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The nine-year-old Comedy Central program’s previous record was 2.4 million viewers, set in October 2008. TVLine readers gave the send-off an average grade of “A.”
Elsewhere on the cable dial Thursday, White Collar‘s series finale drew 1.9 million viewers and a 0.5 demo rating, up 19 percent and a tenth week-to-week, per TVByTheNumbers.
The yet-to-be-renewed Covert Affairs‘ finale retained 1.6 mil/0.4, up a tenth week-to-week while on par with its season opener.
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Amy Adams is a determined woman, especially when it comes to winning the affection of five young hunks. The actress and the boys of One Direction are teaming up for Saturday Night Live's Christmas-themed show, airing this week, and the host really pulled out all the stops to try and win Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Liam Payne over in the three hilarious promos released today. But did it work? Ehhh. One of the clips shows Adams trying to act non-chalant around the handsome singers, even though she really wanted to freak out like most of their fans. She almost pulled it off. Another promo showed Amy getting a little more creative by sneaking in some mistletoe, but they »
Colbert, known for his spoofish portrayal of a bloviating political commentator on his “Colbert Report” for the past nine years, now must tackle an even more demanding performance. He will take the chair on CBS’ “The Late Show,” one of three be-all-to-everyone latenight programs set on the nation’s most-watched broadcast networks.
That move raises some questions. Sure, Colbert has been on other series, like “The Daily Show,” “The Dana Carvey Show,” “Strangers With Candy” and the early Comedy Central sketch-comedy effort “Exit 57,” but these were all in the satirical-comedy vein. “The Late Show” is a broad-skewing production that CBS is counting on to bring in more revenue — it will take ownership of the program, which has been the property of »
- Brian Steinberg
When John Rocker isn’t getting kicked off “Survivor” or being grilled by TMZ for a comment on U.S./Cuba relations, he lives a quiet life of signing autographs and being interviewed by Vice. The 20-minute documentary, “The Real Kenny Powers?,” explores the former Atlanta Braves relief pitcher’s influence on Kenny Powers in HBO's “Eastbound and Down.” In the doc, Rocker invited Vice out on the town in Cooperstown, N.Y., where he is every much the celebrity he was in his heyday. The film gives Rocker a fair shot, and is sympathetic to the controversial athlete. The doc notes that the Kenny Powers character grew out of Will Ferrell’s impersonation of Rocker on Saturday Night Live. Ferrell would go on to produce “Eastbound and Down,” giving rise to the belief that Powers is Rocker, albeit amped up a notch. Rocker acknowledges his influence on the character, »
- Joshua Encinias
Universal’s Sisters has all the makings of a comic classic and it’s still a year away from release. Directed by Pitch Perfect‘s Jason Moore from a script by SNL scribe Paula Pell, those two factors alone suggest it could be next year’s biggest chucklefest. On top of that winning foundation, throw two small-screen comics who have completely invigorated the TV slate with 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation and you can consider us very, very excited indeed.
Previously titled The Nest, Sisters follows Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s estranged sisters who return to their family abode as their parents announce they’re about to move. Intending to clear out the clutter, the pair rekindle their sibling relationship and decide to throw one final party to say goodbye to their childhood home. As expected, the bash gets out of hand but the duo learn a lot about life, »
- Gem Seddon
If you thought Daniel’s death would bring Emily and Victoria closer together, you don’t know Revenge. Like, at all.
New photos from the ABC drama’s winter premiere (Jan. 4, 10/9c) find the two most important women in Daniel’s life — for better or worse — shooting daggers at each other as they attempt to make sense of his senseless murder.
Stranger still, it looks like Victoria is going to weasel her way into Revenge‘s little gang of Scoobies; several photos show the grieving mother downing vino while Emily, Nolan and David get to the bottom of Malcolm Black’s next move. »
This Sunday on The Mentalist (CBS, 9:30/8:30c), Patrick Jane isn’t feeling so hot. Cue Teresa Lisbon, psychic extraordinaire!
As seen in the above sneak peek from the episode “Black Market,” an illness forces Jane to direct his FBI colleagues remotely, as they investigate a murder linked to a counterfeit diamond operation. That means that Jane must “get inside Lisbon’s head” as she takes on his role as “psychic.”
Elsewhere in the episode: Abbott is concerned that transgressions in his past could harm his wife’s chance to obtain a prestigious job in Washington, D.C.
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Warner Bros. has revealed the first trailer for Will Ferrell’s upcoming comedy, Get Hard. From director Etan Cohen, the Gary Sanchez-produced pic looks primed to kickstart Ferrell’s slapstick antics, which have been sorely missing from the cinema calendar as of late.
In the movie, the former SNL star appears as hedge fund manager, James. When the millionaire is indicted for fraud, his impending stint in prison fills him with dread. Luckily, Kevin Hart’s Darnell is on hand to prepare James for all of the experiences that await him behind the bars of San Quentin.
With the first preview now available (via Yahoo! Movies), we’re able to get a sense of what’s in store for the timid chappie while he gets himself ready for prison life. As stories go, the premise overall isn’t that enticing. It simply sounds like a re-hash of countless other »
- Gem Seddon
We've already seen Amy Poehler and Tina Fey make a splash on "Saturday Night Live" but their team-up on the big screen in Baby Mama left something to be desire, despite being moderately amusing. But their next project coming next winter might be just what the doctor ordered. Formerly known as The Nest, the comedy is now called Sisters, and follows the comedienne duo as thirtysomething sisters coming home to find their parents’ house has been put up for sale, so they decide to spend one more wild weekend together there, bonding, feuding and finally growing up. And today, we have the first photo from the film. Look now! Here's the first image from Jason Moore's Sisters from Entertainment Weekly: Sisters (formerly known as The Nest) is directed by Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) and written by Paula Pell ("Saturday Night Live"). Tina Fey and Amy Poehler play two thirtysomething »
- Ethan Anderton
"Please, don't sexually assault me, I'm already to sad." After debuting in theaters with Horrible Bosses 2, the trailer for the Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard has arrived. While I was hopeful that a teaming of Ferrell with Hart might make my distaste for the latter comedy star go away, that's not even my biggest problem with this trailer. Whether this film had Kevin Hart or not, this just doesn't look that funny. There's a couple amusing moments like Ferrell sadly sitting in a massage chair while drinking a glass of wine, but right now this just feels like a "Saturday Night Live" sketch that will go on far too long. Watch? Here's the first trailer for Etan Coen's Get Hard, originally from Yahoo: Get Hard marks the feature directorial debut of Etan Cohen (writer of Men in Black III, Tropic Thunder, Idiocracy) with a script he »
- Ethan Anderton
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Once Upon a Time, Hart of Dixie, NCIS and White Collar!
1 | Should we read anything into the fact that Saturday Night Live host Martin Freeman omitted Sherlock from his list of credits during the monologue? Which of Taran Killam’s impressions was more impressive: Alan Rickman or Gollum? And has the show offered up a less funny sketch this season than the inscrutable “Pine River Lodge Tree Lighting” (with Freeman and Kenan Thompson »
"It's definitely good to be back and this time we're getting a little bit more involved," Niall Horan told Access Hollywood. "They're putting us in a few skits, and it's gonna be quite fun. We just rehearsed one now with Amy and it's going to be a good time."
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Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are an unstoppable duo. They were great together on SNL, Baby Mama is a pretty enjoyable movie, and whenever they host the Golden Globes, they knock it out of the park. Now the two are teaming up again for the new comedy Sisters (formerly "The Nest"), which has them playing "estranged siblings who reunite to clean out their childhood home before their parents sell the family house, during which they decide to throw one final blow-out party." And if you don't have enough reason to admire Fey and Poehler, they're not afraid to have their movie share the same weekend as Star Wars: The Force Awakens. ''We said we'd only do the movie if it opened against Star Wars,'' Poehler tells EW. ''We're not scared. It's what gets us up in the morning: We are going to f---ing crush Star Wars.'' Hit »
- Matt Goldberg
Back in May when Star Wars: The Force Awakens started filming, director J.J. Abrams announced the "Force for Change" campaign, which invited fans to donate to support Unicef in exchange for prizes and even a chance to have a cameo in the movie. The winner of the cameo was announced in August, but even if you didn't win, you still helped raised over $5 million dollars to support Unicef programs. And for that, Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy, crew members, R2-D2, and Chewbacca say "Thank you." I suppose C-3P0 was off somewhere being an ungrateful jerk, whining about something or other. Fucking Threepio. Hit the jump to check out the Star Wars: The Force Awakens thank you video. The film opens December 18, 2015, and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, »
- Matt Goldberg
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.
Amy Adams played "Holiday Flip Cup" with Jimmy Fallon on "The Tonight Show" on Thursday, and ... she did her best. She's hosting "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, with One Direction as the musical guest, so hopefully Amy is better at hosting than playing drinking games. But her little "ack!" sound when things go wrong is pretty cute.
- Gina Carbone
The fate of comedy "The Interview" is looking grim, after Sony has canceled domestic and international theatrical release this week. The James Franco and Seth Rogen-starrer had been in the works for half a decade. In it, a tabloid news show host and his producer are roped into an assassination attempt on North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un via the urging of the FBI. While the plot sounds somewhat serious, it looped its way through plenty of weiner and butthole jokes, and also grounded its digs in North Korean propaganda, the criminal dehumanization of its people and the un-deifying of its Dear Leader (through dick and butt jokes, of course, plus violence). But cutting down a tyrannical world leader is no new feat, of course. "South Park" and "Looney Tunes" took down Kim Jong-Il and Hitler in cartoons. "Arrested Development," "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" brought abroad baddies to their knees for the small screen. »
- Katie Hasty, Alan Sepinwall, Drew McWeeny, Daniel Fienberg
Just when you thought Parenthood‘s farewell season couldn’t get any more emotional, we now know the exact date we’ll say goodbye to the Bravermans.
Creator Jason Katims joined Twitter on Thursday and, in his first-ever tweet, confirmed the series finale will air Thursday, Jan. 29.
See Katims’ full tweet below:
Thank you to all the fans for 6 great seasons. Tune in to say goodbye to »
Things are about to get a little dicey — emphasis on “little” — in Winston’s ongoing journey toward becoming an Lapd officer on New Girl.
Fox’s Tuesday-night comedy has cast Saturday Night Live grad Nasim Pedrad as Aly, the new training officer/partner for Lamorne Morris’s goofball roommate, TVLine has learned exclusively. Aly’s diminutive stature will apparently be a cause of consternation for Nick and Coach, who are already freaking out about Winston’s recent graduation from the police academy and impending entry into the field.
Pedrad’s episode, titled “Shark,” will air Tuesday, Jan. 6 (9/8c) — and we’ve got first-look photos below. »
Once Upon a Time is knocking on wood — again.
In Season 2’s “Selfless, Brave and True,” August died (from a magical Taser wound?) while trying to warn Emma about Peter Pan’s minion Tamara. Blue was able to save him, but only in the form of his seven-year-old self.
Since August is just a young lad now, it’s likely Bailey will appear only in flashbacks — perhaps some connected to the storybook’s sought-after author? »
Prepare to meet the people who gave life to Girls‘ Shoshanna.
Girls returns for Season 4 on Jan. 11.
Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…
* Comedienne Sarah Silverman will star in a half-hour comedy pilot for HBO, our sister site Deadline reports. Written by Secret Diary of a Call Girl creator Lucy Prebble, the untitled project is a comic look at a pathologically honest woman having a mid-life crisis.
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