‘Drunk History’ Web Series Becoming Actual TV Show

In the early days of Funny or Die, there was Pearl the Landlord and Will Ferrell and not much else. Most of the videos and series would probably fall more in the “Die” category, but then there was “Drunk History,” which had a little something for everyone. There’s booze, there’s history, there’s some excellent voiceover work from funny people like Jen Kirkman, and some very famous people being forced to act out their interpretations of history.

Don Cheadle plays Frederick Douglass; Michael Cera opens the series as Alexander Hamilton, and a lot of . Plus, you learn things, sort of! Probably more about the importance of holding your booze than history, but some history, probably. Maybe. Anyway, it’s going to be a real TV show on Comedy Central, which means it might not be as fun because you probably have to tone it down, or it might be even more funnier because it opens the tent for more funny people to participate. Whichever.

Drunk History makes its slightly-larger-screen debut on July 9th. Creator Derek Waters will host the show, which takes “viewers and students of history (the late-night cramming/Cliff Notes version) on a tour of cities across America… to explore their rich culture and history via historical reenactments with a twist… of lime.”

And the cast looks pretty solid. Notable guest stars this season include Lisa Bonet, Connie Britton, a returning Michael Cera, Terry Crews (fresh off his Arrested Development appearance), Dave Grohl, Tony Hale, Kyle Kinane, Natasha Leggero, Stephen Merchant, Bob Odenkirk, Aubrey Plaza, Jason Schwartzman, Adam Scott, Jenny Slate, Bradley Whitford, Kristen Wiig and the Wilson brothers. There are a lot of questions, and this cast has a lot of potential, but what I’m wondering is what president Bradley Whitford will be playing, and how many not-so-subtle West Wing references there will be.

Watch two of the most popular episodes, the premiere with Michael Cera reenacting the death of Alexander Hamilton and a wine-drunk Jen Kirkman narrating the relationship between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, referring to the latter as “Richard Dreyfuss” and asking if she took her pants off or not.

The ‘Veep’ Season Two Trailer Is Here

Thank God HBO didn’t cancel it.

Veep has always been a way more interesting show to me than Girls, but has been stuck in Jan Brady status — meaning the Julia Louis-Dreyfus-headed comedy about how much it sucks to be vice president has never gotten quite the attention it deserved. Kinda meta, isn’t it? 

But thankfully ratings seemed to have been good enough that HBO has renewed the show for a second season. Veep returns, with cast members Tony Hale from Arrested Development and Anna Chlumsky, on Sunday, April 14. 

You can watch the season two trailer below: 

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Popular Show Previews Deleted Scene, Internet Explodes

Arrested Development! New episodes! Netflix! Blue Man Group! Banana stand! Annyong! Motherboy! Illusions! STEVE HOLT! Are we doing it right? Are you hyped? Are we at peak Tumblr yet? Arrested Development is back, and if you thought ravenous Community fans were grating on social media when awaiting new episodes, then wait’ll you see how the entire Internet reacts to the return of Arrested Development until the new episodes air on Netflix in May. Did I mention the new episodes, all 14 of them, will air on Netflix in May? That’s the important thing. 

Today marked one of the most anticipated panels of the Television Critics’ Association tour, which from (very) afar just seems like Comic-Con with blander outfits, the Arrested Development panel. Now, Arrested Development is a very funny television show, and it’s an almost comforting presence in reruns, but if today is any indication, we will all be sick of hearing about the new episodes of Arrested Development on the Internet long before the May Season 4 premiere, at least those of us who aren’t already. 

The TCA panel ended with a clip of a now-deleted scene from the new season featuring Tony Hale’s Buster and Jessica Walters’ Lucille Bluth,. Everyone got giddy on Twitter about it (Variety‘s Stuart Levine said it was so funny "my eyes were watering"). Apparently there was another one too involving Gob Bluth on a cross. Intriguing. To recap: some people saw a thing in a room, lots of people are excited about this thing, and you are going to hear a lot about this today, tomorrow, and probably through 2014. Have fun, and remember, there is always an "Unfollow" button when you need some sweet release. Also, prepare for a lot of impending trend pieces about AD, Netflix and the future of television, wherein parallels are drawn between Netflix and the banana stand. In that there is money in both of them. 

The clip will probably surface to non-TCA attendees soon, but in the meantime, if you’re still on board or need an AD fix in the meantime, have some Tobias. 

Reid Scott on His Villainous ‘Veep’ Role and Baltimore’s Foodie Paradise

“I’ve grown to love acting so much,” says Reid Scott, “because I get to flex completely different creative muscles in front of the camera than I do behind it.” Scott, who is best known for his role as Dr. Todd Mauer opposite Laura Linney on Showtime’s cancer comedy, The Big C, initially had dreams of life in the director’s chair. But the film school graduate will have to put those plans on hold after hitting the actor’s jackpot with a part on HBO’s new workplace comedy, Veep. In the sharp, fast-talking show, adapted by acclaimed British satirist Armando Iannucci from his own BBC series, Julia Louis-Dreyfus portrays the American Vice President as a frustrated and marginalized second-in-Commander in Chief. Scott is the smarmy Dan Egan, a “snake in the grass” who sells out his senator boss for a chance to join the VP’s staff. “Who doesn’t like to play a bad guy?” Scott asks. “You get to exorcise all of your own demons.”

Unlike a perfectly contained Aaron Sorkin script, Veep has a more naturalistic style. “It isn’t glossy like The West Wing; even though that’s fine acting and fine writing, it doesn’t seem real. I’m pretty sure things don’t happen that way.” During shooting, the cast, which includes Anna Chlumsky and Tony Hale, was sequestered in Baltimore, “marinating” in their characters but still finding time to enjoy the city’s nocturnal comforts. “I had this preconceived notion that Baltimore was not going to have good food, and was completely surprised because every place we went had terrific food,” says Scott. “We always ended up at Salt, a little place with great beers. We’re all beer drinkers, and the food was awesome.

Photo by Damian Sandone

Watch the Trailer for ‘Veep,’ Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s New HBO Show

Much like his work on the BBC’s The Thick of It, Armando Iannucci is bringing a less charitable view of national politics to HBO’s Veep. In the show, Julis Louis-Dreyfus plays the hapless vice president of the United States, one who’s forced to attend meaningless fundraisers and make up platitudes on the spot (less Cheney, more Biden). She’d rather have more power, of course, which is why there’s a little smile on her face when she’s informed that the president is experiencing chest pains. So yes, it’s going to be that type of farce, one that will probably make you feel a little worse about the state of American politics like most things do these days.

Louis-Dreyfus is backed by a Murderer’s Row of comedic bit players: Arrested Development‘s Tony Hale, Upright Citizens Brigade founding member Matt Walsh, and everyone’s favorite "that girl," Anna Chlumsky. The curses are bleeped out in the trailer, but knowing the inspired language that filled up The Thick of It and its film spinoff In The Loop I’m guessing the show will be quoted around the Internet after it premieres on April 22, assuming it can deliver on the silliness we’ve seen so far.