the 'MTV Movie Awards' wrap, 'Berger' tells the story of the titular character who has developed a rather impressive "gift," according to The Hollywood Reporter. After the premiere, the series will settle into its regular Mondays at 10 PM ET slot, beginning June 14.

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Back to...work: Kelsey Grammer lands new sitcom

by Allison Waldman, posted May 24th 2008 2:03PM
KelseyIt didn't take long for Kelsey Grammer to bounce back from his Back to You flop stint. The Fox sitcom, a high profile one at that with Emmy-winner Patricia Heaton as his co-star, was dumped by the network recently. Kelsey was so bummed out that he even tried to get other networks, CBS in particular, to pick up the news room comedy. No dice. Back to You was a dead shark.

Now, less than two weeks later, Kelsey Grammer has been cast in a new ABC sitcom called Roman's Empire. This is big news for a big star and he's the emperor in the title. He's playing Roman.

Roman's Empire is not a three-camera, traditional sitcom, which has been Grammer's playground since Cheers. Frasier may have been one of the best three-camera sitcoms ever. As an actor, Kelsey's accustomed to having an audience watching him work. Empire is a single-camera comedy -- like The Office or My Name Is Earl or Samantha Who? -- and revolves around a nice guy named Leo (Nick Thune), who's dumped by his heiress-like girlfriend (Christine Woods), but remains connected to her crazy family, the Prettys. That's especially true of Roman Pretty, the family patriarch, an outspoken, outrageous character.

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