Nick Offerman talks ‘Parks and Rec’ and His New Film, ‘The Kings of Summer’: “I knew that I could achieve some chuckles with this part”
Nick Offerman is living the good life as an actor—taking on meaningful projects and enjoying fame on a network sitcom. He recognizes he’s fortunate to keep getting a chance to appear on NBC’s Parks and Recreation.
“When we come back every fall, we feel so lucky,” he said in an interview with Dispatch. “We’re in this interesting time when we’re experiencing the conundrum of the death of the Nielsen rating system. One of the reasons we stick around, which doesn’t get a lot of publicity, is that the television business doesn’t want the world to find out that ratings no longer have any accuracy at all. We have this huge, rabid audience of young people. Really, everybody from age 30 down is watching the show on their computer, and the networks have not yet figured out how to monetize that.” Read more
Zachary Levi (Chuck, Thor: The Dark World), will make his Broadway debut in First Date, a new romantic musical comedy.
Smash‘s Krysta Rodriguez (who also starred in The Addams Family on Broadway – I knew I recognized her from somewhere) will also star.
That was quick. It was announced today that the new Broadway production of Jekyll & Hyde – starring Constantine Maroulis and Deborah Cox – will play the final performance of its limited Broadway engagement on Sunday, May 12th, after 15 previews and 30 regular performances at the Marquis Theatre
After a 25-week national tour which launched in October 2012 in San Diego, the musical began previews on Broadway Friday, April 5th and opened on Thursday, April 18th.
I saw the show when it first started its tour and it was awful. I mean awful. I’d heard that it had gotten better by the time it hit Broadway… but I guess not.
In addition to Maroulis and Cox, the cast also features Teal Wicks (Wicked) as ‘Emma Carew’, Laird Mackintosh (Mary Poppins) as ‘John Utterson’, Richard White (The Most Happy Fella) as ‘Sir Danvers Carew’, David Benoit (Avenue Q) as ‘Bishop/Spider’, Stephen Mitchell Brown, Jerry Christakos, Dana Costello, Wendy Fox, Brian Gallagher, Sean Jenness, Mel Johnson Jr., James Judy, Ashley Loren, Courtney Markowitz, Aaron Ramey, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Rob Richardson, Blair Ross, Doug Storm, Haley Swindal and Jason Wooten. Read more
After 27 previews and 478 regular performances at the Imperial Theatre, the producers of the Tony Award-winning musical comedy Nice Work If You Can Get It have announced that the Broadway production will play its final performance on Saturday, June 15th.
The production began performances on March 29th, 2012 and opened on Apr 24th, 2012. A national tour will be launched in the 2014-2015 season.
For most of the cast who have been with the show since the beginning, it was definitely nice work.
The production stars two-time Tony Award-winner Matthew Broderick, Tony Award nominee Jessie Mueller, two-time Tony Award-winner Judy Kaye as Estonia Dulworth, Emmy and Tony Award winner Blythe Danner as Millicent Winter, Tony Award winner Michael McGrath as Cookie McGee, Tony Award nominee Jennifer Laura Thompson as Eileen Evergreen, Chris Sullivan as Duke Mahoney, Robyn Hurder as Jeannie Muldoon, John Treacy Egan as Chief Berry, Conrad John Schuck as Senator Max Evergreen. Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons returns to the role of Millicent Winter on Tuesday, April 30th. Read more
Yvonne Strahovski’s Broadway Debut in ‘Golden Boy’ is “a roller coaster ride, and nothing is not complicated”
Chuck and Dexter actress Yvonne Strahovski is making her Broadway debut in Golden Boy, a seventy-fifth anniversary revival of the boxing Clifford Odets drama. She stars as Lorna Moon, the girlfriend of violinist-turned-boxer Joe Bonaparte. She spoke to Broadway.com about why she decided to try Broadway and what she finds most challenging about the experience.
Though no stranger to the stage, Strahovski admits that she hadn’t been pursuing a role on stage, let alone Broadway, in the last several years. She reveals, “Golden Boy was definitely not something I imagined I would be doing at this point in my life because, for the last six years, I was focusing on film and television. I have had some theater auditions come my way [and] I never went out on them because it just didn’t feel right—the timing was wrong. I went out on this one because early on in the year, I saw some standup comedy at a Melbourne Comedy Festival, and I got nostalgic about being on stage. It reminded me of what it takes to be part of a live performance, and so when this Golden Boy audition came around, I thought, ‘I’m going go and see if I can even do an audition.’ I guess it worked out.” Read more
“I think poison is a pretty good option. Either that, or a lethal injection,” Strahovski joked (we hope) in an interview with Vulture.
Before starting her role as Hannah McKay, the Aussie actress (formerly of Chuck fame) did some preparation to get in the mindset of a murderer. “Aside from the entire six seasons of Dexter, I watched a couple of movies—Natural Born Killers, Monster,” Strahovski said. “They’re all very different, and I took elements from each, like the heart that Charlize Theron put into Aileen Wuornos.” Read more
Yvonne Strahovski is used to playing some odd characters—including an ass-kicking spy on Chuck and a serial killer’s girlfriend on Dexter but it’s her new role on Broadway, in the revival of Clifford Odets’ Golden Boy, that has the actress a little nervous.
“Honestly, I do feel a little bit like a fish out of water,” she said in an interview with Yahoo! News. “A, I’ve never done a Broadway play. B, I’ve never seen a Broadway play. C, I’m Australian. And I’m an Australian coming in to do a classic American play that is set in the ‘30s. It’s been challenging on all fronts.”
As to point B, Strahovski admits, “I don’t know if I should be ashamed to say I’ve never seen one or if I should be kind of proud of it. Probably a bit of both.” Read more
After finding religion and spouting off how TV and in particular, his show is “filth”, Two and a Half Men‘s Angus T. Jones has released a statement of… well, not an apology, more of a ‘Yeah, I said it and I’m sorry you’re offended.’
“I apologize if my remarks reflect me showing indifference to and disrespect of my colleagues and a lack of appreciation of the extraordinary opportunity of which I have been blessed,” he said. “I never intended that.”
And of course, Charlie Sheen has come out to say that it’s all Chuck Lorre‘s fault, telling TMZ that, “I dare anyone to spend 10 years in the laugh-track that is Chuck Lorre’s hive of oppression and not suffer some form of an emotional tsunami.” Read more
What is in the water over at Two and a Half Men? Whatever they are serving, I hope Jon Cryer doesn’t partake because I really like that guy.
Angus T. Jones, who plays the Half part on the show (ok, his character is named Jake Harper), has just asked everyone to stop watching the hit CBS show.
“If you watch Two and a Half Men, please stop watching Two and a Half Men. I’m on Two and a Half Men, and I don’t want to be on it. Please stop watching it, and filling your head with filth,” he said.
Jones recently re-discovered religion and now, after being on the show since 2003 and scoring more money than you and I will ever make in our lifetime, he’s sorry for filling audiences heads with “filth.”
He goes on to say that he want’s the fan’s of the show to “do some research on the effects of television and your brain, and I promise you you’ll have a decision to make when it comes to television.”
Jones, who was recently named one of the Top 10 Richest Teen Celebrities, should just keep his mouth shut, enjoy his money and time on set and fade into oblivion as he’s sure to do once the show is over.
I can’t wait to see show creator Chuck Loree‘s vanity card at the end of the next new episode.
Watch the video below. Read more
Anthony Anderson stars in the new NBC comedy, Guys with Kids, a show about three 30-something dads who try to hold on to their youth as they face the responsibilities of having kids.
Executive produced by Jimmy Fallon, the show also stars Jesse Bradford (The West Wing), Zach Cregger (Friends with Benefits), Jamie-Lynn Sigler (The Sopranos), Tempestt Bledsoe (The Cosby Show), Erinn Hayes (Children’s Hospital) as the friends (and wives) who have each other to help navigate the parenthood while still trying to remain cool.
Anthony has had a varied career in everything from comedies (Me, Myself, and Irene, Scary Movie 3, Barbershop) and drama (Law & Order, The Departed) and after a long stint on Law & Order, he’s said he was happy to be back to comedy.
I joined Anthony and Producer Charlie Grandy on a conference call where they talked about the show, Anthony’s return to comedy and working with all those kids – 14 of them!
Guys with Kids premieres on NBC on Wednesday, September 26th Read more