Mar 29,2014

James Van Der Beek’s Friends with Better Lives for Comedy Central UK

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James Van Der Beek’s Friends with Better Lives for Comedy Central UK

Comedy Central UK has acquired the rights to new US sitcom Friends with Better Lives.

James Van Der Beek leads the cast of the CBS comedy, which also stars Brooklyn Decker and Entourage actor Kevin Connolly.

‘Friends with Better Lives’ cast

Friends with Better Lives follows six friends, all at different stages of their lives – married, divorced, engaged and single – and all thinking that that their pals have it better.

Comedy Central UK director of acquisitions Brad Wood said: “Friends with Better Lives looks set to be one of the funniest new series to come out of the US this spring.

“It’s a great fit with our audience and a fantastic addition to the exciting line-up we have planned over the coming months.”

Friends with Better Lives will premiere in the US on CBS (Monday, March 31 at 9/8c) with a UK air-date yet to be confirmed.

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Mar 29,2014

‘Sexiest Woman’ Brooklyn Decker transitions into TV comedy

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‘Sexiest Woman’ Brooklyn Decker transitions into TV comedy 

Rather than regarding her measurements as a blessing or a curse, Brooklyn Decker has a measured attitude.

Decker, who is one of the stars of the new sitcom Friends With Better Lives, is a former model who in 2010 was the readers’ choice as Esquire magazine’s “sexiest woman alive.” But Decker neither takes credit for her good looks nor shies away from them.

“You guys, it’s ridiculous,” said Decker, referring specifically to the Esquire honour. “It’s like, ‘Thanks Photoshop,’ I mean, it’s so nice, especially when it’s that time of the month, and you feel disgusting, and you have a big breakout on your face and you’re super bloated, it’s nice to be able to think, ‘Okay, there was once a day of looking beautiful.’ But, I mean, it’s nothing you earn.

“I’m certainly not going to bite the hand that fed me. I know people take meetings with me because I had a name for (modeling). But I’m not going to take credit for my looks, my parents gave them to me, and then makeup and hair and Photoshop makes it better.

“I’m also not going to say, ‘Oh, I’m pretty, therefore I can’t get great roles.’ That’s bull—-. I’ve had an amazing career because doors opened for me (through modeling). Now it’s up to me to prove that I can stay here.”

For Decker, “here” means acting in general, but also Friends With Better Lives in particular. The sitcom debuts Monday, March 31 on CBS and City, right after the series finale of How I Met Your Mother.

Friends With Better Lives is kind of a How I Met Your Mother “replacement wannabe,” although the humour is more Two and a Half Men or 2 Broke Girls-ish. Friends With Better Lives is about adult friends at different stages of their personal and professional existences, and the ensemble cast includes Decker, Kevin Connolly, James Van Der Beek, Majandra Delfino, Zoe Lister-Jones and Rick Donald.

The 26-year-old Decker, who is married to retired tennis pro Andy Roddick, re-confirmed she has given up modeling. She determined two years ago that if she were serious about transitioning into acting, she didn’t want modelling in her mind as a fallback.

“I just wanted to do good work, and I love comedy, it’s a medium I’m comfortable in,” Decker said. “I wanted to work with really good people. I got lucky it’s in this format. Up until this point, I’ve made my decisions based on who I’m working with, and I’ve been really happy with that.”

Nonetheless, Decker admitted she had to learn some things about doing a sitcom in front of a live audience.

“Letting jokes breathe, I’m terrible at that,” Decker said. “As you can tell, I talk, talk, talk, and I’m super fast. So letting jokes breathe and letting the audience laugh was something to get used to.”

The world got used to gawking at Brooklyn Decker. Now she’s showing off her funny side, too.

We’ll see how she measures up.

Twitter: @billharris_tv


Mar 28,2014

Videos of FWBL Sneak Peek & BTS

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Don’t miss the series premiere Monday, March 31st 9/8c on CBS!

Mar 25,2014

Brooklyn Decker to star in CBS show ‘Friends With Better Lives’

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The next phase of Decker’s career rolls out March 31, when she stars in the CBS ensemble sitcom following the lives of a group of twentysomething friends. Despite gracing magazine covers — including the 2010 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue — the 27-year-old says she didn’t have much success in the modeling business.

No, really, says 2010 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover girl Brooklyn Decker, she “wasn’t that successful” as a model.

Happily, her backup plan is working out.

She concentrates on acting now, and the next phase of that career rolls out March 31, as one of six stars in the CBS ensemble sitcom “Friends With Better Lives.”

“I set out to go into acting,” says Decker, who turns 27 on April 12. “And this show is great, because I love comedy.

“I don’t know if I was considered ‘funny’ when I was growing up. … People who have known me for a while would always be really surprised when I would, like, tell a dirty joke.”

The jokes run more toward innuendo on “Friends With Better Lives,” which is about six twentysomething friends who seem to spend all their time together.

f that sounds suspiciously like another famous show with “Friends” in the title, Decker isn’t pretending otherwise. “We’re a different show with different personalities,” she says. “But I’m sure there will be comparisons. Hey, ‘Friends’ is one of my favorite shows.”

The characters in “Friends With Better Lives” have the expected set of neuroses and quirks, particularly in their love lives. Bobby (Kevin Connolly) and Andi (Majandra Delfino) are married with one little kid and another on the way. Their problem, they say, is they have no love life. Will (James Van Der Beek) is just divorced and fooling nobody when he says he loves being free. Kate (Zoe Lister-Jones) wants the perfect man and keeps getting irregulars.

Decker plays Jules, who has just fallen into a relationship with Lowell (Rick Donald). They can’t keep their hands, or much of anything else, off each other. “They’re like two lost little puppies,” says Decker.

Decker’s own life is a little more orderly, since she’s been married to tennis star Andy Roddick since 2009, but she says she does share some traits with Jules. “We’re both huge cheerleaders for our friends,” she says. “We love our friends. I don’t think it’s at all strange that these people would spend all their time with each other.

“When we aren’t in L.A., we live in Texas, and I can totally relate to that open-door policy. We always have people staying for the weekend.”

While Decker hails from North Carolina and remains a serious fan of the North Carolina Tar Heels and Carolina Panthers, she moved to New York when she was 18. She lived here almost five years, and she says she misses it. “It still feels like home when I’m in Brooklyn,” she says — although, parenthetically, she was named for a horse, not the borough.

She finally had to move, she says, because of the acting. “It got to where I was spending two weeks a month in L.A.,” she says. “So it made sense to move.”

That enabled her to join TV’s annual “pilot season” scrum, where every proposed show finds a cast and films an episode.

“Last year was my first pilot season,” she says. “It’s kind of crazy. They say you’re too young for this role, but maybe there’s another character you could do. Then I finally got this show and we shot it and then you don’t know if it’s going to get picked up. So you wait and wait and wait again and finally I got the phone call.”

Still, she says the TV game may be less nerve-racking than modeling. “Sports Illustrated loved me,” she says, “but I wasn’t that successful in the modeling business.”

Really? Despite SI, The Gap, Cosmopolitan and Victoria’s Secret, among others?

“I went a lot of months without any jobs,” she says, and she shows no sign of regret that after the 2011 swimsuit issue, she switched more or less full-time to acting.

“The hours can be just as long,” she says. “But it’s more fun. On our show, on the nights we’re taping, it can run until 10, 11, midnight. So all our spouses come to the tapings. They’re our cheering section. They bring wine and have a party.”

Better lives indeed.

Source: NY Daily News

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Mar 19,2014

More of ‘Friends With Better Lives’

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As the premiere date for Friends With Better Lives gets closer, we are starting to see more and more about the show! Here are two videos from the show’s official Youtube account. You can see Brooklyn and get to know more of her character

Friends With Better Lives – Cast of Characters

Friends With Better Lives – The Grass is Greener?

Don’t miss the series premiere Monday, March 31st 9/8c on CBS!

Mar 14,2014

Friends With Better Lives – Behind The Scenes

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Go behind the scenes of ‘Friends with Better Lives,’ a new comedy about six friends at different stages in their lives, who are secretly questioning if their friends have it better. Premieres Monday, March 31 9/8c. Only CBS!


Behind The Scenes – Captures