FOX has cut the episode order for its forthcoming comedy “Us & Them” from 13 episodes to seven, effectively shutting down production on the show.
The show, an adaptation of the Britcom “Gavin & Stacey,” stars Jason Ritter and Alexis Bledel as a long-distance couple who are meeting in person for the first time, bringing their respective best friends (Dustin Ybarra and Ashlie Atkinson) along in case the date goes awry. Spoiler alert: It does.
Deadline reports that last week, the show moved up a scheduled production hiatus so the writers could work on more scripts. FOX then decided not to bring the show back into production, leaving it with seven completed episodes.
The news of “Us & Them” having its order cut follows on the heels of the network ordering additional scripts for “Dads.” Deadline notes the network was concerned the rom-com tone of “Us & Them” might not fit in with the likes of “Dads” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (though it probably could have paired fairly easily with something like “New Girl”).
FOX also has an unusually large roster of series for winter and spring as part of its commitment to year-round scheduling. Three other comedies — “Enlisted,” “Surviving Jack” and the recently picked up “Mulaney” — are due to premiere in 2014, along with “American Idol,” “The Following” and new drama “Rake.”
New Video Group has revealed that it plans to bring to Blu-ray Geoffrey Fletcher’s directorial debut Violet & Daisy (2011), starring Cody Horn, Saoirse Ronan, Alexis Bledel, James Gandolfini, and Danny Trejo. The preliminary release date set by the studio is November 19th.
In 2010, Geoffrey Fletcher won Oscar Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Lee Daniels’ Precious).
Synopsis: Violet (Bledel) and Daisy (Ronan) are a pair of gum-cracking teenage assassins who casually snuff out crime figures in New York City, distracted only by the fact that a concert by their favorite pop idol Barbie Sunday has suddenly been canceled. Determined to raise cash for some Barbie Sunday dresses, the duo takes on a new hit job targeting a mysterious loner (Gandolfini) who leads them into an unexpected odyssey of self-examination and catapults the junior enforcers into a world beyond Barbie Sunday and bullets for pay.
Violet is such a different role for you — lots of gunfire and action.
Well, I was excited to take on such a different character. I’ve never played a character like Violet; it was an incredible and fun creative challenge for me.
We love when women get the powerhouse roles. How about you?
I do love seeing women in action films. Yeah, I thought that was an interesting aspect of the film. Violet is also not the most feminine character. She’s really tough; she’s been through a lot, and I wanted that to show in her mannerisms and the way she carries herself.
AB: I auditioned for Geoffrey and [producer] Bonnie Timmerman. It was the dialogue of the characters that seemed very distinct – just the dialogue alone explained who the character was to me and as I started, you know, playing around with it in different ways in front of Geoffrey, I kind of landed on a version of it that he really liked.
Then we got into rehearsals with Saoirse and … you know, once the two girls start sort of spitting that dialogue back and forth, it’s such a distinct world … it almost starts to define the world of the film by itself, just because it’s so specific – it has this unique sort of cadence to it.
But the overall reason I wanted to do this film is for me, as an actor, it’s always an incredible challenge to play someone who’s so extreme and different from other characters I’ve played.
BE: Was there any project or a particular role you’ve done before that you feel was a good warm-up or preparation for “Violet & Daisy”?
AB: I’ve worked on some films where I’ve been able to stretch and go in different directions and play characters that deal with darker subject matter. I think every time you get to stretch a little bit more … “Sin City” was obviously darker stuff, and I’ve done some independent films that never came out [laughs] in which I got to play more disturbed characters, though Violet is certainly the most disturbed of all.
5. Alexis Bledel, “Us & Them”: If only for Bledel’s reference to New York Club denizens as “Angry Giraffe Women” – and, if I’m being honest, for the chance to see Jason Ritter be adorable and confused – I’m willing to give this romantic comedy a shot. We watched Rory Gilmore grow up. This is our shot to watch her navigate New York, dating and a seriously overprotective family.
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Piggybacking on Wednesday’s drama pickups, Fox has ordered five new comedy series for the 2013-14 season, including the Jason Ritter/Alexis Bledel romantic satire Us & Them (fka Friends & Family) and the Andy Samberg-fronted sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Us & Them (Comedy)
EPs | David Rosen (I Just Want My Pants Back), Gavin & Stacey creators James Corden and Ruth Jones, Jane Tranter, Julie Gardner and Henry Normal
CAST | Jason Ritter (Parenthood), Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls), Kurt Fuller (Psych), Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle), Kerri Kenney (Reno 911!), Dustin Ybarra
A single-camera adaptation of the UK series Gavin & Stacey, about two very different lovers who try to make a long-distance relationship work.
ETonline: Alexis, what attracted you to this character?
Alexis Bledel: I really cared about what happened to the characters, and that’s rare with any script. I instantly felt a connection to Molly and was invested in her outcome, so that was good. I thought she would be a fun character to play for a period of time. Some characters are … less fun.
EXCLUSIVE CLIP: Remember Sunday
ETonline: Zachary, how important is it to like the character you’re playing?
Zachary Levi: I think for a series, it’s incredibly important. For a film, less so. I’m looking forward to playing some really despicable characters at some point in my career so I can branch out and stretch those acting muscles. But I wouldn’t want to do that on a regular basis. It would be hard on a show — and those hours are tough enough already. Alexis and I would sit on set and commiserate about working on Gilmore Girls and Chuck. The schedules we have are an intense battle that you fight alongside the cast and crew. So if you had to play some schmuck day in and day out in the minds of America … it would be terrible.
ETonline: How challenging was this character for you Zach?
Levi: He’s still a pretty normal guy, it’s just that he forgets every morning, so in some ways it made the job easier because I didn’t have to worry about continuity [laughs]. But then in other ways, it was tougher because I had to think about the moments where he keeps meeting Molly for the first time — again and again and again. What does his face look like each time he falls in love with her? That was a fun puzzle to put together.
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ETonline: Speaking of TV, Alexis you’re potentially returning with a new series this fall, co-starring Jason Ritter, who played Lauren Graham’s Parenthood love interest. What was your reaction to that?
Bledel: [laughs] How funny is that? We’re just trying to keep it all in the family. But it was amazing to work with Jason, he’s the best.
A lonely, down-on-her-luck waitress, Molly (Alexis Bledel), meets a handsome, quirky jewelry store clerk, Gus (Zachary Levi), and thinks that maybe – finally — she’s met Mr. Right, in “Remember Sunday,” a new Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation premiering SUNDAY, APRIL 21 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
The more Molly gets to know Gus, the more she’s intrigued by him. But she’s also mystified and sometimes miffed. Gus is absent-minded and preoccupied. Is there already a girlfriend in his life? Is he harboring some big secret? In other words, Molly wonders, what’s his problem? Well, Gus’ “problem” is that three years ago he suffered a brain aneurysm. He’d been a brilliant young astrophysicist; now he’s totally lost his short-term memory. Every day is a brand new day and his life starts anew. And every day when he sees Molly, he’s unable to connect the dots and recognize how, exactly, she fits into his life. But there’s something about this beautiful, sensitive, funny woman that makes Gus fall in love with her all over again – every day.
Alexis Bledel (“Gilmore Girls,” “Mad Men”) describes her character as “searching for her place in life. Nothing comes easy for Molly. She’s barely scraping by financially. It seems highly unlikely she’ll ever achieve her dream of opening up a flower shop. She’s been in a series of lousy relationships.” But Bledel adds, “in the face of all this bad-karma stuff, she’s a very optimistic person. She has an innate sunniness about her.”
According to Zachary Levi (“Chuck,” “Thor: The Dark World”), from the moment Gus’ alarm clock goes off, his life is choreographed by sticky notes “to remind him where he lives, who’s who in his life and what he’s supposed to be doing that day.” Levi continues, “One of the interesting paradoxes of the story… is that I think we all, deep down, yearn to be with someone who essentially falls in love with us every day. That’s what Gus offers Molly. Every time he sees her, he doesn’t really remember her – but he falls in love with her all over again anyway! That’s an amazing and powerful thing.”
Jeff Bleckner directs “Remember Sunday,” which was filmed on location in New Orleans. This is Bleckner’s fourth Hallmark Hall of Fame project. The others are “The Russell Girl,” “Loving Leah” and “Beyond the Blackboard.” The teleplay is from Emmy Award (“Bill”) and Academy Award (“Rain Man”) winner Barry Morrow. The story is by Michael Kase, associate producer of “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” and co-producer of the upcoming Michael Bay feature, “Pain & Gain.”
Christopher Morgan (Hallmark Hall of Fame’s “The Makeover”) is the film’s producer; Brent Shields (“Firelight,” “A Smile as Big as the Moon”) is executive producer. Michael Kase, Joey Plager and George Zaloom are co-executive producers. “Remember Sunday” is from Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions. The film is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.
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Their Mad Men characters had an ill-fated affair, but off-camera, Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser are excitedly celebrating their engagement, Bledel’s rep confirms exclusively to Us Weekly. “They couldn’t be happier,” says a pal of the Gilmore Girls alum, 31, and Kartheiser, 33.
Last June, Us broke news that the twosome — Bledel played the mentally imbalanced mistress to his character, ad exec Pete Campbell — had been “dating for a few months.”
Says another friend: “Vincent proposed a few weeks ago. She’s been wearing her ring. It’s huge!” In the past, Kartheiser has been linked to actress Rachael Leigh Cook; Bledel dated her Gilmore Girls costar (and on-screen love interest) Milo Ventimiglia for more than three years.
“They are so cute together!” another source tells Us of the spouses-to-be. It will be the first marriage for both, who attended the October nuptials of Bledel’s Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants costar Amber Tamblyn and David Cross.
In a twist Shakespeare would love, Gilmore Girls‘ Alexis Bledel has joined Fox’s comedy pilot Friends & Family as a romantic interest for Jason Ritter, TVLine has learned.
Ritter, of course, was last seen romancing Bledel’s former Gilmore mom, Lauren Graham, in NBC’s Parenthood.
The actress formerly known as Rory will play Stacey to Ritter’s Gavin in the single-camera project, an adaptation of the British comedy Gavin & Stacey.
The potential series is written by David Rosen (I Just Want My Pants Back), with Jane Tranter, Julie Gardner, Henry Normal and Gavin & Stacey creators James Corden and Ruth Jones also serving as EPs.
Stacey is described as sweet and strong ”but willing to do the weird stuff.” In the pilot, the Pennsylvania native — who’s hit it off with co-worker Gavin through their Skype and Facebook interactions — travels to New York for their first date… which goes south when the oysters Stacey ate at dinner make her violently ill.
Bledel played Stars Hollow’s favorite child for seven seasons. Her few TV appearances since Gilmore‘s 2007 finale include ER and a buzzy arc as Mad Men‘s desperate housewife Beth in 2012.