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Will UK Panel Show ‘Have I Got News for You’ Work in the Us?

14 November 2012 2:35 PM, PST | | See recent Screen Rant news »

TBS is attempting to bring one of the UK’s longest-running panel games, Have I Got News for You, to America. Is America finally ready to welcome one of the UK’s most popular television genres (currently absent from Us television)? And can TBS succeed where other networks (including BBC America) have failed?

TBS’s version of Have I Got News for You – which will likely keep the same name – is already “in the can,” as they say, having already filmed a pilot with comedian Sam Seder serving as host and comedians Sherrod Small and Michael Ian Black as the team captains. Seder previously served as host of NBC’s pilot of How I Got News for You in 2009.

The purpose of Have I Got News for You, essentially, is ...

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Sam Seder Tapped to Host U.S. Version of British Quiz Show

14 November 2012 7:00 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

British comedy quiz show mainstay Have I Got News For You might be coming to American audiences. TBS has taped a pilot of the show, with Sam Seder serving as host, the show's U.K. producer confirmed on Twitter. This isn't the first time the format has been adapted for American audiences: NBC taped a pilot of Hignfy back in 2009, with Sam Seder as the host then, too, but the show didn't get past the pilot stage. How much longer do we have to wait for a U.S. version of Mock the Week, TV executives? »

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TV on Tap: Grace Gummer Joins the "Newsroom," Joe Biden vs. Carmen Sandiego and "Arrow" Targets Seth Gabel

14 November 2012 4:06 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Oooh,it's a big day for WilSon on today's Days of Our Lives


Arrow has cast its Count Vertigo. He'll be played by Dirty Sexy Money and Fringe alum Seth Gabel.

Yes, Joe Biden filmed a cameo on Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? I love it.

In a promising sign, Go On has promoted Sarah Baker, who plays "Cat Lady" Sonia, from recurring guest-star to series regular. At first glance, Sonia looked like a one-note character, but she's given the comedy some great stories, so I take this as a sign that the Go On team has, at least, a clue.

In case you thought the cancellation of Jersey Shore meant our national nightmare would soon be over. Not so fast. MTV is giving Vinny a "hybrid talk/reality series".

Joss Whedon's S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot added former star of The Fades, Iain De Caestecker. He'll play a tech guru. »

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TBS Pilots U.S. Version Of British Panel Show ‘Have I Got News For You’

13 November 2012 4:21 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: TBS has ordered a pilot for an American version of the long-running BBC panel show Have I Got News For You. The comedy cable channel just shot the pilot with comedian Sam Seder hosting and comedians Sherrod Small and Michael Ian Black as team captains. Produced by Hat Trick Prods, the original series is a primetime staple in the UK, where it has been on the air for 22 years, first on BBC Two and now on flagship BBC One. The show features a guest host (watch a clip with Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch as host below), and Ian Hislop and Paul Merton as captains of two two-person teams. Their guest team members are most often comedians, celebrities, writers or broadcasters. The panelist take a satiric look at news, current events and tabloid headlines and go through game challenges. Have I Got News For You is loosely based on the »


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Spike Milligan's not so final punchline – and Have I Got News For You goes Stateside

13 November 2012 9:01 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

In this week's roundup, Spike Milligan's gravestone joke takes a serious turn, the Us samples Hignfy and a new website gives black British comedy a push

The famous epitaph on Spike Milligan's gravestone, "I told you I was ill", has been added to , at the end of a bitter feud between the ex-Goon's family members. The comedian died in 2002, aged 83, and was buried at St Thomas's Church in Winchelsea, East Sussex. His third wife, Shelagh Sinclair, died in 2011, and her family asked that she be buried with Milligan and her name added to the inscription. This didn't go down a storm with Milligan's son James, who insisted, "it has always been abundantly clear what my father wanted written on his headstone. To find out Shelagh's family are trying to add an inscription is infuriating and totally unacceptable." Sinclair's family won the dispute, however: her name has now been »

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