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The race for the Emmys has officially begun. Voting for the TV Academy’s top honors is now open until June 26 — exclusively online for the first time ever — and ballots for all categories are available for viewing.
Variety perused some of the top categories to check out the inevitable oddities, including series left out of consideration (wherefore art thou, “Cougar Town”?) and key performers guaranteed not to get nominated because they’re not on the ballot (sorry, Max Greenfield).
– It was news when the TV Academy’s new attempt to define half-hours as comedies and hourlong series as dramas resulted in “Orange Is the New Black” moving to drama series contention this year. (Meanwhile “Glee” and “Shameless” stayed in comedy, along with newcomer “Jane the Virgin.”) But somehow hourlongs “Devious Maids” (Lifetime) and “Hart of Dixie” (the CW) wound up in the comedy category too, with no fanfare.
– “NCIS: La »
- Geoff Berkshire
With today's release of the Television Academy's 2015 Emmy Awards ballots, many shocking omissions and changes are among the entries. -Break- Where is "Chelsea Lately" or "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" in the race for Best Variety Talk Series? Having departed television months ago, neither is even making an attempt on the Emmy ballot this time. However, there's an interesting addition to the category, which we've reported on the past. Jerry Seinfeld has entered his web series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." In the comedy categories: "Saturday Night Live" makes the very surprising move of submitting none of their female guests hosts this year. Since the Best Comedy Guest Actress category started allowing variety contenders in 2009, "SNL" has had at least one nod every time (including wins for Tina Fey and Betty White). While several male guest »
With today's release of the Television Academy's 2015 Emmy Awards ballots, many shocking omissions and changes are among the entries. -Break- Past Emmy winner Jerry Seinfeld is taking a chance by entering the Best Variety Talk Series category with his online program "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." He has received nominations the past two years in the Special Class programming area, so will this move be a good one against perennials like "Colbert Report," "Daily Show with Jon Stewart," "Jimmy Kimmel Live," and "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"? One thing is for certain: he will not have to worry about "Chelsea Lately" or "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson." Having departed television months ago, neither is even making an attempt on the Emmy ballot this time. In the comedy categories: "Saturday Night Live" makes the very »
Cmt is giving you a great reason to stay up late; tonight is the premiere of The Josh Wolf Show. Comedian Josh Wolf, who is known for his recurring role on Chelsea Lately and host of Shark After Dark, and the Naked and Afraid after show Naked After Dark, will examine pop culture through his self-deprecating but overwhelmingly positive lens. The series airs four nights a week (Thursday through Sunday) beginning Thursday, June 11 at 11:00 – 11:30 p.m. Et/Pt. Wolf and I had a chat about his new gig and he’s bringing his easy to talk to energy and … Continue reading →
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- Kellie Freeze
Josh Wolf was hanging out in a recycling bin while dressed in a gorilla suit the other day, recording the escapade on a GoPro mobile camera. “I had to have sweat out at least seven pounds,” he recalled.
If things go well for the comedian, doing that kind of thing will seem like just another day at work. Getting gussied up like a great ape is just one of the many wacky escapades one might see Wolf attempt on “The Josh Wolf Show,” the latest entrant (and the first on Viacom-owned Cmt) into the increasingly crowded arena of wee-hours TV. The show debuts tonight at 11 p.m., and Wolf promised a steady spate of comedy he described as “intelligently stupid” along with a “show and tell” segment in which he might try anything – even actual jousting.
Everyone who mounts one of these programs must tilt a lance, of sorts. Latenight »
- Brian Steinberg
Time slots for late-night programming have seen a foreign invasion in the past year, thanks to Brits James Corden of CBS’ “The Late Late Show” and John Oliver‘ of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” to say nothing of introducing Jon Stewart‘s South African “Daily Show” successor, Trevor Noah. But America is throwing a native son into the mix, thanks to cable channel Cmt’s first foray into late night with “The Josh Wolf Show.” Wolf, a 45-year-old Massachusetts native and longtime standup comic, gained notoriety as a panelist on Chelsea Handler‘s defunct E! show “Chelsea Lately.” She now »
- Matt Donnelly
Chelsea Handler hit the beach with fellow comedian Josh Wolf in the Bahamas on Saturday, cooling off in the ocean in a tiny blue bikini with a white hat. Chelsea and Josh were in town to perform a stand-up show at the Atlantis Paradise Island during the Memorial Day weekend; Josh, who appeared as a recurring panelist on Chelsea's former late-night show, Chelsea Lately, opened for her performance. Seeing Chelsea's impressive body is nothing new for her fans, though she was decidedly more covered during her recent beach day than in many of her social media photos. The 40-year-old doesn't shy away from showing her boobs on Instagram - even while riding a horse - and most recently, Chelsea got cheeky by sporting a pair of bikini bottoms with Harry Styles's name printed on the back. Keep reading to see photos of Chelsea in the Bahamas. »
Like nearly everybody you see on "Jeopardy!", I'm obsessed. "Jeopardy!" is my oldest and strongest pop culture fixation, and at this point it stimulates a part of my brain that no Trivial Pursuit card -- even the ones from 1982 featuring obscure Kim Carnes factoids -- can reach. "Jeopardy!" is about speed, reflexes, trivia, and showing off. It is not civil. It is "Bad Girls Club" for nerds, and you better believe I wanted to bludgeon Ken Jennings with my knowledge of deserts and Best Pictures during his legendary win streak in 2004. So when I got the call to be a contestant on "Jeopardy!" in January of this year, I didn't panic. I snickered and purred like Cruella and awaited the bloodshed, and I didn't mind if the blood was my own. Part of being a true "Jeopardy!" fan is knowing that you can lose and lose hard. It's always incredibly »
- Louis Virtel
Todrick Hall, the YouTube star and onetime "American Idol" semifinalist, has a habit of producing unbelievable, gay-centric clips parodying Disney figures. His empire has grown, and now in the new video "Beauty and the Beat Boots" he brings us a slew of gay and gayish celebrity cameos and points out that, yes, Belle is a bit basic. Here are my favorite cameos (so far; I might find a few dozen more later) RuPaul. There he is at La's gay dance basilica The Abbey having no time for Belle's speech. Pit Crew! Away with us! Daniel Franzese of "Mean Girls" and "Looking." He's palling around with "Big Brother" alum Frankie Grande, who is really committed to that Burger King Kids Club look. Fortune Feimster. The onetime "Chelsea Lately" regular and standup star can be broadly funny or throw down a great one-liner. Ross Mathews: I feel like we haven't seen the "Hello, »
- Louis Virtel
Chelsea Handler has written five books filled with personal anecdotes and observations, so there’s very little about her that hasn’t already been dropped into the public arena. Even so, she can hold an audience rapt with a few tidbits from her personal journey from New Jersey teen to soon-to-be Netflix series host.
Handler held forth with Esquire writer-at-large Scott Raab last week at Hearst Corp. headquarters in New York as part of a series of talks held for the benefit of employees (Handler was also featured on the cover of a recent issue of the magazine) . She discussed her rocky start, waiting tables for about six or seven years before nabbing parts in shows like “The Practice”; her desire to challenge herself professionally; and the way she eats her favorite fruit. Below, a few highlights:
*She feels she’s much better suited for a talk show than the »
- Brian Steinberg
TheWrap is proud to announce that Chelsea Handler joins its first Power Women Breakfast in San Francisco as a featured speaker. Author, comedian, host and entrepreneur, Chelsea Handler is a trail-blazing artist in many domains, not least as the only female to break into the otherwise male-dominated late night arena. Handler is known for her multiplatform success as a talk show host, stand-up comedian and actress. As host of E!’s Chelsea Lately, Handler built one of the highest rated shows on the network. Handler is now busy preparing a set of four ground-breaking docu-comedy specials for Netflix that will launch in late 2015. A. »
- Sharon Waxman
May on Netflix brings more high-profile original series, including "Grace and Frankie," starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as two women who bond when their husbands -- Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen -- reveal they're gay and leave their wives to be together. It's from Marta Kauffman, the co-creator of "Friends."
Also new, the sci-fi mystery series "Between," in which a disease has wiped out everyone over 21. Unlike other Netflix series, "Between" will air a new episode every week for six weeks, beginning on May 21. Jennette McCurdy from "iCarly" stars.
Here's a full rundown of what's new on Netflix in May 2015, provided by Netflix. As always, all titles and dates are subject to change. We've also go you covered in terms of what's leaving Netflix in May 2015, in case you were wondering. »
- Sharon Knolle
Last week, in the wake of Eddie Huang's complaints that he felt ABC's "Fresh Off the Boat" was distorting and softening his childhood experiences, this column examined how hard it is for any biographical or autobiographical sitcom to be true to the life of its source and still be a crowd-pleasing primetime network entertainment. You'd think, after decades of trying, TV writers and network programming executives would be aware of this.
Nonetheless, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the networks have no fewer than ten such sitcom pilots in production, as the first episodes of potential 2015-16 primetime series. Some are based on the lives of already famous entertainers, some on the self-referential stand-up comedy routines of not-quite-famous comics, and some on memoirsts who've lived interesting lives.
Here's a rundown of these pilots, with a look at who these shows are about, who's starring in them, what the series might be like, »
- Gary Susman
Warning: This post contains a whole lotta booty! Chelsea Handler is at it again! The comedienne shared another sexy snapshot on Instagram on Monday, putting her bare butt on display during a barre workout with her dog, Chunk. "Kicking off Chunk's work week," she captioned the revealing photo, where she's standing in front of the mirror with one leg stretched to the side and over her pup's head. The 40-year-old star is wearing a black T-shirt and black capri pants -- but the leggings have been pulled down in the back to expose her derriere to the camera. In case you missed it, the former "Chelsea Lately" host has been testing the social media site's limits by posting scantily clad pics from all over the globe. Back in December, Handler exposed her breasts to her fans in a shirtless snap on the top of a snow-covered mountain. She also »
- tooFab Staff
Anne Hathaway just killed Miley’s “Wrecking Ball” on Lip Sync Battle, but did you know she has a hip-hop past? Hathaway busted out her own rap during an appearance on Conan in 2011 (“in the style of Lil Wayne“) — and she’s not the first actor to spit rhymes. Tom Hanks and Gwyneth Paltrow have each tried it (for better or for worse), and Brian Austin Green and Scott Caan have both had underwhelming music careers. See, the beauty of hearing actors rap is that you never truly know what you’re going to get. We’ve know what happens when rappers make the move to TV and film, but here are all of the stars you forgot tried to bust a rhyme for real.
Anne Hathaway‘s Paparazzi Rap, 2011
- Taylor Ferber
Who doesn’t love food trucks, drinking, and laughing? Be honest—you love at least one of those things. So if you’re in Los Angeles April 15, check out the media mash-up Super Serious Show at the Virgil on Santa Monica Boulevard! Created by comedy production company CleftClips and named one of the 10 best standup comedy shows in L.A. by La Weekly, the monthly event will feature laughs from the likes of T.J. Miller (“Silicon Valley”); Ian Karmel (“Chelsea Lately”); Morgan Jay, the 2012 winner of standup comedy competition Westside Showdown; Mike Lawrence (“Conan”); and Ucb Theatre alum Mo Welch, all against the backdrop of high–production value videos from Women, out of IFC’s Comedy Crib. Past Super Serious performers include Backstage cover star Amy Schumer, Aziz Ansari (“Parks and Recreation”), Bill Burr, Chris D’Elia (“Undateable”), Chris Kattan, David Cross (who just announced a Netflix original series with Bob Odenkirk), David Koechner, »
Cmt will launch a five-nights-a-week talk show and debut a scripted comedy starring Billy Ray Cyrus, the first time the Viacom-owned network has tried either format, as part of an ambitious effort to grow its audience.
“It’s the biggest, broadest attack we’ve ever mounted,” said Jayson Dinsmore, executive vice president of development for Cmt, in an interview. “If feels like we have a lot of avenues with which we can hopefully cume a much bigger audience over time.”
The new programming comes as Cmt met with mixed performance in 2014. The network was able to gain in the amount it charged distributors to run its programming, moving to 12 cents per subscriber per month compared with 11 cents in 2013, according to market-research firm SNL Kagan. Ad revenue at Cmt fell 3.1% to about $114.5 million in 2014, according to Kagan, compared with around $118.2 million in the previous year. Executives are hoping to make further »
- Brian Steinberg
Cmt is heading into the 2015-2016 season with five new original series, including a scripted series starring Billy Ray Cyrus, a reality show featuring American Idol favorite Kellie Pickler from Ryan Seacrest Productions, a limited series about the history of Nascar narrated by Dale Earnhardt Jr, and the network’s first late-night show starring former Chelsea Lately guest host Josh Wolf from producer Chelsea Handler. In addition, Cmt will return new seasons of Party Down So… »
Two funny ladies share their stories here . First, Eliza Coupe talks about her adventures in series TV (Happy Endings, Benched) and her delightful new indy film, The Last Time You Had Fun. Then, meet Sarah Colonna. She’s a stand up comic, TV writer (Chelsea Lately) and a NY Times best selling author about to hit the chart again with her new book, Has Anyone Seen My Pants.
We’re here just once this week, but right after the holiday we are back with a sneak peek at the new season of Ghost Asylum, shared by the guys who still have the goosebumps to prove it.
Be sure to follow us on Twitter @ThePointRadio. »
- Mike Raub
South African comedian and current The Daily Show correspondent Trevor Noah will be formally appointed today as the new host of the nightly show by Comedy Central, the New York Times is reporting. Noah will take over when current host Jon Stewart retires from the series.
Noah grew up in the Soweto township of Johannesburg, South Africa, with his mother suffering legal consequences for her marriage to Noah’s father, due to the differing colours of their skin. Noah began acting when he was 18, appearing on Isidingo, a South African soap opera, before segueing to hosting a variety of programs, from radio shows to reality competitions, culminating in his hosting the comedy talk show Tonight with Trevor Noah.
- Deepayan Sengupta
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