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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
NBC has added to its busy summer slate, pairing new comedies “Mr. Robinson” and “The Carmichael Show” for an hour block on Wednesday and scheduling eight more new and returning series that will premiere between Memorial Day and early August.
New alternative entries “The Island” and “I Can Do That” are the first newcomers to come aboard, and each will get a lead-in from “American Ninja Warrior,” which had been previously announced for a May 25 premiere date.
“The Island,” based on the hit Channel 4 U.K. series of the same name, sends 14 American men to a deserted island with only the clothes on their backs and minimal survival skills. The twist is that there will be no prizes, eliminations, winners or producers. The six-episode series comes from Endemol Shine North America and Bear Grylls Ventures and will air Mondays at 10 starting May 25.
One night later, on Tuesday at 10 p. »
- Rick Kissell
Chelsea Handler is very firmly not on Team Cosby. During a recent interview with Esquire for the mag's "Women & Men" issue, the comedienne shared that Bill Cosby once invited her up to his hotel room in Atlantic City, N.J. Handler, 40, was chatting with her fellow April 2015 cover star Nick Offerman and interviewer Scott Raab when the Cosby Show alum's name came up, prompting Raab to remark, "Poor guy." "What do you mean 'poor guy'?!" the Chelsea Lately alum replied. "Not poor guy — he tried [...] »
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” is coming back for more. Logo TV announced the Season 8 renewal on Friday.
Production on the new season begins today with a nationwide casting call to find the “fiercest queens across the land” to compete in the eighth drag race.
Currently in its seventh season, the competition series saw ratings for its most recent premiere increase 20% from the previous season and pulled in more viewers for its second episode back.
Ross Mathews (“Hello Ross,” “Chelsea Lately”) and Carson Kressley (“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”) joined Michelle Visage and RuPaul on the judges’ panel for Season 7, which welcomed celebrity guest judges including Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Jessica Alba, Kat Dennings, Alyssa Milano, Jordin Sparks, Mel B, Isaac Mizrahi, Michael Urie and Kathy Griffin.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Rizzotti, who spent nine years at E!, will oversee publicity for both entertainment news shows. He officially started in his new post earlier this month.
Most recently, Rizzotti was executive director of publicity at E!, and prior to that, he helped launch flagship series at the cable net, including “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” “Chelsea Lately” and “Fashion Police.”
Before joining E!, Rizzotti worked in publicity for six years at 20th Television, a division of Fox, where he oversaw the launches of “Good Day Live,” “On Air With Ryan Seacrest” and a host of other shows.
L.A.-based Rizzotti reports to John Wentworth, exec VP of communications at CBS TV Distribution.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Even before Apple unveiled it's heavily-anticipated new Dick Tracy wristwatch this week, the company gave HBO chief a platform to announce its new stand-alone streaming service, HBO Now, which will allow people who don't subscribe to HBO on their cable bills to stream HBO programming old and new, including the season of "Game of Thrones" that begins in April.
Exciting as that is, it's just one development in recent days that could change forever the way you watch TV.
Between the new HBO service, the changes happening at Netflix that will make its offerings more like conventional TV, and the ongoing carriage battles over which channels your cable provider is still willing to keep on its lineup, the wholesale migration of TV programming from your big flatscreen to your PC or mobile is apparently underway.
HBO Now is still very much an experiment. For the first three months, only Apple product users (that is, »
- Gary Susman
As you might of heard by now, Grace Helbig is getting her own TV show, and we've now learned a few crucial details about the project. E! has given the show the title Grace Helbig: Sorta Late Night, assigned it a Friday evening timeslot, and set April 3rd as its debut date.
In Grace Helbig: Sorta Late Night, which previously carried the working title The Grace Helbig Project, the YouTube star will interview her guests in unusual locales like moving cars and grocery stores. She will also host Internet-friendly segments where she and her guests will surf the web together.
E! has placed Sorta Late Night in the 10:30 Pm timeslot on Friday nights, directly after long-running pop culture roundup The Soup. That airtime is similar to the daily 11 Pm Est slot Chelsea Lately occupied during its seven season run on E! In the lead-up to her TV debut, »
- Sam Gutelle
Well here's one way to address a rumor head-on.
Chelsea Handler took to Twitter to post yet another topless picture of herself on Wednesday, in response to a recent Us Weekly report that she got a breast lift six months ago because she was "stressed about looking saggy."
The 40-year-old comedian denied having any surgery on her breasts in a hilarious Twitter post.
"Um ... there have been a lot of men who've touched my boobies, but not one of them has ever been a doctor," she tweeted.
Um...there have been a lot of men who've touched my boobies, but not one of them has ever been a doctor.
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) March 4, 2015
Photos: 15 Times Chelsea Handler Has Stripped Down
She then took it one step further by posting this topless picture of herself lying down.
"Here idiots. A totally sober portrayal of proof," she joked.
However, Chelsea's racy social media pics aren't exactly anything new. The »
Update: Chelsea just responded to the rumors via Twitter: Um...there have been a lot of men who've touched my boobies, but not one of them has ever been a doctor. — Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) March 4, 2015 Chelsea Handler has been flashing her boobs all over social media, but is she also showing off a recent breast lift?! According to Us Weekly, the 40-year-old star went under the knife six months ago because she was "stressed about looking saggy." Judging by the photos above, do you see a boost her in bust from her infamous "Chelsea Lately" shower scene in August (right) to her ski trip over the holidays (left)? Chelsea Handler Flashes Her Nipples at Mardi Gras with Sandra Bullock The comedienne showed off her goods during the finale of her E! talk show, when she stripped down in a hilarious sketch with Ellen DeGeneres. The sketch opened with shots of »
- tooFab Staff
Netflix shared its upcoming schedule for original series and stand-up comedy specials on Monday. “Orange Is the New Black” returns on June 12, while “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” hits the streaming service on July 17. On the stand-up comedy side, specials for Chris D’Elia (“Undateable”) and Jen Kirkman (“Chelsea Lately”) drop this spring. Also Read: ‘House of Cards': 19 Lives Destroyed by the Underwoods (Photos) Netflix’s announced schedule is as follows: Original Stand-up Comedy Specials “Chris D’Elia: Incorrigible” – April 17 “Jen Kirkman: I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)” – May 22 “What Happened, Miss »
- Tony Maglio
Chelsea Handler's breasts have made yet another Internet appearance. In celebration of Handler's 40th birthday on Wednesday, her pal Whitney Cummings upped the tally of topless photos of the comedian floating around social media. In a Tweet, Cummings and a barechested Handler are hugging each other - and the birthday girl is even copping a feel! "Happy birthday to the always elegant @ChelseaHandler. This is 40," the 2 Broke Girls creator, 32, captioned the R-rated image of the television host. This is the second sighting of a semi-naked Handler in less than two weeks. The star continued her tradition of toplessness »
- Jacqueline Andriakos, @jandriakos
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