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During the holidays, everyone wants to stay cheery and free from stress and bad moods, but thereís almost always a point when it just gets to be too much. If that happens to you, donít resort to mountains of happy pills and red wine. (Pass those on to me.) A much better way to add happiness and laughter to your day is catching up on some of the best 2014 comedies that you may not have seen the first time around.
The Screen Actors Guild just unleashed its nominees for 2014, and as it usually is with television, most of the nominees are pretty much what you would expect. Game Of Thrones, House Of Cards and Modern Family all cleaned up on nominations.
There is no expiration date on any of Williamsí innumerable energetic performances, but we thought now would be a good time to celebrate a selection of his most memorable television roles and appearances. Hop into the egg ship and come along with us, wonít you?
Fans of Louis C.K.ís incomparable FX series Louie had to build up their patience in between Season 3 and Season 4, as the comedian took a well-deserved hiatus, not wanting to churn out material he wasnít proud of. Luckily, we wonít have to suffer through a repeat of that, as Louie has already been picked up for a fifth season set to premiere at some point during Spring 2015.
There are moments in Louis C.K.'s FX comedy series when the show just nails it. And sometimes, the scene isn't even that funny. It's not even trying to be. It's just real. Take last night's "So Did The Fat Lady," which ended with the scene in this video.
Here are 20 more comedians (in no particular order) that we think are ready for self-skewing primetime, and the kind of shows we want to see them in. (Note that we tried to avoid people who have already headlined their own series, or those with series currently in development.)
Louis C.K. disappointed fans when he decided to take a brief sabbatical from his FX series Louie, leaving us without the schlubby middle aged mansploits last year. The comedian said he wanted to recharge, and maybe to a degree reinvent the series. So now that weíre on the cusp of Louieís return, did he achieve any of his goals? To be honest, the first four episodes of the new season are odd to define.
With Louie set to return at long last in just a matter of weeks, we're starting to see teasers that reveal actual footage from Louis CK's FX comedy series, which has been on hiatus since Fall of 2012. Based on the new trailer, ominously titled "Dying," Louie's not doing so well. And yet, he still manages to make us laugh.
Personally, I love these spots that donít rely on borrowed footage from the series itself, as is the norm with most dramas and shows just starting out. Louie is established enough that he doesnít need to actually give people any jokes, and most of them wouldnít work as well out of episodic context anyway. I can only sacrifice rubber chickens to the comedy gods he goes purely zany for next seasonís ads, like Itís Always Sunny in Philadelphia did with their faux foreign short films.
Louie's back! Or so says the teaser for the return of the FX comedy. Technically, Louis CK's comedy won't be back until Monday, May 5, but we're now close enough to the series' official return that Fox has begun teasing it. And what a tease it is. Let's assume that's Louis CK with his back to the camera in the 17-second spot. The Statue of Liberty is in the distance, offering a lovely black-and-white reminder of the setting for Louis CK's comedy series.
Louis C.K. is here to save the day with the latest promo videos for his second ever hosting stint on the Good Ship Saturday Night Live. The clips hint that more of that signature Louie style is heading our way. And ó at long last! ó in his actual, natural accent. Oh yeah, didnít you know? Louis C.K. is a total Bayou Baby!
It seems like an eternity since Louie's aired new episodes. In the TV-verse, anything more than a year between seasons is kind of an eternity, and Louie's been off the air since September of 2012, so that's an eternity plus like seven months. But the wait is nearly over. We learned earlier this year that the comedy series would be back on the air for its fourth season in May 5.
The latest and greatest of all the recent announcements comes from FX President John Landgraf, who stated the much-anticipated fourth season of C.K.ís critically acclaimed series Louie will officially be back on TV in May. Ever since C.K. first started his hiatus after the third season, the show was expected to make its return right around May, but actually having it confirmed once and for all is really quite excellent.
Of all the shows that made us laugh this year, some stood out from the crowd. What makes a great comedy may be a matter of personal taste, but in our opinion these series all came out on top this year. From freshman comedies to long-running favorites, these shows kept us in stitches and gave us an escape to look forward to with every new episode. Presented in no particular order, here are TVBlendís top 10 comedies of 2012.
The Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations were announced today, and among the TV casts nominated were Boardwalk Empire, Homeland, Breaking Bad, Modern Family, Glee, and The Big Bang Theory.