NBC Officially Cancels FREE AGENTS

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The network was pretty pleased with Whitney and Up All Night when they made full-season orders earlier this week, but their third freshmen comedy series apparently wasn’t as impressive. Deadline reports the network has pulled the plug on Free Agents, the romantic comedy series starring Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn. Honestly, this wasn’t a hard cut to see coming. Not only were the ratings low, but the show just didn’t pack much of a comedy punch despite someone like Azaria in the lead and some decent supporting performances from comedians Al Madrigal and Natasha Leggero. This is NBC’s second cancellation after axing their hour-long period drama The Playboy Club earlier this week. Stay tuned as more networks continue to clean house and figure out which new series will stick around for the full season.

Watch a New Sizzle Reel for NBC’s Thursday Comedy Line-Up Including THE OFFICE, PARKS & RECREATION, COMMUNITY, UP ALL NIGHT and More

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Earlier today, we highlighted an all-new promo featuring John Goodman’s arrival at Greendale Community College on the NBC comedy series Community. Now, NBC has released a highlight reel featuring some pretty decent spots for both new and returning comedies. Along with some more goodness between Goodman and Dean Pelton (Jim Rash), you’ll find some new clips from other returning series like Parks & Recreation and The Office (however I don’t think any of the James Spader footage is new) as well as some promising bits from Whitney starring Whitney Cummings, Up All Night starring Christina Applegate and Will Arnett, and Free Agents with Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn. You can check out the video in its entirety after the jump.

Anthony Stewart Head Talks FREE AGENTS and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER

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Based on the popular UK series of the same name, Free Agents (premiering September 21st on NBC) is a romantic comedy that explores the trials and tribulations of finding love and companionship, the second time around. Newly divorced Alex (Hank Azaria) is missing his kids and trying to keep himself together. His co-worker Helen (Kathryn Hahn) thinks she has it together, but drinks too much in order to cope with her fiancé’s untimely death. After these two overworked PR executives share one night of passion, they are forced to cope with the awkward aftermath, while surrounded by an array of co-workers – which includes office boss, Stephen (Anthony Stewart Head, reprising his role from the original) – who are both helpful and meddling, at the same time.

During an interview to promote the new series, actor Anthony Stewart Head talked about the differences in the American version of the series, how fun it is to play someone who doesn’t have a care in the world, and that the comedy comes from human emotion and the messiness of real life. He also talked about how he still keeps in touch with his Buffy the Vampire Slayer co-stars, and what a hideous idea he thinks it is to remake the original film without any involvement from Joss Whedon. Check out what he had to say after the jump:

NBC Unveils Posters for New Series Including THE PLAYBOY CLUB, GRIMM, PRIME SUSPECT and More

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We’re just over a month away from kicking off the new television season and so the networks are really starting to push their new series into the public eye. NBC is up to bat today with a small batch of new posters promoting a few of their new series hitting in September. After the jump you can check out some slick new posters for the Mad Men-esque series The Playboy Club, the American remake of the British series Prime Suspect, the fairytale crime drama Grimm, and comedies like Up All Night, Free Agents and Whitney. Honestly, it seems like NBC has the most promising line-up of new shows, but Fox could give them a run for their money. For more details on these and the rest of NBC’s new series, check out our posts of clips from the new comedies right here, and dramas over here, not to mention complete trailers of all the series right here. Otherwise, see the new posters after the jump.

Hank Azaria Video Interview SMURFS

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Recently, I had the immense pleasure of talking to Hank Azaria (The Simpsons) for his upcoming film The Smurfs. The film follows the adventures of six Smurfs who are accidentally transported to modern-day New York City. In the film, Azaria (heavily aided by make-up and a hair piece) plays the villain, Gargamel, who also travels to New York to seek out the Smurfs. I actually had a lot of fun with the movie and kids will definitely love it.

During my exclusive interview, we discussed bringing life to a character’s first live action iteration, acting opposite imaginary Smurfs, roaming New York in costume and performing karaoke as one of his iconic characters from The Simpsons. We also spoke at length about his upcoming NBC show Free Agents. The Smurfs hits theaters this Friday, July 29. Hit the jump to watch the interview.

NBC Announces 2011-2012 Premiere Dates

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Most of the other networks have already chimed in with their premiere dates for new and returning series for the 2011-2012 season, but today NBC has finally sent over their premiere schedule for the fall. Returning series include Parenthood, Chuck, Harry’s Law, The Office, Parks & Recreation and Community while new series include but are not limited to The Playboy Club starring Amber Heard, the fairytale driven Grimm, the new comedy series Whitney starring the hilarious stand-up comedienne Whitney Cummings and the remake of Prime Suspect with Maria Bello. Find out when your old favorites and new series hit the air with the full schedule after the jump, but if you want to check out the new series, check clips from dramas here and comedies here straight from the network’s upfronts presentation.

NBC Releases Full Trailers for All Their Brand New Series Including AWAKE, UP ALL NIGHT, SMASH and Many More

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We recently highlighted some clips from NBC’s forthcoming new dramas and comedies, but now the network has released the full length trailers for all of their new series as well. They’re about twice as long as most movie trailers, and they give us a pretty good idea of the tone and style behind each series. After the jump you can check out trailers for Prime Suspect with Maria Bello, The Playboy Club with Amber Heard, Steven Spielberg’s Broadway musical drama Smash, the fairytale drama Grimm, Kyle Killen’s Awake starring Jason Isaacs, Whitney featuring stand-up comedian Whitney Cummings, Up All Night with Will Arnett and Christina Applegate, Free Agents with Hank Azaria, Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea with Laura Prepon, and Bent with Amanda Peet.

Personally, on the drama side of things, I’m absolutely riveted by the trailer for Awake which just looks like a truly original and compelling drama series from Lone Star writer Kyle Killen. Smash also looks like it has the musical fun and powerful drama to become Glee for adults, but hopefully with a little bit more consistent quality writing. With the comedies, I think Up All Night looks the most promising. Whitney has the potential to gain steam, but it’s hard for me to get past laughtracks on sitcoms. Anyway, you can judge for yourself after checking out all the trailers after the jump.

Watch Clips from the New NBC Comedies

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NBC has released the first clips for all their new 2011-2012 comedies: Whitney, Up All Night, Free Agents, Are You There Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea, Best Friends Forever, and Bent.  Nothing hooked me immediately, but it’s hard to distill sitcoms into a 60-second clip filled with laughs.  Based on first impressions, my top pick is Bent. I’ve really enjoyed David Walton in previous NBC comedies Perfect Couples and 100 Questions — I hope Bent is the one that keeps him on the air for more than a half-season.  Plus, any show that includes Jeffrey Tambor weekly has a leg up on the competition.  Arrested Development love will likewise ensure that I check out Will Arnett in Up All Night, especially when you surround him with two very funny ladies in Christina Applegate and Maya Rudolph — I just wish the humor wasn’t so baby-centric.

Click through to the links for the official schedule announcement and the complementary clips for NBC’s new dramas.  Hit the jump for the preview clips and official synopses for all new comedies.

NBC Announces 2011-2012 Schedule; CHUCK Moves to Fridays for Final Season

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NBC has officially announced their schedule for 2011-2012.  The network ordered six new dramas (The Playboy Club, Prime Suspect, Grimm, The Firm, Smash, Awake) and six new sitcoms (Up All Night, Free Agents, Whitney, Best Friends Forever, Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea, Bent).

The network is programming Fridays fairly aggressively.  Chuck will air its fifth and final 13-episode season on Fridays, paired with the new fairy tale drama Grimm and Friday staple Dateline NBC.  NBC will hold 30 Rock for midseason to accommodate star/creator Tina Fey’s pregnancy.  The Thursday night sitcom block will be cut back to two hours with Community, Parks and Recreation, The Office, and Whitney leading into the Maria Bello-led Prime Suspect remake.

Click through to the links to watch preview clips for the new dramas and the new comedies.  Hit the jump to check out the new schedule.

NBC Pulls CHASE from Schedule But Picks Up Four New Pilots Including INCEPTION-Like Drama REM from LONE STAR Creator

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Frankly I’m surprised the series made it this far, but it looks like the procedural game of cat and mouse is over. EW reports NBC has pulled the crime drama Chase from their schedule, effective immediately. The drama was given a second chance to shine after moving from its original Monday timeslot to a primetime airing on Wednesdays. However, the drama was no match for American Idol, and the series will now be replaced with another hour of NBC’s successful game show Minute to Win It.

However, NBC is ready to give a couple new series a chance at winning audiences over next weekend as they’ve picked up a few new pilots for the fall. Details on those projects after the jump.

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