It started with the swearing, a not-so-subtle indication that USA Network's "blue skies" credo was welcoming some adult turbulence into its programming. Its shows of recent vintage, including the sleek, sexy and casually profane Suits and the gritty undercover drama Graceland, have started to move USA into edgier, bolder territory. Two new Thursday dramas, Rush (9/8c) and Satisfaction (10/9c), are furthering that evolution, threatening to go over the top with their shock-value content in what looks like a bad case of FX/AMC envy. The results are decidedly mixed.
Yvette Nicole Brown
Yvette Nicole Brown has landed her first post-Community role!
Brown, as well as Saturday Night Live alums Molly Shannon and Chris Parnell, will guest-star on USA's new comedy Benched, the network announced Tuesday.
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Jim Rash, Robert Kirkman and Blair Butler
Zombies have treated the brains behind AMC's The Walking Dead very well. But Robert Kirkman, who originated the comic book series that inspired the show, admits the early days of his career were slower than, well, the undead. "You have to be crazy to get into [writing]," Kirkman tells SundanceTV's The Writers' Room, which digs into the art of creating some of TV's biggest series. "I went massively into debt."
On April 25's special comic book-themed episode, Kirkman recounts some of the obstacles he faced in getting the TV adaptation of...
Nat Faxon, Judy Greer
FX has given 10-episode orders to comedy series Married and You're the Worst, the networked announced Friday. Both comedies are expected to debut in July.
Married stars Ben & Kate's Nat Faxon and Arrested Development's Judy Greer as Russ and Lina Bowman, a married couple whose romance struggles to survive suburbia.
Jim Rash, Nat Faxon
With pilot season just around the corner, Fox is off to an early start. The network has ordered Fatrick, a half-hour comedy from Oscar-winning Descendants screenwriters Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, TVLine reports.
Trophy Wife fans everywhere were elated Friday to hear that ABC had picked up the freshman comedy for a full season, but maybe no one more so than star Michaela Watkins.
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Nat Faxon has landed his first post-Ben and Kate role, as Paget Brewster's love interest on the ABC comedy pilot Spy, TVGuide.com has learned.
Lucas Neff and Shannon Woodward
Alert to Great Pumpkin fans: You'll need to be almost as patient as Linus for this year's annual showing of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, which ABC is saving for Halloween night itself, at 8/7c, kicking off Wednesday's great lineup of comedy (though considerably less great without The Middle in the equation). But unlike Linus, you will get your payoff, one considerably more satisfying than the rock Charlie Brown always ends up with after trick or treating.
Are there any timeless classics among Tuesday's Halloween sitcom treats? Perhaps not, but here are a few good reasons to watch (if storm coverage subsides):
Trick or treat? That's what Kate (Dakota Johnson) will find out on Tuesday's Halloween episode of Ben and Kate (airing at 8:30/7:30c on Fox), when she decides to abandon her typically conservative attitude towards the holiday — i.e. dressing her daughter Maddie (Maggie Elizabeth Jones) up as young historical figures — at the encouragement of her flirtatious friend BJ (Lucy Punch). Responsible mom Kate even gets into the Halloween spirit herself, accepting an invitation from her cute neighbor to attend a costume party at his house — and not being shy about showing her interest in him when she arrives.
Ben and Kate
Dana Fox was working on New Girl last year when she came up with the idea of developing a show loosely based on her brother, Ben (he's currently an ad exec but years ago was a bit of a free spirit). The siblings' real-life relationship forms the basis of Fox's Ben and Kate, (Tuesdays, 8:30/7:30c). Nat Faxon and Dakota Johnson star as the brother-sister duo who bicker but ultimately lean on each other for support. Fox filled out our showrunner survey to explain why Ben and Kate deserves some brotherly love....