the-league-season-6Returning tonight to FXX, the first episode of season six of THE LEAGUE reunites those combative (and thoroughly entertaining) Fantasy Football competitors played by an amazing ensemble of actor/comedians featuring MARK DUPLASS, NICK KROLL, KATIE ASELTON, STEPHEN RANNAZZISI, PAUL SCHEER and JON LAJOIE. Created by the husband-wife team of JEFF SCHAFFER and JACKIE MARCUS SCHAFFER, the series is a celebration of friendship in all the best, worst and hilariously funny ways.

Contrary to popular perception, you don’t have to be a participant in a Fantasy Football league to enjoy the show. You don’t even have to particularly like football at all. This is a show about exaggerated relationships and wacky friendships that could easily appeal to fans of SEINFELD or IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA.

At a recent Television Critics Association press conference, producer JEFF SCHAFFER talked about the universal appeal of the show. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)


Season Six of THE LEAGUE debuts tonight on FXX.

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goth_39-jada-publicity-two_3195rca-1For the first time in its long history, the season finale of the hit series SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE will feature the talents of two tap dancers. Both 20 years of age, ZACH EVERHART and VALERIE ROCKEY each hail from less than show-biz capitols (a small town in Georgia and an Indianapolis suburb respectively) but are accomplished in several forms of dance. Their competition tonight consists of RICKEY UBEDA of Miami and JESSICA RICHENS of California. In addition to the ‘Final 4′, the top 20 will be reunited and the audience will be treated to a performance by ENRIQUE IGLESIAS.

In an interview to promote the finale, the always entertaining SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE judge MARY MURPHY talked about having two ‘tappers’ in the final four and her faith that America will get the vote right.

The Season 11 finale of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE airs tonight on Fox.


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fu_05-nikki-noce-doctor-yoga_0473_lya_hires2It’s being reported that the popular 80’s series THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO is headed back to television. Word has it that Fox has ordered a pilot from the 21 JUMP STREET team of PHIL LORD and CHRIS MILLER.

Originally an ABC series that ran from 1980 to 1983, the show centered on a nerdy teacher who becomes a reluctant superhero after aliens give him a special suit with super powers and no instruction manual. Created by legendary producer STEVEN J. CANNELL, the cast featured WILLIAM KATT, ROBERT CULP and CONNIE SELLECCA.

Every bit as popular as the series was THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO theme song written by award-winning composer MIKE POST. Often referred to as ‘BELIEVE IT OR NOT’, it was one of the few TV theme songs to make the Billboard Hot 100 chart. A longtime associate of CANNELL’S, POST created the signature sounds for almost all of his series including THE A-TEAM, THE ROCKFORD FILES and BAA BAA BLACKSHEEP. No word yet on whether the pop classic will be included in the reboot but producers LORD and MILLER would be crazy to leave it out.

Shortly before his death, we talked with CANNELL about his working relationship with POST and he explained how their process worked. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO pilot is in pre-production now.

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3In a career filled with plenty of memorable movies, Tom Hanks’ most beloved role would have to be the title character from a film that was released 20 years ago this summer: Forrest Gump. Released on July 6, 1994, Forrest Gump won six Academy Awards, including a second consecutive Best Actor win for Hanks (who had won the previous year for “Philadelphia”) and the Oscar for Best Picture.

Starting Friday, Gump fans can take a walk down memory lane, as the film is being re-released for the first time in the IMAX format. Although it may be more appropriate to take a run down memory lane, since Hanks spent a good portion of the film running — on a football field, in the fields of Vietnam, or on his famous cross-country run. Hanks did almost all of the on-screen running himself, and when the movie was first released, he spoke to us about the pressure he felt to stay in shape during filming. (Click on the media bar to hear Tom Hanks)

Another aspect of the movie that amazed viewers at the time was how Hanks‘ character was inserted into historical film footage, which effectively showed him interacting with U.S. Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, along with meeting John Lennon on The Dick Cavett Show. Hanks recalls being amazed by the process of making those scenes, and how the revolutionary visual effects pushed the boundaries at the time. (Click on the media bar to hear Tom Hanks)

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2With five NBA championship rings in his collection, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is arguably one of the best basketball players of all time. A 16-time league All-Star, he’s been among basketball’s most dominant players ever since he was drafted right out of high school, at age 17. But now, at age 36, it appeared that time has caught up with Bryant, who has sustained several significant injuries in the past few years.

He missed most of this past season due to a serious knee injury, and without him, the Lakers staggered to their worst record ever: 27-55. Before the season started, though, Bryant agreed to let a Showtime film crew follow him around to shoot a documentary. While Kobe Bryant’s Muse did not turn out to be the story of his sixth NBA championship, it did capture all of the struggles, trials and tribulations of a year that was very frustrating for a man who lives to compete.

Bryant not only granted the filmmakers full access to his life, but — as he told us — was also willing to give them creative control over the final product, even if it didn’t always show him in the best light. (Click on the media bar below to hear Kobe Bryant)

Kobe Bryant’s Muse airs this month on Showtime.

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137Beginning tonight (and concluding tomorrow), The History Channel’s special event mini-series HOUDINI chronicles the career of the legendary performer who captivated the world with his work. An unparalleled illusionist who gained international fame with his daring escapes and audacious challenges, HARRY HOUDINI is considered the gold-standard in the world of magic.

Once he became famous, he made it his goal to debunk spiritualists taking advantage of wealthy clients willing to part with big bucks in an effort to reconnect with departed loved ones.

Directed by ULI EDEL from a script by NICHOLAS MEYER, the film stars Oscar-winner ADRIEN BRODY in the titular role of a charismatic performer who managed to beguile the likes of a worldwide audience. While no stranger to TV work, BRODY doesn’t do it often. During an interview we did with him a couple of years ago, he talked about winning the Academy Award and how that doesn’t limit his choices. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

HOUDINI airs on The History Channel 9/1 and 9/2.

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136Airing tonight on Pivot TV, PLEASE LIKE ME is an Australian import created by and starring an unknown (at least, here in America) comedian by the name of JOSH THOMAS. Based largely on his own experiences, the story is centered on a charmingly quirky young gay man (named ‘Josh’) trying to cope with his parents’ divorce, his father’s remarriage to a much younger woman, the arrival of a newborn stepsister, his mother’s admission to a psychiatric hospital and his own struggling sex life.

As Josh, THOMAS is both witty and wise as well as being delightfully awkward and inappropriate. At the age of 25, he’s already taken the Australian comedy scene by storm as well as winning awards at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Currently in its second season, PLEASE LIKE ME is well worth catching up with and a real feather in Pivot’s cap.

At a recent Television Critics Association press conference to promote the series, THOMAS addressed a question about how working with an American network for the new season might have affected the content of a show set in Australia. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO NSFW)

PLEASE LIKE ME airs Friday nights on Pivot TV.

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135It shouldn’t come as any surprise that Pierce Brosnan is coming back to the action genre with The November Man. After all, this is a man who played Agent 007 in four James Bond movies from 1995 to 2002. Of course, 007 has always been played by a revolving door of actors, and when it was his turn to hand the keys of the Aston Martin over to Daniel Craig, he did it without any regrets. (Click on the media bar below to hear Pierce Brosnan)

The November Man opens in theaters tomorrow.

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134Before 1994, Jennifer Aniston was just a struggling young actress, hoping that one of her projects would finally draw the public’s interest. Well, you know what they say, right? Be careful what you wish for! Once Friends became an overnight success and launched her into the super-stardom stratosphere, her private life suddenly became public domain, with headlines splashed across every tabloid and celebrity gossip mag you can imagine.

As you can imagine, Aniston has a few words to say about the subject, and she’s adamant that, like Vegas, what happens in her private life should stay private. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jennifer Aniston)

Jennifer Aniston can be seen in Life of Crime, which opens in theaters this Friday.

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133At 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, Stephen Colbert won two Emmy awards for Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series and for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series for his nightly talk show, The Colbert Report. After winning the award, Colbert came back to the press room where all the talk was about him taking over the Late Show with David Letterman next year.

When he was asked what to expect after he takes over for Letterman, Colbert said to expect more of the same-but different- and goes on to say that it’s hard to concentrate on taking over The Late Show because he has four months of The Colbert Report still left to do and he loves watching David Letterman.
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