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Funny Or Die is releasing the second issue of their iPad-only humor magazine "The Occasional" on Monday, and fans of "Parks and Recreation" should be quite pleased.
Gracing the cover is Nick Offerman, the man whose status as an icon has been forever cemented by his portrayal of man's man Ron Swanson. Wielding an axe and decked in full lumberjack gear, Offerman's steely gaze will pierce through even the toughest of doubters.
Besides Offerman, other members of the "Parks and Rec" family are represented as well. Harris Wittels, a writer for the show, is interviewed by Julie Klausner of "How Was Your Week?" podcast fame. The issue also includes a "Guide to a Sexy Flag Day," penned by Megan Amram, a Twitter jokesmith who was recently hired as a writer for the next season of "Parks and Rec."
After much online chatter, it was confirmed that "Parks and Rec" will return for a fifth season in the fall for a full season of 22 episodes.
"The Occasional" will hit the iTunes store on Monday, May 14. This issue, as well as the first issue, is well worth the $2 price ($4 for an individual issue for non-subscribers). And we'd say that even if the editor-in-chief wasn't a former HuffPost Comedy editor.
NBC has canceled "Awake," according to TVLine. The Kyle Killen-created drama got the axe from the Peacock network, as well as "Bent," "Are You There Chelsea?" and "Best Friends Forever." The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed the cancellations.
The cancellation news comes hot on the heels of NBC renewing "30 Rock," "Parenthood,""Community," "Parks & Recreation," "Whitney," "Up All Night" and "Fashion Star."
NBC already ordered second seasons of "Smash" and "Grimm" and previously canceled 2011-2012 newbies "The Firm," "Prime Suspect, "Free Agents" and "The Playboy Club."
"Awake" starred Jason Isaacs as a police officer living in two realities, one where his wife is alive and not his son after a deadly accident, and one where it's his son who survived. He used clues from each reality to solve various crimes. The series debuted to about 6 million viewers, but has slipped to just over 2 million in recent airings.
NBC only ordered six episodes each of "Bent" and "Best Friends Forever." The network burned all of "Bent" off within three weeks by showing two episodes a night. "Best Friends Forever" debuted to decent numbers for the network -- about 4 million viewers -- after "Betty White's Off Their Rockers." However, NBC pulled the series after airing four episodes. The last two episodes are set to air on Fri., June 1 at 8 p.m. ET.
"Are You There Chelsea?" was based on Chelsea Handler's book "Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea" and co-starred the E! host. Laura Prepon played the title role. The series debuted to more than 6 million viewers and ended its run with just over 3 million.
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Glee is losing me.
Once upon a time, Fox Network's musical take on a high school show choir was funny and poignant. Now, as its third season winds up, it has evolved into a string of Sunday sermons accompanied by the voices of Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga and others.
Apparently, many viewers feel as I do. Last year, the show captured 10.1 million of them, according to the website TV By The Numbers; this year, only 6 million.
Glee brings to life the social stuff that high school kids have always fretted over: rivalries, relationships and ruckus at home. These days, however, its story lines are built around what adults think high school kids should be talking about.
As in: Don't text and drive at the same time, you could end up in a wheelchair like blonde beauty Quinn. Don't blow off homework, you might not graduate and as a result spend your life cleaning pools like mohawked, tattooed Puck. Don't make light of domestic violence, you could get punched in the eye by your boyfriend like football coach Beiste did. (This latter episode included Beiste and two cheerleading coaches sitting several girls down and lecturing them about domestic violence over what seemed like an eternity.)
Could our hypercritical political conversation be bleeding into popular culture? Lauren, 23, who works for a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C., thinks so. She says,
It's like someone is sitting in the Glee office with an agenda. It's not fun anymoreGlee used to handle controversial topics with grace. Quinn's unplanned pregnancy was one such subject; a young gay man coming out to his father, another. In the latter, junior Kurt Hummel told his father, a mechanic, that he was gay, only to find that Burt Hummel had suspected as much and although not happy, could accept it. Their discussion, which helped Mike O'Malley win an Emmy nomination as Burt, was incredibly moving partly because it was low-key.
What I liked most about the show's first two seasons was its focus on music and the significant, stabilizing role it can play in a teenager's life. Like Rachel, Mercedes, Brittany and the other Glee girls, I never fit into the popular cliques in junior high or high school. It was in glee clubs and choirs where I found friends who shared my passion for singing.
Music enabled us to put into words, as nothing else did, our anxieties and dreams. The lucky among us had music directors who, like Glee's Will Schuester, encouraged us to go deep within ourselves to sing our hearts out, to learn the power of our voices and talent. I don't remember any of my music directors lecturing me about risky behavior. I just know that after rehearsals and shows, I felt calmer, stronger, smarter, and better able to handle whatever disaster I might encounter.
To be fair, shows like Glee, unlike programs about lawyers or doctors, are centered on a singular interest. They have a limited number of stories to tell and almost always have difficulty sustaining high audience numbers over time.
One example is NBC's Friday Night Lights, the highly acclaimed drama about a small town football team. Its first three seasons were amazing; the last two, not so much. This year's NBC's new show Smash, about a play and cast headed for Broadway, may run into the same problem next season.
I don't envy Glee's production team. Only so much happens in high school. I do, however, have one piece of advice for next season, courtesy of mother-to-be Quinn who sang the title song of the pregnancy episode: "Papa, Don't Preach."
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NBC has ordered another comedy for the 2012-13 season. The network has picked up six episodes of "Next Caller Please," starring Dane Cook as an overbearing, alpha male DJ and Collette Wolfe as his feminist co-host.
Set in a satellite radio station, "Next Caller Please" is described as a gender comedy that focuses on the dynamics between Cook and Wolfe, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The announcement came just before NBC canceled "Are You There God? It's Me Chelsea," "Bent," "Best Friends Forever" and "Awake."
In other NBC news,"Whitney," "Up All Night, "Parks And Recreation," and "The Office" were have been renewed, and along with more single-camera series that have been ordered, including "Go On," "Save Me," "The New Normal," "1600 Penn" and "Animal Practice."
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Fans of HBO's "Game Of Thrones" are used to seeing Lena Headey skulking around the blood-spattered castle at King's Landing. That's why it's a pleasant surprise to get a glimpse of the light, airy mid-century modern home in the Hollywood Hills that she's been living in for close to four year now.
The three-bedroom, three-bathroom post and beam was built in 1959 and spans 2,507 square feet. The original listing boasts of glass walls, a gourmet kitchen and cocktail bar.
Our favorite feature? The world map above the master tub. It's pretty easy to imagine the fictional evil queen brought to life, plotting global domination high above the Hollywood Hills.
Photos courtesy of Realtor.com.
The upfronts are next week, and we'll find out more about the new shows coming to the Fall 2012 TV lineup, but we've got the early scoop on the series the networks have already picked up. We went over the new NBC shows, and now you can get acquainted with the new projects coming to Fox below.
Happy Friday, everyone! As May sweeps continue, we're getting more and more great quotes from our favorite shows. See if you watch as much TV as we do by trying to match the lines to the character who spoke them on prime time this week!Question 1 of 8"It would appear sacrifice is overrated."
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