May12 2018

ABC Orders Single Parents Starring Leighton Meester and Taran Killam

Before you could even properly mourn the loss of Designated Survivor and Quantico, ABC announced that Leighton Meester and Taran Killam will lead the cast of its newest comedy pickup, the series Single Parents. Much like the title suggests, the series, which was created by JJ Philbin and Liz Meriwether (New Girl), follows a group of single parents who turn to one another for support as they raise their kids.

The series officially kicks off when the 30-something Will (Killam) realizes he’s been so focused on his dang kid that he no longer knows who he is as a man! Poor guy. That’s rough. When the other single parents see just how bad ol’ Will is doing outside the ream of parenting, they naturally band together to force him out into the even more terrifying world of dating. This will definitely end well!

Joining Killam and Meester, who plays single mom Angie, the series also stars Brad Garrett, Kimrie Lewis, Jake Choi, Marlow Barkley, Tyler Wladis, Devin Trey Campbell, Grace Hazelett and Sadie Hazelett.

Single Parents joins fellow new series A Million Little Things, Take Two, The Rookie and a Goldbergs spin-off on ABC’s 2018-2019 schedule.

Source: TVGuide

May03 2018

Leighton at the “We All Play” By Sharewell at the Future Home of Cayton Children’s Museum – April 28, 2018

Leighton attended the “We All Play” By Sharewell at the Future Home of Cayton Children’s Museum event in Santa Monica, last Saturday, April 28! Lot more in the gallery!

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May01 2018

Leighton Meester Cast In ‘Single Parents’ ABC Pilot

SNL alum Taran Killam, Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl) and Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond) have closed deals for lead roles in ABC comedy pilot Single Parents, from New Girl creator/executive producer Liz Meriwether and former writer J.J. Philbin and 20th Century Fox TV.

Written by Philbin based on a story by her and Meriwether, and directed by Jason Winer, Single Parents revolves around a group of dysfunctional single parents who lean on one another as they raise their kids, look for love and ultimately realize survival is only possible with the help of one another.

Killam will play Will Cooper, a single dad whose daughter is his whole world — but, because of his devotion to her, he’s forgotten how to be a man. Meester will portray Angie, mom to an overly attached son whom she is doing everything she can to protect for as long as possible. She’s scrappy, strong and has had to hustle as a single mom for years to make ends meet. Garrett plays Douglas, a rich, retired, country club member who’s “not-not racist.” He has an old-school mentality on parenting and gender roles and easily throws money at whatever problems he faces, no matter how small.

Meriwether, Philbin, Katherine Pope and Winer executive produce the pilot, which is being cast by former Fox casting executive Seth Yanklewitz.

During is tenure on SNL, Killam was known for such impersonations as Donald Trump, Andy Cohen and Brad Pitt. He recently wrote, directed and co-starred opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in the feature comedy comedy Killing Gunther.

Meester played Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl. Her most recent TV credits include Making History and The Last Man on Earth.

Garrett, known for his Emmy-winning longtime role as Robert on Everybody Loves Raymond, most recently appeared on Bull and This Is Us and recurred on Fargo. This marks his return to ABC, where he starred in the comedy series How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life).

Source: Deadline

Oct15 2017

Leighton shares her favorite Blair moment

Jun04 2017

Ed in White Gold BBC Trailer

Jun04 2017

White Gold interview: Ed Westwick on new BBC sitcom role, ‘It woke me up’

“It woke me up,” Ed Westwick says, a note of reflection in his voice. “The tone of it, where it was set. It was completely different from anything I’d been reading.”

Any fresh talent signing on to a successful TV show must learn to embrace it all, both the glories and the curses. And, though Westwick’s stint on Gossip Girl as troubled rich boy Chuck Bass made his face instantly recognisable to the public, what most saw was not Ed Westwick, but the character they had grown so attached to.

Making that next step, the escape from the frustration of typecasting, is always a tricky manoeuvre; yet Westwick may have struck gold with his latest project. White Gold, to be more precise: the new BBC Two series from The Inbetweeners co-creator Damon Beesley, in which Westwick plays Vincent, a cocky salesman fronting a double-glazing showroom in early ’80s Essex.

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“It excited me,” he says of the opportunity. “I just clicked with it, you know?”

It’s a move that has plunged Westwick, more used to dramas like J. Edgar and 2013’s Romeo & Juliet, into the very centre of the British comedy scene. In White Gold he shares the screen with James Buckley and Joe Thomas of Inbetweeners fame. However, it’s a transition he found surprisingly easy.

“It was really welcoming,” he enthuses. “I think a lot of the crew had worked with Damon and Joe and James on the Inbetweeners, so people aren’t necessarily trying to figure out how everyone works all the time. I was probably the only new person there. I just kind of rolled with it.”

He largely credits, too, Beesley’s own work as a major factor in both his initial interest in the show and in his later ease into the role. “Damon’s so tender and warm,” he says. “And so smart as well. The way that Damon writes, his wit, is how me and my friends speak.”

“[The show] wasn’t too far from my sense of comedy. And it does have a quite dramatic arc through the whole series. You’re really taken into these people’s lives and some of the behaviour that goes on, and the consequences of that behaviour. It makes for stuff that’s not funny.”

In fact, what’s so immediately striking about White Gold, especially to those familiar with the teenage antics of The Inbetweeners, is the sobriety of Beesley’s new project.

Though sitcoms centered on male companions who riff with and bully each other, yet remain bonded for life, can prove surprisingly accurate portraits of masculinity, White Gold sees Beesley delve into the masculine culture with a far greater complexity than before.

This is a show ostensibly about, as Westwick hesitatingly tells me, the world of the “man’s man… this testosterone-filled kind of guy”. He hesitates over the words “man’s man”, since, in his opinion, it “makes men sound like they’re all rooting for a dickhead, when they’re not.”

Westwick’s conflict over the term seems to stem from the fact Vincent’s portrayal is far from straightforward; it’s an attempt to create a fuller portrait of that hyper ’80s masculinity, which tussles always with the appeal of swaggering confidence, and the toxic extremes it brings.

“One of the key things was to make Vincent likable,” he explains. “So that you wanted to tune in each week and root for him, because if you didn’t, then it would fall apart.”

“He’s a smart guy who, deep down, loves his famil. His ambition comes from wanting to provide a better life for them. So his fundamental motivation is a good thing.”

“Yes, his tactics are bad at times, and the thing is he doesn’t get away with a lot of his behaviour,” he continues. “He is punished or knocked back. And then, at the very end of the series, he literally loses his ability to sell, because he’s fucked everything up and he’s going to lose his family.”

“You see that he’s not bulletproof. And he needs to fix it. You’re on a journey with him. He’s someone trying to make amends for what he’s done and he just about pulls it off.”

‘White Gold’ airs Wednesday’s at 10pm on BBC Two and the full series is available on BBC iPlayer. The DVD is released on 3 July

Source: Independant

Jun04 2017

Fox Cancels Making History

As you probably know by now…

Zorn has been defeated by an adversary more formidable than Zulchazor.

And time has run out for Making History.

Fox has canceled freshman comedies Son of Zorn and Making History, EW has confirmed.

Both shows, which were executive-produced by The Lego Movie gurus Phil Lord and Chris Miller, were ambitious comedies. Son of Zorn, created by Wilfred‘s Reed Agnew and Eli Jorne, featured the cartoon warrior Zorn (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) trying to adjust to life in live-action Orange County, where his son (Johnny Pemberton) and ex-wife (Cheryl Hines) lived.

Making History, created by Julius “Goldie” Sharpe (The Grinder), followed the time-traveling adventures of a college facilities manager (Adam Pally), his girlfriend/Paul Revere’s daughter (Leighton Meester), and a history professor (Yassir Lester).

Neither show made a dent in the Nielsens: Son of Zorn averaged 3.4 million viewers per episode and a 1.5 in the 18-to-49 demo while Making History averaged just 1.8 million viewers with a .8 in the demo.

The networks debuted three time-travel shows in the 2016-17 season, and all three met the same fate. NBC cancelled Timeless and ABC jettisoned Time After Time.

In addition to Son of Zorn and Making History, Lord and Miller are also the executive producers of another Fox comedy, The Last Man on Earth, which on Wednesday night received some good news in the form of a renewal for a fourth season.

Source: EW

Apr09 2017

Happy Birthday Leighton!

Happy Birthday to the beautiful, talented miss Leighton Meester! Happy 31st, hope you’re having a fabulous day!

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