Tobey Maguire, Tim Robbins
Here's the thing about satire: Parody has a sharper sting if what's being ridiculed is actually relevant. And while it looks like everyone's having a grand time lampooning the old-school histrionics of the classic TV miniseries "epic" in IFC's elaborate all-star Funny or Die put-on The Spoils of Babylon, I'm afraid the fun isn't all that contagious, in part because the joke is such a stale one to begin with.
The whole enterprise, which consists of six half-hour chapters (the first two airing back-to-back starting Thursday at 10/9c), has the musty whiff of one of those movies derived from so-so Saturday Night Live sketches. Each installment opens with a staged intro, featuring a heavily made-up Will Ferrell as a rotund Orson Welles-like egomaniac impresario (described as "author, producer, actor, writer, director, raconteur, bon vivant, legend, fabulist" — and that's just the first episode's credits) who sinks further and further into his (wine) cups as he reflects on his lost late-'70s "masterpiece," which he self-financed as if he were Scrooge McDuck.
Amy Poehler, Adam Scott
Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) has come a long way from that overeager deputy director of the Parks Department trying to navigate the bureaucracy of building a park in the small town of Pawnee. Parks and Recreation's heroine is still as enthusiastic, but now she's attained several of her life's goals
Rashida Jones, Rob Lowe
Parks and Recreation's 100th episode is upon us!
When the NBC comedy returns on Thursday, Jan. 9 (8:30/7:30c), Ann (Rashida Jones) and Chris (Rob Lowe) will be desperate to find out the sex of their baby thanks to some unintelligible writing by Dr. Saperstein (Henry Winkler). But ...
Carrie Underwood, Rashida Jones and Jimmy Fallon
It wouldn't be the holiday season without a musical duet from Jimmy Fallon and Rashida Jones! This year, the NBC colleagues were joined by Carrie Underwood on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Thanksgiving night to perform holiday-themed parodies of the year's biggest pop hits.
Adam Scott and Amy Poehler
[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Thursday's episode of Parks and Recreation. Read at your own risk!]
Surprise, surprise! Leslie Knope has been recalled from office!
Parks and Recreation shocked viewers on Thursday night after ousting Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) from office, not a route fans would've expected the show to go after the NBC comedy worked so hard to make her a city councilwoman. In fact...
Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones
In the spring of 2009, a new kind of romance was born on NBC when overeager bureaucrat Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) met sweet nurse Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones) on the Parks and Recreation series premiere. Over the last six seasons, their journey has spawned catchphrases, beautiful compliments and a new faith in female friendships on television. However, that will all soon come to an end when Jones and co-star Rob Lowe leave the comedy early next year.
"Amy and Rashida, like Leslie and Ann, are dealing with it in real time," Jones tells TVGuide.com. "Amy has been saying to people, 'She thinks she's leaving, but I'm going to lock her in my trailer.' I'm a little bit in denial about it, too."
Parks and Recreation boss on why and how Rob Lowe, Rashida Jones will exit
Over the summer...
Tatiana Maslany and Aziz Ansari
Tatiana Maslany has shown great acting range creating multiple unique clone characters on Orphan Black. But can she do comedy?
On Thursday's Parks and Recreation (8/7c, NBC) Maslany will play the love interest of Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari), whom she meets at the Parks Department. Tom, of course, doesn't make a great first impression, but Maslany's character, Nadia, won't mind because she's looking for a little mental escape from her job with Doctors Without Borders.
Exclusive Parks and Rec Sneak Peek: Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany meets Tom Haverford
TVGuide.com hit the set of the NBC comedy to chat with Maslany about her comedic turn. (And this time, she's only playing one character!)
Susan Sarandon, Eva Amurri Martino
Susan Sarandon and her daughter Eva Amurri Martino will co-executive producer and star in a comedy pilot for NBC.
Based on an original idea by Martino, Growing Ivy centers on control freak Ivy Davis (Martino), who...
Parks and Recreation is back!
The NBC comedy kicks off its sixth season on Thursday night with a special one-hour episode that sees Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) & Co. headed off to London. It sounds like a jolly good time, but their trip is just one step in Leslie's comprehensive plan to hopefully keep her job. The recall campaign will be the least of her worries when she discovers her best friend Ann (Rashida Jones) will be leaving Pawnee. Way to kick a girl while she's down! TVGuide.com hit the set of Parks to get the scoop on what's in store for Pawnee's Parks Department this season, including the impending birth of Ron Swanson's (Nick Offerman) baby, Ann and Chris' (Rob Lowe) exit and Tom's (Aziz Ansari) new love interest:
Emily Deschanel, Ellen Pompeo, Stana Katic
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I'll take any Bones scoop you have! — Ben
ADAM: Although man-of-faith Booth seeks out his former priest Aldo for guidance about how to proceed with Brennan after his lie about the engagement, it's what the padre tells Brennan that ends up making all the difference in repairing that relationship. And even though Aldo's religious beliefs are now more in line with those of woman-of-science Brennan, look for Bones to take a leap of faith. And speaking of Booth's old friends: Freddie Prinze Jr.'s CIA agent doesn't get much to do in the premiere, but he does make Booth an enticing offer that he'll likely wrestle with all season long.