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What happens when a Simpsons scribe (Mike Reiss) grabs hold of the reins from Santa’s sleigh? Thanks to NBC, we’re about to find out.
How Murray Saved Christmas, premiering Dec. 5 at 8/7c, tells the story of a disgruntled restauranteur (voiced by Jerry Stiller) who reluctantly embraces the Christmas spirit when he’s forced to take over for Santa Claus — and TVLine has an exclusive clip of Murray’s first bumpy ride through the skies.
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Watch Bill Cosby say "I don’t talk about it” when confronted about the numerous rape allegations The Associated Press today released footage from a Nov. 6 interview in which the comedian was asked about Hannibal Buress standup comments. “There’s no response,” Cosby said. “There is no comment about that. And I’ll tell you why. I don’t want to compromise your integrity, but I don’t talk about it.” After the interview was filmed, Cosby requested that “none of that will be shown.” Plus: Raven Symoné blasts rumors she was raped by Cosby, Janice Dickinson told Howard Stern in 2006 that her publisher wouldn’t let her write about Cosby, and Cosby’s new lawyer is reportedly trying to discredit Dickinson. Jerry Seinfeld clarifies: "I don't have autism, I'm not on the spectrum” After some backlash over his comments to Brian Williams, Seinfeld tells “Access Hollywood”: "I just »
- Norman Weiss
Jerry Seinfeld is clearing up his recent comments about autism spectrum disorders. In a Wednesday interview with Access Hollywood's Billy Bush, Seinfeld backed away from statements he made earlier this month to NBC Nightly News host Brian Williams in which he claimed to be on the autism spectrum. "I don't have autism; I'm not on the spectrum," Seinfeld told Bush. Watch more 'Seinfeld' at 25: Five of the Most Memorable Episodes The Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee star said that people were making too much of an issue of his previous statements. "I just was watching this play about
- Ryan Gajewski
Jerry Seinfeld is backtracking after saying he believes he has autism and is on the autism spectrum. "I don't have autism, I'm not on the spectrum," the 60-year-old comedian told Billy Bush during an interview with Access Hollywood this week. "I just was watching this play about it and thought, 'Why am I related to it on some level?' That is all I was saying." Seinfeld made his autism comments the other week during an interview on NBC Nightly News. "I think, on a very drawn-out scale, I think I'm on the spectrum," the Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee star told Brian Williams. "Basic social engagement is really a struggle. I'm very literal, when people talk »
Sparingly appealing as a series, “Hello Ladies” fares somewhat better as an 80-minute movie, designed (much like finales to “The Office” and “Extras”) to wrap up the show. Those aforementioned comedies were the creations of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the gangly, less-well-known sidekick who has gone solo here. And if nothing else, Merchant has established himself as the kinder, gentler half of that tandem, with this sendoff feeling like an old-fashioned romantic comedy. Granted, “Ladies” was hardly a smash in the U.S., but those who said “Hello” initially will likely welcome the closure the finale offers.
More than anything, this concluding chapter feels like a departure from the edgy, uncomfortable material for which the duo was partly known. The story (directed by Merchant, who again shares writing credit with Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky) essentially zeroes in on the inherent neediness of Merchant’s character, Stuart — his desire to create the impression, »
- Brian Lowry
Jerry Seinfeld can team up with Wale to make hysterical skits -- but the rapper tells us there is a limit to Seinfeld's talent in the entertainment biz.If you haven't seen 'em ... Wale and Seinfeld are like a new odd couple in a series of online vignettes -- and our guy asked Wale about the one where Jerry tells him how to rip music critics who left him off a "best of" list. »
- TMZ Staff
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If you’re in London, go and see Merchandise at The Laundry. That’s what I’ll be doing, so recommendations don’t come much bigger. If you can’t make it though, this generous French TV session is the next best thing.
It’s true – Belle & Sebastian have gone dance! The Party Line is the first taster from new album Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance and it finds the Glasgow tweesters finally entering the 21st century with perky electropop beats resembling Css and New Young Pony Club circa 2006. Bless ’em.
Shoegazing heroes Ride are reforming and will be playing Primavera 2015. At least that’s the inference taken from a »
- Sam Richards
Katey Sagal to reunite with her “Sons of Anarchy” husband on FX’s “The Bastard Executioner” “I’m going to be in it,” Sagal says of Kurt Sutter’s new project, a period drama revolving around King Edward III. “We don’t know in what capacity yet, because he’s just starting to work on it. But that’s where we’re going. I will definitely be involved with it.” “Aaliyah” biopic producer Wendy Williams responds to the backlash: “You watched” About 3.2 million watched Lifetime's "Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B,” making it the No. 2 cable film of the year. "I see my Aaliyah movie broke the Internet this weekend,” Williams, an executive producer of the film, said this morning. "Errbody got an opinion. Well, I must tell you, whether you loved or hate, you watched," Williams said on the "Hot Topics" segment of "The Wendy Williams Show" this morning. »
- Norman Weiss
In 2008, Wale really made a name for himself with The Mixtape About Nothing, a mixtape that was influenced by and sampled Seinfeld. Years have passed, and Wale actually developed a relationship with Jerry Seinfeld himself, with the two collaborating on Wale's upcoming Album About Nothing. This very funny sketch that accompanies Complex's cover story on the pair suggests that the two collaborated on more than just an album: Namely, Seinfeld was the mastermind behind Wale's infamous threatening phone-call to Complex, which Wale made after not getting included in the magazine's album of the year list. Below, watch an enraged Seinfeld coach Wale on how to talk some serious shit. "What's the deal with Complex? Comp-lex? Do they give you a free Lexus? A free Rolex? I think not!" They also do some classic Seinfeld coffee-talking. »
- Jesse David Fox
Adult Swim’s “Black Dynamite” is the latest to bash Bill Cosby The latest shot at Cosby, revolving around a “Cosby Coon Renewal Program,” has nothing to do with the rape allegations. In Friday’s episode, titled “Sweet Bill’s Badass Song or Cos Ain’t Himself,” Cosby is portrayed as a villain who kidnaps all the “blackity-black” actors in an effort to get them to “stop cooning in Black Hollywood.” The timely episode has been in the works for a year. Discovery's “Eaten Alive” could kill an anaconda Dr. Jesús A. Rivas, who specializes in the green anaconda that the Discovery special is using explains: "When they swallow a prey, because they don't have the respiratory system that we do, they can either swallow or breathe. They can't do both. So during the time the prey goes through what would be the throat, they have to do that in apnea. »
- Norman Weiss
"Everything dies, baby, that's a fact," sang Bruce Springsteen in the song "Atlantic City." "But maybe everything that dies someday comes back."
The Boss might have been singing about this week's happenings in the world of television, events that proved once again that TV is a rest home where nothing ever truly dies and everything can someday return to life (with only a minimum of zombie-creepiness). In the world of television (which includes streaming online video, where everything from last night's Jimmy Fallon shenanigans to the most ancient and obscure TV arcane is just a click away), there is a galaxy of possibilities cobbled together from pop culture jetsam; there are alternate universes where amazing shows by unlikely auteurs exist, or where those shows debut when we want them to instead of years too late; and there are realms where the inability of anything to become permanently lost in the »
- Gary Susman
Shortly after revealing details on Game of Thrones, Telltale Games has changed gears to focus on another of the studio’s episodic titles currently brewing in development: Tales from the Borderlands.
Inspired by Gearbox Software’s wonderfully meta franchise, the series was initially revealed late last year and since then, we’ve gradually learned more about Telltale’s space-faring adventure, after details on the game’s rather eye-catching voice cast emerged. Now, though, the studio has revealed the first footage for Tales from the Borderlands, which hints at the vault hunting storyline that will underpin Telltale’s new franchise.
Maintaining the gleefully violent nature from its galactic forebearers, the trailer also reveals some of the leading stars of the upcoming series, which is to take place on Pandora after the events of Borderlands 2. Here’s a round-up of the voice actors:
Troy Baker (Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, The Last »
- Michael Briers
In the latest outing of Jerry Seinfeld's endlessly entertaining web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, he takes a ride with Amy Schumer in a (literally) smoking Ferrari. The Ferrari makes some pretty gnarly sounds as the two ride up the West Side Highway, making Schumer fear for her safety. "This is so scary," she says. "It's comforting to know how I'm going to die, I guess." It isn't long before they ditch the car and settle in at a diner in the Bronx. Here are some of Schumer's highlights throughout the episode, which you can watch in full »
- Esther Zuckerman
A “Gilmore Girls” reunion is happening Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel and creator Amy Sherman-Palladino will reunite in June as part of the Atx Television Festival. “So after years of peace and quiet these lunatics have chosen to get the chattiest chicks in the world back under one roof? Really? Okay. You asked for it,” Sherman-Palladino said in a statement. Meanwhile, Graham recently told E! that after watching old “Gilmore” episodes on Netflix, “now I sort of weirdly crave it." Plus: Atx Festival will also reunite "Dawson's Creek" writers, including Did “Too Many Cooks” rip off a USC student film from 2011? Former USC student Erica Rupp made a short film called “Door’s Always Open” that contain many of the same themes as “Too Many Cooks,” including mocking ‘80s and ‘90s sitcom opening credits, an earworm song and an unexpected bloody turn. CNN renews shows starring Mike Rowe, Anthony Bourdain and »
- Norman Weiss
The songwriter apparently became obsessed with Jerry Lewis, prompting him to propose a slapstick comedy series to Seinfeld writer Larry Charles before dropping the idea just after being greenlit by HBO
It recently emerged that Bob Dylan once tried to start up a band featuring both the Beatles and the Stones. And now theres news of an equally half-baked endeavour: an attempt to make a slapstick comedy with celebrated Us TV network HBO.
According to Larry Charles, a one-time writer on Seinfeld who went on to direct Borat and Curb Your Enthusiasm, Dylan approached him back in the 90s for a meeting to discuss a potential slapstick comedy TV series, after getting deeply into Jerry Lewis.
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- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
Actress Carol Ann Susi, probably best known to TV fans as the voice of Howard Wolowitz’s unseen mother on The Big Bang Theory, has died after a fight against a very aggressive cancer. She passed away yesterday, Tuesday, Nov. 11. She was 62. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Susi has been a major fixture on television for years. In addition to her recurring role as Mrs. Wolowitz on the CBS sitcom, she has appeared on numerous different television series. Throughout her career, which lasted 40 years, Susi guest starred on well-know dramas, such as Grey’s Anatomy, Six Feet Under, and ER, along with countless comedy series, including King of Queens, Married with Children, Ugly Betty, That ’70s Show, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Just Shoot Me and Seinfeld. The following is a statement from Warner Bros. TV, CBS and Big Bang Theory executive producers Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro and Bill Prady regarding »
- Chris King
Stage and screen actress Carol Ann Susi passed away in Los Angeles on Tuesday after a brief battle with terminal cancer. She was 62.
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The news was confirmed by Susi's reps, who released their own statement regarding the actress' passing. It reads in part:
"A spunky Italian gal from Brooklyn whose passionate interests included Doctor Who, Halloween horror mazes, cooking and the Magic Castle, Carol Ann drew fervent circles of followers. She was a force of nature who didn’t suffer fools and was fiercely loyal to her friends. Known only to a very lucky few, she was a world-class culinary genius who frequently scored blue ribbons at the very competitive cooking competitions at the Los Angeles County Fair…. Carol Ann used to »
"Howard!" It was one word but it conveyed so much when Carol Ann Susi yelled it. The actress, who played Mrs. Wolowitz on the hit CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, died on Tuesday after a brief battle with an aggressive cancer. She was 62. While viewers never saw her face on the show, Susi was nevertheless a strong presence, giving a loud voice to Howard's (Simon Helberg) larger-than-life, domineering mother. "The Big Bang Theory family has lost a beloved member today with the passing of Carol Ann Susi," Warner Bros. and the show's producers, Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro and Bill Prady, »
- K.C. Blumm
Goodbye, Mrs. Wolowitz. Carol Ann Susi, the actor who played Howard's overbearing (unseen) mother on "The Big Bang Theory," has died at the age of 62 from an aggressive form of cancer. She made her first "appearance" on the show's seventh episode and became a popular recurring character despite never showing up on screen. "'The Big Bang Theory' family has lost a beloved member today with the passing of Carol Ann Susi, who hilariously and memorably voiced the role of Mrs. Wolowitz," said Warner Bros. Television, CBS and "Big Bang" producers Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro and Bill Prady in a statement. "Unseen by viewers, the Mrs. Wolowitz character became a bit of a mystery throughout the show’s eight seasons. What was not a mystery, however, was Carol Ann’s immense talent and comedic timing, which were on display during each unforgettable appearance. In addition to her talent, Carol Ann »
- Chris Eggertsen
Character actress Carol Ann Susi, known as the voice of the unseen Mrs. Wolowitz on “The Big Bang Theory,” died Tuesday in Los Angeles after a brief battle with cancer, according to Warner Bros. Television. Susi was 62 and had appeared in numerous TV shows since the 1970s.
“The Big Bang Theory family has lost a beloved member today with the passing of Carol Ann Susi, who hilariously and memorably voiced the role of Mrs. Wolowitz. Unseen by viewers, the Mrs. Wolowitz character became a bit of a mystery throughout the show’s eight seasons. What was not a mystery, however, was Carol Ann’s immense talent and comedic timing, which were on display during each unforgettable appearance,” said a statement from Warner Bros. Television, CBS and “Big Bang Theory” exec producers Chuck Lorre, »
- Pat Saperstein
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