‘Brockmire’ Season 3 Trailer: Jim Tells Bob Costas He’s the One Who Gave Him Pink Eye in Sochi (Video)

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Of course it was Jim Brockmire (Hank Azaria) who was responsible for the grossest weeks of Bob Costas’ illustrious sportscasting career.

In the “Brockmire” Season 3 trailer, released Wednesday, the titular IFC character tells guest-star Costas: “I was the one who gave you pink eye at the Sochi Olympics.”

“But the tough part was getting it in the second eye,” he twists the knife.

We don’t even know what that means Brockmire must have done back in 2014, but it was surely disgusting. This is “Brockmire.”

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In addition to Costas, Richard Kind, Linda Lavin, Martha Plimpton, J.K. Simmons, Christine Woods, George Brett and Becky Ann Baker will all guest star on the third season. Azaria, Amanda Peet and Tyrel Jackson Williams star on the Funny or Die comedy.

Season 3 takes place three months after Brockmire’s stint in rehab. The Major League Baseball announcer is back on the wagon but still a disaster. When an opportunity arises for Jim and his new co-host Gabby (Tawny Newsome) to take over as lead broadcasters in Oakland, he must fight to change his ever-present amorality, per IFC.

Good luck with that Jim. That’s per us.

“Brockmire” returns for its third season on Wednesday, April 3 at 10/9c on IFC.

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‘The Romanoffs’ Star Amanda Peet on the ‘Wish Fulfillment, Fantasy’ in That Fake-Out Ending

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(Warning: This post contains spoilers for “The Romanoffs” Episode 104, “Expectation”)

Welp, “The Romanoffs” got us again.

Toward the end of “Expectation,” the fourth episode of Matthew Weiner’s new Amazon anthology series, Amanda Peet’s character, Julia, reveals her long-kept secret to her beloved husband, Eric (played Jon Tenney): his adult daughter, Ella, (now expecting her own baby) is not actually his child, but his best friend Daniel’s (played by John Slattery).

He accepts it, telling her he loves her and has known for years and he loves Ella and everything is fine.

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Except that was all just a fantasy Julia made up in her head, and she went on with her normal life, heading to dinner with Eric and her daughter’s in-laws while they await the birth of their first grandchild.

Now, if you were fooled by that dream sequence, don’t be ashamed. “The Romanoffs” has already been packed with plenty of twists and turns and star Peet told TheWrap in an interview last week this one was no different. In fact, she thinks it wasn’t really obvious at all.

“I think it works as a fake-out,” Peet said. “I don’t think it’s so obvious, so you don’t question it. If it were completely obvious then it wouldn’t work as a fake-out. I think it’s just this lovely wish fulfillment, fantasy she has.”

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But that isn’t where the episode ends, as while at dinner with her son-in-law’s parents, she collapses from the pain she’s been struggling with the whole day and we learn what the problem has been: gallstones. She lands herself in the hospital, needing to stay overnight so she can have surgery. Eric and Ella are there to make sure she gets the care she needs, though Eric leaves to grab some things so he can be at her side.

And that’s when we find out that, though Julia may have been unable to reveal her secret to Eric, she can now share it with her daughter, as Ella reaches for her mother’s phone so she can call Daniel — who Julia is obviously still in love with.

Peet is a big fan of this ending — the real one.

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“I think it’s really beautiful,” Peet said. “I think the moment that a child sees their parent as a real human being, and flawed is really difficult to capture. And I wonder if it often happens around a grandchild’s birth. Becoming a mother yourself makes you rethink your perspective on your own mother.”

New episodes of “The Romanoffs” drop Fridays on Amazon.

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‘The Romanoffs’: Everyone’s a Romanoff in First Footage From Matthew Weiner’s Amazon Series (Video)

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Wait, you’re a Romanoff, too?!

The first footage from Matthew Weiner’s new Amazon series has been released and, yeah, the familial connections here are a little confusing. Basically, everyone is positive they are related to the Russian royals in some way, and, uh, is it possible they all are?

From the creator of “Mad Men,” “The Romanoffs” is a contemporary anthology series set around the globe featuring eight separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family. Starring Aaron Eckhart, Diane Lane, Isabelle Huppert, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Amanda Peet, Jack Huston, Kathryn Hahn, Noah Wyle, Paul Reiser, Andrew Rannells and more.

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The streamer announced “The Romanoffs” would debut this fall during the Television Critics Association press tour last month. The news came as a bit of a shock, as Amazon hasn’t said a word about the long-gestating project for months, following accusations of sexual misconduct posed against the “Mad Men” creator last fall by a writer who worked on the AMC series.

Along with its A-list core cast, Amazon revealed a laundry list of guest stars will drop by this season, including: Noah Wyle (“Falling Skies”), Kathryn Hahn (“Transparent”), Kerry Bishé (“Halt & Catch Fire”), Jay R. Ferguson (“Mad Men”), Ben Miles (“Collateral”), Mary Kay Place (“Big Love”), Griffin Dunne (“Imposters”), Cara Buono (“Mad Men”), Ron Livingston (“The Conjuring”), Jon Tenney (“Hand of God”), Clea DuVall (“Veep”), Radha Mitchell (“Silent Hill”), Hugh Skinner (“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again”), Juan Pablo Castañeda (“The Debt of Maximillian”), Emily Rudd (“Electric Dreams”), Adèle Anderson (“Company Business”), Annet Mahendru (“The Americans”), Louise Bourgoin (“I Am a Soldier”), Hera Hilmar (“Two Birds”) and Inès Melab (“Agathe Koltès”).

The series is written and executive produced by Weiner and “Mad Men” alum Semi Chellas. Co-executive producers include Kriss Turner Towner (“The Bernie Mac Show”), Blake McCormick (“Mad Men”) and Kathy Ciric (“Z: The Beginning of Everything”). Also joining the series from the old “Mad Men” team are Andre Jacquemetton and Maria Jacquemetton, who will act as consulting producers and writers.

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Watch the teaser footage above.

“The Romanoffs” will debut Friday, October 1 on Amazon Prime.

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Matthew Weiner’s ‘The Romanoffs’ Gets Amazon Debut Date; Teaser Reveals 20 Guest Stars (Video)

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Matthew Weiner’s “The Romanoffs” is finally coming to Amazon Prime, the streamer announced Saturday during the Television Critics Association press tour. The news was a bit of a surprise, as Amazon hasn’t said a word about the long-gestating project for months, following accusations of sexual misconduct posed against the “Mad Men” creator last fall by a writer who worked on the AMC series.

Amazon revealed the highly-anticipated original anthology series will debut on Friday, October 12. And, because you’ve been waiting so long to find out when it’s coming, Amazon also decided to tell you who is coming when it lands, with a teaser announcing a line-up of huge guest stars.

According to the show’s official logline, “The Romanoffs” is a contemporary anthology series, set around the globe, featuring eight separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family. The Romanoffs was shot on location in three continents and seven countries collaborating with local productions and creative talent across Europe, the Americas and the Far East.

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And each one of these stories will take place in a new location with a new cast, which includes the impressive list of guest stars that were announced in the teaser clip (seen above) today.

See the crazy long lineup of actors below:

Noah Wyle (“Falling Skies”), Kathryn Hahn (“Transparent”), Kerry Bishé (“Halt & Catch Fire”), Jay R. Ferguson (“Mad Men”), Ben Miles (“Collateral”), Mary Kay Place (“Big Love”), Griffin Dunne (“Imposters”), Cara Buono (“Mad Men”), Ron Livingston (“The Conjuring”), Jon Tenney (“Hand of God”), Clea DuVall (“Veep”), Radha Mitchell (“Silent Hill”), Hugh Skinner (“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again”), Juan Pablo Castañeda (“The Debt of Maximillian”), Emily Rudd (“Electric Dreams”), Adèle Anderson (“Company Business”), Annet Mahendru (“The Americans”), Louise Bourgoin (“I Am a Soldier”), Hera Hilmar (“Two Birds”) and Inès Melab (“Agathe Koltès”).

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The previously announced “Romanoffs” cast includes Isabelle Huppert (“Elle”), Marthe Keller (“Marathon Man”), Aaron Eckhart (“Sully”), Diane Lane (“Unfaithful”), Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”), John Slattery (“Mad Men”), Amanda Peet (“Togetherness”), Jack Huston (“Boardwalk Empire”), Corey Stoll (“The Strain”), Andrew Rannells (“Girls”), Mike Doyle (“Odd Mom Out”), JJ Field (“TURN: Washington’s Spies”), Janet Montgomery (“Salem,” “This Is Us”) and Paul Reiser (“Red Oaks”).

The series is written and executive produced by creator Weiner and “Mad Men” alum Semi Chellas. Co-executive producers include Kriss Turner Towner (“The Bernie Mac Show”), Blake McCormick (“Mad Men”) and Kathy Ciric (“Z: The Beginning of Everything”). Also joining the series from the old “Mad Men” team are Andre Jacquemetton and Maria Jacquemetton, who will act as consulting producers and writers.

Watch the teaser (which, again, is mainly just a list of names) above.

“The Romanoffs” will debut Friday, October 12, on Amazon Prime.

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Geffen Playhouse Cancels Neil LaBute’s ‘Fat Pig,’ Subs in New Play by Amanda Peet

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L.A.’s Geffen Playhouse announced Monday that it has canceled plans to produce playwright-filmmaker Neil LaBute’s play “Fat Pig,” which had been scheduled to begin performances this spring.

The Geffen instead announced plans to mount the world premiere of actress-turned-playwright Amanda Peet’s “Our Very Own Carlin McCullough,” with performances to begin this summer.

The move follows the decision by Off Broadway’s nonprofit MCC Theater to end its longtime relationship with LaBute and cancel an upcoming production of his new play “Reasons to Be Pretty Happy,” which had been scheduled to premiere this summer.

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“MCC Theater is canceling the upcoming production of ‘Reasons to be Pretty Happy’ by Neil LaBute and is terminating his tenure as its playwright-in-residence, effective immediately,” the theater said in a statement issued Feb. 15. “The Theater will be announcing a new play to complete the current season in the coming weeks.”

Reps for both the Geffen Playhouse and MCC offered no further explanation for the abrupt cancellations, and LaBute’s manager did not return requests for comment.

Peet’s new play, which will be directed by Tyne Rafaeli with a cast to be announced later, follows a single mother who discovers her 10-year-old daughter is a tennis phenom and struggles with a young, dedicated coach over what is best for the girl.

Actress Peet is a veteran of screen (IFC’s “Brockmire”) and stage who has appeared in two LaBute plays, “Break of Noon” and “This Is How It Goes,” as well as the 2006 Broadway revival of “Barefoot in the Park.” Her play “The Commons of Pensacola” was produced by Manhattan Theatre Club in a 2013 production that starred Blythe Danner and Sarah Jessica Parker.

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Christina Hendricks, John Slattery Reunite With ‘Mad Men’ Boss Matthew Weiner for Amazon Series

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Matthew Weiner is putting together a “Mad Men” reunion of sorts with his Amazon show “The Romanoffs.”

The one-hour anthology series’ guest cast includes Christina Hendricks and John Slattery, who co-starred on AMC’s Emmy-winning “Mad Men,” which Weiner created.

Isabelle Huppert, Jack Huston, Amanda Peet and Marthe Keller will also appear as members of the guest cast, Amazon announced on Friday.

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Weiner created “The Romanoffs” and is set to direct all of the episodes. He is an executive producer on the series that hails from Amazon and Weinstein Television.

The project takes place across the globe and tells separate stories about people who believe they are descendants of Russian royal family. It will debut in 2018 on Amazon Prime.

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‘Brockmire’ Heads To Season Finale As IFC’s Highest-Rated New Series & Cable’s Most Time-Shifted New Comedy

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Since launching April 5, the show starring Hank Azaria has averaged more than 500,000 live-plus-three-day viewers, according to Nielsen, racking up 8 million cumulative viewers plus another million via VOD and TV Everywhere. According to IFC, the show’s weekly audience nearly doubles on average…

‘Brockmire’ Renewed for Season 2 by IFC on Series Debut Day

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“Brockmire” debuts Wednesday night on IFC — and viewers should get used to the Hank Azaria series sticking around for a while.

That’s because IFC has renewed “Brockmire” for Season 2, which will air eight half-hour episodes in 2018. The sitcom, which also stars Amanda Peet and Tyrel Jackson Williams, was created with Funny Or Die.

“Brockmire” follows Jim Brockmire (Azaria), a famed major league baseball announcer who suffered a notorious public breakdown after stumbling upon his wife’s infidelity; a breakdown so bad in fact that “Brutal Brockmire” becomes a viral internet meme. The series picks up a decade later as Brockmire looks to reclaim his career, reputation, and love life.

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“Brockmire” is written by Joel Church-Cooper, directed by Tim Kirkby, and executive produced by Azaria, Church-Cooper, Kirkby and Funny Or Die’s Mike Farah, Joe Farrell and Anna Wenger. 

“We love everything about ‘Brockmire’ — from the writing, to the cast, to all the sports puns we get to use,” said Jennifer Caserta, president of IFC. “The show has already gotten an amazing reception from fans and critics alike, and we are thrilled to be ‘keeping it ‘Brockmire’ with our partners at Funny or Die and Hank Azaria for another season on IFC.”

“This show is the most fun I’ve ever had. Well, the most fun I’ve ever had while working, anyway,” Azaria added. “It is truly my favorite thing I’ve ever done. Well, while being filmed, that is. Thanks to IFC for letting us do whatever we wanted to. Well, mostly.”

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“Brockmire” originally appeared as a Funny Or Die (FOD) short. IFC parent company AMC Networks recently purchased a minority stake in FOD — this is their first major collaboration since the investment.

The series debuts tonight at 10 p.m. on IFC, with two back-to-back episodes.

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