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EXCLUSIVE: Marvel Television may be getting phased out, but Marvel's M.O.D.O.K. TV series at Hulu has a whole new chorus of voices.
Veep's Sam Richardson, The Goldberg's Wendi McLendon-Covey, House of Lies' Ben Schwartz, and Lucifer's Aimee Garcia are among the cast added to the animated supervillain family sitcom. With executive producer Patton Oswalt as the constantly foiled Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing himself, the adult-centric comedy is set to debut later this year on the Disney-controlled streamer.
“I’m blown away by our insanely talented and hilarious voice cast, who have all brought their specific kind of magic to this weird and wonderful corner of the Marvel Universe,” declares EP and showrunner Jordan Blum of the additions to the series. “Patton and Jordan have done a phenomenal job in laying the groundwork for this exceptional ensemble, we're thrilled to include this cast in the Marvel family,” added Karim Zreik, Marvel TV Studios SVP, Original Programming & Production today in a statement.
First announced back in February as part of a multi-series rollout for Hulu, M.O.D.O.K. follows the extremely dysfunctional home life of the ex-A.I.M. member, who made his comic premiere way back in 1967.
In addition to Richardson, McLendon-Covey, Schwartz and Garcia, the cast additions include Melissa Fumero Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Beck Bennet Saturday Night Live, Bill & Ted Face The Music and Jon Daly The Kroll Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm.
In Marvel's M.O.D.O.K., the megalomaniacal supervillain M.O.D.O.K. Oswalt has long pursued his dream of one day conquering the world. But after years of setbacks and failures fighting the Earth's mightiest heroes, M.O.D.O.K. has run his evil organization A.I.M. into the ground. Ousted as A.I.M.'s leader, while also dealing with his crumbling marriage and family life, the Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing is set to confront his greatest challenge yet: a midlife crisis!
Garcia will play Jodie, M.O.D.O.K.'s wife and mother to his children, has had a late-in-life awakening - excited to pursue her mommy-blog turned lifestyle-brand empire and discover who she is as an independent woman in her forties. There are just too many things to do in this world and not enough time to waste being held back by negativity. And unfortunately for M.O.D.O.K., the thing weighing her down the most… is him.
Schwartz will portray Lou. To be honest, M.O.D.O.K. doesn't really “get” his twelve-year-old son Lou. Not athletic enough to be a jock. Not smart enough to be a nerd. Lou is… well, Lou - a kid who clearly marches to the beat of his own drum. Lou's lack of friends, ambition and hygiene is a constant worry for M.O.D.O.K.,...
Insiders are wondering: Why now? And who will replace him at 7 p.m. on the network?
Some 21 hours after Chris Matthews' sudden resignation from MSNBC, media and political insiders are still digesting the news.
Here are some of the biggest questions they've been asking:
Matthews had been on MSNBC for more than 20 years, but over the last few months it began to seem probable — if not likely — that he would leave the network in the near future. "We all knew that this day was coming," a source familiar with the situation told The Hollywood Reporter.
Leaving MSNBC after the presidential election in November would have provided a far smoother transition, but his departure was clearly expedited by a series of recent misstatements and controversies.
The first sign that Matthews could leave the network was visible on Saturday night. While he hosted Hardball from South Carolina on Friday night, he did not appear on the network's Saturday night coverage of the state's crucial Democratic primary.
So, while Matthews' departure was shockingly abrupt, there were clues.
Who will MSNBC replace Matthews with at 7 p.m.?
For now, the network will lean on a rotating group of hosts to fill in for Matthews, though his hour will be taken up with Super Tuesday special coverage on Tuesday night, hosted by Rachel Maddow, Brian Williams and Nicolle Wallace. Wednesday night's 7 p.m. programming could provide some insight into who the network is considering for the spot.
A recent precedent is the 3 p.m. slot on Fox News, which MSNBC tested with a handful of different hosts before landing on Bill Hemmer as Shepard Smith's replacement.
Steve Kornacki, a national political correspondent for NBC News/MSNBC, had the difficult task of taking over hosting duties for Matthews after his sudden announcement on Monday night. According to Page Six, Kornacki is being considered for the 7 p.m. hour, though as the network's popular data wiz, his skill-set might not be best suited for a traditional hosting role.
Weekend host Joy Reid, who once hosted a daily show, is also reportedly a candidate. Reid has filled in for Matthews, so his audience "knows her," says someone who has worked with Reid at MSNBC. "I'm sure she's being considered."
Another strong candidate is 4 p.m. host Nicolle Wallace. "There's a lot of talk about where to put Nicolle generally, because she has a ton of talent and is on the rise in a less-than-ideal time slot," a network veteran says.
The wild-card candidate is Smith, who — like Matthews — abruptly resigned in October and seems to be a contender for jobs at both MSNBC and CNN. Smith is said to be eligible to take a new gig sometime this summer, meaning that MSNBC would have a few months to fill before he could take over the slot.
Editor's note: The list is constantly updated. Dates refer to when announcements were made, or when an event is scheduled to happen.
You’ve probably seen our other COVID-19 list, the one where we are examining every cancellation that has taken place as the pandemic takes hold in our community. This is the counterpoint to that “Houston, we have a problem” list; this is the one where we’ll talk about how the show must go on, how the Force will be with us, and, maybe most importantly, how we’ll be back.
IndieWire will continue to update this page with the latest breaking news regarding virtual events, work logistics, TV premieres, and general acts of bravery and kindness. This is the place where we’ll be documenting our return to normalcy — and make no mistake, we’ll get through this. The most recent updates will be posted at the top of the running list below.April 2
–Phoebe Waller-Bridge and the National Theatre are making the theater version of “Fleabag” available to stream, with proceeds going to COVID-19 support charities in the U.K. Soho Theatre’s On Demand streaming site will have it on April 6 for $5; Amazon Prime Video will have it for U.S. audiences on April 10.
–Premiering on Acorn TV: “Deadwater Fell”
–Premiering on Bravo: “Camp Getaway”
–Premiering on Netflix: “The Big Show Show”
–Premiering on PBS: “Broken Places”
–Premiering on ABC: “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Secrets & Surprises”April 2
-Focus Features is launching “Movie Mondays,” free Facebook livestreams of classic films. The current schedule will feature “Gosford Park,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Mallrats,” and “My Summer of Love.”
–IFC Center in Manhattan, like other theaters, may be closed, but it’s moving forward with an online version of its signature short film programming with “Wish We Were Here: Shorts by IFC Center Staff.”
Documentaries, comedies, dramas, animated shorts, and experimental work from the ushers, cashiers, managers, and projectionists who staff the theater will be presented at ifccenter.com, with a different film available for free every few days.
It launched March 31 with Joe Stankus’ “Marquee,” a black-and-white visit with the now-retired longtime IFC Center usher Larry Alaimo as he changes the letters on the theater’s marquee and reminisces about his life at the cinema.
–Premiering on E: “Total Bellas”
–Premiering on Bravo: “The Real Housewives of New York City”
–Premiering on Freeform: “Siren”