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Nobody Trusts the Iranian-American

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 12.19.2012 | San Francisco
Shirin Sadeghi

You've seen his face before. But maybe you can't quite place his name. Maz Jobrani is setting out to change that, thanks to a script deal with CBS that was announced just last week.

Where the Girls Aren't: What the Absence of Female Friendships on Network TV Reveals

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 12.01.2012 | Women
Sheila Moeschen

Perhaps the lack of prominent female friendships in network television is the response to a kind of cultural anxiety in the wake of books and articles trumpeting "the end of men."

TGIF: Revisiting the Homes of Some of ABC's Best Comedies

David J. Cross | Posted 08.18.2012 | Entertainment
David J. Cross

We picked three properties from the shows and ran some numbers to see if the TV families would be able to afford their homes in today's markets, based on the houses used for the show settings.

10 Influential Black TV Comedians

Michelle Marques | Posted 06.12.2012 | Black Voices

For decades black comedians have used stand up comedy as an outlet to discuss experiences unique to our community. Today the tradition continues in th...

Celebrate BFF Day on June 1st!

G.L.O.C. | Posted 07.30.2012 | Comedy
G.L.O.C.

Oh BFF, it wasn't meant to be like this. When I was assigned to recap your episodes I took the gig very seriously. I never meant to get so attached. But I did.

Don't I Know You From Somewhere?

Molly Fosco | Posted 07.21.2012 | TV
Molly Fosco

The recently announced TV network fall line up seems to have some common themes this year. Did anyone order some revived sitcom actors? FOX, ABC, CBS, and NBC sure did, and these new shows will all have some very familiar faces.

Why Mindy Kaling Is The Dream Female Sitcom Star

Salon | Posted 05.16.2012 | Women

After an exhausting year of would-be TV manic dream girls trying to charm, seduce and pratfall their way into our hearts, this fall we get the woman w...

Glad Girls

Suzanne O'Malley | Posted 06.16.2012 | Home
Suzanne O'Malley

Marlo Thomas (That Girl) begat The Mary Tyler Moore Show which begat Murphy Brown which begat Friends/Ally McBeal which begat Sex & the City which indirectly begat 30 Rock, which begat Girls.

All the Single Ladies -- From "That Girl" to "New Girl"

Marlo Thomas | Posted 05.21.2012 | Women
Marlo Thomas

Television takes a lot of heat from its critics, but no one can deny that it is a true reflection of the ever-changing times we live in. So as part of our ongoing celebration of Women's History Month, we decided to take a look at the evolution of single women on TV.

Excerpts From Hot New Sitcom: Leave it to Nietzsche

Doug Lieblich | Posted 04.28.2012 | Comedy
Doug Lieblich

Every year, hundreds of pilot scripts jockey for a coveted position on a network's primetime lineup. One such script, was the highly lauded pilot Leave it to Nietzsche.

John Leguizamo Lands ABC Development Deal

Posted 02.08.2012 | Latino Voices

Actor and very funny comedian John Leguizamo has just landed a development deal with ABC and ABC Studios, according to Deadline.com. The versatile...

7 TV Shows Reimagined As 90s Sitcoms

The Huffington Post | Seena Vali | Posted 01.23.2012 | Comedy

Miss the obnoxious theme songs, zany punchlines and obtrusive laugh tracks synonymous with 1990s sitcoms? Well, neither do we. But it is pretty fun...

Martin Lawrence's Two Chances To Head Back To TV

TV Guide | Posted 03.20.2012 | TV

CBS is developing a pair of sitcoms for comedian Martin Lawrence, with an eye toward shooting one of them as a pilot. "Bernie Mac" creator and "The...

The Fantasy Friends Spin-Off That Could Solve All of NBC's Woes

Meghan O'Keefe | Posted 03.13.2012 | Comedy
Meghan O'Keefe

You might be saying, "You can't do a spin-off of Friends! Know why? Because they tried it! It was called Joey and it failed!" If you can do a spin-off of Cheers, All in the Family or Hercules: the Legendary Journeys, you can do a spin-off of anything.

WATCH: The Ultimate '80s Sitcom Intro

Posted 01.05.2012 | Comedy

When you think of an introduction sequence from the '80s, a few things probably come to mind: a cheesy, saxophone-infused theme-song, italicized fonts...

Men With Brooms: Requiem for an Obscure Canadian Sitcom

Morgan Glennon | Posted 03.06.2012 | TV
Morgan Glennon

Men With Brooms was a sweet little sitcom about a group of friends who hang out in a bar and form a curling team. You know curling, that sport we try to care about during the Winter Olympics.

Six Reasons 'Work It' Is Good For TV

Maureen Ryan | Posted 03.04.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

You may have heard that Work It is one of the worst sitcoms of all time. You heard correctly. In fact, if the Metacritic rating for this new show isn't the lowest score ever for a television comedy, I'll be a little disappointed in my fellow TV scribes.

Is TV Writing the Best Job Ever?

Jane Espenson | Posted 02.12.2012 | TV
Jane Espenson

TV writing (and web writing) is the best job ever. I feel lucky every day. I learn every day. And they pay for lunch every day. Score. Hang around and I'll tell you what I know.

Rob Schneider's New CBS Sitcom: 'Meet the Parents, Latino Style'

Posted 12.11.2011 | Latino Voices

It looks like Rob Schneider will ring in the New Year trying to win over the hearts of Hispanics with his new CBS sitcom, "Rob!" "What is America? ...

The End Of Comedy: New Sitcoms Are Reruns

The New York Times | NEIL GENZLINGER | Posted 11.27.2011 | Fifty

The other night while I was watching television, Zooey Deschanel said "penis," and I didn't laugh. I didn't even chuckle. "Doesn't this guy read th...

Community vs. The New Girl and Other Dream TV Crossovers

Kris LoPresto | Posted 12.26.2011 | Entertainment
Kris LoPresto

2011-10-26-Screenshot20111026at3.29.15PM.jpgA featured extra is fun gag and all, but why not go full tilt and crossover the casts of your favorite shows for a one of a kind ratings grab?

Veteran Television Writer Jane Espenson Producing Gay Marriage Sitcom

Andy Plesser | Posted 12.03.2011 | Entertainment
Andy Plesser

Jane Espenson, veteran television writer of "Buffy" and "Battleship Galactica," has a new online video series about gay marriage called "Husbands."

DVDs: TV's Roseanne -- A Working Class Comedy at a Working Class Price!

Michael Giltz | Posted 11.28.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

This is the best reason to put out a new editions of a show that has already been on DVD -- great, low prices. None of these season sets have lavish extras and the packaging is no-nonsense. If you're like me, you won't care.

Are Sitcoms...Back?

nytimes.com | BILL CARTER | Posted 11.26.2011 | Media

As dominant as "The X Factor" story was, it supplied only one of several plotlines that had television executives buzzing in the first week of the ne...

Urban Man: Perfect Nonsense

Marc Porter Zasada | Posted 11.12.2011 | Los Angeles
Marc Porter Zasada

Like most people, the Urban Man often says, "if only life were more like media." If only we offered one another heartfelt looks at the tail ends of dramatic days, and never had to tie our shoes after moments of true love.