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Poll: Who’s the Best Host in Late-Night TV?

3 May 2016 3:51 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

After taking the Comedy Central reins from former “The Colbert Report” host Stephen Colbert, “Nightly Show’s” Larry Wilmore hosted the White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday, putting his comedy chops to the test in front of the President. It’s a common gig for late-night hosts — Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, Craig Ferguson, Colbert and Jay Leno have all served as performers for the “Nerd Prom.”

Wilmore’s recent spotlight only puts more focus on the ongoing late-night wars. From Jimmys Fallon and Kimmel to cable’s Wilmore, Trevor Noah and Samantha Bee, everyone seems to have their favorite. Which late-night host do you prefer? Weigh in below.

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- Variety Staff

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TVLine Items: Dead of Summer Teaser, Jay Leno on The Simpsons and More

29 April 2016 1:57 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Don’t you just hate when your summer-camp romance is interrupted by evil, murderous forces?

That’s exactly what seems to happen in the first teaser for Dead of Summer, Freeform’s upcoming horror-drama from Once Upon a Time‘s Adam Horowitz, Eddy Kitsis and Ian Goldberg.

RelatedPretty Little Liars‘ Season 7 Premiere Date and More Freeform Summer News

Premiering Tuesday, June 28, at 9/8c, the 1980s-set series takes place at Camp Clearwater, a seemingly idyllic Midwestern summer camp, which quickly turns into “unforgettable scares and evil at every turn.” (TVLine’s Matt Mitovich served as an early consultant on the project. »

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The 7D: Disney Series Cancelled; No Season Three

25 April 2016 2:51 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

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The 7D TV series has been cancelled after two seasons on Disney Xd. Although there has been no official cancellation announcement, co-executive producer Tom Warburton (aka "Mr. Warburton") has confirmed production on The 7D has ended. Warburton includes pictures of the series wrap party, in a post on his website. The cast and crew have known since just before the new year that The 7D would not be renewed for a third season.

The voice cast of The 7D includes: Kelly Osbourne, Jess Harnell, Leigh-Allyn Baker, Bill Farmer, Maurice Lamarche, Kevin Michael Richardson, Dee Bradley Baker, Scott Menville, Stephen Stanton, Billy West, and Paul Rugg. Jay Leno and Whoopi Goldberg recur as Crystal Ball and Magic Mirror, respectively. Below, watch a video of the cast performing, at the wrap party.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Inside CBS’ Bid to Bolster ‘Late Show With Stephen Colbert’

13 April 2016 11:37 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Stephen Colbert’s name is on the title of his program, so it’s no surprise he has a lot to do with every aspect of  CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” At times, however, his involvement in the show’s minutiae has become a problem — one that the host himself has lampooned on the air.

When the late-night program started last September, Colbert was not only the showrunner, he even did the voice-overs during the show intro. One sketch that aired early on featured a producer having a conversation with the host about the inner workings of the program — on stage in front of the audience. The joke was that Colbert was so busy during the day with every piece of the production that he didn’t have enough time to take on anything more. As the producer tried to engage the host, he nibbled on snacks and talked to the studio audience. »

- Brian Steinberg

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Chris Christie -- I Wasn't Donald Trump's Hostage (Video)

2 April 2016 12:53 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

[[tmz:video id="0_v2td3un2"]] Chris Christie finally explained his awkward face behind Donald Trump after Super Tuesday, and the Guv insists he was Not being held against his will ... as the Internet believes. Christie traded blows with Jimmy Fallon on "The Tonight" show ... comparing his infamous stance with Trump to what Jimmy would look like standing behind Jay Leno. -- but of course Fallon got the last laugh. Watch the clip, Christie claims there really was a reason he looked that way. »

- TMZ Staff

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Freddie Prinze Jr. to Host USA Network’s Competition Series ‘First Impressions’

1 April 2016 12:17 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Freddie Prinze Jr. has been tapped to host USA Network’s unscripted competition series, “First Impressions.”

The half-hour reality show, which is described as a battle of impressionists, will feature “SNL” alum Dana Carvey as an expert mentor to contestants. The series pits America’s best amateur impressionists against each other in a battle of celebrity impressions with the studio audience crown a winner each week.

“‘First Impressions’ gives up-and-coming impressionists a unique opportunity to share their skills with the master,” said Prinze Jr., “I’ve always been a huge fan of Dana and watching him in action, working with our talented competitors, is incredible.”

“First Impressions” has also lined up an impressive roster of celebrity guests including Steve Carell, Jay Leno, Kevin Nealon, Yvette Nicole Brown, Tom Arnold, Jon Lovitz and Kate Flannery, who will all coach the aspiring impressionists through challenges.

Prinze Jr. rose to fame in the ’90s, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Freddie Prinze Jr. to Host USA Network Competition First Impressions

1 April 2016 11:30 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

USA Network has found someone to emcee its upcoming contest for budding impressionists, and he’s all that.

Freddie Prinze Jr. will host First Impressions, a forthcoming unscripted series featuring Saturday Night Live alum Dana Carvey, the network announced Friday. The half-hour battle will have aspiring impressionists undergo a series of challenges, with the studio audience determining each week’s winner.

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Carvey will be the “expert-in-residence” helping contestants hone their mimicry skills; he’ll be aided by a bunch of celebrities, including Steve Carrell and Kate Flannery (The Office »

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Garry Shandling: The Fake-Host With the Most

24 March 2016 4:56 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

R.I.P. to the one of the all-time comedy greats, Garry Shandling, who died suddenly of a heart attack today. Shandling created one of the most unforgettable monsters in TV history on The Larry Sanders Show, the legendary Nineties cult sitcom where he played a late-night talk-show host with an all-devouring ego and not a glimmer of compassion. Talk about ahead of its time: It pioneered the whole whiplash-fast "room full of bitter adults abusing each other at the same time" bile of sitcoms like Veep or Arrested Development. »

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Garry Shandling: A Brilliant Comedic Observer of Hollywood Neuroses

24 March 2016 3:48 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Garry Shandling wasn’t necessarily a natural for television, but he was something of a genius at mastering the form and subtly turning it on its head.

The comic, who died suddenly Thursday at 66, came of age alongside a generation of funny folk who included David Letterman and Jay Leno. But Shandling made a name for himself by channeling all of the neuroses of his stand-up act into two highly memorable pay cable series: “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show,” a Showtime series (also aired on a then-fledgling Fox) in which he consistently broke TV’s “fourth wall” by interacting directly with his audience; and “The Larry Sanders Show,” which cast him as a Johnny Carson-like late-night host.

“Sanders” helped bridge the gap for HBO between the CableACE Awards and becoming a heavyweight player at the Emmys during the 1990s. HBO chief Richard Plepler has said that the pop »

- Brian Lowry

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Garry Shandling, Star of 'The Larry Sanders Show,' Dead at 66

24 March 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Garry Shandling, star of The Larry Sanders Show and It's Garry Shandling's Show, has died. TMZ reports that he was not suffering from a specific illness but was in a hospital at the time of his death. Police confirmed the actor's death to The Associated Press. He was 66.

Related: Garry Shandling: True Lies

The comic originally made a name for himself in the late Seventies and early Eighties for his dry, ironic wit and humorously pained grimace. Between comedy stages, television programs and Hollywood films in the decades since then, »

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The People v Oj Simpson episode eight – bring on the Dancing Itos

23 March 2016 10:15 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Judge Ito is shown losing control of his courtroom, while Robert Kardashian finds himself in a moral crisis as he comes to realise that his friend is guilty

Spoiler alert: This blog is published after The People v Oj Simpson airs on FX in the Us on Tuesdays. Do not read on unless you have watched episode eight

Finally, we get the Dancing Itos. It took eight episodes for The People v Oj Simpson to reference one of the most enduring, peculiar elements of the hysteria around the Trial of the Century – a recurring sketch on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno that poked fun at Judge Lance Ito, the Simpson trial’s overwhelmed administrator. The Dancing Itos represent not only the nation’s rapidly increasing tendency to mock the court proceedings, but also a certain level of contempt for Ito himself. In this week’s episode, Judge Ito is »

- Dave Schilling

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Review: 'The People v. O.J. Simpson' goes crazy with 'A Jury in Jail'

22 March 2016 8:01 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A review of tonight's The People v. O.J. Simpson coming up just as soon as we vote on whether we're going to watch Martin or Seinfeld... "A Jury in Jail" is something of a stylistic departure for The People v. O.J., not only focusing more on the previously-anonymous(*) jury pool, but going for a much lighter, stranger tone than earlier episodes. Not only is it borrowing heavily from the jury chapter ("Stockholm Syndrome") of Toobin's book (albeit compressing a lot of the timeline), but it's largely set at a time in the trial, after Darden's glove fiasco, when the defense seemed to be steamrolling the prosecution, and where the entire atmosphere had become more circus-like than ever. (See also Judge Ito being dismayed by a glimpse of The Dancing Itos on Jay Leno's Tonight Show, one of the weirder bits of humor — but far from the only — to »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Oscar Flashback: Leonardo DiCaprio Started His Long Academy Awards Career in 1994

26 February 2016 5:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Leonardo DiCaprio is a favorite to win the Oscar for Best Actor at Sunday night's award ceremony for his turn in The Revenant, and while many people are referring to it at "Leo's year," it's hardly the first time he's been up for the highly coveted award. In fact, this marks DiCaprio's fifth nomination. So where did it all start? DiCaprio, 41, first burst into the awards-circuit scene in 1994 when he was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his portrayal as Arnie Grape in What's Eating Gilbert Grape. At just the age of 19, DiCaprio was the second youngest nominee of the year, »

- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3

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Jay Leno Zings the Clintons, Bill Cosby and Donald Trump in Edgy Tonight Show Monologue

18 February 2016 8:40 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jay Leno was sharper than ever as he returned to The Tonight Show stage Wednesday night. The former host tagged in to finish the monologue after current emcee Jimmy Fallon "pulled a muscle" delivering a punch line. For approximately three minutes, Leno, 65, lobbed semi-nsfw political jokes aimed at Bill and Hillary Clinton's marriage, the state of the Republican party and the recent Ted Cruz campaign ad that was pulled because it featured a porn star. "The campaign said they hired the porn star because they thought she could make Ted Cruz easier to swallow," Leno joked. Firing back at »

- Chancellor Agard, @chancelloragard

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Jimmy Fallon Takes ‘The Tonight Show’ to L.A. for Week Full of Surprise Stars, Reunions & Election Talk

17 February 2016 5:09 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“This is our second night in L.A., and good news — we just found a parking spot,” Jimmy Fallon said during his opening monologue Tuesday night on the Universal lot where he’s filming “The Tonight Show” this week.

The weeklong stay marks Fallon’s second time bringing the late-night show to Los Angeles, the former home of “The Tonight Show” for over four decades.

Fallon, who just completed his second year trumping all other late-night ratings, brought his signature viral flare out west for the show, staging a “Full House” reunion in the studio that has remained empty year-round since Fallon’s 2015 L.A. visit, just waiting for him to return back from Rockefeller Center.

While the “Full House” skit was a hit, of course Fallon didn’t leave any election commentary to the wayside, as the host played Donald Trump during the piece that taped in front of a live audience, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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2016 Oscar Previews: Part 2

9 February 2016 7:09 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.

For Part 1 of our 2016 Oscar Previews, click here.

Best Actor Nominees

Bryan Cranston - as Dalton Trumbo, Trumbo

Age: 59

Previously Best Known For:

Walter White - TV’s Breaking Bad

Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:

None

Interesting Fact: Became an ordained minister while he was in college as a part-time job.

Matt Damon - as Mark Watney, The Martian

Age: 45

Previously Best Known For:

Jason Bourne - The Bourne Films

Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:

Nomination - Best Actor in a Leading Role 1998 - Will Hunting in Good Will Hunting

Won - Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen 1998 - Good Will Hunting

Nominated - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 2010 - Francois Pienaar in Invictus

Interesting Fact: Started a bowling league in Berlin while making The Bourne Supremacy.

Leonardo DiCaprio - as Hugh Glass, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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Amanda Seyfried To Star Opposite Ed Helms For New Comedy The Clapper

8 February 2016 1:52 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Writer-director Dito Montiel (Man Down) is set to take the reins of his own passion project The Clapper, Deadline reports that Montiel has already secured his two leading cast members in Ed Helms and Ted 2 star Amanda Seyfried.

Adapted from Montiel’s own novel of the same name, The Clapper is pitched as an offbeat comedy that chronicles the life of a professional clapper, who makes a living sitting on in infomercials and applauding on cue. A drab and dreary profession, it’s understood that Ed Helms will take point in the lead role as Eddie Krumble, who unwittingly becomes the center of attention while in the audience for a Jay Leno talk show. Thrusting him into the limelight for 15 minutes of fame, Helms’ character is soon left battling unwanted attention that threatens both his employment and flailing love life.

As for Seyfried, the actress has reportedly been cast for the role of Judy, »

- Michael Briers

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CBS Uses Super Bowl 50 For Streaming Boost, ‘Good Wife’ Shock

8 February 2016 12:31 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

CBS used last night’s Super Bowl to get down to business.

Where most TV networks hosting the game tend to focus heavily on the promotion of individual shows and goose interest in big-bet programs that are slated for release in coming weeks, CBS used its broadcast of Super Bowl 50 to expand viewers’ notions of what a TV network does and also drop a little surprise.

The network had approximately five minutes of time to promote its own stuff, noted George Schweitzer, president of marketing at CBS, in an interview. A decent chunk of that allotment — three different promotions — was used to push the notion to viewers of watching the company’s TV programs in new ways. CBS ran a sultry promo for its “All Access” subscription-on-demand service; an ad for Showtime’s streaming service (with music by Sia); and an overall “brand” spot telling the audience that CBS is available “now, »

- Brian Steinberg

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Review: FX's compelling 'The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story'

1 February 2016 9:03 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Fame is fleeting," Robert Kardashian tells his kids in an early episode of FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (it debuts tomorrow night at 10). "It's hollow. It means nothing at all without a virtuous heart." Young Kim, Kourtney, Khloe, and Rob look at their father like he's speaking some long-dead language they have no hope of understanding. Their dad is on TV, and getting priority seating at overbooked restaurants, all because he's famous — and only famous, at that, because his best friend happens to be Simpson, the world's most famous accused murderer. Of course fame means everything to these kids. The People v. O.J. — the first installment of a new FX anthology series from Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story, Glee), and not to be confused with ABC's similarly-titled anthology series American Crime — isn't really a Keeping Up with the Kardashians origin story. The kids only appear »

- Alan Sepinwall

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On this day in pop culture history: ‘Late Night with David Letterman’ premiered

1 February 2016 7:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

34 years ago today, a new talk show favorite was born when Late Night with David Letterman debuted. Letterman hosted Late Night on NBC until 1993, when the network chose Jay Leno over Letterman to take Johnny Carson’s place as host of The Tonight Show. Letterman then moved to CBS and launched Late Show with David Letterman. On both Late Night’s first show in 1982 and Late Show’s first episode in 1993, Bill Murray was the first guest. He was a frequent guest on both, with 44 appearances between the two shows. In the final episode of Late Show with David Letterman last May, Murray presented item No. 1 on the show’s star-studded final Top 10 list. Other notable February 1 happenings in pop culture history: • 1896: Giacomo Puccini opera La bohème had its world premiere in Turin, Italy. 100 years later, the massive popularity-bound musical Rent premiered in New York — Jonathan Larson based Rent »

- Emily Rome

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