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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 Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Doctor Who, The Good Wife and Chicago Fire!
1 | Has Jessica Jones given young women the easiest (and a modest!) superhero costume to pull off? (That said, doesn’t it kind of look like Shiri Appleby’s UnREAL wardrobe?) And after so many start-and-stops, has Rachael Taylor (Charlie’s Angels, 666 Park, Crisis…) finally found herself a winner?
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2 | Shouldn’t Grimm‘s Rosalee be getting some »
When you're done stuffing your face this Thanksgiving, you might need a playlist of videos to fit the passivity of your digestion process. If you like to binge watch while you binge eat, the YouTube community has once again provided a big helping of videos themed around Turkey Day. Here are some of our favorites:
When Trevor Noah became the host of The Daily Show earlier this year, he marked the web video world--which Jon Stewart had barely explored during his regime--as a place where he could make his mark. In this video, a Daily Show web exclusive, Noah draws in bonus viewers by sharing some of the most awkward Thanksgiving-related clips from major news networks.
6. "Native Americans Review Thanksgiving Storybooks" by BuzzFeedYellow
As American society becomes more progressive, representation has become an important part of holiday traditions, and in the Thanksgiving story, »
- Sam Gutelle
The Paris terror attacks were front and center at the International Emmy Awards ceremony Monday in New York, where France led the field with three wins.
The long-running Canal Plus legal drama “Spiral” took the trophy for best drama series. Producers dedicated the win to “victims of despair and hate” from the stage at the Hilton New York.
France also won for arts programming for docu “The Man Who Saved the Louvre” and in the movie/miniseries field for Canal Plus’ “White Soldier,” which revolves around soldiers in colonial Vietnam in 1945.
“Louvre” documents the story of the famed museum’s director, Jacques Jaujard, who managed to save masterpieces from falling into the clutches of the Nazis during World War II.
“This movie is about art but it’s almost all about resistance,” said Pierre Pochart, “Louvre” co-director. “The more we laugh the more they lose. You know who I mean. »
- Allison Sadlier
Most late night talk show programs have responded to the terrorist attacks in Paris in one of a limited number of ways. Stephen Colbert fought back tears when he was left without anything to say. Trevor Noah channeled former Daily Show host Jon Stewart with a rousing speech about humanity. And John Oliver? Well, he's on HBO now, so he used the word "asshole" a lot. Nightly Show host Larry Wilmore, however, took an entirely different approach. »
- Andrew Husband
While “The Daily Show” has become known for its “Moment of Zen” over the years, one of the show’s most successful alums, John Oliver, chose to go a different route when addressing Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris during Sunday’s episode of his HBO series “Last Week Tonight.”
“We begin with a few words about France, which on Friday suffered the deadliest attack on its soil since World War II,” Oliver began soberly. “It’s hardly been 48 hours, and much is still unknown, but there are a few things we can say for certain. And this is when it actually helps to be on HBO, where those things can we said without restraint, because after the many necessary and appropriate moments of silence, I’d like to offer you a moment of premium cable profanity.”
Oliver then launched into an expletive-riddled tirade against the perpetrators of the deadly bombings, »
- Variety Staff
Many of the late-night hosts were off last night, but those who were on duty weighed on with their thoughts on the terrorists attacks in Paris.
“Folks, we end tonight’s show with a heavy heart because we taped all of tonight’s show, and then we found out about the horrific attacks in Paris today,” said a visibly shaken Colbert.
“I know that not much is known right now, but we do know that there have been many deaths, the crisis is still ongoing. President Hollande has declared a state of emergency, and President Obama has promised the United States will do whatever it takes to bring the terrorists to justice.”
“We add our thoughts and prayers to everyone in Paris, and now »
- Debra Birnbaum and Ted Johnson
Diaper duty awaits! John Oliver and his wife, Kate Norley, have welcomed their first child together, Us Weekly can confirm. An HBO rep tells Us that the Last Week Tonight host, 38, is now the proud dad of a baby boy. No other details were provided. The couple met while the British comedian was covering the 2008 Republican National Convention for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Oliver worked on the Comedy Central satire program from 2006 to 2014 as its Senior British Correspondent. Oliver and Norley, a war [...] »
Here’s some intel you can take to the bank: ABC will air its Bernie Madoff miniseries Madoff on February 3 and 4 at 8/7c, the network announced Thursday.
The two-part event will follow the rise and crash of Madoff, played by Richard Dreyfuss (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), whose $65 billion Ponzi scheme was one of the largest financial scams in United States history.
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Per the official logline: “The miniseries explores the complicated family dynamics within the Madoff clan and exposes the motivations and mechanics behind the monumental fraud. »
“The Daily Show” did some fact checking on claims made by Republican candidates during the fourth Gop Presidential debate on Wednesday’s episode. Host Trevor Noah introduced senior political analyst Desi Lydic and the new segment “What the Actual Fact?” First up was Ben Carson, who claimed that the jobless rate has increased every time the minimum wage has been raised. “In the last 37 years, the number of jobless people has decreased four times after a raise in the minimum wage,” Lydic said. “I’m rating his statement as false, or as Dr. Ben Carson calls it, autobiographical.” Also Read: Fox Business Debate. »
- Joe Otterson
World War II ended 70 years ago, but its hold over the collective consciousness is such that in TV, it always seems to be springtime for Hitler. Yet the way that material is handled should give students of history pause, especially as commercial pressures reshape the landscape for nonfiction programming.
This month delivers a trio of programs that trade off the Nazi regime, starting with “Hunting Hitler,” an eight-part series that recently premiered on History. Built around once-classified documents, it pursues the question of whether Adolf Hitler might have somehow escaped his bunker and fled to South America, coming close to trivializing its subject by treating the aftermath of the Holocaust as if it were just another cold case.
History might not know much about history anymore, but Nazis are an accessory that never goes out of style. In what constitutes fortunate timing, the lower-profile Smithsonian Channel counters that bloated production with a mercifully spare one, »
- Brian Lowry
Many late-night shows dove into Tuesday’s Gop debate the next night; The Daily Show did it best. In an election-cycle segment called What The Actual Fact? the program showcased correspondent Desi Lydic fact-checking the Fox Business Network debate watched by nearly 14M. Ben Carson, when asked if he’d be in favor of raising the minimum wage to $15/hr, said every time we raise the minimum wage the number of jobless people increases. Lydic tossed on the screen a study… »
Read More: Watch: Trevor Noah Strikes Back Against 'Star Wars' Boycott of Intergalactic Affirmative Action On Tuesday night's "The Daily Show," Trevor Noah finally tackled Starbucks' removal of the Christmas design from their holiday cups, a controversy that has everyone up in arms — just so long as you define everyone as one insincere guy on the internet and whatever it is you call Donald Trump. After a random click bait king started the firestorm online, Trump picked up the bonkers baton, proposing a Starbucks boycott despite supposedly having "one of the most successful Starbucks" in Trump Tower. Trump valiantly insists that he is "speaking against himself," raising the philosophical question, "Does a moment of truth count if it occurs accidentally?" After Trump promises a presidency in which "We're all going to be saying 'Merry Christmas,'" Noah compares the events to the "most backwards Christmas movie ever." »
- Karen Brill
Read More: Watch: Trevor Noah Strikes Back Against 'Star Wars' Boycott of Intergalactic Affirmative Action On Tuesday night's "The Daily Show," Trevor Noah finally tackled Starbucks' removal of the Christmas design from their holiday cups, a controversy that has everyone up in arms — just so long as you define everyone as one insincere guy on the internet and whatever it is you call Donald Trump. After a random click bait king started the firestorm online, Trump picked up the bonkers baton, proposing a Starbucks boycott despite supposedly having "one of the most successful Starbucks" in Trump Tower. Trump valiantly insists that he is "speaking against himself," raising the philosophical question, "Does a moment of truth count if it occurs accidentally?" After Trump promises a presidency in which "We're all going to be saying 'Merry Christmas,'" Noah compares the events to the "most backwards Christmas movie ever."...
- Karen Brill
CBS is pulling the Enterprise out of storage. HBO landed one of the biggest free agents in showbiz. And NBCUniversal is trying to corner the market on hipster comedians.
As traditional TV networks dive into the Svod channels business, they’re feeling competitive pressure to make their streaming services something more than merely a new way to view their existing linear programming.
CBS and HBO are prepared to step up consumer marketing efforts next year for their broadband-only CBS All Access and HBO Now. So it is no surprise that both are loading on extra incentives to persuade viewers to open their wallets.
“Remember, Netflix itself, Hulu and Amazon also learned the hard way that they can’t just be catalog content from third parties,” said Joel Espelien, senior analyst for Dallas-based consulting firm Tdg Research. “If an Svod service doesn’t have the exclusive ‘wow’ show to draw subscribers, »
- Cynthia Littleton
If your Internet is working — which I assume it is, since you’re reading this — you’re probably aware of the growing (and totally ridiculous) controversy surrounding Starbucks’ new, not-Christmasy-enough holiday cups.
Trevor Noah is certainly aware of it, and like most of us, he thinks the whole thing is utter nonsense.
“The cups are red and green,” Noah said on Tuesday’s Daily Show. “That’s the color of Christmas. They didn’t make the cups red and green in honor »
Starbucks recently unveiled their new holiday cups, which feature a Christmas-friendly red and green color scheme. But the stark containers, now devoid of seasonal images like snowflakes and reindeer, are apparently not Christmas-y enough for Gop hopeful Donald Trump, who called out the coffee chain at a Monday rally in Springfield, Illinois. The Daily Show host Trevor Noah weighed in on the insanity during Tuesday's episode.
"I'm sorry, none of the usual Christmas markings?" he asks in the clip. "The cups are red and green – those are the colors of Christmas. »
With the runway show at bay, the Angels will play! After the Victoria's Secret Runway Show taping wrapped Tuesday night, the models joined a bevy of Hollywood celebrities, including Selena Gomez and The Daily Show's Trevor Noah at Tao Downtown in New York City to celebrate their latest run as the brand's famed winged beauties. While they stunned as they hit the runway in bejeweled intimates, the ladies carried their bombshell looks to the street, hitting the red carpet in equally impressive ensembles. New member to the club Kendall Jenner wowed in a bronze sheer draped floor-length gown with a high slit and down-to-there neckline. Another Vs newcomer, Gigi Hadid, posed laying a kiss on »
Updated with more information throughout: Scruffy Jon Stewart admitted he was looking rabbinical just a few months after going of the air from the Daily Show and riffed on Donald Trump, while Seth Meyers feinted with a few riffs on his newlywed status that would have fit comfortably in a 1950s nightclub act. But while the stand-up portion of Tuesday night’s ninth annual Stand Up for Heroes fundraiser (which also featured Ray Romano talking about masturbation and John… »
The Daily Show Correspondent Ronny Chieng, a native of Malaysia, spent the remote segment of Monday night’s episode by examining the state of the American voting system. Donned in a red-white-and-blue tall hat and flag, Chieng was prepared to celebrate the greatest country in the world with the greatest voting machines in the world… and was quickly met with disappointment. »
- J.D. Durkin
Satirist whose show took Egypt by storm says the seeds of subversive humour he helped plant will be nurtured by a generation who has grown up online
The Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef jokes that his compatriots joined the Arab spring revolt not because they wanted justice or democracy, but out of jealousy.
Related: Laughing in the face of danger: the state of satire in the Muslim world
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- Monica Tan
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