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11 items from 2017


Talk Show the Game Show: Guests and Trailer Revealed for New truTV Series

13 March 2017 9:55 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

TruTV has two shows all in one. Recently, the network released the trailer and new details about their upcoming series Talk Show the Game Show.Hosted by Guy Branum, the "half-hour series is a boisterous combination of two beloved television formats that pits celebrities against each other to vie for the title of "Best Guest of the Night." Season one's guests will include Chelsea Handler, Maria Bamford, Wanda Sykes, Moby, Ana Navarro, Bridgett Everett, Kelis, Margaret Cho, Kyle Kinane, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Julie Klausner.Read More… »

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‘Talk Show the Game Show’ Trailer: Celebs Score Points by Being Good Talk Show Guests — Watch

13 March 2017 12:01 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Which celebrity will be win the coveted title of “Best Guest of the Night”?

That’s the question that TruTV’s “Talk Show the Game Show” asks when it premieres on April 5. When stars visit late-night talk shows to promote a project or themselves, they need to play nice to win over the host, Guy Branum (“Chelsea Lately,” “The Mindy Project”) and audience. “Talk Show the Game Show” awards them for these skills.

Read More: ‘Talk Show the Game Show’ Live: Wanda Sykes Judges Nick Thune at SXSW

For example, points can be awarded for getting applause by naming a city, flashing the host, singing, using a euphemism instead of swearing and making the audience go, “Aww!”

But beware. Being a bad guest is “grounds for sanction,” whatever that means. (Can we vote for pie in the face?) Bad behaviors include excessive name dropping, white male fragility, being boring, failure »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Talk Show the Game Show’ Trailer: Celebs Score Points by Being Good Talk Show Guests — Watch

13 March 2017 12:01 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Which celebrity will be win the coveted title of “Best Guest of the Night”?

That’s the question that TruTV’s “Talk Show the Game Show” asks when it premieres on April 5. When stars visit late-night talk shows to promote a project or themselves, they need to play nice to win over the host, Guy Branum (“Chelsea Lately,” “The Mindy Project”) and audience. “Talk Show the Game Show” awards them for these skills.

Read More: ‘Talk Show the Game Show’ Live: Wanda Sykes Judges Nick Thune at SXSW

For example, points can be awarded for getting applause by naming a city, flashing the host, singing, using a euphemism instead of swearing and making the audience go, “Aww!”

But beware. Being a bad guest is “grounds for sanction,” whatever that means. (Can we vote for pie in the face?) Bad behaviors include excessive name dropping, white male fragility, being boring, failure »

- Hanh Nguyen

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High-Profile Standup Deals Help Netflix Corner Market Once Dominated by HBO

1 March 2017 3:15 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Comedy Central is heavily invested in the Trevor Noah business. In 2015, the cable channel plucked the comic from near obscurity to succeed Jon Stewart as host of “The Daily Show.” Two months after Noah premiered on the late-night talker, his standup special “Lost in Translation” premiered on Comedy Central. Since then, the network has aggressively marketed Noah and stuck by him as “The Daily Show” host, waiting out early, lackluster ratings that have only recently showed signs of growth.

Comedy Central would appear to be a natural home for Noah’s next standup special. But when his newest effort, “Afraid of the Dark,” debuted last week, it did so on Netflix.

Noah’s special is just one item purchased in a Netflix shopping spree that has made the streaming service the dominant buyer in the standup marketplace. Two years ago, top-tier comedians could land $5 million-$10 million for a cable TV special. Now »

- Daniel Holloway

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‘Crashing’ Review: Positivity Can’t Distinguish Pete Holmes’ Stand-Up Story From What We’ve Already Seen

14 February 2017 6:30 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Since stand-up comics guested on Johnny Carson, their stories have flooded our TV screens. “Seinfeld” took it to another level by making its main character a comedian and thus incorporating his actual stand-up routines into the show. “Louie” followed a similar basic narrative, but the formula was flipped upside down for cable. Now, television is awash with stand-ups playing a slightly altered version of themselves: Pamela Adlon on “Better Things,” Tig Notaro in “One Mississippi,” Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None,” Maria Bamford in “Lady Dynamite” — and that’s just a few of the scripted series. There are specials, live shows, competitions series and more, all, in one way or another, chronicling what it’s like to be a stand-up comedian.

So when a new series pops up on TV — much like a new stand-up at a hot club — it really needs to earn its place. “Crashing,” for all its »

- Ben Travers

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‘Crashing’ Review: Positivity Can’t Distinguish Pete Holmes’ Stand-Up Story From What We’ve Already Seen

14 February 2017 6:30 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Since stand-up comics guested on Johnny Carson, their stories have flooded our TV screens. “Seinfeld” took it to another level by making its main character a comedian and thus incorporating his actual stand-up routines into the show. “Louie” followed a similar basic narrative, but the formula was flipped upside down for cable. Now, television is awash with stand-ups playing a slightly altered version of themselves: Pamela Adlon on “Better Things,” Tig Notaro in “One Mississippi,” Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None,” Maria Bamford in “Lady Dynamite” — and that’s just a few of the scripted series. There are specials, live shows, competitions series and more, all, in one way or another, chronicling what it’s like to be a stand-up comedian.

So when a new series pops up on TV — much like a new stand-up at a hot club — it really needs to earn its place. “Crashing,” for all its »

- Ben Travers

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John Early and Kate Berlant’s ‘555’ Just Raised the Bar for Every Short Form Comedy Ever

2 February 2017 3:41 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Alternative comedy darlings John Early and Kate Berlant share a chemistry both onstage and off that would make even the most confident of best friends jealous. Though their styles differ, the frequent collaborators share an easy confidence with physical comedy, delightfully unexpected pop culture references, and a healthy dose of the bizarre.

All of these talents are put to good use in “555,” their new anthology series with Vimeo Originals. Under the direction of Andrew DeYoung, Early and Berlant exhibit yet another skill not every comedian can claim: A flair for highly visual and cinematic storytelling.

Read More: John Early & Kate Berlant Arrive in Vimeo Series ‘555’ — Watch the New Trailer

Early earned praise for his portrayal of self-obsessed gay hipster Elliott in TBS’s “Search Party,” but by then he was already stealing scenes in “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” and “Neighbors 2.” His film career is picking up: »

- Jude Dry

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John Early and Kate Berlant’s ‘555’ Just Raised the Bar for Every Short Form Comedy Ever

2 February 2017 3:41 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Alternative comedy darlings John Early and Kate Berlant share a chemistry both onstage and off that would make even the most confident of best friends jealous. Though their styles differ, the frequent collaborators share an easy confidence with physical comedy, delightfully unexpected pop culture references, and a healthy dose of the bizarre.

All of these talents are put to good use in “555,” their new anthology series with Vimeo Originals. Under the direction of Andrew DeYoung, Early and Berlant exhibit yet another skill not every comedian can claim: A flair for highly visual and cinematic storytelling.

Read More: John Early & Kate Berlant Arrive in Vimeo Series ‘555’ — Watch the New Trailer

Early earned praise for his portrayal of self-obsessed gay hipster Elliott in TBS’s “Search Party,” but by then he was already stealing scenes in “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” and “Neighbors 2.” His film career is picking up: »

- Jude Dry

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John Early & Kate Berlant Arrive in Vimeo Series ‘555’ — Watch the New Trailer

13 January 2017 1:30 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Alternative comedy fans have long been enamored with the explosive John Early and biting Kate Berlant’s collaborative friendship, but now the up-and-comers will bestow their rapid fire eccentricities on a wider audience in “555,” a new Vimeo original series which released its trailer today.

Read More: The 16 Best Breakthrough TV Performances of 2016

In five standalone episodes, Berlant and Early cast their keen satirical eyes to Hollywood, and the outlandish and groveling figures they encounter on their quest for stardom. Each part of this mini anthology series lampoons the greed, egotism and ignorance of ambitious stage mothers, naive acting students, and an agent fallen from grace, among others. Blink and you’ll miss it, but the trailer promises guest appearances from Jane Adams and Kristen Johnston.

Read More: ‘Search PartyReview: A Millennial Mystery Exploring the Highs and Lows of Generation Me

Early has wracked up an impressive array of »

- Jude Dry

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John Early & Kate Berlant Arrive in Vimeo Series ‘555’ — Watch the New Trailer

13 January 2017 1:30 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Alternative comedy fans have long been enamored with the explosive John Early and biting Kate Berlant’s collaborative friendship, but now the up-and-comers will bestow their rapid fire eccentricities on a wider audience in “555,” a new Vimeo original series which released its trailer today.

Read More: The 16 Best Breakthrough TV Performances of 2016

In five standalone episodes, Berlant and Early cast their keen satirical eyes to Hollywood, and the outlandish and groveling figures they encounter on their quest for stardom. Each part of this mini anthology series lampoons the greed, egotism and ignorance of ambitious stage mothers, naive acting students, and an agent fallen from grace, among others. Blink and you’ll miss it, but the trailer promises guest appearances from Jane Adams and Kristen Johnston.

Read More: ‘Search PartyReview: A Millennial Mystery Exploring the Highs and Lows of Generation Me

Early has wracked up an impressive array of »

- Jude Dry

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Gay and Lesbian Critics Association Honor ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Jackie’ with Dorian Award Noms

12 January 2017 12:29 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

For the second year in a row, the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (Galeca) have rallied around an obvious favorite: “Moonlight.” Last year, Todd Haynes’s “Carol” swept Galeca’s Dorian Awards, and from its prominence amongst the nominees announced today, “Moonlight” will likely do the same.

Read More: The 20 Best Queer Films on Netflix Right Now

Not restricted to films with explicit queer themes, the films nominated for film of the year are “Jackie,” “Manchester by the Sea,” “La La Land, “20th Century Women,” and “Moonlight.” The nominees for Lgbtq Film of the Year are “Being 17,” “Closet Monster,” “Moonlight,” “Other People,” and “The Handmaiden.”

Judging by its very strong Oscar chances, the enthusiasm for “Moonlight” has overshadowed all other worthy queer films. “The Handmaiden” was notably absent from the Oscar short list for Best Foreign Language Film, and the other three Dorian nominees are not in contention at all. »

- Jude Dry

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