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Here is more of the history they never taught you. Below, watch an extended trailer for the fourth season of the Drunk History TV show. Season four premieres on Comedy Central, Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 10:30pm Et/Pt. Created by Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner, Drunk History is produced by Gary Sanchez Productions and executive produced by Waters and Konner, along with Gary Sanchez Productions’ Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Owen Burke.Hamilton alum Lin-Manuel Miranda guest stars in Drunk History's fourth season. The new season also features: Billie Joe Armstrong, Steve Berg, Rachel Bilson, Paget Brewster, Michael Cera, Josh Charles, Kat Dennings, Ben Folds, Dave Grohl, Tony Hale, Ed Helms, Jack McBrayer, Allan McLeod, Thomas Middleditch, Elizabeth Olsen, Busy Phillips, Aubrey Plaza, Ronda Rousey, »
The season 4 information was announced Thursday at Comic-Con in San Diego.
The new season will transport viewers back in time to hang out with the founding fathers — and Broadway’s “Hamilton” superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda will narrate the rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr.
Paget Brewster will narrate the friendship between First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, played by Busy Phillips, and Soviet soldier Lyudmila Pavlichenko, portrayed by Mae Whitman, and their fight for women’s rights. Allan McLeod explains how the divided dispute on whether British actor William Macready (Jack McBrayer) or American actor Edwin Forrest (David Koechner) was the better thespian.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Universal Cable Productions has signed the Upright Citizens Brigade to a first-look production deal. The agreement is the first such for the comedy troupe founded by in 1990 by Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh. Universal Cable Productions will assist Ucb in developing scripted programming for NBCUniversal’s cable networks as well as other outlets.
“Ucb is comprised of a group of amazingly talented people who are fearless when it comes to taking comedic risks,” said Dawn Olmstead, executive vice president, development at Universal Cable Productions. “This partnership is a perfect fit for the studio because it allows us to incubate fresh ideas and make our mark in the comedy space by tapping into Ucb’s unique point of view. We’re thrilled to be working with them.”
“This collaboration with Universal Cable Productions provides us with the resources to execute ideas and cultivate new audiences across platforms,” said »
- Daniel Holloway
Jeremy Konner loves history. And comedy. His passions come together as one of the creative forces behind Comedy Central’s “Another Period,” a sort of “Real Housewives of the Gilded Age” sendup, and the Emmy-nominated “Drunk History.” Konner directed Funny or Die’s “lost TV movie adaptation” of Donald Trump’s 1987 book “The Art of the Deal,” starring Johnny Depp as the presumptive Republican nominee that was released earlier this year.
What was the motivation for “Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie”?
It was a huge surprise. From what I understand Johnny Depp was meeting with Adam McKay and Owen Burke, who runs Funny or Die and is also a “Drunk History” producer. Owen had wanted to do an “Art of the Deal” spoof. He pitched it to Johnny: “You ever want to play Donald Trump? We’re shooting this feature film in four days.” And Johnny, »
- Carole Horst
Actor Johnny Depp may have fallen short of an Oscar nomination for his raved performance as James “Whitey” Bulger in last year’s “Black Mass,” but he has a shot at TV awards recognition for a biopic of a completely different sort.
Funny or Die will be submitting parody film “Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie” for Emmy consideration, Variety has learned, marking the web production company’s first-ever submission in longform content categories for a project that premiered on its website.
In the 50-minute film — which was released online on Feb. 10 to coincide with the New Hampshire primary, but pulled within two weeks (it will be released again soon) — Depp stars as the now-presumptive Republican presidential nominee in a project “based” on his 1988 autobiography, “The Art of the Deal.” It was directed by “Drunk History” creator Jeremy Konner and written by Joe Randazzo (The Onion, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Comedy Central said it would extend the first season of the racy series “Not Safe With Nikki Glaser” by 10 episodes, while renewing schedule stalwarts “Tosh.0,” “Drunk History,” “Review” and “This Is Not Happening.” Digital series “Alternatino,” “Nothin’s Easy,” and “Questionable Science” have also been renewed for new seasons, the Viacom-owned cable network said.
The network will hold an upfront programming presentation for advertisers on Thursday.
Glaser’s half-hour series features the comedienne exploring sex-related topics through field reporting and a panel discussion. The series is exec produced by Nikki Glaser, Chris Convy, showrunner Chris McGuire and Brillstein Entertainment Partners’ Alex Murray. Gary Mann and Tara Schuster are the executives in charge of production for Comedy Central. The show has been airing Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m.
“Tosh.0” has been renewed for a ninth season. The series, which recently hit its 200th episode, airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m., and explores many aspects of Web-based content. »
- Brian Steinberg
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