From the brilliantly warped mind of funnyman Rob Corddry, the former Web series-turned-live-action Adult Swim darling consistently brings the laughs, the beyond random plot lines and a cast that would look right at home in a big budget Hollywood blockbuster.
Yes, it's a sad reality that one day, the all-star 'Childrens' team -- including Megan Mullally, Ken Marino, Rob Huebel, Lake Bell, Erinn Hayes, Malin Akerman and Henry Winkler -- could move on to other things. But could there be a day when Dr. Blake Downs hangs up his (fake) blood-stained scrubs, too?
I caught up with Corddry, who will soon be swapping his TV hospital duties and clown makeup -- watch the show! -- for a more normal role ("I play the white guy, basically.") in a new Fox comedy from Rob Thomas called 'Little in Common.' And speaking of Thomas, Corddry also teased what sounds like an epic 'Party Down' reunion on 'Childrens Hospital.'
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They don't have any trailers or clips that I can share with you yet, but I do have scoop on the episodes, including some fun guest stars, and a few exclusive photos.
The season kicks off with 'Run Dr. Lola Spratt, Run.' Unfortunately some dumb kid chose the weekend to sink in some crazy quicksand, and we all know doctors don't work on the weekends. So, Sy (Henry Winkler) has to get the gang back together for the case.
'The Riches' star has signed on to headline CBS's 'Hail Mary.' According to the Hollywood Reporter, Driver will star in the private investigator drama about a single mom who solves crimes with a hustler. The pilot was written by Jeff Wadlow. He'll executive produce along with with Joel Silver and Ilene Chaiken.
Driver was previously in talks to star in NBC's 'Free Agents,' from 'Party Down' producer John Enbom.
In other casting news ...
• Ashley Judd is nearing a deal to star in ABC's 'Missing.' The drama, previously slated to air this summer, now looks like it'll get a fall launch. Judd will play a former CIA agent who goes to Europe to track down her missing son. Sounds just like an Ashley Judd movie -- all she needs is Morgan Freeman. [Deadline Hollywood]
• 'Firefly' actor Alan Tudyk has joined 'Suburgatory.' The ABC comedy pilot follows a family who moves from Manhattan to the suburbs. Tudyk plays the patriarch's friend who has been living the 'burbs for years. [Deadline]
• Patrick Wilson is heading to TV. The 'Watchmen' actor will star in a medical drama pilot on CBS. Wilson will play a surgeon whose ex-wife dies "and begins teaching him what life is all about from the here-after." [TVLine]
You might shocked that a simple lack of AC could lead to an armed showdown, sexual assault, insane policemen, and a screaming clown. ... But then, maybe you've just never seen the show before. The satirical medical comedy is all about getting weird and getting offensive -- always has been, always will be.
When you go to college, you get to leave your past behind. It's a new place, with new faces, and no one to remember all the indignities and insults of grade school. At college, you can decide who you are, and no one can contradict you. But what happens if your past shows up on campus, and you find you're happy to meet it?
Jeff Winger isn't some teenager just off the bus from high school. He was once a successful lawyer at a prestigious (or at least profitable) law firm. So when he bumped into an old colleague at Greendale, he had to remember who he used to be, and decide if the old days are worth revisiting.
At a concerned and confused look from a nearby nurse, he clarified that he meant that he literally wanted her to see his sexy costume. "Not kill her!" he vehemently denied, which of course doesn't raise any suspicions.
I've already professed my love for the show and its insane cast here and here, but if you're still not convinced you should check it out, maybe the comic stylings of creator and star Rob Corddry and his co-stars Ken Marino and Henry Winkler will do the trick.
I hit the set (fun fact: it's actually in the creepy old hospital where 'Scrubs' used to shoot) to talk about the hysterically inappropriate show's target audience, this season's TV icon-on-TV icon action, violating dead butterflies and a few other things probably not fit for print. If it hasn't been made obvious enough, 'Childrens Hospital' is not for children.
I also have the dish on 'Happy Town,' ABC's new murder-mystery drama, and talk about the pressures of cooking for TV's funniest family -- um, hello? 'Modern Family'! -- with 'Top Chef Masters' contestant Rick Tramonto.
Want more? E-mail me TV questions at TheTVShowGirl@aol.com and I'll try to get you answers on the show. -- By Maggie Furlong
Corddry stopped by 'The Bonnie Hunt Show' (weekdays, syndicated) and Bonnie surprised him with video from his first TV acting gig. "I'm so excited to be on TV -- 'I made it, mom!' -- and I'm fully covered in this like amusement park costume." Corddry played the "happy muskrat." As if that wasn't embarrassing enough, the TV show didn't use his voice. Only the actor's leg made the cut.
Poor Rob, we're sure it didn't help to have Bonnie laughing so hard after watching the clip.
Check out the video after the jump.
"This is an off day for Martha," Stewart said. "It must be because my banker was here. Oh God, I get nervous around the bankers."
Watch the video after the jump.
Twitter haters always say the same thing when they explain why they're not on it: "Why would I care when someone's eating a sandwich?" It's so much more than that. I even think it has evolved into something the creators of Twitter could never have imagined. Sure, it's social networking, but not social networking in the sense that Facebook is. It's a whole different thing. It's like getting a stream of e-mails or IMs or breaking news posts throughout the day from people you're actually interested in hearing from.
And that list of people just might include TV personalities.
Conan O'Brien's "Conaco" production company and actor Rob Corrdry both scored spots on Adult Swim for two new live-action sitcoms.
O'Brien's company won a spot for Eagleheart, a show about a fading TV star who wins a chance for glory once more on a production in Texas, but constantly clashes with the low-level TV exec in charge of the show.
Corrdry's medical drama spoof web series Childrens' Hospital will also go to Adult Swim. The channel will show re-edited versions of the episodes that aired on TheWB.com as well as produce new ones. Corrdry originally pitched the show to Comedy Central, but negotiations broke down with the network, probably because the show didn't have enough bimbo strippers and shirtless fat guys to fill their quota (cough, Secret Girlfriend, cough).
What caused this explosion? Well, we can thank one of 2008's other big stories -- the writers' strike -- for a lot of it.
The most painful part of the show was the feeling that Corddry deserved something much better than another pop culture referencing yawnfest. His Daily Show appearances always made for great television and he also made great transitions into movies whether they were minor roles in Old School or starring roles in the indie comedy Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story.
Now the fates have realigned and given Corddry the show he should have gotten when he left The Daily Show dangling from one last philosophical poop joke. The WB.com premiered a web series called Childrens' Hospital starring, written and directed by Corddry, the man who left a little part of himself in a Daily Show men's room oh so many months ago.
"The way the economy is, and with the impending SAG strike -- f*** it, you're gonna see me on like that terrible celebrity dancing show."
In a world where TV shows are cancelled faster than you can add them to your DVR, 'Daily Show' alum Rob Corddry's arrival on TheWB.com with new Web series 'Childrens' Hospital' (10 mini-episodes premiere Monday, Dec. 8 on TheWB.com) is just what the doctor ordered.
A medical-drama spoof where the doctors care more about sex than patients (ahem, 'Grey's Anatomy'!), the off-beat comedy stars Lake Bell, Rob Huebel, Megan Mullally, Nick Kroll, Erinn Hayes, Nate Corddry, Ed Helms, Jason Sudeikis, Ken Marino ... and more, if you can believe it.
Corddry let AOL TV peek behind the curtain, giving scoop on everything from why Web series are better than TV, how he got Hollywood's funniest actors to do his show, his 'Arrested Development' movie idea ... and his fear of clowns.
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