Looks like Matt Damon, Larry David and Kevin Costner made up a winning team for the 2013 Rich Eisen Kickoff Special on NFL Network this week. With the three actors talking film, football and the upcoming NFL season, the September 3rd 30-minute special was up significantly in both demos and viewership from its one-hour show on September 6, 2012. The 10:30 PM Kickoff Special from the NFL GameDay Morning host saw a 128% rise among adults 18-49 and a 42% rise among adults 25-54 with 132,000 and 111,000 viewers in the key demos respectively. Last year’s special had Erin Andrews, Olympian Ryan Lochte, Hank Azaria, Seattle Seahawk Russell Wilson and Atlanta Falcon Tony Gonzalez as guests. Overall viewership was also up double digits with a 29% rise to 229,000 this year from 2012’s 177,000.That result makes this week’s Rich Eisen Kickoff Special the sixth most watched special on NFL Network this year after their Schedule Release, Free Agents and Super Bowl specials.
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Last year, Larry David narrated a fake biographical video of Barack Obama for a gag on The Daily Show entitled Barack Obama: It Could Have Been Worse. Today, the pair were playing golf together on Martha’s Vineyard. …
Jeff Garlin hijacked The Goldbergs Q&A session at Summer TV Press Tour 2013. Best known as one of Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm regulars, Garlin plays the dad on this new ABC 80’s-set sitcom, based on the childhood of show creator Adam Goldberg — whose family apparently screamed its way through the decade he recorded every moment on a clunky video recorder. A couple of “why is 25 years back the sweet spot for narrated comedies, including The Wonder Years, Happy Days, etc?” questions into the session, one TV critic took issue with Garlin’s dad character screaming throughout the episode and asked if that could keep up up for 22 episodes. “When it becomes annoying I’ll stop – and I’ll be the first to notice” Garlin snapped. Then added sarcastically, “You look so disappointed in my answer.” Another critic said Garlin was old enough to have lived through the 1980s and what did he think of the show’s many verisimilitudinous touches. That also irked him plenty. “I did the show because the 80’s is deep in the background. If we use the 80’s for a big joke, the show is not going to last very long,” he forecasted — as have some TV critics, BTW.
TCA: Larry David On Liev Schreiber’s ‘Clear History’ Credit Omission, Another Season of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’
Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
Actor Liev Schreiber, who plays the lead in the Showtime drama series Ray Donovan, couldn’t be listed in the cast of the HBO film Clear History starring Larry David that premieres August 10. David admitted as much while responding to a TCA panel question about why Schreiber wasn’t in the credits despite having a good-sized role in the comedy as a Russian heavy. “That was a Showtime issue,” David said. “Kind of a Showtime-HBO thing.” This is not the first time HBO has taken issue with Schreiber’s role in Ray Donovan on rival Showtime. When the actor was first cast in the pilot, HBO threatened to drop him as the exclusive voice of its sports division but ultimately re-signed him.
David was less forthcoming when it came to a question about whether he might do another season of Curb Your Enthusiasm for the network. “I don’t know,” he said. “I haven’t decided. I couldn’t say. … Ask me in six months.” This is, of course, business as usual in Larry David world. It’s well known that he has carte blanche to do as many seasons of Curb as he wants, but he’s always reluctant to commit. In fact, he decided to do Clear History — which he stars in and co-wrote for director Greg Mottola. “I will say this,” David added. “I was thinking of doing another season of Curb or doing a movie, and I thought perhaps it’s time I tried something else.” However, David was far more playful than defensive during a Clear History Q&A beside Mottola.
HBO Ends ‘Eastbound & Down’ With Season 4; ‘Boardwalk Empire’, Larry David’s ‘Clear History’ & ‘Hello Ladies’ Premieres Set
HBO said today that Eastbound & Down’s upcoming fourth season will be its last. The previously announced eight-episode Season 4 of self-obsessed and self-destructive baseball player Kenny Powers, starring Danny McBride, will debut September 29. Sources says that after convincing McBride, Will Ferrell, Andy McKay and the show’s other producers to not end things at the conclusion of Season 3, HBO hoped that Eastbound would continue on past a fourth season. However, the Eastbound gang had decided that four cycles was enough. HBO also announced Thursday that the Larry David film Clear History will air August 10 and that Boardwalk Empire will be back for its fourth season September 8. The cable network’s new comedy Hello Ladies, starring Stephen Merchant as a man looking for love in LA, will make its debut on September 29 in the 10 PM slot for an eight-episode first season right before Eastbound & Down.
NEW YORK, June 6, 2013 – EASTBOUND & DOWN, the raucous HBO comedy series from creators Danny McBride and Jody Hill, begins shooting its eight-episode fourth and final season tomorrow in North Carolina, with the season scheduled to launch SUNDAY, SEPT. 29 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT). McBride stars in the show as the irrepressible Kenny Powers, the former major league pitcher who is larger than life… and death.
In the third season of EASTBOUND & DOWN, which concluded in April 2012, Kenny Powers finally made it back to the majors and recaptured his former glory, only to fake his own death and run back home to his beloved April, the mother of his child. The upcoming fourth season picks up the action several years later and finds Kenny living the American Dream with his family in North Carolina.
Larry David Assembles All-Star Cast For HBO Movie: Jon Hamm, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Eva Mendes, Amy Ryan, Bill Hader
Larry David has finally lifted the veil of secrecy on his upcoming movie for HBO. It will be titled Clear History, and, along with the long-rumored Jon Hamm and Michael Keaton, its cast will feature a slew of other big names. Joining star David will be Bill Hader, Kate Hudson, Phillip Baker Hall, Danny McBride, Eva Mendes, Amy Ryan, Curb Your Enthusiasm standout JB Smoove as well as Hamm and Keaton.
Clear History, which David co-wrote with Alec Berg, David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer, centers on Nathan Flomm (David), a former marketing executive at a start-up electric car company who, after losing a fortune due to a petty argument with his boss (Hamm), is publicly humiliated for walking away from his 10% of a company now worth billions. Ten years later, his marriage over and reputation ruined, Nathan has changed his identity and lives a simple life on a small island off the coast of Massachusetts under the new name of Rolly DaVore. But when his former boss shows up to renovate his summer mansion, Nathan vows to seek revenge and drive his nemesis off the island.
Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
The TCA session today promoting Showtime’s forthcoming new comedian interview series Inside Comedy got weird at a few points. One such moment came about midway through, when a questioner asked executive producer and host David Steinberg if being involved in the show was “a nonstop orgy where you were well-paid.” A shocked expression crossed Steinberg’s face before he replied, “Well, given that the focus was always on the other person, maybe I’d say it was like being a eunuch at an orgy.” Shortly thereafter, Steinberg was asked why there are so many Jews in comedy. “Jews are smarter,” came his reply, to great laughter in the room. Afterward, he elaborated that he wasn’t really being facetious. “Entertainment is always seized by the downtrodden and disenfranchised, which is why you maybe now see more young Latinos coming up,” he said. “And that was Jews back in the day.”
Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s 2010 Emmy coverage. Here’s his scorecard assessing the Outstanding Lead Drama Series Actor race:
JIM PARSONS, THE BIG BANG THEORY
Why He Got Nominated: Because he’s widely regarded in the Hollywood creative and critical communities as the funniest guy on TV as CBS/Warner Bros TV’s Big Bang nerd …
Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s 2010 Emmy coverage.
Jim Parsons is kinda sitting on top of the world these days after having just landed his 2nd consecutive Emmy nomination for his role as the brilliant nerdball physicist Sheldon Cooper on the CBS hit The Big Bang Theory. But it’s also a time of real anxiety for him as well. For one, he’s nervous about both winning and losing an Emmy category where he’s considered a frontrunner. And when his competition includes 3-time winner Tony Shalhoub (Monk) and 2-time victor Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) along with perennial nominees Steve Carell (The Office) and Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm) plus newcomer Matthew Morrison (Glee). Parsons is also a bit on edge because of the tense salary renegotiation going on right now between Warner Bros TV and the three Big Bang leads (Parsons and co-stars Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco). Parsons, 37, spoke with Ray Richmond for Deadline Hollywood about the Emmys, his finances, and the best thing about being a rich and famous TV star.
Deadline Hollywood: So, is this Emmy thing in the bag or what?
Jim Parsons: What? No! Of course not.
DH: It’s what those in the know are saying.
JP: Well, that’s great. But the way I see it, you can look at the Emmys two ways in you’re nominated. It’s either win-win or lose-lose. If things go very well and I win, you still have to get up in front of a group of people and risk having God knows what come out of your mouth. If you won’t win, you have to breathe deeply and smile and clap with a camera in your face. Last year, just before they announced my award, I was weak in the knees and had sweaty palms. It wasn’t because I was nervous about winning or losing. It was having to accept the trophy if I did win.
DH: And then you lost.
JP: Yes! So it all worked out. But I still don’t see the odds being with me winning. It’s…what is it? One in six. But you know, my competition is awfully good. My stomach is already in knots. The problem is that I don’t drink, so I can’t calm myself that way. I wish I could be better at pretending I don’t care.