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In 2013, months before she was pegged as a new cast member on Saturday Night Live, Sasheer Zamata co-starred alongside Nicole Byer in The Pursuit of Sexiness, a web series about two self-absorbed women who cause trouble for themselves and each other. Now, more than a year after its initial debut, The Pursuit of Sexiness is back. A new season has landed on Above Average, the comedy network run by SNL producer Broadway Video.
In The Pursuit of Sexiness, Zamata (who is currently in her second season as a featured player on NBC's long-running sketch comedy program) and Byer (who appears on MTV's Girl Code) star as fictional versions of themselves who are seeking "life, liberty, and the pursuit of sexiness," according to the show's description. The first new episode shows that the characters haven't lost their trademark selfishness. At a speed dating event, Byer takes every opportunity to get as drunk as possible, »
- Sam Gutelle
Bubble-watchers can relax, as Fox has picked up New Girl for a fifth season (while that season is already in production, it's worth noting). Also, for those curious, Zooey Deschanel's pregnancy will not be written into the script, so there will be no baby mama drama. David Madden, President of Entertainment at Fox said of the renewal, Four seasons in, New Girl continues to be one of the smartest and most relatable comedies on television. The writing is razor-sharp, the ensemble is consistently hilarious, and we couldn’t be more proud of Liz, Brett, Dave and the entire New Girl team. We absolutely love this show and we’re so excited to bring it back for Season Five. TV Line also reports that that John Cho will be joining the cast in a guest role as "a guy Jess meets when she excitedly reports for Jury Duty." (Selfie fans, »
- Allison Keene
Galifianakis and Wiig star as bumbling armoured car drivers who are able to pull off one of the biggest heists in Us history with the help of a conman (Owen Wilson).
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New Girl, old/familiar story: Jess & Co. are returning for another season.
Fox has renewed the Zooey Deschanel comedy for a fifth season, TVLine has learned.
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Oddly enough, the pickup comes as work on Season 5 is already underway. The show remained in production after wrapping Season 4 in order to get a jump on Season 5 ahead of Deschanel’s maternity leave (the actress’ pregnancy is not being incorporated into the show).
Meanwhile, TVLine has exclusively learned that at least one (but likely more) of those »
"New Girl" has charmed the execs at Fox, and is sticking around for a little while longer.
TVLine reports that the network has renewed the sitcom for a fifth season, which has already begun production to accommodate star Zooey Deschanel's pregnancy (which will not be written into the show). The series returns from a brief hiatus tonight.
"Four seasons in, 'New Girl' continues to be one of the smartest and most relatable comedies on television," said Fox entertainment president David Madden in a statement. "The writing is razor-sharp, the ensemble is consistently hilarious, and we couldn't be more proud of... the entire 'New Girl' team. We absolutely love this show and we're so excited to bring it back for Season Five."
- Katie Roberts
Given that roasts represent something of a cultural dinosaur, Comedy Central is perhaps to be forgiven for engaging in blatant demographic pandering, as it did by devoting its latest litany of one-liners to Justin Bieber. For Bieber, of course, the showcase represented an opportunity to show off a lighter side given his public-relations woes, while assembling a roster of comics and celebrities seemingly intended to make those viewing at home feel lightheaded even without assistance from mood-altering drugs.
Kevin Hart served as roastmaster, kicking off the festivities after a taped piece devoted to high- and lowlights from Bieber’s career, including his various legal troubles. And while jokes about Paul Walker were omitted from the broadcast due to issues of taste, the promotional aspect of that »
- Brian Lowry
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: From this weekend's Saturday Night Live, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson stars in Disney's live-action remake of Bambi: Speaking of The Rock, if the trailer for the earthquake disaster flick San Andreas made you think of the 1978 Superman movie, then you'll surely enjoy Nick Acosta's mash-up, Supermandreas: And speaking of the Fast and the Furious movies, here's what it would look like if Universal decided to do a crossover with another of their franchises: In case you weren't already looking forward to Adam Sandler's Western movie The Ridiculous 6, how about after seeing Vanilla Ice as Mark...
- Christopher Campbell
Justin Bieber was the butt of everyone’s joke on Monday when Comedy Central aired it’s highly-anticipated roast of the “Believe” singer. Kevin Hart, Natasha Leggero, Snoop Dogg, Chris D’Elia, Hannibal Buress, Ludacris, Martha Stewart, Shaquille O’Neal and “SNL’s” Pete Davidson were all featured on the show as they took the opportunity to hit Bieber with their best shot. The 21-year-old didn’t miss his chance to fight back, however, blasting them during his rebuttal by saying, “What do you get when you give a teenager $200 million? A bunch of has-beens calling you a lesbian for two hours. »
- Debbie Emery
Netflix is good at picking up original shows, especially those that traditional networks back away from. Typically they become popular and all the rage like Orange is the New Black. Thus it surprised me when people started hating on Ellie Kemper and Tina Fey’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. It revolves around a “mole woman” who came out of a cult that was underground in Indiana. The show sounds simple enough, but many people are not happy with the non-politically correct humor that they added in. No stone is left unturned in terms of mocking, and that doesn’t agree with many sensibilities. Pairing that up with their love of sarcastic touches, it is a nightmare for some and was the exact reason why I decided to try it out. To my surprise, I actually enjoyed it when I didn’t expect to like it. Why wouldn’t I like it? »
- Sarah Peel
The special 90-minute Season 5 finale of The Walking Dead last night was the highest-rated finale in series history, delivering 15.8 million viewers and 10.4 million adults 18-49. The episode capped the show's strong fifth season with all 16 episodes ranking in the top 20 entertainment telecasts across all of television this broadcast season among adults 18-49. When including sports and specials, all 16 episodes of The Walking Dead Season 5 rank in the top 50 telecasts across all of television among adults 18-49 - the first time a series has achieved this in cable history. With time-shifted playback added in, this season finale of The Walking Dead should exceed more than 20 million viewers and 14 million adults 18-49.
The Walking Dead remains the #1 show in all of television among adults 18-49. Despite formidable competition from the NFL in the first half of its season and special event programming in the second half, such as the Oscars, the Grammys, »
NBC’s next live musical event will come with a literal twist (or, more likely, dozens of ‘em).
The network announced on Monday that executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron — the men behind NBC’s live versions of The Sound of Music and Peter Pan — will mount a live production of The Wiz in partnership with Cirque du Soleil on Dec. 3. Cirque’s new stage theatrical division will then present The Wiz as a major Broadway revival for the 2016-17 season.
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Tony-winning director Kenny Leon will »
Disaster hits Chicago Fire next Tuesday (NBC, 10/9c) to set up the next potential Windy City-set spinoff, and TVLine has your first look at the staff of Chicago Med — and the familiar patients they may treat.
In the episode, “I Am the Apocalypse,” several of 51’s firefighters and paramedics are knocked out — literally — when a gas leak goes from bad to worse after a madman detonates an explosive device, exposing everyone in the blast to a potentially deadly airborne virus.
Meanwhile, recently introduced docs April Sexton (played by »
Five seasons in, The Walking Dead continue to break new records. Today, AMC has announced that 15.8 million viewers tuned in for the initial broadcast of the Season 5 finale, making it the highest-rated finale in series history:
Press Release: "New York, NY – March 30, 2015 – The special 90-minute season five finale of “The Walking Dead” last night was the highest-rated finale in series history, delivering 15.8 million viewers and 10.4 million adults 18-49. The episode capped the show’s strong fifth season with all 16 episodes ranking in the top 20 entertainment telecasts across all of television this broadcast season among adults 18-49. When including sports and specials, all 16 episodes of “The Walking Dead” season five rank in the top 50 telecasts across all of television among adults 18-49 – the first time a series has achieved this in cable history. With time-shifted playback added in, this season finale of “The Walking Dead” should exceed more than 20 million viewers »
- Jonathan James
Long before he scored his big break as one of the original Not Ready for Primetime Players on “Saturday Night Live,” Garrett Morris, a New Orleans native, was treading the boards in New York. He racked up mentions in Variety throughout the ’60s, but his first was for the recording of a musical called “The Bible Salesman.” Now, at 78, he’s a regular on CBS’ “2 Broke Girls.”
What do you remember about “The Bible Salesman”?
It was the first official Off Broadway show I did with Rosetta (LeNoire) way back when. A very talented composer by the name of Jay Thompson had written this piece, and it was marvelous to work with Rosetta, a great lady and great performer. At a certain time, she was the only black lady on Broadway.
What were your career ambitions?
My degree officially is in music, with a minor in composition but I always wanted to be an actor, »
- Geoff Berkshire
Read More: Why Andrew Jarecki's 'The Jinx' Could Be Very, Very Bad for Documentaries "Saturday Night Live" may have been a tad late to the party, considering HBO's "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst" signed off the air two weeks ago, but the sketch comedy show nonetheless took on the eponymous Durst this weekend, and wildly succeeded thanks to cast favorite Kate McKinnon. Sporting a convincing grey wig and adopting all of Durst's weird ticks and gravely enunciations, McKinnon nailed the alleged murderer's freewheeling banter and knack for saying things on air he probably shouldn't. "You have too much energy," McKinnon says to Aidy Bryant. "What's your address?" Lines like these perfectly summarize what has made Durst such a fascinating national figure over the past couple weeks. "Saturday Night Live" returns this Saturday with Michael Keaton as host. Read More: Watch: 'Saturday Night Live'. »
- Zack Sharf
Furious 7 is finally in theaters this weekend! To celebrate, star Dwayne Johnson stopped by Saturday Night Live to host. One of the most popular skits of the night found the WWE Superstar and action icon taking on what might be the role of his life! Yes, he stepped into the legendary revenge-filled hooves of Bambi!
Spoofing Walt Disney's recent trend of turning all their classic animated movies into live-action fairy tale adventures, Saturday Night Live imagines what a real life Bambi might look like. It's not all sweet innocence and reindeer games though! These forest animals mean business. And one of them is gunning for vengeance!
That's right, SNL and The Rock put a Furious 7 spin on this family favorite movie, turning Bambi into an action-packed blast of explosions that you have to see to believe. Starring in this live-action take on Bambi are Dwayne Johnson as the title character, »
First with Maleficent, then with this month’s Cinderella, and soon a Sofia Coppola directed The Little Mermaid and a Tim Burton directed Dumbo, Disney is going all in with their live action remakes of their animated classics. Disney would be hard pressed today to churn out a film with Frozen‘s quality and originality once a year compared to their halcyon days in Old Hollywood and in the ’90s, so they’ve turned to the old standbys.
Saturday Night Live however realizes how silly this is, and they’ve recruited Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to star in Disney’s next live action remake: Bambi. Starring Vin Diesel as Thumper, Tyrese Gibson as Flower, and a machine-gun toting Michelle Rodriguez as The Girl Bambi, Bambi is a deer with a vengeance after losing his mother when he was just a fawn. Disney should take The Rock’s advice from his »
- Brian Welk
The Rock has a big disaster movie coming up called San Andreas, which tells of a quite literally earth-shattering quake that demolishes San Andreas, California. While we can.t get enough of Dwayne Johnson, especially not after his new Bambi-meets-Rambo persona from SNL, some clever soul spiced things up a bit. Imagine if Superman were there to save everyone from this natural disaster? Imagine no more, because here.s a mash-up of Supermandreas. Vimeo user Nick Acosta watched the San Andreas trailers and realized that some of the set pieces were "shot for shot the same" as 1978.s Superman. He also doesn.t care for The Rock and "his wooden acting," so it was easy to take him out and swap in Christopher Reeve.s Man of Steel. The results are pretty fantastic. Acosta states in the video.s description that he even rotoscoped Reeves flying through a few scenes »
Scott Disick clarifies his rehab stay: “I was going for a week for one treatment that they have there. I’m not done. I plan to go back to this place.” [People] Meet Trevor Noah, the new, 31-year-old host of The Daily Show. [E!]
Liam Hemsworth brings us straight to the ’90s with the new haircut he had at the Kids’ Choice Awards. [BuzzFeed]
The debut of my latest @nyandcompany collection has me throwing back to my first red carpet. I did my own hair and make up and that's a $6 dress from Goodwill. I've always loved a cheap find. Viva thrift shops! #tbt
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- Taylor Ferber
Disney's recent trend of turning its animated classics into live-action flicks took a dark turn on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, with the show re-imagining forest fable "Bambi" as a kickass action movie starring Dwayne Johnson and his "Furious 7" castmates.
Johnson, who hosted "SNL" for the fourth time, starred as the titular baby deer, whose image was remade as a cigar-chomping vigilante with an axe to grind against the hunters who murdered his mother. Johnson sports giant ears, wispy hair, and a painted nose to bring the character to life -- and a whole lot of guns.
But the true star of the sketch may be Taran Killam, who plays Vin Diesel as Thumper in a demented, mumble-tastic performance that's eerily similar to the real actor's stilted delivery. His cockeyed ears help complete the hilarious look.
Check out the clip -- and watch out for the excellent "Deer X-ing »
- Katie Roberts
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