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TBS Cancels 'Glory Daze'

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 24th 2011 3:00PM
Glory DazeIt appears the nostalgia factor wasn't enough for TBS's hourlong comedy 'Glory Daze' -- the show has been cancelled after one season.

'Glory Daze,' from Walt Becker and Michael LeSier, followed the exploits of a group of frat brothers attending an Indiana college in 1986. According to Deadline, despite a low median viewer age and consistent DVR ratings boosts, the so-so ratings weren't enough to bring the show back for a second season.

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'Glory Daze': Eli Channels 'Top Gun's' Tom Cruise to Get a Girl (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Dec 29th 2010 6:00AM
Eli Uses 'Top Gun' Tips on 'Glory Daze''Top Gun' is all the rage for the 1980s college kids in 'Glory Daze' (Tue., 10PM ET on TBS). Eli decides to take several cues from the film to pick up a woman. In a white Navy uniform à la Tom Cruise, he struts past a tall, buxom blonde. She approaches him, saying breathily, "So you just point, wink, blow my mind and then leave me hanging?" He replies, "That's what we call a fly-by."

As they dance, they flirt in 'Top Gun' lingo. "Permission to go below the hard deck?" she asks. Permission granted.

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'Glory Daze': The Extra 'Z' Ztands for Zuper Zany Ztuff (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 22nd 2010 7:34AM
'Glory Daze':  The Extra 'Z' Ztands for Zuper Zany ZtuffThe sitcom 'Glory Daze' is a zany college comedy set in the 1980s. We can tell that it's zany right away. How do we know this? Because of the unnecessary "Z" in the show's name, of course! After all, nothing spellz zany and edgy like a mizplaced "Z." ... Right?

Any-how, 'Glory Daze' follows the lives of four freshman who have joined the Omega Sig fraternity. On the new episode (Tue., 10PM ET on TBS), Joel (Kelly Blatz) has to whip the frat house into shape, when an stuffy Omega Sig advisor (John Michael Higgins) comes to check the place out.

Oh, and there's also a wild sheep on the loose. Did we mention the sheep? There's a simple rule of comedy: "When in doubt, just add a sheep, or a goat, or some kind of wacky farm animal, anyway ... "

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Fraternity Football Conflicts with Yom Kippur on 'Glory Daze' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Dec 15th 2010 10:50AM
Eli Talks Football vs. Yom Kippur on 'Glory Daze'Eli is in a quandary. Sunday is Yom Kippur, the most sacred Jewish holiday of the year. "But my fraternity's playing in a very crucial football game," he explains to his rabbi on 'Glory Daze' (Tue., 10PM ET on TBS). "I feel like I was put on this earth to play fraternity football ... Why would God take that away from me?"

"Perhaps HaShem has a higher purpose for you, and in tribute to that purpose, you cannot play until after sundown," the rabbi tells him. "You need to decide what's most important to you."

Hmmm. And Eli has one more question. "I know our people frown upon tattoos, but, uh, what's our policy on something like this?" He turns around, lowers his pants and reveals the fraternity's Greek letters branded on his butt.

"You got bigger problems than Yom Kippur, kid," replies the rabbi.

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Andy Richter Is a Sexually Frustrated Priest on 'Glory Daze' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Dec 1st 2010 10:40AM
Andy Richter Plays a Priest on 'Glory Daze'On 'Glory Daze' (Tue., 10PM ET on TBS), Joel feels guilty about his crush on Christie. It's distracting him from his pre-med studies. Like any good Catholic schoolboy, he visits the university's priest. He (Andy Richter) gives the lad some unconventional advice, shaped by his own (celibacy-related) unhappiness.

He asks Joel if his crush has large breasts because "I have taken a vow of celibacy, and sometimes I need a little bit more description to get an accurate picture of how much moral jeopardy we're in." Joel, feeling confused and uncomfortable, eventually answers the question.

Later the priest advises: "Count your blessings, Joel. This campus is crawling with beautiful, vibrant young women, supple and so full of life -- and so willing."

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The 'Glory Daze' Boys Are Robbed While Getting Fake IDs (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Nov 24th 2010 11:50AM
Kevin Nealon Guest Stars on 'Glory Daze'On 'Glory Daze' (Tue., 10PM ET on TBS), Kevin Nealon showed us how IDs were faked in the '80s: "Thanks to my patented laminating process and the wonders of the Commodore 64 personal computer, I present to you your boarding passes to your new lives," Nealon's character Marcus said.

Suddenly, a guy charged in, pulled out a gun and robbed the college "fancy boys" of their wallets -- and Jason of his BMW. "Mom! Your boyfriend's robbing me again!" whined Marcus. A woman's voice rumbled from upstairs: "Shut it!" Marcus screamed, "I swear to god, as soon as I make some money I'm moving out of here!"

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The Show Girl's Got Scoop on 'Top Chef All Stars,' 'The Fran Drescher Tawk Show' & 'Glory Daze' (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Nov 19th 2010 10:00AM
I seriously cannot wait for 'Top Chef All Stars.' Seeing cheftestants from seasons past, going head-to-head to prove they deserved to win is my idea of good TV. Add new judge Anthony Bourdain to that equation and I'm practically giddy. I caught up with Tony and head judge Tom Colicchio to find out who's changed the most, and who they'd want to hang out with outside of the show.

Plus, fans of 'The Nanny' can stop watching their box sets on a loop -- Fran Drescher is back on TV with a new daytime talk show. Excuse me, tawk show. So who's her dream guest? Well let's just say she's aiming pretty high ...

I also get totally '80s with the stars of 'Glory Daze.' What's their stance on the bright clothes and crazy hairstyles? And what would their characters' '80s theme songs be? Yep, making people sing on the spot is never not entertaining.

Got questions? E-mail me TV questions at TheTVShowGirl@aol.com and I'll try to get you answers on the show. -- By Maggie Furlong

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'Glory Daze': Eli's Dancing Creates Awkward Roommate Introduction (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Nov 17th 2010 8:30AM
Eli Dances on 'Glory Daze'It's 1986 on 'Glory Daze' (Tue., 10PM ET on TBS), and Eli's finally out of the house and free to live the college life. Alone in his dorm room, he poses (wearing only underwear) in front of the full-length mirror and says, "Ladies of Hayes University, my name is Eli Feldman. My penis is pleased to meet you."

The freshman then turns on Duran Duran's 'Girls on Film' and begins to dance. Eli takes things further by stuffing a sock in his undies. You know where this is going.

One glance behind him, and he sees his new roommate Alex Chang -- and his immediate and extended family -- staring in horror. Welcome.

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TV Goes to College: 10 Memorable Shows Set on Campus

by Jane Murphy, posted Nov 16th 2010 4:50PM
'Conan' isn't TBS' only big premiere this month. Tonight at 10PM ET, you can tune into the first episode of 'Glory Daze', a one-hour comedy set among the crushed beer cans and hand-me-down sofas of a fraternity house ... in 1986. (Read Maureeen Ryan's review of 'Glory Daze.')

The cast is full of fresh faces; the most famous name among the regulars is former 'Saturday Night Live' player Tim Meadows, as the awkward Professor Haines.

But can 'Glory Daze' succeed where other college comedies and dramas -- many others -- have failed? Though series set in leafy quads would seem to be limiting themselves to a four-year run, it could take the Hayes University screw-ups of 'Glory Daze' a decade to graduate.

Let's review some of TV's most memorable attempts to bring higher ed to the small screen. You'll be tested on this later.

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The 'Glory Daze' Guys Talk Hijinks, Funny Guest Stars & Going Totally '80s (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Nov 16th 2010 12:00PM
In the grand tradition of 'Animal House' and 'Revenge of the Nerds,' TBS's latest sitcom 'Glory Daze' follows four guys in their freshmen year in college, all pledging Omega Sigma fraternity ... in 1986. Yep, totally tubular on the boob tube, dude, we're flashing back to the '80s.

Joel (Kelly Blatz) is your average guy, super determined and planning on pre-med ... until he meets his dream girl. Jason (Drew Seeley) is super conservative, single-handedly reminding us why sweaters over your shoulders went out of style. Eli (Matt Bush) is the horny virgin who tries to reinvent himself as God's gift to college women. And then there's Brian (Hartley Sawyer) -- star athlete and chick magnet, but he's got some major daddy issues.

I caught up with Kelly, Drew, Matt and Hartley -- all ironically born in the decade they're living in now on TV -- to get the scoop on their new show (premieres Tues., Nov. 16, 10PM ET), the big name guest stars coming to play and what kind of crazy hijinks they've been up to.

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'Glory Daze' Is a Campus Comedy in Search of Laughs

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 16th 2010 9:45AM
The bar for fraternity comedies isn't exactly set high.

Sure, 'Animal House' is a classic, but since that delightful film debuted 32 years ago, college comedies have become increasingly predictable. They feature wild parties, of course, but also the usual campus suspects: the wide-eyed freshman ogling campus babes, the stoner sage dispensing baked wisdom, the weird roommate, the uptight preppies, the charismatic bad boy who educates newbies about Greek life and beer bongs, etc.

Done with the right amount of energy and heart, even a formulaic combination of those elements can end up being rather charming, as is the case with ABC Family's slight but decent college soap 'Greek.'

If you were hoping 'Glory Daze' (10PM ET Tuesday, TBS) would do anything remotely creative with the usual roster of campus standbys, however, consider your hopes dashed.

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Casting News: 'Glory Daze' Lines Up Gina Gershon, D.L. Hughley and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 27th 2010 11:20AM
Gina GershonD.L. Hughley, Michael McKean and Gina Gershon will guest star on TBS's new series 'Glory Daze.'

According to TV Guide, Hughley will play Coach Franklin, McKean has been tapped to play the head of maintenance and Gershon will play a tough military instructor. 'Everybody Loves Raymond' star Brad Garrett and 'Saturday Night Live' veteran Cheri Oteri will appear in the 'Glory Daze' pilot.

Set in the 1980s, 'Glory Daze' follows four freshman as they navigate their new college lives. The series premieres Tue., Nov. 16 at 10PM.

In other casting news ...

David Alan Grier is heading to 'Glee.' The funnyman has been tapped to play Mercedes' estranged father over three episodes. [Twitter]

We've known Amy Ryan is returning to 'The Office,' but now we know when her character will pop up. Ryan's character, Holly, will appear in the Dec. 9 Christmas episode. [E! Online]

Balthazar Getty is returning to 'Brothers & Sisters.' Look for Getty's Tommy to return in time for the show's 100th episode, but he won't be alone. Tommy has a new gal pal. [Zap2It]

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'Glory Daze' Has Not Passed TBS

by Scott Harris, posted May 14th 2010 11:20AM
Hey guys, remember the '80s? Back when rap was new, leg warmers were hot and the Cold War was cooling down? Well, for all of you who wish you could take a 'Hot Tub Time Machine' back to when Tim Meadows was a big star, TBS has just the show for you, as they are getting ready to try and recapture those 'Glory Daze.'

Yes, according to Variety, TBS has given the greenlight to Hollywood's latest bit of nostalgic fun, 'Glory Daze,' "a college comedy about a group of friends in a 1980s Wisconsin school." And headlining this trip down memory lane is Meadows, who technically didn't hit it big until his1991 'Saturday Night Live' debut, but hey, close enough.

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TBS Picks Up 'In Security,' 'Franklin and Bash'

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Feb 10th 2010 12:15PM
Two more pilots have been picked up by TBS, bringing the number of new 60-minute comedies on the network's roster to four.

According the Hollywood Reporter, the two new pilot orders were for 'In Security' and 'Franklin and Bash.' The first concerns two sisters who run a private-security business for the high-and-mighty while trying to manage insecure family matters of their own. 'Franklin and Bash' pivots off the friendship of two gutsy, make-their-own-rules lawyers who beat a top-tier law firm on a case and are then invited to join the white-shoe firm.

Heading up the 'In Security' executive producing team are Ric Swartzlander ('Gary Unmarried'; 'Hidden Hills') and Peter Segal (the feature 'Get Smart') together with Starz CEO Chris Albrecht. Segal has been tapped to direct the pilot.

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NBC, TBS Pick Up New Pilots

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Jan 29th 2010 11:00AM
Pilot season continues today with new pick-ups from NBC and TBS.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Peacock net has resurrected 'Outsourced,' a sitcom that was originally conceived during the 2007-08 season. The show centers around a demoted boss of a novelties company who now manages a customer service center in India.

The idea stemmed from an indie movie that was written by George Wing ('50 First Dates') and John Jeffcoat. This adaptation, however, will be written by Robert Borden, who previously worked on 'The Drew Carey Show' and the 'Late Show with David Letterman.'

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