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Jonah Ray, Kumail Nanjiani’s ‘Meltdown’ Renewed at Comedy Central

20 November 2015 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Comedy Central is ready to show more of what happens when comedians get off stage, announcing Friday that it has renewed Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani’s “The Meltdown” for a third season.

The series is hosted by the two stand-up stars and actors. It’s shot documentary style at the Nerdist Showroom in the back of Los Angeles’ Meltdown Comics and follows comedians as they experiment with new bits onstage and hang out backstage.

Season two, which was directed by Lance Bangs, featured performances by the likes of Andy Daly, Fred Armisen, Hannibal Buress, Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer, Natasha Leggero, John Mulaney and Paul Scheer. Ratings-wise, It averaged 296,000 viewers (including 186,000 adults 18-49), according to Nielsen’s “live plus-3” estimates — not bad, given its late-night time slot and that it is a summer series.

“There continues to be no better way to experience the best, live weekly stand-up show in L. »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Teaming With Bold Films

9 November 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld’s Red Hour Films is partnering with Bold Films to produce a slate of new movie, TV and digital projects.

Additionally, veteran producer and executive Nicky Weinstock has joined Red Hour, which will be relocating its offices to Bold Films’ spaces in Los Angeles and New York. Bold Films will provide the overhead, as well as development and production financing on independent projects.

Red Hour, which has completed its longstanding first-look deal at Fox, has produced mostly comedies, including “Zoolander” and its upcoming sequel; “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story”; “Blades of Glory”; “Tropic Thunder”; and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” Bold Films, founded a decade ago by Michael Litvack and headed by Gary Michael Walters, produced “Whiplash,” “Nightcrawler” and “Drive.”

In an announcement Monday, Stiller said the agreement enables Red Hour to be fully independent.

“I am excited to begin this new chapter for Red Hour, »

- Dave McNary

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New York Comedy Festival Adds Brooklyn Show and Panels with Late Night Writers

1 October 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The New York Comedy Festival has announced a slew of additions to its 2015 line-up, including its first Brooklyn show as well as panel talks with the writers from “The Tonight Show” and “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.”

Taking place at Brooklyn’s Kings Theater, “Comedy Central Live” will include stand-up from Hannibal Buress and performances by Nick Kroll, Natasha Leggero, John Mulaney and Jeff Ross, with more unannounced talent coming. The show is set for Nov. 13.

The next day, “A Sit-Down With The Tonight Show Writers” will bring Jimmy Fallon’s writing team together to discuss their technique and style for putting on the NBC show. Also on Nov. 14, a panel called “Keepin It 100: An Evening With The Creative Team of The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore” will feature Willmore and the team behind the show.

Comedian Lewis Black is also on board for a public talk with “Lewis Black In Conversation, »

- Jacob Bryant

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Another Period and television's comedy casting carousel

26 August 2015 7:16 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Apart from laughs, the Comedy Central show shares several notable cast members with Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp – an increasingly common situation that is, actors admit, by design

Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome, the creators of Comedy Central’s Another Period, were talking last fall with the show’s production staff and writing team about possible replacements for an actor who had dropped out of the project. David Wain, who was working in another suite in the same building on his show Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, popped his head into the meeting to say hello.

Related: Another Period: historical TV parody takes the starch out of Downton Abbey

Related: Wet Hot American Summer: the obscure cult favourite is about to get a TV reboot

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- Scott Porch

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Chelsea Peretti Talks to Natasha Leggero About Her Comedy Special, Dinner Parties, and Donks

21 August 2015 9:33 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

It's a big week for Natasha Leggero: Her stand-up special Live at Bimbo's premieres Saturday night at 11 p.m. on Comedy Central, the same network that earlier this week renewed the show she co-stars in and co-created, Another Period, which wraps up its acclaimed first season on Tuesday. To discuss this exciting time, and many other things, Vulture had Leggero's friend Chelsea Peretti of Brooklyn Nine-Nine interview her. They discussed the longest vacation they could imagine taking, dinner-party guests, gloves, and why Leggero doesn't own sweatpants. Enjoy! Chelsea Peretti: Let it be known that I have not yet made it home from my road trip. I’ve just switched drivers. We have five minutes left, and I’m a huge angel. Ready? First question: Are you pumped for your special?Natasha Leggero: [Laughs.] I’m actually kind of horrified because now I feel like I can’t do »

- Jesse David Fox,Chelsea Peretti

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James Corden Makes Owen Wilson and Johnny Knoxville Nuzzle a Farm Animal (Video)

20 August 2015 8:05 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

James Corden had his guests do some hardcore nuzzling on Wednesday’s episode of “The Late Late Show.” Comedian Natasha Leggero and “Jackass” star Johnny Knoxville were definitely given the most unique thing to nuzzle, in the form of a bagpiper complete with the traditional kilt. However, Corden and guest Owen Wilson also got in on the fun, nuzzling up to a large pink bunch of cotton candy, or “candy floss” as Corden called it. See video: Patrick Stewart, James Corden Perform a Terrible '80s Magic Act on 'Late Late Show' For the final round of the game, Wilson and Knoxville squared off. »

- Joe Otterson

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Best of Late Night TV: Mumford and Sons' '90s Boy Band and Heidi Klum's Box of Lies

19 August 2015 11:56 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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.

Box of Lies is one of the better "Tonight Show" games, and this week Heidi Klum got in on the action. Hidden box items included a bathtub full of tiny liquor bottles and a pair of wax kissy lips on some casual astro turf. Seriously, who comes up with this stuff?

Over on "Late Night," Keegan-Michael Key and Seth Meyer gave the audience lessons on flirting -- despite the fact that they're both married and totally out of practice. Our favorite pick up line: "If you were a vegetable, you'd be a cute-cumber."

Welcome to the best moment of your life: When Jimmy Kimmel and Mumford and Sons shared »

- Mehera Bonner

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‘Documentary Now!’ and ‘Another Period’ Get Second Season Orders

18 August 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Good news for fans of the two freshman comedy shows Another Period and Documentary Now! has just arrived as both new series have just landed orders for more seasons. Comedy Central just announced a renewal of the 1902-set faux reality series starring Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome while IFC has quickly ordered two more seasons […]

The post ‘Documentary Now!’ and ‘Another Period’ Get Second Season Orders appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel on 'Crash Test' and the tyranny of @Fatjew

18 August 2015 12:12 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel have plenty in common: endless improv chops, an appreciation for terrible cinema (Scheer hosts the podcast "How Did This Get Made?" about lame movies; Huebel hosts the La Upright Citizens Brigade revue "The Shit Show" where guests discuss their worst performances and gigs), and now, the experience of performing together on a giant glass bus. Their new special "Crash Test" sees the comics entertaining an audience on a large party bus as it travels through Los Angeles. On their journey, they meet fellow comics Aziz Ansari, Andy Daly, Rob Corddry, Aubrey Plaza, Natasha Leggero, Jack McBrayer, Thomas Lennon, Ian Karmel, and more. It's a wild ensemble held together by Scheer and Huebel's vaudevillian stamina. We caught up with Scheer and Huebel to discuss friendship in the comedy community, the greatness of bad movies, and what to think of the plagiarism scandal surrounding Twitter star Josh Ostrovsky, »

- Louis Virtel

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Comedy Central's Renews 'Another Period' for Season 2

18 August 2015 10:04 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

One of this summer's best new shows, Comedy Central's "Another Period," has been renewed for a second season.  Created by and starring Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome, the mockumentary satirizes the lives of the idle rich in Downton Abbey times.  Our TV critic Sara Stewart praised the series for its ability to find dark feminist humor in its historical setting: "One of the brilliant things about it is that every episode touches on some truly dark issue women had to deal with in the early 1900s. In the 'Divorce' episode, Lillian (Leggero) tries to get her husband falsely arrested for beating her when she learns it's one of the only ways a woman can legally split from her husband."  Nearly all the episodes are written or co-written by Leggero and Lindhome, allowing for a remarkable specificity of vision and tone for the show.  “'Another Period' is a »

- Inkoo Kang

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Comedy Central Renews Another Period for Season 2

18 August 2015 8:49 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

If you’re a fan of Comedy Central’s Another Period, it’s time to grab some cocaine wine and celebrate. The network has renewed the freshman comedy series for a ten-episode second season. Another Period was created Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome, who also star as the two oblivious, obnoxious, and self-centered Bellacourt sisters, Lillian and Beatrice. The series, which is also executive produced by Jeremy Kroner, Ben Stiller, Debbie Liebling, Stuart Cornfeld, and Mike Rosenstein, centers on the Bellacourt family and particularly focuses on Leggero’s Lillian and Lindhome’s Beatrice, who only care about being rich and becoming super famous (which is a lot harder in 1902). “Another Period is a beautiful reflection of a great American truth: the more things change, the more they stay the same,” said Kent Alterman, Comedy Central’s President of Original Programming, in a statement. “We are thrilled that Comedy Central has such good taste, »

- Chris King

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Another Period Renewed for Season 2

18 August 2015 8:19 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Carry on, Bellacourt sisters.

Comedy Central has renewed Another Period for a second season, our sister site Deadline reports.

Related Cable Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled?

The Downton Abbey/Keeping Up With the Kardashians mash-up stars Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome — who also created and executive-produce the show — as wealthy, vapid siblings looking for notoriety in turn-of-the-century Newport, R.I.

“We are thrilled that Comedy Central has such good taste,” Lindhome and Leggero joked via statement.

Another Period‘s Season 1 finale airs Aug. 25.

Related storiesQuotes of the Week: Another Period, Boris & Nicole, Last Week Tonight, »

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‘Another Period’ Gets Second-Season Nod From Comedy Central

18 August 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Another Period” will get another period of time on Comedy Central.

The historical satire, which co-stars Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome as two sisters who want to become as rich and famous in 1902 as the Hilton siblings did in the modern age, will get a second-season run on the Viacom-owned cable network.

The network said full episodes from the series’ first season have been seen by more than 9 million viewers, while clips have received 4.6 million views in various digital venues.

Another Period” is written by, executive produced by and stars Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome, is exec produced and directed by Jeremy Konner and executive produced by Red Hour’s Ben Stiller, Debbie Liebling, Stuart Cornfeld and Mike RosensteinMonika Zielinska and Tara Schuster are the executives in charge of production for Comedy Central. Red Hour is Stiller’s production company.

Lauren Ash, Michael Ian Black, Paget Brewster, Beth Dover, »

- Brian Steinberg

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‘Another Period’ Renewed For Season 2 On Comedy Central

18 August 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The Bellacourt sisters will be back to pursue their dream of becoming the Kardashians of the early 20th century. Comedy Central said today that it has ordered a second season of Another Period, in which two sisters care only about being filthy rich and becoming very famous — in 1902 Rhode Island. Of course, social media is about a century off, so the spoiled sibs’ task is a little tougher. #TeddyRooseveltIsPresident. Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome created, exec produce… »

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Paramount Digital Buckles In For ‘Crash Test’ Comedy Special On Vimeo

4 August 2015 1:32 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Paramount Digital Entertainment is launching a new comedy special Crash Test exclusively through Vimeo on Demand on August 18. Crash Test is adapted from the Ucb show of the same name from Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel and takes place on a moving bus traveling throughout Los Angeles, with improvised stand-up at stops, a comedic “tour” of celebrity homes, and more. Appearing in the special are Aziz Ansari, Rob Corddry, Aubrey Plaza, Natasha Leggero, Thomas Lennon and Ben… »

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With 'Another Period,' Comedy Central Is Officially All About the Ladies

30 July 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

They're not talking about it much, but it seems the network of "The Daily Show," "South Park" and (eyeroll) "Tosh.0" has finally decided to start seriously including women in its target demographic. The latest evidence: "Another Period," the Gilded Age-set mockumentary on Comedy Central, which is one of the channel's -- and this summer's -- best offerings. Creators Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome (the latter was half of the comic musical duo Garfunkel and Oates) mash up the Kardashians and "Downton Abbey" for their show about Newport's Bellacourt sisters: a vapid, cruel and endlessly wealthy duo who dine on “bald eagle and toast points” and treat the help like subhumans. You know you've got a quality show when Christina Hendricks ("Mad Men") agrees to play a chambermaid who has to carry around an overflowing bucket of sewage. But she's just one of many first-rate cast members here. "Another Period" is stuffed. »

- Sara Stewart

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Best of Late Night TV: Simon Pegg's Drunk Ron Weasley, Jimmy Kimmel Shames Cecil the Lion's Killer

29 July 2015 12:02 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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.

This one is for all the Cecil fans -- actually, it's for all animal fans who can't understand the appeal of hunting for fun. On Tuesday night, Jimmy Kimmel actually got emotional when weighing in on the killing of Cecil the Lion, which is not funny, and he did not treat it as such. He shamed the guy who killed Cecil in an epic sport hunting takedown. "Is it that difficult for you to get an erection that you have to kill things? If that's the case, they have a pill for that, it works great. Just stay home and swallow it and you save yourself a lifetime of »

- Gina Carbone

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Get Ready to Girl Crush on Another Period's Hilarious Leading Ladies

11 July 2015 7:10 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome are the stars and creators of Another Period, Comedy Central's hilarious and highly inappropriate genre-bending new series. It's a Downton Abbey spoof mixed with a faux reality show and doused in a raunchy humor that makes for jaw-droppingly funny moments. Natasha and Riki teased a big celebrity cameo coming up this season, how Joss Whedon is a self-identified fangirl, and their merciless takedown of celebrity culture. »

- Becca-Frucht

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Joss Whedon trashes Trump, dumps on Deen at Comic-Con

10 July 2015 11:30 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

If an election was held today (or probably any other year), Joss Whedon would be elected president (or perhaps Vice President, behind Jennifer Lawrence) of Comic-Con. The outspoken writer/director/producer took a shot at presidential candidate Donald Trump while moderating a panel for Comedy Central’s “Another Period” yesterday (July 9) at the convention. Whedon was on-hand discussing the show, which is a mix of “Keeping up with the Kardashians” and “Downton Abbey.” It stars Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome as the Bellacourt sisters. Whedon says that the show ”makes us laugh but it makes us think and it reminds us of the universal truth: that rich white people are f—ing insane. It's obviously a fantasy and something we can all laugh at, because those days are all over — and then Donald Trump says something. I suspect he may be a Bellacourt." But Whedon’s barbs didn’t stop there. »

- David Eckstein

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Comic-Con: Joss Whedon Takes Shots at Donald Trump, Paula Deen While Moderating 'Another Period' Panel

9 July 2015 7:01 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Geek legend Joss Whedon made a surprise appearance at Comic-Con on Thursday night, but rather than taking a seat on the panel, he stepped up to the podium to moderate Comedy Central's Another Period. Comedy Central's Drunk History revolves around sisters Lillian and Beatrice Bellacourt (creators Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome, respectively), the first family of Newport, R.I., at the turn of the 20th century who only care about fame. It's a satire on reality staples like Keeping Up With the Kardashians blended with Downton Abbey. The series is produced by Ben Stiller's Red Hour and directed by

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- Lesley Goldberg

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