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."
In FX's new Cold War-era spy drama The Americans, viewers may actually find themselves rooting for... the Russians. At least that's what producers hope for.
FX reveals premiere date for The Americans
The Americans stars Felicity's Keri Russell and Brothers & Sisters' Matthew Rhys as married KGB sleeper agents stationed in Washington, D.C., whose entire lives in America have been carefully crafted — even down to the two children they have together — in order to protect their true identities. Despite their shady dealings and ultimate goals to topple the American government, viewers may find themselves sympathizing with the couple since, at its core, the show is a family drama.
"We want you to...
"I'm a really curious person ... I'd be interested in studies on violence in entertainment and the correlation of violence in real life," FX chief John Landgraf told reporters at the FX winter previews Wednesday. "If we find meaningful correlations, we should act on those correlations."
Landgraf, whose network airs the sometimes brutally violent Sons of Anarchy, was responding to the inevitable questions about violence and responsibility question that has been prevalent at the Television Critics Association tour this month. Although he pointed out that the U.S. and U.K. consume the same violent media (The Walking Dead is the No. 1 cable show in England), violent gun deaths are significantly higher in the States. He theorized that it is differences in the countries' gun-control policies ...
The Mindy Project
The cast changes at The Mindy Project continue.
Recurring star Ike Barinholtz — who plays Morgan and also writes for the freshman Fox sitcom — has been promoted to a series regular, star, creator and executive producer Mindy Kaling revealed at Fox's winter TV previews Tuesday.
The promotion is the most recent of many for The Mindy Project. Stephen Tobolwsky exited in December, Amanda Setton will also soon be departing, and...
Animation Domination High Def
It should come as no surprise that Fox's new Saturday night animated comedy block is dubbed ADHD.
Animation Domination High-Def is the network's new alternative animated programming block, featuring quarter-hour series like Axe Cop and High School USA! The quick-fire offerings also include gifs and other short-form animated projects geared toward the niche audience, which are likely college students craving Cheetos, if you know what we mean. The form is similar to that of Cartoon Network's late-night programming block Adult Swim, though ADHD's head Nick Weidenfeld, who previously served as head of program development for Adult Swim, says that challenging Swim is not necessarily their intention.
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Shane West and Lyndsy Fonseca
There's trouble in secret-agent paradise.
Even though Nikita kicked off the season with a romantic proposal between our favorite rogue agents, relations don't look so rosy when the series returns Friday, Jan. 18 at 8/7c on The CW. Or at least, that's the conclusion that Amanda (Melinda Clarke) has drawn from her surveillance of Division.
Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj
A sex tape. Christian Louboutins. A sinus infection. Cheated contestants.
All of these subjects were rather unsuccessfully referenced in Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj's combined attempts to deflect from the topic of their so-called American Idol feud at Fox's winter TV previews on Tuesday. Producers and the women themselves have repeatedly denied such enmity exists, only acknowledging that they've moved past any friction and disagree solely in the line of duty as Idol's newest judges, alongside fellow new judge Keith Urban and vet Randy Jackson.