WELCOME to UNABRIDGED ~ CHRISTOPHER MELONI ONLINE @ christopher-meloni.org, your newest source for all things Chris related on the web. Best known for his long-running role as Detective Elliot Stabler on LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT and for Prisoner #98K514 Christopher Keller on HBO's OZ, Chris recently starred as Roman Zimojic on HBO's TRUE BLOOD. Chris also has some impressive films to his credit including the upcoming MAN OF STEEL, 42 and has also starred in TWELVE MONKEYS, BOUND, THE SOULER OPPOSITE, WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER and two HAROLD & KUMAR films. This site includes an extensive filmography, biography, press section, gallery and much more.
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Chris is to appear in a program on Comedy Central called DRUNK HISTORY. The information to follow.
“Drunk History” Season 3 Premieres Tuesday, September 1 at 10:30 p.m. on Comedy Central
[via press release from Comedy Central]
THREE SEASONS TO THE WIND!
“DRUNK HISTORY” SEASON THREE PREMIERES TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 AT 10:30 P.M. ET/PT ON COMEDY CENTRAL(R)
Season Premiere Features Tony Hale, Greg Kinnear, Justin Long, Christopher Meloni, Stephen Merchant and Jason Ritter
“Drunk History” Seasons One and Two Available on the Comedy Central App and at cc.com/drunk on August 24; Episodes from Season Three Available Day after Air on the Comedy Central App
NEW YORK, August 4, 2015 – “History is written by the victors!” … Or sometimes by the drunk narrators. The Emmy(R)-nominated Comedy Central series “Drunk History” returns for a 13-episode third season on Tuesday, September 1 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, following an all-new “Tosh.0.” Catch up on seasons one and two on the Comedy Central App and at cc.com/drunk beginning August 24.
In the season premiere, host and director Derek Waters takes viewers on a historical journey to New Jersey, presenting inebriated accounts of The Bone Wars, The Balloon Corps and The Big Bang. Mark Proksch narrates the rivalry of fossil-hunters Othniel Marsh (Christopher Meloni) and Edward Cope (Tony Hale); Tess Lynch recounts Thaddeus Lowe’s (Greg Kinnear) contributions to America’s first air force, founded by President Lincoln (Stephen Merchant); and Jenny Slate explains how scientists Arno Penzias (Justin Long) and Robert Wilson (Jason Ritter) found an exciting new use for an abandoned supersensitive antenna.
Other A-list guest stars featured this season include Jason Alexander, Blake Anderson, Matt Besser, Jack Black, Michael Cera, Gaius Charles, Kat Dennings, Adam Devine, Giancarlo Esposito, Donald Faison, Will Ferrell, Nathan Fillion, Ron Funches, Mark Gagliardi, Topher Grace, Colin Hanks, Josh Hartnett, Rob Huebel, Echo Kellum, Ellie Kemper, Johnny Knoxville, David Koechner, Natasha Leggero, Thomas Lennon, Samm Levine, Joe Lo Truglio, Jason Mantzoukas, Jack McBrayer, Jason Momoa, Haley Joel Osment, Patton Oswalt, Chris Parnell, Chelsea Peretti, Parker Posey, Dennis Quaid, Sam Rockwell, Andre Royo, Maya Rudolph, Horatio Sanz, Paul Scheer, Ben Schwartz, Alia Shawkat, Octavia Spencer, Martin Starr, George Wallace, Jaleel White, Henry Winkler, Zach Woods and Noah Wyle.
This season’s brave and passionate narrators guiding viewers through history include Paget Brewster, Cameron Esposito, Fortune Feimster, Rich Fulcher, Mark Gagliardi, Matt Gourley, Dan Harmon, Kyle Kinane, Jen Kirkman, Lauren Lapkus, Paul F. Tompkins, Duncan Trussell, David Wain, Brendon Walsh and even co-creator and director Jeremy Konner. They and others will cover the histories of everything from the invention of motion pictures to the rise and fall of the Cocaine Godmother and the truth behind Roswell, among many other incredibly true stories.
The Comedy Central App will offer fans who authenticate via their cable or satellite provider episodes of “Drunk History” season three the day after air. The Comedy Central App is available for free for iOS on the App Store, for Android on the Google Play store, and on Chromecast and Xbox One. Episodes of “Drunk History” will also be available the day after air on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Xbox Video, Sony Playstation, Vudu, Verizon Flexview, and Google Play.
Between seasons, “Drunk History’s” Facebook page hosted the Stumble Into History: Walk on Role Contest which will be brought to fruition this season, as the contest winner will be featured in an upcoming episode. Leading up to the season premiere, show clips will be available on Dubsmash for fans to create and share videos across social media. Throughout the season “Drunk History” will host weekly trivia games on Facebook and Kik, and additional extras including deleted scenes and outtakes will be available on the Web site.
Created for television by Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner, “Drunk History” is produced by Gary Sanchez Productions and executive produced by Waters and Konner, along with Gary Sanchez Productions’ Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Owen Burke. Ian Friedman is the Executive in Charge of Production for Comedy Central.
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I realized I hadn’t uploaded any of the images I have from Chris’ film WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER. I did all the work but never added them. So sorry. Here of course Chris plays the part of Gene, a former Vietnam Vet who is the chief cook at Camp Firewood, and who has conversations with a can of mixed veggies. Says so much of Gene’s character and gives Chris the chance to once again play one of those strange and quirky characters he’s so noted for playing. As for the series, I’m in the process of working on the individual episodes now. Hopefully I’ll have those up by the end of the weekend, if not early in the week. Stay tuned campers.
An amazingly funny clip of Chris from the premiere of WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: FIRST DAY OF CAMP this Friday on Netflix. This is an irreverent mash up of Chris as Elliot Stabler from LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT‘s seventh season episode Ripped where Elliot handled the case of the beating of a girl by her boyfriend, who ended up by being the son of Stabler’s former partner. Too funny as the part of the “councilor” is Gene’s can of vegetables from the series/film. I’ll be putting up screencaps as soon as I can after the show airs. Stay tuned.
Some of the advance reviews for WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: FIRST DAY OF CAMP are starting to come in and they’re resounding in the amount of praise this eight part show on Netflix is getting. Not only is the cast getting the lion’s share of that praise, but the whole idea of this being a prequel taking place some fourteen years after the original film came out is also. Chris of course is reprising his role of Gene, the slightly unbalanced cook with a can of mixed vegetables at Camp Firewood. This thing looks uproarious, and I’m going to look forward to seeing it. How ’bout you?
‘Wet Hot American Summer’ on Netflix: still wet, hot, raunchy and gloriously funny
By Joanna Connors, The Plain Dealer
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on July 22, 2015 at 8:00 AM, updated July 22, 2015 at 8:09 AM
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Fans of “Wet Hot American Summer” don’t need to be told this. But neophytes preparing to dive into the “Wet Hot” cult and binge-watch the prequel, “First Day of Camp,” coming to Netflix Friday, July 31, might want to take the advice of returning cast member Paul Rudd: “Just embrace its lunacy.”
Rudd was actually referring to the absurdity faced by the cast, most now in their late 30s and 40s, who play the same teenagers they were in the 2001 movie. The cast is 14 years older; their characters are two months younger.
Since the actors include not just the sublimely silly Rudd, but also Amy Poehler, Molly Shannon, Christopher Meloni, Michael Ian Black and Bradley Cooper, and new additions Jon Hamm, John Slattery, Kristen Wiig and Michael Cera, they prove more than capable of embracing the lunacy. They embraced it like Ari Gold hugging it out on “Entourage.”
In fact, one of the many, many pleasures of “First Day of Camp” is the sight of so many fantastic actors having so much fun goofing around with each other, all the while playing everything with life-or-death teenage intensity turned up to 11.
The eight-episode series, written by Michael Showalter and David Wain (who grew up in Shaker Heights) and directed by Wain, is “Scooby-Doo” crossed with a Mexican telenovela crossed with “Porky’s” and “Meatballs” and “Animal House,” with just a little “Waiting for Guffman” and even “Mad Men” thrown in for fun.
It takes place on June 24, 1981, two months before the last-day events of the movie. We’re back at Camp Firewood in Maine, where hormones fly thicker than mosquitoes and a cataclysm is always looming – toxic waste oozing toward the camp, a government conspiracy unfolding, the staff putting on a Broadway musical.
As the campers arrive, the counselors have more important things on their minds than the kids. Eternally awkward Coop (Showalter) awaits the arrival of his “girlfriend” Donna (Lake Bell), who doesn’t seem to realize she’s his girlfriend. She’s more interested in the cool new soccer counselor from Israel (Wain). Andy (Rudd) works to woo Katie (Marguerite Moreau) away from her evil-preppy boyfriend (Josh Charles) at Camp Tiger Claw.
Drama queens Susie (Amy Poehler) and Ben (Bradley Cooper) bring in an actual Broadway bit player (John Slattery) to direct “Electro City.” A journalist for “Rock ‘n’ Roll World” goes undercover as a counselor to get the real story of summer camp. And the story of the can of vegetables that talks to Vietnam War vet Gene (Christopher Meloni) is finally revealed.
Among the highlights: the show-within-a-show, which includes an electrocution musical number; Shannon demonstrating her disco dancing; Rudd’s riff on his sarcastic sneer; Jason Schwartzman’s identification of the toxic waste; Meloni skipping through the woods; and Bruce Greenwood as a lawyer.
The series is funnier than the movie, in large part because it is far better written and directed. The movie (Wain’s first as a director) relied a little too much on its own sloppiness for laughs. The higher professionalism behind the camera doesn’t mean the juvenile spirit is gone, though. Dozens of lines are destined to be quoted, again and again, over games of beer pong, leading with, “I’m just the guy who farts in your face and makes you smile.”
Clearly, “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” still has the gloriously raunchy, proudly stupid comic tone that made the movie a cult hit. SOURCE
Chris completed a film called THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL where he plays the part of Pascal. The film has been a darling at film festivals including Sundance. The film has gained distribution and the first official trailer is out. The film also stars Chris’ TRUE BLOOD co-star Alexander Skarsgård, who as you all remember played the part of Norse vampire Eric Northman and Chris the part of the Vampire Authority Roman Zimojic.
Here is a hilarious behind-the-scenes video of WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: FIRST DAY OF CAMP to meet the staff of Camp Firewood. The video is a mockumentary of the usual videos of the 70s/80s where the video was usually unstable and very campy. The series stars Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon, and Michael Showalter all reprising their characters some 14 years after the film. You need to watch to the end of the video where you’ll see a glimpse of Chris’ character of camp cook Gene.
I have three stills from Chris’ upcoming show WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: FIRST DAY OF CAMP as Gene, the cook of Camp Firewood. This thing looks like it’s going to be outrageous. And of course Chris will be at his best. Cannot wait to see Gene at work with his can of mixed veggies. Says so much of Gene’s state of mind, though I’m still trying to figure out if Gene actually saw time in Vietnam, or …. The first episode airs 31 July 2015 and of course UNABRIDGED will be on top of it providing screencaps and other media associated with Chris in it.
 PROMOTIONAL STILLS: WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: FIRST DAY OF CAMP
There is a new trailer for the revival of WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER on Netflix where Chris reprises his role of Gene the cook of Camp Firewood. This thing looks absurdly cool. All the original cast is back looking er, um younger. I’m really impressed to see Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler back considering their varied successes. Chris of course looks typically Gene and we love him for it. I’ll have some images to follow in another post.