Ricky Gervais may have enjoyed being the "most feared man in Hollywood" when he notoriously offended many as a the host of the Golden Globes, but he insists that his new sitcom Derek, set in a nursing home, is "sweeter" than his usual fare.
Derek, an original series to premiere on Netflix sometime this year, won't target the elderly with Gervais' sardonic wit. The show's humor doesn't lie in mocking them, but rather in taking jabs at the callous outside world and its marginalization of the elderly. It's certainly not an obvious topic for humor, but Gervais hopes that viewers will give the show a chance.
"I think there's risk of people not watching it because of assumptions that it was cruel," he said at Netflix's winter TV previews on Wednesday. "There's risk that they don't get it. Or that they get it and don't like it. ... I haven't felt this excited and proud of a project since The Office. That's the truth of it."
Tina Fey is in talks to star in the upcoming sequel to The Muppets, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
All of Amy Poehler's hard work has finally paid off.
After years of crafting hilarious awards show bits — such as the victory speech she "accidentally" switched with Best Actress in a Comedy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus at this year's Emmys — the Parks and Recreation star has been tapped to co-host the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards with...
Awards season is slowly — but surely — revving up.
The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards will be broadcast on Sunday, Jan. 13 on NBC, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Tuesday.
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Jerry Seinfeld has "finally done a show about nothing," according to his friend, Seinfeld creator Larry David.
David stars in the first installment of Seinfeld's latest endeavor, a web series called Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. And the title is not a red herring — in each 10- to 15-minute episode, Seinfeld picks up one of his comedian pals in a vintage car and heads to a diner or coffee shop. Hilarity ensues as the pair banters over eggs, coffee and, in David's case, pancakes.
Another guest on the series? Ricky Gervais, who reveals a surprisingly intense fear of speed.
Ricky Gervais will release the pilot episode of his new web series, Learn English with Ricky Gervais, later this month for free on iTunes, according to a teaser video released for the project.
The tongue-in-cheek series will feature Gervais and his frequent collaborator Karl Pilkington examining the nuances of the English language. "This is the worst English lesson ever," Gervais says in the video clip, barely able to keep a straight face.
Let the countdown begin! Summer's guiltiest pleasure, Bachelor Pad, premieres Monday, July 23 at 8/7c, ABC announced Thursday. Also announced is the premiere date for Season 3 of cop drama Rookie Blue, which returns on Thursday, May 24 at 10/7c.
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13. Best Wigging Out: The Real Housewives of Orange County get together for an '80s party and — surprise! — there's drama when Slade stops by, just days after ripping Vicki and calling her ugly in his stand-up act. Vicki, complete with big hair, gets up to leave, telling Slade that her parents think she's beautiful and that she has never been mean to him. When Gretchen brings up Vicki's "deadbeat dad" comments about Slade, as well as Vicki's new boyfriend's own problems with paying child support in the past, a full-blown argument breaks out. Neon colors have never made us more depressed.
12. Best Reality Check: On Life's Too Short, Ricky Gervais calls up his Office pal Steve Carell to see if he'll do a guest spot on Gervais' new project. Carell only agrees to "consider" the role, which...
Art Velez and JJ Carrell
Where would TV be without The Simpsons? Thankfully, it will still be a while before we'll ever have to find out. With no end in sight, Fox's landmark animated hit celebrates "the most meaningless milestone of all!" — their words — with Sunday's 500th episode (8/7c), a remarkable run by anyone's measure. Even if you've been taking this show for granted the last few years, or possibly decade, you don't want to miss — though you might want to record — the dazzling opening sequence, a kaleidoscopic montage showing the Simpsons' evolution from no-def to Hi-Def, with more couch gags than the eye and brain can process.
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14. Most Shocking Reveal, Runner-Up: As if it wasn't gross enough that Jess came thisclose to using her super-sized box of condoms to have a one-night stand with Schmidt on New Girl, the camera cuts to the other side of Schmidt's door to show that he's already getting busy... with Cece! The next morning, an embarrassed Jess calls Cece to confess her close call with Schmidt, just as Schmidt rolls over and snuggles Cece's neck. Please, ladies, no catfights. It will just make it all that much more pathetic.
13. Most Cliched: Ivy gets a callback for...