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Below, you’ll find a list of HBO, Cinemax, Starz, and Showtime’s recent/current/upcoming scripted TV shows and their current status. To see a series’ ratings and how many episodes have aired (if any), click the links in the middle column (where available).
Shows covered include: The Affair, Ash Vs Evil Dead, Ballers, Banshee, Billions, Black Sails, Blunt Talk, The Brink, Codes of Conduct, The Comeback, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Da Vinci's Demons, Doll & Em, Episodes, Flesh and Bone, Game Of Thrones, Getting On, The Girlfriend Experience, Girls, Happyish, High Maintenance, Homeland, House Of Lies, The Knick, The Leftovers, Looking, Masters Of Sex, The Missing, The Newsroom, Nurse Jackie, Outcast, Outlander, Penny Dreadful, Power, Quarry, Ray Donovan, Shameless, Silicon Valley, Strike Back, Survivor's Remorse, Togetherness, True Detective, Twin Peaks, Veep, Vice Principals, Vinyl, Web Therapy, Westworld, The Young Pope, »
On Tuesday, five of the city's best comedy writers took the stage at the small Triad Theater on the upper west side as part of New York Comedy Festival. Alan Zweibel, ("SNL," "It's Garry Handling's Show," "Curb Your Enthusiasm”) moderated the panel, which included Andy Breckman ("SNL," "Monk"), Michelle Wolf ("Late Night with Seth Meyers”), Matt Roberts (“Late Show with David Letterman") and multi-hyphenate writer of screenplays, essays, novels and plays Delia Ephron. The panel represented a diverse group of comedic talents working in a range of forms, with aspects of their craft spanning across writing, producing and creating television shows, as well as films and novels. Read More: 7 Films That Get Serious About Stand-Up Comedy The panel's approach was light overall, making audiences laugh with their banter and tales of show business. Everyone involved was nonetheless eager to share their...
- Wil Barlow
On Tuesday, five of the city's best comedy writers took the stage at the small Triad Theater on the upper west side as part of New York Comedy Festival. Alan Zweibel, ("SNL," "It's Garry Handling's Show," "Curb Your Enthusiasm”) moderated the panel, which included Andy Breckman ("SNL," "Monk"), Michelle Wolf ("Late Night with Seth Meyers”), Matt Roberts (“Late Show with David Letterman") and multi-hyphenate writer of screenplays, essays, novels and plays Delia Ephron. The panel represented a diverse group of comedic talents working in a range of forms, with aspects of their craft spanning across writing, producing and creating television shows, as well as films and novels. Read More: 7 Films That Get Serious About Stand-Up Comedy The panel's approach was light overall, making audiences laugh with their banter and tales of show business. Everyone involved was nonetheless eager to share their »
- Wil Barlow
Peep Show, now airing its final series, is packed with precise, very funny writing that reflects unflattering truths about us all…
There’s a speech in Peep Show’s series nine opener that sums up the show’s comedic focus: the gap between the face we present to the world and our inner feelings. Talking to Mark, Jeremy confronts his friend’s essential hypocrisy. “I know you, Mark,” he says, “I know you like to pretend that you’re this stuffed shirt who reads incredibly boring books about dead people killing each other with bayonets and typhoid, but I know the truth.”
That truth, gleaned from years of friendship weaponised for this coup, is that Mark Corrigan isn’t, as he pretends to be, a rarefied type fascinated by nineteenth century arts movements, but instead “a pathetic human who likes Twirls and Downton and Bond and burgers. »
Fox has ordered “Son of Zorn,” a hybrid live-action/animated comedy starring Jason Sudeikis, Variety has learned. The series, from executive producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller (“The Last Man on Earth”), is set to debut during the 2016-2017 season.
Upon arriving home on Earth for the first time in 10 years, Zorn (voiced by Sudeikis), a fully animated, legendary warrior, discovers that reconnecting with his live-action son, Alan (Johnny Pemberton, “21 Jump Street”), and his ex-wife, Edie (Cheryl Hines, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”), while suffering through a mundane office job and the banality of suburban life, is harder than waging war in his distant homeland of Zephyria. Tim Meadows (“Saturday Night Live”) also stars.
“This is utterly unique – there has literally never been a show like this. And, of course, it is very, very funny,” said David Madden, entertainment president of Fox. “The fantastically talented duo of Phil Lord and Chris Miller »
- Debra Birnbaum
Fox has handed a series order to Son of Zorn, a live-action/animated hybrid comedy from Last Man on Earth duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller and voiced by Saturday Night Live vet (and recurring Last Man guest star) Jason Sudeikis.
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Here’s the out-there setup: Upon arriving home on Earth for the first time in 10 years, Zorn (Sudeikis), a fully animated, legendary warrior, finds that reconnecting with his live-action son, Alan (Johnny Pemberton, 21 Jump Street), and ex-wife, Edie (Cheryl Hines, Curb Your Enthusiasm »
Fox is doubling down on The Last Man on Earth duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The network on Tuesday announced that it has ordered the duo's live-action/animated hybrid comedy Son of Zorn to series. The comedy centers on animated warrior Zorn (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) who, upon arriving home on Earth for the first time in 10 years, finds that reconnecting with his live-action son, Alan (Johnny Pemberton, 21 Jump Street), and ex-wife, Edie (Cheryl Hines, Curb Your Enthusiasm), while suffering through a mundane office job and the banality of suburban life is harder than waging
- Lesley Goldberg
Donny Deutsch has never taken an acting lesson in his life and never studied improv or theater. Even so, he had two other things that served him well in his quest to star in his own TV show: a dream and $175,000 to fund his own trial episode.
Tonight, at 10:30 p.m., his new comedy,”Donny,” will debut on USA. Can anyone follow in his footsteps?
Deutsch, known in New York circles for the years he spent at the helm of an ad agency that bears his surname, thinks he has trained long and hard for his new role for decades. He transformed the agency into a powerhouse by always talking up its abilities no matter what sorts of naysayers he drew. A business book he wrote is titled “Often Wrong, Never In Doubt.” And his success at positioning his ad firm has given him plenty of practice for a TV berth, »
- Brian Steinberg
If you slogged through last night's Donald Trump–hosted Saturday Night Live, then you might recognize the look of total exhaustion and despair that Larry David — who stopped by to heckle the presidential candidate during his monologue and play Bernie Sanders in another sketch — exuded as he gathered for final bows with Trump at the end of the episode. In fact, there's something familiar about that face, something that you might have recognized before. Wait, what's that funny little tune you hear in your head? It all seems so painfully familiar ...Social-media personality Seinfeld2000 has found the answer. Yes, there is only one explanation for last night's SNL: We were all sucked into an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. »
- Jackson McHenry
Larry David just hit the jackpot for calling Donald Trump “a racist” on “Saturday Night Live.” While the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” creator probably doesn’t need the cash, he’s about to collect $5,000 courtesy of an immigrant rights group for heckling Donald Trump this weekend on “SNL.” “Trump’s a racist!” David shouted at the end of the Gop presidential candidate’s monologue. When asked by Trump why he was shouting, David answered, “I heard if I did that, they’d give me $5,000.” Also Read: Donald Trump Heckled by Larry David During 'SNL' Monologue (Video) The interruption was »
- Anita Bennett
Donald Trump hosted “Saturday Night Live” and nobody at the show except for Larry David called him a racist. So there’s that. Leading up to Saturday evening, the principal question hanging over the broadcast was whether the protests that had taken place outside NBC’s Rockefeller Center headquarters since the middle of this week would seep into studio 8H. Executive producer Lorne Michaels and the writing staff acknowledged as much with a gag at the tail end of Trump’s monologue, during which David — of “Seinfeld,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and now Bernie Sanders impression fame — shouted “Trump’s a racist. »
- Daniel Holloway
Let’s not make this post a referendum on whether or not NBC made the right decision in allowing Donald Trump to host Saturday Night Live — mainly because I’ve got another article planned for later tonight on that exact subject.
For now, let’s put aside our deeply held partisan beliefs — don’t laugh… it’s possible-ish! — and weigh in on whether the Republican presidential candidate/Celebrity Apprentice host/hairstyle cautionary tale can post a “Mission Accomplished” banner as a result of delivering genuine laughs with his opening monologue.
Related2016 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? »
Netflix’s newest series is a triumphant, joyful and very funny exploration of the way humans try to connect with each other – like a kinder Curb Your Enthusiasm
Aziz Ansari’s new comedy does not operate in the sitcom world. On Master of None, which is currently streaming all 1o episodes on Netflix, you will not find a wacky neighbour, a group of friends that spends every waking moment hanging out together, or an unimaginably large Manhattan apartment. Everyone has a proper job rather than being an architect or magazine editor, those professions that appear far more in network shows than they do in real life. Sure the main character, Dev (Ansari) is an actor – and we need another story about them like David Cameron needs a bacon sandwich – but this show is so real that Dev’s parents are played by Ansari’s actual parents.
It’s a huge »
- Brian Moylan
Designed as a vehicle for ad-man-turned-personality Donny Deutsch, “Donny!” wants to be “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and in terms of comedy series built around people who didn’t need one, comes a whole lot closer to “Emeril.” USA describes the show as “soft-scripted,” which is an insult to both writing and softness, given how blunt most of the jokes are. Other than Deutsch’s desire to demonstrate how he looks with his shirt off, which happens with unexpected frequency, it’s difficult to see what he, or USA, saw in this campaign, but the account should be put up for review.
Like “Curbed,” Deutsch is playing a tweaked (or really, more like torqued) version of himself, a megalomaniacal daytime talk-show host along the lines of “Dr. Phil.” The secret, naturally, is that Donny wouldn’t be able to do much of anything without his patient producer (Emily Tarver) spouting advice into his earpiece, »
- Brian Lowry
Donny Deutsch, TV’s rogue prince, satirizes the media in his soft-scripted comedy, Donny! premiering Tuesday on USA Network. The media mogul, author, former TV host, and current TV business commentator and general raconteur plays a hyper-fictionalized version of himself and casts a satirical eye on the media, wealth and modern romance. Deutsch calls the Curb Your Enthusiasm-like series “a real blurring of entertainment, news, talk, reality and advertising.” “My hero is Larry David,” he admits. “I think he set the tempo for this whole genre of television that’s somewhere between real and scripted. You watch his show and go, ‘Ok, … Continue reading →
The post Heeeeere’s Donny! Donny Deutsch Goes Off-Script In His New Comedy appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Kellie Freeze
Stardust has fallen on showrunners. A-listers like Shonda Rhimes, Vince Gilligan, Ryan Murphy, Carlton Cuse and Kurt Sutter have become celebrities in their own right thanks to the emergence of superfans of all things TV. Larry David ranks as the trailblazer of the trend with his transition from “Seinfeld” boss to “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star.
But the new batch of showrunner-fronted shows is sure giving plenty of hard-working exec producers inspiration. Veteran comedy writer Ken Levine recently did a stretch as a host for TCM. He let it be known via his By Ken Levine blog that he’s ready to take meetings. “I could host a talk show, a game show … debate politicians and idiots … or do whatever it is that Kelly Ripa does,” Levine quipped.
Here are a few more showrunners who are breaking the fourth wall and getting their own shows.
Host of “Great Minds, »
- Cynthia Littleton
Returning to the same stage where he brought his acerbic sense of humor to Hollywood, Ricky Gervais has been named host of the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards, set for Jan. 10, 2016 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The three-hour ceremony serves as the official kick-off to awards season and will be aired live coast to coast from 8-11 p.m. Et on NBC. Here's what NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt had to say in a statement.
"We're excited to have Ricky Gervais back to host the most enjoyable awards show of the season in his own inimitable way. Disarming and surprising, Ricky is ready to honor - and send up - the best work of the year in film and television. Fasten your seats belts."
Gervais hosted the Golden Globes for three consecutive years (2010-12) when the network registered ratings gains from the previous two telecasts. Over that 2010-12 span, the »
Phil McGraw, host of the daytime talk show “Dr. Phil,” will guest star on an upcoming episode of Fox’s “Grandfathered.” The host will appear in the Nov. 3 episode as Dr. Bateman, the first doctor visited by John Stamos‘ Jimmy in more than 20 years. The host has appeared on other scripted television shows including “The Simpsons,” “NCIS” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” most often playing a version of himself. McGraw also serves as host of “Dr. Phil,” the No. 1 rated syndicated talk show. Also Read: Dr. Phil Extends Deal With CBS Through 2020 “Grandfathered” stars Stamos as a bachelor whose life is turned upside. »
- Reid Nakamura
Earlier this week, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” creator Larry David sent social media into a frenzy over his impression of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders during the first Democratic presidential debate Oct. 13. The tradition of impersonating political figures is a long one, and we’ve rounded up some of our favorites! First up, the most recent “SNL” political skit starring some of the show’s staple actors. Taran Killam as Martin O’Malley; Kyle Mooney as Lincoln Chafee; Alec Baldwin as Jim Webb; Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton; and David as SandersThe rug was lifted on what everyone watching the first Democratic presidential debate was thinking: From Clinton’s (entirely too) well-rehearsed responses to Webb’s assertion that he indeed did serve in the Vietnam War, all the way to Sanders’ exclamation that the American people are tired of “hearing about those damn emails,” “SNL” hit all the markers. Jason Sudeikis as »
Bernie Sanders thinks Larry David‘s impression of him on “Saturday Night Live” last weekend was on point, and returned the favor while appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Wednesday. “I thought it was pretty, pretty, pretty good!” the democratic candidate said in his best David voice. The line is one of the actor’s most well-known catchphrases from his HBO show, “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” David played Sanders during an “SNL” sketch mocking the first Democratic presidential debate, with Kate McKinnon playing Hillary Clinton and Alec Baldwin playing the role of Jim Webb. Also Read: James Woods Slams Bernie Sanders »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
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