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11 items from 2011


The Comedy Awards To Return On Comedy Central

9 November 2011 8:57 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The Comedy Awards will return for a second year, with Don Mischer back as producer. While the inaugural awards show last year was billed as an MTV Networks event and aired simultaneously on Comedy Central, Spike TV, TV Land, VH1 and Nick At Nite, this year’s ceremony was announced as a Comedy Central event and will premiere on the channel May 6. It will be taped at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom on April 28. Nominations for The Comedy Awards will be announced in early 2012. The winners are selected by a Board of Directors. Last year’s board included James Burrows, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Brad Grey, Seth MacFarlane, Adam McKay, Jimmy Miller, Jay Roach, Chris Rock, Ray Romano, Phil Rosenthal and Jon Stewart. The winners are chosen by an invitation-only voting body comprised of 1500 working members from the comedy community including writers, producers, performers and directors. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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It’s Official: Trisha Cardoso Tapped As Top Communications Executive At Showtime

22 September 2011 10:25 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Trisha Cardoso Lands Top Showtime PR Job Showtime Networks today announced the appointment of veteran PR executive  Trisha Cardoso to the top communications post of Evp, Corporate Communications. Cardoso succeeds Richard Licata who departed last night to join his former boss Robert Greenblatt as Evp communications for NBC Entertainment. In her new role, Cardoso, who started her professional career in Showtime’s PR department 2 decades ago, will oversee Showtime Networks’ programming publicity, media and talent relations, events, corporate branding and public relations. She will also serve as the company’s chief press officer and as communications liaison with parent company CBS Corp. Cardoso is not a straight-forward choice for the job as she doesn’t come from another network or studio. The former Svp publicity for Paramount Network TV spent the past eight years outside of the spotlight, managing her own strategic consulting firm while also raising her daughter. Cardoso oversaw crisis communications, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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'2 Broke Girls': Even Hipsters Deserve Better Than This

20 September 2011 1:32 PM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

After watching the first five minutes of "2 Broke Girls," the new multi-camera sitcom from Sex and the City producer Michael Patrick King and in-demand comedienne Whitney Cummings, I tried to imagine the pitch meeting that convinced CBS to produce this show.

Producer: So there's this really urban girl, tough as nails, doesn't take crap from anyone. And then she meets this Paris Hilton-type girl, used to be super rich, but her family lost all their money, so now she has to work at a diner.

Network: Interesting. Can the diner be in a 'cool' part of the city? We want to attract young people.

Producer: For sure. We can put the diner in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Williamsburg is the cool part of Brooklyn. We can call it the Williamsburg Diner.

Network: And then what?

Producer: And then the two girls live together.

Network: Great. And what kind of tone are you thinking? »

- Lucas Kavner

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TV Review: ‘2 Broke Girls’ Poised to Make a Lot of Money For CBS

19 September 2011 7:04 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – CBS’s “2 Broke Girls” doesn’t reinvent the formula but it certainly provides laughs within it. The new program most likely to be a consistent hit on any broadcast network makes a perfect fit on Monday nights and should work for audiences loyal to “How I Met Your Mother” and “Two and a Half Men.” With two very-talented stars, clever writing, and a funny pilot, this could be a Monday night staple for years to come.

TV Rating: 3.5/5.0

The “Laverne & Shirley” formula of “2 Broke Girls” features Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs in the title roles of Max Black and Caroline Channing. Max has been a “broke girl” for years. She’s the working-class heroine of the piece, the tough-as-nails, cynical waitress who knows a bad customer from a good one and basically keeps the greasy spoon at which she works from falling apart. Naturally, she’s thrown off by the arrival of Caroline, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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'Infinite Playlist' star Dennings lands CBS comedy pilot

18 February 2011 2:15 PM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Actress Kat Dennings has secured a starring role in a CBS comedy pilot by Sex and the City scribe Michael Patrick King and comic Whitney Cummings. Two Broke Girls is a multi-camera comedy about, well, two girls without many resources who live in NYC (what do you want to bet their apartment will look like it costs ten grand a month?). The pilot is being directed by sitcom master James Burrows.

Dennings and King have worked together before (she appeared on Satc early in her career), and she also starred in Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and has a part in the upcoming Thor. »

- James Hibberd

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Comedy Central/MTV Networks' Comedy Awards Announce Nominations

15 February 2011 10:00 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Comedy Central and MTV networks just announced the nominations for their inaugural Comedy Awards, which will air on April 10. The nominations span 15 categories in TV and film, including best comedy series and film. The best comedy series field includes awards favorites 30 Rock, The Office and Modern Family, along with largely overlooked off-beat comedies It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Eastbound & Down. 30 Rock leads the TV categories with seven noms. The film field is led by Easy A, Cyrus and Kick-Ass with four noms each, including best movie where they will face Get Him to the Greek and The Other Guys. Nominees were selected by the Comedy Awards' Board of Directors that includes James Burrows, Stephen Colbert, Billy Crystal, James Dixon, Whoopi Goldberg, Brad Grey, Caroline Hirsch, Martin Lesak, Seth MacFarlane, Adam McKay, Jimmy Miller, Conan O'Brien, Peter Principato, Don Rickles, Joan Rivers, Jay Roach, Chris Rock, Ray Romano, Rory Rosegarten, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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MTV, Comedy Central present first Comedy Awards

11 January 2011 12:36 AM, PST | icelebz.com | See recent iCelebz news »

MTV and Comedy Central have teamed up to launch the first ever Comedy Awards. The networks, along with Don Mischer Productions, announce the Spring 2011 debut of the awards show dedicated to the serious art of being funny.

The one-night-only celebration will honor writers, directors, actors, and stand-up comics who have provided the best in comedy this past year. It will also honor pioneers who pushed boundaries, TV shows, films, and viral videos.

Nominees will be chosen by the Board of Directors, which include some of the best in the industry, including Will Ferrell, Billy Crystal, James Burrows, Seth MacFarlane, Brad Grey, Phil Rosenthal, Adam McKay, Jimmy Miller, Jay Roach, and Whoopi Goldberg.

The winners will be the selected by the Voting Body, comprised of professionals from the community, including producers, writers, performers, directors, and stand-ups. Fans from around the world will also get to nominate their favorites by casting their votes for the online-only categories. »

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Comedy Central creates The Comedy Awards

10 January 2011 2:26 PM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Comedy Central is creating its own awards show, The Comedy Awards, which will be taped March 26 in New York City. The show will air on April 10 on Comedy Central, Spike TV, TV Land, Nick at Nite, and Vh1. Nominees will be selected by a board of directors, whose members include James Burrows, Billy Crystal, Will Ferrell, Whoopi Goldberg, Paramount studio chief Brad Grey, Seth MacFarlane, director Adam McKay (The Other Guys), producer Jimmy Miller (Step Brothers), director Jay Roach (Dinner for Schmucks), Ray Romano, Rory Rosegarten (exec producer, Men of a Certain Age), and Phil Rosenthal (exec producer, Everybody Loves Raymond »

- Margaret Lyons

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Comedy Central and MTV Networks Announce the First Annual Comedy Awards

10 January 2011 1:24 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

It's awards season, and while praiseworthy films like The Social Network and The King's Speech are all critics and press can talk about, comedy is generally consistently overlooked at the Oscars. And while the Golden Globe offers an award for Best Musical or Comedy, it's nearly impossible to compare the two evenly, and The Hollywood Foreign Press nominates laughless films like The Tourist in that category anyway. Well Comedy Central and MTV Networks have had enough of that nonsense. While laughter might be the best reward for any comedian, the two networks have decided to create The Comedy Awards, a broadcast awards event to honor the best comedy films, actors, TV series, digital content and stand-up acts. It's about damn time. More details on the new annual awards show can be found after the jump. The Comedy Awards will be taped on March 26th for a premiere on Sunday, April »

- Ethan Anderton

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Comedy Central and MTV Networks Announce ‘The Comedy Awards’

10 January 2011 1:19 PM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

hollywoodnews.com: Comedy Central and MTV Networks, both divisions of Viacom (NYSE: Via, Via.B), have tapped New York City to host “The Comedy Awards,” the first-ever multi-network, multi-platform, annual event dedicated to honoring and celebrating the world of comedy, it was announced today by Doug Herzog, president, MTV Networks Entertainment Group. A night for comedy of all kinds, “The Comedy Awards” will be taped at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom on Saturday, March 26 and will premiere on Sunday, April 10, 2011, simultaneously across MTV NetworksComedy Central, Spike TV, TV Land, VH1 and Nick At Nite.

Comedy elite including James Burrows, Billy Crystal, Will Ferrell, Whoopi Goldberg, Brad Grey, Seth MacFarlane, Adam McKay, Jimmy Miller, Jay Roach, Ray Romano, Rory Rosegarten, Phil Rosenthal and many more are among the first to join “The Comedy Awards” Board of Directors which will be responsible for selecting the nominees. The winners will be »

- HollywoodNews.com

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MTV Nets Launch Comedy Awards Show

10 January 2011 12:00 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Viacom's MTV Networks, led by Comedy Central, is starting a new comedy awards franchise, The Comedy Awards. The first annual Comedy Awards show will be held at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom on Saturday, March 26 and will air on Sunday, April 10, 2011, running simultaneously on MTV NetworksComedy Central, Spike TV, TV Land, VH1 and Nick At Nite. The show, which will be executive produced by veteran Don Mischer, will recognize "the year's best comedy films, television series and digital content" with awards for writers, directors and actors as well as lifetime achievement honors for "pioneering legends." Nominees will be be selected by The Comedy Awards' board of directors whose founding members include James Burrows, Billy Crystal, Will Ferrell, Whoopi Goldberg, Brad Grey, Seth MacFarlane, Adam McKay, Jimmy Miller, Jay Roach, Ray Romano, Rory Rosegarten, Phil Rosenthal.  The winners will be chosen by an invitation-only voting body comprised of 500- »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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