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Andy Samberg is setting aside his badge and picking up a racket. The Brooklyn Nine-Nine star is set to play a "superstar tennis bad boy" in a new HBO comedy event focused on a seven-day Wimbledon showdown. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the one-off mockumentary, titled 7 Days in Hell, will find Samberg's character, Aaron Williams, squaring off with rival prodigy/"certified truck driver" Charles Lloyd Poole (Game of Thrones' Kit Harington) at Wimbledon 2004.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Rob Sheffield's Favorite 2013 TV
This talent competition continues to be NBC's top rated summer series and it's already been renewed for a 10th season. Will the ratings continue to be strong enough to justify airing twice a week? Stay tuned.
Hosted by Nick Cannon, America's Got Talent is a nationwide talent show that features a variety of single and group performers. The winner takes home a cash prize and a chance to headline a Las Vegas show. Returning as judges are Melanie Brown, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, and Howard Stern. Episodes also air on Tuesdays.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- usually the next day, around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see the »
If you were worried that Andy Samberg is on his way to being the next Adam Sandler, have no fear! He’s also taking a shot at being the next Will Ferrell. At least, that’s what it sounds like he’s going for in HBO’s 7 Days In Hell, which will feature Samberg as a “bad boy” tennis player embroiled in a seven-day long tennis match at Wimbledon.
Samberg is both starring in and had a hand in creating the “professional tennis mockumentary” alongside Girls co-writer/producer Murray Miller. The one-off HBO “event” will also feature Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington as a tennis prodigy who faces off against Samberg’s bad boy player at Wimbledon. The story, while extreme, is based in reality: a real-life tennis match between John Isner and Nicholas Mahut went on for three days at Wimbledon, back in 2010. Not content with reality, Samberg and »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Looks like it’s Brooklyn vs. bastard on the court at Wimbledon. EW has confirmed that Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) will play a pair of tennis rivals in a one-off HBO mockumentary about a seven-day match at Wimbledon. Titled 7 Days in Hell, the comedy will star Samberg as a superstar tennis “bad boy” Aaron Williams and Harington as Charles Lloyd Poole, a young prodigy.
- Jackson McHenry
The movie actually isn't too far fetched. To date, the longest tennis match record, held on Court 18 at Wimbledon, went for 11 hours over the course of three days as John Isner and Nicolas Mahut battled it out during the 2010 Championships.
HBO is putting together a sports mockumentary project, and the network has pulled together a rather promising comedic ensemble. Girls writer/co-executive producer Murray Miller is teaming up with Andy Samberg to create 7 Days in Hell, which is described as a mockumentary send-up of professional tennis. Per THR, the one-off HBO Comedy Event will star Samberg as a superstar tennis “bad boy” who becomes embroiled in a seven-day tennis match at Wimbeldon with an Andy Murray-type prodigy and certified truck driver, played by Game of Thrones star Kit Harington. The current roster also includes Fred Armisen, Lena Dunham, Will Forte, Karen Gillan, Howie Mandel, Michael Sheen, Mary Steenburgen, June Squibb, and Soledad O’Brien, who will play herself. This sounds like the kind of delightfully goofy project that’s perfect for Samberg, and I’m very curious to see how Harington’s comedic skills stack up. No word on when the project may air, »
- Adam Chitwood
America's Got Talent judgement week is finally over. Next step: Radio City Music Hall -- at least for 48 talented singers, dancers, magicians, hand balancers and comedians. Did I miss any categories?
It was a long and surprising night for viewers. Not nearly as long for us as it was for all the hopefuls sitting around the judgement auditorium waiting for Nick Cannon to call them to a lonely stage for their final shot at impressing four dour-faced judges. Okay, Heidi Klum, Howard Stern, Howie Mandel, and Mel B weren't complete sour pusses, but it was obvious they'd practiced their intimidating poker faces. For some, that made the experience down right petrifying and it showed in their performances. Ouch. »
Airing during the summer months, America's Got Talent has been NBC's best-performing TV show for some time. Will this ratings success continue or will the numbers fall? Will it be cancelled or renewed for a 10th season? Stay tuned.
Hosted by Nick Cannon, America's Got Talent is a nationwide talent show that features a variety of single and group performers. The winner takes home a cash prize and a chance to headline a Las Vegas show. Returning as judges are Melanie Brown, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, and Howard Stern. Episodes also air on Wednesdays.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- usually the next day, around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. »
Wendy Liebman is my favorite standup comedian. She has been ever since I saw her first HBO special, and then her first Comedy Central special, and then her appearances on "Letterman" and "The Larry Sanders Show," and even her cameos as a star on the '90s "Hollywood Squares" with Whoopi Goldberg. She also had a Showtime special a couple years ago called "Taller on TV," and it's clear her style hasn't changed and shouldn't change: Liebman sticks to subliminal punchlines delivered with the wide smile of a kindergarten teacher. My favorite Liebman one-liner: "I'm going to my 30-year preschool reunion and I'm really nervous... because I've put on like a hundred pounds." Her style allows her to be both pithy and wicked, and she even won the American Comedy Award for Best Female Standup of 1997. That's why it was so weird to see her audition for "America's Got Talent" last night. »
- Louis Virtel
Are you guys ready for a little Howie Mandel? I sure am. Hopefully he'll offer up advice on how one can get a scalp to shine so brightly, but let's face it. He'll probably just focus on comedy.
Host Jb Smoove doesn't waste any time introducing our remaining comics to their next challenge, called "Tram It All In." The challenge will focus on crowds, and thinking on your feet. Guess what our heroes will be doing? Oh yes. They'll be guiding lot tours around Universal Studios.
Enter Howie, who makes Nikki Carr majorly excited. "It keeps getting better and better," she says with a smile. Howie has been on the scene for awhile, and says that he focuses primarily on improvising these days. Jb and Howie go over the map of Universal Studios, to help give the comics a heads up. »
To no surprise, NBC has renewed their hit series America's Got Talent for a 10th season.
With Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B, and Howie Mandel as judges, the ninth season is the highest-rated show on the networks this summer. It's up in the ratings year-to-year (by 10% in viewership) and is currently averaging a 2.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 10.92 million viewers.
What do you think? Are you a fan of America's Got Talent? Have you been watching this summer? Do you like this team of judges? »
NBC has announced a handful of renewals for three of its summer programs.
The network will give a tenth season to America’s Got Talent, a ninth season to Last Comic Standing, and a fourth season of American Ninja Warrior. NBC chief Robert Greenblatt announced the renewal news during the executive session at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills on Sunday.
The current ninth season of Agt—which features Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B, and Howie Mandel on the judging panel—currently ranks as the summer’s number one reality series on the major non-cable networks, »
- Marc Snetiker
Andrew Rannells talks to Playbill about stepping into the shoes of Hedwig after Neil Patrick Harris finishes his run, and why audiences respond so well to the show. “I think she wants what we all want. She wants to be loved and to find love. I think it’s kind of as simple as that. She compromises a lot in the name of finding love… The journey that she goes on, at least in broad strokes, is pretty universal. Anybody who is searching for something better for themselves can relate to what she goes through. She wanted something better. She wanted to get out of East Berlin. She wanted something more, and the cost of that was very high for her.” Rannells also notes what we all suspected but hadn’t seen confirmed in an interview, »
- Ed Kennedy
It's been 30 years, but we all still remember the three rules: Don't expose them to bright light, don't get them wet, and never feed them after midnight.
"Gremlins," which opened on June 8, 1984, has been a pop culture mainstay ever since, playing often on TV, launching a number of careers, influencing countless other tongue-in-cheek horror movies, and even changing the way movies are rated.
Still, as familiar as you are with adorable Gizmo and demonic Stripe, there may be many things you don't know about "Gremlins" -- like the famous voices behind the gremlins, the in-jokes, and the film's role in the creation of the PG-13 rating. Read on for more secrets of the mogwai.
1. "Gremlins" marked the screenwriting debut of Chris Columbus, who would later go on to direct "Home Alone," "Mrs. Doubtfire," and the first two Harry Potter movies. He wrote the script as a calling card just to get noticed in Hollywood, »
- Gary Susman
Well folks, America's Got Talent's second night of auditions was filled with singing, acrobatting, card-tossing, motor cross stunting, praying, jumping, tapping and baby rapping. Some of the best entertainment involved our judges Heidi Klum who let a magician swipe her bra, Howie Mandel who got a cranial lobotomy via magical massage, and both Howie and Howard Stern who demonstrate their dancing prowess after mere moments of tutelage by an amazing male salsa team, David Leeman. It was good entertainment, folks, and we learned that Howie dances like Martin Short. That was a gas.
As my esteemed colleague Bill pointed out in his recap, there was considerable talent in this Agt auditi-sode. While I'm with Bill on the quality of last nights performances, I didn't think even its best selections topped the premiere's soul sister operatic singers Acte II, sympathetic singer Jaycob Curlee, and dynamic digital dancers Blue Journey. That being said, »
America's Got Talent is back on NBC tonight (June 3, 2014) what acts will be sent through to the next round by the judges and who will be eliminated tonight? The four judges who are returning this season are Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Mel B and Howard Stern, During last week's show, Stern decided to use his golden buzzer save for one act, sparing Dustin's Dojo. Keep in mind that say it is a one time deal for each judge for each season. Only Howie, Heidi and Mel B. can now save an act with only one vote going forward. Last week was the season premiere of Agt for the summer of 2014. The judges saw a wide variety opt acts, including a 9-year-old piano player and a 93-year-old strongman who pulled a car with his teeth See who made itch through to the next round of the competition here. Nick Cannon is »
America's Got Talent is off and running for 2014, tonight NBC repeats the New York and Los Angeles auditions, check out a recap of the first night of 2014 below. "America's Judge" Howard Stern is back as are all of last season's judges. Stern is joined by supermodel and mom Heidi Klum, Spice Girls singer Mel B. and comedian Howie Mandel and the judges are excited for a new season. A new feature of "America's Got Talent" for Season 9 is the golden buzzer, The way the golden buzzer will work for this season is straightforward - each judge may use the golden buzzer once per season to save an act that that the other judges have voted to be eliminated. It is a one time only save, though - once a judge uses it, it is gone for that judge for the season. Howard Stern wasted no time using his - he »
And we're off to the races a mere for a summer filled with fantastic competition hosted by America's new favorite all time host with the most, Nick Cannon.
Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B. and Howie Mandel kicked off the premiere two-hour episode of America's Got Talent season 9 last night at New York City's Madison Square Garden as recapped by my esteemed colleague, Bill King in his article, 'America's Got Talent Season 9 Premiere Recap: Talent Shines as the Auditions Get Underway'. As we go forward, Bill and I may disagree (I hope, because that's more fun), but we'll give your our honest though highly biased opinions, and that's a promise. That is. after all, what opinions are made of ... and we all know what they say about opinions. No applause necessary.
The big scary X's are back, along with TV's most random reality competition. You want singing? Karate? Acrobatics? A panel of judges scared out of their minds by a hostile mime? America's Got Talent had it all and more on tonight's season premiere! Judges Howie Mandel, Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, and Mel B. did plenty of arguing, a fair amount of agreeing, and seemed legitimately terrified when a disgruntled mime rushed the panel – before taking off his wig to reveal that it was, in fact, host Nick Cannon. His "Larry the Mime" act totally wins our coveted award for Scariest Performance of the Night, along with the award for Cruelest Practical Joke, and also Least Necessary Clown-Related »
Let it be known that Howard Stern is the Regina George of America's Got Talent! The NBC reality hit returns for its ninth season tonight and all four judges, including Stern, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B., are set to reunite after a whole lot of time apart. Which Stern was totally Ok with! "I lead a pretty busy life. I like all the judges, but I wasn't pining away for them, to be honest," the legendary radio host told E! News' Alicia Quarles. Hey, you gotta give him credit for being honest! However, Klum, who hosted Germany's Next Top Model while on hiatus from Agt, admitted she definitely missed the reality talent competition's crew. "It was hard to not be »
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