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Creative Arts Emmys Night 2: ‘Last Week Tonight,’ ‘SNL’ Pick Up Wins (Full Winners List)

Creative Arts Emmys Night 2: ‘Last Week Tonight,’ ‘SNL’ Pick Up Wins (Full Winners List)
The second night of the Creative Arts Emmys Awards kicked off Tuesday.

Among the big winners for the night were “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver,” which won three Emmys. That includes a win for best writing for a variety series. In addition, “Saturday Night Live” walked away with yet another win in the best variety sketch series category, marking one of three wins it scored throughout the night.

The second installment of “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” picked up the award for best live variety special, which it also won last year. The win also made executive producer Norman Lear the oldest Emmy winner ever at 98, beating his own record when he won at 97.

RuPaul’s Drag Race” also picked up two more awards, bringing its total to four so far. Tonight, the show won for best contemporary makeup for a variety, nonfiction or reality program (Non-Prosthetic) as
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‘Drunk History’ Renewed For Season 7 As Series Co-Creator Derek Waters Inks First-Look Deal With Comedy Central

Comedy Central has picked up a 16-episode seventh season of Emmy-winning series Drunk History. The renewal is part of a first-look, all-media deal the network has signed with series’ co-creator Derek Waters.

In partnership with Comedy Central Productions, the network’s new studio-production arm, Waters will develop premium comedy content for TV and digital platforms via his Be Nice or Leave production company.

“Derek Waters has repeatedly proven his comedic genius as a creator, actor, and director across multiple platforms through our hit, Drunk History. That series merely scratches the surface of his creative output, and we’re so excited to develop even more projects with him through Comedy Central Productions,” said Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen, Co-Heads of Original Content, Comedy Central.

Boundary-pushing Drunk History is nominated for three Emmy Awards this year – Outstanding Variety Sketch Series, Derek Waters for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series, and Outstanding Picture Editing for Variety Programming.
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‘Drunk History’ Renewed for Season 7 at Comedy Central, Creator Inks First-Look Deal

‘Drunk History’ Renewed for Season 7 at Comedy Central, Creator Inks First-Look Deal
Drunk History” has been renewed for a seventh season of inebriated historical shenanigans on Comedy Central, and its creator Derek Waters has signed an all-media first-look deal with the network.

In partnership with Comedy Central Productions (Ccp), a new studio-production arm partnering with comedy writers, producers and on-screen talent, Waters and his Be Nice or Leave production banner will continue to develop premium comedy content for the network’s TV and digital platforms.

The “Drunk History” season 7 pickup consists of 16 more episodes of liquored-up recreations of American history. The show, which recently picked up three Emmy nominations, features a changing cast of actors and comedians who travel across the country re-creating historical events.

News of the renewal and Waters’ deal was announced by Comedy Central co-heads of original content Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen.

“Derek Waters has repeatedly proven his comedic genius as a creator, actor and director across multiple
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Funny or Die Channels Comcast: ‘We Don’t Give a F— About You’ (Video)

Funny or Die has offered what it believes to be Comcast’s response to its critics: “We don’t give a fuck.” Also read: Why Comcast’s Time Warner Cable Purchase Could Choke Internet Access A new satirical video finds a relaxed Comcast spokesman (Greg Tuculescu) tossing around a Frisbee in the park, speaking directly to concerns about its proposed takeover of Time Warner Cable. Are you worried about service? Huh. Monopolies? Too bad. Maybe you should just watch Hulu. Except, as the affable Comcast rep explains, “We own Hulu.” Also read: WGA Leans on MSNBC Hosts to ‘Lean Forward
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Paige Davis To Co-Star In Pilot ‘Whitey’, Gordon Clapp To Recur On ‘Lost Angels’

Paige Davis (TLC’s Trading Spaces) is set to star opposite David Koechner in A+E Networks‘ half-hour comedy pilot Whitey, from producer Leslie Greif. Greg Tuculescu (Bridesmaids) also has booked a series regular role in the project, which centers on Guy “Whitey” White (Koechner), a bright, conservative and frustrated guy in his 40s who is struggling to understand the changing values of a country in a world that has forever gone with the wind. Davis will play Whitey’s wife. Tuculescu, repped by TalentWorks and Odenkirk Provissiero, will play his friend, a paranoid war vet who maintains all sorts of wild political conspiracy theories. I hear the pilot, which is being produced under the A+E Networks umbrella, is being earmarked for History, though a decision about which net it will go to will be made if the pilot is picked up to series. Broadway veteran Davis, repped Michael Einfeld Management,
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