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Full Frontal with Samantha Bee is off to a running start thanks to its whip-smart commentary on Jeb Bush and his wilting exclamation point, but let's not forget that Samantha Bee once gave us a formal lesson in rhetoric on Sesame Street -- in a stunning Mother Goose costume. In 2013, Bee appeared on Sesame Street as a rhyme-penning Mother Goose who'd come down with writer's block. Luckily some pals arrive to help her out in this preview clip. So keep in mind as Full Frontal rolls on that Samantha Bee is not just an authority on Daily Show-style punditry. She also knows a thing or two about Dr. Seuss literary tricks. As a side note, I love thinking of Mother Goose as an agitated Lillian Hellman type attempting to get her inspiration down on paper. »
- Louis Virtel
Whether you’re cheering for the Carolina Panthers or Denver Broncos this afternoon, we can all agree on one thing: Reading TVLine’s Quotes of the Week is the right way to kick off Super Bowl Sunday.
This time around, we’ve got a Veronica Mars homage on iZombie, a romantic revelation on Jane the Virgin, a Sesame Street-related zinger courtesy of Supergirl, plus double doses of Arrow, The Flash, Fresh Off the Boat, Galavant and Mom.
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On Saturday evening the Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced this year’s winning motion picture, television, and new media productions at the 27th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
The television program “Game of Thrones” (Season 5) and its producers David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Bernadette Caulfield, Frank Doelger, Carolyn Strauss, Bryan Cogman, Lisa McAtackney, Chris Newman, and Greg Spence won the Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama.
Closing the evening, the film The Big Short and its producers Brad Pitt & Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner won the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures. This category is one of the most eagerly-anticipated of season, as it is »
- Michelle McCue
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this fantastic Friday? A number of today's stars reenact scenes from the 1995 classic Clueless, Jimmy Kimmel blames Matt Damon for Oscar diversity controversy and The Walking Dead mocks Glenn's controversial story line. But wait, there's more! Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson "breaks up" with Star Wars villain Darth Vader and a cat that bears a striking resemblance to Kylo Ren goes viral. Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Dakota Johnson's "Break Up" Call With Darth Vader
This year’s Academy Award nominations may not represent diversity in terms of race or gender, but those best picture noms certainly detail how awful white people are. None does it so well (give or take maybe Spotlight) as Adam McKay’s docu-drama The Big Short. The majority of us will know all about the recession, market crash, and housing crises that swept most of the world, and The Big Short goes some way to explaining how it all happened and who’s to blame. The only problem is that it’s far too complicated, but nevertheless we have one of the most important films of the year that delights in how messy it has to be in order to tackle this gigantic subject. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Man, remember when you used to watch Sesame Street? And then, later in your life, when you used to watch Girls? Now that Sesame Street has joined Girls on HBO, Jimmy Kimmel has decided to blend the two together for something children of all ages, excluding actual, literal children, can enjoy. Oh, were we ever so young? Again, besides the actual children, who are still currently very, very young? »
- Halle Kiefer
The highest-grossing live-action film of Seth Rogen's career, 2014's Neighbors introduced audiences to Mac (Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne), first-time parents who went to war when Teddy Sanders (Zac Efron) and the rest of his wild fraternity moved in to the house next door. Now, Universal has just dropped the first trailer for the comedy's sequel, this summer's Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising.
Picking up where the original left off, Sorority Rising flips the script by proving that Greek life doesn't discriminate when it comes to disturbing the peace. »
“We’re very happy today,” PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger told reporters Monday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena, Calif., basking in early ratings for the debut of the new drama “Mercy Street,” which had bowed to a 2.2, exceeding expectations. An additional 200,000 streamed the show, giving a boost to the multi-platform effort behind the launch. “I think we’ve begun an important conversation.”
Still, she resisted repeated efforts to commit to an early renewal for the show. “I haven’t seen scripts for a second season,” she said, “but we have very much left the door open.”
Given that “Downton Abbey” is now in its final season, the network can breathe a sigh of relief that its drama slate seems secure with the Civil War-set series. She defended the use of her limited marketing budget to support that transition, telling reporters, “We’re constantly evaluating how »
- Debra Birnbaum
Jimmy Fallon, America's favorite puppet (the felt kind, not the Illuminati kind, although now that you mention it ...), has followed in the tradition of that other Jimmy and pulled a prank on unsuspecting children. Except instead of pretending to take something away, the Tonight Show host is giving them an unexpected gift: One personally photobombed photo with the cast of Sesame Street. Why not try out some of these moves the next time you're out with your friends? We're big fans of the double-hoagie. »
- Nate Jones
What do you get when Jimmy Fallon teams up with the Sesame Street characters to play a prank on a few unsuspecting kids? Complete and utter adorableness. In a new clip, the Tonight Show host teaches the PBS stars a lesson in photobombing: "Okay guys. Be quiet. We're doing a photobomb. You know what a photobomb is, right?" Fallon, 41, tells Elmo, the Cookie Monster and Abby Cadabby."Well, a photobomb is when someone takes a picture and then we jump in the background and surprise them, and then they don't know that we're there until they see it on their phone. »
- Aurelie Corinthios
Sesame Street is gentrifying. The New York neighbourhood at the heart of the 45-year-old kids’ show is changing to reflect new social realities. “It is more like things look now,” Carmen Osbahr, a puppeteer on the show for 26 years, said recently. “When Sesame Street was created, it was kind of more like the Bronx.”
She meant that, back in the day, Sesame Street was as gritty and urban as a puppet show for pre-schoolers can get. It had cramped apartments, a run-down playground and the implication that Oscar the Grouch, who lived in a trash can, was effectively homeless.
Oscar recycles, Elmo has moved to a brownstone. How long before hipsters with beards and microbreweries start moving in?
Related: The anti-eviction blues: audio »
- Stuart Jeffries
After announcing the nominees for best film direction yesterday, the Directors Guild of America revealed the slate for TV direction in dramas and comedies today.
"Game of Thrones" seeks to add to its trophy haul for David Nutter's direction of the season 5 finale, "Mother's Mercy," which won an Emmy last September. But HBO's epic fantasy series will be challenged by the series finale of "Mad Men," directed by creator Matthew Weiner.
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series
Downton Abbey, "Episode 8" (PBS)
Homeland, "The Tradition of Hospitality" (Showtime)
Game of Thrones, "Mother's Mercy" (HBO)
The Knick, "Williams and Walker" (Cinemax)
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series
- Kelly Woo
- Dave McNary
Cookie Monster, Elmo and Abby Cadabby, three of the most popular residents of Sesame Street, have long talked to children. Now they must also answer to HBO – and many other forces beyond their control.
“Sesame Street,” the revered program that has taught preschoolers about letters, numbers and even how to handle the death of a loved one over the course of nearly half a century, debuts on the Time Warner pay-cable service this Saturday, the first time its new episodes will not be seen initially on PBS. As it does so, it will function not just as one of America’s best-loved tools for teaching preschoolers their first words, but also as a pillar in HBO’s strategy to win new subscribers during one of the most confused times in media-industry history.
That’s because HBO is no longer just a cable network, and, as such, “Sesame Street” is no longer something just for kids. »
- Brian Steinberg
So much for that big Mulder and Scully breakup!
Although Fox’s forthcoming X-Files revival reunites the iconic detectives on a purely professional basis, the former couple rekindled their romance on Tuesday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.
PhotosThe X-Files: Major Spoilers (William!) and First Looks (Lone Gunmen!) at Fox’s 6-Episode Revival
The spot-on parody — embedded above for your viewing pleasure — finds Mulder and Scully (as played by the game David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson) hopelessly and hilariously stuck in the ’90s. Kimmel eventually urges them to “have sex” because “it’s been, like, 23 years.”
Cue the Mulder-Scully lovemaking »
When Sonia Manzano retired from Sesame Street at the end of last season, she did a round of media appearances to help all of us bid bon voyage to Maria. I was listening to some NPR podcast or another (she appeared on a few) on the subway, and as she chatted about Sesame Street's legacy, the evolution of Maria and Luis's relationship, and her favorite characters and segments, I cried. My children won't know Maria from Sesame Street was one thought. But …I don't have children. I am aged and will someday be but a speck of dust swirling through our universe isn't a new crisis, nor does it usually reduce me to tears. Mostly, change is just hard — a concept the show itself tries to help kids with — and being forced to confront the fact that Sesame Street was different now, and had morphed without me even knowing, »
- Margaret Lyons
In August, PBS made a surprising announcement: It was handing over the reins of its iconic children’s show Sesame Street to HBO, where new episodes will begin airing this month. To outsiders, the idea of putting Big Bird and Elmo on the same shelf as Game of Thrones and Cathouse: The Series seemed odd — not least because, as many pointed out, Sesame Street’s mission at its founding in 1969 had been to serve underprivileged city kids, not those in possession of premium cable. But internally, HBO was seen as a kind of salvation: For the past several years, the brand had been struggling, and the new network promised not just financial security but creative independence. And it wasn’t as if the underprivileged kids had been left totally behind — a deal had been worked out wherein, after a nine-month delay, PBS would air the episodes too.But even before »
- Jessica Pressler
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Supercut of the Day: With a new year comes more people at the gym, for their resolutions. In honor of them, here's a supercut of people working out in movies: Casting Depiction of the Day: Emma Stone is going to play a young Cruela de Vil in Disney's live-action 101 Dalmatians prequel. Boss Logic shows us what she might look like in the role: Parody of the Day: With Sesame Street making its HBO debut soon, here's a mashup of the children's show with season one of the cable network's True Detective that puts Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson's voices in the mouths of Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird, via Jimmy Kimmel...
- Christopher Campbell
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Supercut of the Day: With a new year comes more people at the gym, for their resolutions. In honor of them, here's a supercut of people working out in movies: Casting Depiction of the Day: Emma Stone is going to play a young Cruela De Vil in Disney's live-action 101 Dalmatians prequel. Boss Logic shows us what she might look like in the role: Parody of the Day: With Sesame Street making its HBO debut soon, here's a mashup of the children's show with season one of the cable network's True Detective that puts Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson's voices in the mouths of Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird, via Jimmy Kimmel...
- Christopher Campbell
RelatedSesame Street on HBO: See First Trailer and New Poster for Season 46
To be fair, those weren’t actually the muppet’s words, but rather, the words of True Detective‘s Rust Cohle.
You see, in an effort to prepare viewers for Sesame‘s relocation to the unfiltered world of cable on Saturday, Jan. 16, Jimmy Kimmel Live went ahead and replaced a conversation between Oscar and Big Bird with an intense exchange from the Matthew McConaughey »
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