Seeso has set the cast for There’s … Johnny!, its eight episode comedy series set behind the scenes at The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Tony Danza (Don Jon, Taxi) stars along with Ian Nelson (The Hunger Games, Teen Wolf), Jane Levy (Don’t Breathe, Suburgatory), and Roger Bart (Desperate Housewives). Also joining are T’keyah Keymah, Nate Smith, David Hoffman, Daniel Strauss and Andrew Schulz.
Danza plays Freddie de Cordova, the executive producer of The Tonight Show. He’s old-school Hollywood (think martinis and cigarettes) and the reigning authority — the bearer of good news and certainly bad news. Danza has a special connection to the role. He was a frequent guest of Carson’s on The Tonight Show and even guest-hosted multiple times.
Nelson will play bright, sweet-faced, innocent Andy Klavin. An average kid from Valentine, NE, who, along with his mother and father, is a huge Johnny Carson fan. To make his beloved dad proud, Andy gets himself to Burbank and on the set of The Tonight Show, mistakenly believing he has a job there. He’s thrust into an exciting new world he’s barely even dared to dream about — and to his surprise, he quickly finds he might have a place there.
Levy is Joy Greenfield, the assistant talent coordinator for The Tonight Show. While Andy initially is smitten with Joy, she feels more like a big sister toward him, guiding and mentoring him through this strange new world.
Bart will recur as Angelo, the show’s affable wardrobe guy who subtly serves as the moral compass for the rest of the Tonight Show crew.
Written by Reiser and David Steven Simon (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Mad About You), the coming-of-age story is set in 1970s Los Angeles, when The Tonight Show first moved from New York to Burbank. Reiser and Simon executive produce. David Gordon Green (Red Oaks, Vice Principals) directs.
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Jane Levy, known for her TV roles in Suburgatory and Shameless and now starring in the action film Monster Trucks, was among the many celebs to head to the Women’s March on Washington over the weekend, adding her voice to the chorus of those demanding equal treatment from newly sworn-in President Trump. The 27-year-old California native spoke with Yahoo Beauty about her experience in D.C. and about still feeling hopeful from the day.
Yahoo Beauty: What was marching in D.C. like for you?
Jane Levy: It was really uplifting, and there was such a sense of community. It was the nicest, most supportive, polite crowd of people I’ve ever been in. There were moments where I felt really claustrophobic, but I felt totally safe. I avoid music festivals and big crowds on purpose because I don’t enjoy it, but I think it makes sense that a crowd of [mostly] women would be nice to one another. On my plane on the way there I overheard a woman in front of me asking a stranger, headed to the march, if she had a place to stay, making sure she was taken care of. And that to me was the whole energy. Talking about it makes me emotional.
So cool that you marched with your mom. Is she typically an activist?
My mom is definitely a feminist, and she’s one of the most loving people that I know. She’s pretty radical, and really, really cool and incredibly compassionate. I’m a new activist, and sort of kicking myself for the ways I’ve behaved in the past, taking democracy and [President Barack] Obama for granted. But both she and I are ready to fight.
What were the main reasons you decided to march?
My No. 1 [reason] is to show Trump that we reject his presidency and his rhetoric of insulting and attacking immigrants, Muslims, people of color, native people, women, disabled people, LGBT people, the list goes on. You lost by 3 million votes, the majority of this country doesn’t want you as our president, and we’re going to show you that. And then, women’s rights are human rights. I really appreciated California Sen. Kamala Harris’s speech at the march about how national security, criminal justice, and immigration are all women’s issues.
Meryl Streep faced some criticism for speaking out against the new president at the Golden Globe Awards. What’s your feeling about those who don’t approve of celebrities getting political?
I don’t understand that. I really don’t understand it one bit. First of all, would you rather have Meryl Streep just talk about her beauty and fame and riches and self-congratulatory BS? The ceremony already does that. People who are like, “Hollywood people are elitist and can’t understand the struggle” — the disconnect is mind-boggling in that they elected a man who inherited $100 million, who doesn’t live at all the life that normal people live, who lives like a king. To think that person is going to help them doesn’t make sense to me. Also, I think being an actor and being an activist are very similar things, at least for me. Human vulnerability is universal, and that is our job as actors — to portray that, and that we are all at our core the same. Storytelling is there to show you that we are not alone. I don’t really understand how you could be an actor and not have an opinion on these things. And I loved Meryl Streep’s speech — I though it was so eloquent, and I thought it came from love and not anger. I’m struggling with that, actually — trying to recognize when I want to say something that’s coming from anger or I want to attack back. But I’m learning.
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Hi! Jane attended the premiere of her latest film I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore at the Sundance Film Festival yesterday in Park City. I have added 20 photos to the gallery:
From the producers of Kelly Reichardt’s “Certain Women” and Jeremy Saulnier’s “Green Room” comes the story of Ruth (Melanie Lynskey), a nursing assistant suffering through a crisis of existential despair. But when her house is burglarized, Ruth discovers a renewed sense of purpose in tracking down the thieves. Accompanied by her obnoxious martial-arts-enthusiast neighbor Tony (Elijah Wood), they soon find themselves dangerously out of their depth against a pack of degenerate criminals.
Written and directed by Macon Blair (“Blue Ruin,” “Green Room,”) in his directorial debut, with a distinctive look courtesy of cinematographer Larkin Seiple (“Swiss Army Man,” “Cop Car”), the film also stars David Yow, Jane Levy, Devon Graye, Christine Woods, Robert Longstreet, Lee Eddy and Gary Anthony Williams.