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The McLaughlin Group Facebook page reported the news. "Earlier this morning, a beloved friend and mentor, Dr. John McLaughlin, passed away peacefully at the age of 89," the statement read. "As a former Jesuit priest, teacher, pundit and news host, John touched many lives. For 34 years, The McLaughlin Group informed millions of Americans. Now he has said bye bye for the last time, to rejoin his beloved dog, »
Andy Samberg's Conner4Real discusses some of his musical influences in our exclusive deleted scene from the new Lonely Island comedy Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, ahead of its Digital HD release on August 16. This deleted scene, which comes from the Interview Outtakes section of the bonus features, showcases Conner going through his CD collection, claiming he listened to all of the "classic s--t" while he was growing up, "real music" like Bob Marley and Edie Brickell. As he keeps going through his list of "classics," it seems clear that Conner isn't too familiar with what defines a classic artist, with some questionable choices on his playlist.
Andy Samberg stars in this hilarious comedy as a former boy-band member trying desperately to salvage his failing solo career, coming to Digital HD on August 16, 2016, On Demand on August 30, 2016, and Blu-ray™ and DVD on September 13, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. This side-splitting »
“Ever since I was born, I was dope.”
Read Jim Batt’s positive We Are Movie Geeks review of Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Here
Andy Samberg stars in Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, the hilarious comedy as a former boy-band member trying desperately to salvage his failing solo career, which is coming to Digital HD on August 16, 2016, On Demand onAugust 30, 2016, and Blu-rayTM and DVD on September 13, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. This side-splitting comedy goes behind the scenes as music sensation Conner4Real (Samberg) finds his popularity plummeting after a disastrous album release, leaving his fans, sycophants and rivals all wondering what to do when he’s no longer the dopest star of all. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping on Blu-ray and DVD comes with over an hour of outrageous bonus features, including deleted scenes, a gag reel, celebrity interview outtakes and more!
- Tom Stockman
“Saturday Night Live” is parting ways with two longtime cast members, Jay Pharoah and Taran Killam, Variety has confirmed. The two performers have been informed that their contracts will not be renewed for the upcoming 42nd season of the show.
Pharoah and Killam have both been with the NBC late-night franchise for six seasons. Pharoah is best known for his celebrity impressions, including Denzel Washington, Will Smith, and “SNL” alum Eddie Murphy. He was one of a select few comics to speak when Murphy was awarded the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for humor in 2015, paying tribute to Murphy alongside Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan, Kevin Nealon, George Lopez and others. He also played President Barack Obama on the show, a role he took over from former cast member Fred Armisen.
- Variety Staff
It’s nearly impossible to preview NBC’s buzzy new fall drama This Is Us without spoiling the twist at the center of the show’s pilot. As a result, the series’ cast and producers carefully talked around the narrative curveball when they convened Tuesday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.
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“I think NBC has done a good job of [promoting the show] in a way that is intriguing to people without ruining [the twist],” shared the show’s creator and executive producer Dan Fogelman, who noted that folks who have already screened the pilot have, »
Timeless is determined not to break viewers’ brains with confusing time travel.
“It’s important to [co-creator] Eric [Kripke] and I, and NBC as well, that this not be the kind of show that falls down some serialized rabbit hole and loses itself and turns on itself,” co-creator Shawn Ryan said at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Tuesday. “This show is much more like Back to the Future and Quantum Leap than it is like 12 Monkeys.”
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Nealon will play Don, older brother to LeBlanc’s Adam, and his business partner in their contracting business. The show recently recast the role of Adam’s wife, Andi, tapping Liza Snyder to replace Jenna Fischer, who exited the show after it was picked up to series.
“Man With a Plan” hails from CBS Television Studios. Jackie Filgo, Jeff Filgo, Michael Rotenberg, Troy Zien and LeBlanc will serve as executive producers. The series premieres Monday, Oct. 24 at 8:30 p.m. on CBS.
- Laura Prudom
Saturday Night Live and Weeds alum Kevin Nealon has landed a series regular role in Matt LeBlanc’s CBS multi-camera comedy series Man with a Plan. Written by Jeff & Jackie Filgos and directed by James Burrows, Man with a Plan stars LeBlanc as Adam, a contractor who learns that raising his kids is more challenging than expected when his self-assured wife Andi (newly recast Liza Snyder) returns to work after being a stay-at-home mom for 13 years, while Adam agrees to take… »
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Nealon’s character, Don, is Adam’s (LeBlanc) older brother and business partner in their contracting business.
Cruel Intentions may be headed online.
At the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Tuesday, NBC president Jennifer Salke confirmed to reporters that the revival — which failed to score a series pickup last May — remains alive at the network. And all options are being explored, including a streaming-only rollout.
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“It was really a space issue,” Salke said of the decision to hold off on formally ordering the project for fall. “We had a spot for a big, great soap, and This Is Us seemed to fit better. »
Much like the serial killer at the center of its narrative, NBC’s Aquarius is starting to follow a pattern.
The David Duchovny-led drama, which now holds the Thursday 10/9c time slot, is moving back to Saturday nights, NBC entertainment president Jennifer Salke confirmed Tuesday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills.
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“David and the talent are really important to us, and we’ll continue to support the show wherever we put it,” Salke said. “We do have to make some schedule changes. But »
The best is set to come… in December on NBC.
That’s when the Peacock Net will air a tw0-hour special titled Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet to Come in honor of the crooner’s birthday, the network announced Tuesday during the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills.
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The Grammy-winning Bennett, who will perform as part of the special, will be joined by artists including Lady Gaga, Aretha Franklin, Andrea Bocelli, Billy Joel, Elton John, Michael Bublé, Diana Krall, Rufus Wainwright, k. »
The Late Night host on Monday attempted to make sense of the Republican’s usual “plenty of people have written/said that” spiel, pointing out that the only logical conclusion is that Trump is gathering intel from anonymous social media users.
“I feel like Trump needs to start giving us names when he says ‘a lot of people have said that,'” Meyers argued. “I bet 75 percent of them are Twitter eggs.”
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How do you top a playboy like Chicago Fire‘s Severide? Give him a new friend who’s possibly even more wild!
Elrod’s character is drop-dead gorgeous, with a million Instagram followers to boot. He and Severide cross paths on a fire call, after which the rescue squad lieutenant is tempted »
You can’t stop the beat Disney Channel kids: Dove Cameron (Liv and Maddie) and Garrett Clayton (Teen Beach Movie) will sing and dance their hearts out in NBC’s upcoming Hairspray Live, the network announced Monday.
Cameron will play Amber, “the ambitious mean girl” who resents protagonist Tracy Turnblad’s overnight fame after the Baltimore teen wins a role on “The Corny Collins Show.” (Fun fact: Cameron played Kristin Chenoweth’s character’s daughter in Disney Channel’s Descendants, and she’ll play her daughter again in Hairspray Live.)
Clayton’s character, »
Family and many famous friends came together over the weekend to celebrate Garry Shandling after his passing. According to the New York Times, Stars like Judd Apatow, Sarah Silverman, Kevin Nealon, Jeffrey Tambor, Conan O'Brien, Billy Crystal, Carrot Top, Ray Romano, and Adam Sandler attended the late comedian's memorial service, which was held at the Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday. Apatow hosted the event to honor Shandling, who died from a heart attack on March 24 at 66-years-old, making sure to bring the crowd both laughter and tears. "Garry was like a second father to me," Apatow told the crowd. "I think a lot of people felt that way." Other stars »
Garry Shandling’s friends, collaborators and family gathered in Los Angeles Sunday night to remember the comedian, who passed away last month at the age of 66.
From fellow comics to a Buddhist monk, mourners took turns sharing stories of Shandling, who was remembered for pushing the boundaries of television comedy and mentoring a generation of performers. The private event, organized by Judd Apatow with assistance from HBO, was part memorial service, part variety show, part celebrity roast, with Apatow serving as master of ceremonies.
“Garry and I used to fight, because he would like to tighten things up,” said Apatow, who worked as a writer on Shandling’s “The Larry Sanders Show.” “And I would say, ‘Garry, please, let it be a little looser.’ Tonight I win.”
- Daniel Holloway
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
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.
Comedian Kevin Nealon was friends with Garry Shandling for more than 35 years. The Saturday Night Live alum remembered his friend who died on Thursday at 66. Nealon recalled Shandling’s weekly pickup basketball games, the impromptu Sunday memorial they held on Shandling’s basketball court (captured in an Instagram from Judd Apatow at the bottom of this story) and the long hikes the pair took around Los Angeles. We always met in the kitchen. He would come downstairs because the door was always open for us. We came in as we got there and we’d watch the games on the TV
- Kevin Nealon as told to Andy Lewis
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