Adam Pally is coming back to primetime TV, assuming anyone can actually handle that

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Crazy shit tends to happen when Adam Pally manages to get onto a TV screen, whether it’s good crazy like the cult-success of Happy Endings, weird crazy like Making History, or very good crazy like his brief run on The Late late Show, and now Vulture is…

Adam Pally & Abby Elliott To Star In NBC Comedy Pilot ‘Uninsured’

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Happy Endings alum Adam Pally and Abby Elliott (Saturday Night Live) are set as the leads of NBC’s Uninsured, a multi-camera comedy from The Goldbergs writer/co-executive producer Dan Levy, executive producer Doug Robinson and Sony Pictures TV. P…

YouTube Orders Comedy Series Starring Adam Pally & Sam Richardson & Featuring Jay Pharoah From ‘Happy Endings’ Team

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YouTube has greenlighted a 10-episode comedy series toplined by Happy Endings alum Adam Pally and Detroiters star Sam Richardson, with Jay Pharoah (Saturday Night Live) as a key recurring guest star.
The untitled series, set for a 2019 premiere on YouT…

That Time Sean Hannity Got Fired for Homophobic Comments… and Went to the ACLU for Help (Podcast)

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Fox News host Sean Hannity’s career began the last place you might expect: on the liberal campus of UC Santa Barbara, where he hosted a shock-jock radio show in which he tore into the news media and offered up flatly wrong theories about AIDS.

It was 1989. Hannity was a 27-year-old college dropout from Long Island when he scored a job on KCSB, UCSB’s radio station. But, as the Washington Post reported, he was soon fired for offenses that included egging on a guest “who claimed that AIDS was spreading among gay men because they consumed each other’s feces,” and telling a lesbian mother he felt sorry for her child.

The details — and what he did next — are the subject of our new “Shoot This Now” podcast, in which we talk about stories that should be made into films or TV shows. You can listen on Apple or Spotify or here:

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After enlisting the American Civil Liberties Union in his fight to return to the college airwaves, Hannity went on to a job in Alabama. The Post reports that Hannity’s official station biography said he “made a proud name for himself by insulting lesbians.”

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He would later, of course, go on to criticize the ACLU for what he saw as its liberal bias.

Hannity’s past homophobic comments are notable today because of the host’s recent feud with Jimmy Kimmel, in which Kimmel insinuated that Hannity was sexually submissive to President Trump. Kimmel apologized, saying: “By lampooning Sean Hannity’s deference to the president, I most certainly did not intend to belittle or upset members of the gay community and to those who took offense, I apologize.”

Hannity said in 2013 that his views have changed. “Over the years, I have evolved into more of a libertarian when it comes to people’s personal lives,” he said.

During our discussion of Hannity and the ACLU, “Shoot This Now” co-host Matt Donnelly and I also talk about “The Simpsons” recent handling of Apu, Matt tells a great story about Gwyneth Paltrow, and we tell two random stories about “Happy Endings” star Adam Pally.  If you like the episode, check out our archives, and rate us on iTunes.

Oh, and be sure to check out our still very timely episode from last week about what Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg can learn from Johnson and Johnson’s handling of the 1982 Tylenol murders.

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Adam Pally Breaks Down Who Is ‘Most Likely to Murder’ – SXSW

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Described as Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window for stoners, Most Likely to Murder follows Billy (Adam Pally), who comes back to his hometown expecting a prodigal son type of welcome but instead he finds his ex (Rachel Bloom) is dating the former high school outcast (Vincent Kartheiser). On a drunk and high binger, Billy becomes obsessed with proving the outcast is actually the killer behind a mysterious local death.
Similar to Rear Window, per co-writer and director Dan Grego…

‘Cardinal’ Theater Review: Anna Chlumsky Struggles to Paint the Town Red

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Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”) and Adam Pally (“Happy Endings”) bring their formidable comic talents to a new comedy that’s practically devoid of humor. Perhaps playwright Greg Pierce would not call “Cardinal,” which opened Tuesday at Off Broadway’s Second Stage, a comedy. Is the word “dramedy” still being used?

In its promising opening moments, the performances and the premise of “Cardinal” telegraph comedy — in fact, a big screwball comedy. An eager entrepreneurial woman, Lydia (Chlumsky), wants to revitalize her dying upstate New York hometown by painting the main street red. She points to the yellow city of Izamal, Mexico, and the blue city of Chefchaouen, Morocco, and wants to use them as her template for successful urban renewal.

Fortunately, she has connections to her hometown’s very youthful mayor, Jeff (Pally), who used to date her older sister and will soon become Lydia’s boyfriend. For a few minutes, Chlumsky and Pally are very Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy together. She’s all nervous energy, brimming with one outrageous idea after another; he’s the solid damper, putting the brakes on her unbridled imagination.

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Pally has the much easier task here. All he has to do to be amusing is give an occasional deadpan reaction to the nonsense coming from the other side of the stage. Chlumsky, on the other hand, is stuck with providing most of the energy after the script leaves her comically stranded before the end of scene one. The actress compensates by being flustered. Who wouldn’t be?

Comedy is also promised (but not delivered) in the following scene with the introduction of the wild and crazy local baker, Nat (Alex Hurt), who doesn’t want to paint the bakery’s sign red. Well, actually it’s the baker’s mother, Nancy (Becky Ann Baker), who owns the place and puts up most of the resistance to the red paint job.

Nat kneads dough in the background, and only occasionally lets out with a bizarre non sequitur in response to his mother’s objections. Forget for a moment that this argument between Lydia and Nancy makes no sense. Nancy is willing to paint the bakery red. She just wants to keep the sign beige out of respect to her dead husband who built it. Being obsessive, Lydia demands nothing but red. Being stuck with this situation, Pierce loses any sympathy (or interest) we might have for his main character.

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What we later learn is that Nat’s not just background humor. He’s certifiably disturbed. Also, Jeff is on enough antidepressants to stock CVS. And Lydia owes mountains of debt, which, she keeps telling two Asian businessmen (Stephen Park, Eugene Young) who are her partners in crime, is not the impetus for her entrepreneurial zeal.

Mixed in with all this freshly unearthed trauma is a ton of Frank Capra schmaltz about the town being better off before Lydia painted it red and sent property values soaring. “Everyone’s moving away!” Nancy complains when she sells her bakery for much money, even though the place had no customers in its pre-red existence.

Kate Whoriskey attempts to direct the onstage confusion.

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Review: ‘Veep’s Anna Chlumsky & ‘Happy Ending’s Adam Pally Hook Up, Turn Red In ‘Cardinal’

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Cardinal, Greg Pierce’s anodyne take on urban decay and gentrification, offers a breezy but no less pointed version of the tragedy and melodrama in plays like Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park and Lynne Nottage’s Sweat. Staged by Kate Whoriskey, this world premiere at off-Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre also offers a dream gift to Anna Chlumsky (Veep) and Adam Pally (Happy Endings): Juicy roles in the push-me, pull-you vein of romantic comedies like Northern Exposure. A dark…

The Mindy Project ties up the loose ends of Mindy’s divorce a little too neatly

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In “May Divorce Be With You,” everyone is pretty much waiting for Mindy to fall completely apart. Her coworkers and brother all make a bigger deal out of her divorce than she does. Really, Mindy seems mostly fine with the fact that she and Ben are divorcing. At first, it seems a bit like The Mindy Project is taking…

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‘Band Aid’ Review: Zoe Lister-Jones and Adam Pally Channel Marital Discord with Three Chords

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The history of pop music is littered with couples whose eventual marital rifts made their way into the music. (Where would Fleetwood Mac have been with two happy marriages?) In her directorial debut “Band Aid,” Zoe Lister-Jones flips the script (she’s also the screenwriter, incidentally), looking at a miserable husband and wife who decide to channel their arguments into songs.

And if misery is the motor for their songwriting, Anna (Lister-Jones) and Ben (Adam Pally) have enough material for several double albums. She’s a frustrated writer working days as an Uber driver, while he has given up on the visual arts for a go-nowhere gig creating corporate logos.

The elephant in the room is their sadness over a miscarriage — what they talk about instead is who’s going to do the dishes, a spat that these two somehow steer into a discussion of the Holocaust. Anna and Ben seem headed toward divorce, but at a friend’s kid’s birthday party, they pick up toy instruments and start singing their disputes, and a band is born.

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With the help of oddball neighbor Dave (Fred Armisen) — the more we learn about this eccentric, the more fascinatingly strange he becomes — and his drumming skills, the couple start turning their dysfunctional marital lemons into strangely catchy lemonade. (Lister-Jones also wrote all the songs with Kyle Forester.) But this marriage will need more than a hook to solve its deep problems.

“Band Aid” might sound gimmicky, but Lister-Jones keeps the emotions firmly rooted and the characters believably contextualized: Both Anna and Ben are the sort of free-floating semi-bohemians who would believably have an old electric guitar and bass tucked away in their garage. Their career ruts, their marital disputes and their underlying mutual love all rings true, making what could have been merely a wacky high-concept premise into a relationship’s genuine and deeply felt cry for help.


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I am unfamiliar with Lister-Jones’s previous work (she is best known for the sitcom “Life in Pieces”), but she’s a compelling screen presence, on top of her achievements as a writer-director; her close-ups register glib resistance and genuine vulnerability, often in rapid succession. Paired with Pally — so hilarious in the canceled-too-soon TV classic “Happy Endings” — the two actors make this couple’s highs and lows equally resonant.

Lister-Jones is also generous enough an auteur to allow for memorable moments from others, whether it’s hilarious bits from the likes of Retta (as Anna and Ben’s unlucky marriage counselor), Brooklyn Decker, and Jamie Chung; the escalating weirdness of Armisen (who was, of course, a seasoned indie-band drummer before he turned to acting and comedy); or a knockout dramatic scene between Pally and the great comedian Susie Essman as Ben’s mother, who provides some invaluable advice.

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“Band Aid” also manages to be a great-looking film for what was no doubt a fairly small budget; cinematographer Hillary Spera (“After Tiller”) shoots Los Angeles in an intuitive way that’s neither overly glossy nor distractingly stylized. One of the movie’s selling points is that it’s the first feature film to employ an all-female crew; that we had to wait until 2017 for this milestone fairly boggles the mind, but now that this ceiling has been shattered, long may this practice continue.

Don’t expect couples therapy classes to open up at your local School of Rock, but do enjoy this movie’s exploration of solving discord with three chords.

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This Show Is Guilty of Being the Lowest-Rated on Broadcast TV

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Guilty as charged: Fox’s “You the Jury” ended the 2016-17 television season as the lowest-rated show across the Big 4 broadcast networks.

The Jeanine Pirro-hosted series averaged a mere 1.765 million total viewers in its shortened run, which only aired two episodes before being yanked from Fox’s schedule. That lowly number includes 7 days worth of delayed viewing per episode, by the way, which is especially important for a show sentenced to Fridays, as “You the Jury” was.

“You the Jury,” which aimed to let America decide civil cases via text-messaging, averaged a weak 0.4 in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic.

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Unfortunately for Fox, that network also had the second least-watched series among the main broadcast nets, which for the purpose of this post omits the CW. Adam Pally’s “Making History” currently has a 1.871 million total-viewer average, and will go down as this season’s least-popular scripted series and sitcom. Those numbers from Nielsen’s “most current” metric are missing the finale’s full Live + 7 Day tune-in — but don’t expect any miracles when that’s counted.

The least-watched Big 4 drama of the season? Sorry, Fox, but that would be your “Scream Queens.”

Clearly, not everything can be “Empire” — better luck next year guys.

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‘The President Show’: Comedy Central Reveals Its Secret Details – and a Teaser (Video)

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Comedy Central has revealed its secret plans for “The President Show,” which it teased last week both on Twitter and in the world’s vaguest press release.

The new weekly, topical series will air on Thursdays after “The Daily Show,” bumping “@midnight” back to actual midnight for the evening. The 11:30 p.m. “President Show” was created by Anthony Atamanuik, who hosts as Donald J. Trump — it’s produced by Adam Pally’s Clone Wolf Productions, as well as 3 Arts Entertainment.

In the world of ‘The President Show,” Trump is bypassing the crooked media by hosting a late-night show direct from the Oval Office per the Viacom cable channel’s description. That means no unfair questions from reporters, no awkward photo ops with German ladies, and no bedtimes. Just a fun show where he can put his unique Trumpian spin on such late-night staples as desk segments, field pieces and guest interviews. Vice President Mike Pence is featured as his sidekick, played by Peter Grosz.

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Atamanuik has performed his Trump impression on Fusion, “The Howard Stern Show,” “The View,” “CNN Newsroom” and “@midnight.” He’s also done a 40-city “Trump vs. Bernie” tour as the POTUS. The Upright Citizens Brigade alum recurred on “30 Rock” and was a writer for Comedy Central’s 4/20 event series “Time Traveling Bong.”

Grosz hails from iO Theater, a venue for improv in Chicago. His TV credits include “Key & Peele,” “Inside Amy Schumer, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Veep.” He wrote for “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and “The Colbert Show.”

If successful, Comedy Central will extend “The President Show’s” planned run, but it will not be considered for a daily format, so we’re still awaiting a more permanent replacement for “The Nightly Show.”

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“When I was first approached about this show I thought it would be about me, but on further thought, this makes way more sense,” said Kent Alterman, president, Comedy Central.

“Laughing at the President is a proud American tradition and we hope not to disappoint anyone in that department,” Atamanuik said. “But our political system is too broken for us to be content joking about one man, even though he is a disastrous silly little toddler boy. Mostly I’d just like to thank Comedy Central for giving us this platform to speak truth to power and if we’re lucky, end up in prison!”

The announcement for this series follows a similar one for Jim Jeffries’ new late-night half-hour show, which will debut on Comedy Central in the summer.

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“The President Show” is executive produced by Atamanuik, Grosz, Pally, Jason Ross, Olivia Gerke, Josh Lieberman, and Greg Walter. The series is directed by Andre Allen. Sarah Babineau and Ari Pearce are the executives in charge of production for Comedy Central.

Watch a teaser above.

“The President Show” premieres on April 27.

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‘Making History’ Star Adam Pally Charged With Drug Possession

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Adam Pally made some history with the New York Police Department on Tuesday night, and it’s probably a bit of history that he’d rather forget.

Pally, who stars on Fox’s “Making History,” was charged with drug possession Tuesday night, a  spokesman for the NYPD told TheWrap on Wednesday.

According to police, the 35-year-old actor, was approached by law enforcement at approximately 10:45 p.m. after he was observed smoking marijuana from an e-cigarette in public view.

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Police subsequently found a “small amount of cocaine” on Pally, the police spokesman said.

Pally, whose credits also include “Happy Endings” and “The Mindy Project” was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of marijuana.

The actor was issued an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in court June 8, police said.

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Pally’s representatives have not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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‘Making History’ Star Adam Pally Arrested for Misdemeanor Drug Possession

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“Making History” and “Happy Endings” star Adam Pally was arrested Tuesday night in New York and hit with two misdemeanor drug possession charges, a New York Police Department spokesperson confirmed to Variety. A source tells Variety that Pally was seen smoking marijuana with an e-cigarette in the neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen in public view at about 10:46… Read more »