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Fox Buys ‘Model Minorities’ Indian-American Comedy From Sanjay Shah & Jonathan Krisel With Penalty

Fox has given a script commitment with significant penalty to Model Minorities, a single-camera comedy from Fresh Off The Boat co-executive producer Sanjay Shah, Portlandia and Baskets co-creator, executive producer and director Jonathan Krisel and 20th Century Fox TV. Written by Shah, Model Minorities is a stereotype-busting comedy that follows a highly educated but struggling Indian-American who moves in with his uneducated, but rich, immigrant cousin. Shah will…
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Fred Armisen Joins Last Man on Earth

Fred Armisen Joins Last Man on Earth
Saturday Night Live alums and the apocalypse — two great tastes that go great together.

Fred Armisen is the latest SNL vet headed to Last Man on Earth for an arc, TVLine has learned exclusively. He’ll appear in a handful of Season 4 episodes as Karl, a survivor with an interesting past. (Our totally spitball guess: He’s Carol’s brother.)

Related2018 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?

The gig reunites Armisen with fellow Studio 8H vet Will Forte, aka Last Man‘s creator and titular leading man.

The Portlandia star is
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Steve Buscemi In, Owen Wilson Out as TBS' Daniel Radcliffe-Led Comedy Miracle Workers Recasts Co-Lead

Steve Buscemi In, Owen Wilson Out as TBS' Daniel Radcliffe-Led Comedy Miracle Workers Recasts Co-Lead
It seems God had a different plan for Miracle Workers.

TVLine has learned that TBS’ forthcoming heaven-set anthology comedy — starring Harry Potter himself Daniel Radcliffe as a dutiful angel — has recast the role of the Lord Almighty, with Boardwalk Empire‘s Steve Buscemi stepping in for Owen Wilson.

Last Spring, TBS handed a seven-episode order to the Lorne Michaels-produced series, which finds Radcliffe playing Craig, a low level angel responsible for handling all of humanity’s prayers. Buscemi will assume the role of Craig’s boss, God, who has pretty much checked out to focus on his favorite hobbies.
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Fred Armisen is the grandson of a dancer-turned-spy, and it’s blowing his mind in a Finding Your Roots exclusive

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Last January, Fred Armisen appeared on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, during which he told his former Saturday Night Live castmate about traveling to Japan to learn more about his paternal grandfather, the dancer and choreographer Masami Kuni. The Portlandia star mentioned that he was inspired to learn more about…

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TV Review: ‘Ghosted,’ Starring Adam Scott and Craig Robinson

TV Review: ‘Ghosted,’ Starring Adam Scott and Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson and Adam Scott star in this paranormal buddy-cop comedy about a mall security guard and a disgraced professor who are recruited by a shadowy government agency to investigate a mysterious disappearance. If that already sounds ridiculous, that’s the point; the sitcom is a lightweight spoof of science-fiction infosec thrillers that speeds through plot points at lightning speed.

The meat of the sitcom is in the relationship between Leeroy (Robinson) and Max (Scott), which brings two very different loners together in a shared mission. Leeroy, a former Lapd officer, left the force after his poor decision-making left his partner dead; Max isn’t a professor anymore because his full-throated belief that aliens abducted his wife. Scott, the better known of the pair, is an adorably goofy partner, but it’s Robinson that emerges as the show’s standout comedian, with delivery and emphasis that makes even the dumbest little jokes funny. Pilot
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Dave Franco talks becoming a toy ninja in The Lego Ninjago Movie

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Dave Franco talks becoming a toy ninja in The Lego Ninjago MovieDave Franco talks becoming a toy ninja in The Lego Ninjago MovieBob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine9/20/2017 10:00:00 Am

Dave Franco sits on a metal chair in a stripped-down Beverly Hills hotel room looking as happy as he can be. All that stuff you read about the actor’s infectious smile being the most winning in the business? Not fake news.

You won’t actually get to see that gregarious grin in Franco’s latest movie, however. In The Lego Ninjago Movie he merely provides the voice of animated brick boy Lloyd, a troubled teen who leads a squad of ninjas against the evil Garmadon who wants to destroy their ancient/modern/futuristic island city.

But even though you won’t get a gander at the 32-year-old star of Neighbors, 21 Jump Street and Now You See Me in the animated feature,
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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Breaks the Emmy Awards Streaming Barrier, One of Several Records Shattered This Year

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Breaks the Emmy Awards Streaming Barrier, One of Several Records Shattered This Year
The streaming TV biz passed the ultimate Emmy threshold on Sunday night, as Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” made history.

“Handmaid’s Tale” picked up the win for outstanding drama series, which represents the first time a streaming service had one won of the top Emmy series prizes. It was just four years ago, in 2013, that Netflix became the first streaming platform to win an Emmy, as “House of Cards” picked up a handful of victories.

“Streaming has arrived, and we’re here to say what a wonderful journey,” said “Handmaid’s Tale” executive producer Warren Littlefield. Added exec producer Bruce Miller: “The way Hulu handled our show, they were bold and behind us and committed to making something interesting.”

The fact that Hulu was the first to land a top Emmy series prize, rather than Netflix, is a bit surprising, as Netflix came into this year’s
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SNL Wins Best Variety Sketch Series for the Third Time

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SNL Wins Best Variety Sketch Series for the Third Time
This post originally appeared on Entertainment Weekly.

Live from New York, it’s this year’s Emmy winner for best variety sketch series.

Saturday Night Live won at Sunday night’s award ceremony, adding yet another trophy to its rapidly growing pile.

“I remember the first time we won this award, it was after our first season in 1976,” executive producer Lorne Michaels said during his acceptance speech, adding he remembered thinking no season could top that turbulent first year. “Turns out I was wrong.”

This year, the long-running sketch-comedy show tied Westworld for the year’s most nominations with 22 — earning
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Watch Larry David's Classic Gripes in New 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Trailer

Watch Larry David's Classic Gripes in New 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Trailer
In the six years since Curb Your Enthusiasm's last episode, Larry David's distaste for everyday minutiae has only sharpened. The hilarious new Season Nine trailer unfolds like a greatest hits package. The famous crank angrily slaps an almost-empty shampoo bottle, becomes outraged over a broken shoelace, gets into a verbal altercation with a judge and tells a sobbing woman at a funeral to "shut up."

In what could be the funniest scene, David bickers with an office employee (Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein) for taking two days off work for constipation.
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‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Trailer: Larry David Returns For Season 9 And Nothing Has Changed

There’s a new trailer for the ninth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm and by the looks of it, Larry David is still irritated with anything and everything around him. The forthcoming season of the popular HBO comedy not only sees the return of David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin, and J.B. Smoove but also guest spots featuring Bryan Cranston (playing David’s therapist), Portlandia‘s Carrie Brownstein, Jimmy Kimmel, Nick Offerman, Elizabeth Banks, Lauren Graham as well as Ted…
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Fred Armisen/Maya Rudolph Comedy Gets Series Order at Amazon

Fred Armisen/Maya Rudolph Comedy Gets Series Order at Amazon
Fred Armisen is relocating from Portlandia to Amazon — and reuniting with former Saturday Night Live costar Maya Rudolph.

RelatedZ: The Beginning of Everything Cancelled at Amazon, Reversing Season 2 Renewal

The streaming service has given a straight-to-series order to an as-yet-untitled comedy, created by Master of None‘s Alan Yang and 30 Rock‘s Matt Hubbard, Variety reports. Armisen and Rudolph will serve as executive producers on the half-hour project, alongside Yang, Hubbard, Dave Becky (Master of None) and Tim Sarkes (W/ Bob and David). A premise has not yet been disclosed.

In addition, Amazon has ordered to series Tong Wars,
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Rachel Bloom and Terry Crews will help Portlandia finish out its final season next year

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We’ve known for a while now that Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s IFC institution Portlandia would be coming to an end this year, finishing its run after eight seasons of gentle satire and bird-putting-on-ing things. But let it never be said that Portlandia didn’t go out on a high note, guest-star wise, with the…

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Portlandia: Eighth and Final Season Premieres in January on IFC

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It's the beginning of the end. IFC has announced the eighth and final season of its Portlandia TV show will premiere in the new year. The IFC release date is Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 10:00pm. Starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein -- who created the series with Jonathan Krisel -- the sketch comedy is set in and films around Portland, Oregon. When IFC renewed Portlandia for season eight, back in January of 2017, it announced it would be the final installment. As reported soon after, the good news is that while there are no definitive plans for a spinoff, Armisen has been tossing around ideas with Krisel. In the meantime, fans can look forward to Portlandia, season eight, which will feature guest stars including Rachel Bloom, John Corbett, Terry Crews, Jeff Goldblum, Rashida Jones, Kyle MacLachlan, John Mulaney and Nick Kroll, and
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‘Baroness Von Sketch Show’ Is the Best Sketch Show on American TV, and It Was Made by Four Canadian Women Over Forty

‘Baroness Von Sketch Show’ Is the Best Sketch Show on American TV, and It Was Made by Four Canadian Women Over Forty
For too long, American sketch comedy has been so dominated by “Saturday Night Live” that any other attempts at the form have seemed futile. The trick to not competing directly with the NBC behemoth seems to be to addressing a niche audience that is sorely underserved by the mainstream, such as Comedy Central’s “Key and Peele,” IFC’s “Portlandia,” and now, the brilliant “Baroness Von Sketch Show,” also on IFC. The network bought the series from the CBC, and has been airing the first two seasons for American audiences who are hungry for something different.

Now in the middle of its IFC run, “Baroness Von Sketch Show” is written and performed by Aurora Browne, Meredith MacNeill, Carolyn Taylor, and Jennifer Whalen. Browne, Taylor, and Whalen met at Second City in Toronto, and MacNeill is a classically trained actor who came to comedy after studying at Rada. While the show has a decidedly woman-centric bent,
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‘Baroness Von Sketch Show’ Is the Best Sketch Show on American TV, and It Was Made by Four Canadian Women Over Forty

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‘Baroness Von Sketch Show’ Is the Best Sketch Show on American TV, and It Was Made by Four Canadian Women Over Forty
For too long, American sketch comedy has been so dominated by “Saturday Night Live” that any other attempts at the form have seemed futile. The trick to not competing directly with the NBC behemoth seems to be to addressing a niche audience that is sorely underserved by the mainstream, such as Comedy Central’s “Key and Peele,” IFC’s “Portlandia,” and now, the brilliant “Baroness Von Sketch Show,” also on IFC. The network bought the series from the CBC, and has been airing the first two seasons for American audiences who are hungry for something different.

Now in the middle of its IFC run, “Baroness Von Sketch Show” is written and performed by Aurora Browne, Meredith MacNeill, Carolyn Taylor, and Jennifer Whalen. Browne, Taylor, and Whalen met at Second City in Toronto, and MacNeill is a classically trained actor who came to comedy after studying at Rada. While the show has a decidedly woman-centric bent,
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Carrie Brownstein

Carrie Brownstein is a Washington born, Portland based singer, songwriter, author and comedian. The award winning Brownstein is best known for her work on the Independent Channel’s comedy series “Portlandia”. From her Jewish roots to her punk rock band persona, Brownstein has been successful in any genre she touches. Here are 5 things you didn’t know about Carrie Brownstein. 1. Life before Portland Carrie Brownstein was born on September 27, 1974 in Seattle, Washington. She grew up in the suburb of Redmond with her mother (a teacher), father (an attorney), and her younger sister. When Carrie was 14 her parents

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Carrie Brownstein
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Previewing The Eighth and Final Season of Portlandia

IFC has had a strong comedy series since 2011 with the premiere of Portlandia, but that is soon to end with the coming season being its last. The final season is expected to hold the same sentiment of comedy as before, with many of Fred Armisen’s and Carrie Brownstein’s funniest friends featured as guest characters. While rumors of its end have been brewing for a while now, IFC considers Portlandia one of its best in its history. According to IFC President Jennifer Caserta, it is rare for a show to have such a lasting effect on the culture of an

Previewing The Eighth and Final Season of Portlandia
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Emmy Ballots Revealed: Producers and Writers Secretly Share The Reasons Behind Their Picks

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Emmy Ballots Revealed: Producers and Writers Secretly Share The Reasons Behind Their Picks
This may be the most unpredictable Emmy race in years, particularly on the drama side. “Stranger Things” and “Veep” lead the Emmy odds according to the prognosticators at Gold Derby, but don’t count out shows like “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Black-ish” and “Atlanta.” At least, that’s the takeaway from a handful of writers, producers and directors who agreed to anonymously share their Emmy ballots with IndieWire.

Not that this year’s picks were easy to make. “I watch a lot of TV,” said one writer. “And yet there is not a single category where I have seen every nominee. Seems impossible to judge — and crazy to think a winner is actually the best, rather than just the best of what most people have seen.”

That’s the high-class problem of Peak TV, and why outlets like HBO and Netflix spend handsomely on For Your Consideration campaigns. That’s
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Taylor Swift’s ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ Lyric Video Coproduced by ‘Detention’ Director Joseph Kahn — Watch

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Taylor Swift’s ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ Lyric Video Coproduced by ‘Detention’ Director Joseph Kahn — Watch
Taylor Swift’s new song “‘Look What You Made Me Do” is getting plenty of attention due to lyrics which may or may not air petty grievances with fellow millionaires, but behind the gossip is a nifty animated lyric video with an independent film connection. The clip, which debuted on August 24, was coproduced by Swift and music video mastermind Joseph Kahn, who has worked on some interesting film projects.

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Kahn made big waves online in 2015 with the short “Power/Rangers,” a violent fan film reimagining of the kids’ series, which starred James Van Der Beek. He also directed the primarily self-financed horror film “Detention,” which premiered at SXSW in 2011. But Kahn’s splashiest works are squarely in the music video world, where he’s helmed high-profile projects for Lady Gaga, Eminem, Katy Perry, and many, many more.
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Lorne Michaels Breaks the Record As the Emmys’ New Nominations King

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Lorne Michaels Breaks the Record As the Emmys’ New Nominations King
Saturday Night Live” executive producer Lorne Michaels has leapfrogged to the top of the Emmy nomination hill.

Now that the TV Academy has completed its producer vetting process and added those names to the final nomination tallies, Michaels has officially landed five nods this year. That gives him a lifetime total of 78 nominations, more than any other individual in Emmy history. (The Academy recently updated its summary of “most” Emmys to give Michaels the lead.)

This year’s tally pushes Michaels ahead of HBO documentary dynamo Shiela Nevins, who has 75, and camera operator Hector Ramirez (74). Ramirez had long been the Emmy nomination champ, but Nevins had been creeping up on him thanks to her documentary output. Last year, Nevins and Ramirez tied (at 74 a piece), and this year she scored one more nomination, pushing her ahead.

Read More:Why the Television Academy Could Benefit From Big ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘This Is Us
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