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More than two years after 30 Rock wrapped up, Tina Fey is back with a new comedy looking at the foibles of modern life and NYC. Except this time the series created by the SNL alum and 30 Rock showrunner Robert Carlock is on Netflix not NBC and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt goes to some rather dark places with a disarming sunny disposition. As my video review about says, the Ellie Kemper-starring series that debuts its entire 13-episode first season early tomorrow on the… »
It's throwback Thursday and Amy P. is in the house! That's right, Amy Poehler is actually a rapper in disguise. Well, at least she is in this '90s clip anyway! Footage from a 1995 pilot titled Rtvn showcases a young Poehler who can put together a rhyme, proving that she has always been the coolest—even way back in the day! Talk about a throwback. "The next man or the next wo-man it doesn't make a difference. Keep the competition coming. I recite chapter and verse. The title of this recital is 'Ladies First'," rapped the comedienne. The pilot, featuring Second City Improv legend Del Close and Matt Dwyer, was filmed before Poehler's big Saturday Night Live »
Baldwin will also executive-produce the project, which has a “put pilot” commitment at the pay cabler (meaning: it’d be expensive not to air it).
Per our sister site Deadline, Baldwin’s character, Joe Byrne, is a billionaire real estate developer and socialite/tabloid fixture who is he is enlisted to replace the incumbent mayor after tragedy strikes.
“He’s [Donald] Trump without the baggage, »
Do ads belong in the ubiquitous news ticker that scrolls along during so many TV-news broadcasts? CNN is willing to find out.
The Time Warner-owned cable-news outlet is open to the idea of running an advertiser’s logo in its bottom-of-the-screen zipper, so long as the appearance is tailored appropriately, said Katrina Cukaj, executive vice president of CNN ad sales. “If it’s financial information, if it’s actual data from the markets, I could potentially put a financial advertiser on there,” she said in a recent interview.
In years past, CNN shunned such stuff, in the belief that mixing editorial and advertising too closely could foster a perception that CNN’s journalism was swayed by a sponsor. Throughout 2014, however, CNN seems to have, well, gotten over itself: The network has looked for more ways to weave ad messages into programming not so tied to breaking news, such as its »
- Brian Steinberg
There will be less of Jess on Season 2 of FX’s Married. I have learned that co-star Jenny Slate is switching from a regular to recurring role on the comedy series and is expected to appear in four of the 10 episodes of Season 2. I hear that is because the Saturday Night Live alumna is being eyed by FX to topline her own pilot. Details about the potential pilot are sketchy, but I’ve learned it is being written by two of the co-writers behind the 2014 Sundance comedy Obvious… »
Foreign languages can be challenging, especially that of the American teen. Seth Meyers devoted a segment on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” Wednesday to explaining some of the latest slang terms teens are using online. For example, the phrase “buh damn” means to be taken aback by your own attractiveness. Meyers used it in the sentence “Is that my ass in the mirror? Buh damn!” Also Read: 13 of ‘SNL: Weekend Update’ Anchors Before Newbie Colin Jost (Photos) Teens have even brought back a 1920’s slang term, “vanishing Shirley.” This refers to a girl who begs you to come to a party then. »
- Joe Otterson
Looking back on Ellie Kemper's most memorable characters, they all share a certain wide-eyed naïveté that belies a somewhat darker underbelly. As Erin on The Office or Becca in Bridesmaids, the bright smile and sunny disposition make any cracks in the façade that much funnier and unexpected. Now with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, premiering March 6 on Netflix, we'll see Kemper anchoring a show created by one of her heroes, Tina Fey, along with 30 Rock and SNL alum Robert Carlock. After a last-minute move from NBC to Netflix, this new comedy about the remarkably optimistic survivor of an underground cult seems poised to send Kemper into well-earned star status. Vulture spoke to Kemper over the phone on Wednesday from New York City.Are you stationed at some weird hotel right now? No, I'm actually at home. Yesterday I had all these international interviews, and it was so difficult, between the accents »
- Lucas Kavner
Aly Michalka (Two and a Half Men) and 30 Rock alum Maulik Pancholy are set to co-star opposite Chevy Chase in ABC’s comedy pilot toplined by the Saturday Night Live alum. The project, from Brad Copeland, Kapital Entertainment and ABC Studios, centers on a baby boomer couple (Chase, Beverly D'Angelo) who are fun, relevant and living a selfish retirement when their world is turned upside down and they are suddenly left to raise their grandchildren. Michalka plays the couple… »
Adam Sandler's second movie after leaving Saturday Night Live was Happy Gilmore, which has grown a huge cult following over the years and helped launch the comedian as one of today's biggest box office stars. It is probably best remembered for an epic fight on the golf course between Adam Sandler and legendary game show host Bob Barker, which infamously ended with The Price Is Right headmaster declaring, "Now you've had enough...Bitch!" Well, that old grudge match is back on in a new video for the upcoming charity event Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs, which airs on Comedy Central this Sunday, March 8.
Jon Stewart will host Night of Too Many Stars, which will raise money with Nyca (New York Collaborates for Autism) to support programs covering everything from the intensive education kids with autism needs at a young age to social training »
The actress, who starred as Dana Barrett in the 1984 original and its 1989 sequel, quipped that she would appear in the film as long as she could play the famous green ghost.
"He said, 'We'd love to have you in it'. I said, 'Well, only if I can play Slimer'. He said he didn't think that would work out."
Speaking about the reboot, Weaver said: "I'm such a huge fan of all those women and I can't wait to see what they do with it.
"I think the main thing that we all want is for »
Warning: The following contains spoilers for Wednesday’s season finale of Suits.
He loves her, he loves her not…
Wednesday’s Season 4 finale of Suits was certainly a rollercoaster ride for fans of Harvey and Donna as he failed to return her affections in the way she wanted, despite his dropping the L-word in the previous episode.
Realizing that Harvey was never going to come around, Donna declared that their arrangement wasn’t working for her anymore and that she’ll now be Louis’ secretary instead. But will the headstrong lawyer just let her go?
Below, executive producer Aaron Korsh »
[Youtube "YsSbYPaMWWU"] Move over, SNL; Justin Bieber is taking charge of the jokes made at his expense. The newest promo for Comedy Central's upcoming roast pokes fun at his recent Calvin Klein campaign and includes one unlikely Belieber - comedian and veteran roaster Jeffrey Ross. In the Nsfw clip, a blond-wigged Ross, 49, touches and teases a topless Bieber in a not-so-sexy rendition of the 21-year-old singer's jeans commercial. After whispering sordid nothings in Bieber's ear and declaring himself a "Belieber," Ross says he's the singer's "worst nightmare."Related: What Tattoo Did Justin Bieber Get to Promote His Comedy Central Roast?Sounds »
- Janine Rayford Rubenstein, @JanineRayford
If you go look online, there's a lot of parodies inspired by the work of Wes Anderson. Honestly, they all should have stopped after "Saturday Night Live" nailed it by creating the director's first horror film, but here we are with yet another spoof in the style of the director behind The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Royal Tenenbaums. This time, Patrick H. Willems has created a trailer for The Uncanny X-Men as if Wes Anderson directed the Marvel mutant comic book flick. It's quirky and odd as you would expect, and while it's mildly entertaining, it just feels a little uninspired, despite the effort put in. But surely some will enjoy it. Here's The Uncanny X-Men as directed by Wes Anderson by Patrick H. Willems (via EW): And if you want to see how they pulled it off, here's a making of featurette: My problem is mostly that »
- Ethan Anderton
Conan O'Brien took Cuba by storm in Wednesday's episode of Conan, where he visited a cigar factory, tasted plenty of rum and learned the rumba. O'Brien went to Cuba last month, making him the first American late-night host to film in the country since the U.S. embargo began in 1962. His trip followed President Barack Obama's call in December to begin restoring diplomatic ties with the nation. See more 'SNL': 14 Celebs Who Should Host for the First Time in 2015 In the cold open of the episode, he explained the reasons for the visit — and showed a
- Aaron Couch, Ryan Gajewski
Of course, when "SNL" is hosted by the star of a box office smash, said box office smash is going to figure into the late night proceedings. And sure enough, in this sketch cut for time from last week's episode, "SNL" imagines a future for the reunited Ms. Steele and Mr. Grey, where they explore their kinkiest desire yet: interior decoration. Bobby Moynihan and Taran Killam feature as two nosy contractors hard at work renovating the infamous Playroom, much to Steele's (Dakota Johnson, naturally) discomfort and Grey's (Kyle Mooney) pleasure. Put a face to the measurements in the video below. Read More: What Matters Most About The 'Saturday Night Live' 40th Anniversary Special »
- David Ballard
Lorne Michaels' Broadway Video Entertainment is teaming with video and search engine website Sohu.com to create a Chinese version of pioneering sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live. Though no official timetable for the project has been set, the two companies will begin assembling their cast of Chinese comedians in the coming months. A spokesperson for Broadway Video confirmed the news to Rolling Stone.
"SNL, which combines the best elements of live music and sketch comedy, will be a refreshing new option for Chinese viewers," Sohu said of the venture in a statement. »
FX has decided to hand out a second season order to its new comedy series Man Seeking Woman. The show stars Jay Baruchel, Britt Lower, Maya Erskine and Eric André and is currently amidst its first season now.
Man Seeking Woman hasn’t thus far had strong ratings, but FX has been known to show extreme patience with its original content in the past and is once again demonstrating its support by giving the freshman series the go ahead for Season 2. The show initially opened to 326,000 total viewers but according to Deadline that dropped to 185,000 in Week 2. Now after episode 5, the first season currently averages 254,000 adults 18-34 and 353,000 adults 18-49.
The lesson… sometimes it just takes a little time to find your audience. With It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (now in its 10th Season) to serve as a model, the network clearly understands how to cultivate a viewership. The »
- William Fanelli
[Youtube "Sp_8WpHQapM"] There are some things that not even Thor's muscles can accomplish. Chris Hemsworth is hosting Saturday Night Live this week. While he's clearly got the action and comedy genres down pat, he may need a refresher on romance.In promos for the upcoming episode, SNL cast member Kate McKinnon asks Hemsworth, 31, to reenact the famous Dirty Dancing lift. It does not go well for McKinnon. She also challenges People's reigning Sexiest Man Alive to an arm-wrestling match, which is actually just her excuse to get her hands on him - it's "a classic McKinnon trick." Thanks for the tip, »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
It’s been a week since “Parks and Recreation” ended. In my review of the series finale, I said that I put off my usual post-season interview with Mike Schur at the time because he was otherwise occupied. (He did, though, offer an answer of sorts as to the question of who is Potus in the year 2048.) Over the last few days, though, we emailed some questions and answers back and forth on leftover bits of business from the finale and the final season, including the show finally identifying Leslie’s party affiliation, which guest stars Schur didn’t manage to squeeze into the final season, Ron and Leslie’s brief estrangement, the religious background(s) of the all-important Lerpiss family, and more. So if you haven’t tired of Schur after the two-part interview we did before the finale, here’s us talking “Parks” one last time (sigh)… Was »
- Alan Sepinwall
In the newly released promo reel for this weekend's "Saturday Night Live," Chris, his biceps (what? Did we say that?), and Kate McKinnon take on various tasks, including a failed attempt at the iconic "Dirty Dancing" lift.
"There's something I've always wanted to do, and you're the perfect host," Kate tells the "Thor" star in the clip, before prepping for the infamous move.
Photos: Hot Shots Of Chris Hemsworth
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