Stephen Colbert might have dominated the late-night landscape with the announcement of his succession to 'Late Show' host David Letterman, but NBC has stolen back a bit of thunder with help from 'SNL' veteran Maya Rudolph. The network has officially scheduled 'The Maya Rudolph Show' variety special for a late May premiere, with guests such as 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' star Andy Samberg, Kristen Bell and more, but what are the chances of an ongoing series?
Finally! We'd all-but given up hope that 'The Office' vet and 'Hot Tub Time Machine' franchise star Craig Robinson would land back on NBC for his eagerly-anticipated new sitcom, especially after NBC left the series off the most recent development slate, but it seems 'Mr. Robinson' will finally move forward with a series order, and a few new tweaks.
We'd wondered when 'Parks and Recreation' or 'The Office' alum might start showing up on Mike Schur and Dan Goor's 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' and it seems we have an answer. Following the shelving of his own NBC vehicle, 'Office' alum and 'Hot Tub Time Machine 2' star Craig Robinson has been tapped to appear in FOX's fall success story 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' but who will he play?
If you've seen 'This Is the End' (or can just imagine a movie where Seth Rogen, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Jonah Hill and Jay Baruchel are all co-starring together), you can imagine what the outtakes must've been like. Six of the funniest dudes around just coming up with weird s--- to make each other laugh. And that's pretty much what the 'This Is the End' gag reel is - funny dudes making each other laugh.
Though the most recent pilot season gave us plenty to work with in the future, we were disappointed to learn that Craig Robinson's post-'Office' vehicle had failed to earn a pickup, as well as Krysten Ritter's 'Assistance.' Now, NBC has issued new hope that either drama could remain alive for a potential pickup down the line.
This is the way the world ends; not with a whimper but with an extended improv session featuring Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride and a fleet of other popular young comics. On an ordinary night in Los Angeles, the straight-up-biblical apocalypse begins. After the Rapture, our six heroes board themselves up in Franco's Hollywood mansion and wait for a rescue. It never comes. Supplies dwindle. Tensions mount. 'This Is the End.'
'This Is the End' has one of the most meta concepts in recent memory. Seth Rogen, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Jonah Hill and Jay Baruchel play themselves, holed up in Franco's home while the apocalypse rages outside. It sounds like a recipe for either big laughs or disaster (although early buzz suggests the former), but two clips have arrived to give us a taste of what the finished film will feel like.
One of the gimmicks behind Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's 'This is the End' is that the cast is loaded with celebrities playing themselves. But that gets interesting when you have a performer like James Franco, whose life has become an art project. In this new featurette, you can see how the actors approached playing themselves.
If you asked me to sum up Craig Robinson's onscreen presence in a word, the one I'd choose is "likable." Even when he's playing a jerk or a heavy -- like the bouncer in "Knocked Up" or baseball star Reg Mackworthy on "Eastbound & Down" -- his inherent sweetness shines through. Nobody else could say the line "I would tear that ass up," and make it sound like a kind, sensitive compliment. That's Robinson's gift. Try as he might to be a jerk, he'll always be nice. He's the kind of guy you'd want your daughter to marry.
It's precisely that quality that 'Peeples' tries to play off of by casting him as Wade, a typically amiable Robinson character whose relationship with Grace (Kerry Washington) hits a snag when she refuses to introduce him to her family, out of fear of her stern father Virgil (David Alan Grier). But c'mon; he's Craig Robinson. How could anyone not like him?
We're just over half a month to 'The Office's' May 16 series finale and opinion continues to run the gamut on whether or not Steve Carell will reprise the character of Michael Scott one last time before the end. The earlier description we read certainly left the door open for an appearance from Carell, but now co-star Craig Robinson has gone on record claiming the actor won't take any part. Who should we believe? Check out the latest from 'The Office' series finale inside!