The last panel of NBC's press tour day (and my last panel of this particular tour, though Fienberg will be here for FOX, FX and PBS) should be a good one: a farewell press conference for "Parks and Recreation," featuring Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Aziz Ansari, Retta and Jim O'Heir, plus co-creator Mike Schur. (It's a shame Nick Offerman and Aubrey Plaza won't be here, but it feels like a miracle that Pratt has time, given how many different movies he's starring in these days.)
A few quick thoughts on last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I still have one screw left...
"Hannibal" season 3 will be a little late for dinner — as in summer.
NBC executives had previously suggested that Bryan Fuller's Hannibal Lecter prequel series would likely return very late in the season, and at press tour today, NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said it would actually be on in the summer.
As I wrote a few weeks ago, Cinemax's "Banshee" has become a show I enjoy an awful lot, and as a result it was a pleasure to get to moderate a Q&A in Los Angeles last night with the show's co-creator, Jonathan Tropper, and stars Antony Starr and Ivana Milicevic. First, we screened the pulp drama's next episode — and for those of you who weren't there but want a taste of it before it airs tomorrow night at 10, we have an exclusive clip above, in which we get a better sense of one of this season's villains, the imposing Colonel Douglas Stowe — and then we did a mixture of my questions, fan questions from Facebook, and ones from the people who came to the event.
Our video team was in the theater and has begun cutting together highlights of the event, starting off with a trio of social media questions. Look for a more extended highlight package on the blog on Monday.
Midway through the press tour panel for ABC's "Fresh Off the Boat," actress Constance Wu argued, "Progress arises out of conflict, not out of pretending everything's hunky-dory."
"Fresh Off the Boat" — the first network sitcom with a predominantly Asian-American cast in 20 years, since ABC's "All-American Girl" with Margaret Cho — is a clear sign of progress, as well as one of the funnier comedies debuting over the next few months. (Its first two episodes air on Wednesday, February 4, before moving to Tuesdays at 8 on February 10.)
It's also a show with a fair amount of conflict.
I will say this for FXX's new comedy "Man Seeking Woman": It commits to a bit — for good and for ill.
The remarkable thing about the renaissance happening on Comedy Central — a channel on as hot a creative streak as anyone in the business at the moment — is that none of the shows that have been part of it have been all that revolutionary in form. You have a handful of sketch comedy shows ("Key & Peele," "Inside Amy Schumer," "Kroll Show"), a couple of reality show parodies ("Nathan For You," "Review"), and a single-camera sitcom in "Broad City," which returns for a second season tonight at 10:30.
"Parks and Recreation" is back for its final season. I had some overall thoughts on the season this morning, and I have a review of tonight's two episodes coming up just as soon as I have 40 hand towels, some energy bars and a Chinese finger trap, so let's get gross...
Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! Time for our first in-person Firewall & Iceberg Podcast of 2015, as Dan and I got to sit opposite each other in my press tour hotel room and review a whole buncha stuff. Because Dan will be at Sundance immediately after tour ends, we decided to jump ahead to things like "Justified" and "Backstrom," as well as touching on several of this week's premieres, and looking back at the Golden Globes (and, within that, a brief discussion of Amazon's Woody Allen deal).
Because I'm in town for a few more days, we will likely record a throwback video show later this week to share some press tour anecdotes and also to discuss "The Americans" and Pivot's impressive new thriller "Fortitude."
The dream of Six Seasons and a Movie is one step closer to fruition, thanks to Yahoo rescuing "Community" from cancellation, for a sixth season to debut sometime this year. Beyond knowing which castmembers won't be a part of the new season — Yvette Nicole Brown left for personal reasons, Jonathan Banks is now on "Better Call Saul," and of course Donald Glover and Chevy Chase have been gone a while, leaving only Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Ken Jeong and Oscar Winner Jim Rash — we don't have a whole lot of detail about the new season, including when it might debut on Yahoo Screen, whether Yahoo will try a Netflix all-at-once approach or release the episodes weekly, etc.