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Carol Burnett Disses Modern Broadcast TV: ‘There Are Just Too Many Cooks Now’

Carol Burnett Disses Modern Broadcast TV: ‘There Are Just Too Many Cooks Now’
Carol Burnett becomes the latest great from TV’s past to enter the world of streaming on Friday with the debut of her Netflix series “A Little Help With Carol Burnett,” and the 85-year-old actress told Vulture that she prefers the streaming world to broadcast television these days, saying “there are just too many cooks now.”

A Little Help” will see Burnett and her co-host, comedian Russell Peters, work with a group of kids to help solve the problems of celebrities including Billy Eichner, Taraji P. Henson and Mark Cuban. The show marks Burnett’s first regular return to television since CBS’ ill-fated attempt at reviving her variety series “The Carol Burnett Show” in the early 1990s. Since then, Burnett had appeared in guest spots on a handful of series including “Glee,” “Hawaii Five-o” and “Hot in Cleveland.”

So why did Burnett decide to return to the television format, particularly on streaming? Burnett told Vulture that working with Netflix reminded her of the early days of TV, where network executives weren’t as involved in the making of the shows.

Also Read: Carol Burnett Receives First-Ever Peabody Career Achievement Award

“I liked it, because they stayed away,” she said of Netflix. “When I was doing my show back in the covered-wagon days, they didn’t even want to read a script.” She added that executives such as CBS’ William Paley would leave her alone. “But a lot of the networks now, they’ve got an army of people coming to comment and tell you how you should change something, and it’s very bothersome to me.”

Burnett said that shooting guest spots on a 22-minute sitcom would take up to five hours, “because everybody, after every scene, there were all these writers and network people saying ‘Oh, no. Change that line.'”

Netflix has winning over the creative community lately, luring big time TV showrunners like Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes away from broadcast television.

Also Read: Why Ryan Murphy Joined the Netflix Revolution (Analysis)

Burnett is just the latest to praise Netflix’s hands-off approach. “They had some notes and suggestions when we were casting, and then afterwards, they left us alone,” she added.

Read the full interview with Vulture here.

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Interview: Clancy Brown Talks Supercon, Buckaroo Banzai and '80s Nostalgia

Zak Knutson’s Supercon is a caper comedy set around the world of the fan conventions, in which a group of not incredibly successful actors and comic book artists get fired from the titular con and decide to get even by stealing the money that belongs to the con’s boss and to a former star who is actually just a jerk. Clancy Brown plays the film’s main antagonist Adam King, an actor who is quite full of himself. Once he arrives at the convention, he charges the fans huge amounts of money for a photo or an autograph, bullies his ex TV co-star Keith Mahar (Russell Peters), and in general just acts like an arrogant, greedy prick who evidently doesn’t care at all about pop culture...

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Supercon: In This Exclusive Clip The Gang Decides, 'Let's Rob Supercon'

Having worked largely in the realm of documentaries it is now time for Zak Knutson to dazzle us with his first feature film Supercon. We have an exclusive clip to share with you. We have also included the red band trailer as well. Find both below. Supercon comes out today in cinemas and will be available on VOD and Digital HD. It stars Ryan Kwanten, Maggie Grace, Mike Epps, Brooks Braselman, Russell Peters, Clancy Brown, and John Malkovich. Another weekend, another comic convention for former TV actor Keith Mahar. Most people don’t recognize Keith. His only claim to fame was as a child star in an 80’s television show. Keith reluctantly joins his close friends,cartoon voice-over actor Matt,comic book artist Allison,and...

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Film Review: ‘Supercon’

Film Review: ‘Supercon’
One of those comedies so incessantly and aggressively unfunny that you begin to wonder whether that’s the joke, documentary director Zak Knutson’s first narrative feature “Supercon” is a poor stab at Christopher Guest-style ensemble antics combined with a rote heist plot. The Comic Con-esque setting ought to be a rich target for satire, but life is full of missed opportunities, and this turns out to be one of them. Not to be confused with the concurrent “Supertroopers 2” — though one suspects theater owners would love it if you did — this film will no doubt pass quickly through hardtops, doing somewhat better in a home-formats launch that also commences April 27.

A former child star on an ’80s TV show, Keith Mahar (Russell Peters) is now a disillusioned adult, and makes a bare living reluctantly attending fan conventions. (Why he hasn’t tried finding another career is a question never raised here.
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Anupam Kher ranks 6th on Richtopia’s ‘The 200 Most Influential Authors’!

Anupam Kher, who we have seen essay a variety of roles took on a completely new one while he penned down a book titled, ‘The Best Thing About You Is You!’ in 2011. The seasoned actor put pen to paper to draw lessons from his personal life that could inspire his readers. His book is so successful and loved that he made it to Richtopia’s The 200 Most Influential Authors. Ranked 6th on the list, the actor-turned-author shares this mention with acclaimed writers such as J. K. Rowling, Paulo Coelho, Michael Moore, John Green and E. L. James. The list has also featured a few big names from India such as Hrh Dalai Lama, Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Tharoor.

The book was an instant bestseller as soon as it hit the shelves and has been passed on to Kher’s co-stars in the Oscar-winning, Silver Linings Playbook, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.
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TV News Roundup: ‘Big Bang Theory’ Sets Season Finale Stars, Nat Geo Offers First Look at ‘Genius: Picasso’

TV News Roundup: ‘Big Bang Theory’ Sets Season Finale Stars, Nat Geo Offers First Look at ‘Genius: Picasso’
In today’s roundup, National Geographic Channel gives an exclusive first look at “Genius: Picasso” and “The Big Bang Theory” announces guest stars for season 11 finale.

Casting

The Big Bang Theory‘s” season 11 finale will include a number of famous faces, with a guest cast including Kathy Bates, John Ross Bowie, Mark Hamill, Courtney Henggeler, Lauren Lapkus, Laurie Metcalf, Jerry O’Connell, Brian Posehn, Teller and Wil Wheaton. The episode will air May 10 at 8 p.m. on CBS.

Deals

Producers Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum have signed an overall scripted development deal with Lionsgate Television. The pair had spent the
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‘A Little Help With Carol Burnett’ Trailer: The Comedy Legend Learns How to Instagram in New Netflix Series

It’s hard to hate on Netflix when it’s giving us the return of Carol Burnett. Best known for the nearly decade-long “The Carol Burnett Show,” the gold standard in sketch comedy for so many, the comedy icon is returning to TV with her very own Netflix show. Titled “A Little Help With Carol Burnett,” the legend of stage and screen is getting by with a little help from her friends — otherwise known as an eclectic mix of celebrity guests and a gaggle of precocious children.

In a newly released first trailer, Netflix announced that Russell Peters will be joining Burnett as co-host. Employing one of the better examples of the old-person-uses-technology gag, a sassy child named Caleb teaches Burnett how to use Siri and Instagram stories, visibly impressed by her many followers and celebrity friends.

Mixing its own talent with more obvious comedian guest celebrities, Burnett will be
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Wild Red-Band Trailer For The Comic Con Heist Film Supercon with Clancy Brown and John Malkovich

I've got an enjoyable red-band trailer here for a silly looking comedy called SuperCon. The movie is set at a comic con convention where a group of people team up and plan a heist to steal the money from the convention's biggest draw... Adam King.

With how popular comic conventions are these days, I'm surprised we aren't seeing more films like this that use them as a setting for a story.

This movie was directed by Zak Knutson and the cast includes Clancy Brown, John Malkovich, Ryan Kwanten, Maggie Grace, Mike Epps, Brooks Braselman, and Russell Peters. Here's the synopsis:

Another weekend, another comic convention for former TV actor Keith Mahar. Most people don’t recognize Keith. His only claim to fame was as a child star in an 80’s television show. Keith reluctantly joins his close friends, cartoon voice-over actor Matt, comic book artist Allison, and 80’sTV star Brock,
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Tony Rock Says 'Everybody Cheats on Kardashians'

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The Kardashians are more rest stop than destination ... so says Tony Rock who says No One should be surprised Tristan Thompson cheated on Khloe.  "Everybody cheats on the Kardashians," Tony told us outside the Laugh Factory ... "You just smash a couple times and you get out!"  Guessing Tony's referring to past K-squad dudes like Lamar Odom and Scott Disick. Kim Kardashian famously told Jennifer Lawrence she was cheated on, too, but didn't call out the cheater by name.
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Russell Peters in First Trailer for Comic Convention Comedy 'Supercon'

"We want to take it back for the fans." Sony has released the first red band trailer for Zak Knutson's indie comedy Supercon. Yes, this is as bad as it sounds, so don't be surprised. Supercon stars comedian Russell Peters as a former TV actor named Keith Mahar, who is bored of going from convention to convention. So he teams up with his other semi-famous friends and tries to get banned from the convention. The full cast includes Ryan Kwanten, Maggie Grace, Mike Epps, Brooks Braselman, Clancy Brown, and John Malkovich (crazy enough). This looks upsettingly absurd and potentially amusingly, but I'm not so sure. It seems like they went totally overboard trying to mock cosplay and conventions, and it doesn't look that fun. Here's the official red band trailer (+ green band) for Zak Knutson's Supercon, direct from YouTube: Another weekend, another comic convention for former TV actor
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‘Supercon’ Trailer: It’s like Oceans Eleven For Nerds

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve been to at least one Comic Con. New York Comic Con will always be one of the best weekends of the year for me. It’s a sight you must see with your own eyes. It’s crowded, stinky (I saw a grown man deficate his pants last year), over-priced, but absolutely magical. There is truly nothing like it.

Supercon tells the story of former TV actor Keith Mahar (Russell Peters). The former child star and his friends – voice-over actor Matt (Ryan Kwanten), comic book artist Allison (Maggie Grace) and 80’s TV star Brock (Brooks Brasselman). Keith’s former co-star – Adam King (Clancy Brown) decides to ban this group from the convention, which sparks a plot for revenge.

Check out the trailer below:

The movie looks silly and like the type of thing you stumble upon at 4:00 a.m. on Netflix.
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The Indian Detective: Season Two of Netflix Series in the Works Says Russell Peters

What's next for The Indian Detective? Recently, star Russell Peters revealed there is a second season in the works for the Netflix TV show.The Canadian comedy stars Peters as Doug D’Mello, a Toronto police officer who gets caught up in a murder investigation while visiting his father in Mumbai. The cast also includes Mishqah Parthiephal, Christina Cole, Scott Cavalheiro, Anupam Kher, Hazma Haq, and William Shatner.Read More…
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Judy Greer Comedy ‘Adventures In Public School’ Acquired By Gravitas Ventures For April Bow

Judy Greer Comedy ‘Adventures In Public School’ Acquired By Gravitas Ventures For April Bow
Gravitas Ventures has acquired U.S. rights to Adventures in Public School, the comedy starring Judy Greer. Grace Park and Russell Peters co-star in the pic directed by Kyle Rideout and penned by his Eadweard co-scribe Josh Epstein. It will hit theaters and VOD on April 27. The film, which played at the Toronto Film Festival last fall, centers on a socially awkward home-schooled kid (Daniel Doheny) who forces his way into public school when he falls for the popular…
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The Clapper – Review

Ed Helm (center, with hat) as Eddie and Tracy Morgan (to right) as Chris, in The Clapper. Photo courtesy of Momentum Pictures ©

The Clapper is an indie film about a different side of Hollywood, a kind of romantic comedy about an anonymous worker in Los Angeles who ekes out a living as a paid face in the crowd for audiences for infomercials. It is a job kind of like a movie extra but ranked much lower, as clappers are impersonating ordinary people in audiences in advertisements impersonating television programs. Clappers are part of the background that creates the illusion that producers are selling to their real audience.

Director Dito Montiel adapted the script from his novel “Eddie Krumble is the Clapper,” his second book after “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints,” which was also made into an indie film.. The story is semi-autobiographical, based on Montiel’s experiences after moving to L.
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Judy Greer in First Trailer for Indie Film 'Adventures in Public School'

"Forget about school, it's time to party." An official trailer has debuted online for an Canadian indie comedy film titled Adventures in Public School, formerly known as Public Schooled when it premiered at last year's Toronto Film Festival. The film is about a socially awkward home-schooled kid named Liam who forces his way into attending public school against his "suffocating but loving" mother's wishes. The talented Judy Greer stars as the mother, and the kid is played by Daniel Doheny. The cast also includes Siobhan Williams, Russell Peters, Grace Park, Andrew McNee, Alex Barima, Andrew Herr, and Eva Day. I don't recall hearing much about this from Tiff last year, but it seems like it might be a fun coming-of-age comedy about parenting and school life. I like that Greer seems to be having as much crazy fun as her son is. Here's the first official trailer for Kyle Rideout's Adventures in Public School,
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‘Quantico’ Casts Vandit Bhatt; Seamus Dever Joins ‘Titans’; Jimmie Saito In ‘Sweetbitter’

Vandit Bhatt (Ripped) is set for a recurring role on the third season of ABC's Quantico. Created by Josh Safron and executive produced by Michael Seitzman, who also is showrunner, and Mark Gordon, Quantico follows young FBI recruits training at the Quantico base. Bhatt will play Jagdeep "Deep" Patel, a member of the new elite black ops team. Bhatt most recently played a younger version of Russell Peters in the film Ripped. He also has appeared on Younger, The Michael J. Fo…
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Netflix’s ‘The Indian Detective’ Elevates Russell Peters, And His Comedic Take on Identity, Beyond Stand-up Into Stardom

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Netflix’s ‘The Indian Detective’ Elevates Russell Peters, And His Comedic Take on Identity, Beyond Stand-up Into Stardom
Identity is a prevalent theme in Russell Peters’ stand-up, and it also serves as the launch pad for the laughs in “The Indian Detective,” his new four-episode series now streaming on Netflix.

“Identity comedy is universal. I may be talking about my Indian parents, but I know that my ‘Indian’ parents are the same as everyone’s parents in some way — Greek, Italian, Arab, Chinese,” Peters said. “That’s what my audience is responding to. I’m also exploring race and culture, and a lot of people aren’t comfortable with that.”

In “The Indian Detective,” Peters stars as Toronto Police constable Doug D’Mello, a man desperate to prove his salt and be promoted to detective, but instead winds up suspended following a bust gone wrong. Through a guilty ploy by his father (Anupam Kher), he heads to Mumbai during his repose where a pretty girl (Mishqah Parthiephal) leads
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‘The Indian Detective’ Review: Netflix’s Wispy Comedy Makes an International Murder Plot Seem Like a Vacation

‘The Indian Detective’ Review: Netflix’s Wispy Comedy Makes an International Murder Plot Seem Like a Vacation
Eventually, “Warm Bath TV” as a philosophical guide will find favor in all of the biggest television subgenres. The desire to find something comforting on TV, even within the framework of a stressful setup, has helped make “The Good Doctor” one of the year’s runaway new hits.

Enter “The Indian Detective,” a Netflix/CTV joint distribution venture that brings that same philosophy to a serialized cop show. Against a syndicate-run plot that eventually claims its share of bodies, there’s an easiness to the way that Doug D’mello (Russell Peters) winds his way through the four-part story that sometimes makes for an enjoyable watch, but mostly hints at a better show with a different approach.

After a suspension following a highly public failed drug bust and an urgent phone call from his father‘s hometown of Mumbai, Doug flies to India to visit his ailing father Stanley (Anupam Kher
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The Indian Detective

Network: Netflix. Episodes: Ongoing (hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: December 19, 2017 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Russell Peters, Mishqah Parthiephal, Christina Cole, Scott Cavalheiro, Anupam Kher, Hazma Haq, and William Shatner. TV show description: A "fish-out-of-water" tale, The Indian Detective TV show comes from creators Frank Spotnitz and Smita Bhide. The police procedural dramedy centers on Doug D'Mello (Peters), a Toronto police officer who, while visiting his father Stanley (Kher) in Mumbai, gets caught up in a murder investigation. Although he's a genial guy, Constable Doug D'Mello is nothing if not determined, and he usually manages to find a way to rebound from setbacks. Doug dearly wants to become
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The Indian Detective: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two?

Vulture Watch Is Doug D'Mello still a fish out of water in his ancestral homeland? Has The Indian Detective TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on Netflix? The television vulture is watching all the latest TV cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of The Indian Detective, season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About? Streaming on the Netflix paid subscription platform, The Indian Detective stars Russell Peters, Mishqah Parthiephal, Christina Cole, Scott Cavalheiro, Anupam Kher, Hazma Haq, and William Shatner. The mystery comedy-drama centers on Constable Doug D’Mello (Peters), a Toronto police officer who can't get out of his own way, in his quest to make detective. When a big
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