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Cancelled or Renewed? Status of NBC TV Shows

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Below, you'll find a list of NBC's recent/current/upcoming primetime TV shows and their present status. To see a series' ratings, click the links in the middle column.Shows include America's Got Talent, American Ninja Warrior, Aquarius, Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris, Better Late Than Never, The Biggest Loser, The Blacklist, Blindspot, The Carmichael Show, Caught On Camera With Nick Cannon, The Celebrity Apprentice, Chicago Fire, Chicago Justice, Chicago Med, Chicago Pd, Crowded, Dateline NBC, Emerald City, First Dates, Food Fighters, Game Of Silence, The Good Place, Great News, Grimm, Hannibal, Heartbeat, Heroes Reborn, Hollywood Game Night, I Can Do That, The Island, Last Comic Standing, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: True Crime, Law & Order: You the Jury, Little Big Shots, Man With A Plan, Maya and Marty in Manhattan, Midnight Texas, Mr. Robinson, The Mysteries Of Laura, The New Celebrity Apprentice, »

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NBC 2015-16 Season Ratings (updated 7/23/16)

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Last season, the NBC schedule had a few ratings successes but the peacock network had a lot more misses. How will their shows do this time around? Which will be cancelled or renewed? Stay tuned.NBC shows this season (so far): America's Got Talent, American Ninja Warrior, Aquarius, Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, The Biggest Loser, The Blacklist, Blindspot, The Carmichael Show, Caught On Camera With Nick Cannon, Crowded, Dateline NBC, Dateline: On Assignment, Game of Silence, Grimm, Heartbeat, Hollywood Game Night, Heroes Reborn, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Little Big Shots, Maya & Marty, The Mysteries Of Laura, The Night Shift, The Player, Shades Of Blue, Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge, Superstore, Telenovela, Truth Be Told, Undateable, The Voice, and You, Me and the Apocalypse.There's lots of data that NBC execs look at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV »

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Extras Needed For "Downsizing"

2 July 2016 3:57 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take another look @ leaked set images from the new science fiction comedy feature "Downsizing", currently shooting in Toronto, starring Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Alec Baldwin, Neil Patrick Harris, and Jason Sudeikis:

"...a man and his wife who, deciding that their lives have gotten out of hand...

"...decide to voluntarily have themselves shrunk down.

"Unfortunately for the man, his wife backs out at the last minute..."

Melissa Lee, owner of Ml Talent Agency and founding member, Co-Chair of the Toronto Talent Agent Association (Ttaa), is currently booking extras for "Downsizing". To register with Ml Talent to be eligible for bookings on this and other films, click on the online registration here.

Recent film productions using Ml Talent include "Suicide Squad", "RoboCop", "Carrie", "Resident Evil: Afterlife", "12 Monkeys", "Stephen King's 11:22.63"...

...and a whole lot more on the horizon, including the new "Star Trek" TV series, scheduled to start shooting soon in Toronto. »

- Michael Stevens

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Neil Patrick Harris's Family Snaps Just Keep Getting Cuter

1 July 2016 1:00 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Neil Patrick Harris and husband David Burtka often share adorable snapshots of twins Harper and Gideon, and they haven't slowed down this year. The sweet moments shouldn't come as a surprise to Neil's followers, though - of all the picture-perfect celebrity families out there, Neil and David's is one of the most active on social media. The couple, who secretly got married in September 2014 after 10 years of dating, constantly shares heart-meltingly cute photos of the twins, ranging from their elaborate Halloween costumes to their nights on the town at the Plaza Hotel, eating oysters, and watching jazz shows. (Yes, they're sophisticated NYC tots.) Keep reading to see what we're talking about! Related Stories: 52 Celebrity Families You Should Follow on Instagram;Celebrate More Than a Decade of Lovely Moments Between Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka;A Friendly Reminder That Neil Patrick Harris and His Family Own Halloween Every Year »

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Hollywood Couples Who Have Been Together the Longest

22 June 2016 2:25 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Last year was a rough year for celebrity couples. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, and Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez are just a few of the famous duos who called it quits. Still, it's also not hard to find inspiring love stories in Hollywood. As the divorce rate drops across the Us, couples like Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka and Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are proving two people can grow together in marriages. And then there are duos who withstand the test of time even without a marriage license. Take, for instance, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, two stars who don't want to get married but whose commitment hasn't seemed to waver in over 30 years. Keep reading to see every loving pair who's in it to win it! »

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The 40 Hottest Shirtless Moments of 2016 - So Far!

20 June 2016 12:10 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

With Summer finally starting and temperatures rising, stars are enjoying the warm weather by going shirtless and showing off their buff bodies. Whether they're hitting the beach like Kit Harington and Neil Patrick Harris, on the set of their films like Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, or just snapping a selfie on Instagram, celebrities have wasted no time flaunting their six-pack abs and bulging biceps. Brace yourself, because we've rounded up the hottest shirtless moments of the year - so far - and things are about to get steamy! »

- Monica Sisavat

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Celebrate More Than a Decade of Lovely Moments Between Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka

14 June 2016 4:25 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka may have only tied the knot in 2014, but their romance has been burning bright for well over a decade. Over the years, we've been treated to tons of adorable family snaps featuring their twins, Harper and Gideon, plus a few moments of sweet Pda. And all the while, we've witnessed plenty of other sweet moments on Instagram, Twitter, and the red carpet. »

- Ryan Roschke

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Tony Awards: James Corden’s Producer on Orlando Tragedy, Last-Minute Changes, Carpool Karaoke

13 June 2016 1:41 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The show went on at last night’s Tony Awards after the day’s events in Orlando shocked the nation, and the producers say they faced difficult decisions about how to address the news.

“You think it’s so important because you plan for three, four or five months, and in one moment, you realize how unimportant it all actually is,” says Ben Winston, James Corden’s longtime producer and executive producer of “The Late Late Show.” He served as the host’s producer on last night’s telecast, working alongside executive producers Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss.

Here, Winston tells Variety about coming up with Corden’s moving opening speech, the part of the show he was most worried about, and the “Law & Order” segment the audience wasn’t prepared for.

What’s your review of the show?

I thought it went very well. I thought it was a good show.

You had a difficult challenge to balance the tragedy with the business of handing out awards. 

It was difficult. We were discussing it throughout the day. The executive producers and James and I all wanted to open the show with what was really important about the day, and that was Orlando. And James wanted to speak from the heart and allow the show to become a symbol of what should never be silenced. I think it allowed the show to carry on. I think it made people comfortable that he could open the show like that.

How did you come up with the cold open?

We wrote it together. James and I sat with one of our writers, and we chucked around a few ideas. It was hugely important to him that he got it exactly it right. To be fair, it didn’t take very long. It was very clear what we all wanted to say. James wrote it in about five minutes or so. The message was clear. We didn’t debate or argue over words. It was just from the heart and it was what he felt in that moment in time.

What was the original planned opening?

It was the “Hamilton” parody that you saw, but it was clear to us that would never have been suitable. The most important thing was that we addressed [Orlando] from the top.

Were there any other changes made to the show? I know the “Hamilton” cast performed without their muskets.

There were one or two things or one or two considerations we made within the show as a whole. We were sensitive to the situation. You’re very aware of something like that, but you also have to make decisions very quickly, because you’re doing a live show within hours. You have to think there was a lot of sensitivity and sadness.

The show really played to Corden’s strengths as a singer and dancer.

He’s such a great performer. That’s the truth. It’s such a joy to produce and write for him. Because there are so very few talents that are so honest and truthful that they can open a show like he did with such heart and give the moment the reverence it deserves and at the same time he’s such a brilliant performer that he can sing and he can dance and he can tell a joke and he can be mischievous with Oprah in the front row and then he can make a joke about the actors’ careers in “Law & Order” but not make it rude. He always treads the line so well with never being cutting or rude but always being inclusive. It’s such a big part of why he’s such an endearing talent is that he never makes anyone feel left out of his humor. And you sort of root for him as well as enjoy watching him.

How much did he ad-lib last night?

He’s brilliant at that. He was spontaneous around Oprah. He realized he was next to her, so he decided to bump her on the nose, or whatever he did. Which I thought was really lovely and funny. He was spontaneous with his parents, which is always great fun. We were delighted that Glenn Close and Andrew Rannells decided to play Trump and Hillary. I thought those two were fantastic and such fun. Danny Burstein [the star of “Fiddler on the Roof”] — we talked about that for a while, how many parts he’d had in “Law & Order.” We revealed six characters, but in our research, we found that he had played 11 different characters. We could have carried on going. Anyone in that room we could have picked on. There were 60 actors in that room who had been in “Law & Order” — from Audra McDonald to Neil Patrick Harris to Jesse Tyler Ferguson. We just happened to choose those five. That seemed to play very well in the room. We just chose who hadn’t been featured in the show already. I could sense a real fear in the room. There were 60 actors in the room who were thinking, “The camera could absolutely be on me in a minute and reveal the part I played.”

They didn’t know it was coming?

No, the whole room was relieved when it wasn’t their particular picture.

You also played “Carpool Karaoke” again, but a slightly new version.

We added a new “Hamilton” song to open it. We didn’t want to play the exact same thing. The truth of it is it wasn’t ever made for the Tonys. It was made for the lead up to the Tonys. Because it played so well, the people at the Tonys, the executive producers, the network all wanted it. They asked us if we could do a shorter cut. The actual thing was 11 minutes so we did a 5 minute cut. We put a new “Hamilton” song in there. A lot of people in the room hadn’t seen it, and it was a good breather in the room. It was unexpected — we only decided to play it in the room mid-week.

How did the stars — Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Audra McDonald, Jane Krakowski — all decide who was going to sing which part in “One Day More”? Was it spontaneous? 

We never discussed which bits they were going to do. Either it was improv or maybe they discussed it while we were filming Lin [Manuel Miranda’s] parts. Part of me thinks they improv-ed it and made it up on the spot, because nobody on our team heard them discussing it. They only met five minutes before they all got in the car. So I think it was just actors’ instincts. I think they just ran with it. It’s just so joyful. It’s also fun for us to do a “Carpool” without big recording artists. It’s the first time we’ve ever deviated from that. On this occasion, we felt like we had done so much work on the Tonys. What better commercial to get people to get people to watch the Tonys. Hopefully that contributed to to the fact that ratings were up. I’m glad we did it. As soon Lin agreed, we thought it was fun. You can’t overthink these things.

The ratings were the highest in 15 years. How are you feeling about that news? 

Being at 12:30, I always feel like we don’t buy much into overnights. We try not to focus too hard on them. Our catchup and online [viewing] for a show like ours, that’s what affects us. But in primetime and the Tonys, and James hosting his first real awards show in America — yes, it’s a good thing. I was  hoping it would be good. If I’m honest. I didn’t expect it to be as strong. I’m sure it has just much to do with “Hamilton” as it does with James. It’s always so nice when you work so hard on something and you wake up the next morning and you realize that people watch it. It’s not about winning. If you work hard, you do it so people will watch it. And if people watch it, hopefully they’ve enjoyed it. That makes the job more satisfying.

Having the casts perform songs at the commercial breaks also worked so well. Whose idea was that?

That was Ricky and Glenn. It was a really good idea. They’re really exceptional. It was my first time working with them. They’re so phenomenally talented and hardworking and brilliant. That was one of the joys of this process. That was entirely them. I thought it worked brilliantly. It gave a wonderful vibe to the show. It represented what the show was about which was theater being for the people. The fact that it was on a stage outside so people could turn up and watch. I thought there was something joyous. It gave a real grounding to where we were in NYC. I thought it was a great piece of television. But nothing to do with me. I’d love to claim credit for it, but I can’t.

It was a tremendous night for “Hamilton” with its 11 wins. How did it feel to be a part of that?

It’s very exciting. It’s such a wonderful production. It’s great that on the year that a musical will part of our lives for may years and decades to be there and be backstage when Lin comes off or Daveed digs to see the joy that it brought them it was phenomenal. One of the most exciting things that I’ve ever been involved in producing.

What was your favorite moment?

I enjoyed all of it. I felt like his opening number was great. It was technically so tricky. It was quite a bit of performance for James, to play 20 different musicals in 5 minutes from both the dance routines to remembering the lyrics, from the costume changes to the children. Then the children becoming the nominees. Which I thought was a beautiful moment. There were so many things that I was nervous about. But once we got that out of the way and it had gone so well both in the room and online, I thought James will have the confidence to make this a great night now. When your opening goes badly, that affects the rest of the night. Once that was out of the way, I definitely punched the air. I enjoyed the whole experience a lot more. There was a lot of tension leading up to that moment. Because there was so much to get right. And that was my highlight.

Anything that didn’t go according to plan?

No, I don’t think so. The events that occurred yesterday put making television into perspective. As crazy as a night as the Tonys are, it paled in comparison to the news that we were trying to take in. I think that’s the overriding factor for us. For me, it was the first time I was involved in the Tonys. And I thought James did such a great job. Jimmy Fallon tweeted a lovely message and Oprah tweeted a lovely message, too. That means a great deal, from people you respect and admire. To see their reactions has been lovely for him as well.

How is James feeling this morning?

Tired and excited.

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We Need to Talk About Neil Patrick Harris' Shaved Head

13 June 2016 11:59 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Last night, the 70th Annual Tony Awards took place at New York's Beacon Theatre. It was extremely monumental, for many reasons: The show started with a somber tribute by James Corden to the victims of the Orlando shooting, Hamilton took home a whopping 11 awards and all four major acting accolades went to black actors. It was a lot to take in, so it's completely understandable that yet another major development went practically undetected. At the very least, it was certainly glossed over.  And yes, we're talking about the debut of Neil Patrick Harris' new hair. Or rather, his newly nonexistent hair. The actor, who had a relatively relaxing Tony's this year since he »

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Tony Awards dedicates ceremony to Orlando shooting victims

12 June 2016 11:34 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In response to the news of the massacre in Orlando, Florida in the early hours of Sunday morning, organizers of the Tony Awards announced that tonight’s ceremony will be dedicated to the victims of the shooting. In what is being called the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, 50 were killed and at least 53 were injured at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub. The Tony Awards Twitter account issued this statement:  “Our hearts are heavy for the unimaginable tragedy that happened last night in Orlando. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those affected. The Tony Awards dedicate tonight’s ceremony to them.” The Pulse nightclub is frequented by members of the Lgbt community, and the shooting occurred when people across the country were celebrating Lgbt Pride Month with events this weekend. The Tony Awards and the larger theater community have long had close ties to the Lgbt community. Tony winners have thanked same-sex partners in their acceptance speeches for years, long before gay marriage was legalized. Kisses between gay couples onstage have shown the level of acceptance felt inside Radio City Music Hall. Out gay entertainers have hosted several Tony telecasts, including Alan Cumming, Sean Hayes, and Neil Patrick Harris. Tonight’s ceremony, the 70th Annual Tony Awards, will be hosted by James Corden, broadcast from 8 to 11 p.m. live Et and delayed Pt on CBS. Hamilton, with a record-breaking 16 nominations, is expected to be a big winner. Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda is among the Broadway celebrities to tweet support for Orlando: pic.twitter.com/D7HSofDxLK — Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) June 12, 2016 Oh wow. Devastating news.Praying for the victims of the shooting in Orlando and their families.Heartbreaking and senseless.I am so sorry.???????????? — Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) June 12, 2016 Hearing about this senseless & horrific tragedy in #Orlando. Heartbroken for my Lgbtq brothers & sisters. Time for change. #GunControlNow — Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) June 12, 2016 I'm broken from this Orlando tragedy. My heart is with all of the families and our community there. #prayfororlando — Nick Adams (@TheNickAdams) June 12, 2016 Horrified and heartbroken on yet another day. #Orlando — Lesli Margherita (@QueenLesli) June 12, 2016 Gonna be difficult to celebrate Tonys tonite but so proud to be in a community that celebrates everyone and gives a giant Fu to hate. — Lesli Margherita (@QueenLesli) June 12, 2016 Praying for Orlando. ???????????? — Billy Porter (@theebillyporter) June 12, 2016 Tonight, every note I sing will be in remembrance of the lives taken in Orlando. ???? — Laura Benanti (@LauraBenanti) June 12, 2016 »

- Emily Rome

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How Lin-Manuel Miranda Rode His ‘Hamilton’ Star from Broadway to Hollywood

12 June 2016 9:25 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The last time Lin-Manuel Miranda attended the Tony Awards, he was nervous because “In the Heights” needed to win in order to lure audiences. It won best new musical.

That’s not a problem for his ticket-scalpers’ delight, “Hamilton,” his second Broadway musical. He stars in the production, wrote the book, music, and lyrics, and it scored a record-breaking 16 nominations. It swept the Tonys Sunday night with 11 awards including best new musical, and could eventually earn over $1 billion worldwide, according to The New York Times.

“Hamilton” also won the Pulitzer Prize for drama and a Grammy Award for best musical theater album. Because Miranda won an Emmy for writing Neil Patrick Harris’s closing rap at the 2014 Tonys, all he needs is an Oscar to become a member of the Egot club.

That’s not an impossibility, as Miranda’s moving his star to Hollywood—more specifically, Disney. J.J. Abrams »

- Anne Thompson

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TV Review: ‘Still the King’

8 June 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

As the star of Cmt’s second scripted comedy — arriving five years after the blue-collar-mom-themed “Working Class”— Billy Ray Cyrus displays a willingness to poke fun at his wholesome image. Unfortunately, being game for self-parody doesn’t mean he does it particularly well, and the hit-and-miss “Still the King” script, partly credited to Cyrus himself, doesn’t help.

Self-satire can be a terrific way to inject a spark into a stalled career. Just ask Neil Patrick Harris, whose dance card was more or less wide open prior to his scene-stealing turn in 2004’s “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.” But successful self-parody requires a performer to create moments of daring farce that are outrageous and yet convincing enough to win over the audience. Let’s give Cyrus some credit for trying: By attempting to have fun with his image as a fading star, he’s at least displaying a fraction of self-awareness. »

- Melanie McFarland

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"Downsizing" Leaked Set Images

5 June 2016 3:15 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take a look @ leaked set images from the new science fiction comedy feature "Downsizing", currently shooting in Toronto, starring Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Alec Baldwin, Neil Patrick Harris, and Jason Sudeikis:

"...a man and his wife who, deciding that their lives have gotten out of hand...

"...decide to voluntarily have themselves shrunk down.

"Unfortunately for the man, his wife backs out at the last minute..."

Melissa Lee, owner of Ml Talent Agency and founding member, Co-Chair of the Toronto Talent Agent Association (Ttaa), is currently booking extras for "Downsizing". To register with Ml Talent to be eligible for bookings on this and other films, click on the online registration here.

Recent film productions using Ml Talent include "Suicide Squad", "RoboCop", "Carrie", "Resident Evil: Afterlife", "12 Monkeys", "Stephen King's 11:22.63"...

...and a whole lot more on the horizon, including the new "Star Trek" TV series, scheduled to start shooting soon in Toronto. »

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Neil Patrick Harris Could Be Your New Mentor

2 June 2016 8:04 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

The National YoungArts Foundation is accepting applications now through Oct. 14 from performing, visual, literary, and design students ages 15–18. The 2017 winners will receive mentorship from world-class professionals including actor Neil Patrick Harris, dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, visual artist Jeff Koons, and others whose expertise span the 10 disciplines YoungArts focuses on: theater, dance, cinematic arts, voice, writing, visual arts, photography, classical music, jazz, and design arts. “On behalf of everyone at YoungArts, I encourage young artists from across the country to apply to our 2017 program. Last year, we received a record number of more than 12,000 applications—now, I am calling upon all parents, teachers, coaches and mentors inside and outside the classroom to support the most talented young artists in their communities, and help them take the leap from aspiring to professional artist,” said Vice President of Artistic Programs Lisa Leone in a statement. Winners are selected by a “blind adjudication process” and will be recognized as finalists, »

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Maya & Marty: Season One Ratings

1 June 2016 1:37 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Earlier this season, NBC tried reviving the variety show format (sort of) with Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris. The show did okay in the ratings but the network cancelled it. Now, they're trying another live variety show with Maya & Marty. Will this one do better in the ratings? Will it be cancelled or renewed for a second season? Stay tuned.

Executive produced by Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels, Maya & Marty is a live television variety show that features SNL veterans Maya Rudolph and Martin Short in various comedy sketches and musical numbers. Celebrity guests take part in both live and recorded segments.

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TV Review: ‘Maya and Marty’

1 June 2016 11:20 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Understandably, entertainment executives keep trying to make the charismatic “Saturday Night Live” veteran Maya Rudolph a bigger star. Less understandable are an array of efforts to revive the variety show, a genre of entertainment perhaps left best to prior eras in TV history.

Let’s face it, variety shows thrived when viewers didn’t have a lot of other options, but now anyone with a TV, smartphone or laptop has hundreds of different kinds of programs at his or her disposal every minute of the day. It’s easy to create one’s own grab bag of entertainment — the networks don’t have to do it for us.

And yet they keep trying, especially NBC, which aired “The Maya Rudolph Show” in 2014 and cast the actress as a talk-show diva in the ever-morphing sitcom “Up All Night” a few years earlier. Last year’s variety offering, “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, »

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Kenan Thompson's Spot-On Steve Harvey Impression Makes it to 'Maya and Marty'

1 June 2016 6:42 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Last night, proving that it hasn't learned from Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, NBC premiered its newest attempt to revive the variety show: Maya & Marty. While Maya Rudolph and Martin Short are more than capable hosts for a series like this, the first episode was a little rocky — save for a fun appearance from Kenan Thompson. Instead of making it their own, Maya & Marty feels like an extension of Saturday Night Live. It's not all bad, though, because it means that now we get Kenan Thompson doing his perfect Steve Harvey impression (best reaction shots in the game) on another sketch show. On Maya & Marty, Thompson takes on NBC's Little Big Shots (with a guest from another SNL alumnus: Jimmy Fallon). Watch the bit below. »

- Pilot Viruet

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'Maya & Marty': TV Review

31 May 2016 9:41 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Kenan Thompson rushed onto the stage five minutes in to NBC's Maya & Marty, looked around and asked hosts/stars Maya Rudolph and Martin Short, "What is this?" "We're still trying to figure that out," Short cracked, one of several early jokes about NBC's latest attempt to simultaneously crack the live primetime variety format — Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, we hardly knew ye — and to build a primetime outlet for Rudolph, a prodigious talent who was both best served on Saturday Night Live and yet never well enough utilized on Saturday Night Live. Premiering on Monday,

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Maya & Marty: Is It the Variety Show We've Been Waiting For? — Grade It

31 May 2016 8:20 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Maya Rudolph and Martin Short came in like a wrecking ball on Tuesday with the debut of their new variety show Maya & Marty on NBC. Was it the best time ever or the biggest loser?

RelatedThe Voice: 8 Easy Fixes to Stop the NBC Juggernaut’s Ratings Slide

The new variety hour (whose title fails to mention third cast member Kenan Thompson) featured special guests Bernie Sanders Larry David, Tom Hanks, Miley Cyrus, Kate McKinnon, Steve Martin, Jimmy Fallon and the cast of Broadway’s Shuffle Along for a debut episode that felt an awful lot like Saturday Night Live »

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5 Daytime Comedy Shows You Need to DVR

29 May 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The problem with "life" and "responsibilities" and all those other things that require frowny-faced finger quotes is that they keep you from sitting at home all day eating ice cream directly from the carton and watching the best comedy that daytime TV has to offer. It's an issue.

Thankfully, the miraculous ability to DVR shows has visited us from the future, allowing us to balance that whole responsibility mess with the thing that's really most important in our lives: The LOLs. So here's how you can catch them while you're out doing all that dumb stuff like working a "job" and "making a living."

'Archer' (2010 - )

Though "Archer" lives on in nighttime TV, it has become a daytime syndication staple -- and all "Archer" is good "Archer," no matter what time it happens. We can't put it any better than Den of Geek's James Stanfield: "It's like MI5 run by Dunder Mifflin. »

- Dan Ketchum

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