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12 items from 2016


See All of Leslie Jones' Hilarious Rio Olympic Tweets

9 August 2016 5:41 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Leslie Jones lives, breathes, Snapchats and tweets for Team USA. The Saturday Night Live and Ghostbusters star has been live-tweeting the 2016 Rio Olympic Games to such hilarious effect that her at-home coverage earned her a ticket to Rio. She'll soon be covering the Summer Games — Irl — as a contributor for NBC. On Monday, after opening weekend when her tweets and social media videos went viral, NBC announced that Jones will be live on-air and online in Rio beginning Friday, Aug. 12. She was offered the gig after NBC producer Mike Shoemaker saw her commentary and alerted Jim

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- Jackie Strause, Jennifer Konerman

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Taran Killam & Jay Pharoah Leave ‘Saturday Night Live’ After 6 Seasons

9 August 2016 6:59 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

This fall, “Saturday Night Live” will look a little differently than usual. Veteran cast members Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah will not be returning to the long-running sketch comedy series for its 42nd season. They’ve both been with the series for six years.

Read More: ‘Brother Nature’ Trailer: Taran Killam Faces Humiliation From Bobby Moynihan In New Comedy

In an interview with Uproxx, Killam suggested that he’s not sure what happened. “You sign for seven years, so I had one more year. I had sort of had it in my head I would make this upcoming year my last year, but then heard they weren’t going to pick up my contract. I was never given a reason why, really. I can assume until the cows come home.” Pharoah declined to comment about his departure.

Additionally, featured player Jon Rudnitsky, who joined the cast during the 2015-16 season, »

- Vikram Murthi

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Taran Killam & Jay Pharoah Leave ‘Saturday Night Live’ After 6 Seasons

9 August 2016 6:59 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This fall, “Saturday Night Live” will look a little differently than usual. Veteran cast members Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah will not be returning to the long-running sketch comedy series for its 42nd season. They’ve both been with the series for six years.

Read More: ‘Brother Nature’ Trailer: Taran Killam Faces Humiliation From Bobby Moynihan In New Comedy

In an interview with Uproxx, Killam suggested that he’s not sure what happened. “You sign for seven years, so I had one more year. I had sort of had it in my head I would make this upcoming year my last year, but then heard they weren’t going to pick up my contract. I was never given a reason why, really. I can assume until the cows come home.” Pharoah declined to comment about his departure.

Additionally, featured player Jon Rudnitsky, who joined the cast during the 2015-16 season, »

- Vikram Murthi

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Olympics: Leslie Jones Accepts NBC's Rio Invite, After Her Tweets Go Viral

8 August 2016 2:55 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

You know what Leslie Jones loves even more than flirting with Colin Jost at the Weekend Update desk? Team USA!

RelatedOlympics 2016: What Was Your Favorite Moment From Day 1 of the Rio Games?

The Saturday Night Live cast member has been offered — and on Monday accepted — an opportunity to attend the Summer Olympics after publishing a series of videos to Twitter documenting her thunderous enthusiasm for the Rio games while draped in the American flag. (A few of her most retweeted posts are embedded below.)

According to NBC, starting this Friday, “Jones will attend live Olympic events, including swimming, track and field, »

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Late-Night Hosts Get Political in Bid to Win Votes From Viewers

27 July 2016 9:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Who would line up in an NBC waiting room for hours as the clock ticks past midnight? Dozens of people, as it turns out, all coming to the network’s New York City headquarters in a bid to watch history being made.

The crowd hunkering down at NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Center headquarters on the night of July 22 expected to see the first live broadcast in the on-air tenure of the network’s wee-hours “Late Night” franchise. The idea was to get a view of Seth Meyers making fun of that evening’s Republican National Convention on live TV quickly after Donald Trump accepted the nomination – something David Letterman, Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon had never done during their time on the show. To make it happen, staffers rejiggered their routines, even bringing in extra cue-card writers  so riffs could be readied for the host as quickly as the writers, watching »

- Brian Steinberg

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Before Wrestling Donald Trump, Seth Meyers Fought for His ‘Late Night’ Voice

23 June 2016 6:52 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Seth Meyers’ tenure at “Late Night” on NBC has really begun to pop, but during one recent taping, the crew probably wished it hadn’t.

Meyers was in the middle of one of his signature “Closer Look” segments, when a sudden bang startled the audience in Studio 8G at NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Center headquarters. It was a tough break for the host and his crew. These pointed broadsides on current events are complex pieces, and typically use a mix of the host’s gimlet-eyed analysis, jokes, outtakes from news reports and clever graphics (a Donald Trump baseball card that has him playing left field) to uncover the machinations behind the news of the moment. There’s pressure, too. The pieces are put together over the course of 24 hours, often less. They are so tied in to current events they may be useless the next day. The show even field-tests the segments in front of a quickly assembled »

- Brian Steinberg

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Inside CBS’ Bid to Bolster ‘Late Show With Stephen Colbert’

13 April 2016 11:37 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Stephen Colbert’s name is on the title of his program, so it’s no surprise he has a lot to do with every aspect of  CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” At times, however, his involvement in the show’s minutiae has become a problem — one that the host himself has lampooned on the air.

When the late-night program started last September, Colbert was not only the showrunner, he even did the voice-overs during the show intro. One sketch that aired early on featured a producer having a conversation with the host about the inner workings of the program — on stage in front of the audience. The joke was that Colbert was so busy during the day with every piece of the production that he didn’t have enough time to take on anything more. As the producer tried to engage the host, he nibbled on snacks and talked to the studio audience. »

- Brian Steinberg

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The Awesomes

28 February 2016 5:08 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Network: Hulu

Episodes: 30 (half-hour)

Seasons: Three

TV show dates: August 1, 2013 -- November 3, 2015

Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Seth Meyers, Ike Barinholtz, Emily Spivey, Taran Killam, Kenan Thompson, Bobby Lee, Paula Pell, Rashida Jones, Bill Hader, Josh Meyers, and Rachel Dratch.

TV show description:      

Created by Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker, this adult animated comedy follows a group of underdog superheroes as they try to live up to the expectations and reputation forged by their namesakes.

Prock (Meyers) has always wanted to be a superhero like his father. Now that the original Mr. Awesome has retired, he has the opportunity to step into his shoes.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Late Night with Seth Meyers: NBC Announces Host's Contract Extension

13 January 2016 2:10 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

NBC officially announces it has signed its Late Night with Seth Meyers TV show host, Seth Meyers, through 2021. It is safe to say Late Night with Seth Meyers will not be cancelled, any time soon. The nightly talk show is executive produced by Lorne Michaels and produced by Mike Shoemaker.

“I can’t thank NBC enough for continuing to support our show and this more than makes up for my disappointment in not getting cast in ‘The Wiz,’” said Meyers.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Seth Meyers’ Late-Night NBC Deal Renewed Until 2021

13 January 2016 9:23 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Seth Meyers is staying in business with NBC — for at least five more years.

The host’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” contract has been renewed with the network through February 2021. NBC president Bob Greenblatt made the announcement Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif.

“Congratulations to him, and we’re looking forward to a crazy election year where his commentary will be particularly welcome,” said Greenblatt at TCA.

In a statement, Meyers said, “I can’t thank NBC enough for continuing to support our show and this more than makes up for my disappointment in not getting cast in ‘The Wiz.'”

Meyers will also host a 2016 New Year’s Eve “Late Night” 10 p.m. primetime special that will highlight all the news and current events of the year.

Since taking over “Late Night” in February 2014, Meyers has widened his lead over ABC and CBS and often beats Colbert, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Writers Guild Of America awards nominees revealed

6 January 2016 11:55 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The 2016 Writers Guild of America awards winners have been announced. In the original screenplay category Steven Spielberg’s Bridge Of Spies will be going up against the likes of Sicario, Spotlight, Straight Outta Compton and Trainwreck, while the adapted screenplay sees The Big Short compete against Carol, The Martian, Steve Jobs and Trumbo.

The awards also take in documentary material, and television productions. You can see the rest of the nominations below.

Screenplay Nominations

Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies, Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen; DreamWorks Pictures

Sicario, Written by Taylor Sheridan; Lionsgate

Spotlight, Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy; Open Road Films

Straight Outta Compton, Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff; Universal Pictures

Trainwreck, Written by Amy Schumer; Universal Pictures

Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short, Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay; Based on the »

- Paul Heath

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Nominations For The 68th Annual Writers Guild Of America Awards

6 January 2016 10:43 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The Writers Guild of America has just announced the nominations for their annual awards for Best Screenplays (by writers who are guild signatories). That’s right, before you get nervous thinking that your favorite may have been left off the list, you must remember that the WGA is the group that is not all-inclusive and leaves out several of the top contenders each year due to them not being part of the guild or not following their very specific rules. For this reason, you won’t see Inside Out, The Hateful Eight, and Ex Machina in the Original Screenplay category or Room, Brooklyn, or Anomalisa in the Adapted screenplay category.

Taking a look at what’s left over for the nominations, we find many that were expected to make a showing, including Spotlight and Bridge of Spies for Original Screenplay, though they apparently had to sink to really low depths »

- Jeff Beck

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