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John Oliver will be leaving The Daily Show to host an HBO show focused on mixing comedy and news as Oliver will get to mock the week on Sunday nights. (Does this mean he’ll air after The Newsroom? That should be a fun combination.) For you Daily Show fans who hoped Oliver’s guest-hosting run would lead to something bigger, how do you feel about it happening away from Comedy Central?
Last night, @Midnight wrapped a four-week trial run. That won’t be the end of the late night panel/quiz show, as Comedy Central has renewed the series for an additional forty weeks, as reported by Deadline. The bad news: new episodes don’t return until next year.
And yet, I’m not sure if I think we’ve achieved Chris Hardwick oversaturation on TV.
NBC has ordered 12 episodes of Working the Engels, a first-time co-production between U. »
- Lyle Masaki
Last Comic Standing will laugh another day.
The long-shelved competition series is slated to return NBC this summer, with funnylady Wanda Sykes attached to executive produce.
Related | 2014 Renewal Scorecard
After bowing in 2003, Standing aired on-and-off — and was even cancelled and revived — through 2010.
NBC has yet to name a host for the series’ eighth cycle.
Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…
• NBC has given the green light to Working the Engels, a 12-episode comedy following a family that bands together after their father passes away and leaves them in debt. Andrea Martin (Sctv), Kacey Rohl (Hannibal), Azura Skye »
- Megan Masters
PBS has renewed Tavis Smiley for two more seasons. Hosted by Smiley, the late night talk show runs on weeknights and began in January of 2004.
The half-hour program is a production of The Smiley Group and New York station Wnet, with major funding from Wal-Mart. The host is also heard on public radio’s The Tavis Smiley Show and Smiley & West (with Cornel West).
What do you think? Do you watch the Tavis Smiley TV show? How does it compare to other talk shows? »
Though fans are sometimes divisive on his work, J.J. Abrams is considered one of the greatest innovators in Hollywood today. From putting his stamp on "Lost" to "Cloverfield" to "Star Trek" and now "Star Wars" and Fox's upcoming show "Almost Human," he's been testing new waters for a while.
During an interview on "Tavis Smiley," Abrams acknowledges that the term "innovation" can sometimes have its pitfalls. He is candid about what he and everyone else at Bad Robot try to avoid when developing new projects, like his recently released interactive novel "S."
"We live in a moment in films, for example, where you can do anything. Where you can just see anything, show anything. I think that's cool and great, but there's a certain inauthentic quality sometimes that comes with that, where you feel like the ability to sort of do anything ultimately leads to sometimes an empty spectacle," he says. »
"I wanted to put the debate on the map," says director Steve McQueen, who is throwing "12 Years a Slave" into the national conversation in a big way. He was aided by producers Brad Pitt and Dede Gardner, screenwriter John Ridley, frequent collaborator Michael Fassbender, fellow Brits Chiwetel Ejiofor and Benedict Cumberbatch, and distributor Fox Searchlight. After he was seeking a story about a free man who becomes a slave, to fill a hole in the canon of cinema, his wife found the Solomon Northup memoir, published in 1853--when it was eclipsed by the previous year's bestseller "Uncle Tom's Cabin." McQueen was shocked that not only had he never heard of it--nobody else had either. Doing that as a film was "a no-brainer," he tells Tavis Smiley, below. "It had to be done...I wanted to hold the camera up and say, 'look at this..cause a debate.'" As for »
- Anne Thompson
On Tuesday night, CNN’s Erin Burnett asked liberal radio and PBS host Tavis Smiley whether he believed President Barack Obama was correct to tell United Nations General Assembly that he believed the United States was an exceptional nation. Smiley did not. He said that the nation threatens to “implode” unless the wealth gap “between the rich and the rest of us” is erased »
- Noah Rothman
"The Arsenio Hall Show" announced its production team on Monday, revealing a roster that draws heavily on former collaborators on the original "The Arsenio Hall" and alumnae from PBS's "Tavis Smiley." Claudia Cagan, a talent executive on the original "The Arsenio Hall Show," will serve as senior talent producer for the upcoming syndicated show. Former "Arsenio Hall Show" senior talent coordinator Makiko Ushiyama is coming back aboard as producer for Hall's latest TV endeavor. See video: 'Arsenio Hall Show' Promo: The Dog Pound Woofs Again Cagan and Ushiyama most recently worked at E! »
- Tim Kenneally
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce first began giving commemorative stars to celebrities back in 1958.
Photo gallery - Helen Mirren's Walk Of Fame induction: »
Nice! The Hollywood Walk of Fame committee announced its 2014 honorees in a ceremony today featuring Jennifer Lopez, who received a star. The latest group of entertainers whose names will grace Hollywood Boulevard includes Giancarlo Esposito and Tavis Smiley for their achievements in television, as well as a posthumous honor for Tupac Shakur in recording. Legendary songwriting/producing team Holland-Dozier-Holland were also honored in music. Of note, there were no black honorees in film. Rounding out the honorees to receive stars in 2014 are Orlando Bloom, Ray Dolby, Sally Field, Jack Harris, Jessica Lange, Matthew McConaughey, Liam Neeson, Paul Mazursky and Tom Sherak for film; »
- Jai Tiggett
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Man of Steel, Justice League, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: The Dark World, The Avengers 2, Kick-Ass 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Wolverine, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel, Ultimate Spider-Man, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Teen Titans Go!, Young Justice and more...
Well here we are, the penultimate Week in Spandex (sorry Mr. Byrne) before Superman returns to the big screen courtesy of director Zack Snyder, producer Christopher Nolan and star Henry Cavill in the hugely-anticipated reboot Man of Steel - and boy, is Warner Bros. making sure we know all about it. Not only has this week brought us a stunning, action-packed fifth trailer [which we have for you here, if for some bizarre reason you haven't already seen it], but the studio's marketing department has been working overtime to deliver a stream »
- Flickering Myth
Talk about iconic! The one and only Prince preformed and was honored at the Billboard Awards on May 19.
If anyone deserves the Billboard Icon Award, it’s Prince! At the Billboard Music Awards, the talented star put on a super sexy performance of “Let’s Go Crazy” and “Fix Ur Life Up” at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Prince Receives Billboard Icon Award
The seven-time Grammy Award winner is extremely grateful for his fans.
He said in a recent interview to Tavis Smiley:
I think from the beginning, as I was coming into my own persona and understanding of who I was, I never talked down to my audience. When you don’t talk down to your audience, »
- Emily Longeretta
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Good morning, Brewbies! With the season four premiere of Pretty Little Liars just three weeks away, ABC Family has started raining down promo clips. Yesterday, they dropped three new teases, including an amazing one in which Hanna and Emily get into a squabble about Hanna and Mona. Poor ol' Hanna had no idea what kind of drama she was in for when she started accepting PinkDrinks.
Also, guess who's back this year?
I'm never not going to think of Maya when I see that porch.
Gallup just finished analyzing their annual Values and Beliefs poll, and it turns out more people than ever before are pretty sure you were born this way. In fact, the gap between people who think being gay is more nature than nurture is wider than it ever has been on the pro-gay side of things.
Other interesting »
Perhaps new Pope Francis' widely-praised humility is spreading: Italian superstar tenor Andrea Bocelli made an unannounced singing appearance Sunday during an Easter mass in little old Miami Beach.
As first reported by Miami New Times, the 54-year-old opera legend "crashed" mass at St. Patrick Catholic Church, surprising parishioners when he stood up to sing -- and sending congregants to their smart phones.
Archdiocese spokeswoman Mary Ross Agusta confirmed that ensuing videos popping up on YouTube were not an early April Fool's joke: "He did sing during communion -- it was unexpected," she wrote. "Andre Bocelli was attending Mass and asked just before Mass if he could sing. He sang Panis Angelicus."
Bocelli, who has been blind since the age of 12, is reportedly the greatest-selling classical artist of all time, with hits including the charts beheamoth "Time To Say Goodbye.." Might St. Patrick's expect regular pop-up performances? Though he declined to name the town, »
- Janie Campbell
Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. is appealing to triple homicide suspect Christopher Dorner to surrender, telling CBS Los Angeles he would be happy to meet the fugitive himself. Or, he says, Dorner could turn himself in to one of Jackson's friends in the La area -- like Tavis Smiley or Stevie Wonder.
Dorner is the subject of a massive manhunt in Los Angeles' Big Bear Lake area that has officers from multiple agencies searching through snowy mountains in 12-hour shifts. He is wanted in connection with a double-homicide, as well as three police officer shootings, one of which was fatal.
After being fired from the Lapd for making false accusations against another officer, Dorner issued a manifesto, pledging to "bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in the Lapd uniform." He also sent a package containing a note, a DVD and a coin with a bullet hole in it to CNN's Anderson Cooper. »
14 items from 2013
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