4 items from 2015
Technically speaking, The Nightly Show host Larry Wilmore is the new guy on the late-night television circuit, but the former Daily Show correspondent and in Living Color writer has been making us laugh — at all hours of the day — for quite some time.
The writer/actor/stand-up comedian, who got his start on The Facts of Life, has been seen on the small screen (Happy Endings, How I Met Your Mother, and The Office, which he also worked as a consulting producer on) and big screen (I Love You, Man, Dinner for Schmucks, Vamps) alike for a career that’s already spanned more than 30 years.
While Wilmore has long been a memorable “Oh, that guy!” kind of character actor, he has been making just as many waves off-screen. The Los Angeles native co-created the hit comedies The PJs, with Eddie Murphy, and The Bernie Mac Show, with the late, »
Larry Wilmore’s career has toggled back and forth between work in front of and behind the camera. He arrived in the business as an actor, then shifted over to writing for comedies like “In Living Color” and “Sister, Sister” before becoming creator and showrunner of “The Pj’s” and “The Bernie Mac Show.” But he also has popped up in many sitcom guest roles in recent years (I loved his deadpan recurring role on “The Office” as Mr. Brown), and for the last eight years has been a periodic “Daily Show” contributor as the Senior Black Correspondent. Now he’s finally merging the two sides of his career as both host and producer of “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore,” which inherits the post-“Daily Show” timeslot from “The Colbert Report” beginning tonight at 11:30. I spoke a week ago with Wilmore about being an African-American comedian at a »
- Alan Sepinwall
A lot of people in showbiz are rich and famous, but most of them have higher aspirations: They want to be George Clooney.
That’s not just because of his success, taste, humor and home in Italy’s Lake Como. Clooney knows how to handle the spotlight, yet maintain his privacy. But the real reason he is respected/idolized/envied is his ability to capitalize on his clout for things that matter.
In an entirely different arena, his work on behalf of various humanistic causes is a reminder that Hollywood activism can mean more than writing a check or hosting a fundraiser. Clooney supports many industry philanthropies; and on a global scale he brought attention to humanitarian crises like Darfur, »
- Tim Gray
“Love is a lot like farming,” mused Chris Soules on Monday’s Bachelor season premiere, a metaphor that can also be applied to the episode itself, which was basically a three-hour parade of clucking, weeding and — at one lady’s polite behest — plowing.
Soules may have bestowed his “first impression” rose upon 27-year-old waitress Britt — of course he’d pick the normal girl, right? — but we at TVLine have curated a list of ladies who made pretty strong first impressions on us. Let’s begin:
* Amanda, the 24-year-old ballet instructor with eyes that can pierce into your very soul — and not in a sexy way. »
4 items from 2015
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