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The television business is on the move, as smallscreen festivals become an increasingly important part of the way networks and studios do business. Helping to break through the avalanche of content to bring shows and talent to fans and build social-media buzz, the TV fest circuit amounts to a nonstop promo tour that spans the globe.
Hard on the heels of the fourth annual Atx Television Festival, which wrapped June 7 in Austin, some industryites took off for the Monte Carlo TV Festival, which runs through June 18, while others will hit the first-ever Seriesfest June 18-21 in Denver. Then they’ll gear up to head to San Diego for the increasingly TV-centric Comic-Con from July 9-12.
Alexandra Shapiro, exec VP of marketing and digital for USA Network, says festivals help to distinguish a show early by providing the kind of momentum that normally would require much more marketing money. “In a »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
As if you didn't need another reason to worship the brilliant and hilarious Whitney Cummings, now she has curated the films for the Summer's Lol movie series with Loft, and her movie choices are as immaculate as her sense of humor. Cummings's list includes funny movies that also happen to have strong female leads, and we had a chance to chat about why these movies mean so much to her. Her thoughts and memories of the films are as funny as you'd expect them to be, so without further ado, here are her choices and her musings. »
Oh, to be a bread basket at the center of this dinner table... Celeb besties Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox joined singer Sia and comedienne Whitney Cummings for a girl's night out last night. The famous friends stepped out for an Italian dinner at Il Piccolino in West Hollywood, and we could only imagine the topic of conversation with these ladies. (Wedding planning? Upcoming projects? Collaborations? Venting about life? The possibilities are endless!) In the exclusive pictures obtained by E! News, it's obvious that the ladies went pretty casual for their outing, with Cox wearing a slightly sheer blouse, black trousers, flats and her glasses, while Jen also wore her specs along with a blazer »
TV Picks: Marc Maron is where it’s at on IFC this coming Thursday at 10 Pm.Coming up: Season 3, Episode 2: The Request Marc’s lesbian neighbors ask him to father their child. Meanwhile, Kyle’s relationship with an older woman perplexes Marc.Guest Stars: Whitney Cummings, Andrea Rosen, Anna Konkle, Cameron Esposito and Lisa Brenner.Podcast Guest: Ryan Singer. Directed by Michael Glarum and Sivert Jamin.Meanwhile, gather up that graduate as Marc has some… realistic advice on life.Life Advice for the Class of 2015 – From Marc and MoviesMarc Maron and a montage of movie scenes offer some graduation advice for the Class of […] »
- April Neale
Real comedy still happens on late night, we can prove it. If you like Conan comedy gold, Fallon friendliness, cutesy Corden, list-making Letterman, kneedy Kimmel, and all the rest, I hope you’ll enjoy this column too.
Last night on late night, Letterman talked about retirement with President Obama, Conan sat down with Avengers’ Jeremy Renner and Silicon Valley‘s T.J Miller, Fallon made an 80s music video with Jack Black, James Corden did a 5 minute “best scene” green screen of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s movies with him, Kimmel talked about being Manny Pacquiao’s very own “Justin Bieber”, and at The Daily Show, producer Brian Grazer shared his thoughts on his book and career.
Late Show with Dave Letterman
“Hoping for a pardon”, “Down to the bitter end” With his time at CBS almost up, Dave is doing some pretty fun things, like sitting down with Obama and joking about playing dominos in retirement. »
- Max Wood
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Sadly, David Letterman is winding down his term as "Late Show" host. On Monday night, President Barack Obama stopped by on the farewell tour. They talked about their mutual retirement plans (play dominoes together?) and President Obama said he knows Dave likes Michelle more than him. (Michelle was a guest late last week.) Dave asked Potus if this was the first country in which he was president. "It is, I suspect, the first and last country that I'm president. Unlike late-night talk show hosts, I have a term limit." Ba-dum-dum. Then the president gave a beautiful little speech in Dave's honor. "We've grown up with you. The country, I think, »
- Gina Carbone
How to Get Away With Murder star Viola Davis will play famous abolitionist and former slave Harriet Tubman in an upcoming HBO movie.
The project will be based on Kate Clifford Larson’s Tubman biography Bound for the Promised Land, our sister site Deadline reports, and will detail how Tubman helped hundreds of slaves travel to freedom in the North.
Tubman later fought for the Union in the American Civil War.
Westeros weddings tend to be gruesome affairs. But the carnage kicked off by Margaery and Tommen’s wedding in this week’s Game of Thrones is shaping up to prove even more devastating than the Red Wedding and Joffrey’s Pigeon Pie Deathapalooza combined.
Well, for Cersei, at least.
Because even though the queen mother thinks King’s Landing bends to the whims of her prettily coiffed head, the episode makes it clear that the new queen has designs on — and the wherewithal for — ruling as she sees fit.
It’s really too bad that Oberyn Martell couldn’t carry »
Aziz Ansari, whose next show will be on Netflix.
Hi everyone! I wanted you guys to hear it from me first, that the cast and I received news that Eye Candy will not be returning for season 2. Even though a lot of you are going to feel sad/angry, please know that playing Lindy Sampson, is something that I loved and I will hold dear to my heart. I couldn’t have asked for better cast mates to work with either. They are the most down to earth, talented and kind souls that I am so happy to have met. Then there’s our show runner @Christiantwit1 who is so awesomely talented and made a show that I am so incredibly proud to be a part of. A very special thank »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Adam Sandler is making a comedy for Netflix called "The Ridiculous Six" and the streaming service is standing by their man in the wake of new controversy. According to Indian Country Today Media Network (Ictmn), about a dozen Native-American actors and actresses, plus the Native cultural adviser, left the set of "The Ridiculous Six" on Wednesday when they saw how the script appeared to insult Native women and elders. To quote the story:
The examples of disrespect included Native women's names such as Beaver's Breath and No Bra, an actress portraying an Apache woman squatting and urinating while smoking a peace pipe, and feathers inappropriately positioned on a teepee."
One of the men who walked off the set said he had initially refused to do the movie, but agreed to take the job when producers told him they had hired a cultural consultant and would make efforts to portray Natives in a tasteful way. »
- Gina Carbone
Netflix has defended Adam Sandler and his upcoming movie The Ridiculous Six after roughly a dozen Native Americans actors and actresses, as well as the film's Native cultural adviser, walked off the New Mexico set, claiming the script was offensive and disrespectful, Deadline reports.
Per Indian Country Today Media Network, the performers, who were primarily from the Navajo nation, took issue with jokes that insulted native women (characters were given names like Beaver's Breath and No Bra) and misrepresented Apache culture (one shot called for a woman to be simultaneously »
Whitney Cummings is returning to television. After co-creating CBS's "2 Broke Girls" (still going strong) and creating/starring in NBC's "Whitney" (canceled after two seasons), Cummings is heading to cable. The comedienne will headline her own HBO stand-up special and is currently developing a new series, which has received a pilot order from the premium cable network. Based on Maureen Dowd's "Are Men Necessary?: When Sexes Collide," the half-hour comedy is described as "a comedic portrait of modern relationships that focuses on human nature and social construction using documentary elements and appearances from experts to help the characters understand the biological basis of their behavior." Cummings will star as well as executive produce in the new series alongside Dowd. Her stand-up special will air in Fall 2016. [via Deadline]
- Inkoo Kang
Step aside, Camille Braverman: Craig T. Nelson is setting his sights on someone new.
The former Parenthood patriarch has joined Netflix’s upcoming comedy Grace and Frankie in a recurring role, per The Hollywood Reporter.
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Pretty soon Whitney Cummings will be back on your TV screens: Deadline reports HBO has ordered a pilot for a comedy starring Cummings based on Maureen Dowd's controversial 2005 book Are Men Necessary? When Sexes Collide, as well as a stand-up special set to air next year. The show is being described as a relationship comedy about "modern relationships that focuses on human nature and social construction using documentary elements and appearances from experts to help the characters understand the biological basis of their behavior." Sounds a hell of a lot like Aziz Ansari's new book — probably with tons of dick jokes. Yay? »
- Dee Lockett
HBO has added another female comedian to bring the laughs to its pilot slate.
Cummings will also shoot a standup comedy special this fall, set to air on HBO in 2016.
The pilot, first reported by Deadline, is described as a comedic portrait of modern relationships that focuses on human nature and social construction using documentary elements and appearances from experts to help the characters understand the biological basis of their behavior.
Cummings, who created CBS’ “2 Broke Girls” and also NBC’s two-season sitcom “Whitney, will serve as the writer, star and exec producer on her HBO pilot with Tom Werner, Jimmy Miller and Dowd also exec producing.
The comedy special will also be exec produced by Cummings, plus Marty Callner who will direct. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Are men necessary? Whitney Cummings wants to find out, and HBO wants to help her do so.
The premium cabler has greenlit a pilot created by and starring the comedienne, our sister site Deadline reports.
The half-hour comedy is loosely based on Maureen Dowd’s 2005 book, Are Men Necessary? The potential series would take a studied look at relationships, using experts to help the characters figure out what role biology plays in their decisions.
Cummings will executive-produce with Dowd, Tom Werner (Are You There, Chelsea?, That ’70s Show) and »
HBO is teaming with actress-comedian-writer Whitney Cummings for a relationship comedy and a stand-up special. The premium cable network has ordered a pilot for a half-hour comedy inspired by New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd’s debate-stirring 2005 book Are Men Necessary? When Sexes Collide. Cummings created, wrote and is starring in the project, described as a comedic portrait of modern relationships that focuses on human nature and social construction using… »
The Leftovers has begun replenishing its cast.
King will play Erika Murphy, a doctor who runs the local urgent care in town. The show is currently casting the roles of her husband John and teenage kids Evie and Michael.
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As TVLine previously reported, The Leftovers is undergoing a creative revamp after exhausting nearly all of its source material in Season 1 (the series is created »
Even the best witch’s spells can’t last forever.
In Sunday’s Outlander, Lotte Verbeek‘s alter ego found herself facing near-certain death for practicing witchcraft. It was an accusation she’d charmed her way out of for years, but when an angry mob made it clear that her days of summoning and potions were over, she did the 18th-century Scotland version of taking one for the team.
“That move she makes makes her utterly vulnerable,” Verbeek tells TVLine. “It really does. It’s a completely different side of Geillis… than we see at first when she’s being »
Martha Stewart Weddings is giving us a look inside two major celebs' weddings in the latest issue of the magazine. Casey Wilson and Matthew Morrison gave their fans an even closer look at their special days, each perfectly representing their own style. The Marry Me actress tied the knot in a "Jewish-ish ceremony officiated by Casey's brother" last May at the Ojai Valley Inn in front of several famous faces, including Sia, Whitney Cummings and, of course, the entire cast of Happy Endings. Casey dished to the mag about how she personalized the entire wedding weekend, from the welcome baskets to their very own mixtape titled, "The Last CD You'll Ever Own." Very »
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