Craig Robinson picks his 5 favorite soul singers, from Marvin Gaye to Luther Vandross

Starring Craig Robinson, An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn follows Lulu Danger (Aubrey Plaza) as her crumbling marriage takes a turn for the worse when a singer, Beverly Luff Linn, played by Robinson, reemerges from her past to perform a show in her hometown. After the Sundance premiere of the film, we asked Robinson…

Sitcoms make the worst 1st impressions, but here are 1st impressions of Ghosted, 9JKL, and The Mayor anyway

Sometimes a pilot is enough. That’s the message CBS sent earlier this week when the network ordered a full season of its Big Bang Theory prequel, Young Sheldon, two days after its primetime debut. The announcement followed strong ratings for just that one episode, but the confidence of the CBS brass is probably based…

The Second(-Billed) City: 19 great Chicago character actors

Chicago is a “that guy” kind of town, its very history shaped by political machines and criminal syndicates whose leaders all resembled character actors of one type or another. It’s also home to venerable ensemble theater companies such as Steppenwolf and improv comedy institutions like Second City, which has made it…

Baskets’ Jonathan Krisel is directing Adam Scott and Craig Robinson’s ghost comedy

Deadline reports that Baskets and Portlandia mastermind Jonathan Krisel has been tapped to direct the pilot for Ghosted, the new supernatural comedy series from Adam Scott and Craig Robinson. The series—which picked up a pilot order last month from Fox—will see Scott and Robinson goofing around as two investigators…

Craig Robinson to play Scully to Adam Scott’s Mulder in X-Files-type sitcom

Fox just can’t seem to quell its recently reawakened hunger for supernatural sleuthing. Bypassing the status of its much-ballyhooed X-Files revival—whose potential second season is still an open question—the network has announced that it’s giving a pilot order to a new “X-Files-like” comedy series, starring comedy…

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Morris From America finds a fresh angle on coming-of-age convention

“A unique perspective.” That’s how single dad Curtis (Craig Robinson) spins the tough move he’s put his 13-year-old son through. As fatherly silver linings go, it’s right up there with “builds character.” Curtis, you see, hasn’t just dragged Morris (newcomer Markees Christmas) across the country. He’s relocated his…

Everyone’s late-night bits converge as Spike greenlights Caraoke Showdown series

Over the last few years, Spike TV’s original “TV for men” mission has evolved into “nothing but Lip Sync Battle,” and now it has decided to try and expand on that show’s great ratings by introducing a spin-off of sorts called Caraoke Showdown. Like Lip Sync Battle, Caraoke Showdown is copied off of a popular segment…

See some stellar movies (and Craig Robinson!) at this weekend’s Chicago Film Critics Festival

The weekend is upon us, and for many of us here at The A.V. Club—writers and readers alike—that means trekking out to the nearest theater to catch a movie (or seven). Sure, you could see that unplayable iPhone game or that unnecessary (but apparently solid) comedy sequel or Civil War for a third time. But if you…