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Comedy Central Renews Chris Hardwick’s ‘@midnight’

11 August 2014 9:20 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“@midnght,” host Chris Hardwick’s popular weeknight panel show that famously mixes the best of what both social media and improv comedy have to offer, has been given a second season order at Comedy Central.

The show became a ratings hit — especially with younger viewers — by maintaining high social engagements through crowdsourcing campaigns like the Twitter-focused #HashtagWars and including edgier comedic guest panelists like Ron Funches and Natasha Leggero.

“People always ask me when ‘@midnight’ airs,” Kent Alterman, Comedy Central’s president of content development and original programming (possibly) joked when he made the announcement.

Hardwick, a comedian and former host of the MTV dating show “Singled Out” who grew in popularity through channels like his Nerdist podcasts before partnering with AMC on postmortem talk shows for their fan-favorited “The Walking Dead” and “Breaking Bad,” said “’@midnight’ has been an absolute dream come true for me — a game show of »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Jonah Hill Can't Stop Telling His Hilarious Morgan Freeman Story

27 May 2014 9:40 AM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

During an appearance on The Graham Norton Show on Friday, Jonah Hill was asked about his awkward encounter with Morgan Freeman from a few years back, and the actor got big laughs when he retold the story. Jonah shared the memory alongside the show's other two guests, Channing Tatum and Julie Andrews, and the group cracked up as he explained what happened when he found himself sitting in the car with Morgan for three days. Watch the hilarious moment above, then check out the video below to see Jonah tell the same exact story on Lopez Tonight in 2010. »

- Laura Marie Meyers

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TBS cancels 'The Pete Holmes Show'

23 May 2014 10:53 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

Conan O’Brien received three extra years of job security from TBS last week, but Pete Holmes wasn’t so lucky today. The network has canceled his late-night talk show, EW has confirmed.

The Pete Holmes Show, which began its second cycle of episodes in February, will air its final installment in the post-Conan midnight slot on June 19. The half-hour series, which is executive produced by O’Brien and debuted last fall, features an emphasis on sketch comedy and a monologue that traffics in personal anecdotes rather than topical jokes. TBS said in a statement: “We recognize Pete as »

- Dan Snierson

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FX sets premiere date for 'Saint George,' starring George Lopez as George Lopez

27 January 2014 10:37 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

George Lopez will once again be a TV leading man in the new FX original series Saint George, which will premiere March 6 at 9 p.m. Et.

The half-hour, multi-camera ensemble comedy stars George Lopez as George Lopez, a newly divorced working man-turned-entrepreneur who balances the clashing culture of his all-American ex-wife (Justified’s Jenn Lyon) with that of his overbearing Mexican-American mother (In the Heights’ Olga Merediz).

Also in the mix are George’s 11-year-old son Harper (Kaden Gibson), his freeloading uncle (Danny Trejo) and cousin (David Zayas), and a “tough and sexy” assistant principal (Diana Maria Riva) who supervises »

- Marc Snetiker

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5 Things You Don't Know About Cameron Diaz

6 January 2014 12:34 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

She just opened up about to Et about her views on undergoing Botox treatments and recently published her own nutrition and fitness book. Here are five things you may not know about Cameron Diaz.

1. Born in San Diego and raised in Long Beach, CA -- she went to the same high school as rapper Snoop Dog, whom she described as tall, skinny student with ponytails. "I'm pretty sure I bought weed from him," she told George Lopez on Lopez Tonight.

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2. Graduated from Long Beach Polytechnic (Poly) High School (Class of 1990) and was a member of the school's "Polyettes" drill team

3.  Her father, Emilio Diaz, appeared in her 1998 movie There's Something About Mary as a "Jailbird."

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4. Became only the second actress to join the $20 million movie club after Julia Roberts. The role that pushed her over the top was when she signed for $20 to star in the »

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