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‘Live With Kelly’ Has a Favorite Guest Host From ‘Grinder’ – And it’s Not Rob Lowe

3 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Rob Lowe was generally considered one of the frontrunners to replace Michael Strahan as Kelly Ripa‘s “Live” co-host, but perhaps we targeted the wrong “Grinder” actor this whole time. Somewhat glaringly, Lowe hasn’t guest co-hosted ABC’s “Live” even once since the revolving door of potential suitors kicked off on May 16. We already know who will be there through July 15, and Lowe’s not on the list. Interestingly, there is someone from Fox’s now-defunct “The Grinder” who will have performed that exact task five times by then: Lowe’s co-star, Fred Savage. Who would have guessed he »

- Tony Maglio

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Jessica Williams Exits The Daily Show

23 hours ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Enjoy Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams while you still can, America — Thursday’s episode will be her last.

EW.com reports that Williams, the youngest correspondent in Daily Show history, is leaving the Comedy Central series after four years to pursue her own project at the network. Though Williams can’t say much about her new show, she reveals that it will be about a young feminist who “imagines herself to be ‘woke.'” (Please note Williams’ own use of quotation marks.)

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10 years ago today: ‘Superman Returns’ soared into theaters

28 June 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

10 years ago, Superman looked a lot different onscreen. Kevin Spacey, not Jesse Eisenberg, was playing Lex Luthor. Kate Bosworth, not Amy Adams, was in the role of Lois Lane. And unknown actor Brandon Routh was starring as the Man of Steel. In retrospect, Superman was headlining a rather bright, campy movie when you look at his 2006 flick next to this year’s grimdark Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Superman Returns opened in theaters 10 years ago today. It didn’t manage to reboot the long-stagnant Superman property into a new franchise, as Warner Bros. hoped. The Batman v Superman title was being tossed around already during discussion for a sequel to Superman Returns. But the studio ultimately decided to move on from the Routh-Bryan Singer-et al. line-up. “Superman [Returns] didn't quite work as a film in the way that we wanted it to,” then-wb president Jeff Robinov said in »

- Emily Rome

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Joss Whedon, Cedric the Entertainer's Wacky Another Period Roles Revealed

25 June 2016 6:56 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

It’s probably a good sign when a character’s name alone is funny enough to get a laugh: Joss Whedon‘s guest-starring role in Season 2 of Comedy Central’s Another Period is… Duane Reade, our sister site Deadline reports. Cedric the Entertainer will play composer Scott Joplin.

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Whedon’s pharmacist will, since the series is set in the early 1900s, refuse to sell Riki Lindhome’s dim-witted Lillian a condom, the actress explained, “because she’s a woman, therefore a slut, and they’re illegal, »

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How Emmys Hopefuls Tracee Ellis Ross and Constance Wu Revived the Sitcom Mom

22 June 2016 10:08 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Rainbow Johnson (Tracee Ellis Ross) bans hate speech at her children’s school by taking to the barricades. She punches through a banner and chants into a megaphone, protesting in a shirt that reads “She-ro,” and although her passion proves too intense—she tosses a brick through a parked car’s window—her gesture of triumph is perfect. Tilting her head back in exultation, Ross emerges as the unsung star of Kenya Barris’ “Black-ish,” and the emblem of a sitcom character reborn: I am mother. Hear me roar.

Along with ABC counterpart Constance Wu, of Nahnatchka Khan’s “Fresh Off the Boat,” Ross, as the successful surgeon and mother of four, adapts the most familiar figure in American television—see: Carol Brady, Clair Huxtable, Roseanne—to the medium’s modern age, in which single ladies—see: Liz Lemon, Leslie Knope, Hannah Horvath—lately seem to attract the most attention. In part, »

- Matt Brennan

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How ‘Rick and Morty’ Creators Animated Trippy ‘Back to the Future’ Riff for Adults (Emmy Watch)

21 June 2016 11:39 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

While animated sci-fi series “Rick and Morty” began as a hallucinatory “Back to the Future” riff, in its second season on Adult Swim it’s turned more Philip K. Dick in its trippy embrace of alternate realities and alien worlds. Sociopathic scientist Rick Sanchez enlists naive grandson Morty in a series of mind-bending, intergalactic adventures, putting their dysfunctional family in continuous peril.

For creators Justin Roiland (“Adventure Time” voice actor) and Dan Harmon (“Community” creator), the first season was all about the crazy inventions, while the second concentrated more on exploration. “We’re trying to make sure that we never paint ourselves into a corner conquering the nihilism of an infinite universe,” said Harmon.

The comedy is both smart and low-brow with scattered sci-fi and other pop cultural references along with plenty of sex and scatological humor.

The flat animation style, meanwhile, evokes both “The Simpsons” and “The Ren & Stimpy Show. »

- Bill Desowitz

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Rob Lowe on Grinding On After ‘The Grinder,’ and Why It Still Deserves Awards Love (Consider This)

20 June 2016 12:09 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The funny thing about the Emmys is how long the campaign season actually runs. Even though the first round of voting takes place in June (with nominations announced on July 14), the PR machines kick in as early as February – for awards that aren’t announced until September 18. That means some Emmy “For Your Consideration” interviews are conducted long before stars and producers learn the fate of their shows.

Such was the case of Rob Lowe and his exquisite experiment, “The Grinder.” Indiewire spoke with the talented thespian a month before Fox axed the critically-hailed comedy, and — while we spoke again for the season finale — what he had to say at the time is relevant to what happened to “The Grinder.” We talked to him again after news of the cancellation hit, and the below interview represents a lightly edited transcript of those two conversations.

Most importantly, Lowe’s impeccable, daring »

- Ben Travers

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Rob Lowe on Grinding On After ‘The Grinder,’ and Why It Still Deserves Awards Love (Consider This)

20 June 2016 12:09 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The funny thing about the Emmys is how long the campaign season actually runs. Even though the first round of voting takes place in June (with nominations announced on July 14), the PR machines kick in as early as February – for awards that aren’t announced until September 18. That means some Emmy “For Your Consideration” interviews are conducted long before stars and producers learn the fate of their shows.

Such was the case of Rob Lowe and his exquisite experiment, “The Grinder.” Indiewire spoke with the talented thespian a month before Fox axed the critically-hailed comedy, and — while we spoke again for the season finale — what he had to say at the time is relevant to what happened to “The Grinder.” We talked to him again after news of the cancellation hit, and the below interview represents a lightly edited transcript of those two conversations.

Most importantly, Lowe’s impeccable, daring »

- Ben Travers

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‘The Leftovers’: An Oral History of the Finale’s Karaoke Scene, from Damon Lindelof & Justin Theroux

20 June 2016 12:04 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“One of the things I’m most proud of is the sequence with Kevin Garvey singing “Homeward Bound.” — Mimi Leder

“The karaoke scene was probably the most deeply uncomfortable scene I had to shoot.” — Justin Theroux

“If you try to explain to someone, ‘Here’s what happened in the finale of “The Leftovers,”‘ you sound insane.” — Damon Lindelof

[Spoilers for “The Leftovers” Season 2 are below.]

The second season of Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta’s magnificent exploration of belief, faith and family included its fair share of bold moments. Its opening sequence tracked a cave woman giving birth in rural Texas. Its first episode barely featured its main stars, shifting instead to a whole new family in a brand new location. And then came “International Assassin,” the season’s eighth episode that tracked Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) into the afterlife; an afterlife set in a hotel where he donned a suit, became an assassin and had to »

- Ben Travers

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Live With Kelly and... Jeff Gordon? Racing Legend Eyed as New Co-Host

17 June 2016 9:45 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Retired racing legend Jeff Gordon has zoomed to the top of ABC’s short list to succeed Michael Strahan as Kelly Ripa’s new Live co-host, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Gordon has experience sitting alongside Ripa. During the Live With Regis and Kelly era, he served as Ripa’s sidekick nine times. (He even did a stint opposite Reege in 2001 before Ripa came on board).

He most recently appeared on the show in June 2015, but just as a guest.

RelatedKelly Ripa’s Dilemma: Why the Live Host Needs a New Pal, Not a Bestie, Sitting Alongside Her

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These shows would make great Emmy nominees

14 June 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Yesterday, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences opened voting for this year's Emmy nominations, including the public release of ballots showing who submitted themselves and in what categories. That means it's time for my annual thought exercise, where I pretend that I'm an Academy member and try to figure out how I would fill out my ballot in the major categories. The whole thing becomes trickier with each passing year, just because there are so many shows and performances worthy of at least consideration: when I made my first run through the ballot, jotting down contenders in each big category, I wound up with 26 potential Outstanding Comedy Series nominees, for instance. It does give me a sense of how challenging this must be for the actual Emmy voters, especially since most of them have much less time to actually watch TV than I do. I'm using the same rules as usual: 1)I only consider shows and performances that were submitted. So even if I wanted to put, say, Hugh Dancy on my ballot for his work in the final season of Hannibal, I couldn't, because he only submitted his work on Hulu's The Path. 2)I can't move things into other categories to suit my preference. I can't treat Horace and Pete like a limited series, even though that's clearly what it was, because the Academy let Louis C.K. submit it in the drama categories, and I can't take a largely dramatic half-hour like Transparent or Togetherness out of the comedy categories. 3)I don't consider shows and performances that I didn't watch much, if at all, this season. Based on the last time I was a regular viewer of Penny Dreadful and Orphan Black, for instance, I suspect Eva Green and Tatiana Maslany would both be incredibly strong contenders for the drama lead actress category, but I haven't seen a second of either show's eligible season. Back in the days before Peak TV, it would make me crazy when actors were obviously nominated based on their work from previous seasons, rather than anything they had done in the current year, so I'm not going to make any nominations based on similar assumptions. Also, because so much of the biggest action this year is in the limited series categories (even sans Horace and Pete), I'm going to make picks there, when usually I've stuck with the comedy and drama fields. So here we go... Outstanding Comedy Series black-ish (ABC) Master of None (Netflix) Review (Comedy Central) Transparent (Amazon) Veep (HBO) You're the Worst (FX) As I alluded to above, this was a tough one, especially since there are so many different kinds of "comedy" up for consideration. I could have surrounded Transparent and You're the Worst with a bunch of other half-hours that trended more towards the dramatic this year (say, Casual, Baskets, Togetherness, and Girls), or put on both of the CW's delightful Monday hour-long comedies in Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, or loaded up on the resurgent broadcast network comedy scene and paired black-ish with the likes of The Grinder, The Carmichael Show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Fresh Off the Boat. And I haven't even mentioned Broad City or Lady Dynamite or Catastrophe or Silicon Valley or Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt or a bunch of others that I'm not happy to not have on my final list. But these six were ultimately the ones that stuck with me the most, in some cases very long after they first aired. Outstanding Drama Series The Americans (FX) Better Call Saul (AMC) Happy Valley (Netflix) Horace and Pete (LouisCK.net) The Leftovers (HBO) UnREAL (Lifetime) Because so many great shows like Fargo and American Crime and The People v. O.J. Simpson have gotten themselves categorized as limited series, this wasn't quite as impossible a category to cull down to six choices, even if I changed my mind five different times between including UnREAL, Mr. Robot, or Halt and Catch Fire for that last spot. The Leftovers was my favorite show of last year, and assuming its final season gets bumped to 2017, Horace and Pete and The Americans are the two front-runners to finish atop my best of list for this year. With Mad Men gone, and limited series more competitive, I'm holding out the faintest of hope that Americans can follow the Friday Night Lights pattern and start getting nominated late in its run after being largely ignored early on. Outstanding Limited Series American Crime (ABC) Fargo (FX) The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX) Roots (History) Show Me a Hero (HBO) What an amazing resurgence for a format the rest of the TV business had all but ceded to HBO for the last decade. All six of these projects were extraordinary in different ways, and any one of them would be a more than deserving winner, though I'm assuming People v. O.J. is going to sweep its way through most of the limited series categories. Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series Anthony Anderson, black-ish Andrew Daly, Review Chris Geere, You're the Worst Rob Lowe, The Grinder Fred Savage, The Grinder Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent Some years, I set a rule that I will only nominate one actor per show, but I couldn't choose between the two Grinder leads, who were as perfect a crazy man/straight man pairing as TV has had in quite some time. Anderson and Geere did great work flipping back and forth between silliness and pathos this year (I still choke up thinking about Dre's Obama speech from the black-ish episode about how to talk to your kids about black people being shot by cops), Tambor was once again stunning in a largely dramatic performance (that is, again, eligible here, in a category that isn't Funniest Actor in a Comedy Series), and Daly's absolute commitment to the awfulness of Forrest MacNeil's life made the second Review season even funnier, and darker, than the first. Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series Steve Buscemi, Horace and Pete Louis C.K., Horace and Pete Rami Malek, Mr. Robot Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul Matthew Rhys, The Americans Justin Theroux, The Leftovers Horace and Pete was another case of my inability to choose between two actors from the same show, as by the end, C.K.'s work was just as nuanced and devastating as the more experienced Buscemi's. Malek was so riveting that he made a lot of pieces of Mr. Robot work that would have failed utterly in the hands of an even slightly less gifted performer, Theroux's work in the last few Leftovers season 2 episodes left me a wreck, Odenkirk continues to demonstrate surprising depths as a dramatic actor, and it's absurd that Matthew Rhys has yet to be nominated for all he does on Americans. Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie Bryan Cranston, All the Way James Franco, 11.22.63 Oscar Isaac, Show Me a Hero Regé-Jean Page, Roots Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Patrick Wilson, Fargo Cranston and Franco both gave tremendous performances in ultimately flawed projects. Isaac somehow made all the exposition and policy wonkery of Show Me a Hero entertaining and tragic, Page and Vance were enormously charismatic as men who were flashy on the outside and deeply pained on the inside, and Patrick Wilson basically turned into Gary Cooper and became the powerful, still center around which all the craziness of Fargo season 2 could orbit. Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Aya Cash, You're the Worst Gillian Jacobs, Love Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep Michaela Watkins, Casual Louis-Drefyus will — deservedly — keep winning this category until either Veep ends or she pulls a Candice Bergen and withdraws herself from consideration. So it almost doesn't matter who gets nominated alongside her. But the other performances I chose were all wonderfully nuanced and complicated as they painted very different portraits of women who are all damaged in some way, and any of them would make an incredibly deserving winner if Louis-Dreyfus were to pull a Larry David and somehow offend everyone in Los Angeles at the same time. Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series Shiri Appleby, UnREAL Kerry Bishé, Halt and Catch Fire Carrie Coon, The Leftovers Sarah Lancashire, Happy Valley Krysten Ritter, Jessica Jones Keri Russell, The Americans The Pov structure of Leftovers season 2 rendered everyone but Theroux a supporting player, but since Coon submitted herself here, I'm picking her, because when she was on screen, she was spectacular. Bishé was the highlight of the much-improved second season of Halt, Lancashire remains indelible on Happy Valley, Ritter lived up to all of my hopes for Jessica Jones, and refer to my Matthew Rhys comment when it comes to his TV spouse. The real surprise of the group is Appleby, who had never suggested the kind of depth and force that her role on UnREAL has allowed her to play. Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie Kirsten Dunst, Fargo Felicity Huffman, American Crime Riley Keough, The Girlfriend Experience Rachel McAdams, True Detective Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Lili Taylor, American Crime As with the corresponding male category, we've got a couple of performances here (Keough and McAdams) that transcended iffy shows. You could argue that any or all of Dunst, Huffman, and Taylor belong in the supporting field, but they were all wonderful, even if they all understandably seem destined to lose to Paulson. Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series Louie Anderson, Baskets Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine Jaime Camil, Jane the Virgin Christopher Meloni, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp T.J. Miller, Silicon Valley Timothy Simons, Veep Honestly, I could make this an all-Veep category — say, with Simons, Tony Hale, Kevin Dunn, Gary Cole, Sam Richardson, and Matt Walsh (or swap any two of them out for Hugh Laurie and Reid Scott) — and it would be a completely respectable list. Instead, I decided to limit myself to one guy, and the New Hampshire election story has given Simons a chance to shine like never before. As for the others, Braugher is a national treasure, Camil may be playing the most reliable joke machine on television, Meloni stole First Day of Camp the same way he stole the original movie, and Miller got to add some surprising emotion to Erlich Bachman's usual hilarious buffoonery. And Anderson is, like Tambor, giving an almost entirely dramatic performance (and also playing a woman), but in a way that never feels like a gimmick. Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series Alan Alda, Horace and Pete Dylan Baker, The Americans Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul Kevin Carroll, The Leftovers Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones Lance Reddick, Bosch Even if the Academy at large didn't watch Horace and Pete, I expect Alda will be nominated on name recognition alone, and when they see him give the performance of his career, he'll hopefully win. Baker sketched out a complicated and tragic character in the space of 13 episodes, Banks continued finding new gravitas inside Mike Ehrmantraut, Carroll knocked me out as much as his more well-known co-stars, Dinklage remains so much fun that he can even carry a long scene where he's acting against thin air disguised as CGI dragons, and Reddick also did the best work of his career on the largely unheralded Bosch. Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Ted Danson, Fargo Connor Jessup, American Crime Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager Zahn McClarnon, Fargo Bokeem Woodbine, Fargo Unfortunately, I assume John Travolta has one of these spots in the bag. And the only reason Jessup is here and not in the lead category is because he's young and relatively unknown. But this is still one of the most competitive groups in the whole field, and I'd love to see one of the more unheralded actors eligible win it, even though Danson and Laurie were both superb in the kinds of roles they don't usually play. Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series Loretta Devine, The Carmichael Show Kether Donohue, You're the Worst Allison Janney, Mom Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live Amanda Peet, Togetherness Kristen Schaal, Last Man on Earth Janney, like Louis-Dreyfus, may have a stranglehold on her category for a while, and she's terrific enough — at both the light and dark parts of Mom — that I can't get too annoyed with it. This is another extremely deep category, which I tried to cover with a variety of different kinds of performances from different kinds of shows. There's Devine playing extremely big — and yet still human enough to be at the center of an episode about clinical depression — on Carmichael (where David Alan Grier would also be a fine nominee on the male side), McKinnon carrying SNL, Donohue and Peet doing a mix of utter silliness and something much messier, and Schaal turning out in time to be the very best part of Last Man. I'd have liked to find room for some of the Transparent actresses or Zosia Mamet or a bunch of others, but you've gotta make choices when you play this game. Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series Amy Brenneman, The Leftovers Ann Dowd, The Leftovers Regina King, The Leftovers Rhea Seehorn, Better Call Saul Alison Wright, The Americans Constance Zimmer, UnREAL Nope. Not gonna leave out one of the three Leftovers ladies here. (As a past winner, King is the most likely to get an actual nomination.) Seehorn, meanwhile, essentially became co-lead for much of Saul season 2, and was so likable and vulnerable and interesting that it felt like she was adding to Jimmy's story rather than taking away from it. Wright was stronger than ever on Americans, even though Martha was in crisis throughout, and Zimmer was every bit Shiri Appleby's dramatic equal as part of the UnREAL two-hander. Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie Olivia Colman, The Night Manager Rachel Keller, Fargo Regina King, American Crime Cristin Milioti, Fargo Anika Noni Rose, Roots Jean Smart, Fargo Another category where I went with three from one show, reflecting both the great work of Keller, Milioti, and Smart, but also the relative shallowness of this particular field. King is one of several actors this year who, thanks to the proliferation of limited series and shows with shorter seasons, has a realistic shot at being nominated for two different performances. Colman had a bunch of great moments during The Night Manager (particularly the monologue about why her character was so interested in taking down Hugh Laurie), and Rose was one of the best parts of the outstanding Roots ensemble. What does everybody else think? What nominations are you most hoping to see? Alan Sepinwall may be reached at sepinwall@hitfix.com »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Emmy Awards Voting Now Open

13 June 2016 6:14 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Let the Emmy voting begin…The Television Academy announced on Monday that the first round of online Emmy Awards nomination voting has opened. Although Emmy campaigning has been ongoing for the past few months, Television Academy members are now able to start makig some choices.

Voting will be open for the next two weeks and will narrow down a very broad content selection. As of last year, this first round of Emmy voting can be done online. For an in-depth look at Emmy frontrunners, check out PBS and Variety’s “Actors on Actors” series, which includes conversations between Lady Gaga and Jamie Lee Curtis, Tracee Ellis Ross and Courtney B. Vance, Emilia Clarke and Jay Duplass and Rob Lowe and John Travolta.

Emmy voters will also be able to decide which shows make it into the new short form categories, which include comedy or drama; variety; reality/non-fiction; and animation. The nominees must have a minimum of six episodes, an average length of 15 minutes or less per episode, and be shown on traditional TV or via the Internet. Members will also be able to vote for short-form Actress and Actor. These will be handed out as part of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which will now be presented over two consecutive nights, the weekend prior to the Primetime Emmy Awards.

Don’t miss Variety’s coverage on the 2016 Emmys and the contenders. Voting will conclude on June 27. The Television Academy will announce nominees on July 14.

The 2016 Emmys will air on September 18 at 8 p.m. Et/5 p.m Pt on ABC.

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- Maria Cavassuto

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Set Your DVR’s: Variety’s ‘Actors on Actors’ Airs This Sunday on PBS SoCal

10 June 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The fourth season of Variety and PBS SoCal’s award-winning “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors” will premiere Sunday night, June 12. The season will feature intimate conversations about filming sex scenes, race and gender and fame with talent from some of this year’s most notable TV programs, including “American Horror Story: Hotel,” “Shades of Blue,” “Game of Thrones,” “Master of None,” “American Crime Story” and “Outlander.”

The first episode of the season, which airs Sunday at 7 p.m. on PBS SoCal, will feature the following pairings: Lady Gaga of “American Horror Story: Hotel” with Jamie Lee Curtis of “Scream Queens”; Courtney B. Vance of “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” with Tracee Ellis Ross of “Black-ish”; Jennifer Lopez of “Shades of Blue” with Felicity Huffman of “American Crime”; Aaron Paul of “The Path” with Tom Hiddleston of “The Night Manager”; and Emilia Clarke of “Game of Thrones” with Jay Duplass of “Transparent. »

- Variety Staff

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Rob Lowe Is Getting a Comedy Central Roast

9 June 2016 2:27 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Get ready to be roasted, Rob Lowe.  One of TV's handsomest men is about to take the hot seat in this year's big Comedy Central roast, which will film in Los Angeles and will air later this summer.  "Rob Lowe is handsome, talented, successful and handsome. He needs to be roasted," Comedy Central president Kent Alterman said in a statement.  "What a thrill to once again be following in Justin Bieber's footsteps," Lowe said in his own statement. "I look forward to a night of hilarious jokes recycled from the James Franco Roast. I would like to express my gratitude to the members of my family who have passed away and therefore will not have to endure what »

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Rob Lowe Roast Set At Comedy Central

9 June 2016 2:23 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

With The Grinder resting for good — but what it if isn’t? — Rob Lowe has some time on his hands. After the Comedy Central roasters get through with him, he might wish he didn’t. The veteran actor is set as the next victim on the cable net’s not-for-the-thin-skinned circuit. From chiseled to shattered. Get ready @RobLowe, the #LoweRoast is coming this summer. pic.twitter.com/UgiL0sDWG5 — Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) June 9, 2016 Lowe, whose roast will premiere this… »

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Comedy Central to Roast Rob Lowe

9 June 2016 2:05 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Rob Lowe is about to go through a different type of grinder.

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Comedy Central on Thursday announced that Lowe will be its next celebrity roast victim, following in the illustrious footsteps of stars like Pamela Anderson, Justin Bieber and Flavor Flav; the taping and air dates have yet to be revealed.

Rob Lowe is handsome, talented, successful and handsome,” says Comedy Central president Ken Alterman, adding, “He needs to be roasted”

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Rob Lowe Is the Next Comedy Central Roastee

9 June 2016 2:03 PM, PDT | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

His Fox sitcom The Grinder may be no more, but Rob Lowe has moved on to his next comedic role — taking abuse at the hands of roasters during Comedy Central’s annual favorite event, The Comedy Central Roast. Lowe’s skewering will be taped in Los Angeles this summer, with an airdate for the #LoweRoast to be announced later. “Rob Lowe is handsome, talented, successful and handsome. He needs to be roasted,” said Kent Alterman, President, Comedy Central, in a release. Lowe added: “What a thrill to once again be following in Justin Bieber’s footsteps. I look forward to a night of hilarious jokes … Continue reading →

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Comedy Central to Roast Rob Lowe

9 June 2016 1:51 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rob Lowe will be the subject of this year’s Comedy Central roast, the network announced Thursday. The “Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe” will be shot in Los Angeles later this year. No premiere date or taping date has yet been set.

Rob Lowe is handsome, talented, successful and handsome. He needs to be roasted,” said Kent  Alterman, president of Comedy Central.

Lowe most recently starred in the Fox comedy series “The Grinder” alongside Fred Savage. The series was well reviewed but failed to draw standout ratings. It was canceled after one season.

“What a thrill to once again be following in Justin Bieber’s footsteps,” Lowe said. “I look forward to a night of hilarious jokes recycled from the James Franco Roast. I would like to express my gratitude to the members of my family who have passed away and therefore will not have to endure what promises »

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Comedy Central Set to Roast Rob Lowe

9 June 2016 1:47 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

First there was Charlie Sheen. Then there was Justin Bieber. Now, Comedy Central has tapped veteran actor Rob Lowe as its next network "roastee." The Viacom-owned network is set to tape the special in Los Angeles and air it later this year. There's no word yet on a roastmaster, nor is there a sense of who will come forward to poke fun at the actor whose career began as a teen heartthrob in such movies as The Outsiders and St. Elmo's Fire. In the decades since, he's starred in such TV series as The West Wing, Brothers &

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Comedy Central’s Next Roast Victim: Rob Lowe

9 June 2016 1:46 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

At least Rob Lowe still has one TV show — unfortunately, that’s only because the actor will be Comedy Central’s next Roast victim. The “Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe” will take place this year in Los Angeles; its tape and airdate will be announced at a later date. “Rob Lowe is handsome, talented, successful and handsome. He needs to be roasted,” said Kent Alterman, president, Comedy Central. Also Read: Katherine Heigl, Rob Lowe and 10 More Winners and Losers in New Fall TV Schedule (Photos) “What a thrill to once again be following in Justin Bieber‘s footsteps,” Lowe added. »

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