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Fox is all-in when it comes to The Inn, a comedy pilot it awarded a green light on Tuesday.Originally picked up late last year, the series stars Reno 911's Niecy Nash, was penned by Arrested Development's Abraham Higginbotham, and is described as "Upstairs/Downstairs set at a hip New York hotel."Um, a hip New York hotel described as The Inn? The only inn I know around here is Ye Olde Waverly and I'm pretty sure it's a pub. MWM
Reno 911! by Darren Michaels/Comedy Central
Reno 911s Finest Are on the JobThese guys bring a whole new meaning to the phrase to serve and protect. The cracked-out officers of Washoe County Sheriff's Department keep us laughing non-stop (especially the sexually ambiguous Lieutenant who has a thing for wearing short-shorts). And good news for you, a whole new season of new episodes begins tonight on Comedy Central. Hey, they must be doing something right if they got a movie deal out of it. Watch it now! | More online videosDysfunctional Clown Family on Wife Swap? Sign Us UpWere not ashamed of watching Wife Swap because of the whole controversial how can you switch mothers/wives for the sake of TV? issue. But we do try to keep the fact that we dig this show under wrapsnamely because of kinds of families they manage to exploit for this show make us feel kinda dirty. But that doesnt mean it doesnt serve as mind-numbing entertainment. Take tonights episodea family ...
Thomas Lennon, Reno 911!
It's been well over a decade since MTV's cult hit The State left the air, but the cast members have more than made good on the promise of the surreal sketch comedy. One of the many successful projects that followed The State is Comedy Central's Reno 911!, which begins its fifth season tonight (10:30 pm/ET). TVGuide.com recently looked back on Reno's run with star Thomas Lennon, who created the series with fellow State alums Robert Ben Garant and Kerri Kenney-Silver.
TVGuide.com: What keeps the Reno deputies coming back for more?Thomas Lennon: Good lord, we all wonder that. Why on earth has this show lasted for five seasons? Your guess is as good as mine.
TVGuide.com: Fine. I guess you guys are just doing it for the money at this point.Lennon: Exactly. It is just for the cold,
Reno 911! by Michael Yarish/Comedy Central
The when: Wednesdays at 10:30 pm/ET, with Season 5 premiering Jan. 16, on Comedy Central. Why watch?: If you already think COPS is funny, check out this spoof that shows us what police officers' lives might look like if they also happened to be sketch actors with brilliant comedic timing. The bumbling-police-squad show has covered all the ground you'd expect from a faux TV cop doc from slippery criminals to DUIs without resorting to the tired gags of its Police Academy cousin. Thankfully not based on real events, these officers interpret the law the best way they know how: poorly. All the more fun for us! While the squad succeeds more at getting into mischief with perps like roller-skating male prostitutes than getting them into handcuffs, therein lies the show's charm no matter how much respect you have for real officers, it's always fun to see fake ones really muck things up. Who's who: Lt. Jim Dangle (Thomas Lennon; see our brand-new Q&A), the head law e...
Project Runway's Heidi Klum by Barbara Nitke/Bravo Photo
As part of TVGuide.com's Strike Survival Guide, we've asked our staff of... staffers to tell you what they are biding their time with in these TV-anemic times. Up first is associate video producer Adam Schubak.I tend to take in a little of everything when it comes to my TV-watching habits. I even admit to getting some enjoyment out of the VH1 celebreality lineup. But with VH1 still prepping its next batch of shows and this whole strike nonsense showing no signs of stopping anytime soon, I've had to look elsewhere to get my fill of the tube (that is, until Lost comes back, of course!). So here's what I've been watching while waiting to return to my regularly scheduled programming: 1) Project Runway (Season 4 is currently airing Wednesdays at 10 pm/ET, Bravo)This is actually the first season I've caught from the beginning and not during some Bravo marathon. Everyone needs a little reality television in their life, and Project Runway is without a doubt the best one TV has to offer.2) ...
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The Greek goddess of Access Hollywood, Maria Menounos, has been tapped to host NBC's four-night Clash of the Choirs competition.... Season 5 of Comedy Central's Reno 911! reports for duty Jan. 16 at 10:30 pm/ET.... On Jan. 25, Spike TV premieres GameTrailers TV, an Entertainment Tonight for joystick junkies.... Spike TV has OK'd a second season of MANswers, but for only 10 episodes. (Just like a guy to commit half-heartedly.) Ben Katner
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Oxygen has OK'd a reality show about rapper Coolio's attempts to raise six teens as a single parent. Coolio & the Gang will debut in the second quarter of '08.... Fox and McG (The O.C.) are developing Spaced, a comedy based (of course) on a British series from Shaun of the Dead creators Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright. In it, two singles pose as a couple so they can rent a flat. Er, apartment.... Andy Barker, P.I. creator Jonathan Groff's new laffer, Private Lives of Public People, started a bidding war between ABC and CBS. In the end, the Eye landed the pilot about upstanding citizens whose home lives are disastrous.... Arrested Development alum Abraham Higginbotham got a go-ahead from Fox for his untitled comedy pilot featuring Reno 911's Niecy Nash among the lowbrow staffers at a highfalutin NYC hotel. Ben Katner
Niecy Nash, Reno 911!: Miami
Reno 911!: Miami, the just-released feature film spun off of Comedy Central's unscripted Reno 911!, offers fans "no bleeping, no pixillating and an officer in candy underpants," says Niecy Nash, who plays Officer Raineesha.
Seeing herself on the big screen wasn't as difficult as many an actress has lamented. In fact, Nash says, "I love that you get to see Raineesha's booty! I fell in love with my own self. I was saying, "Your booty's gorgeous!'"
Nash says that for all appearances promoting the film, not only did the actors conduct interviews in character, but she wore Raineesha's signature prosthetic booty. "I've had men be disappointed that I'm not Raineesha and that I don't have that body."
Like the television series, the film was improvised. N
CBS has granted a full-season pickup to The New Adventures of Old Christine, starring Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus.... Despite a persistent fourth-place finish in its Wednesdays-at-9 time slot which is so not gonna get better starting tonight Justice has received from Fox an order for three additional scripts. Per the Hollywood Reporter, Fox may opt to try the show in a new time slot once it returns from its hiatus for baseball play-offs.... Comedy Central has renewed Reno 911! for a fifth season.
Carlos Alazraqui, Reno 911!
From Barney Fife to Barney Miller, cops and comedy have made hysterical bedfellows. Comedy Central's cult hit Reno 911! is proof that the bumbling-police shtick remains in fine hands. The mostly improvised series plays its Cops-like parody for plenty of white-trash gags and silly sexual innuendos. Comic Carlos Alazraqui, who plays dim-witted deputy James Garcia, took a few moments away from World Cup action to lay down the law with TVGuide.com about his screwy series arriving on DVD this week, what the new season promises, and what's up with these modern Keystone Kops hitting movie screens. TVGuide.com: So, Reno 911! — The Complete Third Season is here on DVD.Carlos Alazraqui: Yeah, and fans will love the