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'Big Lake' - Parents Vs. Kids ... to the Death (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 1st 2010 11:35AM
'Big Lake' - Parents Vs. Kids ... to the DeathHaving children is a blessing and a joy, of course. But having kids is also a reminder of the primal state of nature, where siring offspring is an inevitable sign that the decline and death of the adult is soon to come. ... Yeah. Whoa. Heavy stuff, right? Don't blame us. We didn't bring it up. Mrs. Franklin on 'Big Lake' brought it up.

On the latest episode (Tue., 10PM ET on Comedy Central), Linda Franklin (Deborah Rush) is talking to her husband Carl (played by James Rebhorn), in front of a living room full of children. She tells Carl that he should be proud of their brood of sons. But then, unfortunately, she keeps on talking ... and talking ... and talking. "[Look at] you, proud lion," Linda says to him, at least starting out on an upbeat note. "Staring out over your cubs, protective and majestic."

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On the Set of 'Big Lake,' Comedy Central's New Show

by Chris Jordan, posted Aug 16th 2010 3:00PM
Big LakeThe bespectacled Chris Gethard is a ubiquitous presence on he set at Comedy Central's new comedy, 'Big Lake,' at Silvercup Studios in Queens, New York.

The star of the upcoming series, which debuts Tue., Aug. 17 at 10PM ET, has a tendency to wander around on dark sets or by the backstage lunch table, oblivious to everything except the script he's holding in his hands. He can be so focused on re-reading lines for upcoming scenes that you get the feeling he might walk into something.

"I'm just getting my lines down,'' said Gethard, a veteran of the city's Upright Citizens Brigade comedy troupe. "I have to memorize 90 pages a week and it really is overwhelming. It's not uncommon to see me wandering around mumbling to myself.''

It's OK as long as he's not mumbling on screen. It's been whirlwind for Gethard since he took over the main role on the Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy–produced comedy this spring for the suddenly departed Jon Heder. Noted comic writer Lew Morton ('Saturday Night Live,' 'Futurama') created 'Big Lake' and is writing, and 'Saturday Night Live' alums Horatio Sanz and Chris Parnell co-star.

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Horatio Sanz Auditions to Replace Larry King (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jul 20th 2010 4:00PM
Horation Sanz, Larry King, Late Night With Jimmy FallonWe can't believe Horatio Sanz wasn't picked to replace the departing Larry King after giving an audition like this!

On 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' (weeknights, 12:35AM ET on NBC), Sanz plays his audition tape for 'Larry King Live,' in which he interviews Jimmy Fallon and peppers him with awkward questions like, "Osama bin Laden's been out of the limelight for a while. You used to love doing an impression of him. Do you miss him?"

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Gethard in for Heder on Comedy Central's 'Big Lake'

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 12th 2010 11:00AM
Chris Gethard replaces Jon Heder on Comedy Central's 'Big Lake'Two weeks ago, Jon Heder ('Napoleon Dynamite') dropped out of a sitcom for Comedy Central produced by Gary Sanchez Productions. As it turns out, the company, led by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy, had their replacement already on hand.

Sanchez has tapped Chris Gethard, who has a small role in their summer action comedy 'The Other Guys,' to replace Heder in the sitcom, which is now tentatively called 'Big Lake.'

Gethard is far from Heder's level of fame (his other project this summer is 'It's Not You' with Shannon Elizabeth and Steve Guttenberg), but Gethard comes with an impressive pedigree outside of television. He's a staple at the Upright Citizen's Brigade in New York (the New York Times recently featured one of his more inventive shows).

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Heder Leaves Comedy Central Over Creative Differences

by Scott Harris, posted Mar 30th 2010 10:00AM
Hey guys, remember Jon Heder? About ye tall, curly hair, was once the hottest young comedy star on the market back when 'Napoleon Dynamite' blew up big in 2004? Well, if you're wondering what Heder has been up to recently, here's what he's not doing: a sitcom for Comedy Central.

That's because, according to the Ausiello Files, Heder has abruptly dropped out of his latest project, an untitled Comedy Central sitcom produced by Heder's 'Blades of Glory' co-star Will Ferrell. Set to begin production within the month, the series was to star Heder as a man who moves back in with his parents. Now those plans are on hold thanks to that dreaded Hollywood disease, creative differences.

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New Jon Heder Pilot Getting 'SNL'-Heavy

by Nick Zaino, posted Mar 15th 2010 7:03PM
Chris Parnell on '30 Rock'Former 'Saturday Night Live' cast members Chris Parnell and Horatio Sanz have joined a new sitcom starring Jon Heder (of 'Napoleon Dynamite'), which is to start shooting at the end of the month for Comedy Central. The show, in which Heder plays a loser searching for some as-yet unidentified dream from his parents' couch ('Get A Life,' anyone?), already has writers/producers Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Chris Henchy aboard.

Parnell will play a "burned-out high school teacher," and Sanz as an ex-convict, both friends of Heder's character, whom he enlists to help with said unidentified dream, which somehow involves saving their home town of "Big Lake" (no word where that is). The show is set to premiere sometime this fall.

Hopefully, the sitcom won't prevent Parnell from appearing on '30 Rock' as Dr. Spaceman (pronounced "spuhcheman"), one of the show's more interesting cameos. And we'll get to see what Sanz looks like when he's not trying to keep himself from laughing.

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TV Casting: Mary Steenburgen to Star in 'Southern Discomfort'

by Andrew Scott, posted Mar 15th 2010 10:15AM
Oscar-winning actress Mary Steenburgen has landed a lead role in the ABC comedy 'Southern Discomfort.' Steenburgen will play the matriarch of the series, about a father whose adult children suddenly move back in with him. Steenburgen was last seen on the big screen in 'The Proposal' and 'Did You Hear About the Morgans?', and won 1980's Best Supporting Actress Oscar for 'Melvin and Howard.' [Hollywood Reporter]

More casting news after the jump.

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Megan Mullally: The TV Squad Interview

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 25th 2009 11:03AM
Megan Mullally in In The MotherhoodThere aren't many actresses out there that you could affectionately call a "broad," but Megan Mullally's one of them. Ever since she came on the scene a decade ago as the caustic and spoiled Karen Walker on Will & Grace, Mullally has shown that she can be bawdy with the best of them.

Now, after a foray into the talk show world and a turn as a disabled and ugly -- but desirable -- chief of medicine on Rob Corddry's web series Children's Hospital, Mullally is back on series TV, on ABC's new comedy In The Motherhood (premiering Thursday at 8 PM ET), which was based on a web series that took episode ideas from submissions by real moms. In the series, Mullally plays Rosemary, a "bad ass," as Mullally calls her, who has raised the perfect son even though she's an imperfect mom.

In this quickie interview, Mullally talks about the new show, about a rumor that she was in a catfight with her co-star Cheryl Hines, about how Rosemary and Karen could be the new Odd Couple, and running her Kerry Weaver-esque Children's Hospital character past Laura Innes.

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Ask 'In the Motherhood' Stars a Question

by Patricia Chui, posted Jan 14th 2009 3:57PM
Cheryl Hines and Megan MullallySubmit a question for Megan Mullally, Cheryl Hines or Horatio Sanz.

What do Megan Mullally, Cheryl Hines and Horatio Sanz have in common?

For one thing, they're all terrific comic actors who've come to fame as supporting players on hit TV shows -- Mullally on 'Will & Grace,' Hines on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' and Sanz on 'Saturday Night Live.'

AND, they're all moving on up in the world, as the stars of the upcoming ABC show 'In the Motherhood.' One of them is Rosemary, a single, free-spirited mom with a teenage son; one of them is Jane, a newly divorced mother of a pre-teen girl and an eight-month-old baby; and one of them is Jane's male nanny (or "manny," shall we say).

Which one's which? Here's a hint: Horatio Sanz doesn't play either of the single moms. And fine, here are the rest of your hints: Mullally plays Rosemary, and Hines plays Jane.

The show, while fictional, has the unusual premise of featuring real-life storylines submitted to the 'In the Motherhood' official site. And in that spirit, we're also soliciting your questions for our 'In the Motherhood' Outside the Box interview, in which Mullally, Hines and Sanz will be asking each other whatever your heart desires -- be it about motherhood, comedy, their careers, or some combination of all three.

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Former SNLer Sanz goes primetime

by Richard Keller, posted Mar 2nd 2007 10:03AM

Horatio SanzNow that 30 Rock has become a mild success for Saturday Night Live veterans Tina Fey and Tracy Morgan it seems that other former SNL alums are making an attempt at primetime popularity. Case in point . . . It's being reported that 8-year SNL veteran Horatio Sanz has joined the cast of the comedy Business Class.

In this pilot for NBC Sanz will star with Boston Legal's Mark Valley (who does nothing on that show but complain). The single-camera comedy will feature Sanz and Valley as two rival soda salesmen who live their lives on the road. Hey, I'm laughing already!

This would be Sanz's first foray into primetime television since leaving SNL last year. Maybe it's me, but it seems that Horatio was underutilized during his years at SNL, which is surprising because he had a pretty decent track record before coming on-board the sketch comedy show. I mean, he was one of the early founders of the Upright Citizens Brigade. I would think that would amount to a little more screen time. If I'm way off base here let me know.

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Original UCB members reunite for DVD

by Julia Ward, posted Feb 23rd 2007 4:43PM
UCB original membersThe four original members of the Upright Citizens Brigade - Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, Matt Besser and Matt Walsh - are reuniting to tape their signature ASSSSCAT improv show for a DVD release by Shout! Factory. Other early UCB-ers are expected to participate, including Chad Carter, Sean Conroy, Andrew Daly and Horatio Sanz. If you live outside of New York or Los Angeles, you may remember Comedy Central's televised version of UCB from their 1998 to 2000 run. Maybe this will jog your memory:

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What career paths will the former SNLers take?

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 25th 2006 2:40PM
Chris ParnellAs the rumors were flying around about who was going to leave SNL, Keith and I were thinking about putting up a "The Five" post that went over the "Categories of former SNLers."

But it looks like the LA Times beat us to it; writer Deborah Netburn details the seven career paths most former SNLers take. I'll admit she did a nice job. The only thing I really disagree with is her classification of Johnny Dangerously as a disaster for Joe Piscopo. I happen to think that it was a very funny movie, and anyway, it was more a Michael Keaton vehicle than a Piscopo vehicle. The other thing she overlooks is: in which category would Chevy Chase fit? His career has been tough to classify, but it does seem like he went from the first category (superstar) to the second category (not funny) somewhere around 1987, doesn't it?

Anyway, what do you think is in store for Horatio Sanz, Chris Parnell, and Finesse Mitchell? Let me know in the comments.

[via Mediabistro]

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Previously on TV Squad

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 27th 2006 5:49PM
In case you've missed it -- perhaps you were busy being depressed about the end of summer -- here are some highlights from the last week at TV Squad:

Kevin Federline

Breaking News
The Five
Retro Squad
Episode Reviews

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Horatio Sanz says he's still on SNL -- UPDATE

by Anna Johns, posted Aug 24th 2006 11:59AM
horatio sanzDespite yesterday's report in the LA Times, Saturday Night Live actor Horatio Sanz says he's still a member of the cast. He tells the Chicago Sun-Times that he doesn't know "what the hell is going on" but he has no reason to believe he's out of a job. The LA Times says that Sanz, Kenan Thompson, and Chris Parnell are out. But, TMZ.com says it's Sanz and Will Forte who are cut from the show. (Will says he's staying, too) And the New York Post says Maya Rudolph is considering leaving the show.

Lorne Michaels had better speak up soon.

[Via Pop Candy and TV Tattle]

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SNL: Who should stay and who should go

by Richard Keller, posted Jul 27th 2006 10:09AM

Saturday Night Live -- Who would you chose?With the recent departures of Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch from Saturday Night Live, and the announcement of (wink, wink) budget cuts by executive producer Lorne Michaels, one begins to ponder what SNL will look like once the bloodletting is complete. So, my dear TV Squad fans, I pose a question to you: if you were in Mr. Michaels' seat who would stay and who would go?

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