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Samantha Bee on Diversity: ‘The F*cking Thing You Have to Do Is Just Hire People’

5 February 2016 1:29 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Diversity in the workplace was on Samantha Bee’s mind when she assembled the creative team for her upcoming TBS late-night show, Full Frontal, premiering Monday night. At her talk at the 92nd Street Y Thursday night with Ana Gasteyer, she explained how she staffed her 50 percent female and 30 percent nonwhite writing room: “In the entertainment industry in particular, there are seminars and … work groups about creating diversity when, really, the fucking thing you have to do is just hire people,” she said, to a round of applause from the audience. “It's not really the most complicated transaction. Find some diverse people and actually give them jobs.”Diversity was one of the first things Bee and Jo Miller, an executive producer on Full Frontal and a former writer on The Daily Show, discussed in the show’s early planning stages. They created a blind application process for writers. Bee explained »

- Madeline Raynor

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YouTube Star Lilly Singh Shows Up On ‘The Daily Show,’ ‘Today’

5 February 2016 12:36 PM, PST | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Lilly Singh’s promotional tour has taken her to a pair of popular TV shows. On February 4th, fewer than two weeks after she hung out with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, the YouTube star known as IISuperwomanII appeared on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. The next day, she chatted with Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager on Today.

Singh’s public appearances are connected to the impending launch of her documentary, A Trip To Unicorn Island, which will premiere on YouTube Red on February 10th. In promoting her film, which she created alongside production company Astronauts Wanted, she has recycled a lot of the same anecdotes and retread some of her most familiar topics: Her parents, her fans, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Across the stops of her publicity tour, Singh has attracted big crowds. During her Today appearance, dozens of her fans, clad in unicorn costumes, »

- Sam Gutelle

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Trevor Noah Mocks Santorum’s Endorsement of Rubio: ‘Worst Hype Man in History!’

5 February 2016 5:21 AM, PST | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

In this chock-full political week, it'easy to lose track of what's important, and so with campaigning in New Hampshire in full swing, many of us have not had time to properly mourn the losses of three giants in the Gop field, as measured by proximity to the margin of error. On Thursday night's The Daily Show, host Trevor Noah took a moment to reflect on fallen candidates Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, and especially Rick Santorum. »

- Tommy Christopher

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SNL: Shouldn't the Current Cast Play Sanders, Trump and Palin? Plus: Where's Jay Pharoah's Obama?

4 February 2016 8:01 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

With Larry David set to host Saturday Night Live this weekend, viewers are all but guaranteed to see a sketch — maybe even two or three of ’em — featuring his beloved take on Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

While that thought probably makes you happier than Rosie O’Donnell fantasizing about a Donald Trump concession speech, allow me for a moment to sound as crusty and cantankerous as David’s version of the Vermont senator.

RelatedGilmore Girls Revival: Showrunner Talks ‘Single’ Rory, F-Bomb Dropping Emily, Netflix Rollout Wish (Part 2)

SNL outsourcing its impressions of major newsmakers — particularly in an election cycle — isn’t just puzzling, »

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What one choice could end Hulu as a company completely?

3 February 2016 8:00 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Time Warner is in the early stages of conversations that would see the media giant buy 25% of Hulu. Seems rational enough to me. But in the story, one of the ideas that is floated is that Time Warner is worried about cord cutting and looking to downplay or even end one of the main functions of Hulu as a service by doing away with next-day streaming episodes of current TV shows. If it's true, then my relationship with Hulu Plus will end immediately after a very happy nine year subscription to the service. I was an early adopter, first signing up in late 2007, and, yes, I would love to cut the cable cord completely. I have Charter Communications as my cable/Internet provider right now, and my service on the cable side is, in a word, awful. I detest cable. »

- Drew McWeeny

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How Late Night Covered This Year’s Coin-Tossing, Popcorn-Chomping Iowa Caucus

3 February 2016 9:38 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Winners are really losers, Donald Trump is temporarily humble, and Americans decide their victors with a literal coin-toss. If you are still confused about what exactly went down at this week’s Iowa caucus, don’t feel bad. That’s why we have late-night television: to explain our political process to us! To wit, The Daily Show’s Jordan Klepper broke down why the results in Iowa don’t actually indicate who will win the presidency. Or do they? They don’t! Unless they do. Between Hillary Clinton's premature victory, Bernie Sanders's "momentum," and Marco Rubio's misplaced excitement, as The Daily Show's Trevor Noah points out, "Number's don't mean sh*t." Colbert enjoying Donald Trump's loss was a glorious moment of television, though. It almost makes this whole crazy business worthwhile. And to take it to its absurd conclusion, The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore imagined the »

- Halle Kiefer

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Bassem Youssef to Host Satirical Series for Fusion’s New Digital Platform F-Comedy

2 February 2016 12:42 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fusion has inked a production deal with Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef who will host a digital series titled “The Democracy Handbook” for the channel’s new digital platform, F-Comedy.

Known as the “Jon Stewart of Egypt,” Youssef’s new satirical series, which will also have a corresponding television special, will follow the host as he comes to America to learn the lessons of democracy so he can import them back to the Middle East — but learns stateside democracy isn’t quite as great as he thought.

“The Democracy Handbook” will premiere across all of Fusion’s platforms this spring, as part of the network’s 2016 election coverage. Former “Daily Show” producer Kathy Egan will produce the digital series.

“I am extremely honored to partner with Fusion, one of the biggest digital platforms in the world, on this interesting and inspiring project,” said Youssef, a former cardiac surgeon-turned-satirist and columnist who »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Turner To Simulcast Samantha Bee Debut Across Five Networks

2 February 2016 12:17 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Samantha Bee’s new program, “Full Frontal” is slated to air on TBS. When it airs for the first time pn February 8, however, it will also appear on TV networks like TruTV, Hln, Adult Swim and TNT, as the networks’ owner, Turner, tries to bring the comedienne to the notice of a broader suite of potential viewers.

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” will air Monday nights at 10:30 p.m. on TBS, followed immediately by Conan O’Brien’s late-night show, “Conan.” TBS bills the show as a satirical take on weekly news that will also explore in-depth stories that are more or less overlooked by traditional media outlets.

Turner is adopting a promotional technique already embraced by rival Viacom, which has aired flagship programming such as the MTV Video Music Awards and the debut of Trevor Noah on “The Daily Show” across several of its holdings.

The show is executive-produced by Samantha Bee, »

- Brian Steinberg

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Fusion’s F-Comedy Plans Two New Web Series, Including One From The “Jon Stewart Of Egypt”

2 February 2016 11:28 AM, PST | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

TV channel Fusion is best known for catering to a target audience of Millennial viewers, and with its upcoming programming, it hopes to introduce those viewers to an Arab entertainer they might enjoy. Fusion-owned digital platform F-Comedy will host The Democracy Handbook, which will star Egyptian comedian and commentator Bassem Youssef.

Youssef, who hosted a satirical program called Al-Bernameg between 2011 and 2014, has been referred to as the “Jon Stewart of Egypt.” When the Arab Spring caused unrest within his home nation, Youssef became an international name, and with his new series, he bring his act to America. The Democracy Handbook, which will air on both F-Comedy and Fusion’s terrestrial TV channel, will follow Youssef as he traverses the United States and learns about the positives and negatives of our political system.

The release of The Democracy Handbook is timed to coincide with Fusion’s political coverage leading up to the 2016 presidential election. »

- Sam Gutelle

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Egyptian Comic Bassem Youssef Signs With UTA And Anonymous Content

1 February 2016 1:57 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive:  Bassem Youssef, the Egyptian comic, satirist, one-time cardiac surgeon and official friend of Jon Stewart, has signed with UTA and Anonymous Content. The move marks a big step up for Youssef, who rose to prominence in the days after the 2011 revolution in Egypt and first heady moments of the Arab spring. Initially appearing in a series of short webisodes financed by Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris’ Ontv, Youssef’s brand of black humor and caustic wit soon… »

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Egyptian Comic Bassem Youssef Signs With UTA And Anonymous Content

1 February 2016 1:57 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive:  Bassem Youssef, the Egyptian comic, satirist, one-time cardiac surgeon and official friend of Jon Stewart, has signed with UTA and Anonymous Content. The move marks a big step up for Youssef, who rose to prominence in the days after the 2011 revolution in Egypt and first heady moments of the Arab spring. Initially appearing in a series of short webisodes financed by Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris’ Ontv, Youssef’s brand of black humor and caustic wit soon… »

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Sundance: Norman Lear’s ‘Just Another Version of You’ Sells to Music Box

29 January 2016 5:41 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

PBS & American Masters Pictures have sold theatrical rights to the documentary “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You” to Music Box films

“Just Another Version,” directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, premiered Jan. 21 as the Opening Night selection in the documentary section at the Sundance Film Festival. It includes appearances and interviews with Norman Lear, George Clooney, Bill Moyers, John Amos, Alan Horn, Russell Simmons, Amy Poehler and Jon Stewart.

Grady and Ewing, who teamed on “Jesus Camp,” “12th & Delaware” and “Detropia,” focused on Lear’s extensive work and the implications of its absorption into mainstream American culture through such landmark shows as “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons.”

Variety‘s Guy Lodge said in his review: “’Just Another Version of You’ condenses a substantial amount of information and perspective into a crisp, concise 91 minutes.”

Music Box Films, in conjunction with PBS & American Masters Pictures, will release the »

- Dave McNary

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Weekend Preview: 'Kung Fu Panda 3' To Top 'Fifty Shades of Black' and 'Finest Hours'

28 January 2016 11:39 AM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Kung Fu Panda 3 enters a marketplace where the largest January opening for an animated feature is currently 2014's The Nut Job with $19.4 million. You can count on Po the Panda squashing that number with ease. Additional new releases looking to find a place on the chart this weekend include the 1950s-set disaster thriller The Finest Hours, the R-rated spoof feature Fifty Shades of Black and Jane Got a Gun. Question is, while Po and the Furious Five are taking the top spot will these other new releases be able to top last weekend's top two films? Last weekend's box office took a hit thanks to the East Coast snowstorm and films such as The Revenant and Star Wars may be looking to make up some ground. Starting with number one, and working in the favor of Kung Fu Panda 3 is the fact the last really strong animated release was »

- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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‘Daily Show’ Host Trevor Noah Thinks Donald Trump Is a ‘Genius’ for Skipping Fox Debate (Video)

28 January 2016 8:06 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah thinks Donald Trump is “a complete genius” for skipping tonight’s Gop debate on Fox News. “Once again, Donald Trump has won the only fight that matters to him — the fight for attention,” Noah said. “Taking part in one more debate wasn’t going to help Donald Trump get that much more press, but blowing one off? It’s like Deflategate crossed with a natural disaster crossed with a celebrity sex tape.” “I’m telling you, Donald Trump is really one of the greatest of all time,” Noah added before proving Trump’s flare for showmanship by reading his. »

- Brian Flood

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Alex Gibney and Kahane Cooperman on What 'The New Yorker Presents' Actually Is, Other than a Great New Amazon Series

28 January 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In one year, Alex Gibney directed three documentaries; one on the legendary singer and actor Frank Sinatra, another on Apple co-founder and industry icon Steve Jobs, and also a little HBO doc you may have heard of titled "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief." To say he's a busy man is an understatement, as would saying he's a game-changing documentarian.  Yet the latter adjective is fitting for the savvy helmer's next project: a docu-series (that's not a docu-series) set to premiere on Amazon (via a release strategy that's a first for the company) and co-produced by Kahane Cooperman (from "The Daily Show"). But these two are far from the only creative minds behind "The New Yorker Presents," their new half-hour series set to debut weekly for Amazon Prime subscribers. In fact, they're more like the curators than the creators, as they have a hand in constructing the episodes »

- Ben Travers

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Alex Gibney and Kahane Cooperman on What 'The New Yorker Presents' Actually Is, Other than a Great New Amazon Series

28 January 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

In one year, Alex Gibney directed three documentaries; one on the legendary singer and actor Frank Sinatra, another on Apple co-founder and industry icon Steve Jobs, and also a little HBO doc you may have heard of titled "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief." To say he's a busy man is an understatement, as would saying he's a game-changing documentarian.  Yet the latter adjective is fitting for the savvy helmer's next project: a docu-series (that's not a docu-series) set to premiere on Amazon (via a release strategy that's a first for the company) and co-produced by Kahane Cooperman (from "The Daily Show"). But these two are far from the only creative minds behind "The New Yorker Presents," their new half-hour series set to debut weekly for Amazon Prime subscribers. In fact, they're more like the curators than the creators, as they have a hand in constructing the episodes »

- Ben Travers

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Hey, Chris Rock: Here's How the Oscars Should Go

27 January 2016 1:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Dear Mr. Rock, As a movie journalist, I wouldn't normally dream of telling a multimillionaire comedian how to do his job, but this one is too important. You're not just hosting the Oscars anymore, you're hosting #OscarsSoWhite. Since, pretty much by definition, you'll be the only black person sanctioned to be onstage, it's all on you, brother. Forget the fact that, as Wanda Sykes might say, white folks are lookin' at you. Far scarier is the realization that black folks are lookin' at you - and Asian-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, et. al. The pressure does not get any greater. So »

- Alynda Wheat, @AlyndaWheat

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That Was Fast! Trevor Noah Is Publishing a Book of Personal Essays

26 January 2016 3:13 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Just like his Daily Show papa, Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah is wasting no time inking that book deal: Noah has announced he's publishing his first book of personal essays in November with Spiegel & Grau, a Penguin Random House imprint. The essays will detail Noah's life in South Africa "during the last gasps of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that came with its demise," experiences he often inserts into his comedy. But if it seems a little premature to be shelling out millions ($3 million, reportedly) for more words from a guy who's been in the Daily Show chair less than six months, well, hey, Stewart published his first collection of essays (1998's Naked Pictures of Famous People) a year before his Tds tenure even began. So take that, Noah! Why the need to commit his life story to paper? "I couldn't find a good book about myself »

- Dee Lockett

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Sundance 2016: 'Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You' Inspires

22 January 2016 8:09 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

It brought a smile to my face to see Jon Stewart profess his love and great admiration for Norman Lear. The first film I screened on opening night at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival (my 10th year back) was the documentary Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You, about the legendary TV writer/producer Norman Lear. Now 93 years old, he still seems full of life, so happy, and more than willing to tell stories and reflect back on his experiences. It's a delightful, amusing, engaging and very timely documentary that actually examines how much Lear pushed forward against stubborn conservative fears. More than anything, I hope this doc goes on to remind people that creativity and ingenuity can outsmart traditionalist values. Directors Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady frame the doc in interesting ways. First, they introduce Norman Lear by showing a young kid wearing his iconic hat. Throughout the film, the kid »

- Alex Billington

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You’

22 January 2016 1:49 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With politics of representation in the U.S. entertainment industry currently under intense scrutiny, “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You” doesn’t feel quite like the comforting nostalgia trip one might expect. Instead, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s sprightly, brightly assembled celebration of the veteran showrunner holds up a mirror to contemporary American television, tacitly asking if it’s addressing issues of difference and prejudice as directly (and daringly) as Lear’s shows, including such 1970s staples as “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons,” did. Generally laudatory in its approach to its irresistible human subject — if Lear’s signature white hat remains immovably on his head, the film’s stays very much in hand — this appreciation is nonetheless most fascinating in a brief stretch where the political correctness of Lear’s work is called into question by black performers. Brassily entertaining as it is, “Just Another Version »

- Guy Lodge

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