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Emmy Contender: ‘Baskets’ Star Martha Kelly on Stage Fright and Zach Galifianakis’ Advice

15 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

A version of this story first appeared in the print edition of TheWrap Magazine’s  The Race Begins Emmy Issue. Zach Galifianakis‘ FX series “Baskets” is one of the weirdest, most uncomfortable new sitcoms on TV, the tale of a hapless wannabe clown at a rodeo in the rural town of Bakersfield, California. Executive produced by Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel (“Portlandia”), the show features a pair of ace supporting performances by Louie Anderson, who plays Galifiakanis’ mother in drag but without winking, and the deadpan standup comic Martha Kelly, who makes her acting debut as a Costco insurance adjuster who. »

- Steve Pond

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The Last Word: Louis C.K. on Fatherhood, Trump, Chris Rock's Advice

26 May 2016 9:03 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Louis C.K. kicked off his latest summer tour on May 17th, which will see the stand-up traveling throughout the U.S. and Europe before ending with a three-night run at Madison Square Garden on September 8th, 12th and 15th. The comedian recently spoke to Rolling Stone about fatherhood, The Catcher in the Rye, loving (and hating) Boston, retirement plans and — of course — Donald Trump.

What do you wish someone had told you about show business before you entered it?

I'm not sure anything anyone said would've made life easier. It's like asking, »

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Lady Dynamite: Maria Bamford Tries To Blow Up the Sitcom For Netflix

24 May 2016 1:37 PM, PDT | MTV Newsroom | See recent MTV Newsroom news »

We’re living in the golden age of sad comedies. As The Sopranos heralded a darker and more complex era for antiheroic dramas, Louie has done the same for auteur-driven sitcoms. Transparent, BoJack Horseman, Baskets, and the upcoming Tig Notaro series One Mississippi (the latter two executive-produced by Louis C.K.) have injected isolation, melancholy, and existential... Lady Dynamite: Maria Bamford Tries To Blow Up the Sitcom For Netflix">Read more » »

- Inkoo Kang

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Emmy Contenders 2016: Sneak Peek of the Top Races

24 May 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It’s that time of year — Emmy season is almost upon us. Before the race for TV’s top trophy takes off in earnest, Variety takes a look at nine key categories and breaks down which of last year’s nominees are in and out of the running and which newcomers have already made an impact on the kudos landscape.

Drama Series

What’s out: AMC’s “Mad Men” retired after seven seasons and eight series noms.

What’s back: AMC’s “Better Call Saul”; PBS’ “Downton Abbey”; Showtime’s “Homeland”; Netflix’s “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black”; and HBO’s reigning champ, “Game of Thrones,” are all eligible again.

Looking to return: CBS’ “The Good Wife,” last nominated in 2011, has one final chance to make its case.

What’s new: Among freshmen contenders, USA’s “Mr. Robot” has a leg up thanks to a Golden Globe victory, »

- Geoff Berkshire

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Louis C.K. Beats Journalists On Jeopardy, Wins $50K For Charity

20 May 2016 1:17 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Louis C.K. soundly defeated a pair of journalists in a special edition of Jeopardy earlier this week. Louis C.K. Wins Jeopardy Comedian and actor Louis C.K. faced off against CNN’s Kate Bolduan and the Washington Post‘s Jonathan Capehart in the Jeopardy game for which the winnings were to go to the winner’s charity of choice.  “I’ve […]

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- Chelsea Regan

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Louis C.K. Wins $50,000 on Jeopardy! for Underserved Women's Charity

19 May 2016 10:49 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Louis C.K. did not disappoint on Jeopardy! The comedian competed against CNN's Kate Bolduan and the Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart on the game show, and although he admittedly faced some nerves prior to the taping, he ended up winning $50,000 for an underserved women's charity! "The thing is, I think they're going to be funnier than me," he said of his opponents. "Because, they're going to be eager to be funny, and I'm not eager to be funny. It's just something that kind of happens. I'm going to be too scared that I'm going to lose the game."   "You need to be comfortable to be funny and this is not my comfort zone," he said in a »

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Watch Louis C.K. Win $50,000 For Charity on 'Jeopardy'

19 May 2016 9:24 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Louis C.K. was the dark horse of "Power Players Week" on Jeopardy! beating CNN's Kate Bolduan and the Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart. The comedian netted $50,000 for women's health nonprofit the Fistula Foundation. The organization is dedicated to providing medical attention to women in poor countries who have been injured and left incontinent after childbirth.

In a recap, C.K. revealed he's watched Jeopardy! since childhood. Though he flubbed some questions early-on, C.K.'s instincts quickly kicked in. A video from Uproxx and fan-shot clips capture some of C.K. »

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Louis Ck Outsmarts CNN Anchor on ‘Jeopardy’ to Bank $50,000 for Charity (Video)

19 May 2016 7:44 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Louis C.K. can now add “Jeopardy” winner to his list of accolades. The comedian appeared on the long-running game show Wednesday alongside CNN anchor Kate Bolduan and Washington Post journalist Jonathan Capehart. Despite a rough start that saw him briefly hold a negative score, C.K. made a huge comback and successfully trounced both reporters. Also Read: Louis Ck Opens Door to 'Horace and Pete' Return; 'Two and a Half Men' Star Angus T. Jones Is the Key C.K. was there to raise money for the Fistula Foundation. A fistula is “is a hole between »

- Joe Otterson

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Melania Trump Says Michael Jackson Once Asked to Kiss Her - in Order to Make Donald Jealous!

18 May 2016 9:15 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Before she was brushing shoulders with America's political leaders, Melania Trump was plotting pranks with pop stars. In a new interview with Dujour, the 46-year-old former model - and wife of Donald Trump - reveals that the late Michael Jackson once tried to convince her to share a kiss. "I met Michael Jackson," she told Dujour. "It was here in New York in the Pierre Hotel. He called us, so we went over and we had dinner. Just after dinner, we were chatting on the sofa and my husband went into another room to see some art somebody wanted to show him. »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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Melania Trump Says Michael Jackson Once Asked to Kiss Her - in Order to Make Donald Jealous!

18 May 2016 9:15 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Before she was brushing shoulders with America's political leaders, Melania Trump was plotting pranks with pop stars. In a new interview with Dujour, the 46-year-old former model - and wife of Donald Trump - reveals that the late Michael Jackson once tried to convince her to share a kiss. "I met Michael Jackson," she told Dujour. "It was here in New York in the Pierre Hotel. He called us, so we went over and we had dinner. Just after dinner, we were chatting on the sofa and my husband went into another room to see some art somebody wanted to show him. »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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Drake on 'SNL': 3 Sketches You Have to See

15 May 2016 7:41 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

When Drake first hosted Saturday Night Live two seasons ago, he showed tremendous promise. It's sometimes difficult to predict how someone will do before actually hosting, but Drake demonstrated both charisma and a complete commitment to every concept in his initial hosting duties. Often, he would take subpar material and make it worth through sheer force of will. There are several ways to successfully host SNL, and that's one of them.

Drake needed a lot of willpower tonight, because the material was much worse than it was back in January »

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Mike Gold: Louis C.K. and Lewis and Clark

11 May 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

I stare at the mammoth pile of unread comics on my iPad and I get frustrated. I stare at my TiVo and I wonder if I’ll ever get to watch much of that stuff. I think of my Netflix and Amazon Prime accounts and I consider plucking my eyes out.

How the hell did this entertainment gaper’s block happen? It’s not as if I prioritize work, family and meals over passive goofing-off. I am and always have been committed to the latter, and I’ve got my priorities straight.

Amusingly, that media pile-up just might have gotten worse.

It turns out that one of my favorite new shows of the past year, Louis C.K.’s dramatic series Horace and Pete, has not been cancelled after all. Time Inc. said it was and everyone believed them, particularly after Louis told Howard Stern he was losing money on the series that he produces, »

- Mike Gold

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Louis C.K. Sets Spring Standup Comedy Tour

10 May 2016 12:34 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Louis C.K. is embarking on a spring standup tour, the comic announced to fans Tuesday via his email newsletter.

The tour is set to begin in Baltimore on May 17, with performances in Asbury Park, N.J., Mashantucket, Conn., Chicago, and Pennsylvania stops in Wilkes-Barre and Reading to follow.

“I’ve been working on this particular standup material for a long time and I’m excited to bring it to you on all these various stages,” C.K. wrote. He’s frequently used his standup performances to work out material for other projects.

Summer and fall tour dates for additional cities in the U.S. and Europe will be announced next week, C.K. wrote.

C.K. made headlines this year with his self-financed and self-distributed drama series “Horace and Pete,” which wrapped its 10-episode first season last month. The comic has indicated that he may be finished with his FX »

- Alyssa Sage

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Critic's Notebook: The Creative Evolution of Louis C.K.

9 May 2016 3:46 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

There was a truly wonderful but also unnerving moment over the weekend, both exciting and deflating to hear. Louis C.K., the man who created one of television's best and most consistently surprising comedies in Louie on FX, who then turned around and dropped the dramatic Horace and Pete on a surprised world via the internet, told THR's Scott Feinberg during his Awards Chatter podcast that there most likely would be no more Louie. But he also left open the possibility that the show could return, in a different incarnation, some time in the future. (Listen in full below.) While that latter

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- Tim Goodman

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Anderson Cooper, Melissa Harris-Perry, Louis C.K. to Face Off on ‘Jeopardy’s Power Players’

9 May 2016 1:24 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Anderson Cooper, Melissa Harris-Perry, Michael Steele and Lara Logan are among the top media personalities who will appear on “Jeopardy’s Power Players Week,” beginning Monday, May 16.

“I try to pretend to be laid back, but I’m actually very competitive, so I hope to destroy my opponents,” said Cooper, host of CNN’s “AC 360.”

“Power Players Week” pits some of the top names in news, politics and media against one another for the opportunity to win big for a charity of their choice. Each day, three contestants will face off with the winner receiving $50,000 and the other two a guaranteed $10,000.

“It’s a huge honor to be invited,” said Kate Bolduan, co-host of CNN’s “At This Hour.” “My co-anchor has played and won jeopardy before so I’m going to see if I can live up to John Berman’s standards at the end of this.”

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- Lamarco McClendon

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Louis Ck Unsure Of FX's "Louie" Returning

7 May 2016 12:17 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

It has been on 'extended hiatus' for a year, but now comedian Louis C.K. has suggested that his groundbreaking FX comedy series "Louie" may never return - at least not as it was. Speaking with THR this weekend, he seems to suggest he simply has no inspiration for more at this point:

"I think the guy that I played on the show - the just-divorced kinda under-water dad/struggling New York comic - I don't think I have stories for that guy anymore. But, the show is autobiographical, so what [FX president and general manager] John Landgraf and I have always thought is that it may come back with a different set of stories from a different angle a little further down the road.

I don't know where that's from yet, so it just depends on if it writes. I think, for me, if I'm on TV again doing a single-camera show, it's Louie. But I don't know. »

- Garth Franklin

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Louis C.K. on FX Show: "I Don't Think I Have Stories for That Guy Anymore"

7 May 2016 11:45 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

People who have been craving new episodes of Louis C.K.'s groundbreaking FX comedy series Louie since it went on an "extended hiatus" last May, following its season-five finale, finally have new information from the comedian about the show's future — and they may not like it. "I think the guy that I played on the show — the just-divorced kinda underwater dad/struggling New York comic — I don't think I have stories for that guy anymore," C.K. revealed on an episode of The Hollywood Reporter's awards podcast that was released Saturday. "But," he

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- Scott Feinberg

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'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Louis C.K. ('Horace and Pete')

7 May 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

"I have a no problem with something going down in flames," says Louis C.K., the stand-up comedian and TV auteur, as we sit down to discuss his life and career on the "Awards Chatter" podcast. He continues, "I'm not afraid of that. It's very important to me that it works, but that doesn't come from fear of failure — failure is okay." The 48-year-old, who is most widely known for his stand-up specials and his on-hiatus FX series Louie, certainly risked failure with his latest project, a drama series called Horace and

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- Scott Feinberg

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Louis C.K. Partner Talks Making of ‘Horace and Pete,’ Fate of ‘Louie’

5 May 2016 6:26 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It took a village to keep “Horace and Pete” under wraps until Louis C.K. was ready to raise the curtain on his self-financed drama series.

M. Blair Breard, C.K.’s producing partner, spoke about the origins of “Horace and Pete” on Thursday during her appearance at Variety‘s Entertainment and Technology Summit in Manhattan. The 10-episode drama series debuted with no advance promotion on Jan. 30, distributed via C.K.’s website. The first episode was offered via streaming or download for $5, with the price dropping to $2 for subsequent episodes that were released each week on Saturdays.

“The most amazing thing really was we were able to keep it quiet,” Breard said. “Nobody knew about it.”

The surprise factor was notable given the level of talent involved with “Horace and Pete,” a story revolving around two brothers and a sister who inherit a bar in New York. In addition to C. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Rolling Stones Blast Donald Trump for Using ‘Start Me Up’ in Campaign

4 May 2016 4:25 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Rolling Stones have three words for Donald Trump when it comes to using their song “Start Me Up”: Shut it down. The group ripped into the Gop presidential candidate on Wednesday after Trump’s campaign played the tune at a campaign event on Tuesday. In a statement, the group made it abundantly clear that it doesn’t want to serve as the soundtrack to Trump’s bid for the presidency. Also Read: 17 Donald Trump Haters in Hollywood, From Chris Brown to Louis Ck (Photos) “The Rolling Stones have never given permission to the Trump campaign to use their »

- Tim Kenneally

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