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Looks like Bluff City Law’s case is closed
October 18th, 2019 under NBC. [ Comments: none ]

NBC’s new shows are not having a good season. Earlier this week, it was revealed that starting next Thursday the heartwarming comedy Sunnyside will air its remaining seven episodes on the NBC app, and Hulu, but not NBC proper.

Today, Memphis’ Commercial Appeal reported that Bluff City Law, which films in that city, will not be getting any additional episodes this season. They will film the 10 that were ordered and that is it. However, NBC is not saying the show that is cancelled, but it is pretty much a given.

I am sad that NBC did not give it more of a chance. The legal drama that stars Jimmy Smits had a good pilot, but each episode after that has been really strong with a lot of heart. They took on cases for people who really needed a voice. Which it made it different than all the other law shows and I really appreciated that. I am going to miss this show.

The only other new show left on NBC is Perfect Harmony and as of now its fate has not been decided. I hope the show that stars Bradley Whitford as a Church choir director is picked up for a full season. It is also a sweet show, but it could be all the Southern accents.


The first new show pulled from the schedule is…
October 15th, 2019 under Kal Penn, NBC. [ Comments: none ]

After several seasons of no new shows being pulled from the lineup before they aired all of their episodes that were produced, NBC went back to the old way. In other words, this Thursday will be the last time that Sunnyside will air on NBC proper.

Instead, the sitcom will be streaming on the NBC app every Thursday. The show was scheduled to do only 10 episodes, but now they will be doing 11. According to USA Today, the reason why the low-rated show was saved because it doubled its younger audience online.

It is a shame that more people missed out on this show that stars Kal Penn while it was airing on our TVs. The pilot episode was an explainer and maybe it explained too much for the audience. Had they stayed with it, they would have realized that this a great show about a family. Not in a traditional way but as in immigrants who are in a strange country and have no one here beside each other.

Hopefully, more people will find it online. The show found its way, so it deserves to find a new audience.

When it comes to what will replace it, Will & Grace is back next week for its final episodes for the second time.

I feel for Kenan Thompson because there is a lot on his shoulders with his upcoming sitcom. It might make or break NBC’s comedies.

When it comes to what show will be the next one to be pulled from the lineup, your guess is as good mine. No new show is standing out, even though there are some good ones. If I had to pick one, I will go with Emergence. I am watching, but I am trying not to fall asleep while doing so. What about you?


Will we see the current political climate on immigration on Kal Penn’s Sunnyside?
October 10th, 2019 under Kal Penn, NBC. [ Comments: none ]

Kal Penn has a new show on NBC Thursday nights at 9:30p and Sunnyside is about becoming a citizen in America. Five immigrants (Diana-Maria Riva, Joel Kim Booster, Poppy Liu, Moses Storm and Samba Schutte) from all over the World hire Penn to help them study for the citizenship test. Immigration is a very hot topic in America now.

When it comes to Penn, back in 2009 he actually took a job in the real White House in Washington, D.C. Which makes you wonder, will we see what is going on in America today on the sitcom? During the first episode, one of the characters was taken away by ICE and tonight they are going to try to get him out of the detention center. Which looks nothing like the ones we saw Mike Pence and Lindsey Graham raise their snotty little noses at when they went to visit the one in Texas.

Anyways, I am not going to talk about politics. Will Penn do that on his show? That was one of the questions I asked the actor recently at NBC’s Summer Press Tour Day at the TCAs.

Will the current political climate about immigration make its way on to Sunnyside?
Kal Penn:
Well I think neither. I think because the idea of this is five years old and really like the topic of immigration goes back to our country’s founding, even before our country’s founding. So, it’s not like we’re, you know we are definitely not a reaction to anything. Obviously, it is topical but the show’s inception and its creation and how it’s come together has never been a reaction to anything. And I think if I use that Harold & Kumar metric that’s so important to me is we just want to make everybody laugh. And comedy can be a vehicle for bringing people together and I think that’s so special and it’s why I think a lot of us hold dear about making audiences laugh. Of course we all have our own beliefs, as do our audience, but I think if we do it right we’ll be a show that everybody can enjoy.

What type of research did he do for the show?
Kal Penn:
So [Executive Producer] Matt [Murray]’s wife has worked in the immigration space before. We’ve certainly looked into how long does this process take? I think there was a question about what happens if and when all the characters get their citizenship? We’re like oh hopefully that’s a nine-year process for our story purposes, but in reality yeah it can take a really long time. There are hurdles to jump through, there are tests, there’s a lot of bureaucracy that kind of makes our experience at the DMV seem innocuous. So I think there’s a lot of flavor there based on the reality, but at the end of the day, you know, like the second episode is about Hakim, Samba’s character, and Diana and I thinking that he’s a hit man. So we do go off the rails purposely in a lot of ways that are just way more universal than where the characters came from.

Would Penn go back and work at the White House?
Kal Penn:
Well, I just have my literal dream happening in having a chance to create and sell a show to NBC a comedy at that. So I loved the two years plus that I had you know in the Obama White House, but I’m even more thrilled that I have to chance to make people laugh right now.

Laughing is what we do on Sunnyside and we need more people to watch it. Since it is a chilly Thursday night, what better thing could you be doing than watching Sunnyside? There is nothing better, so watch it. I promise it will put you in a good place for your Friday.


It takes 200 extras to film a New Amsterdam lobby scene
October 8th, 2019 under NBC. [ Comments: none ]

If you watch New Amsterdam and you see a scene in the lobby of the hospital, then you will see a lot of people walking around. All of those people are paid background actors. How many are getting around $200 a day? According to Tyler Labine, there were 200 of them there on Sunday. Meaning that scene cost $40,000 in extas alone.

Now that we got that money aspect out of the way, let’s talk about how cool it is to see 200 actors at work. 200 people who are told to sit and wait and wait and wait and wait until they are needed. Then when they are ready, it is rush rush rush. Being an extra is fun.

If you have never seen New Amsterdam, then watch it tonight at 10p on NBC. It was my favorite new show last season and it is still just as good. If not better. It is a medical drama that is more about heart than the illness. Therefore, we are not going to think we have some rare disease after watching it.


The cast of Perfect Harmony does its own singing!
October 3rd, 2019 under NBC. [ Comments: none ]

Perfect Harmony is something to sing about. The NBC sitcom is back tonight at 8:30p and the show’s star Bradley Whitford is as happy as a hog in mud about it.

Now that Dr. Arthur Cochran (Whitford) has moved to Kentucky to teach the Second First Church of the Cumberlands choir how to win singing competitions, he has to get used to their ways. They are not like Yankees and he gets in trouble in blowing his car horn at someone. The shame.

Ginny (Anna Camp) decides to school him on their ways, but he does not learn his lesson. He winds up yelling at someone who was blocking traffic. Not just anyone, but the person who decides who performs when at ForkFest, the town’s big event. Now their choir is moved to a bad time slot.

Ginny tells him he needs to apologize so that they can get a better slot. Things go well until Arthur screws everything up again. Can he do anything to get them a better timeslot? All I will say is I said what I said in the first paragraph for a reason.

All of that while Ginny, her ex Wayne (Will Greenberg), their son Cash (Spencer Allport), Jax (Rizwan Manji), Dwayne (Geno Segers) and Adams (Tymberlee Hill) are trying to enjoy all that ForkFest has to offer like a messy pie-eating contest.

Each week, Arthur perfects their harmony and they try to bring harmony back into his life. Something he lost when his wife recently passed away.

Singing is a big part of the show and recently the cast, creator Lesley Wake Webster and producer Adam Anders revealed if singing is a big part of their lives to at the NBC Summer Press Day at the TCAs.

Does the cast really sing?
All of them use their real voice.

When did Geno start singing?
I started out in high school. I had a relative who was a singer and convinced me to join the madrigal choir at my high school. And I did that for a year, and then I just sort of put it away.

When did Tymbelee join the church choir?
I did. I did, well, when I was young, from probably 5 to 12. My family is very much a part of the church choir. Everybody in my family sings, plays piano. And my grandmother taught music and was also the minister of music at our church. So I was a soloist for the youth choir and they would travel me all around for years from church to church to do competitions and to just be the guest. They have guest choirs at Baptist churches on Sundays. On fourth Sundays, you’ll have a guest choir come in. And so we would travel as guest choirs. And I sang all the way through maybe freshman year of college. But then there were so many people with such better voices than me, I just let it go. It’s really hard to be around people who it’s just their thing, yeah. So I sing for work, but it’s not, like, my thing anymore.

Which cast member is the rapper?
Yeah. It’s really an amazing cast, actually, even musically. You know, obviously they’re amazing actors, but there’s a lot we can work with here. It’s really exciting for me because they’re coming from such different places musically too. I mean, Rizwan Manji is a rapper. I don’t know if you knew that.

Does Bradley Whitford sing?
I was in musicals and there was a little singing going on at Juilliard. I grew up playing an instrument. I sang. I grew up playing the viola.
ADAM ANDERS: I’ll get you to sing at some point.

When did Geno develop his deep voice?
Well, I just woke up one morning and scared the hell out of my mama. You know, she didn’t know what to think, and she literally wanted to know who that man was in my bedroom wanting Fruit Loops. I was about 12 years old, and I woke up one morning, and I couldn’t talk. She made me some grits. She’s a Southern mother. She made me some oatmeal, rather. And then the next morning, I couldn’t talk. She made me some more oatmeal with honey and nuts and cinnamon and nutmeg. Thought that would be good for my throat, she would say. Then another morning, she woke up and said I woke up, and she said, “What do you want for breakfast, baby?” I said, “Fruit Loops, Mama.” And from that day on, she just tells that joke at every family gathering.

Who is Bradley’s character based on?
I will answer that one. I grew up singing in church choir, going to church. My grandfather, who Bradley’s character is modeled on, was a choir director by trade, and he went to Westminster Choir College, which is a fancy, fancy chorale college — he would always impress upon me — and at the end of his life, he was living in rural Kentucky. My grandmother had passed away, and he got to a very dark place. He was surrounded by people who weren’t like the people he had gone to school with. He was a little bit of a snob and an outsider. But the thing that brought him sort of back to life and gave him meaning was directing this little choir, and he was standing in a circle with people singing who had radically different beliefs and had been raised differently, but together they made something really beautiful, and that’s really what we want to bring to this. Yes, it’s set in a church, but it’s really about people who are each other’s family and find each other. And they do that through music and through friendship, and my experience in various church choirs and glee clubs has been it is really hard to dislike other people if you’re standing in a circle singing with them.

Who did he base his character on?
Yeah. Yeah. There is a certain kind of beloved theater professor who I had, who was not a snob but always looked like kind of an unmade bed, and so I’m sort of going for that. I mean, I’ve had a lot of exposure to I know a lot of people in academia, so I know that sort of, kind of pretentious mindset.


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