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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Maz Jobrani

13 August 2017 1:30 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Every time I see this guy I can’t help but think of Moley in Friday After Next. His character was kind of a jerk but he was funny in a kind of pathetic way. The best part is that this was obviously what Jobrani was going for, so it worked perfectly. To be even more honest after looking him up this is the kind of thing he goes for anyway in his act, to make other people laugh by destroying the stereotypes that others have about those from the Middle East. His acts are made to enlighten people and to

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TV News Roundup: NBC Sets Princess Diana Documentary Special

10 August 2017 4:22 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In today’s roundup, NBC will air the documentary “Diana, 7 Days,” “Insecure’s” Jay Ellis lands a new series, and “Will & Grace” casts Ben Platt in a guest role

Specials

NBC will air “Diana, 7 Days,” a documentary that follows the historic days leading up to the tragic death of Princess Diana that forever changed the lives her children and the people of the United Kingdom. It will feature the first on-camera interview with Princess Diana’s two sons–Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Both will share and reflect their personal accounts and memories of their late mother. The two-hour documentary will air Friday, Sept. 1 at 8 p.m. Et/Pt on NBC.

Development

Urban Movie Channel (Umc) has partnered with “Insecure” star Jay Ellis for premiere of the new series “Hard Medicine.” A workplace comedy created by Melissa Eno Effa, the series stars Nicole Slaughter as Dr. Moore, a »

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Comedian Maz Jobrani Set To Host 2017 International Emmy Awards Gala

10 August 2017 8:26 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Comedian and actor Maz Jobrani, known for his jokes and riffs about living as an Iranian immigrant in the United States, will host the International Emmy Awards Gala in New York on Monday, November 20. "Maz Jobrani has been entertaining American and international audiences by using comedy to address prejudice and stereotypes around the world," said Bruce L. Paisner, President & CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in making the host… »

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Maz Jobrani ‘Immigrant’ Comedy Special Set On Netflix

9 June 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Maz Jobrani is heading to Netflix with comedy special Immigrant, set for debut August 1. The title refers to Jobrani who fled the Iranian Revolution in the late 1970s at the age of six to move to the U.S. with his family. Filmed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the hourlong special covers political humor about being an immigrant in the era of Trump, as well as observations about modern day parenting. In addition to co-starring on CBS' new comedy, Superior Donuts… »

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Shohreh Aghdashloo Joins ‘Simple Wedding’ From Writer/Director Sara Zandieh

10 May 2017 9:36 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Oscar nominated and Emmy winning actress Shohreh Aghdashloo has joined the cast of writer/director Sara Zandieh’s romantic comedy Simple Wedding. Principal photography has just begun on the indie from the filmmaker has had short films honored at Telluride and Tribeca and is making her feature directing debut. The film stars newcomer Tara Grammy as a millennial Persian girl navigating a cross-cultural relationship. Christopher O'Shea, Rita Wilson, Maz Jobrani… »

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Superior Donuts: Season One Ratings

9 May 2017 1:31 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Actor Judd Hirsch has starred in many TV shows over the years. Some have lasted for many seasons while others have been cancelled. How will his newest show, Superior Donuts, perform for CBS? Will it be a hit in the ratings or, a flop? Will Superior Donuts be renewed for a second season? Stay tuned.Based on the Broadway play, the Superior Donuts TV show revolves around Arthur Przybyszewski (Judd Hirsch), a no-nonsense owner of a small donut shop in Chicago. He's a gruff guy who realizes that times are changing and help comes in the form of a go-getter named Franco Wicks (Jermaine Fowler). Franco convinces Arthur that he can bring the shop and its irritable owner into the 21st century. Others in the cast of this comedy are Katey Sagal, Darien Sills-Evans, David Koechner, Anna Baryshnikov, Rell Battle, and Maz Jobrani.The ratings »

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‘Superior Donuts’ Star Jermaine Fowler on Plans for Season 2, Why TV Has Become ‘Woke’

25 March 2017 12:42 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

West Hollywood’s Laugh Factory on Sunset Boulevard was taken over by CBS’ “Superior Donuts” Thursday night, as many members of the cast took the stage to perform. With more than half of the main cast already established as stand-up comedians, the historic comedy club was a packed house with its regulars, who just so happened to also be there in celebration of the comedy’s Season 2 order from the network.

Headlined by co-exec producer and star Jermaine Fowler (listed in Variety‘s 10 Comics to Watch 2016), stars Maz JobraniDavid Koechner, Darien Sills-Evans, Rell Battle and others from the show went up in front of the crowd, which included co-stars Judd Hirsch and Anna Baryshnikov.

“‘Superior Donuts’ is a family show; this is not,” quipped Battle, who hosted the evening filled with humorous commentaries that ranged from sexual experiences to funerals to marches under the Trump administration.

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Superior Donuts: Season Two Renewal for New CBS Comedy

23 March 2017 2:51 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Donuts may be bad for your diet but, apparently, the Superior Donuts TV show is good for CBS' bottom line. The network has renewed the Monday night comedy series for a second season for the 2017-18 season. Based on the Broadway play, the Superior Donuts TV show revolves around Arthur Przybyszewski (Judd Hirsch), a no-nonsense owner of a small donut shop in Chicago. He's a gruff guy who realizes that times are changing and help comes in the form of a go-getter named Franco Wicks (Jermaine Fowler). Franco convinces Arthur that he can bring the shop and its irritable owner into the 21st century. Others in the cast of this comedy are Katey Sagal, Darien Sills-Evans, David Koechner, Anna Baryshnikov, Rell Battle, and Maz Jobrani.Read More… »

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TV Gets Woke: How Scripted Series Are Confronting Social Issues Like Never Before

14 March 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Reggie Bythewood’s grandfather was a police officer who taught him how to drive. He also gave him “the talk.”

“That’s what to do and what not to do when a racist police officer pulls you over,” explains Bythewood, a writer and producer whose films include “Notorious” and “Get on the Bus.” “Stay calm,” he recalls. “Repeat the officer’s name. No sudden moves.”

It’s a life lesson he passed on to his own son, Cassius, when they were driving together and a cop pulled him over for no apparent reason. “He asked if I was transporting something, and I said I was transporting my son,” recalls Bythewood. “And then he asked why I was nervous. I said I wasn’t. It was a crazy, awkward ordeal.”

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Recounting the incident months later in the writers’ room for the new Fox limited series “Shots Fired,” Bythewood »

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Iranian-American Actor Tells Stephen Colbert How Trump’s Travel Ban Impacts His Life (Video)

10 March 2017 6:39 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Superior Donuts” star Maz Jobrani, who’s Iranian-American, appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Thursday to share how President Trump is impacting his life. “It’s been great,” Jobrani said sarcastically joked. “Relatives can’t come.” Trump originally issued an executive order blacking travel from seven predominantly Muslim nations. Courts shot down the ban, but a revised version limits travel from six predominantly Muslim nations and is scheduled to start later this month. Also Read: Trump Signs Revised Travel Ban Targeting Six Muslim-Majority Countries (Video) “So your relatives can’t come visit for 120 days, at least, at this point, »

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‘The Secret Life of Muslims:’ Reza Aslan and Iqbal Theba Sound Off on Hollywood’s Portrayal of Muslims — Watch

24 February 2017 12:15 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Vox has released the new episode of its nonfiction web series “The Secret Life of Muslims,” titled “Dear Hollywood: stop portraying Muslims as terrorists.” In the new installment, Iranian-American author and commentator Reza Aslan, “Glee” actor Iqbal Theba and other prominent Muslims sound off on the problems of Hollywood’s portrayal of the group.

Read More: Mike Ott & Nathan Silver Blur the Line Between Fiction and Reality in ‘Actor Martinez’ — Trailer

“I loved the 1980s, when Chuck Norris used to kill swaths of my people with a machine-gun in some brown bouillabaisse of a country. It was awesome to watch,” says reporter Wajahat Ali at the beginning of the clip. This new episode also features comedian Omar Regan, who claims that “Muslims are always terrorists!” on the big screen.

Comedian Maz Jobrani, author of “I’m Not a Terrorist, but I’ve Played One on TV,” says how much he »

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‘The Secret Life of Muslims:’ Reza Aslan and Iqbal Theba Sound Off on Hollywood’s Portrayal of Muslims — Watch

24 February 2017 12:15 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Vox has released the new episode of its nonfiction web series “The Secret Life of Muslims,” titled “Dear Hollywood: stop portraying Muslims as terrorists.” In the new installment, Iranian-American author and commentator Reza Aslan, “Glee” actor Iqbal Theba and other prominent Muslims sound off on the problems of Hollywood’s portrayal of the group.

Read More: Mike Ott & Nathan Silver Blur the Line Between Fiction and Reality in ‘Actor Martinez’ — Trailer

“I loved the 1980s, when Chuck Norris used to kill swaths of my people with a machine-gun in some brown bouillabaisse of a country. It was awesome to watch,” says reporter Wajahat Ali at the beginning of the clip. This new episode also features comedian Omar Regan, who claims that “Muslims are always terrorists!” on the big screen.

Comedian Maz Jobrani, author of “I’m Not a Terrorist, but I’ve Played One on TV,” says how much he »

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Maz Jobrani Talks Terrorist Typecasting, '24' and the Grueling Task of Mocking Trump

6 February 2017 6:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

As countless immigrants from the seven Muslim-majority countries deemed a threat by U.S. President and Apprentice producer Donald Trump find themselves unable to enter America, even with visas, much of Sunday's massive Super Bowl audience tuned in to an unfortunately timed piece of pop culture. The reboot of former Fox hit 24 opened on a white American family being killed by an ostensibly Middle Eastern man.

Maz Jobrani is no stranger to how Muslims are so frequently portrayed on TV and film. The comedian, currently starring in CBS sitcom Superior Donuts, wrote the book on it. I'm Not a Terrorist »

- Michael O'Connell

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TV Review: ‘Superior Donuts’ on CBS

1 February 2017 6:30 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Few things are more reliable these days than the arrival of complaint-driven comedies that have no love for millennials, kale and man-buns. “Superior Donuts” slides very easily into that category with an air of confidence that is not backed up by its warmed-over jokes or by the stale assumptions that it peddles.

The problem starts with the premise: Jermaine Fowler plays Franco, an aspiring artist who goes to work at a doughnut shop owned by the grumpy Arthur (Judd Hirsch) in a gentrifying Chicago neighborhood. Franco’s ideas about how to market the shop are greeted with hostility by Arthur, and the first three episodes revolve around Franco’s unceasing efforts to drum up business for Superior Donuts while also keeping the shop owner safe from crime, which remains a problem in the neighborhood. Why the energetic Franco would expend this much effort for a sour man who is financially solvent and content to grumble, sell »

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‘Superior Donuts’ Star Jermaine Fowler Delivers This Deep Fried Treat with Biting Social Commentary – IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

1 February 2017 11:43 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last Week’S Podcast: ‘Full Frontal with Samantha Bee’ Producers on Adjusting to the Trump Era — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

CBS’ new comedy “Superior Donuts” is part of a new wave of multi-camera sitcoms with something to say.

Comedian Jermaine Fowler and executive producer Bob Daily are taking advantage of that mandate, infusing their new show with biting commentary on everything, including gentrification, police brutality, Muslims in America, and the Trump era.

Superior Donuts” began life as a stage play in 2008, written by playwright and actor Tracy Letts. The story, about an Arthur, an aging donut shop owner, and his new assistant, a young African-American man worried about his neighborhood’s fast gentrification, eventually moved to Broadway. The New York Times compared the play to a 1970s comedy, so it only makes sense that CBS decided to adapt the show.

Comedy directing legend Jimmy Burrows is behind the lens on “Superior Donuts, »

- Michael Schneider

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‘Superior Donuts’ Star Jermaine Fowler Delivers This Deep Fried Treat with Biting Social Commentary – IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

1 February 2017 11:43 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Last Week’S Podcast: ‘Full Frontal with Samantha Bee’ Producers on Adjusting to the Trump Era — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

CBS’ new comedy “Superior Donuts” is part of a new wave of multi-camera sitcoms with something to say.

Comedian Jermaine Fowler and executive producer Bob Daily are taking advantage of that mandate, infusing their new show with biting commentary on everything, including gentrification, police brutality, Muslims in America, and the Trump era.

Superior Donuts” began life as a stage play in 2008, written by playwright and actor Tracy Letts. The story, about an Arthur, an aging donut shop owner, and his new assistant, a young African-American man worried about his neighborhood’s fast gentrification, eventually moved to Broadway. The New York Times compared the play to a 1970s comedy, so it only makes sense that CBS decided to adapt the show.

Comedy directing legend Jimmy Burrows is behind the lens on “Superior Donuts, »

- Michael Schneider

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Superior Donuts:cbs Teases the New Judd Hirsch Sitcom

27 January 2017 6:00 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

"Old-fashioned? Must be yours." CBS has released new teasers for their upcoming series Superior Donuts.Based on the play by Tracy Letts, the sitcom centers on the relationship between an older donut shop owner (Judd Hirsch) and his young new employee (Jermaine Fowler). The cast also includes Katey Sagal, David Koechner, Maz Jobrani, Anna Baryshnikov, Darien Sills-Evans, and Rell Battle.Read More… »

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