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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

9 October 2017 10:31 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

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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- Erik Adams

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

28 September 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

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 »

- Sonia Saraiya

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Dave Franco talks becoming a toy ninja in The Lego Ninjago Movie

20 September 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

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, »

- Bob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Breaks the Emmy Awards Streaming Barrier, One of Several Records Shattered This Year

17 September 2017 8:34 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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 »

- Michael Schneider

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SNL Wins Best Variety Sketch Series for the Third Time

17 September 2017 6:11 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

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 »

- Devan Coggan

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Watch Larry David's Classic Gripes in New 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Trailer

11 September 2017 6:17 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

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

10 September 2017 7:07 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

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

9 September 2017 7:20 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

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

7 September 2017 7:25 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

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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- William Hughes

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Portlandia: Eighth and Final Season Premieres in January on IFC

7 September 2017 5:45 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

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 »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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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

7 September 2017 11:44 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

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, »

- Jude Dry

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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

7 September 2017 11:44 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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, »

- Jude Dry

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Carrie Brownstein

4 September 2017 3:30 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

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

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- Nat Berman

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Previewing The Eighth and Final Season of Portlandia

1 September 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

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

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- Nat Berman

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Emmy Ballots Revealed: Producers and Writers Secretly Share The Reasons Behind Their Picks

29 August 2017 2:37 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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 »

- Michael Schneider

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Taylor Swift’s ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ Lyric Video Coproduced by ‘Detention’ Director Joseph Kahn — Watch

25 August 2017 7:20 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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.

Read More:Kanye West’s ‘Famous’ Video Debate: Celebrity, Warhol and Taylor Swift

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. »

- William Earl

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Lorne Michaels Breaks the Record As the Emmys’ New Nominations King

22 August 2017 12:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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 »

- Michael Schneider

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Final Season of ‘Portlandia’ Will Say ‘Oh, Hello’ to John Mulaney and Nick Kroll

19 August 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

It’s a damn shame, but the comedy sketch series Portlandia is coming to an end after being renewed for an eighth and final season on IFC. Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein have assembled a cavalcade of hilarious characters over the years, and they’ve brought some of their best comedian friends into the show with them […]

The post Final Season of ‘Portlandia’ Will Say ‘Oh, Hello’ to John Mulaney and Nick Kroll appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Exclusive: ‘Baroness von Sketch Show’ Co-Creator Carolyn Taylor Finds the Funny in Life's Absurdities

15 August 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Cult comedy Baroness von Sketch Show may already be on its second season in its native Canada, but U.S. audiences are getting the chance to catch up on all the laughs now that the show is airing on IFC.

With shows like Portlandia, The Birthday Boys and Comedy Bang! Bang!, the network has been a haven for quirky, creative sketch comedy, but Baroness is a welcome niche in the crowded field: four women over 40 skewering the absurdities of everyday life. Where many other sketch shows are wildly over-the-top or lean towards bonkers scenarios, actor-writers Carolyn Taylor, Aurora Browne, Jennifer Whalen and Meredith MacNeill take things far enough to be hilarious, but not so insane that scenes are unrelatable.

Related: Vanessa Bayer Leaving 'Saturday Night Live' After 7 Seasons

Et spoke by phone with Taylor, who was preparing to film season three in Toronto. The Just For Laughs alum was the mastermind who formed the sketch »

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Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson’s “2 Dope Queens” Coming to HBO

11 August 2017 8:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

The women of “2 Dope Queens”: Jessica Williams’ Instagram

Jessica Williams is coming back to HBO, and this time she’s toplining a project. The “Girls” guest star’s podcast with Phoebe Robinson, “2 Dope Queens,” is being adapted for the small screen. The premium cable network will air four hourlong specials based on the podcast, The Hollywood Reporter writes.

Launched in 2016, “2 Dope Queens” is a popular weekly podcast that sees Williams and Robinson (“I Love Dick”) chatting about subject matter as varied as race, hair journeys, and Billy Joel. Connie Britton (“Nashville”), Carrie Brownstein (“Portlandia”), and comedian Aparna Nancherla are among the guests to have joined Williams and Robinson on the podcast.

The HBO specials, which Williams and Robinson will exec produce alongside Chenoa Estrada (“Marc Maron: Thinky Pain”), are set to air in 2018.

Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson prove you can be hilarious and socially conscious at the same time,” said HBO programming president Casey Bloys. “We’re looking forward to bringing these very funny, talented women and their unique points of view to the HBO audience.”

“‘2 Dope Queens’ and HBO going half on a TV baby? A dream come true. The work wife and I are beyond thrilled that the formula we’ve perfected over the past four seasons of doing the podcast (Ignorance x Cocoa Butter + Comedic Honesty) is being brought to this network,” said Robinson.

Williams added, “We are so stoked to be partnering with HBO for these specials. Excited to add a couple more Khaleesis to the network!”

Best known for her stint as a “Daily Show” correspondent, Williams recently scored her first leading film role in “The Incredible Jessica James.” Released July 28 on Netflix, the comedy stars Williams as an aspiring playwright dealing with a recent breakup and returning to the dating scene.

Robinson’s credits include “Broad City” and “Ibiza,” an upcoming Netflix comedy about a woman (Gillian Jacobs, “Love”) who travels to Spain for business and has a life-changing experience. Vanessa Bayer (“Saturday Night Live”) and Robinson co-star.

Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson’s “2 Dope Queens” Coming to HBO was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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