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10 Celebrity Cameos That Hurt Superhero Movies (And 10 That Stole The Show)

Moviegoers love a good cameo. The action sort of takes a break to showcase someone who you wouldn’t normally see within the context of the movie. Sometimes the cameo is for fun and laughs. Other times it’s an homage to a TV series or another film the movie you’re currently watching is based on. For anyone who has seen The Force Awakens, then you know a slew of people love Star Wars and appeared at the very least underneath stormtrooper armor. Cameos from directors like Peter Jackson in The Lord Of The Rings movies and Alfred Hitchcock had become commonplace and fans loved to be on the hunt for them.

There are so many cameos and extended cameos throughout the superhero movie world. That’s because of the decades of history behind all of these movies. There’s been more than several actors portraying versions of our favorite superheroes and their supporting casts over the years that it’s equally cool to see them pop up in other shows and movies. Helen Slater played Supergirl in the 1984 movie and she’s the current iteration’s (played by Melissa Benoist) adopted mother. You can also play “spot the senator,” every time you watch a Batman movie. Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy has popped up in five different bat-flicks.

Cameos come in all shapes, sizes, and actors. Some good, some bad, generally all memorable. Here are Ten Celebrity Cameos That Hurt Superhero Movies (And Ten That Stole The Show).

20 Hurt: Vanilla Ice (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret Of The Ooze)

For everyone who sees this heading and starts fist pumping while chanting “go ninja, go ninja, go,” you can leave the room, adults are talking. All kidding aside, the iconic moment in The Secret Of The Ooze where the turtles stumble into a Vanilla Ice show is a sign of the times.

Those times came and went about 30 seconds after the credits rolled. The guy had one song at best (and he ripped the beat off a Queen song). As far the movie goes, Ice showing up in a Turtles flick was a big head-scratching moment, and that’s saying something for a movie about ninja turtles who eat pizza.

19 Stole: Stan Lee (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

We lost the Chairman Emeritus of Marvel Entertainment last year. Stan Lee was responsible, or partly responsible for creating the dozens upon dozens of characters we’ve been reading and seeing for the past fifty-plus years. Stan The Man has shown up in just about every Marvel movie.

No matter the film, or the character he plays in it, it’s always a pleasure to see Stan show up. Whether he’s giving Spider-Man some sage advice or telling other Watchers about his exploits in the MCU, Lee’s cameo is a welcome presence that will sorely be missed.

18 Hurt: Olivia Munn (Iron Man 2)

Thanks to her time on the G4 Network, not to mention her energy, Olivia Munn was a bit of a Geek Icon for a few years during the late aughts. When she made the transition to feature films, she landed a role in Iron Man 2.

Her role was considered “top secret.” Fans instantly assumed that meant she’d be playing a big-time name being introduced to the MCU. Would she be playing Scarlet Witch, Black Widow, Captain Marvel? All a big nope. She played nothing more than newscaster.

17 Stole: Neil DeGrasse Tyson (BvS: Dawn Of Justice)

For anyone remotely interested in anything about space, the cosmos, and the infinite, Neil DeGrasse Tyson is your pathway to the stars. He is also a devoted comic book fan and has had multiple episodes of his podcast devoted to all kinds of superhero topics.

So even though his cameo in the extremely divisive Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice doesn’t have a lot to do with science or scientific facts, Tyson must’ve loved it and it was pretty cool to see him as a talking head commentating on the Man Of Steel.

16 Hurt: Coolio (Batman And Robin)

When Joel Schumacher took over the reins of the Batman franchise in the mid-nineties, away went Keaton, Burton, and all of the monochromatic Gotham City gothic love. In its place, the new creative team tried to bring back the 1966-era feel. Sometimes, they succeeded, sometimes we got Batman And Robin.

Coolio somehow found himself a part of the proceedings as well. The man famous for “Gangster’s Paradise,” played a gangster. His performance was ok, but there was nothing to enjoy about this movie, so why should his performance be any different?

15 Stole: Coolio (Daredevil)

Several years after Batman And Robin, Coolio was at it again, this time for Marvel. He had an extended cameo in Daredevil. In this almost-as-maligned film as the former, he played a client of Matt Murdock’s.

He played Dante Jackson in several of the film’s deleted scenes that re-appeared in the R-Rated Director’s Cut. This version of the film received some critical acclaim, making slightly less maligned. Coolio’s performance was also praised in a subplot that showcases Murdock as a lawyer and fixes several holes in the main storyline.

14 Hurt: Lucy Lawless (Spider-Man)

It’s not that Xena herself, Lucy Lawless didn’t give a good cameo performance in the original Spiderman. It’s just that it takes you so out of the moment for a quick one-liner, “guy with eight arms?” that it seemed way out of the moment. Her cameo isn’t just a blink and you’ll miss it cameo.

Lucy Lawless’ cameo is a “pause the movie” and try to figure out if that really is Xena, the Warrior Princess under all that faux New York Goth–Punk makeup.

13 Stole: Garrett Morris (Ant-Man)

One of the fun things about all of the MCU films is that the creative teams behind the movies love to pay homage to the superhero actors that came before. Ant-Man stretched that term loosely when they cast Garrett Morris as a cab driver.

The SNL and Married…With Children alum knew that kids today might not understand what he’s doing in this movie. But that didn’t stop director Peyton Reed, who thought of Morris for the cameo. He was actually the first actor to play Ant-Man in the 1979 SNL bit, “Superhero Party.”

12 Hurt: En Vogue (Batman Forever)

Holy ridiculous cameos Batman! As R&B became one of the dominant sounds in the early nineties, supergroup En Vogue were Destiny’s Child long before Queen Bey ascended to her throne. Why not give them a spotlight in one of the most anticipated films of the decade?

Because they were poorly cast in Batman Forever’s groan-inducing sequence. Instead of utilizing their talents for a musical number, they played a quartet of hookers who glommed onto the Batmobile when Dick Grayson took it for a joyride.

11 Stole: Bruce Campbell (Spiderman Movies)

Bruce Campbell has been part of Sam Raimi’s movies since the very beginning. As the director’s good luck charm of sort, that meant he also got to take part in all three of Raimi’s Spiderman adventures.

Campbell got to steal the show in all three as a different character. In each performance, he has to show Peter Parker that Spidey’s not the boss, Ash is. First as the announcer who gives Peter his name, then as the keeper of the velvet rope not allowing him late to MJ’s play. Finally, he’s the Maitre D at the restaurant Peter wants to propose at.

10 Hurt: Tobias Funke (Avengers: Infinity War)

The Russo Brothers have a very wild sense of humor. That humor helped them as writers on Community. In the MCU, they’ve directed three of the MCU’s best movies. They both also wear the fandom for Arrested Development on their sleeves. That fandom took Infinity War completely off the rails for a moment.

The directors managed to squeeze David Cross into a cameo as Tobias Funke all in blue from his stint as a would-be member of the Blue Man Group. He shows up in Thanos’ rendering of the Collector’s shop. So the snap-happy madman has a pretty twisted sense of humor as well. But the cameo is totally and tonally out of left field.

9 Stole: Christopher Reeve (Smallville)

Yes, there were plenty of superhero movies that came before, but Christopher Reeve makes you believe that a man could fly. A hero onscreen and off, Reeve not soared as Superman, but he also was able to provide some gravitas on Smallville.

There, Reeve played Dr. Virgil Swan, a professor who knew all there is to know about Krypton. The inspired casting allowed the heroic actor to relive his glory days. Not to mention provide fans new memories as well as relive some old ones.

8 Hurt: Elon Musk (Iron Man 2)

Before becoming Iron Man, Tony Stark was a bit of a jerk. Not that he stopped being a jerk after he became Iron Man, just that he hobnobbed with other rich self-important jerks instead of the Avengers.

Self-righteous industrialist, Elon Musk was one of those friends. The man also had a cameo appearance in Iron Man 2, aka-Black Mark On The MCU. Musk played an exaggerated version of himself. It’s a move that works for some, not for others. In a bad movie like Iron Man 2, every wink-wink moment seems like a big waste of time.

7 Stole: Luke Hemsworth, Sam, Neill, and Matt Damon (Thor: Ragnarok)

After the poor attempt at Shakespeare for the first two Thor movies, director Taika Waititi and the creative team heaved all of the heavy-handiness right out of the window in favor of lunacy and hilarity.

Part of that hilarity was Loki using his old tricks to create the illusion that he was impersonating Odin. This version of Odin loves to see his adopted son Loki (played by Matt Damon) as the hero of Asgard in a theater production that also saw Sam Neill as Odin and Luke Hemsworth (Chris’ brother) playing the God Of Thunder.

6 Hurt: Vivica A. Fox (Batman And Robin)

Arnold Schwarzenegger using eight million ice, cold, and freeze-related puns during Batman And Robin was terrible enough. But Joel Schumacher’s insistence of casting semi-big names of the day in minor support roles was borderline insane.

Scratch that. It WAS completely insane. Especially after you head how Vivica A. Fox got the name “Ms. B Haven,” as she played one of Freeze’s molls. According to the actress, Schumacher was hanging out with some friends and saw the name displayed on a monster truck at a state fair.

5 Stole: Nathan Fillion (Guardians Of The Galaxy)

Square-jawed, mammoth, and a sense of humor; who doesn’t love Nathan Fillion?! He has every single tool Hollywood loves to tout as both a sex symbol and a geek god. When his friend and Slither director, James Gunn asked him to cameo in Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. I, the actor answered the call.

Fillion’s role was small, but like any good cameo – memorable. He played an alien prisoner who wound up getting his clock cleaned by Groot, with two antlers right up his nose.

4 Hurt: Michael Jackson (Men In Black 2)

When you’re as famous as Michael Jackson was, any movie you appear in, the cameo becomes all about you and less about what you’re doing in the movie. To that effect, at least The King Of Pop was featured in a brief moment as an alien hunting MIB agent and not part of any grand scene.

Considering what has befallen of the pop star both before this movie and recently, the cameo when looked at again, especially in this woken population is in really poor taste.

3 Stole: Lou Ferrigno And Bill Bixby (The Incredible Hulk)

While Mark Ruffalo has been crushing it as Dr. Bruce Banner in the MCU, Edward Norton had a strong showing in The Incredible Hulk. The film and his performance are a blip on the rest of the MCU, but it is still considered canon.

The film also paid homage to the most famous Hulk tandem ever. For five years, Lou Ferrigno played the Green Goliath and the late great Bill Bixby played Banner on the popular TV show. In this movie, Bixby gets a moment to shine as Norton as Banner is watching Bixby’s other show, The Courtship Of Eddie’s Father in Portuguese. Ferrigno shows up as a security guard that gets a heap of meta-praise from Norton.

2 Hurt: Ally Sheedy (X-Men Apocalypse)

Ally Sheedy was forever immortalized in The Breakfast Club. The eighties icon also was in War Games as a student who disrupts the class. Bryan Singer tried to pay homage to this by having Sheedy play the teacher in X-Men Apocalypse.

Only here, the disruptive student is Cyclops and Tye Sheridan seems more like a nervous kid who’s about to realize he’s a mutant and less like a disruptive punk. Not to mention as good as War Games is, no one remembers the film for Ally Sheedy.  

1 Stole: Senator Patrick Leahy (Batman Movies)

Yes, there are a slew of Bat–Cameos throughout this list. What do you expect? The Caped Crusader has been in more films and TV shows than any other superhero. The Senator from Vermont, Patrick Leahy has been a huge bat-fanatic for years now. Thanks to this, he’s gotten to cameo on several Batman movies.

Most famously, he was part of the Wayne Enterprises board in The Dark Knight. He also stood up to Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight. He’s the gentleman who Ledger claims reminds him of his father.


2019-04-18 05:04:02

Eric Rhodes

The 10 Strangest Celebrity Coloring Books, Ranked

Adult coloring books are all the rage, with their stress-lowering powers, wide range of gorgeous images and beautiful patterns to choose from. Relaxing and unwinding with an activity book isn’t just for kids anymore, and these ten celebrity coloring books, ranked from good to best, are full of hot famous folk, charming pop stars, charming renovators and even a few significant humans who are briefly back from the dead, for your coloring pleasure.

These books make great funny gifts and wonderful treats for yourself, whether you need them for bouts of insomnia or just like to be weird at bus stops.

10 Justin Bieber Coloring Book

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This book is 8.5 x 11 inches (the same height as Justin Bieber when he first started out), standard paper size, with glossy covers and over 24 coloring pages. Each coloring page is on a separate sheet, so you won’t find that those colors bleed through onto the next pictures of Justin being cute, pouty and all the things that a teen pop idol should be.

The subtitle notes that this book is “A Gift for Your Relaxation”, so if coloring in Justin Bieber’s well-coiffed head makes your worries melt away, have at this activity book before it’s too late and you’re too stressed to go and love yourself. This makes a great gift for a proud or closet fan of Justin’s dreamy eyes and sharp dance moves.

9 William Shatner Adult Coloring Book

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One of Canada’s proudest exports, William Shatner is most known for playing the iconic role of Captain Kirk in the original Star Trek series. With 34 pages of pictures and a smaller 6 x 9-inch size, this is a great coloring book to keep on-hand for slow bus rides and William Shatner fan emergencies. Pages feature fillable sketches of Shatner’s gorgeous mug, both in Star Trek gear and as himself, a laid back celebrity who owns regular jackets, too.

This is a great, funny gift for a Star Trek fan, a proud Canadian, or anyone who knows how wonderfully dynamic and sometimes goofy William Shatner can be.

8 Famous Skulls: A Celebrity Sugar Skull Coloring Book

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This book is in keeping with the theme of the characteristically ‘Hollywood’ obsession with youth, and celebrities’ desire to escape the one thing they can’t buy their way out of; mortality. The celebrities featured here, however, are ones who have had such an impact artistically, socially and otherwise, that they in a sense truly did escape the confines of their own deaths.

Sugar skulls of Tupac, Frida Kahlo, Einstein and Joan of Arc appear, with each individual skull designed to match the deceased’s personality, contributions and style. If you’ve always wished you could scratch blue and pink pencil crayons into James Dean’s skull, check out this activity book.

7 Christian Slater Coloring Book

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First gaining recognition for his role as an outlandish, murderous bad boy in Heathers, Christian Slater has become a popular cult icon and celebrated actor of our time. If you or someone you know would find it soothing to stretch out after a long day at work and rub crayons across Christian’s symmetrical facial features and forever tousle-worthy locks of hair, this is the book for you.

This paperback contains 38 pages of full Slater action, sure to help a rainy day go a little bit faster, and a fun and weird item to keep handy in the living room.

6 Ryan Seacrest Adult Coloring Book

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Ryan Seacrest, best known for his role hosting American Idol and his radio show, On Air With Ryan Seacrest, will go down in history as one of the most likable, crushable, widely-palatable celebrities ever. Seacrest now appears on Live With Kelly and Ryan and wakes up America with his easy smile and sparkling eyes.

Who doesn’t want a chance to color in the teeth of the highest-paid reality TV star, in any color you choose? Let your whims lead you every which way as you scribble on top of Ryan’s carefully combed head of gorgeous hair and fantasize about seeing him congratulate Ruben Studdard for the first time, all over again.

5 Celebrity Mugshots: Keeping Up With The Incarcerated

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The cover of this book says it all – everyone remembers that familiar viral mugshot of Justin Bieber, grinning mischievously at the camera with an orange outfit visible on his shoulders. Celebrity mugshots of Mike Tyson, Nicole Richie, Nick Nolte, James Brown, Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen and Paris Hilton also appear in this book, among countless other icons who have visited the slammer.

Each celebrity has a unique quote written beneath them, and this lasts for 76 pages of pure schadenfreude-laden fun. If you’re obsessed with the moments of misfortune (deserved or otherwise) of the rich and famous, this one is for you.

4 Color Me Swoon: The Beefcake Activity Book

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This is a serious activity book. Each beefcake celebrity comes with a short piece of prose about his “lucky beard” or “merriest of twinkles in his eyes,” or a quick poem about how he takes care of his mom and plays the ukulele.63 heartthrobs total appear in these pages (if you count all 5 members of One Direction as a single heartthrob), for you to fill them with your own creativity, along with smaller activities for each man, such as crosswords and anagrams.

Featured hot famous guys include Ryan Gosling, Channing Tatum, Idris Elba, Bruno Mars and of course Kevin Bacon, among others. If you like to color while you objectify, pick up a copy.

3 Dead in the Water: The Steve Buscemi Activity Book

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This is a pimped-out activity book including puzzles, games, color pages and mazes. The book continually references various iconic roles played by the one and only Steve Buscemi, and the cover is an incomparable image of him on a pool floatie with his arm stretched behind his head.

With 28 pages of entertainment, images appear from Fargo, The Big Lebowski, Ghost World, Reservoir Dogs, The Sopranos and more cinematic masterpieces lucky enough to receive the fine touch of Steve’s powerful performances. And whatever you do, always remember, “Just because people want to eat the burger, doesn’t mean they want to eat the cow”.

2 The Scott Brothers Coloring Book

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As The Property Brothers, Drew and Jonathan Scott have charmed the hearts of many, through hard work, collaboration, renovations and an acute knowledge of the real estate market. These twins are quintessential HGTV celebrities and in this book, you can color in slightly strange scenes of them on the job, taking quick breaks, or inexplicably holding what appears to be a tiny diorama of a full house.

It’s 32 pages and regular 8.5 x 11 inch size paper. Some fans may find these pictures a little too hot to handle, despite the wholesome nature of the brothers’ body of work. To be fair, they are known for being a double-trouble duo of pure handsome.

1 Wiz Khalifa’s Weed Farm Coloring Book

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This is the most chill coloring book of the bunch, by far. Unlike most celebrity coloring books which are created by artists with a satirical edge and flair for celebrity depictions, this book is authored by Wiz Khalifa himself. There are weed and Valentine’s Day themed pictures, tacos, pyramids and fourth of July themed Statue of Liberty weed pictures.

This is a true journey for a stoner or someone who wants to feel stoned just by leafing through this book. Khalifa himself is a weed entrepreneur and has developed his own brand of cannabis, Khalifa Kush. Join him as he travels through the world from Los Angeles to Amsterdam, pushing green leaves aside as you go.

NEXT: The 10 Weirdest Things MCU Fans Have In Their Homes

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2019-04-13 08:04:50

Amanda McQueen

Celebrity Deathmatch Being Revived By MTV & Ice Cube

MTV Studios is set to create a revival of the late 1990s/early 2000s animated show Celebrity Deathmatch, with Ice Cube serving as star and producer. For the uninitiated, Celebrity Deathmatch was a stop-motion animated series that mostly lived up to its title. Each episode contained three fights pitting two or more celebrities against each other in a battle to the death, although a select few did see historical legacy characters fight, such as when Sherlock Holmes threw down with Jack the Ripper.

Two pilot episodes for Celebrity Deathmatch aired in January 1998, with the series proper debuting in May of that year. The original run consisted of four seasons total, and ended in 2002. A brief revival was attempted in 2006, but it was canceled before the end of 2007. The comedic bouts were called by animated commentary duo Johnny Gomez and Nick Diamond, and refereed by a stop-motion version of real-life boxing referee Mills Lane. WWE – which aired its Sunday Night Heat program on MTV in the early 2000s – would also send over “Stone Cold” Steve Austin on occasion, voicing himself.

Related: MTV Rebooting The Real World on Facebook Watch

Another revival of Celebrity Deathmatch was announced in 2015, but MTV didn’t end up ordering it to series. Now, it looks like a revival/reboot will indeed happen, according to Variety. MTV Studios is unsurprisingly behind this new take on Celebrity Deathmatch, but what’s more surprising is the involvement of rapper/actor Ice Cube, who will executive produce and star in the revival. It’s unclear what Cube would actually be doing on the show, although serving as host or part of the commentary team seems a viable option. Series creator Eric Fogel will return to executive produce alongside Cube.

The new Celebrity Deathmatch is expected to be ready to go sometime in 2019, although interestingly, no network or streaming outlet is attached as of yet. Producers plan to shop the series around, and while a return to MTV might seem a natural prospect, MTV is far from the same channel it was in 1998, and there’s a good chance Celebrity Deathmatch wouldn’t fit into its current programming line-up.

It’s unknown whether original commentators Gomez and Diamond will be brought back, or whether their original voice actors (Maurice Schlafer and and Len Maxwell, respectively) would want to return, as they didn’t reprise their roles for the 2006 revival. The same could be said for Mills Lane, who’s now in his 80s, and couldn’t return in 2006 for health reasons. Amusingly, Ice Cube has actually appeared on Celebrity Deathmatch before, albeit as an animated contestant. A season 2 episode pitted Cube against similarly named rapper/actor Ice-T, which ended with a Cube victory following a run-in by Vanilla Ice.

More: 15 Must-Watch TV Shows On MTV Classic

Source: Variety



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2018-12-05 01:12:42

Simon Pegg Interview: The Boys

Amazon’s upcoming comic book adaptation, The Boys, dropped some big news at New York Comic Con this week; not only did was the first clip from the show revealed, but so was the news that Simon Pegg would be appearing in it. The Boys is an adaptation of the Garth Ennis comic series of the same name, which satirizes the superhero world and imagines life in a universe where those with powers become corrupted by them – but maintain their public image.

The ‘Boys’ of the comic title are a group of vigilantes, mostly without superpowers, who take it upon themselves to keep tabs on the various ‘supes’ in this world – and occasionally, to take them down. The series follows Butcher (Karl Urban), his new protege Hughie (Jack Quaid), and the rest of their gang as they wreak havoc on the twisted supes that the world sees as heroes, and it promises to be violent, foul-mouthed, and hilariously dark. After the reveal that Pegg would be appearing in the show as Hughie’s father, we sat down to talk about what fans can expect from his new character on the show.

Related: The Boys TV Show Casts Simon Pegg As Hughie’s Father

SR: So, obviously this was a big reveal for The Boys today. Can we ask now how big your part in the show is?

Simon Pegg: I’m a guest role. I think I’m in a few episodes, and it was something that we really wanted to do from the off. When the show became a reality, they were very kind to get in contact when Jack was cast and say ‘maybe you can be in the show’. And I think I suggested that maybe I could play Hughie’s father or something.

SR: So it was your idea?

Simon Pegg: Well, I can’t remember, but I feel like I did say that! Whether or not they had already had the character in mind I’m not sure, because he certainly… he serves a real purpose in the show. He’s not in the comic book, but I think in the show he represents the possibility of Hughie not taking action. And the show begins with this terrible tragedy that happens to Hugie and he has two choices; he can stay on the sofa with Dad like every Campbell man has in the past, or he can actually change his life.

And so, as a sort of visual representation of Hughie’s possible destiny, the Dad works really well as a character.

SR: And do we see any of Hughie’s Mom?

Simon Pegg: No, she passed away, so it’s just Hughie and Dad, and they have a very sweet relationship. That picture that you saw of us, the family shot, is very much prior to A-Train doing what he does. They have a very sweet little… you know they are just father and son, and he’s still got his toys in his bedroom, and they live together, and Dad dotes on him. He’s a nice guy, he’s just very ineffectual.

SR: How do you feel about the fact that in the comics, obviously Hughie is Scottish and now we’re coming over to the US for this series? Are you going to be an English Dad or are you going to do the American accent?

Simon Pegg: Well, we talked about this, and I think what happened was initially I was going to play Hughie’s Dad as Scottish in reference to the comic book, but then we decided in a way that if Hughie was used to a British accent of any kind, it would make Butcher less alien to him, in a way. Because Butcher’s got to feel like he’s from a completely different world, you know, and so he has this rough Cockney accent, and so we thought ok, let’s make them American. So I play Hughie’s father as American.

SR: Which other character are you most excited about? Which one is your favorite, either in the comics or the show… is it the same one?

Simon Pegg: I was just really happy to see the Supes, you know! When I did my first scene it was quite early on in the shoot and not all of the Boys had actually arrived. I hadn’t met Karen [Fukahara] or anybody and I was kind of like, really wanting to see some superheroes. And then when I came back to shoot some more scenes later on I got to see A-Train, and pictures of the other ones, and it was just really great to see them in 3D! But the one that I saw that was a full on ‘there he is, right in front of me’ superhero was a real treat.

SR: Do you think that this show is going to be particularly appealing to people who are maybe getting a little of that so-called ‘superhero fatigue’?

Simon Pegg: Yeah, I think that in a weird way, as a satire on superheroism, that’s kind of the least of what this show is, in a way. It’s a broader satire about the notion of power and celebrity, and it just so happens that the subjects of that particular analysis are superheroes in this show. We do, obviously, satirize superhero culture a little bit, and people might enjoy the parallels to other known superheroes that The Boys delights in. But at the same time, you know, it’s still a superhero show, I think it’s just a welcome change of tone, for sure. But it’s not like, I don’t think it’s sneering at its roots in any way. In the great tradition of comics like The Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns, it’s kind of a slightly skewed version of that world, no less reverent.

SR: And other than yourself, because obviously your character doesn’t exist in the comics, were there any other major changes that surprised you, going in as a fan? At least, I am assuming you are a fan!

Simon Pegg: I am, yes! Everything that I saw, I really really liked, and I appreciate the importance, when making an adaptation, of not being too slavish. You can tie yourself in knots by being desperate to please, and I think that the best thing you can do with a story that first appeared in 2008 sis to make sure that it feels relevant in 2018. So they’ve done everything they can to do that. So the changes that I saw felt completely in keeping with the spirit of the comic book, and I know that’s what Garth Ennis really wanted as well, and Darick Robertson (the artist). And so as long as they maintain the kind of mission statement of it I’m happy to see it change. It must change, in the same way that The Walking Dead as a comic book is very different to the series, but it still has its own personality. TV is a different medium, you know, and it should have its own identity.

SR: And finally, I think we have time for one more, so given that you know the works of Garth Ennis, would you think that The Pro would be an interesting thing to be adapted next? And would you like to appear in that one, if it did?

Simon Pegg: [LAUGHS] I think anything he does is always… I think Garth kind of writes specifically to try and challenge people not to adapt… as if to say ‘alright, adapt that then!’. You know, things that just seem completely unadaptable. So, yes, I would always be happy to be involved in anything that Garth does, I’ve been a fan a long time, so yeah.

And, now they’ve done Preacher and now this, I think it’s paved the way for pretty much anything he does to appear in some form, you know, however mental. I shouldn’t say that, it’s the wrong word to say.

SR: Well, it’s a very British word.

Simon Pegg: [CHUCKLES] Yeah. So – who knows, you might have started a rumor – this is how these things start!

Next: Everything We Know About Preacher Season 4

The Boys is expected to premiere on Amazon in early 2019.



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2018-10-10 01:10:06 – Rose Moore

15 Sitcoms That Became Massive Hits (And 15 That Completely Flopped)

There are many forms of entertainment, but television is one of the most popular. Watching TV has been a popular pastime ever since the television was created in 1927. Programs can often bring families together or can even give people an escape from reality while they binge-watch their new favorite show. People used to have to pay for cable to watch their favorite shows, but now, watching TV is easier than ever with the mass amount of streaming services that have become available, such as Hulu and Netflix.

Some of the best shows are even exclusive to streaming services such as these. Even YouTube has expanded to include TV shows that come in a variety of genres. Needless to say, there is now a seemingly endless amount of programming that will entertain anybody and everybody.

Much like movies, there are a wide variety of TV shows and genres to pick from. TV networks seem to come out with a variety of different shows each year including sitcoms. While a network might release a few different sitcoms each year, a lot of them seem to flop and be forever forgotten by viewers. Other sitcoms stick around for several years resulting in many seasons worth of laughs.

Some of these shows have stuck around longer than they probably should have, but others were so terrible that they were canceled after only one season.

 Here are the 15 Sitcoms That Became Massive Hits (And 15 That Completely Flopped). 

30 Massive Hit: The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory may have not launched any of the main actors acting careers, but the show certainly boosted them into the spotlight. The Big Bang Theory came on the air in 2007 thanks to creators Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady. The show centers around a group of geeky and socially awkward friends who hang out with a waitress named Penny.

The show has become incredibly popular during its twelve seasons on the air, with many celebrities making cameos on the show.

The Big Bang Theory became so popular that it even received a spinoff about a young Sheldon Cooper.

29 Flopped: Caveman

The Cavemen were a popular marketing image used by the auto insurance company GEICO starting in 2004. While people don’t see a lot of the Cavemen anymore, they used to be incredibly popular. ABC thought they were so popular that they should launch a sitcom featuring the GEICO Cavemen.

The show was a massive failure with viewers and critics and was therefore canceled after one season. Thirteen episodes were created for the first season; however, only six of them aired in the U.S. Caveman was such a flop that it didn’t even get a DVD release to try and make some money back. 

28 Massive Hit: Friends

Friends was a massive win for NBC and ran for ten years from 1994 to 2004. The show just follows the lives of six friends living in Manhattan, but many people loved the idea of the show.

Friends was, and still is, adored by fans and critics. The show even landed the #24 spot on the Writers Guild of America West’s 101 Best Written TV Series. The sitcom did a lot for all of the actors involved in the series, but is often considered a turning point for Jennifer Aniston’s career. 

27 Flopped: Ferris Bueller

John Hughes’ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off starring Matthew Broderick was a hit back in 1986. Fans still love the movie to this day and even launched a “Ferris Fest” in Chicago to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the movie. While the film was successful, the TV series was not.

The show titled Ferris Bueller followed Ferris and his friends’ everyday life at high school. What made the first movie fun was that Ferris wasn’t in school, but NBC apparently didn’t get that since they picked up the series in the ‘90s. The show didn’t bring back any of the original cast members and ended after one season. 

26 Massive Hit: That ‘70s Show

When That ‘70s Show first came on the air, there was no guarantee that the show would succeed. The show starred primarily new young actors, with little to no acting experience. That ‘70s Show was even the very first acting job for Ashton Kutcher, Topher Grace, and Laura Prepon. Thankfully, the risk paid off for Fox and became a massive hit.

The series lasted for eight seasons from 1998 to 2006. Besides, Kutcher, Grace, and Prepon, the show also starred Mila Kunis, Danny Masterson, and Wilmer Valderrama. The cast did a phenomenal job for a total of 200 episodes, and then went on to have even more enriching careers in Hollywood. 

25 Flopped: That ‘80s Show

While That ‘70s Show was a massive hit, the success could not be repeated for That ‘80s Show. Even when Fox was still broadcasting new episodes of That ‘70s Show, they created a show about the ‘80s in 2002.

The show isn’t a direct sequel to the first show and the only way it connects to That ‘70s Show is that the main character, Corey Howard, is supposed to be Eric Forman’s cousin.

The show was created because of the popularity of That ‘70s Show, but people just weren’t interested in another show about a different decade. 

24 Massive Hit: The Office

The original The Office debuted on the BBC in 2001 and only stuck around for two seasons and a Christmas special. The concept for the show, however, was adapted eight different times for countries across the world.

One of the more popular versions of The Office came in 2005. The show starred Steve Carell as Michael Scott and John Krasinski as Jim Halpert. These two men have probably had the biggest career after the show ended, but the entire cast made a memorable group of characters that kept fans laughing for nine seasons. 

23 Flopped: George

George Foreman may be known for his impressive boxing career or even the famous George Foreman Grill, but he also got his own TV show in the ‘90s. The show ran for ten episodes, only nine of which actually ended up on the air. The show starred Foreman as a retired boxer who took care of troubled kids after school.

While Foreman’s show may have flopped, there is no doubt denying he was an impressive boxer especially since he won a gold medal in the 1968 Mexico City Summer Olympics. 

22 Massive Hit: How I Met Your Mother

How I Met Your Mother was a romantic comedy that aired on CBS from 2005 to 2014. The show centered around Ted Mosby, who would narrate the adventures that led up to him meeting his wife.

Apart from Ted, played by Josh Radnor, the series had several other memorable characters played by Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, and Alyson Hannigan. While the majority of the series was met with critical acclaim, the final two seasons are often criticized for the way it wrapped up the show. A spinoff titled How I Met Your Dad or How I Met Your Father have been in development before, but the spinoff has had some trouble taking off. 

21 Flopped: 1600 Penn

NBC has had some hits over the years, but 1600 Penn was not one of them. The series was about a dysfunctional family who lived in the White House with their father.

Bill Pullman played the President of the United States starring alongside with Josh Gad, Jenna Elfman, and Martha MacIsaac. The show ultimately didn’t do well with critics who slammed the show for having too many sitcom stereotypes and being a failed parody attempt of The West Wing. The show was canceled after one season and people aren’t really begging NBC to bring it back. 

20 Massive Hit: Brooklyn Nine-Nine

There has always been an abundance of cop dramas on TV, but not as many cop sitcoms. Brooklyn Nine-Nine stars the singer of the comedy band The Lonely Island Andy Samberg, as well as Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, and Stephanie Beatriz.

In May, Fox decided to cancel the show, but the very next day, NBC picked it up and renewed it for a sixth season.

So far, Brooklyn Nine-Nine has won two Golden Globes, two Primetime Emmy Awards, and has been nominated for several other awards.

19 Flopped: Dads

The show Dads was created by Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild and premiered on Fox in 2013. Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi starred as two video game developers whose fathers move in with them. Not only was the show canceled after only one season, but it also got ripped apart by critics.

The series became known for depending on offensive gags to get laughs and having an array of unlikable characters. Along with Green and Ribisi, Brenda Song and Vanessa Lachey had recurring roles on the show.

18 Massive Hit: Modern Family

Modern Family is about three different families living in Los Angeles. Much like The Office, Modern Family was created as a mockumentary type sitcom. The series was created in 2009 and is still running on ABC. The show has won an impressive 21 Primetime Emmy Awards, which is partly because of the incredible cast.

Actors such as Ed O’Neil, Sofía Vergara, Ty Burrell, and Eric Stonestreet are some of the many talented people in the cast. While the series has been a massive hit so far, there are rumors that the show could be ending after season 10. 

17 Flopped: My Big Fat Greek Life

It isn’t every day that a romantic comedy will spawn its own TV show, but it certainly happens. My Big Fat Greek Wedding came out in 2002 and starred Nia Vardalos and John Corbett.

The movie revolved around the struggles that Vardalos’ character Toula had by marrying someone who wasn’t Greek. The TV series took place after the first film and starred Vardalos, but Corbett did not return. At first, the series had incredible ratings, but by the second episode, people had started to tune out, which led to CBS canceling the show. 

16 Massive Hit: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia 

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia was created by Rob McElhenney in 2005 and is currently still running on FXX. The comedy is about five friends who run an Irish Bar in Philadelphia. McElhenney stars in the show alongside fellow comedians Charlie Day, Danny Devito, Kaitlin Olson, and Glenn Howerton. The show began with low ratings, which is why FX forced the show to add a big name actor.

Devito was added to the cast and they haven’t looked back since. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has received critical acclaim since the beginning, and now thirteen seasons later, it has become one of the longest-running live action comedies ever. 

15 Flopped: Joey

Many fans were disappointed to see Friends go off the air in 2004. While most of the cast moved on to other acting roles, one friend stuck around to try and get more laughs for NBC.

After Friends ended, Matt LeBlanc played Joey Tribbiani in the spinoff show titled Joey.

The show saw Joey move on with his life and try to make it big in Hollywood as an actor. The show couldn’t live up to the success that NBC saw with the first series and it was ultimately canceled after two seasons. 

14 Massive Hit: Arrested Development 

Arrested Development has been bringing on the laughs ever since the first episode aired in 2003. The show originally ran for three seasons on Fox but was then later picked up by Netflix. Netflix released season four in 2013 and the first half of season five this year.

The show truly has an ensemble cast, including actors Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi, and Will Arnett. Tony Hale and David Cross also have the fan-favorite roles of Buster Bluth and Tobias Fünke. The entire series can be found on Netflix. 

13 Flopped: Bad Judge

While shows like Judge Judy or The People’s Court may be hilarious already, NBC set out to make an actual sitcom about a judge in 2014.

Kate Walsh stars as Judge Rebecca Wright, who works at the Los Angeles County Circuit Court by day, but is a party animal by night. NBC canceled the show before the season had even gotten halfway through, although the rest of the series came on the air as planned. Most people gave the show negative reviews, mainly criticizing Walsh’s performance and the fact that the show just wasn’t funny. 

12 Massive Hit: Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation, or simply Parks and Rec., was a massive hit for a couple different reasons. Not only was the show a sitcom, but it doubled as political satire and a mockumentary.

The show ran for a total of seven seasons, but for many people, that wasn’t enough. Parks and Rec. had an incredible cast and memorable characters that only got more hilarious as the series continued. This show most notably included Chris Pratt who has recently blown up in Hollywood, starring in many massive summer blockbusters. 

11 Flopped: Mulaney

John Mulaney is no doubt a funny guy. He is a stand-up comedian and even wrote on Saturday Night Live; however, the sitcom he created in 2014 couldn’t grab people’s attention. The show starred Mulaney himself as a comedian in New York. However, people were concerned about the show before it even came on the air.

The show had an obvious resemblance to Seinfeld and concerns were solidified when the show premiered. With Mulaney doing poorly with critics and with not a lot of people tuning in, the show was canceled after only one season.

10 Massive Hit: Community

Community’s premise centers on Jeff Winger, who is a lawyer who lied about having a bachelor’s degree and is forced to attend a community college. Community lasted for six seasons, five of which aired on NBC and the last on Yahoo! Screen.

The show became a massive hit not just because of the impressive writing team, but because of its cast.

Veteran comedian Chevy Chase stars in the show alongside actors like Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, and Donald Glover. The show also succeeded by parodying several television and movie clichés. 

9 Flopped: Rob

Some actors have a certain time in the spotlight before they fall out of it completely. Fans have seen this happen with Adam Sandler, despite his attempt to stay relevant, and also with his friend and co-worker Rob Schneider.

Schneider attempted to make a sitcom back in 2012 simply titled Rob and CBS actually picked it up. The show focused on Rob, a former bachelor who works as a landscape architect with OCD and who recently got married. Rob was canceled after eight episodes once the show was flooded with horrible reviews pointing out the show’s use of Mexican stereotypes and the weak supporting cast. 

8 Massive Hit: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Before Will Smith was a massive Hollywood star, he starred in a show on NBC called The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The show was a huge hit and spawned a total of six seasons and 148 episodes. Will Smith starred as a fictionalized version of himself who goes to live with his Aunt and Uncle in Bel-Air after he gets into one little fight and his mom gets scared. We all know how the rest of the story goes.

Besides Smith, the show is known for the talented cast members, the unique story, and the wide range of celebrity cameos.

7 Flopped: AfterMASH

After the show M*A*S*H ended, CBS came out with AfterMASH. Adequately titled, AfterMASH centered around Colonel Potter, Sergeant Klinger, and Father Mulch who end up in a veteran’s hospital after the Korean War ended.

While M*A*S*H did quite well for the eleven seasons it was on the air, AfterMASH only lasted two seasons before getting canceled. AfterMASH just couldn’t capture what made the first show great, but that didn’t stop CBS from trying again. The TV network would try again in 1984 with WALTER, but thankfully that show didn’t even get picked up. 

6 Massive Hit: The Middle

The Middle was just an average show about a lower middle-class family, yet it still became a massive hit. The series was created by Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline, who previously worked on shows like Roseanne and Murphy Brown.

The show was praised for accurately capturing the lives of a middle-class family while still delivering a hilarious story and unique characters. The Middle lasted for nine seasons before going off the air this year. While the show might be over, a spinoff revolving around Eden Sher’s character Sue Heck is currently in the works. 

5 Flopped: Angel From Hell

Those who don’t remember the sitcom Angel From Hell will be forgiven since the show wasn’t really anything to write home about. In the show Angel From Hell, Jane Lynch stars as a guardian angel for a girl named Allison, who was played by Maggie Lawson.

The show came after Lynch starred in the massively popular Glee, yet Angel From Hell didn’t get as big of a fan base.

The show was canceled by CBS after only five episodes at the beginning of 2016. While CBS didn’t initially air the remaining eight episodes, the rest of the season was released starting in July 2016. 

4 Massive Hit: Two and a Half Men

Even though Two and a Half Men often got mixed reviews, it was still a massive hit for CBS. The show ran for twelve seasons before going off the air, but the show started with Jon Cryer, Charlie Sheen, and a young Angus T. Jones.

There was a lot of drama surrounding the show, especially after Sheen’s crazed antics, but the show continued never the less. After a feud with show co-creator Chuck Lorre, Sheen was replaced on the show with Ashton Kutcher. Kutcher stayed on for the rest of the series until the show ended in 2015. 

3 Flopped: I Hate My Teenage Daughter

Another one of Fox’s TV shows that flopped was called I Hate My Teenage Daughter. The show was about a pair of moms, played by Jaime Pressly and Katie Finneran, who began to notice that their daughters were turning into the kind of teenagers who had bullied them in high school.

The show began its thirteen episode run in November 2011 and ended it in May 2012. After Fox decided to cancel the show, the remaining six episodes were never released in the U.S., but based on viewership, nobody was really watching anyway.

2 Massive Hit: Seinfeld

Created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the show Seinfeld began in 1989 and lasted for nine seasons. The show was about a fictionalized version of Jerry Seinfeld who lived in New York and spent time with his friends. The show is often called one of the greatest sitcoms ever made and even landed the #2 spot on the Writers Guild of America West’s 101 Best Written TV Series.

Many shows have since tried to copy Seinfeld’s success, but none have been as original as this NBC hit. 

1 Flopped: My Mother the Car

As strange as it sounds, My Mother the Car was an actual sitcom back in the ‘60s. The show follows David Crabtree, who purchases a car that happens to be a reincarnation of his mother who passed away.

The show aired on NBC and starred Dick Van Dyke’s little brother Jerry, but even the Van Dyke gene couldn’t save the show. My Mother the Car was as strange as it was horrible, and not very many people cared for the show. NBC decided to cancel the program after just one season. 

Are there any other sitcoms that should have made the list? Sound off in the comments!



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2018-10-07 04:10:06 – Christopher Fiduccia

6 Casting Decisions That Hurt It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (And 14 That Saved It)

There are sitcoms that everyone loves, and then there’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia — a series which has managed to turn off many with its despicable characters and depraved sense of humor. From faking cancer to trying to eat a homeless person, there are no depths that are too low for the owners of Paddy’s Pub. But you don’t get to thirteen seasons without making a few fans in the process.

While It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia might not pull in the biggest numbers, the show has maintained such a rabid following over the years that one has to wonder if they’ve accidentally gotten there hands on some raccoon meat. But the more likely scenario is that many people have just as twisted of a sense of humor as the makers of this FX series.

The sitcom was created by Rob McElhenney with the help of Glenn Howerton and Charlie Day, who would go on to portray Mac, Dennis, and Charlie on the series. Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito fill out the rest of the main cast as Dee and Frank Reynolds, and for over the last decade, fans have been happily following the bizarre misadventures of the Gang. Of course, it’s impossible to imagine anyone else in these leading roles. With over 130 episodes, there has been no shortage of supporting characters and celebrity cameo, some of which have been a lot better than others.

Here are 6 Casting Decisions That Hurt It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (And 14 That Saved It).

20 Saved: Glenn Howerton as Dennis Reynolds

In a sea of despicable characters, Dennis Reynolds has slowly revealed himself to be the most reprehensible of them all. Dennis may have begun the series as one of the more sensible members of the Gang — albeit one with an extremely short fuse, but he’s slowly revealed himself to be a cool and calculated sociopath. One who also happens to have a heavy side of narcissistic personality disorder.

While Glenn Howerton didn’t want to name the character after himself for fear of people drawing an unwelcome comparison, that hasn’t stopped Howerton from taking the character to some extremely dark places. He’s more than a little convincing when he lays out one of his manipulative plans. While his temper tantrums may be over-the-top, you never doubt the authenticity of the rage and frustration Howerton has embedded into his performance.

19 Saved: Mary Elizabeth Ellis as The Waitress

One of the most prominent recurring characters on It’s Always Sunny, the Waitress has been a part of the series since the very beginning. She is the unrequited love interest of Charlie throughout the majority of the show — though it seems like the tables have turned in recent episodes.

The Waitress is portrayed by Mary Elizabeth Ellis, who had previously worked with Charlie Day on an episode of Reno 911! The two were married shortly after It’s Always Sunny began, adding another layer of hilarity to the dysfunctional relationship between the two characters on screen.

Ellis fully commits to her performance as the down-on-her-luck waitress.

She’s an example of the tight-knit community working behind-the-scenes that has made the series such a success.

18 Hurt: Jason Sudeikis as Schmitty

While sitcoms usually lend themselves well to celebrity cameos, It’s Always Sunny has created such a distinct world that more often than not these cameos end up feeling out of place. There have been a few instances where they’ve managed to pull them off. Josh Groban popping up in one of Dee’s fantasies seemed fitting, and Dax Shepard manages to blend in fairly well into the episodes where Mac and Charlie join a cult.

In the case of Jason Sudeikis and a number of other celebrities, the cameos just end up coming across as distracting. There’s nothing inherently wrong with Jason Sudeikis playing Schmitty — an ex-member of the Gang who makes an unexpected return. The whole time, you never forget that you’re watching Sudeikis, which just doesn’t work for the tone of the series.

17 Saved: Mary Lynn Rajskub as Gail the Snail

Though she’s only appeared in three episodes of the series to date, Gail the Snail is definitely one of those side characters that we’d like to see more of. She first appeared back in the season five episode “The Gang Gives Frank an Intervention”, where she is the clingy cousin of Dennis and Dee who talks with a lisp and has the disgusting habit of slurping her saliva. Dennis and Dee have found that the only way to get rid of her is to dust her with salt, hence her nickname of Gail the Snail.

The character is portrayed by the talented Mary Lynn Rajskub, who is best known for playing Chloe O’Brian on 24.

This is undeniably a very different character, and it’s impressive just how committed Rajskub is to playing someone so hilariously obnoxious.

16 Saved: David Hornsby as Cricket

The Gang has dragged their fair share of individuals down into the dirt with them, but none are more apparent than Rickety Cricket. Portrayed by David Hornsby, Cricket is a former classmate of the Gang who was once infatuated with Dee. He debuted in season two as a clean-cut priest who has slowly transformed into the addicted hobo that we have today.

Hornsby has been such a prominent member of the show that last season he was given his own episode with “A Cricket’s Tale”, which cleverly intertwined the character’s other brief appearances throughout the season into the story. Hornsby has also been a big part of the show behind-the-scenes as well, serving as an executive producer and a writer of nearly 30 episodes.

15 Hurt: Brian Unger as The Attorney

It’s Always Sunny has a number of supporting characters who re-emerge every few seasons, only to be dragged down by the shenanigans of the Gang once again. Brian Unger plays one such character with the Attorney, who the Gang often visits for legal advice only to contradict everything the lawyer has to say.

As a former correspondent of The Daily Show, Unger is really good at playing the straight man.

In fact, he’s too good, which makes it hard to believe that he would put up with these self-centered, narcissistic characters for more than a few episodes. Often, these supporting characters are revealed to be a little bit off in their own right, but Unger is just too normal to make his character mesh with the series.

14 Saved: Danny DeVito as Frank Reynolds

Danny DeVito first popped up in season two of It’s Always Sunny, and his casting as Frank Reynolds quite literally saved the series. While the higher-ups at FX reportedly loved the first season, not enough people were watching to warrant a second outing. McElhenney, Howerton, and Day were given the ultimatum to add a bigger name or face cancellation. While they worried how DeVito would fit into the series, the veteran actor has more than proven himself as a worthy member of the Gang.

The insane things that DeVito will do for the character are a testament to the actor’s commitment. Even more impressive is how you never feel like you’re watching a performance. DeVito becomes Frank Reynolds. Even when he’s not delivering lines, just watching him futz about in the background is already hilarious enough.

13 Saved: Charlie Day as Charlie Kelly

It’s Always Sunny has turned all of its leading actors into stars, but Charlie Day is the biggest breakout of them all. Since appearing on the show, Day has worked on a number of hit films, including Horrible Bosses, Pacific Rim, and The Lego Movie.

His star power has no doubt helped the show remain on the air for so long.

Thanks to Day’s performance and musical talents, the character of Charlie has no shortage of memorable moments. Bird law aside, Charlie may be the least intelligent member of the Gang. In a lot of ways, he’s the heart of the show. Charlie certainly has his share of questionable moments, but they often stem from ignorance rather than malice, which set him apart from the other employees of Paddy’s Pub.

12 Hurt: Sean “Diddy” Combs as Dr. Jinx

Whenever Sean “Diddy” Combs pops up in a movie or TV show, he often plays a fictionalized version of himself. In It’s Always Sunny, he plays the unorthodox Dr. Jinx who utilizes alternative methods to treat his patients.

Not only is the cameo distracting, but Combs’ performance is pretty flat. It almost seems like the actor is reading off cue cards, and when Dr. Jinx is seen playing the bass guitar during a musical performance at Paddy’s Pub, it’s pretty obvious that Combs isn’t actually playing. The rapper may have stolen the show as Sergio in Get Him to the Greek, but whatever worked for him on that movie isn’t back on display in the sitcom.

11 Saved: Artemis Pebdani as Artemis

Artemis is one of the few supporting characters who can actually hang with the Gang without her life coming apart at the seams. She first appeared up in season one, where she befriends Dee after the two meet in an acting class. She’s also had a relationship without Frank throughout her time in the series.

The character is portrayed by Artemis Pebdani, who landed the role right at the start of her professional acting career.

While she’s continued to reprise her part as the fun-loving and wild Artemis, the actress has enjoyed success in a number of other shows, including Scandal and Masters of Sex. Though a number of supporting characters seem to have fallen off in recent years, Artemis has already popped up this season with “The Gang Beats Boggs: Ladies Reboot”.

10 Saved: Lynne Marie Stewart and Sandy Martin as Charlie and Mac’s Moms

Every since Danny DeVito debuted as Frank Reynolds, it was abundantly clear why Dennis and Dee are they way that they are. After all, Frank is just as self-absorbed and conniving as the twins. In that respect, we’ve also gotten to see how Mac and Charlie are a result of their childhoods by getting to know their moms over the course of the series.

Lynne Marie Stewart does a perfect job of playing Charlie’s mom, a kind-hearted woman who was far too overprotective of her son — which explains Charlie’s numerous irrational fears. Meanwhile, Sandy Martin is the total opposite, as Mac’s mom doesn’t seem emotionally invested in her son at all — which explains Mac’s constant desire for approval. Together, the two are a perfect comedy duo, which is on full display in “Old Lady House: A Comedy Situation”.

9 Hurt: Seann William Scott as Country Mac

In season nine, Seann William Scott made a one episode appearance as Mac’s cousin — who the Gang deems far cooler than Mac. Just like Jason Sudeikis as Schmitty, this is another star cameo that can’t help but feel distracting. Scott has made a career playing characters who are too cool for school thanks to movies like American Pie and Role Models. That might seem like he’s the ideal fit for Country Mac.

Wouldn’t it have been even funnier if the Gang idolized a character for no other reason than to get under Mac’s skin?

With the success of It’s Always Sunny, we’re sure that they could have a star cameo every few episodes. Since they’re kept to a bare minimum, it seems that even they know these roles can be a bit ostentatious.

8 Saved: Jimmi Simpson and Nate Mooney as Liam and Ryan McPoyle

The McPoyles are the perfect example of just how dark and twisted the humor on It’s Always Sunny can actually get. They are a large inbred family with the two most prominent members, Liam and Ryan, being former classmates of the Gang. They popped up in a number of episodes between seasons one and nine, where they’re often at odds with the owners of Paddy’s Pub.

Liam and Ryan are played by Jimmi Simpson and Nate Mooney throughout their time on the show. Both fully commit to the unsettling nature of these characters. They might be creepy, but that doesn’t stop them from being a hilarious comedy duo. Our only complaint is that they’ve been absent from the series for the last few seasons.

7 Saved: Catherine Reitman as Maureen Ponderosa

One of the weirdest characters in all of It’s Always Sunny, Maureen Ponderosa is the ex-wife of Dennis Reynolds who slowly makes her transition into becoming a cat in the later episodes of the show. Much like Rickety Cricket, her transition from seemingly normal to totally unhinged takes place over the course of a few seasons — better-allowing audiences to buy into the ridiculousness of it all.

Catherine Reitman seems totally devoted to this outlandish and often unsettling performance.

Since appearing on the show, Reitman’s notoriety has only continued to grow. She currently plays the lead on Workin’ Moms — a show which she also created — along with popping up as another recurring character in Black-ish.

6 Hurt: Guillermo del Toro as Pappy McPoyle

Writer/ director Guillermo del Toro was apparently such a big fan of It’s Always Sunny, that it was one of the reasons he cast Charlie Day in Pacific Rim. In return, del Toro was given this cameo appearance as Pappy McPoyle — who is most likely the grandfather of Liam and Ryan.

One problem right off the bat is that del Toro was cast to play someone who is most likely from Ireland— a fact which the director himself made fun of in a behind-the-scenes interview. This may have been the reason that Pappy McPoyle was given such an over-the-top appearance, which is really the worst part of the character. The McPoyle’s are indeed odd and unsettling, but they’re still somewhat believable.Pappy McPoyle, on the other hand, looks like some deranged wizard who has no place in the series.

5 Saved: Wade Boggs as Himself

The best episodes of It’s Always Sunny usually finds the Gang confined to a single area, where their personalities can do nothing but bounce off the walls and wreak havoc on themselves and anyone in their vicinity. This is what makes “The Gang Beats Boggs” one of the best episodes in the series.

The episode finds the five Philadelphia natives trying to beat Wade Boggs’ record of consuming 70 drinks during a cross-country flight.

While the Gang’s antics are usually based on nothing but nonsense, this true story only adds another level of hilarity to the episodes. The cherry on top is a brief appearance by Wade Boggs himself. In an interview, Charlie Day said that not only was Boggs happy to participate in the episode, but that his real-life record was a lot more impressive than previously thought.

4 Saved: Michael Naughton as the Waiter

Michael Naughton first appeared up in “The Gang Dines Out,” where he is a server at one of the finest restaurants in Philadelphia. He’s crossed paths with the Gang a number of times since, and every time the Waiter emerges worse for wear.

Just this season, Naughton appeared in “The Gang Beats Boggs: Ladies Reboot,” where he is now working as a flight attendant. Once again, the Waiter tries to get the Gang to acknowledge how they’ve sabotaged him in the past. But once again, the Gang can’t remember who he is.

Naughton plays the Waiter with a kind of obsessive desperation beneath his everyman facade; he seems like someone who really would let the Gang get the better of him. He’s also the kind of supporting character that rewards loyal fans every time he pops back up.

3 Hurt: Stephen Collins as Bruce Mathis

Stephen Collins popped up in season two and three of It’s Always Sunny, where he played Bruce Mathis, the biological father of Dennis and Dee. Bruce invests most of his time and money helping out various charities around the world, making him a polar opposite of his children. This also made Collins — who was best known for playing Reverend Eric Camden on 7th Heaven — seem like an ideal fit for the part.

In the years since, Collins has both been accused and admitted to being an abuser. The actor has obviously not appeared on the show since, but going back and watching these episodes with Collins can be more than a little discomfiting.

2 Saved: Kaitlin Olson as Dee Reynolds

With Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, and Glenn Howerton working on the show right from the very beginning, the actors were afforded the opportunity to mold their characters as they saw fit. However, the character of Dee Reynolds was developed before an actress was cast, and she was originally meant to be the Gang’s voice of reason.

Thankfully, Kaitlin Olson nabbed the role, and over time Dee became just as hilariously pathetic as the other members of the Gang.

Being a former member of The Groundlings, Olson clearly had talent as a comedic performer — which might also explain why Dee fancies herself as a bit of an improv comic. The actress isn’t afraid to make Dee as embarrassing as possible, which adds an element of cringe-comedy to the show that’s not found in the other characters.

1 Saved: Rob McElhenney as Mac

Without Rob McElhenney, there would be no It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The struggling actor/writer decided to put plans for the series into motion after a number of other projects fell through. With the help of Glenn Howerton and Charlie Day, McElhenney made a short episode of the series, which he used to pitch the sitcom. Over a decade later, McElhenney still serves as an executive produces while continuing to write a number of episodes.

As far as his role of Mac is concerned, McElhenney isn’t afraid to take the character in different directions.

He put on a whopping 50 pounds for season seven and Mac finally came out of the closet for good last year — just a few of the many ways McElhenney has kept the show feeling fresh after thirteen seasons.

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2018-10-07 02:10:26 – Dylan Dembrow

BoJack Horseman Cast Guide: All The Celebrity Voices You’ll Hear In Season 5

BoJack Horseman season 5 is finally on Netflix, bringing back the incredible voice cast (including several surprise returns), as well as some new characters and celebrity guests. The show has always stood apart for the range of talent it gets in every level of the series, and the new run is no different.

What is different in BoJack Horseman season 5 is the mental state of its main character. BoJack is the star of new streaming series Philbert, a hard-boiled detective show riffing on many a Peak TV critical darling (most pointedly True Detective), something that gives him a rare sense of stability. However, that only leads to introspection and the dark secrets of his past bubble up. This happens as Todd climbs the corporate ranks, Diane and Mr. Peanutbutter deal with separation while working on the same show, and Princess Carolyn juggles the professional and personal. It’s a season about relationships and the lines between our different lives.

Read: Our BoJack Horseman Season 5 Review

But, for all the existential fear, this is still a comedy. Yes, BoJack Horseman can be fun, especially when it’s bringing out an exciting array of fresh and familiar voices. Here’s everybody you’ll meet in season 5.

BoJack Horseman Season 5’s Main Voice Cast

Will Arnett as BoJack Horseman: The show’s lead is, of course, voiced by Will Arnett (Arrested Development, Lego Batman), although this time is less obsessed with his Horsin’ Around past and more his darker actions around that.

Aaron Paul as Todd Chavez: Master of the wacky-scheme, Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad, Need For Speed) voices Todd. Now living with Princess Carolyn, Todd’s season 5 adventures involve asexuality and ad sales.

Alison Brie as Diane Nguyen: Dealing with a life apart from Mr. Peanutbutter, Alison Brie’s (Community, Glow) Diane is trying to find purpose while dealing with BoJack’s secrets.

Paul F. Tompkins as Mr. Peanutbutter: Paul F. Tompkins (Best Week Ever) returns as Mr. Peanutbutter, who is dealing with a new girlfriend and new show.

Amy Sedaris as Princess Carolyn: Played by Amy Sedaris (Elf, Snow White in Shrek), Princess Carolyn is settling into her new role as producer and looking to adopt.

BoJack Horseman Season 5’s New Voice Cast

Stephanie Beatriz as Gina Cazador: Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Stephanie Beatriz jumps to animation to play Gina, BoJack’s Philbert co-star and love interest.

Rami Malek as Flip McVicker: Mr. Robot‘s Rami Malek becomes a regular on BoJack Horseman after a brief appearance last season. He plays Philbert writer Flip, sounding very different to how he will in November’s Bohemian Rhapsody.

Hong Chau – Pickles: Pickles is the waitress at BoJack’s restaurant and Mr. Peanutbutter’s new girlfriend, voice by Hong Chau (best known for Inherent Vice and Downsizing).

BoJack Horseman Season 5’s Returning Supporting Voice Cast

Aparna Nancherla as Hollyhock: BoJack’s half-sister makes a short return, once again played by stand-up Aparna Nancherla.

Angela Bassett as Ana Spanikopita: BoJack’s awards manager Ana is back briefly, seeing Angela Bassett return to the show after a summer of blockbusters (Black Panther and Mission: Impossible – Fallout).

Natalie Morales as Yolanda Buenaventura: Todd’s asexual girlfriend accompanies him for some of the series, with Natalie Morales reprising her role.

Abbi Jacobson as Emily: Todd’s ex, Emily, also has a role to play, voiced again by Broad City co-creator Abbi Jacobson.

Adam Conover as A Ryan Seacrest Type: Adam Conover typically ruins everything, but not BoJack! His Ryan Seacrest Type returns, albeit without that name acknowledgment.

Margo Martindale as Character Actress Margo Martindale: You surely recognize Character Actress Margo Martindale

Kimiko Glenn as Stefani Stilton: Diane’s boss at blog GirlCroosh, Orange is the New Black‘s Kimiko Glenn is back as Stefani.

Celebrity Guest Stars In BoJack Horseman Season 5

Bobby Cannavale as Vance Waggoner: Almost BoJack’s Philbert co-star until a string of controversy, that’s the incomparable Bobby Cannavale (Ant-Man, Vinyl) as Vance Waggoner.

Whoopi Goldberg as Mikayla: Whoopi Goldberg gets in a very small cameo as Princess Carolyn’s adoption seller who quickly disappears.

Laura Linney as Herself: In BoJack’s Hollywoo, Laura Linney is starring a film that parallels Diane’s trials (except it’s an action movie).

John Leguizamo as Yolanda’s Father: The sex-obsessed father of asexual Yolanda is played by John Leguizamo, an animation vet after Sid in Ice Age.

Eva Longoria as Yolanda’s Mother: Former Desperate Housewife Eva Longoria is desperate for Todd in the role of Yolanda’s mother.

Brian Tyree Henry as Cooper Thomas Rogers Wallace: Atlanta‘s Paper Boi appears in BoJack Horseman season 5 as Princess Carolyn’s teenage fling.

Daveed Diggs as Cooper Thomas Rogers Wallace Sr.: Head of an answering machine empire, Hamilton‘s Daveed Diggs is Cooper Thomas Rogers Wallace’s father.

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2018-09-14 12:09:20 – Alex Leadbeater

Netflix’s Norm Macdonald Has A Show Trailer Reveals Celebrity Guests

David Letterman, Drew Barrymore, M. Night Shyamalan and Judge Judy are among the celebrity guests who pop up in the trailer for Netflix’s Norm Macdonald Has a Show. The streaming service’s latest attempt at a talk show features former SNL regular Macdonald interviewing various celebs in what is sure to be incredibly irreverent and perhaps even provocative fashion.

Macdonald has become involved in a variety of entertainment endeavors over the course of his career, starting as a stand-up before moving on to SNL for a very controversial tenure, then to movies and sitcoms. In recent years Macdonald has taken his talents behind the desk for various incarnations of his own podcast/talk show, proving himself to be a highly unconventional and sometimes hilarious interviewer along the way. After a run on YouTube, Macdonald now moves over to Netflix, whose record with the talk show format has proven to be spotty at best.

Related: Is Anyone Watching Netflix’s Original Movies?

In the first trailer for Norm Macdonald Has a Show, Netflix teases the big-name celebrities set to sit down with – and perhaps square off against – the always unpredictable Macdonald. Macdonald’s old pal David Letterman is among the celebs set to be featured (of course Letterman has his own successful Netflix interview show). Judge Judy, Drew Barrymore, Chevy Chase and Michael Keaton also pop up in the new trailer which can be seen in the space below.

Some of the celebs set to be featured are fairly predictable, especially Letterman who has a long relationship with Macdonald. But others are somewhat surprising, including director Shyamalan and beloved TV personality Judge Judy. Chase is also an interesting addition to the roster of guests, considering his connection with Macdonald via SNL, and also the fact that Chase has become a legendarily cranky figure in his later years. Iconic movie star Jane Fonda too is set to appear with Macdonald. Previous reports said SNL creator Lorne Michaels would sit down on the show as well, but he is not featured in the trailer.

Format-wise this looks to be a fairly typical talk show effort, with Macdonald and his podcasting sidekick Adam Eget chatting with celebs. But of course, any time Macdonald is involved with anything, it’s safe to assume there will be some subversive and even off-putting elements mixed in along the way. Macdonald has a unique interviewing style that tends to be more free-flowing than what viewers normally get via late night hosts like Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel, leading to some bizarre conversations.

The big question is, will Norm Macdonald Has a Show catch on with Netflix viewers and lead to a long run of seasons? Netflix has made a charge into the world of talk shows in 2018 but the results have not been terrifically successful. David Letterman’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction and Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee have done well for the network in generating buzz, but talk show efforts by Michelle Wolf and Joel McHale were met with much less enthusiastic receptions. It’s possible the Netflix format just doesn’t work for traditional talk shows.

More: The Best Romantic Comedy Films On Netflix

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2018-09-07 12:09:11 – Dan Zinski