7 items from 2015
- Showtime has announced that it will premiere "Jay Pharoah: Can I Be Me?" from standup comedian and impressionist Jay Pharoah, on Saturday, August 1st at 10 pm Et/Pt. This is Pharoah’s first hour-long comedy special from The Cutting Room in New York City, which weaves in his most popular celebrity impressions, and offers his comedic insight on relationships, family, music and pop culture. - Cornelius Smith Jr.’s has been upgraded to series regular on "Scandal," reprising his role as activist Marcus Walker in Season 5. - Janine Sherman Barrois ("Criminal Minds," "ER," "The Jamie Foxx Show," "The PJs," "Third »
- Tambay A. Obenson
- Showtime has announced that it will premiere "Jay Pharoah: Can I Be Me?" from standup comedian and impressionist Jay Pharoah, on Saturday, August 1st at 10 pm Et/Pt. This is Pharoah’s first hour-long comedy special from The Cutting Room in New York City, which weaves in his most popular celebrity impressions, and offers his comedic insight on relationships, family, music and pop culture. - Cornelius Smith Jr.’s has been upgraded to series regular on "Scandal," reprising his role as activist Marcus Walker in Season 5. - Janine Sherman Barrois ("Criminal Minds," "ER," "The Jamie Foxx Show," "The PJs," "Third Watch") has inked a new multi-year deal with Warner Bros. Television that will see her create and develop new drama and comedy series. - Rockmond Dunbar has booked a co-starring role opposite Aaron Paul and Michelle Monaghan in the Hulu original drama series "The Way," which is created by. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Exclusive: Former Criminal Minds executive producer/writer Janine Sherman Barrois has signed a new multi-year overall deal at Warner Bros. Television. Under the new pact, she will create and develop new drama and comedy series. The onetime ER executive producer is returning to Wbtv where she was a graduate of the Warner Bros. Writers' Workshop, which launched her run writing for comedies like The Jamie Foxx Show and The PJs before shifting to the drama side with a run as… »
Long before Larry Wilmore came under the tutelage of Jon Stewart and eventually landed his own late-night panel, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, he was just another comedian trying to make it in the TV biz.
The 53-year-old host’s earliest gigs including writing for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Sister, Sister, and the sketch comedy series, In Living Color. The latter featured a cast that included then unknowns, Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Lopez as a dancing ‘Fly Girl’.
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“I had no clue. Absolutely not,” Wilmore tells The New York Times when asked if he could have imagined how big Lopez or Foxx would become. “There was no way to predict that.”
“Not only J. Lo; I would never have guessed Jamie Foxx would win an Oscar,” Wilmore adds, noting Foxx’s Academy Award win for Best Actor a decade after leaving »
Our crew is hard at work covering the Sundance Film Festival. Here is the first batch of review with more to come.
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2015’s onslaught of television is fully under way, giving us plenty to discuss this week on the podcast. First we look at a full week in comedy, including the debut of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, the disappointingly brief return of Venture Bros., and the finale of Galavant. Then it’s time to talk genre and drama, including previews of Pivot’s new murder mystery series Fortitude and The Americans s3 and looks at the Backstrom pilot and Justified premiere. And did we mention we caught up with The 100? In a week? ‘Cause we did. Finally, in lieu of the DVD Shelf, Kate speaks with Emmy, Writers Guild, and Annie Award winner, and current writer for The Simpsons, Michael Price about his career as a television writer on series like What About Joan?, The PJs, and that ‘90s classic, Homeboys in Outer Space.
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- Kate Kulzick
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, »
7 items from 2015
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