Friday, August 30, 2013

Comedy Central's Futurama Series Says Farewell To Fans With A Live Pre & Post Show Chat With Matt Groening Wednesday 9~4~2013 9:30PM ET/6:30PM PT

[via press release from Comedy Central]

Comedian Chris Hardwick Moderates

Includes Cast Members Billy West, Maurice LaMarche, Phil LaMarr and Lauren Tom Writer Patric M. Verrone and Animator Pete Avanzino

Series Finale "Meanwhile" Airs September 4 at 10:00 p.m. EST/ 7:00 p.m. PST

NEW YORK, August 29, 2013 - Concluding news, everyone! To mark the series finale, COMEDY CENTRAL will live-stream a pre- and post-show chat with series creator Matt Groening and Executive Producer David X. Cohen on Wednesday, September 4 at 9:30pm EST / 6:30pm PST. Joining Matt and David for the first of two half-hours of conversation will be moderator Chris Hardwick (Nerdist) and cast members Billy West, Maurice LaMarche, Phil LaMarr, and Lauren Tom. Immediately following the series finale, the second discussion begins at 10:30 p.m. EST / 7:30pm PST with Co-Executive Producer Patric M. Verrone and Supervising Director Peter Avanzino joining the group for a lively exchange with reactions to the series conclusion. The series Producers, Writers, and Cast will discuss behind-the-scenes details, answer fan submitted questions, and laugh it up together one last time.

"Futurama Live!" will stream on COMEDY CENTRAL'S "Futurama" page, Nerdist's YouTube Channel and is available for anyone to embed. Fans can submit questions and links to artwork to @ComedyCentral on Twitter.

First airing on FOX from 1999-2003, "Futurama" was brought back in 2007 with four direct-to-DVD movies that subsequently aired as 30-minute episodes on COMEDY CENTRAL.

Based on their success, COMEDY CENTRAL ordered new seasons of the series, which made a triumphant return to television in June 2010.
Over the course of its storied run, "Futurama" has earned six Emmy(R) Awards including two Outstanding Animated Program, seven Annie Awards, two Environmental Media Awards and two Writer's Guild of America Awards.

Chris Hardwick is a stand-up comedian, writer, television personality and Founder of Nerdist Industries. His new late-night show on Comedy Central, "@Midnight" (title tbd) will premiere in October 2013. He can be heard and seen as the host of the incredibly popular Nerdist Podcast, AMC's "The Talking Dead" and "Talking Bad," and the Nerdist YouTube Channel.

"Futurama," created by Matt Groening, developed by Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, is produced by The Curiosity Company in association with 20th Century Fox Television.

20th Century Fox Television, a division of News Corp, is a leading supplier of entertainment content domestically and around the world.

Nerdist Industries is a multi-platform creator of genre and popular culture content. Its online presence includes a website at, a premium YouTube channel (, Nerdist News daily e-newsletters, 2 million Twitter followers, and a Podcast Network including the flagship Nerdist Podcast, also produced as a TV show on BBC America. Nerdist also hosts live events around the country such as The Nerdist Podcast Live! and Course of the Force, an annual lightsaber relay in partnership with Lucasfilm LTD and Octagon which leads up to San Diego Comic-Con International.

Available on-air, online and on-the-go, COMEDY CENTRAL ( is the #1 brand in comedy and is owned by, and is a registered trademark of, Comedy Partners, a wholly-owned unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA and VIAB).

Sunday, August 11, 2013

TMZSports A-Rod

Seems you can't watch the news
or pick up a newspaper without 
mention of New York Yankees'
third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

Nothing new about seeing A-Rod featured
prominently on the backpages but too
frequently of late the focus hasn't been
on his stats but more about his alleged PED 
use. That's right i said "alleged".

Why? Because even though 
he admitted to using PEDs from 2001-2003
this time he says he hasn't.
Since he hasn't failed any recent rests 
i'm taking #13 at his word.

Anyone accused without proof
of wrong-doing surely can empathize with
Mr.Rodriguez being given a 211 game suspension.

imho Commissioner Selig 
came to his decision based
on hear-say. A-Rod and his
attorney David Cornwell are appealing the
suspension. During appeal A-Rod
is eligible to be in the line-up.

my instincts usually serve me pretty well to
discern whether or not i'm dealing with sketchy
characters. A-Rod's primary accusers,
Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch and
BayAreaLaboratoryCoOperative [aka BALCO]
founder Victor Conte strike me as types who
could make a spirograph envious.

During A-Rod's 1st home-game appearance on Friday
8~9~2013 fan reaction was 50/50 Some stood
cheered & held up signs of encouragement. Others
didn't. But'success is a great
de-odorant', because when he took to the plate on
Sunday jacked a homerun & flashed good leather
at the hot corner all in attendance cheered.

A NYC newscaster mentioned a
sporting equipment store had no #13 jerseys
or any A-Rod gear.

The reporter attributed this to the shop
not wanting to sell A-Rod merchandise
Since this wasn't confirmed i'm
guessing it's more likely the store sold-out
of #13 items.

Sunday 8~11~2013 vs Tigers Yankees
get 5-4 win with a Brett Gardner walk-off HR

Here's how A did:

Bottom of the 2nd gets 1st HR/RBI of the season
passing Stan Musial for fifth all-time on
RBI list with 1,951

Bottom of the 3rd singles & drives in a run

top of the 4th throws out Tigers' Perez at 1st

Top of the 8th hot smash to 3rd backhands
catch throws to Cano on a disputed play getting Tigers' 
Iglesius at 2nd

Post-game Avg is.357
A tells reporters he thinks it will take him 40 or 50
at bats before he has a better idea of where he is and thanked 
ny fans for their tremendous support.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Larry David and Jon Hamm Star in HBOFilms' Clear History Debuts Saturday 8~10~2013 9PM ET

HBO Press Release: Larry David, Jon Hamm Star in HBOFilms' Clear History 

(from HBO's press release, July 2013) CLEAR HISTORY: This HBO Films comedy stars Larry David as a marketing executive at a start-up electric car company who gives up his ten percent of the business after a petty argument with his boss. 

The company subsequently makes billions of dollars, destroying his life and leaving him publicly humiliated. 

Ten years later, after changing his name and moving to a small island off the Massachusetts coast, all is well - until something from the past threatens his new life. 

Jon Hamm, Bill Hader, Philip Baker Hall, Kate Hudson, Michael Keaton, Danny McBride, Eva Mendes, Amy Ryan and J.B. Smoove also star. 

Directed by Greg Mottola; written by Larry David, Alec Berg, David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer; executive producers, Bradley Thomas, Greg Mottola, Alec Berg, David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer; Monica Levinson produces; Laura Streicher associate produces. Debuts Aug. 10.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

The Most tweeted UK Drama: BroadChurch Comes To BBCAmerica Wednesday 8~7~2013 10:00PM ET/PT

[BBCAmerica Press Release]

UK Twitter Record-breaking Drama Broadchurch Comes To BBC AMERICA’s Dramaville
Critically acclaimed series stars BAFTA-winning actress Olivia Colman and Emmy–winning actor David Tennant

Two-time BAFTA-winning actress Olivia Colman (The Iron Lady, Twenty Twelve) and Emmy-winning actor David Tennant (Doctor Who, Spies of Warsaw) star in the new gripping drama Broadchurch, created and written by Chris Chibnall (Law & Order: UK, Torchwood). The new series centers on a quiet seaside town following the shocking murder of a young boy and the impact it has on the tight-knit community when everyone becomes a suspect. Broadchurch is the most tweeted UK drama ever. Broadchurch premieres Wednesday, August 7, 10:00pm ET/PT as part of Dramaville.

“Broadchurch is a hybrid: a cocktail of stories. A drama about a community racked by grief and suspicion. A whodunit, packed with suspects. A character-driven, emotional thriller, thick with twists and turns,” says writer and executive producer Chris Chibnall.

Leading the investigation are two detectives – the strong yet compassionate local Detective Sergeant, Ellie Miller (Colman), and the by-the-book Detective Inspector Alec Hardy (Tennant), Ellie’s newly appointed boss. By circumstance they are partnered to solve the murder, keeping the newspapers from derailing the investigation and trying to prevent the crime from impacting tourism at the beach where the boy was murdered. The detectives are forced to put personal connections to the case aside to solve the crime that has changed the quaint community forever.

“We’re proud to have cast an outstanding array of Britain’s finest performers to appear in Broadchurch,” said executive producer Jane Featherstone. “The drama is a snapshot of modern Britain. Its community represents a microcosm of life as we know it with the character of Ellie part of the fabric of Broadchurch. She’s lived amidst the people in this coastal town all her life so when the fabric begins to tear it’s Ellie who will feel the impact the hardest.”

The all-star ensemble cast also includes Jodie Whittaker (One Day, Venus) and Andrew Buchan (Bones, Cranford) as the boy’s grieving parents Beth and Mark Latimer; Arthur Darvill (Doctor Who) as the town priest Reverend Paul Coates; David Bradley (Game of Thrones, An Adventure in Space and Time), as local shop owner Jack Marshall; Matthew Gravelle (The Bible) as Ellie’s supportive husband Joe Miller; Jonathan Bailey (Leonardo) as up-and-coming local reporter Olly Stevens who is attempting to make the case his big break; Vicky McClure (This is England) as eager London reporter Karen White and Pauline Quirke (Birds of a Feather) as mysterious loner Susan Wright.

James Strong (Downton Abbey, The Great Train Robbery, Doctor Who) has directed the first two episodes and episodes seven and eight of the series. Richard Stokes (Silk, Law & Order: UK, Torchwood) is producer and Jane Featherstone (The Hour, Life on Mars, Law & Order: UK) and Chibnall are executive producers. Broadchurch is a Kudos and Imaginary Friends co-production and distributed by Shine International.


The body of 11 year old Danny Latimer is found on the beach in Broadchurch – local police officers DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller are called to investigate a case that will change the town forever…

Monday, August 05, 2013

12th DoctorWho Is Peter Capaldi

[BBCAmerica Press Release]

Peter Capaldi is the Twelfth Doctor in Doctor Who

Amid much hype and speculation, Peter Capaldi was unveiled as the next Doctor during a special live television event on BBC AMERICA and BBC ONE today [8~4~2013].

Widely regarded as one of the biggest roles in British television, Capaldi will be the Twelfth Doctor and takes over from Matt Smith who leaves the show at Christmas. Peter Capaldi says: “Being asked to play The Doctor is an amazing privilege. 

Like the Doctor himself I find myself in a state of utter terror and delight. I can’t wait to get started. ”Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer says: “It’s an incendiary combination: one of the most talented actors of his generation is about to play the best part on television. Peter Capaldi is in the TARDIS!”

Doctor Who companion, Jenna Coleman says “I’m so excited Peter Capaldi is the man taking on the challenge of becoming the Twelfth Doctor. With Steven’s writing and his talent I know we’ll be making an amazing show with an incredible incarnation of number 12. I can’t wait to start this new adventure!”

Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One says:“Peter Capaldi has all the genius and versatility needed to take on the mantel of the great Time Lord and make the role his own. He’ll bring his own particular wisdom, charisma and wit to the Twelfth Doctor and take the show into an exciting new era.”

Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning says : “We started thinking Peter Capaldi might be the right person to take on this iconic part a few months ago. But it was only when he did a secret audition at Steven’s house under the cover of darkness that we knew we had our man. 

He’s an extraordinarily talented actor who can seemingly turn his hand to anything. We can’t wait to premiere his unique take on the Doctor on Christmas Day and we are sure he’s going to become one of the all-time classic Doctor’s.”

Peter Capaldi is an award winning actor, film maker and lifelong Doctor Who fan.He has enjoyed an illustrious career to date in both film and television.Before securing the coveted role of the Twelfth Doctor, Peter first appeared in Doctor Who in 2008, playing Caecilius in the episode “The Fires of Pompeii”.Peter grew up in Glasgow and attended the Glasgow School of Art, while studying there he secured his first breakthrough role inLocal Hero (1983). He has also had roles in Dangerous Liaisons, The Crow Road, The Devil’s Whore and Torchwood: Children of Earth.

It is his role as Government spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in the BBC comedy series, The Thick of It, that has earned Peter both international and award success. In 2010 he won the BAFTA Television Award for Best Male Performance in a Comedy Role and the BPG Best Actor Award. In both 2010 and 2012, Peter won the British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actor. A film spin-off from The Thick of It, entitled In the Loop, was released in 2009.

As well as appearing in front of the camera, Peter is an award winning film maker. In 1995, he won the Oscar for Best Short Film (Live Action) for Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life. He also wrote Soft Top, Hard Shoulder, which won the audience award at the London Film Festival, and wrote and directed Strictly Sinatra. Peter’s stage credits include Professor Marcus in The Ladykillers at the Liverpool Playhouse, which saw the play transfer to the Gielgud Theatre in London.

2013 has been a busy year for Peter who has been seen on screen in the film World War Z and in the BBC AMERICA and BBC Two drama series The Hour, for which he was BAFTA nominated. Not only will Peter film his first scenes for Doctor Who this Autumn, but he will appear in the forthcoming film The Fifth Estate and the Disney film Maleficent.

Peter is currently filming new BBC AMERICA and BBC One drama series The Musketeers, in which he plays Cardinal Richelieu which will launch in early 2014.