What are the best cult shows in TV history? A new photo gallery proclaims “Doctor Who” as the top overall choice among the “persistent fan communities.” Others among the top 10 are “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Arrested Development,” “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” “The X-Files,” “The Wire,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “The Comeback,” and “My So-Called Life.” Entertainment Weekly.
You now have a very short window to vote for this year’s American Comedy Awards online. NBC has opened the voting website for 19 film and TV categories through this Tuesday, March 18. Nominees for Comedy Film are “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” “Bad Grandpa,” “The Heat,” “Nebraska,” and “This is the End.” Contenders for Comedy Series are “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Modern Family,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Saturday Night Live,” and “Veep.” NBC.
Comedian David Brenner dies in New York at age 78. He appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” 158 times, which some books say was the most by any guest in the show’s history. He also guest hosted a few times when Carson was on vacation. His observational style of humor paved the way for such comics as Richard Lewis, Paul Reiser, and Jerry Seinfeld. Contemporaries of his in the 1970s included Gabe Kaplan, Andy Kaufman, Steve Landesberg, and Freddie Prinze. Hollywood Reporter.
In something of a rarity, a film opens at the box office in second place its debut weekend and then moves into first the following outing. That is the case for the animated “Mr. Peabody and Sherman,” which moves into the top spot with $21.2 million. The sequel “300: Rise of an Empire” falls to second with $19.1 million. The poorly reviewed “Need for Speed” only brings in $17.8 million for third position. Thompson on Hollywood.
The Television Academy brings together the cast of HBO’s “Girls” for a sold-out panel session Thursday. Watch the entire event as showrunner and actress Lena Dunham is asked about criticisms of the show, fan reactions, scripts vs. improv, and auditions. Other panel members were Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, Andrew Rannells, and Allison Williams. The moderator was Dave Karger (Fandango). ATAS.
Out of 10 pilots that were considered, Amazon is settling on four new series for online distribution. Veteran producer Chris Carter (“The X-Files”) offers “The After,” a drama following eight strangers thrown together by mysterious forces. Michael Connelly has “Bosch,” a police drama about a man pursuing the killer of a 13-year-old boy. The comedies are “Mozart in the Jungle,” about the behind-the-scenes at a symphony from Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman plus “Transparent,” a dark look at a Los Angeles family with boundary issues from Jill Solloway. Variety.
More performers are set for the 49th annual ACM Awards, airing live April 6 on CBS. Eric Church and Toby Keith with Lady Antebellum and Stevie Nicks will all take the stage. Previously announced performers are Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait, and Keith Urban. ACM Country.
A new 90-second video previews the third season of “Veep” on HBO. The show returns to the premium channel on April 6. Star Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won two Emmys as Best Actress for playing Vice President Selina Meyer. The show has also been nodded twice for Best Comedy Series. Deadline.