20 items from 2011
David Steinberg is happy to let his friends bring the funny.
Once a stand-up comic himself, Steinberg became one of the most prolific directors of television comedies including "Seinfeld," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Designing Women" and "Mad About You." He explores the nature of humor by talking with pals who are among the form's top stars -- from Martin Short, Jerry Seinfeld and Billy Crystal to Ellen DeGeneres, Larry David and insult czar Don Rickles -- on the Showtime series "Inside Comedy," premiering Thursday, Jan. 26.
"We were going to do a movie, a documentary film," Steinberg explains to Zap2it, "then everyone we asked to be in it said, 'Yes.' Everyone. Steve Carell (an executive producer, with Steinberg, of the project) said, 'If we do this as a film, Mel Brooks will get only four minutes. Chris Rock will only have three minutes.' And each interview was something like 40 minutes long, »
This is after photos of the shoot were leaked online, featuring the "Mean Girls" star.
"Because of the interest and the internet leak, we're releasing the 'Lindsay Lohan' issue early," said Hef.
The magazine's nude pictorial of Lohan is in homage to actress Marilyn Monroe.
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"With humor and insight, the film captures Hefner's fierce battles with the government, the religious right and militant feminists.
"Rare footage and compelling interviews with a remarkable who's who of 20th Century American pop culture, »
- Michael Stevens
Showtime has decided to pull some funny business. The network said that it's launching a new series, 'Inside Comedy,' that will feature comedian David Steinberg interviewing fellow funny-people about what drives their comedy. Interview subjects in the 10-episode series include Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Ellen DeGeneres, Mel Brooks, Don Rickles and Jonathan Winters.Interviewees will "share career-defining moments, personal struggles and the idols that inspired them, in an uncensored and hilarious one-on-one format," according to Showtime. Steinberg -- whose recently served recurring directorial duties on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" -- will direct all 10 episodes »
- Tim Kenneally
Kinnear will play Phil Dunphy’s new business partner Tad, EW.com reports. Phil is very impressed by the successful and athletic real estate broker. Claire? Not so much.
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• NBC is hosting a party in honor of Betty White’s 90th birthday! But don’t fret if you didn’t get an invite. The network plans to air the dinner-style event as a special around the time of the Golden Girl’s birthday on January 17, 2012, TV Guide Magazine reports. »
- Vlada Gelman
As the Television Critics Association Press tour wraps up, more details about the fall's lineup of new shows have emerged. From spy dramas, to 60s stewardess tales, to haunted house mystery series, the 2011-2012 season looks to be an exciting one. Read on for our wrap up of what's been announced (and read our first installment of TCA news here).
"Super 8" director J.J. Abrams, whose married spy drama "Undercovers" flopped last season, returns with "Person of Interest" this fall, a show about a billionaire and his mystery machine. Starring Michael Emerson as Finch, who has created a computer program that can predict future crimes, and Jim Caviezel as the ex-cia agent who helps him stop those crimes, "Person of Interest" looks to be a classic Abrams series.
"I've always been fascinated by the idea of a surveillance state," executive producer Jonathan Nolan said. "Just how much information is swirling out there? »
- Amy Lee
As part of the Showtime portion of the TCA Press Tour, President of Entertainment David Nevins took some time to talk about a growth in subscribers of the network, the direction of returning series, and where he sees series development going in the future. Here are the most interesting points: Showtime has added over 2 million subscribers, taking their total accounts to 20.5 million. Dexter returns for its sixth season on October 2nd, as the lead-in to the new drama series. Homeland, about a CIA officer (Claire Danes) who becomes convinced that a recently rescued American Pow (Damian Lewis) may be connected to an Al Qaeda plot to be carried out on U.S. soil. Shameless, The Borgias and Episodes are all returning for a Season 2, with The Borgias being a massive production in its size and scope. The subversively funny comedy House of Lies, starring Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell, about »
- Christina Radish
The star of ‘Crazy Stupid Love’, and former boss of ‘The Office’, Steve Carell will be producing a new interview series for the Showtime Network entitled ‘Laughing Stock’. Confirming the news at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, the network’s president of entertainment, David Nevins, shared that the new show will feature Comedian David Steinberg as the host. Steinberg will sit down with legends, and his well known peers in the industry to talk about their roots, discussing who over the course of their career has helped form and influence them. “We have gathered a monumental assortment of comedic legends and their contemporary proteges,” said Carell in a statement »
Steve Carell may no longer be the boss on The Office, but that doesn't mean that this is the last of him that we will see on TV. At Showtime's panel at the summer TCA tour it was announced that Laughing Stock, a Steve Carell comedy series has been picked up.
Don't worry though, Carell hasn't left one sitcom to join another as Laughing Stock is a show that Carell is producing that takes a look at comedic talent through one-on-one interviews. Showtime entertainment president David Nevins explained that the series will look at the "best comedic minds of the last five decades" through these interviews. Laughing Stock will be hosted by David Steinberg who is also doubling his role as an executive producer. Steve Carell added in a statement about the premise of the show that:
"We have gathered a monumental assortment of comedic legends, and their contemporary protégées. »
- emma fraser
Steve Carell is working on a new series of interviews for Showtime. Laughing Stock, which Carell will executive produce, will feature chats with different comedians. David Steinberg will carry out the interviews as well as executive producing the show alongside Carell, TV Guide reports. Carell said: "We have gathered a monumental assortment of comedic legends and their contemporary protégés. It's enlightening, fascinating, but more importantly, it's funny." 30 Rock's Tina Fey, Glee's Jane Lynch and Curb Your Enthusiasm's (more) »
- By Catriona Wightman
Former Office boss Steve Carell and fellow funny man David Steinberg are teaming with Showtime to deliver Laughing Stock, a new interview series that willprofile the cracking-wise likes of Tina Fey, Jerry Seinfeld, Judd Apatow and Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner.
Carell and Steinberg will exec-produce the series, with the latter also serving as host. A total of 10 half-hour episodes are targeted to air on early 2012.
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• The CW has revealed the 14 America’s Next Top Model alumni who will be competing in the upcoming “all-star” season, premiering Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 9/8c. »
- Megan Masters
Before the current season of "Weeds" began, there were reports that it would be its last (conflicting reports, to be sure, but it was out there nonetheless).
Now, though, it sounds like the scale is tipping toward the series continuing into an eighth season on Showtime.
"I'm optimistic," Showtime Entertainment president David Nevins said Thursday (Aug. 4) at the Television Critics Association press tour. "It's been an interesting year, and I'm excited for people to see where it goes by the end of the season as all the stories coalesce."
Nevins also praises creator Jenji Kohan for "evolving her show and making it move in different places," which he thinks could help extend the life of the show.
"I haven't picked it up yet, but I'm optimistic," he says.
Other notes from Showtime's press tour session:
- Three series -- two veterans and one new show -- will roll premiere Sunday, »
Laughing Stock, executive-produced by Carell and David Steinberg, will bring on comedy greats from the last five decades for one-on-one discussions about their careers, influences and the evolution of comedy with Steinberg (Sit Down Comedy with David Steinberg).
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- Kate Stanhope
Showtime President of Entertainment David Nevins spoke in front of a throng of reporters on Thursday and revealed that the network has just teamed up with Steve Carell and David Steinberg (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Sit Down with David Steinberg) to produce a new 10-episode interview series titled Laughing Stock. In it, Steinberg will speak one-on-one with some of the world’s best comedians, from legends like Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner to modern-day comedic heroes like Tina Fey and Larry David. Carell is executive producing Laughing Stock through his Carousel Productions alongside producing partners Charlie Hartsock and former The Daily Show with Jon Stewart cohort Vance DeGeneres. Laughing Stock will debut on Showtime in early 2012.
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- Mo Fathelbab
Steve Carell is producing an interview series for Showtime called "Laughing Stock," said the network's president of entertainment David Nevins at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour Thursday. Each episode will feature sit-down interviews with very well-known comedians and comedy legends, including Steve Carell himself, who will serve as executive producer. Comedian David Steinberg, who will also executive-produce, will conduct the interviews. Other luminaries who will be interviewed in season one: Tina Fey, Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Judd Apatow, Jane Lynch, Sarah Silverman, Don Rickles, Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks and »
- John Sellers
Steve Carell has his first post-Office gig — and it’s behind the scenes.
Carell and David Steinberg (Mad About You) will serve as executive producers on a new Showtime interview series, titled Laughing Stock, president David Nevins announced this morning during the Television Critics Association press tour. The series will feature one-on-one interviews with “the world’s funniest personalities.” Steinberg will serve as host on the series, which has been picked up for 10 half-hour episodes. It is set to premiere in early 2012.
- Sandra Gonzalez
Kristen Bell will return to TV on … Jan. 9, when her new Showtime comedy House of Lies debuts, announced the network at the critics press tour in Beverly Hills.
Lies stars Bell and Don Cheadle as cut-throat corporate consultants, and will premeire alongside the return of Californication and Shameless.
More from Showtime’s panel to come… »
- James Hibberd
New York — Steve Carell is not going through Michael Scott withdrawal – at least not yet.
"I don't sit at home and think of `that's what she said' jokes and wish that I could do them one more time," says the actor, laughing. "But it's only been a few months, too, so I haven't really had any time. All of that is still fresh to me."
Carell's sendoff from "The Office" (for which he received a parting Emmy nomination) is still fresh in many viewers' minds, too. The emotional hubbub over his exit after seven seasons caught Carell by surprise. He was flattered, he says, but, with typical humility, considers it "just an actor leaving a show."
HollywoodNews.com: A lot of celebs and yours truly got a sneak peek at the eighth season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” last night and this much I can tell you: Larry David has imperiled Jewish-Arab relations, satirized the entire mosque-near-Ground Zero saga, and rehabilitates the reputation of retired Boston Red Sox player Bill Buckner. Basically, “Curb” returns on Sunday night kicking ass, with writing so sublime and over the edge that once you’ve seen it, most network comedies (with the exception of “30 Rock,” “The Office,” and “Modern Family”) just not matter.
In the audience at the Time Warner Center were not only Larry David and Jeff Garlin, but Cheryl Hines (out and about with boyfriend Robert Kennedy Jr.), director (and great comedian) David Steinberg, Susie Essman, J.B. Smoove, future guest stars Aida Turturro, Ana Gasteyer and Amy Landecker, actor Richard Kind (star of HBO’s upcoming “Luck”), Regis and Joy Philbin, »
- Roger Friedman
There can be few more flagrant nor nauseating examples of the pernicious influence of American corporate capitalism’s influence on artistic output than the animated Shrek ‘franchise’-a good, original digital animation with amusing characters, witty dialogue, and a deftly chosen cast. The film proved a massive success for Dreamworks pictures, drawing critical praise and finding world-wide cross-generational appeal. In the decade since its release, however, the exploitation of the characters and story world of the original has been sufficiently ruthless that George Lucas himself may have balked at the bare-faced profiteering of the Three sequels that have buffered the franchise’s ubiquitous merchandising.
The flogging of the dead horse appears to be continuing unabated, however, as a spin off film, Puss In Boots, from the eponymous feline assassin- played by Antonio Banderas- who proved popular enough to paper of the cracks in the increasingly derelict edifice that were the Shrek sequels. »
- Ben Szwediuk
I have to confess my age in writing this particular review, because Johnny Carson was off the air by the time I was watching late night television (or rather, watching and appreciating it). For my generation, the names headlining the late night shows were and, with a little bit of controversy, remain Jay Leno and David Letterman. In my case, I had to familiarize myself with Carson through YouTube clips years after he’d retired. Tonight, the most complete compilation of episode’s from Carson’s 30-year-long career as host, starts 4 years into his career (1965) and spans up to 1990 (4 years short of his final bow) in a 15-disc set featuring some great moments and some of the best guest appearances (with a particular focus on comedians for this set, it would seem). It’s doubtful we’ll ever see a full set, just because the undertaking of committing that much »
- Lex Walker
20 items from 2011
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