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‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’ predicted to break through with first Best Variety Talk Series Emmy nomination

‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’ predicted to break through with first Best Variety Talk Series Emmy nomination
Last year, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” received its first Emmy nomination ever, for Best Variety Writing, and if our odds prove to be correct, it will have an even bigger breakthrough this year: The show is predicted to make the Best Variety Talk Series lineup.

Late Night” is in the sixth and final slot in our predictions, trailing two-time reigning champ “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and “The Late Late Show with James Corden.” All five were nominated last year, along with “Real Time with Bill Maher,” which is currently in seventh place.

See Seth Meyers (‘Late Night’): The ‘problem’ of Donald Trump should be ‘solved by democracy’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Since the 2016 election, “Late Night” has become essential viewing, thanks to Seth Meyers’ blistering “A Closer Look” segments, usually eviscerating President Donald Trump and his administration’s policies.
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IFC Orders Sketch Comedy Series ‘Sherman’s Showcase’

IFC has given a series pickup to a sketch comedy “Sherman’s Showcase” from writers Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle and John Legend’s Get Lifted Film Co.

The series is a spoof of 1970s and ’80s musical variety shows with Salahuddin playing host Sherman McDaniel. The show will feature faux clips of bands and comedians from various decades. RadicalMedia is also producing. IFC has ordered eight episodes.

“People think of us as comedy guys, when in fact we’re really just frustrated rap-singers that never got signed to Murder Inc.,” Salahuddin and Riddle said in a statement. “But now
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John Legend-Produced Variety Show From ‘Late Night’ Duo Gets IFC Series Order

IFC has picked up to series Sherman’s Showcase, a scripted musical variety sketch comedy show created by former Late Night With Jimmy Fallon duo Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle, and executive produced by John Legend’s Get Lifted Film Co. RAdicalMedia is producing the eight-episode series for premiere in 2019. Sherman’s Showcase was one of three projects on IFC’s 2018 development slate given episodic script orders, part of IFC’s “script to series” development system…
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‘Corporate’ Renewed for Season 2 at Comedy Central

‘Corporate’ Renewed for Season 2 at Comedy Central
Corporate” has been renewed for a second season at Comedy Central, the network announced Monday.

The Season 1 finale is set to air on March 14. Created by Jake Weisman, Matt Ingebretson and Pat Bishop, the series stars Weisman and Ingebretson as two junior executives-in-training at Hampton DeVille, a heartless, corporate hell-hole led by tyrannical CEO Christian DeVille (Lance Reddick) and his top lieutenants, sycophants John and Kate (Adam Lustick and Anne Dudek).
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CBS Orders Multi-Cam Comedy Pilot From ‘9Jkl,’ ‘Last Man on Earth’ Scribes

CBS has given a pilot order to a multi-camera comedy that hails from Tim McAuliffe and Austen Earl, Variety has learned.

The untitled series follows a young married couple whose evenings have become comfortable and routine. Their lives are completely upended when a young musician moves into their spare bedroom and brings with him the complications of being an up and coming mega popstar, and sometimes even the paparazzi.

Both McAuliffe and Earl will serve as writers and executive producers. Ben Winston–writer and executive producer on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” and part of Corden’s Fulwell 73 production company– will executive produce along with 3 Arts Entertainment’s Michael Rotenberg and Jonathan Berry. CBS Television Studios will produce. Earl and Fulwell 73 are under overall deals at CBS Television Studios.

Earl is a writer and co-executive producer on the current CBS sitcom “9Jkl,” roles he also held on fellow CBS show “The Great Indoors.” He also served
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Celebrity Big Brother USA Rumored To Have Casts Someone From A Former Controversial Show

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Hey, "Big Brother" fans. We've got another Celebrity Big Brother USA casting rumor for you guys. We know a lot of you just want to hear something official from CBS already. Unfortunately, we don't expect to hear anything from them until like maybe a week before the show starts. So, these rumor reports are all we have to go on to provide any sort of insight until CBS or the Big brother producers decide to chime in with anything. With that said, this latest rumor comes from the folks over at After they reported this latest rumor, a ton of other media outlets jumped on board. They're claiming that former MTV "Jersey Shore" reality star Sammi Giancola is rumored to have joined the cast. Her nickname was "Sweetheart" on Jersey Shore. We don't know exactly why she was given that nickname. It might have been because she was
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Celebrity Big Brother USA Three More Possible Female Participants Revealed

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Hey,"Big Brother" fans. More updates on the casting for the upcoming Celebrity Big Brother USA edition are now starting to trickle in a little more often these days. We've got a new one that just came in from site. They're telling us that former MTV's "The Hills" star Stephanie Pratt is currently in talks with the CBS Big Brother producers to participate in the first ever USA Celebrity Big Brother edition. They say that their sources confirmed it by saying, "While Steph's been in La, she has been seen by the producers of the new Us version of Celebrity Big Brother. The producers see her as a heritage reality star. One of the original global reality stars who has continued in reality TV both in the Us and UK. It's expected to be a huge show in the UK when it's shown over here." For
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South Side: Comedy Central Orders Scripted Series from Late Night Vets

Welcome to the Windy City. Comedy Central has ordered the South Side TV show to series. South Side, however, is still a working title, so we'll keep our eyes peeled for any changes and let you know. Back in April of 2017, the cable network announced it was developing the then untitled project from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon alum Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin, with Sultan Salahuddin. The press release notes the Salahuddin brothers grew up on the South Side of Chicago. A scripted workplace comedy, South Side will be executive produced by Riddle, Bashir Salahuddin, and fellow Late Night vet Michael Blieden. Set in the South Side's Englewood neighborhood, at a rent-to-own store, the Comedy Central TV series centers on two old friends who are trying to make it, despite all of the stumbling blocks in
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Comedy Central Orders 2 New Series From ‘Saturday Night Live’, ‘Late Night’ Alums

Comedy Central has given series orders to The Other Two, from former Saturday Night Live co-head writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider and the company behind the venerable NBC sketch program, Lorne MichaelsBroadway Video; and to South Side (working title), from former Late Night With Jimmy Fallon writers/performers Diallo Riddle & Bashir Salahuddin as well as Bashir’s brother, Sultan Salahuddin. The Other Two and South Side were two of the nine pilots Comedy Central or…
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Grey’s Anatomy Season 14 Is Going To Deliver Six New Surprises Very Soon

Hey, Grey's Anatomy fans. We've got a new report for you guys via the folks over at TV Line. It turns out that your favorite show will be offering up six new surprises as early as this Thursday night, October 12,2017! That's right. In the 4th new episode of this current 14th season, Grey's Anatomy is going to debut 6 new castmembers! They are all interns. And just to be all the way accurate, technically five of the six new castmembers will make their debut. One of them already debuted during the big two hour premiere episode. That one was actor Jake Borelli who plays character Levi. He is Jo's new intern. Levi will be a recurring character. Jake Borelli's acting resume includes roles in Psych, ICarly, The Forgotten, Parenthood, CBS' NCIS: Los Angeles,True Jackson, Greek, Suburgatory, Elf Employment, Supermoms, Nesting, a short called, "Meanamorphosis," a TV series called,"CeReality,
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'The Mayor' Creator Jeremy Bronson: How I Made It in Hollywood

Jeremy Bronson got his start in TV working as a producer for longtime MSNBC host Chris Matthews. So, it's only fitting that his new series The Mayor is about – you guessed it – politics. The half-hour comedy centers on a struggling young rapper named Courtney Rose who runs for mayor of his small town to increase his celebrity and ends up winning. That being said, the transition from Hardball producer to comedy series creator (with a few stops at Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, The Mindy Project and Speechless along the way) wasn't quite so easy. Ahead of Tuesday's series premiere, Bronson...
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Sara Schaefer: the breakout comic on trashing Trump and bombing on stage

After writing gigs on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, the American standup is heading for the big time via a show at the Edinburgh festival fringe

Losing control of your bladder in a grocery store. Being bullied at school for using men’s deodorant. Getting posture problems as a result of walking with a constant stoop to hide your flat chest. These and other harrowingly embarrassing tales are the stock-in-trade of Sara Schaefer, the latest potential Us comedy superstar to head to the Edinburgh festival fringe. In recent years, Trevor Noah and Michael Che both played the fringe as near-unknowns before getting their current jobs at The Daily Show and SNL respectively. Schaefer could well be set for similarly great things.

Related: Laugh a minute: Edinburgh festival's 2017 comedy lineup

Related: Trevor Noah: ‘It’s easier to be an angry white man than an angry black man’

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More Than One Hat: August VOD and Web Series Picks

“Wisco Queens”

Oftentimes, women in the film industry wear more than one hat — especially if a project is very close to their own identities and lives. The women behind this month’s VOD and web series picks have multitasked, serving as some combination of director, writer, actor, or creator. Using their multiple talents, they’ve brought their deeply personal works to life.

Lisanne Skyler wrote and directed “Brillo Box (3¢ Off),” a documentary that follows the journey of an Andy Warhol sculpture that her parents purchased in 1969 for just $1,000 — and later broke records at the auction house. In doing so, she creates an insightful look at her own family while also chronicling the rise of the Pop Art movement.

Molly Gandour, who wrote and directed the doc “Peanut Gallery,” gathers her family to talk about and process the death of her sister, who became sick and died as a child. She and her parents hadn’t spoken about Aimee’s passing for years, but the film sees them ruminate on grief, loss, and family together.

In musical comedy web series “Wisco Queens,” creator, writer, and director Katie Goffman stars as Lucy, a young woman from Wisconsin who moves to New York City with her brother Walter to find adventure, excitement, and perhaps even love. Our other web series pick, “Everything Is Okay,” is a surrealist spin on urban millennial living, starring creator Cirocco Dunlap as a young New Yorker who deals with everyday drama like living with a roommate and using the fridge as a portal.

Here are Women and Hollywood’s VOD and web series selections for August.


“Brillo Box (3¢ Off)” (Documentary) — Written and Directed by Lisanne Skyler

“Brillo Box (3¢ Off)”

Lisanne Skyler’s “Brillo Box (3¢ Off)” intertwines humorous family history with the rise of Pop Art. In the late 1960s, Skyler’s family purchased an Andy Warhol sculpture — a replica of a box of Brillo soap pads — for $1,000; over four decades later, it sold at auction for $3 million. Skyler’s film follows the piece’s journey from a family home to the global art scene, and in doing so examines the Pop Art world and creates a compelling portrait of her own family.

Check out “Brillo Box (3¢ Off)” on HBO.

Peanut Gallery” (Documentary) — Written and Directed by Molly Gandour

Peanut Gallery

In “Peanut Gallery,” filmmaker Molly Gandour brings her family together to open up about the death of her sister Aimee, whose sickness and death was incredibly difficult for Gandour to come to terms with. She and her parents hadn’t spoken about their loss for decades, and by using her camera as a catalyst for tough conversations, Gandour creates a profoundly moving documentary about love, loss, and family bonds.

You can purchase “Peanut Gallery” on iTunes.

Web Series

“Wisco Queens” — Created, Written, and Directed by Katie Goffman

“Wisco Queens”

Wisconsin native Katie Goffman is the creative force behind “Wisco Queens.” Both the writer and the director, she also stars as Lucy, a young Wisconsinite whose younger brother convinces her to move with him to New York City. They reconnect with two of their friends from high school, who now live in the city but don’t have much love left for each other. Full of fresh comedy and musical moments, “Wisco Queens” explores what it’s like to make the jump from a small town to the Big Apple.

Check out new episodes of “Wisco Queens” on the series’ website or on YouTube.

Everything Is Okay” — Created by Cirocco Dunlap

Everything Is Okay

From the mind of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” writer Cirocco Dunlap comes an absurdist dark comedy about millennial city living. “Everything Is Okay” takes on staples of urban comedy like awful public transit and roommate drama with unique, sci-fi twists — using tasking apps to outsource your social responsibilities, for example, or having a refrigerator that’s also a portal. Dunlap, who also stars in the series, stands out as a relatable character in a sensationally heightened version of New York.

You can watch “Everything Is Okay” on digital storytelling site Topic.

More Than One Hat: August VOD and Web Series Picks was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Interview, Audio: Actress Jenny Slate Answers the Call in ‘Landline’

Chicago – Jenny Slate keeps getting more high profile, both in voiceover work (“The Secret Life of Pets”) and as an actress. Her latest film is “Landline,” her second with director Gillian Robespierre. In the film, Slate portrays an engaged-to-be-married “adult” who is having trouble coming to terms with her life.

Landline” is set in 1990s New York City, just before the tech/mobile phone boom and the loss of grit in the Big Apple. Based on the growing-up experiences of Gillian Robespierre and co-writer Elisabeth Holm, the story is about transitions… Slate’s character to adulthood, the last days of being a teenager for her sister Ali (Abby Quinn) and the dissolution of their parent’s marriage (as portrayed by Edie Falco and John Turturro). It has a bit of a “slamming doors” edge to it, as misunderstandings and family connections blend into a very human story. Slate and Robespierre
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Demi Moore Tells Jimmy Fallon She Lost Her Tooth Due To Stress [Video]

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Demi Moore has revealed that she had recently lost her two front teeth due to stress. Demi Moore Describes Losing Teeth To Stress On Fallon “I sheared off my front teeth, I’d love to say it was skateboarding or something really kind of cool,” the 54-year-old star said on The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon earlier this week. “But […]

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Jimmy Fallon and Roots Members Talk Musical Moments From ‘Tonight Show’

Jimmy Fallon and Roots Members Talk Musical Moments From ‘Tonight Show’
The time that Prince showed up to perform on “The Tonight Show” without a guitar. The time a nervous Barbra Streisand hit her nose on the microphone stand in rehearsal. The time Jimmy Fallon convinced the Roots to become his house band by turning them into a human pyramid on a football field at UCLA.

Those were among the stories that emerged Wednesday night at the Paley Center for Media in New York when Fallon and Roots members AhmirQuestlove” Thompson and TariqBlack Thought” Trotter gathered with “Tonight Show” director Dave Diomedi to talk about favorite musical moments from the show.

Here are seven fun facts that emerged from the spirited conversation:

1. The “hey, hey, hey, hey” theme song for Fallon’s “Tonight Show” was rooted in the very first bumper music (the bits played leading in and out of commercials) the Roots wrote when their partnership with Fallon began in 2009 on NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Drummer
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Jimmy Fallon Opens Up About Fallout from Trump Interview: ‘I Was Devastated’

Jimmy Fallon Opens Up About Fallout from Trump Interview: ‘I Was Devastated’
Jimmy Fallon faced steep criticism for his September 2016 interview with Donald Trump, during which he asked the then presidential candidate goofy questions and petted his hair. The host of “The Tonight Show” was criticized both by social media users and by the media, with some people even blaming him for Trump’s surprising victory.

In an interview with The New York Times, Fallon has opened up about the fallout from Trump’s appearance on the show. “I didn’t do it to humanize him,” Fallon told the paper. “I almost did it to minimize him. I didn’t think that would be a compliment: ‘He did the thing that we all wanted to do.'”

Read More: ‘Star Wars’ Characters Yoda, Leia, Han Solo and More Sing Smash Mouth’s ‘All Star’ on Fallon — Watch

The comedian said that once the interview was broadcast, “it all started going crazy.” The host,
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Saturday Night Live Star Stand Up Routines

Saturday Night Live Star Stand Up Routines
Before tuning in Saturday Night Live alum Tracy Morgan‘s new Netflix special, see what kind of laughs current cast members can bring without the fancy costars and sets.

(Warning: some Nsfw language)

Aidy Bryant

A brave Bryant shared the angsty journal she kept as a 12-year-old while performing at the Just For Laughs Festival.

Kate McKinnon

See what McKinnon had to say about Food Network host Ina Garten and Olympic figure skating commentary in 2013.

Pete Davidson

Davidson explained his unique Biggie Smalls theory and the very pragmatic reason he loves “Gangsta’s Paradise” during his Goddamn Comedy Jam appearance.
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ABC Pickups Include Comedy About African-American Donald Trump — But He’s An Unlikely Mayor, With Advisors Who Actually Help

ABC Pickups Include Comedy About African-American Donald Trump — But He’s An Unlikely Mayor, With Advisors Who Actually Help
ABC has picked up four new series from its sister ABC Studios, including a new drama from Shonda Rhimes’ company, a drama about saving the world (starring Jason Ritter), a series about refugees… from America, and comedy that sounds like it might take a few cues from the recently installed White House inhabitant.

In “The Mayor,” Brandon Micheal Hall plays an aspiring young rapper, Courtney Rose, who decides – as a publicity stunt – to run for mayor. He did it solely to generate buzz and become rich and famous. Instead, he is actually elected mayor, an outcome he never predicted. Now he must lean on his mother (Yvette Nicole Brown) and friends, including Valentina (Lea Michele) to become the mayor he didn’t think he wanted to be.

Sound a bit Trumpy?

The series also stars Bernard David Jones and Marcel Spears. Executive producers include Daveed Diggs (Broadway’s “Hamilton”), writer Jeremy Bronson (“Speechless,
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Michael Moore To Take Aim at Donald Trump on New Broadway Play ‘The Terms of Surrender’

Michael Moore To Take Aim at Donald Trump on New Broadway Play ‘The Terms of Surrender’
Michael Moore will take aim at Donald Trump once again, this time on the Broadway stage. The filmmaker and author will star in a one-man show titled “The Terms of Surrender,” which will mark his debut on the New York stage. “Can a Broadway show bring down a sitting president?” reads the preliminary poster for the show, which will be directed by Michael Mayer, the Tony-winning director behind “Spring Awakening” and the “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” revival. In an interview with The New York Times, Moore described the play as “a very developed piece of entertainment for people who like to think.” He added, “It’s a humorous play about a country that’s just elected a madman — I mean, there’s really no other way to put it.”

Read More: White House Correspondents’ Dinner 2017: Hasan Minhaj Eviscerates Donald Trump and Those Covering Him — Watch

“We’re 10 blocks from Trump Tower,
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