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The Year in TV: How Late-Night Hosts Became the Resistance

The Year in TV: How Late-Night Hosts Became the Resistance
In the world of late-night television, 2017's biggest media story was the fact that, after initial stumbles – and even rumors that he might get replaced – Stephen Colbert's much-hyped Late Show overtook Jimmy Fallon's seemingly invincible Tonight Show in the ratings. (NBC's boyish, game-loving host still has the advantage in the much-coveted 18-to-49 demo, but that lead keeps shrinking.) There were many reasons to cheer this news. From his time on The Daily Show to hosting The Colbert Report, Colbert has proved to be one of the best, most
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Kumail Nanjiani Admits ‘The Big Sick’ Was Even More Personal Than He Expected

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Kumail Nanjiani Admits ‘The Big Sick’ Was Even More Personal Than He Expected
Kumail Nanjiani is one of the six names in entertainment being celebrated at the inaugural IndieWire Honors on Nov. 2. He co-wrote “The Big Sick” with his wife Emily Gordon, basing the story on their own relationship. Nanjiani is also a standup comic and actor best known for his role on “Silicon Valley.”

One of the year’s most deeply personal films was accidentally a bit more personal than planned: It turns out that Kumail Nanjiani’s character’s name in “The Big Sick” wasn’t supposed to be Kumail Nanjiani.

“A huge misstep,” Nanjiani revealed to IndieWire. “Day 1 of shooting was a day where I had a name tag on, and I was like, ‘Oh, shit! Should have changed that last name!'”

Producer Judd Apatow had wanted the main characters of “The Big Sick” to be Kumail and Emily, matching with the real-life people who were telling a fictionalized
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Larry Wilmore developing Middle Eastern superhero comedy series!

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Larry Wilmore was always one of the funnier The Daily Show correspondents, and his The Nightly Show - which replaced The Colbert Report - was consistently biting and hilarious. It really is a shame that his show is no longer on the air, but it has freed him to help pursue a new superhero show on ABC about a Middle Eastern superhero. It is currently untitled, but here's the official synopsis: The untitled... Read More...
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'The Opposition With Jordan Klepper': TV Review

In the not-quite three years since Stephen Colbert ended The Colbert Report, the political and political comedy landscapes have been reconfigured by massive quakes.

We were so naive once: Six months after the final episode of Colbert's Fox News spoof, Jon Stewart called Donald Trump's presidential candidacy a comedic "gift from heaven" before abdicating his throne at The Daily Show. Trump's election has ushered in a new era in which Colbert's "truthiness" — or the belief in something because it feels true, whether evidence supports such a reality or not — has metastasized into fake news and the more conspiratorial-minded...
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‘The Opposition’: Jordan Klepper’s InfoWars Spoof is Already in Danger of Becoming One-Note

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‘The Opposition’: Jordan Klepper’s InfoWars Spoof is Already in Danger of Becoming One-Note
Usually, it’s a bit unrealistic to piece together what a comedy show is after only one episode. Especially in the world of late night, each successive half-hour brings host, writers, and assorted crew alike a chance to really drill down on a show’s strengths.

But “The Opposition,” the latest 11:30 slot-holder on Comedy Central, took its first episode as a chance to deliver what seemed like an effective mission statement for what this conspiracy-adjacent satire would be going forward. Not only did host Jordan Klepper take the opportunity to define some of the edges of this particular brand of late-night blowhard, he introduced the various members of his staff and doubled down on the logical loopholes that will theoretically provide most of the laughs as the show progresses.

In doing so, the show might not be the show at its funniest, but it did indirectly touch on the
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Watch Stephen Colbert's Hilarious Emmy Promos

Watch Stephen Colbert's Hilarious Emmy Promos
Stephen Colbert prepares for hacks and wardrobe malfunctions in two new promo clips for his stint as host of the 2017 Emmy Awards.

In the first video, The Late Show host goes to the utmost extremes to protect the names of the 2017 Emmy winners from cyber attacks. "I've had my assistant place all the envelopes in this giant safe," the comedian jokes before banging on the large lockbox. "You ok in there?" he asks his assistant, prompting a muffled, "No."

"Only a couple more weeks," Colbert cracks.

In the second promo,
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Larry Sherman, New York Actor and Onetime Donald Trump Publicist, Dies at 94

Character actor Larry Sherman, who also served as publicist for Donald Trump in the 1980s, died Aug. 26 in New York of natural causes. He was 94.

Sherman received degrees in theater and journalism from the University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill, kicking around Manhattan with some stage roles and bit parts before segueing into a successful career as a sports journalist. He covered the 1962 Rome Olympics, and wrote for The Herald Tribune and Newsday before landing at the Long Island Press, where he worked for 25 years.

When the newspaper folded in 1977, Sherman moved to Los Angeles to take a job as head writer for the game show “The Joker’s Wild.” When that program went dark, he moved back to New York looking for work. “He began calling on his friends, and it was a guy at the New York Times, I think, who said ‘I hear this guy Trump is looking for a guy to do
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'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Stephen Colbert ('The Late Show With Stephen Colbert')

"I wanted to change as a performer," Stephen Colbert says as we sit down in the offices of CBS' The Late Show, high above the Ed Sullivan Theater in Midtown Manhattan, on a "Pizza Tuesday" — a Tuesday when Colbert's staff is treated to pizza because The Late Show topped the previous week's ratings — and begin discussing why he agreed to say goodbye to "Stephen Colbert," a character he perfected over 20 years on Comedy Central's The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, in order to succeed David Letterman as the host of the Tiffany Network's late-night centerpiece. "I wanted...
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John Oliver jumps ahead of Samantha Bee in Emmy race for Best Variety Talk Series, according to Experts

John Oliver jumps ahead of Samantha Bee in Emmy race for Best Variety Talk Series, according to Experts
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” won the Emmy for Best Variety Talk Series in 2016, following a long period of dominance by “The Late Show with David Letterman” (1998-2002), “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” (2003,2012, 2015) and “The Colbert Report” (2013-2014). Knowing how prone this category has been to dynasties, can we expect […]
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Jordan Klepper Will Spoof Alt-Right Media With New Comedy Central Show

Comedy Central's new Daily Show counterpart is starting to take shape. On Tuesday, the network announced a title, premiere date and premise for the new Jordan Klepper vehicle.

The Opposition With Jordan Klepper joins the Comedy Central lineup on Monday, Sept. 25. And, as the name implies, it will be satirizing both the left and the right during the presently divisive political climate. Paying closer homage to past time slot heir The Colbert Report than The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore, a release for the project described it as a response to the "hyperbolic, conspiracy-laden noise machine that is the...
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Emmy race for Variety Talk Series too close to call between John Oliver, Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert

Emmy race for Variety Talk Series too close to call between John Oliver, Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” is the defending champion in the Emmy race for Best Variety Talk Series following a long reign by “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” (2003-2012, 2015). That was interrupted by a couple of wins for “The Colbert Report” (2013-2014), which might have continued if “Colbert Report” hadn’t ended at […]
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Peter Farrelly on Learning to Love TV, Plus His Big Move Into Feature Drama — With Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen

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Peter Farrelly on Learning to Love TV, Plus His Big Move Into Feature Drama — With Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen
There’s something about Peter Farrelly. The filmmaker, mostly known for feature comedies, is trying out a few new things this year.

Those shifts including separate moves into both television – where Farrelly and his brother Bob have rarely played – and dramatic film. At At&T’s Audience Network, Farrelly is behind the upcoming comedy “Loudermilk,” starring Ron Livingston as a cranky recovering alcoholic.

But Farrelly’s move into TV doesn’t mean he’s turning his back on the big screen. “I’m actually doing a film in the fall with Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali,” Farrelly told an audience at the Atx Television Festival, where “Loudermilk” was screening. “Green Book,” with Oscar winner Ali and Mortensen in the lead roles, is currently being prepped.

“It’s based on a thing that used to be called the ‘Negro Motorist’s Green Book,’ published from 1936 to 1966,” he said. “It was a
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Donald Trump Shakes Up the Emmy Talk Show Race, As Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, and Trevor Noah Get In The Game

Donald Trump Shakes Up the Emmy Talk Show Race, As Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, and Trevor Noah Get In The Game
As host of “The Apprentice,” one thing eluded Donald Trump: an Emmy. The fact that the Television Academy never awarded him one drove Trump — whom you might know is now the President of the United States of America — completely bonkers.

Trump wanted an Emmy bad enough that he went on the Hollywood campaign trail in 2008, taking trade newspaper reporters (including, um, this one) to lunch in an attempt to curry attention and grab a win for “The Apprentice.” But that was in the middle of “The Amazing Race’s” hot streak. Ultimately the closest Trump came to Emmy glory was singing the “Green Acres” theme with Megan Mullally on stage at the 2006 ceremony.

It’s a bit ironic, then, that Trump may play a hand in which shows are nominated — and ultimately win — this year’s Emmy for Outstanding Variety Talk Series.

Read More: ‘Daily Show’ Blow: 2016 Variety Talk
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‘Loudermilk’ Comedy Series Gets October Premiere On Audience Network

At&T Audience Network has set October 17 for the premiere of its new half-hour scripted comedy series Loudermilk. The series will air at 8:30 Pm on Audience via DirecTV, At&T U-verse and DirecTV Now. Created by writer-director Peter Farrelly (Dumb And Dumber, There's Something About Mary) and Emmy-winning scribe Bobby Mort (The Colbert Report), Loudermilk stars Ron Livingston as Sam Loudermilk, a recovering alcoholic and substance abuse counselor with an extremely bad…
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How Stephen Colbert Got Angry, Remade the Late Show and Finally Got to Be Himself

How Stephen Colbert Got Angry, Remade the Late Show and Finally Got to Be Himself
When The Late Show With Stephen Colbert premiered in 2015, it wasn't easy to watch Stephen Colbert not be "Stephen Colbert," the blissfully oblivious fauxservative host whose real politics were hiding in plain view but remained cleverly cloaked in the character's arrogant bluster. The man himself was still watchable, but it was one less voice going above and beyond to stick it to the media, politicians and whoever or whatever needed a dose of comeuppance. It seemed that the passing of the torch at The Daily Show and the end of The Colbert Report couldn't have come at a worse time for those who still wanted to consume their political content with a heaping side of...
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Stephen Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ Bloopers Are the Funniest Recurring Segment on TV

Stephen Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ Bloopers Are the Funniest Recurring Segment on TV
There’s a recurring segment on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” that’s just as good as anything else on TV.

It’s not the Big Furry Hat proclamations, stacked with one-liners about bizarre human behavior and dumb phrases people insist on using. It’s not Midnight Confessions, where Stephen Colbert “admits” to activities and thoughts that aren’t actually sins. And it’s not his nightly monologue, which, misguided phrasing aside, has angled closer and closer to the tightly constructed jabs of Colbert’s Comedy Central days.

All of those are solid, but the best “The Late Show” segment doesn’t have a name and it doesn’t happen on a regular basis.

It happens whenever Colbert stumbles over a joke.

Read More: TV’s Newest Late Night Hosts Need to Follow Trevor Noah’s Advice in Order to Survive

Colbert is a pro’s pro. Classically trained in the theater arts,
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Jeffrey Tambor Throws Shade at Mike Mignola Over ‘Hellboy’ Reboot Announcement

Jeffrey Tambor Throws Shade at Mike Mignola Over ‘Hellboy’ Reboot Announcement
On Monday, “Hellboy” creator Mike Mignola took to social media to announce that the film was getting an R-rated reboot, but original director and star Guillermo del Toro and Ron Perlman aren’t along for the ride. Instead, “The Descent” director Neil Marshall will helm the reboot of the dark fantasy superhero film, and “Stranger Things” actor David Harbour is being tapped to star in the title role.

Read More: ‘Hellboy’ Remake: Why Filmmakers Need to Say No to Pointless Reboots

Actor Jeffrey Tambor, who played Tom Manning, the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense director, in the the first two installments, is not too happy with Mignola’s decision to leave Del Toro and Perlman out of the project. “Mike: I may be [unavailable]… nice on the loyalty to Ron and Guillermo, btw,” the actor wrote in response to Mignola’s tweet making the announcement.

Back in 2014, during an appearance
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