Matt Ryan: Legends Star Has Theater Itch Again

During a Wizard World Chicago panel to discuss the Arrowverse, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow actor Matt Ryan spoke about performing on TV and stage. Other panelists in the Arrowverse panel also included Kelly Hu and Teddy Sears.  A member of the audience asked a question about which medium is more challenging or fun.  While Kelly Hu said she doesn’t want to do stage, Teddy Sears commented that he would love to do animation but he’s…

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The Orville: Mark Jackson and Kelly Hu talk Scripts

During Wizard World Chicago, Mark Jackson and Kelly Hu appeared during a panel to discuss The Orville and answer fan questions. Unfortunately, Scott Grimes couldn’t attend the Friday afternoon panel, which was hosted by Freaks and Geeks cast member Samm Levine.  While the panel lasted for about 45 minutes, I’m only choosing to cover their answers to the question that I asked. What do you generally look for in screenplays when selecting projects? Kelly Hu:…

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Veronica Mars: Season Four is Binge-Worthy

The fourth season of Veronica Mars is binge-worthy as Kristen Bell comes back to the titular role of the rebooted television drama. Bringing back Veronica Mars without the whole gang is seemingly impossible.  No matter how long it is between seasons or films, everyone is quickly able to get back into the groove.  It’s been a little over five years since Veronica (Kristen Bell) returned to Neptune to defend Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring) in the…

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What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage Has Promise

What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage has a lot of promise for what is certainly one of the most fascinating new comedies. The new FOX comedy, starring Savage and comedian Taylor Tomlinson, is a spoof of the after-show.  In this case, the show is The Flare.  The fictional series is based on fictional author TJ Whitford’s sci-fi book series, The Moon is the Sun at Night.”  What happens is that there’s a solar flare that…

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Barry: Where do we go after that?

With the season 2 finale (“berkman > block) of Barry, the series leaves in a good spot while we wait for the new episodes to return next year on HBO. Barry just finished airing on the east coast.  West coast viewers, please wait before reading. While most people are still digesting the Game of Thrones series finale, there’s a dark comedy series ending its second season tonight.  Bill Hader is ever the capable triple threat…

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Klepper brings Jordan Klepper back to TV

The Opposition‘s Jordan Klepper is back on television with a new documentary series, Klepper, premiering May 9 on Comedy Central. I like this look for former Chicago improviser Jordan Klepper.  Not the whole part where he’s sitting in a Fulton County Jail.  Though to be fair, he’s only there because of doing the right thing–supporting education, not segregation.  It’s more of the fact that he’s back in the field.  Sure, he’s toning down the funny…

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Barry: Season 2 Hits The Mark

HBO’s dark comedy, Barry, is able to hit the mark during the sophomore season and the series capably avoids the sophomore slump. I’ve only seen the first three episodes of the season season.  While I can’t speak to the rest of the second season, co-creators Alec Berg and Bill Hader have upped the ante on the second season.  When we last left our anti-hero, he was in some sort of a personal crisis.  Not just any…

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SXSW 2019: Shrill

Shrill stars Aidy Bryant as Annie Easton in this six-episode comedy series streaming on Hulu this weekend following the SXSW world premiere. We get to know Annie (Aidy Bryant) and her circle of friends, family, and co-workers over the course of six episodes.  She’s the assistant calendar editor for the The Weekly Thorn.  Annie would rather take on more duties like actually having the opportunity to write articles.  Her boss, Gabe (John Cameron Mitchell), is…

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Don Cheadle’s shirt on SNL: Protect Trans Kids

Avengers and Black Monday star Don Cheadle wore a “Protect Trans Kids” shirt on Saturday Night Live this weekend before introducing Gary Clark, Jr. Being a transgender woman who moved to Chicago for improv and has friends working on SNL, Don Cheadle’s shirt made my night.  This isn’t the first time in which someone used their platform for transgender rights.  Most recently, Cecily Strong did so when Scarlett Johansson hosted the show back on March…

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 2 Brings Laughs

As the period comedy returns for a second season on Amazon Prime, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel brings the funny with a superb performance from Rachel Brosnahan. Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) isn’t afraid of telling it like it is.  This is never more true than in the season’s second episode.  While there men have made the argument that women aren’t funny, Midge turns this idea on its head.  In telling the bunt truth–even in a…

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