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Even the smallest thing on Survivor can completely set you on the path towards elimination. John Rocker learned that the hard way after making a deal with Jeremy at Exile Island to help protect his wife. Once she was voted out by the tribe, Jeremy sought his revenge by revealing Rocker’s controversial past to his tribe. Then Natalie — whose twin sister Nadiya was also voted out by Rocker — let fly at the former pitcher after the immunity contest for both his performance in the challenges and his past comments in a 1999 Sports Illustrated article. And that was pretty much it for John Rocker. »
- Dalton Ross
Patton Oswalt, Amy Poehler, Sarah Silverman, Adrian Grenier, and Werner Herzog are among the more than 80 actors, directors, and academic and civic leaders who are collaborating on the digital series We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can't Afford to Miss. Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions and Morgan Spurlock’s Cinelan will produce the series of informative and entertaining films that tackle serious economic issues. “At its core, the vision of this project is to fuse artistry and storytelling with economic expertise to engage the public in a truly informed dialogue about the U.S. economy," says Carole Tomko, general »
- Jeff Labrecque
Stand-up comic Tommy Johnagin may soon have his own prime-time sitcom series.
The Last Comic Standing finalist has landed a half-hour pilot order from CBS. The “multi-camera”-style show from Warner Bros. TV is inspired by Johnagin’s own life as a standup comic raising a family in a small Midwest town. Johnagin will star in the project, and he’ll co-write it along with Justin Halpern (I Suck at Girls, $#*! My Dad Says) and his writing parter Patrick Schumacker (Surviving Jack). Executive producers include Halpern, Schumacker, Bill Lawrence and Jeff Ingold.
This fall another young standup, John Mulaney, is »
- James Hibberd
“Black-ish” opens strong The first major network black family sitcom in years held on to nearly all of “Modern Family’s” audience, coming in 2nd place for the night with 10.8 million viewers. meanwhile, “Survivor” returned up from last year. Kenan Thompson on the report of him leaving “SNL”: "You don't have to worry about stuff like that” "We need to worry about the premiere Saturday,” Thompson said on this morning’s “Today” show. "It's the 40th anniversary! That's what we need to focus on." “South Park's" skewered the Washington Redskins and the entire NFL Last night’s episode took shots at the Redskins name, Roger Goodell, all the NFL owners, especially Dallas Cowboys’ Jerry Jones. "South Park" even benched Rgiii from the promo and put in his backup, Kirk Cousins. Click Read Full Post For More “Duck Dynasty” is getting a video game Check out footage of the “Duck Dynasty” game, »
- Norman Weiss
NBC again edged ahead of its Big Four rivals in adults 18-49 last week, but Univision has made it two straight frames as the top-rated network overall in the key demo.
With its year-round slate of firstrun telenovelas, the Spanish-language Univision typically stacks up better relative to the major networks in the summer than during the traditional TV season. It won a couple of times last summer too.
The network is especially dominant among the younger 18-34 segment of the prime 18-49 demo, and has now won four consecutive weeks in this age group.
Discovery, meanwhile, led cable in key demos with its Shark Week — setting ratings records for the event in women 18-49, women 25-54 and adults 25-54. It also stood as the No. 1 network on all of television in men 18-49.
Overall, according to “live plus same-day” Nielsen estimates for the week of Aug. 11-17, Univision finished on »
- Rick Kissell
Well gang, we've arrived. Tonight is the two-hour finale of Last Comic Standing, where the winner of this televised shindig will be announced. I'll admit, I'm still pretty salty over Joe Machi being eliminated last week, but hopefully that won't tarnish my enjoyment tonight.
The narrator discusses our top three comedians in a hilarious way. Rod Man, Lachlan Patterson, and Nikki Carr are introduced wearing superhero capes and masks, soaring high on laughs and pressure. But first, remember how we started with 100 contestants and had a bunch of mentors? I'm sure priceless memories from the season will serve as great filler tonight.
Jb dances on stage like a robot, while stating that the word of the day is "finale!" Since this is the finale, the judges are introduced on stage. Keenen Ivory Wayans, Russell Peters, and Roseanne make their way into the audience to slap hands with audience members and give out hugs. »
Last Comic Standing season 8 is coming to a close tonight. There are only three comics left -- who will win? Is the answer obvious, or is the competition wide open?
We'll find out tonight, but I want to start off by talking about an injustice that occurred during last week's episode. The judges eliminated Joe Machi. Why did they make such a huge mistake? The way I saw it, he was already the winner weeks ago; it was just a matter of him still coming out and being a strong comic to warrant giving him the win at the end of the season. And he did that, so why was he cut? Even the contestants knew he was the biggest threat since they put him in the Head to Head Challenge multiple times -- and he won every time. »
Despite preemptions or delays due to preseason football, CBS’ “Big Brother” matched its season high on Thursday, an atypical night saw lower ratings for the other firstrun shows on the Big Four.
The major networks all had lower national clearances as a result of the NFL exhibition games, with “Big Brother” seen in 96% of the country (including delays that pushed it past 11 p.m. in some markets), NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” in 95%, and the ABC’s “Rookie Blue” in just 91%.
NBC and ABC also preempted their lineups for about 12 minutes at around 9:30 p.m. Et as President Obama told the nation that the U.S. has authorized limited airstrikes in Iraq.
Looking at the “live plus same-day” national estimates released Friday afternoon by Nielsen, CBS followed repeats of “The Big Bang Theory” (2.1 rating/8 share in adults 18-49, 8.32 million viewers overall) and “Mom” (1.8/7 in 18-49, 6.75 million viewers overall) with »
- Rick Kissell
Thursday, August 7, 2014 ratings -- New episodes: Big Brother, NY Med, The Quest, Welcome to Sweden, Last Comic Standing, and Gang Related. Specials: President Obama's address. Reruns: Hollywood Game Night, Sleepy Hollow, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, The Big Bang Theory, Mom, and Elementary.
Due to NFL coverage in various markets and the President's statement on the Iraq airstrikes, these numbers may significantly change in the finals.
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Fast National ratings for Thursday, August 7, 2014. A "Big Bang Theory" repeat and a new "Big Brother" led CBS' rout on Thursday night, though the network had NFL preemptions for 22 percent of the country, which probably helped more than a little. With preemptions or delays taking over such markets as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, CBS' numbers will certainly change -- "Mom" repeats tend not to do 2.0 key demo ratings -- but it probably won't matter in terms of the bottom line of Thursday rankings. Meanwhile, there were some positive grace notes to Thursday's ratings, with small bumps for "Gang Related," "Working the Engels." There are NFL-based reasons for those bumps as well and there may also be, I suppose, an NFL-based explanation for the flat numbers for "The Quest" and "Rookie Blue." The NFL ruins everything. These ratings are concussed. In addition, several networks had preemptions and »
- Daniel Fienberg
Oh my gosh, are we at the final four already? Was there some kind of elimination I totally missed? You guys got a recap last week, right? It's really true -- we're looking at our final four contestants, one who'll eventually receive the glorious title of Last Comic Standing.
We start the show with a few sweaty confessionals from our comedians: Lachlan Patterson, Nikki Carr, Joe Machi, and Rod Man. Not only will this episode be a competition for who gets the most laughs, but it'll be the episode that'll put three of our comics in the series finale next week.
Last year in Oklahoma a famous father-and-son team of storm chasers were heard screaming, “We’re going to die! We’re going to die!” on a Highway Patrol radio moments before they were indeed killed by one of the savage twisters they’d devoted their lives to following.
Storm chasers are single-minded in their pursuit of danger, willing to risk all for the thrill of the hunt, and in the new movie Into the Storm, Matt Walsh plays just such a character. He’s Pete, a TV reality star who endangers his crew when one of the biggest storms of all time hits the rural town of Silverton.
While the subject matter is serious, behind the scenes Walsh was dealing with a comedy of errors he couldn’t help but laugh at. In the film his fortress on wheels is Titus, a storm-proof tank that can roll its way through anything. »
- Staci Layne Wilson
Jay Leno returns to NBC on Thursday as the final mentor of its comedy talent show, Last Comic Standing. Photos Jay Leno's Final Days With 'The Tonight Show' The former Tonight Show host appears in the competition's "Title Round," during which the five remaining comics are surprised by host J.B. Smoove with a trip to Las Vegas to work with "one of the funniest comedians in the world." Leno is introduced by Wanda Sykes and is candidly asked questions about stand-up comedy. NBC notes that he answers them all, sharing personal stories and anecdotes about his experience as a comedian while
- Ashley Lee
Former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno will return to NBC this week to mentor comedians on “Last Comic Standing.” As the five final comics face off Thursday, Leno will provide counsel on the ins and out of stand-up. Host J.B. Smoove introduces Leno to the comics by telling them they're about to meet “one of the funniest comedians in the world.” Also read: Jay Leno Gets Animated for Disney Xd's ‘Phineas and Ferb’ (Exclusive Photo) Leno continued to perform standup regularly even while hosting “The Tonight Show” each night for two decades. NBC entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt has said he hopes Leno. »
- Tim Molloy
Leno will help the five finalists on the standup comedy competition show prepare for performances as the competitors are winnowed in advance of the Aug. 14 finale.
Leno signed off as host of “The Tonight Show” in February. He helped execute a gracious transition for his successor, Jimmy Fallon, but he also let it be known that he was surprised to have been nudged off the show while he was still No. 1 in latenight.
Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Russell Peters are judges on this summer’s incarnation of “Last Comic.” Series is hosted by Jb Smoove and exec produced by Wanda Sykes, Paige Hurwitz and Javier Winnik.
- Shelli Weinstein
Who is the roaster with the most-er? NBC’s Last Comic Standing asks that question this Thursday at 10/9c, and we’ve got a first look at one of the scorching sessions.
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With celebrity roastmaster general Jeff Ross serving as guest mentor, the six finalists will each take a run at comedian Gilbert Gottfried — a man not without myriad easy targets on his back. Here, Nikki Carr takes her best shots, mimicking the guest of honor’s vocal patterns to boot.
Who’s your pick to win this cycle of Last Comic? »
The 2014 Imagen Awards are set to honor a host of nominees across film and television for their positive portrayals of Latino culture on August 1, and now, they have a host. Comedienne Aida Rodriguez will take on emcee duties for the evening. Rodriguez was previously a contestant on NBC's “Last Comic Standing,” and will next appear on Fox's “Laughs.” Also read: Fred Armisen, Manny Coto and Daisy Fuentes to Be Honored at 2014 Imagen Awards This year's awards will see Fred Armisen receive the Norman Lear Writer's Award, “24” executive producer Manny Coto is set to accept Imagen's Creative Achievement Award, and former MTV. »
- Moira Johnston
HBO is adapting Broadway play All the Way as a movie. Bryan Cranston, who won a Tony for his portrayal as President Lyndon Johnson, will reprise his role. The story follow Johnson in the year after Kennedy‘s assassination.
Dermot Mulroney has signed up for a story arc on Shameless as Fiona‘s latest suitor. While he’ll play a new character, TVLine describes him as basically replacing the character that was played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
Former Daily Show showrunner Rory Albanese — who worked on the show for 14 years — is returning to Comedy Central’s late night lineup. He’ll be in charge of the upcoming Minority Report, the show that will replace The Colbert Report. That sounds like a pretty promising sign.
The Daily Beast says that Barbara Walters was “enthusiastic” about »
- Lyle Masaki
Right now, the semi-annual Television Critics Association tour — where the TV shows try to get that elusive media buzz that turns a show into a must-see — is assembling. Even though it isn’t set to debut until next year, there was a panel to discuss Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul, which included several revelations about the series. The series will be set in 2002, six years before Saul‘s first Breaking Bad appearance, when Saul was still Jimmy McGill. Meanwhile, Michael McKean‘s will be playing Jimmy/Saul’s brother.
And here’s the first pic of McKean as Saul’s brother.
AMC has ordered a martial arts drama, Badlands, based on a Chinese story, Journey to the West, about four »
- Lyle Masaki
NBC has cancelled Last Comic Standing twice in the past but have ended up reviving it each time. The series is performing pretty well for the peacock network this summer so they've renewed it for another season.
Airing on Thursday nights, Last Comic Standing is currently averaging a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 4.02 million viewers. It's the network's fourth-highest rated series this summer. The judges are Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans, and Russell Peters.
The network also renewed America's Got Talent and American Ninja Warrior.
What do you think? Have you been watching the latest iteration of Last Comic Standing? Should NBC make any changes for next year? »
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