Watch out, Saturday Night Live. The Lonely Island (the comedy trio of Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone) has signed on to produce a new late night sketch comedy series with actor Paul Scheer for Fox that will air at 11:000 Saturday nights—a half hour before SNL starts on NBC. Party Over Here will star writer and actress Alison Rich (who used to work on SNL), Jessica McKenna and Nicole Byer. In a statement, The Lonely Island explained, “When we first conceived this idea, we thought of it as a spinoff of Empire. We failed miserably ... now it’s much more of a sketch comedy show.” The series premieres on March 12. Discuss
Tyler Perry’s upcoming Passion musical has found its Pontius Pilate. Singer Seal has signed on to play the Roman official in the upcoming special that will air live on Fox on March 20. The Passion is a modern-day retelling of the story of Christ’s crucifixion, and will take place in New Orleans. Seal joins a cast that includes Telenovela’s Jencarlos Canela as Jesus, Trisha Yearwood as Mary and Chris Daughtry as Judas. Discuss
Lakewood Church pastor and author Joel Osteen was recently a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote his new book The Power Of I Am, and though it didn’t go too theologically deep (it was only four minutes long), their conversation covered some interesting ground: denominations, self-help, church, televangelism, the prosperity Gospel and more. As Colbert fans are probably well-aware, Colbert himself is a devout Catholic who is himself well-versed in scripture. Discuss
It's Netflix official now. The streaming network just confirmed today that it will produce all new, original episodes of Gilmore Girls. And—yes—stars Lauren Graham (Lorelai), Alexis Bledel (Rory), Scott Patterson (Luke) and Kelly Bishop (Emily) are all reprising their roles. The new episodes will be set in the present day, according to TVLine, around eight years after we last saw everyone. The new Gilmore Girls, which will reportedly air Sherlock-style in four 90-minute episodes, begins filming in February. We'd make an "OY With the poodles, already!" joke, but you can already see the tweet.
Jencarlos Canela—the star of the NBC comedy Telenovela—has signed on to portray Jesus in Tyler Perry’s upcoming televised, musical Passion play. Jencarlos joins a cast that includes Trisha Yearwood (Mary) and Chris Daughtry (Judas), for the modern-day, musical retelling of the final hours of the life of Christ. Instead of the ancient Holy Land, Tyler Perry’s The Passion is set in current-day New Orleans and will be broadcast live on Fox, on March 20. Discuss