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The Comedian Starring Robert De Niro and an All-Star Cast Debuts on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital May 2nd

Two-Time Academy Award Winner Robert De Niro Leads an All-Star Cast, Including Leslie Mann, Danny DeVito, Edie Falco, Charles Grodin, Cloris Leachman, Patti LuPone and Harvey Keitel in The Comedian

Two-time Academy Award winner Robert De Niro (Best Supporting Actor, The Godfather: Part II, 1974; Best Actor, Raging Bull, 1980) stars as an aging insult comic trying to reinvent himself for acclaimed filmmaker Taylor Hackford (Ray) in the comedy-drama The Comedian. De Niro’s eight-years-in-the-making passion project also stars Leslie Mann (Knocked Up), Danny DeVito (“Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), Edie Falco (“The Sopranos”), Charles Grodin (Dave), Academy Award winner Cloris Leachman (Best Supporting Actress, The Last Picture Show, 1971), Patti LuPone (“Penny Dreadful”), and Academy Award nominee Harvey Keitel (Best Supporting Actor, Bugsy, 1991), with a cast that includes Lucy DeVito (Leaves of Grass) and Billy Crystal (When Harry Met Sally…). In addition, the film features a veritable who’s who of stand-up comedians,
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Horace and Pete: Hulu to Stream Louis Ck's Series

Belly up to the bar. Hulu has acquired the first 10-episode season of Louis Ck's Horace and Pete web TV show. Set in a century-old Brooklyn bar, the tragic drama series stars Ck as Horace Wittel VIII and Steve Buscemi as his cousin Pete Wittel.Horace and Pete also stars Edie Falco, Steven Wright, Kurt Metzger, Alan Alda, and Jessica Lange. Aidy Bryant, Maria Dizzia, Nick Dipaolo, and Tom Noonan recur. Learn more from Hulu, after the jump.Read More…
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Which Low-Rated Show Deserves a Boost of 10 Million Viewers? — IndieWire Critics Survey

Which Low-Rated Show Deserves a Boost of 10 Million Viewers? — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Which low-rated show do you think deserves a boost of 10 million viewers?

Read More: In the Age of ‘Made in Ameria’ and ‘Lemonade,’ Should We Still Be Thinking of Film and TV as Different Media?

Todd VanDerWerff (@tvoti), Vox

This is tricky, because we’re in a place where my favorite shows now last three or four seasons, then end. Would I have taken another few seasons of “Halt and Catch Fire”? To be sure. But I also don’t feel like it won’t get a chance to play out its story over four seasons and 40 episodes. That’s a good run! Similarly, “Rectify” feels
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Seeso Cues Up Four New Series For Early 2017

Seeso has four new series set to premiere during the first quarter of 2017. NBCUniversal’s streaming comedy channel will debut Fancy Boy and Whan Bam, Thank You Ma’am in January and My Brother, My Brother and Me in February and Shrink in March. Seeso also gave premiere dates for a quartet of new stand-up comedy specials in Q1 from the likes of Adam Newman (January 28), Nick Di Paolo (February 16), Fahim Anwar (March 9), Sasheer Zamata (March 30). It also said that Season…
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Read Louis Ck’s Explanation of ‘Horace and Pete’

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Read Louis Ck’s Explanation of ‘Horace and Pete’
In an email sent to subscribers of his website, comedian Louis Ck has offered an explanation to fans who purchased the first episode of his new series “Horace and Pete.” Unlike the comic’s FX series “Louie,” a dark comedy, “Horace and Pete” is more of a straight drama. The first episodes runs 67 minutes and was directed by C.K. In the show, he and Steve Buscemi play the owners of a 100-year-old Brooklyn dive bar. Among the co-stars that appear in the first episode are Alan Alda, Jessica Lange, Rebecca Hall, Nick Dipaolo, Kurt Metzger, Steven Wright, Edie Falco and Aidy.
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Review: Louis C.K. goes back to TV's first golden age with 'Horace and Pete'

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Review: Louis C.K. goes back to TV's first golden age with 'Horace and Pete'
On one of the final episodes of the podcast, a listener asked if there would ever be a surprise TV show release, in the spirit of Wilco or Beyoncé dropping albums without any advance warning. Fienberg and I mused on how difficult this would be to pull off, given the number of collaborators involved in making a TV show, and speculated that even if such a thing could be produced in secret, all involved would want to make sure the world knew of its existence long before it was released. Well, leave it to Louis C.K. — who yesterday morning released the first episode of a new series called Horace and Pete on his website — to make fools of us both. But then, I'm amazed in hindsight that neither of us thought to mention C.K. as the kind of person who might be able to pull this off, given how
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Louis C.K. Surprise-Releases New Series 'Horace and Pete' With Steve Buscemi

Louis C.K. Surprise-Releases New Series 'Horace and Pete' With Steve Buscemi
Louis C.K. announced in August that he was taking an "extended hiatus" from his acclaimed FX series Louie in order to work on other projects. Saturday brought the surprise-release of one of those extracurricular activities as the comedian sent out a simple email to fans announcing the arrival of his dramatic, darkly humorous new series Horace and Pete, starring C.K. and Steve Buscemi in the title roles. The show's first episode is available to purchase now for $5 at C.K.'s official site.

According to Gothamist, the 67-minute first
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Best TV Episodes of 2015 (So Far): Part Three

Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of the Best TV Episodes of 2015 (So Far)

Justified, “The Promise”

Written by Graham Yost & Fred Golan & Dave Andron & Benjamin Cavell

Directed by Adam Arkin

Aired April 14th, 2015 on FX

Over the course of its run, Justified established itself as a top tier drama, which meant that expectations were high going into its sixth and final season. The series finale, however, delivered on several fronts, elevating itself into not only a highlight of the show, but a highlight of the television year as a whole to date. The deft manner in which the episode balances its numerous characters is one of the key ways in which it distinguishes itself. While the finale’s most important showdown is the one between Boyd and Raylan, the writers make sure to give the season’s antagonist Avery Markham his due as well, not diminishing the danger he posed by dismissing him easily.
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Louie, Ep. 5.05: “Untitled” pushes the series’ surreality past the breaking point

Louie, Season 5, Episode 5: “Untitled”

Written by Louis C.K.

Directed by Louis C.K.

Airs Thursdays at 10:30pm Et on FX

It’s generally assumed that Louie takes place within the mental confines of its titular character, but there’s never been an episode quite as doggedly insular as “Untitled,” which places Louie within a cascading nightmare he can’t seem to escape. It’s never boring, but it turns out that literalizing the series’ sense of surreality only serves to emphasize how awkward it can be when C.K. pushes the show’s stylistic boundaries too far. “Untitled” frequently threatens to tip over into outright self-parody. For those who find Louie to be too self-determined for its own good – and those people do exist – “Untitled” is the new Exhibit A.

Things start out harmlessly enough, with Louie at the Comedy Cellar, telling an unusally hacky joke about beekeeping (our
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Paul Giamatti, Jeff Goldblum, John Hawkes Debate Amy Schumer’s Hotness in ’12 Angry Men’ Parody (Video)

Paul Giamatti, Jeff Goldblum, John Hawkes Debate Amy Schumer’s Hotness in ’12 Angry Men’ Parody (Video)
Amy Schumer devoted an entire episode of her Comedy Central show Tuesday to answering one very important question: Is Amy Schumer hot enough to be on TV? In a spoof the classic film “12 Angry Men,” Schumer recruited Jeff Goldblum, Paul Giamatti, John Hawkes, Nick Dipaolo and eight others to settle the question of her hotness once and for all. Even Dennis Quaid, who recently made headlines for a viral Funny or Die prank, makes an appearance. Tempers flared as most believed Schumer is not hot, with Hawkes casting the lone dissenting vote. The men are outraged but soon begin to.
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Behold Inside Amy Schumer’s Dead-On 12 Angry Men

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Behold Inside Amy Schumer’s Dead-On 12 Angry Men
Last night's episode of Inside Amy Schumer pushed the show's gutsy, bawdy brilliance to a new level of sustained excellence. "12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer" took over the whole episode, and it offered a pretty brutal send-up of the kinds of misogynistic vitriol famous women face. It's also an excellent re-creation of its source material: This is an incredibly specific parody, with staging, costuming, and props exactly mimicking the 1957 classic. Right down to the switchblades! Well, almost. The cross-fade from the courtroom into the jury room is a perfect match ... The title design, too. Jeff Goldblum's tie-with-a-polo-shirt outfit looks familiar. As do Kumail Nanjiani's suspenders and body language. Same for Henry Zebrowski. The guy just wants to go to the Blake Shelton concert! Er ... baseball game. Let's take a quick poll. Nick Dipaolo absolutely nails Lee J. Cobb's look and mannerisms. Switchblades, dildos ... Has the
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'Inside Amy Schumer' director on '12 Angry Men' spoof: 'It was something she was incredibly passionate about'

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'Inside Amy Schumer' director on '12 Angry Men' spoof: 'It was something she was incredibly passionate about'
This morning, I published my interview with Amy Schumer about tonight's "12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer" parody, which focused on the origins and themes of the episode-length sketch. Now it's time to hear from Ryan McFaul, who co-directed the episode with Schumer, and who speaks more about the technical end of things, including which parts of the Sidney Lumet film they were and weren't able to work into their episode. "12 Angry Men" is one of those movies where whenever I come across it on cable, I have to watch until the end. What was your experience with it before this episode came about? Ryan McFaul: I'm a serious film nerd. I probably first saw it when I was 15 or 16, at the point when I was first falling romantically in love with cinema, and starting to learn about visual storytelling, and the way pictures can make a story powerful. It's one of those classic examples,
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Amy Schumer Did an Episode-Long 12 Angry Men Parody About the Horrible Way Men Talk About Women

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Amy Schumer Did an Episode-Long 12 Angry Men Parody About the Horrible Way Men Talk About Women
On a season already full of boldly feminist sketches, Tuesday night's episode of Inside Amy Schumer was the boldest yet: an episode-long parody of 12 Angry Men in which male stars like John Hawkes, Paul Giamatti, Vincent Kartheiser, and Jeff Goldblum debated the important question of whether Schumer is hot enough to be on TV. "It's a theme that has been kind of ever-present on the show — women constantly being evaluated and the sort of rage men have for anyone who is not a '10,'" Schumer told Vanity Fair. "People were so mad about Lena [Dunham] taking her clothes off ... there is like this weird anger towards women who feel comfortable in their own skin and aren’t afraid to show it." In this clip, Hawkes, Kartheiser, and Nick Dipaolo define the concept of "reasonable chub."
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Amy Schumer on her '12 Angry Men' spoof: 'I'm more proud of it than anything I've ever done'

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Amy Schumer on her '12 Angry Men' spoof: 'I'm more proud of it than anything I've ever done'
We know that "Inside Amy Schumer" can do great parodies, and it can do biting social commentary, and that it has a gift for hiding the latter inside the former. That's been apparent throughout its run, and early in the Comedy Central sketch show's great third season, which has featured a dead-on "Friday Night Lights" parody that was really about rape culture, as well as last week's "One Direction" spoof about women who don't need makeup. Tonight's remarkable episode (it airs, like usual, at 10:30) takes both sides of the show to an extreme. Titled "12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer," it's an episode-length parody of Reginald Rose's classic play "12 Angry Men" (and particularly of the staging of the 1957 Sidney Lumet film version) in which the jurors — played by Jeff Goldblum (the foreman), John Hawkes (the crusading hold-out) and Paul Giamatti and Nick Dipaolo (the two bullying loud mouths), among
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The Most Vicious Zingers from Past Celebrity Roasts

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Tonight, The Roast of Justin Bieber will air on Comedy Central and the masses will get what they’ve long been waiting for: a public shaming of Justin Bieber. Of course, some of the special’s most notable put-downs of the pop star have been publicized, including insults from the likes of Roast master Kevin Hart (“Justin’s Canadian. He’s actually considered American, because no Canadian has ever been this much of an asshole”), Shaquille O’Neal (“Last year you were ranked the fifth most hated person of all time. Kim Jong-un didn’t even score that low, and he uses your music to fuckin’ torture people”), and Jeffrey Ross (“You’ve become a cocky little shit. You are the King Joffrey of pop”).

While Bieber’s burns are definitely scorching, he’s hardly the only Roastee to get royally humiliated during their special. As we count down to The Roast of Justin Bieber,
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The Most Vicious Zingers from Past Celebrity Roasts

Tonight, The Roast of Justin Bieber will air on Comedy Central and the masses will get what they’ve long been waiting for: a public shaming of Justin Bieber. Of course, some of the special’s most notable put-downs of the pop star have been publicized, including insults from the likes of Roast master Kevin Hart (“Justin’s Canadian. He’s actually considered American, because no Canadian has ever been this much of an asshole”), Shaquille O’Neal (“Last year you were ranked the fifth most hated person of all time. Kim Jong-un didn’t even score that low, and he uses your music to fuckin’ torture people”), and Jeffrey Ross (“You’ve become a cocky little shit. You are the King Joffrey of pop”).

While Bieber’s burns are definitely scorching, he’s hardly the only Roastee to get royally humiliated during their special. As we count down to The Roast of Justin Bieber,
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Louis Ck Releases New $5 Special, Defends Msg Show Cancellation in Email to Fans

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Louis Ck Releases New $5 Special, Defends Msg Show Cancellation in Email to Fans
The comedian also urges readers to go see “Boyhood” and “Into the Woods”

Louis Ck dropped new $5 stand-up special “Live at the Comedy Store” — his sixth (video below) — on Tuesday, and celebrated with a very lengthy, occasionally rambling email blast to fans.

Plugging his independent project, the comedian’s note discussed his history with the industry, lamented having to cancel the last of four Madison Square Garden concerts for underwhelming Winter Storm Juno and even pushed his followers to see “Boyhood” and “Into the Woods.”

Ck’s personal rep told TheWrap that there are no plans to reschedule the Msg date at the moment.
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Louie Recap: Occasional Free Doughnut

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Louie Recap: Occasional Free Doughnut
There are so many chicken jokes this season. After Amia goes to see Louie perform at the Cellar and deflects some leering, perverted comments from Jim Norton, she crowds around the table with Louie, Nick Dipaolo, Greg Fitzsimmons, and Todd Barry for dinner. Everyone talks around her, mostly about how lonely Louie will be when she leaves, with Fitzsimmons chiming in that Louie is actually afraid to be lonely. It would explain why he usually ends up on the batshit-crazy end of the dating spectrum; people who are afraid to be alone would rather have chaos than the empty maw of their own thoughts staring back at them. Louie is usually alone, but being alone is different from being lonely. All of this in-depth philosophical conversation is set to the soundtrack of Todd Barry saying “AIDS” to the tune of “Smoke on the Water” while drumming on the table. Of
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What Louis C.K. didn't want you to know about the season premiere of 'Louie'

What Louis C.K. didn't want you to know about the season premiere of 'Louie'
Is Louis C.K. hoaxing us?

By now, you’ve probably watched “Back,” the season premiere of Louie. (And if you haven’t, go watch it before we spoil things for you.) And you know that the highlight of the episode is the frank, funny discussion about masturbation that Louie shares with other comedians, including Sarah Silverman, Rick Crom, Nick Dipaolo, Jim Norton, and William Stephenson, at a poker table. (Norton, who recently spoke to me on Entertainment Weekly’s SiriusXM radio show TV Editor’s Hour, says the scene was inspired by the long-running real-life weekly poker games that Stephenson plays with other comedians,
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‘Louie: 4×01 & 4×02′ Advance Review

I’ve always liked Louie, because as funny as it can be at times, the show has a darker tinge to it that makes it more of a drama at times than anything else. That appeals to me in a nutshell. To me, there’s always something compelling about the darker side of comedy and I find that Louis C.K, in his standup and the series, navigates that sweet spot with aplomb that ensures that both elements mesh well without feeling like one gets leaned on rather than the other. Sometimes, you get episodes like “Subway/Pamela” or “God,” that really hint at a deep romanticism and deep theological meanings that can be mined from a 20 minute comedy-drama. And other times, you get “Pregnant,” which is just one long set-up to a well-timed fart joke.

That’s the key to Louis C.K’s humor in a nutshell. It
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