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NBC Boosts Digital Stacking Rights for Fall Shows, Will Stream ‘Good Place’ Full Season for Free
NBC says has secured “stacking rights” to 90% of its fall TV show lineup, including “The Voice,” “Saturday Night Live” and “Superstore,” and will offer the five most recent episodes for free on its website and mobile apps — as well as full seasons to subscribers of participating pay-TV providers. In addition, the Peacock will... Read more »
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Leslie Jones rings in birthday with Kenan Thompson, Michael Che
Leslie Jones didn’t let haters rain on her birthday parade.
16 points by Daily News | Saturday Night Live Dan Aykroyd Kenan Thompson Tina Fey American films Saturday Night Live cast Jimmy Fallon Bill Murray
Fall TV preview 2016: 'Pitch' and 'Frequency' among best of networks' 20 new shows
The stellar freshmen in the broadcast networks' fall class of 20 new shows include Fox's "Pitch" and "The Exorcist," NBC's "The Good Place" and "This Is Us," and the CW's "Frequency." CLEVELAND, Ohio - Hope is a good thing, we're told at the conclusion of "The Shawshank Redemption" - maybe the best of things. But hope must be rooted in possibilities. Reasonably speaking, does the fall TV season offer any reason for hope? The answer is a resounding yes, uh-huh, absolutely. The five broadcast networks seem to finally be doing a slightly better job of adapting to an ever-changing television environment. Sure, there are quite few clunkers among the 20 new shows the networks will introduce this fall. The rankest of the rookies include ABC's "Notorious," CBS' "The Great Outdoors" and NBC's "Timeless." But a few of these rookies get off to impressive starts, including the CW's "Frequency" and two Fox dramas: "Pitch" and "The Exorcist." And a handful of others show a great deal of promise: NBC's "The Good Place" and "This Is Us," ABC's "Designated Survivor" and CBS' "Kevin Can Wait." They show possibilities mostly because network programmers are on that elusive path that leads to some solid ground between what cable channels and streaming services are offering. The best of these fledgling shows are different, but not in a way that is an embarrassing attempt to clone a hot cable success. They also embrace diversity, in theme and casting, in ways that aren't always successful, yet do give us more reason for hope, which is a good thing. SUNDAY (One new series) Son of Zorn (Fox): Blending live action and animation, this oddball comedy features a premise that might be difficult to sustain. Jason Sudeikis provides the voice of Zorn, a warrior from a Pacific island where everything and everyone is animated. He is returning to Orange County, California, trying to reconnect with his wife (Cheryl Hines) and teenage son. The concept has you smiling, and the pilot episode keeps you smiling (if not laughing out loud). The scripts need to make like Zorn and muscle up. Sunday schedule and premiere dates: NBC (WKYC Channel 3): 7-8:20, "Football Night in America"; 8:20-11:30, "Sunday Night Football" (11th-season premiere, Sept. 11). ABC (WEWS Channel 5): 7-8, "America's Funniest Home Videos" (27th-season premiere, Oct. 2); 8-9, "Once Upon a Time" (sixth-season premiere, Sept. 25); 9-10, "Secrets and Lies" (second-season premiere, Sept. 25); 10-11, "Quantico" (second-season premiere, Sept. 25). Fox (WJW Channel 8): 7-7:30, NFL Game; 7:30-8, "The OT" (then "Bob's Burgers," seventh-season premiere, Sept. 25); 8-8:30, "The Simpsons" (28th-season premiere, Sept. 25); 8:30-9, "Son of Zorn" (NEW, series premiere, Sept. 25); 9-9:30, "Family Guy" (15th-season premiere, Sept. 25); 9:30-10, "The Last Man On Earth" (third-season premiere, Sept. 25). CBS (WOIO Channel 19): 7-8, "60 Minutes" (49th-season premiere, Sept. 25); 8-9, "NCIS: Los Angeles" (eighth-season premiere, Oct. 2); 9-10, "Madam Secretary" (third-season premiere, Oct. 2); 10-11, "Elementary" (fifth-season premiere, Oct. 2). MONDAY (four new series) "Kevin Can Wait" (CBS): Kevin James ("King of Queens") returns to the CBS lineup, this time playing a newly retired police officer wanting to spend quality time with his wife and three kids. The plot doesn't sound all that promising, but "Kevin Can Wait" actually qualifies as quality time. This is another solid blue-collar comedy role for James, and, while the series has its share of predictable moments, it ranks surprisingly high in this season's comedy development. "Man With a Plan" (CBS): But the charm that lifts "Kevin Can Wait" can't be detected in another comedy about a stay-at-home dad spending more time with his kids, "Man With a Plan." Matt LeBlanc ("Friends") plays a a contractor whose wife goes back to work. LeBlanc has had his share of hits and misses. Remember "Joey"? Well, this one is closer to "Joey" than "Friends." This isn't so much as "Man With a Plan" as "Matt Needs a Script." "Timeless" (NBC): Time hangs heavy over this action-adventure-fantasy drama from executive producers Eric Kripke ("Revolution," "Supernatural") and Shawn Ryan ("The Shield"). Dreary dialogue and colorless characters bog down this series as it clumsily follows a scientist, a solider and a history professor pursuing a mysterious criminal who stole a secret time machine. Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett and Goran Visnjic star. Well, maybe next time. "Conviction" (ABC): The Alphabet Network quickly found a new job for Hayley Atwell, star of the canceled "Agent Carter." Too bad this assignment is to carry an incredibly labored and vapid concept. She stars as a lawyer and former first daughter being coerced into joining a new conviction unit led by New York district attorney Wayne Wallis (Eddie Cahill). Their first case should be against the writers. It will be an easy conviction on the charge of assault with a blunt object. Monday schedule and premiere dates: NBC: 8-10, "The Voice" (10th-edition, Sept. 19); 10-11, "Timeless" (NEW, series premiere, Oct. 3). ABC: 8-10, "Dancing With the Stars" (23rd edition, Sept. 12); 10-11, "Conviction" (NEW, series premiere, Oct. 3). Fox: 8-9, "Gotham" (third-season premiere, Sept. 19); 9-10, "Lucifer" (second-season premiere, Sept. 19). CBS: 8-8:30, "The Big Bang Theory" (10th-season premiere, Sept. 19, airing Mondays until October, when "Kevin Can Wait" moves into its regular time period); 8:30-9, "Kevin Can Wait" (NEW, premiering Sept. 19, airing Mondays until October, when "Man With a Plan," also NEW, premieres, Oct. 24); 9-9:30, "2 Broke Girls," (sixth-season premiere, Oct. 10); 9:30-10, "The Odd Couple" (third-season premiere, Oct. 17); 10-11, "Scorpion" (two-hour third-season premiere at 9 p.m. Oct. 10). The CW (WBNX Channel 55): 8-9, "Supergirl" (second-season premiere, new network, Oct. 10); 9-10, "Jane the Virgin" (third-season premiere, Oct. 17). TUESDAY (four new shows) "This Is Us" (NBC): OK, it gets pretty hokey. It's sentimental and manipulative. And yet, even as you acknowledge how overtly it plays the emotional cards, you can't help being won over by this feel-good drama with the ideally cast Mandy Moore ("A Walk to Remember"), Milo Ventimiglia ("Heroes") and Sterling K. Brown ("The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story") as characters whose paths cross and intertwine in curious ways. This is a show you want to like, and you're always in likable company. "American Housewife" (ABC): Katy Mixon stars as a confident, unapologetic wife and mother of three surrounded by "perfect" families in wealthy Westport, Connecticut. While taking aim at some worthy targets, this wildly uneven comedy manages to score the occasional hit, but the misses are wincingly awful. "Bull" (CBS): You like Michael Weatherly. He's giving it his all in this new drama. It's far more difficult to like his smug, one-dimensional character, Dr. Bull. Based on the early career of talk show host Philip "Dr. Phil" McGraw, it follows the brilliant and brash Bull as he mixes psychology and high-tech data to help lawyers tip the scales of justice in favor of their clients. Some considerably more depth is needed to tip things in favor of this formulaic load of "Bull." "No Tomorrow" (The CW): Give yourself the chance to fall in love with this one. A romantic comedy based on a Brazilian program, it stars Tori Anderson as risk-adverse, order-addicted quality-control assessor encouraged to adopt a carpe-diem attitude by a charming free spirit (Joshua Sasse) who believes the apocalypse is precisely eight months and 12 days away. It's a strange brew, but the mixture is bewitching. Tuesday schedule and premiere dates: NBC: 8-9, "The Voice" (results show); 9-10, "This Is Us" (NEW, series premiere at 10 p.m., Sept. 20, moving to its regular time period on Oct. 11); 10-11, "Chicago Fire" (fifth-season premiere, Oct. 11). ABC: 8-8:30, "The Middle" (eighth-season premiere, Oct. 11); 8:30-9, "American Housewife" (NEW, series premiere, Oct. 11); 9-9:30, "Fresh Off the Boast" (third-season premiere, Oct. 11); 9:30-10, "The Real O'Neals" (second-season premiere, Oct. 11); 10-11, "Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (fourth-season premiere, Sept. 20). FOX: 8-8:30, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (fourth-season premiere, Sept. 20); 8:30-9, "New Girl" (sixth-season premiere, Sept. 20); 9-10, "Scream Queens" (second-season premiere, Sept. 20). CBS: 8-9, "NCIS" (14th-season premiere, Sept. 20); 9-10, "Bull" (NEW, series premiere, Sept. 20); 10-11, "NCIS: New Orleans" (third-season premiere, Sept. 20). The CW: 8-9, "The Flash" (third-season premiere, Oct. 4); 9-10, "No Tomorrow" (NEW, series premiere, Oct. 4). WEDNESDAY (four new series) "Lethal Weapon" (Fox): Nothing here will make you forget the original film, but this series version is fun, fast-paced and not without charm. Starring Clayne Crawford as Martin Riggs and Damon Wayans as Roger Murtaugh (the odd-couple buddy cops played in the films by Mel Gibson and Danny Glover), it's a put-the-brain-in-neutral thrill ride - a good but not great reboot good for grins. "Speechless" (ABC): Minnie Driver ("The Riches") manages to lift a heavy-handed script to give this wonderfully well-intentioned comedy a fighting chance. She's sensational as a mother on a mission to do anything for her husband and children, and that includes finding the right person to give JJ, "her eldest son with special needs," his "voice." Give this uncertain rookie show a few weeks to find its voice. It deserves the chance. "Frequency" (The CW): Tune in. The reception should be excellent. Peyton List stars in this immediately intriguing mix of police drama and fantasy. She plays Raimy Sullivan, a police detective who gets transmissions from the past on her deceased father's long-broken ham radio. The CW has stepped up the frequency of its quality offerings, and this is another slickly produced addition to an increasingly strong lineup. "Designated Survivor" (ABC): Kiefer Sutherland ("24") is back in the thriller business, but not as Jack Bauer and not for Fox. He has top billing in this conspiracy drama, playing Tom Kirkman, a low-level Cabinet member who unexpectedly becomes president after a devastating attack on Washington, D.C. He struggles to prevent the country and his family from falling into chaos. The writers also struggle with a concept that relies more on energy than logic. It's a fun, high-octane ride, with a fine supporting cast (Natascha McElhone, Maggie Q and Kal Pen), but it could use a boost in the credibility department. Wednesday schedule and premiere dates: NBC: 8-10, "Blindspot" (second-season premiere, Sept. 14); 9-10, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (18th-season premiere, Sept. 21); 10-11, "Chicago, P.D." (fourth-season premiere, Sept. 21). ABC: 8-8:30, "The Goldbergs" (fourth-season premiere, Sept. 21); 8:30-9, "Speechless" (NEW, series premiere, Sept. 21); 9-9:30, "Modern Family" (eighth-season premiere, Sept. 21); 9:30-10, "Black-ish" (third-season premiere, Sept. 21); 10-11, "Designated Survivor" (NEW, series premiere, Sept. 21). Fox: 8-9, "Lethal Weapon" (NEW, series premiere, Sept. 21); 9-10, "Empire" (third-season premiere, Sept. 21). CBS: 8-9, "Survivor" (33rd edition, Sept. 21); 9-10, "Criminal Minds" (12th-season premiere, Sept. 28); 10-11, "Code Black" (second-season premiere, Sept. 28). The CW: 8-9, "Arrow" (fifth-season premiere, Oct. 5); 9-10, "Frequency" (NEW, series premiere, Oct. 5). THURSDAY (five new series) "The Good Place" (NBC): The premiere episode is terrific. Kristen Bell ("Veronica Mars') plays a woman welcomed to the afterlife by a smiling, reassuring mentor played by Ted Danson ("Cheers," "Becker"). He tells her that she's in the "good place," thanks to her many good and selfless deeds. Problem is, she was an incredibly selfish, self-centered person. Could there have been a mistake? The only doubt hanging over this series is whether this is a premise that can work week after week. This is your classic show-me-another pilot. "The Great Indoors" (CBS): There's nothing great about "The Great Indoors," which stars Joel McHale ("Community") as a renowned adventure reporter who becomes boss to a group of millennials. Paper-thin characters are moved though predictable proceedings. If you venture into "The Great Indoors," you'll be wandering in search of real laughs and realistic people - neither of which ever materialize. "Notorious" (ABC): There's nothing inspired about this drama inspired by the stories of criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable news producer Wendy Walker (both on board as executive producers). Starring Piper Perabo and Daniel Sunjata, it looks at the dangerous interplay of criminal law and the media. You won't want to look for too long. This feels like executive producer Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom," lacking even the occasional moments of wit and style that HBO series could summon. "Pitch" (Fox): Baseball series have a notoriously poor batting average on television (remember "Ball Four," "Hardball," "Bay City Blues," "Clubhouse," "A League of Their Own," "The Bad News Bears"?). This heartfelt dramedy has the right game to succeed where so many others have failed. Kylie Bunbury is the brilliant ace of this cast, playing a young pitcher who becomes the first woman to play for a Major League Baseball team. Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Ali Larter and Mark Consuelos co-star in one of the more impressive home runs of the fall season. "Pure Genius" (CBS): Writer-producer Jason Katims ("Friday Night Lights," "Parenthood") usually can be depended upon to craft riveting storylines about deftly drawn characters. That vaunted touch has deserted him for this dreary series about a young Silicon Valley tech titan (Augustus Prew) who enlists a surgeon with a controversial past in an effort to start a "new school" hospital. The writing is what ails the anemic rookie, which is taking the prime-time field with an embarrassingly inappropriate title. Thursday schedule and premiere dates: NBC: 8-8:30, "Superstore" (second-season premiere, Sept. 22); 8:30-9, "The Good Place" (NEW, premieres 10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, moving into its regular time slot Sept. 22); 9-10, "Chicago Med" (second-season premiere, Sept. 22); 10-11, "The Blacklist" (fourth-season premiere, Sept. 22). ABC: 8-9, "Grey's Anatomy" (13th-season premiere, Sept. 22); 9-10, "Notorious" (NEW, series premiere, Sept. 22); 10-11, "How to Get Away with Murder" (third-season premiere, Sept. 22). Fox: 8-9, "Rosewood" (second-season premiere, Sept. 22); 9-10, "Pitch" (NEW, series premiere, Sept. 22). CBS: 8-11, "Thursday Night Football" until Oct. 27, then: 8-8:30, "The Big Bang Theory"; 8:30-9, "The Great Indoors" (NEW, series premiere, Oct. 27); 9-9:30, "Mom" (fourth-season premiere, Oct. 27); 9:30-10, "Life in Pieces" (second-season premiere, Oct. 27); 10-11, "Pure Genius" (NEW, series premiere, Oct. 27). The CW: 8-9, "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (second-season premiere, Oct. 13); 9-10, "Supernatural" (12th-season premiere, Oct. 13). FRIDAY (two new series) "MacGyver" (CBS): The network ordered a completely revamped pilot for this remake of the 1985-92 ABC adventures series. That's usually not a good sign. As of this week, that pilot wasn't available for review. That's usually not a good sign, either. But MacGyver was known for beating the odds and breaking through when things looked bleak. Lucas Till has the title role. "The Exorcist" (Fox): Premiering more than 40 years after the film version of William Peter Blatty's best-selling horror novel, "The Exorcist" follows two very different priests as they battle to help a family facing the horrors of demonic possession. The strong cast includes Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, Geena Davis and Cleveland native Alan Ruck. Eerily effective, this one will prove a devilish surprise for those expecting a reboot more terrible than terrifying. Friday schedule and premiere dates: NBC: 8-9, "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (third-season premiere, Sept. 23); 9-11, "Dateline" (26th-season premiere, Sept. 23). ABC: 8-8:30, "Last Man Standing" (sixth-season premiere, Sept. 23); 8:30-9, "Dr. Ken" (second-season premiere, Sept. 23); 9-10, "Shark Tank" (eighth-season premiere, Sept. 23); 10-11, "20/20" (39th-season premiere, Sept. 16). Fox: 8-9, "Hell's Kitchen" (16th edition, Sept. 23); 9-10, "The Exorcist" (NEW, series premiere, Sept. 23). CBS: 8-9, "MacGyver" (NEW, series premiere, Sept. 23); 9-10, "Hawaii Five-0" (seventh-season premiere, Sept. 23); 10-11, "Blue Bloods" (seventh-season premiere, Sept. 23). The CW: 8-9, "The Vampire Diaries" (eighth-season premiere, Oct. 21); 9-10, "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (second-season premiere, Oct. 21). SATURDAY (no new series) NBC: 8-10, "Saturday Dateline Mysteries" (repeats); 10-11, "Saturday Night Live" (repeats). ABC: 8-11, "Saturday Night College Football." Fox: 7-10:30, "Sports Saturday: College Football." CBS: 8-10, Crime drama repeats; 10-11, "48 Hours" (29th-season premiere, Sept. 24).
3 points by The Plain Dealer | New York City NBC Saturday Night Live CBS American Broadcasting Company
'SNL' stars Taran Killam and Bobby Moynihan frolic in run-of-the-mill 'Brother Nature'
“Saturday Night Live” favorites Taran Killam and Bobby Moynihan square off in “Brother Nature,” an odd couple blended-family comedy scripted by Killam, Mikey Day and Cameron Fay. Directed by longtime “SNL” digital short filmmakers the late Matt Villines and Oz Rodriguez, it derives its formula...
3 points by Los Angeles Times | American television actors American film actors Saturday Night Live Bobby Moynihan Bill Hader Family English-language films Bill Murray
Dave Chappelle's unapologetic return to the spotlight - and to a very different world
Dave Chappelle hasn't been gone from comedy - but he's been elusive. Dave Chappelle hasn't been gone from comedy - but he's been elusive. We're talking little to no social media. Rarely giving interviews. Living in a small Ohio town whose residents are highly protective of their most famous neighbor. Banning cellphones at stand-up shows, meaning no grainy footage of jokes-in-progress. The only way to experience Chappelle's comedy was actually to experience it live, in-the-moment and in that moment alone. Imagine that. That is, until this week. While Chappelle hosted "Saturday Night Live" in November, the highly-anticipated release of his two Netflix specials marks his full-fledged re-entry into the spotlight as fans across the globe get to instantly watch and re-watch two hours of material. This is his biggest splash since 2005, when he left his Comedy Central series - and the $50 million deal attached to it. He was arguably comedy's biggest name at the time, but he no longer felt "Chappelle's Show" was socially responsible, and he walked away at the pinnacle of his career. All those experiences make for unique perspectives on celebrity, politics and associated moral dilemmas, themes he began exploring in his last special, 2004's "For What It's Worth," and on display even more in the new specials, 2015's  "Deep in the Heart of Texas" and 2016's "The Age of Spin." At a time when entertainers come under fire for years-old tweets, we see Chappelle utterly at ease and unapologetic - the result of working for three decades as a comic and grappling with dizzying fame. More than a decade after walking away from Comedy Central, Chappelle inked a $60 million deal with Netflix to release a trio of specials, the third of which will be recorded this year. Chappelle's latest musings come as the comedy landscape is much more crowded, as technology has flattened the bar-to-entry with endless platforms. Entertainment, like nearly every aspect of American public life, has become intensely politicized. Celebrity culture has taken on new dimensions  -- we now have a president whose path to the White House was paved by reality TV, who uses the same language to criticize political adversaries as he does Meryl Streep. The comedian structures "The Age of Spin" around four encounters with another celebrity who's reemerged in pop-culture, O.J. Simpson, starting when Chappelle was a relatively unknown 18-year-old comic receiving encouragement from "The Juice," and ending just after he left Comedy Central, when Simpson was a washed-up pariah. Chappelle closes out the special with a complex attempt to reconcile with the positive legacy of a personal hero - Bill Cosby - and the heinous crimes he's been accused of committing. Chappelle also addresses the gossip that's followed him, including the TMZ reports that he was booed off a Detroit stage. He was booed, sure, but he stayed. His new material shows ways celebrity has changed him. He jokes about being pulled over by the cops in Los Angeles. "The friend that was driving me was black, which doesn't really have anything to do with the story other than to let you know that there was fear in the car," Chappelle quips. "Not my fear. I'm black. But I'm also Dave Chappelle." He's had plenty of time to reflect on what happens when you become uber-famous. "Fame is a horrifying concept when it's aimed at you," Chappelle told CBS's Gayle King this week. "You see people project all these different things onto you - some good, some not so good. Fame is not a very trustworthy idea. I feel like they blow you up as a balloon animal and at the end of the day, you don't have that much control over it." He's clearly not putting out new material to boost his star power. "I mean, I go to the same Starbucks every day, and last week, they ask me for pictures," he told King. "The perception of you changes because they saw you on that thing, which is fine. I just don't want to go too far in that realm." In the new specials, Chappelle gets into his Kevin Hart envy, petty anger he takes out on the homeless and why he blew off a Flint fundraiser to go to the Oscars. "What am I gonna do about that water?" he asks. "I'm not a superhero." Far from it. In "The Age of Spin," along with "Deep in the Heart of Texas" - which feels more like a comedy club act than a polished, theater performance - Chappelle comes off as not giving a damn whether you like him or not. Plenty of people won't. His jokes about the LGBT community and in particular transgender folks have already disappointed some fans who find the material offensive, out-of-touch and/or just plainly not funny. During a secret show Monday in Los Angeles, Chappelle indicated that he knew that reaction was coming. As the Los Angeles Times wrote, Chappelle said that those jokes were "not malicious" but may upset some. "None of that exchange is printable here, and yes, it was quite brazen in its lack of political correctness," the newspaper described. Like any comic, Chappelle has every right to tell the joke he wants to tell. And audiences have every right to hate it. That's the beauty of stand-up comedy, and something Chappelle couldn't get from his wildly-popular sketch comedy show: He both bears responsibility over the material and has total control over it. Stand-up allows him to return to the spotlight on his own terms. As Chappelle told CBS's King, "I'm nervous about being on the big stage again, but the special is done. You put something out, and people are, 'You're great! You're terrible!' I don't care about that kind of stuff." Why should he? He's Dave Chappelle, remember?
19 points by The Plain Dealer | Comedy Central Comedy Saturday Night Live Chappelle's Show Sketch comedy Dave Chappelle Eddie Murphy Richard Pryor
TV News Roundup: ‘Kimmy Schmidt’ Season 3 Guest Stars, Mario Lopez to Host CBS ‘Candy Crush’ Show
In today’s TV news roundup, Mario Lopez is set to host a new CBS game show based on the popular game “Candy Crush,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” guest stars for Season 3 have been announced and Adrien Brody joins the cast of “Peaky Blinders.” CASTING Mario Lopez, who currently hosts the syndicated newsmagazine “Extra,” is slated... Read more »
-1 points by Variety | American film actors American television actors Saturday Night Live Maya Rudolph 30 Rock Tina Fey Fred Armisen Rachel Dratch
TV tonight: 'Billions' returns, 'Paley Center Salutes NBC'
What's worth watching, and what might not be, in primetime         
16 points by Arizona Republic | American television actors American film actors Emmy Award winners Cheers Frasier NBC Kelsey Grammer Saturday Night Live
Colbert show to air live after Trump's address to Congress
Stephen Colbert is going to have his say after President Donald Trump's address to a joint session of Congress. CBS said that "The Late Show" will air live at 11:35 p.m. EST Tuesday, the night of Trump's scheduled speech. Josh Earnest, former press secretary for the Obama White House, and actress...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | Conan O'Brien Lisa Kudrow American television actors American film actors Jon Stewart Saturday Night Live Late Show with David Letterman The Colbert Report
Bill Maher Lets Milo Yiannopoulos Attack Female Comedians Unchecked on HBO’s ‘Real Time’
If Milo Yiannopoulos hoped that Bill Maher and HBO would provide him a new platform to renew attacks on familiar targets, his wish was granted. The far-right provocateur appeared on HBO’s “Real Time” Friday and took aim at the likes of Lena Dunham, Leslie Jones, and other female comics — and offering praise for his... Read more »
14 points by Variety | Twitter Saturday Night Live American stand-up comedians American film actors Racism American television actors Amy Schumer George Carlin
Snapchat Getting ‘Shark Week,’ Other Original Short-Form Series From Discovery
Great white sharks are swimming into Snapchat’s media menu. Under a deal between Discovery Communications and Snap Inc., the companies will together develop short-form shows exclusively for Snapchat’s Discover platform. The pact covers new series created specifically for the app platform, as well as shows based on the cable programmer’s flagship non-fiction properties including “Shark Week” and “MythBusters.”... Read more »
9 points by Variety | Saturday Night Live Discovery Channel Shark Conan O'Brien NBC Great white shark Jimmy Fallon Lamnidae
Donald Trump tweets turned into those of an 8-year-old by ‘Daily Show’
While Donald Trump wants to “Make America Great Again,” The Daily Show has launched its own initiative: “Make Trump Tweets Eight Again.”The Trevor Noah-hosted show launched a new site Wednesday, one that takes the president’s tweets and rewrites them in the scribbled handwriting of a child.RELATED: Darth Vader, Voldemort, and 7 Other Pop Culture Comparisons to Donald Trump
1 points by Boston Herald | Comedy Central The Daily Show Saturday Night Live Web browser Jon Stewart The Colbert Report Google Chrome 2000s American television series
Love, laughter make fun combo
Laughta in New Hampshire, a self-taught troupe of comedians, will be bringing a “very unpredictable” show to New England College in Concord on Friday.The Love Project is a set of self-written vignettes of stand-up, sketch and improv comedy by a dozen local performers.It’s self-written, self-casted,...
2 points by Concord Monitor | Comedy Saturday Night Live Sketch comedy Stand-up comedy Improvisational theatre The Second City Performing arts New Hampshire
'Morning Joe' has blacklisted Kellyanne Conway
MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski said Wednesday that she refuses to book Kellyanne Conway on "Morning Joe" - and that wasn't even the harshest thing Brzezinski and co-host Joe Scarborough said about the counselor to the president. "We know for a fact she tries to book herself on this show," Brzezinski said....
7513 points by Chicago Tribune | Mika Brzezinski MSNBC Joe Scarborough Saturday Night Live Morning Joe White House Press Secretary President of the United States Television
Kellyanne Conway's credibility taking more hits
The South Jersey native and presidential adviser has been making news herself, by making misstatements or spreading untruthful information on national television.
-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Mika Brzezinski People from New York City President of the United States Matt Lauer MSNBC Zbigniew Brzezinski Saturday Night Live President
The Ticker
Cigna rejects $48B Anthem takeover, sues for damagesCigna is rejecting Anthem’s proposed $48 billion acquisition bid and suing the Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurer.The announcement comes hours after another major insurer, Aetna, said it was abandoning its planned $34 billion purchase of Medicare Advantage provider Humana.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Saturday Night Live White House Press Secretary Nielsen Media Research NBC Mergers and acquisitions Million Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Insurance companies of the United States
Sean Spicer a TV star at White House briefings, 'SNL'
There's nothing quite as boring to watch as the daily White House press briefing. Trust me. I did it for a decade. Reporters try to craft ironclad questions so that even the best prevaricator can't find an out, while the professional mouthpiece for the president bobs and weaves and dodges ...
114 points by The Washington Times | White House Press Secretary President of the United States White House Soap opera Saturday Night Live Washington D.C. Bill Clinton Andrew Breitbart
Police: Naked intruder at NBC Washington bureau bites man
WASHINGTON (AP) - Police say a naked man assaulted another man at the entrance of NBC News' Washington bureau, then ran into the building and bit a man who helped stop him. According to a police report, the man approached the entrance of the building that's also home to WRC-TV ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | English-language films NBC News NBC American films Saturday Night Live Crime Black-and-white films NBC Universal
Dominican newspaper apologizes after identifying photo of Alec Baldwin in costume as President Trump
Alec Baldwin‘s President Donald Trump impersonation has reached new heights.A Dominican Republic newspaper has apologized after misidentifying the actor – who has portrayed the president on Saturday Night Live since fall of last year – as Trump in a recent edition.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Saturday Night Live Prime minister Israel NBC Donald Trump President Benjamin Netanyahu Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Brutally honest rankings of every Grammy performance
The Grammys are music's biggest night. Not every performer is up to the task.         
-2 points by Arizona Republic | Grammy Award for Song of the Year Grammy Awards Grammy Award U2 Alison Krauss 51st Grammy Awards Saturday Night Live Bee Gees
'SNL': Melissa McCarthy is back as Sean Spicer, and with a leaf blower
And he doesn't have to pick up the podium anymore because now that thing rolls.        
32472 points by Detroit Free Press | Saturday Night Live White House Press Secretary Ivanka Trump President of the United States Comedy Central Super Soaker Roll
Alec Baldwin, ‘SNL’ cast skewer Trump White House
In his spoof, President Trump made good on a tweeted vow to “see you in court” directed at the three federal judges        
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SNL trolls Trump hard by having more women play his male advisers — and him
Trump reportedly doesn't like that a woman played Sean Spicer. SNL had some fun with that.
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White House Press Secretary ‘Spicy’ lampooned for second time in SNL skit (VIDEO)
The Trump administration isn’t having an easy ride, and the latest edition of Saturday Night Live didn’t hold back its punches either, with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer lampooned once again. Read Full Article at
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Trump Sunday Twitter: Slamming Mark Cuban
So far, no response to another slashing "Saturday Night Life" show.
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Melissa McCarthy returns as Sean 'Spicy' Spicer on SNL
Melissa McCarthy took Sean Spicer’s advice to cut back on her rampant gum chewing on “Saturday Night Live.”
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Review: Melissa McCarthy returns as Sean Spicer on Alec Baldwin-hosted 'SNL'
Alec Baldwin may have logged his 17th turn as host of “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, but he has been a regular presence on the show since October, pinch hitting as the late-night comedy’s resident Donald Trump impersonator. Perhaps subverting expectations, it wasn’t Baldwin who started the...
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'SNL': Baldwin's Trump heads to court
President Donald Trump said "see you in court" -- and "Saturday Night Live" obliged.
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Host Alec Baldwin, 'SNL' cast skewer Trump White House
NEW YORK (AP) — In tune with the new administration of alternative facts, viewers are embracing a comic alternative president.
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'SNL': Spicer's back, and now he's got a leaf blower
And he doesn't have to pick up the podium anymore because now that thing rolls.         
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Melissa McCarthy brings back Spicer with a 2nd ‘SNL’ gender swap
A week after her blockbuster turn as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on “Saturday Night Live,” Melissa McCarthy brought back the impression to lead off this week’s episide — and she was joined by another female playing one of Donald Trump’s top dudes. This Spicer bit did not stray far from the last, with […]
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Melissa McCarthy Returns to ‘Saturday Night Live’ as Press Secretary Sean Spicer
Melissa McCarthy made a return visit to “Saturday Night Live,” playing White House press secretary Sean Spicer in the show’s cold open. “I’m calm now,” McCarthy’s Spicer assured the crowd in the press room set before erupting with anger. The sketch was filled with bellicose references to the events from the past week and included... Read more »
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Dominican paper runs pic of Alec Baldwin instead of Trump
Eric DuVallFeb. 11 (UPI) -- A newspaper in the Dominican Republic mistakenly ran a picture of actor Alec Baldwin from "Saturday Night Live" in place of a photo of President Donald Trump.
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Will Trump be watching Alec Baldwin on ‘Saturday Night Live?’
WASHINGTON – Alec Baldwin is hosting “Saturday Night Live” for the 17th time tonight, triggering extraordinary interest because Baldwin’s disparaging impression of President Donald Trump on the show has drawn the ire of the president. With Baldwin hosting – which means he will do more than play Trump – the question is, how far will […]
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Trump or Baldwin? Dominican paper gets it wrong
A newspaper in the Dominican Republic meant to run a photo of President Trump but accidentally ran a photo of Alec Baldwin doing his impress...       
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'Saturday Night Live' is the newest, hottest place to punk — and persuade — President Trump
A veterans advocacy group has reportedly purchased ad time on this weekend's episode, to deliver a message to the Oval Office.
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16 celebrities who are shopping at Nordstrom to spite Trump
Joining the likes of Saturday Night Live, Meryl Streep, and the New York Times, Nordstrom recently found itself the subject of an angry tweet from Donald Trump after the store announced it was dropping Ivanka Trump’s clothing line, citing lagging sales.“My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by Nordstrom,” the president wrote on Wednesday. “She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!”
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Iconic presidential impressions over the years
From Phil Hartman to Alec Baldwin, comedians pull no punches when skewering the commander-in-chief. "The History of Comedy" airs Thursdays at 10p ET.
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Will Rosie O’Donnell Play Steve Bannon on ‘Saturday Night Live’?
Rosie O’Donnell recently changed her Twitter profile photo to an image of herself depicted as Steve Bannon, sending the internet into a frenzy over whether the comedian would play the White House chief strategist on “Saturday Night Live” The social media buzz comes after Melissa McCarthy played White House press secretary Sean Spicer on “SNL” last weekend in... Read more »
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SEE IT: Alec Baldwin roasts Ivanka Trump on 'The Tonight Show'
Alec Baldwin is known for roasting President Donald Trump on “SNL,” and now the 58-year-old actor is taking shots at the First Daughter.
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Trump administration provides late-night comics with plenty of new material
HBO’s ads promoting John Oliver on “Last Week Tonight” depict him cowering behind a desk, with the tag line, “Scary times call for a scared man.”Be not afraid. Between Oliver’s return Sunday from a three-month hiatus and Donald Trump impersonator Alec Baldwin’s stint hosting “Saturday Night Live,”...
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Rosie O'Donnell morphs into Steve Bannon in new photo
Annie MartinFeb. 10 (UPI) -- Rosie O'Donnell changed her Twitter profile picture to a fan photo of herself as Steve Bannon after saying she'd like to play the Donald Trump advisor on "SNL."
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Rosie O'Donnell morphs into Steve Bannon in new profile picture
Rosie O'Donnell has put on a brave new face.
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Rosie O’Donnell really pictures herself as Steve Bannon
It really is uncanny.
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Rosie O'Donnell mirrors Steve Bannon in new Twitter pic
NEW YORK (AP) — After saying she'd like to play President Donald Trump's controversial adviser Steve Bannon on "Saturday Night Live," comedienne Rosie O'Donnell has apparently changed her Twitter profile picture to make herself look like him.
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Mike Myers to star in movie about his mentor, Del Close
Mike Myers, the actor who starred in "Wayne's World," "Austin Powers" and on "Saturday Night Live," and whose career began at Second City, will play the role of real-life improv guru Del Close in a new bio movie co-produced by the Chicago comedy theater and training center. Dubbed "Del," the new...
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Mike Myers to Play Improv Mentor Del Close
Mike Myers will play improv mentor Del Close in the upcoming biopic “Del,” to be directed by Betty Thomas. Covert Media’s CEO Paul Hanson will produce the film alongside Thomas, The Second City’s Diane Alexander, State Street Pictures’ Robert Teitel, and Thruline Entertainment’s Ron West. Covert Media is fully financing and launching international sales at the... Read more »
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Hip-hop, porn, gay date? Trump trolled over #EasyD tweet
Donald Trump’s Twitter account often fuels plenty of anger, upset and debate. Wednesday’s ‘Easy D’ tweet has attracted lots of trolling though, with Twitterati in overdrive pondering the US president’s mysterious musings. Read Full Article at
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The Dish: Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Rob Reiner and more...
TAPPED OUT: “This is Spinal Tap” stars Christopher Guest and Michael McKean and the mockumentary’s director, Rob Reiner, have joined co-star Harry Shearer’s lawsuit against the film’s rights holder, Vivendi, according to Rolling Stone. In October, Shearer filed a $125M lawsuit alleging accounting misappropriation, fraud and breach of contract in regards to the 1984 cult classic and its soundtrack.
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Rosie O’Donnell: ‘Available’ to play Steve Bannon on SNL
On the heels of actress Melissa McCarthy's caustic portrayal of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on "Saturday Night Live," comedienne Rosie O'Donnell says she's available to play President Donald Trump's controversial adviser Steve Bannon.
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Colbert reaches a ratings milestone at start of Trump era
NEW YORK (AP) - He may cringe at the thought, but is Stephen Colbert the late-night man for the Trump administration? Colbert's "Late Show" won the late-night ratings competition last week over NBC's Jimmy Fallon for the first time since Colbert replaced David Letterman in September 2015, the Nielsen company ...
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