Thursday, July 03, 2014
FXX Orders Jay Baruchel Comedy; Investigation Discovery's New Series Heartbreakers Features Sitcom Stars
FXX has ordered 10 episodes of the comedy series Man Seeking Woman, starring Jay Baruchel from former Saturday Night Live writer Simon Rich. The series will air on FXX and premiere in 2015. A sweet and absurd look at the surreal life-and-death stakes of dating, Man Seeking Woman centers on "Josh Greenberg" (Baruchel), a naive romantic on a desperate quest for love. Rounding out the cast are series regulars Eric Andre (The Eric Andre Show, Don't Trust the B-- in Apartment 23), Britt Lower (Unforgettable) and Maya Erskine (Betas). Man Seeking Woman is based on Simon Rich's book of short stories, The Last Girlfriend on Earth. Rich wrote the pilot, with Jonathan Krisel (Kroll Show, Portlandia) directing. Rich will be Executive Producer/Showrunner, as Krisel, along with Andrew Singer and Lorne Michaels are Executive Producers on the series. Broadway Video will produce for FX Productions.
Several sitcom stars will be featured in Investigation Discovery's (ID) new series Heartbreakers. Hunky Hollywood actors from the '80s and '90s reunite on screen to portray real-life dreamboats who turned into total nightmares. Directed and written in a sensational, Aaron Spelling-esque style reminiscent of classic primetime soaps, Heartbreakers takes true stories ripped from the headlines to show what really happens when the perfect catch turns out to be the perfect criminal. Featuring Kevin Sorbo (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys), Jack Wagner (Melrose Place), Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club), Rob Estes (Melrose Place), Tracey Gold (Growing Pains), Nicole Eggert (Charles in Charge, Baywatch), Jamie Luner (Just the Ten of Us, Melrose Place), Christopher Knight (The Brady Bunch), and Antonio Sabato, Jr. (General Hospital), Heartbreakers makes its world premiere debut on ID on Wednesday, August 13 at 10/9c.
Heartbreakers is rooted in real stories that are already truly unbelievable on their own. The series also features interviews and behind-the-scenes commentary with the actual people involved, layering in context and additional information about each case. And not to disappoint, Heartbreakers provides a nod to the actors' previous lives in the primetime soap world, dropping little golden surprises that are sure to appeal to the fan's sense of nostalgia: anyone for The Brady Bunch's pork chops and apple sauce?
Here is the schedule:
"Losing My Religion" - Starring Jack Wagner, Rob Estes and Jamie Luner
World Premiere: Wednesday, August 13 at 10/9c
Pastor David "Brother" Love (Wagner) presides over a close-knit church in a community outside of Kansas City in 2000. The parishioners admire him, maybe none more so than Randy Stone (Estes), a loyal church member and one of his closest friends. But loyalties are tested when Love becomes too close with Randy's wife, Teresa (Luner). The forbidden relationship leads to a decade long affair full of secrets and lies. Manipulation, jealousy, money and heartbreak all play a part in this chilling story that leads to a shocking investigation of murder.
"Shot Through the Heart" - Starring Christopher Knight, Antonio Sabato, Jr. and Tracey Gold
World Premiere: Wednesday, August 20 at 10/9c
Set in the mid-1980s, a small Texas town is rocked by a love triangle that takes place at its Junior High School. Principal Hurley Fontenot (Knight) leaves his wife to be with the pretty, young new school clerk, Laura Nugent (Gold). And their relationship is blossoming, that is until Billy Mac Fleming (Sabato, Jr.) came to town. Fleming, the new Football Coach, swept Laura off her feet. Both men wanted her, but only one could have her. It was a classic showdown of brains versus brawn. They would all end up heartbroken. But one of them would end up in a dark, desolate ditch, the victim of an execution style murder.
"Tainted Love" - Starring Judd Nelson, Kevin Sorbo and Nicole Eggert
World Premiere: Wednesday, August 27 at 10/9c
On New Year's Day in 1991, David Russell Miller (Nelson), a wealthy businessman, and Jayne (Eggert), a beautiful single mother, boarded a flight from Orlando to Los Angeles. It would change both of their lives. The chance encounter led to a whirlwind romance and a Valentine's Day marriage six weeks later. It was a fairy tale life full of expensive dinners, exotic travel and extravagant living that they both loved. But there would be no happy ending. After a few months of marriage, private investigator Bob Brown (Sorbo) made some starling discoveries about the dark secrets that had been hidden. Once exposed, a standoff occurred and one of them was left the victim of a brutal and gruesome killing in broad daylight.
New on DVD/Blu-ray (December/January)
12/06 - Family Guy - Season Fourteen
12/13 - American Dad! - Volume 11
12/13 - Newhart - The Complete Seventh Season
01/03 - Girls - The Complete Fifth Season (Blu-ray)
01/10 - Broad City - Season 3
01/17 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #2 (Colorized)
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume One
01/17 - The Love Boat - Season Three - Volume Two
01/24 - Hooperman - Season One
01/24 - Hooperman - Season Two
01/31 - Ballers - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)
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Saturday, January 21
The Thundermans - "Better Off Wed" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The kids learn that Dr. Colosso ruined their parents' wedding years earlier, and want to recreate Hank & Barb's dream day as their anniversary gift. However, Dr. Colosso remains a threat, and they must keep their plans a secret.
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn - "Keeping Up with the Quadashians" (Nickelodeon, 8:30PM ET/PT)
After binge watching their favorite reality TV show, the Quads decide their lives are every bit as "reality TV" worthy, and decide to make a show of their own. Guest Stars: Maddie Ziegler, Mackenzie Ziegler
School of Rock - "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" (Nickelodeon, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Tomika and Zack work on a love song together, leading to a moment that will change their friendship forever. Summer and Lawrence hang out together for the first time, and Freddy helps Mr. Finn with a problem.
Saturday, January 21
- Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show/Cosby) - Phylicia will be featured on Oprah: Where Are They Now? at 10pm ET/PT on OWN.
- NeNe Leakes (The New Normal) - Catch NeNe on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
- Allison Janney (Mom/Mr. Sunshine) - Watch Allison on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
- William Shatner ($h*! My Dad Says) and Henry Winkler (Happy Days/Arrested Development/Out of Practice) - William and Henry are guests on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
- Kevin Nealon (Man with a Plan/Weeds/Hiller and Diller/Champs) - Kevin appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
- Jade Catta-Preta (Manhattan Love Story) - Jade is a guest on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
- Wendi McClendon-Covey (The Goldbergs/Rules of Engagement/Reno 911!) - Wendi stops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
- Cristela Alonzo (Cristela) - Cristela chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
- Tika Sumpter (The Game) - Tika appears on The Real, so check your local listings.
- Justina Machado (One Day at a Time) - Justina will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
- Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Carpoolers/My Secret Identity) - Jerry and Rebecca Romjin talk about Love Locks on NBC's Today in the 9am hour. Jerry will also be on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT and on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
- Retta (Parks and Recreation) - Retta talks about Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.