Mar06 2017

Making History: Upcoming Episode Press Releases

Episode 1×02 The Shot Heard Round the World


Dan and Deb head back to colonial times to rescue Chris and help spark the Revolutionary War. Dan and Chris are forced to go undercover as British allies as they simultaneously try to rally the colonists to revolt in the Battle of Lexington. Unexpected friendships are formed and history is remade in the all-new “The Shot Heard Round the World” episode of MAKING HISTORY airing Sunday, March 12 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (MH-102) (TV-14 L, V)

Cast: Adam Pally as Dan, Leighton Meester as Deborah, Yassir Lester as Chris, John Gemberling as John Hancock, Neil Casey as Sam Adams

Guest Cast: Brett Gelman as Paul Revere, Ross Philips as Davey, Jaime Harris as Colonel Frances Smith

1×03 The Boyfriend Experience


Tony Award Winner Ben Vereen (“Pippin,” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again”) Guest-Stars

Deborah slowly discovers that Dan may not be the thrilling inventor he claimed to be back in 1776, and questions their budding relationship. To get her back, Dan resorts to desperate (and alarming) measures. Meanwhile, Chris is under intense scrutiny from his mentor, Dr. Cobell (guest star Ben Vereen), as he works to finally achieve tenure at the university in the all-new “The Boyfriend Experience” episode of MAKING HISTORY airing Sunday, March 19 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (MH-103) (TV-14 D, L)

Cast: Adam Pally as Dan, Leighton Meester as Deborah, Yassir Lester as Chris, John Gemberling as John Hancock, Neil Casey as Sam Adams

Guest Cast: Ben Vereen as Dr. Cobell, Sean Clements as Dean Wiley

1×04 Chadwick’s Angels


In need of a victory, the trio heads back to the 1990s to give Dan another shot at his childhood dream: finishing the infamous “Bellybuster” ice cream sundae at a local parlor. As Deb bonds with the parlor’s owner, Chris is on a mission to save a life in honor of his late British friend. But all of their plans are derailed when Dan runs into the bully that tormented him in the all-new “Chadwick’s Angels” episode of MAKING HISTORY airing Sunday, March 26 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (MH-104) (TV-14 D, L, V)

Cast: Adam Pally as Dan, Leighton Meester as Deborah, Yassir Lester as Chris, John Gemberling as John Hancock, Neil Casey as Sam Adams

Guest Cast: Vicki Lewis as Mrs. Chadwick, Renee Percy as Judi, Stephen Capp as Kevin

Mar05 2017

Making History Episode Stills

I’ve added a bunch of episode stills of Leighton as Deborah in the first episodes of Making History with the pilot airing tonight on Fox! More in the gallery!

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Mar05 2017

Leighton on the Chew – February 23, 2017

Mar05 2017

Meet Deborah Revere – Leighton’s character on Making History

Mar05 2017

Leighton at the Late Night With Seth Meyers Show – February 22, 2017

Mar05 2017

‘Making History’ Review: Leighton Meester is a Badass Feminist Pioneer in Fox’s Delightful Time Travel Comedy

Adam Pally and Yassir Lester lead “Making History” in splendid fashion, but Leighton Meester’s progressive pilgrim will steal your heart.

Up to this point, Adam Pally’s career has been built around the exuberant, self-effacing comedian stealing scenes as a favored supporting player. Dating back to his breakout turn as Max in “Happy Endings” and including memorable appearances since then in “The Mindy Project,” “Lady Dynamite,” and “Joshy” (among others), Pally has proven an ideal addition to each of his projects thus far and always leaves you wanting more.

So it’s only fitting that as the great supporting actor graduates to leading man status, he ushers in a successor of equally delightful comedic charms: And that person is…Leighton Meester?

You’re goddamn right it’s Leighton Meester.

The two team up in the new Fox series, “Making History,” a joyful, self-aware comedy that falls squarely under the “don’t worry if it makes sense” approach to time travel stories. Pally plays Dan, a facilities manager at a Massachusetts college who discovers his father’s time machine and uses it to travel back to colonial-era America, where he meets Deborah (Meester), a pilgrim who doesn’t tolerate the accepted sexism all around her.

We’re introduced to the story after Dan’s initial trip back, when he returns to the present in need of a history expert — Chris, played by the pitch-perfect Yassir Lester — to help him correct a few past mistakes that have had drastic effects on the future. The two form an “odd couple” dynamic, with Dan as the innocent goofball and Chris the Type-A worry-wart, but it’s their sidekick from yesteryear who elevates the solid buddy comedy above similar fare.

Deborah may be the female lead in a series focusing on two men, but creator and writer Julius Sharpe (“The Grinder”) makes it clear quickly and emphatically she will not simply be playing “the girlfriend.” While Deborah distinguishes herself in the pilot through atypical action (Deborah knows how to wield a pistol) and meta-specific dialogue like, “You’re so ahead of your time,” it’s in a later episode, when the trio is asked to assume new identities that she lays out her role as clearly as possible: “No, I don’t want to be just a girlfriend. I want to be my own gangster.”

And she is! “Making History” can, from time to time, dip into the familiar formulas at its core — including treating Deborah as a doe-eyed fool often confused by simple items from her future (our past) — but Meester’s enthusiasm is so contagious it makes even the most obvious jokes work. Moreover, she knows how to milk the most out of Deborah’s innocence without coming across as dopey, keeping the feminist alive in her character no matter the situation. Jokes about her lack of knowledge are quickly followed up by jokes mocking those who dared mock her, and Meester infuses each moment with an optimistic tone that helps define her character. Deborah is intolerant to intolerance, and all the stronger for it.

To be fair, the former “Gossip Girl” star isn’t exactly a TV n00b. She’s been a strong character actress even before breaking out in the CW melodrama, and Meester has flexed her comedic chops in small, but effective doses prior to this showcase. But “Making History” is an ideal platform for Blair Waldorf to play against type: Eternally kind instead of deliciously evil, one can easily imagine Blair looking at Deborah with disgust and disdain, even as Deborah stares back with a smile so bright it could brighten Queen B’s black soul. (OK, OK: Blair was actually pretty well-rounded, but she was at her best when nastily scheming.)

“Making History” loses a bit of steam after its near-perfect pilot, but the four episodes made available for review illustrate an infectious playfulness and creative spirit. Episodes aren’t strictly standalone, and journeys back in time can carry on for more than one half-hour. Pally and Lester’s characters benefit from being virtual strangers instead of close friends, allowing for character development to occur naturally. We’re hoping Sharpe’s time on “The Grinder” had a stronger influence than when he was writing for “Dads,” meaning this show could only get more self-assured throughout Season 1.

But, to be 100 percent honest, we’re here for Leighton Meester. Pally has proven himself and Lester has all the markings of a soon-to-be star, but if more and more time is devoted to developing Deborah into a badass, time-traveling feminist icon, “Making History” could actually help change history for stock TV girlfriends. That time is in the past. Let’s keep it there.

Grade: B+
“Making History” premieres Sunday, March 5 at 8:30 p.m. on Fox.

Source: IndieWire

Mar05 2017

Making History: 10 things to expect from Adam Pally’s time-travel comedy

Sunday night, a facilities manager at a small Massachusetts college will persuade a brainy history professor to zip up in a most unconventional time machine with him and journey back to the 1770s to help jumpstart the American Revolution.

Did we mention that this guy may have not been so respectful of the space-time continuum and that he actually started dating Paul Revere’s daughter? Because that kind of happened too.

Before you tune in tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET to the premiere of Fox comedy Making History — which stars Adam Pally as Dan the time-tripping troublemaker, Leighton Meester as his colonial girlfriend, Deborah Revere, and Yassir Lester as the not-okay-with-this professor, Chris — check out these 10 History hints from series creator Julius “Goldy” Sharpe so you can know exactly what the future, er, past has in store for you.

1. “You can look forward to three people stuffed uncomfortably in a duffel bag — none of those luxurious time machines on this show!”

2. “Sit back and enjoy Al Capone’s wife in a fistfight with a colonial woman.”

3. “Ever wonder how the Founding Fathers would adapt to life today? Well, in this show, John Hancock gets addicted to cocaine and forces Sam Adams to participate in ‘Bumfights.’”

4. “Chris and Dan fail to kill Hitler, but do steal his cereal spoon, causing him a very mild inconvenience.”

5. “Feel better about your own eating habits as Dan eats 30 scoops of ice cream in one sitting.”

6. “Chris’ frequent time-travel absences are misconstrued as a sex addiction, and he just goes with it.”

7. “Shirtless Ben Vereen*.”

8. “Deborah and Dan plan to open an ice-cream themed night club called ‘Night Cream.’”

9. “John Hancock and Sam Adams duel for the hand of a water delivery woman.”

10. “Oh — Dan accidentally kills someone.”

(*Here is a fun fact about Ben Vereen, straight from the set and courtesy of Pally: “Ben Vereen does have an odd quirk, which is that he plays pan flute in between takes to center himself. So when you’re in the duffel bag for, like, 10 hours, it sounds like you’re at the end of a massage all day.”)

Source: EW

Feb10 2017

Leighton at the Kate Spade Presentation at NY Fashion Week – February 10, 2017

Leighton attended the Kate Spade Presentation at NY Fashion Week today! Look fabulous! Photos in the gallery…

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