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Emmy Predictions 2018: Outstanding Variety Talk Series

Emmy Predictions 2018: Outstanding Variety Talk Series
Last Year’s Winner: “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

Still Eligible: Yes.

Hot Streak: Though the category has only been in existence for three years, only “The Daily Show” or “Daily Show” alumni have won: “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.”

Fun Fact: To that end, only men named Jon/John have won.

“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” has won two years running, and the hit HBO late night series isn’t slowing down in 2018; it’s a major threat to take home the trophy again. But before we get to Phase Two, there are only a few slots up for grabs and quite a few shows looking to fill them.

Of last year’s nominees, “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” have only strengthened their cases. “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” has a bit of a controversy to contend with,
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James Corden Hopes to Bring Families Together by Recruiting Paul McCartney for ‘Carpool Karaoke’

James Corden Hopes to Bring Families Together by Recruiting Paul McCartney for ‘Carpool Karaoke’
James Corden recently had another one of his “pinch yourself” moments. “The Late Late Show” host, who returns to London this week for another round of shows from his homeland, scored an all-time late night win as he recruited Sir Paul McCartney to tape a “Carpool Karaoke” segment.

Together, Corden and McCartney sang a mix of hits and new songs as the Beatles legend gave the host a tour of Liverpool. The “Carpool Karaoke” segment will air this week as Corden broadcasts “The Late Late Show” from Central Hall Westminster.

“Here is one where, no matter how hard I try to pinch myself, I can’t quite believe that it’s something we’ve managed to do,” Corden told IndieWire. “But manage we have.”

Corden said he and his team began reaching out to McCartney about five months ago, knowing that McCartney was planning on releasing new music. “Really it
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Kevin Nealon Bails on ‘Conan’ Mid-Interview to Get to a Very Important Meeting (Video)

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Kevin Nealon Bails on ‘Conan’ Mid-Interview to Get to a Very Important Meeting (Video)
Kevin Nealon was late for a very important date, so he had to bail on Conan O’Brien mid-interview Tuesday.

O’Brien was lucky Nealon could even make the time to come on “Conan” in the first place, as it seems like he is booked solid. The “Weeds” alum explained that he had to leave early to get to a meeting that was super important and totally not made up. But the audience wasn’t ready to part with Nealon just yet and urged him to stay.

You’d think he’d take that as a compliment, but it managed to annoy Nealon further as he insisted he really must leave his friend’s TBS talk show right then.

Also Read: Conan O'Brien Says TBS Honchos Resisted 30-Minute Show, Giving Up 'Hour's Worth of Ads'

“Look, I said I have a meeting to go to and it’s important — otherwise
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Samantha Bee’s ‘Full Frontal’ Lost Two-Thirds of National Ads for Last Night’s On-Air Apology Show

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Samantha Bee’s ‘Full Frontal’ Lost Two-Thirds of National Ads for Last Night’s On-Air Apology Show
Full Frontal” was accompanied by markedly fewer advertisers than normal on Wednesday night for Samantha Bee’s latest show — during which she apologized on air for calling Ivanka Trump a “feckless c–t.”

Only a small handful of national ads ran during the commercial breaks on Wednesday night, accounting for roughly one-third of the amount of national ads that ran during last week’s “Full Frontal” episode. TBS filled the rest of the time with promos for other Turner properties such as “Claws,” “Conan,” “Animal Kingdom” and “Joker’s Wild.” The few national spots came from PlayStation, Epix’s upcoming drama “Deep State” and a pair of summer films in “Ocean’s 8” and “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.”

Last week’s program, during which Bee’s widely publicized slur aired, featured a much larger amount of ads from bigger brands, including Orkin, Taco Bell, Jim Beam, Haagen Dazs, State Farm and Apple.
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Madison Avenue Seems Wary of Samantha Bee’s ‘Full Frontal,’ Despite Apology

Madison Avenue Seems Wary of Samantha Bee’s ‘Full Frontal,’ Despite Apology
Samantha Bee served up plenty of jokes on Wednesday night. Many advertisers weren’t there to help her in her quest.

The first broadcast of Bee’s TBS series “Full Frontal” after she sparked a controversy last week contained far fewer national commercials than it normally does, a signal that Madison Avenue find the comedienne too hot to support a week after she used a charged epithet that refers to a part of the female anatomy to insult President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka. The Time Warner-owned cable network filled the commercial breaks of her program largely with promos
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Conan O’Brien Says TBS Honchos Resisted 30-Minute Show, Giving Up ‘Hour’s Worth of Ads’

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Conan O’Brien spoke at length about his plan to cut back his TBS late night program “Conan” to a half-hour next year, arguing the new format should spark his creative juices.

“There are parts of late night that feel very pro forma,” O’Brien said during an extensive interview with New York Magazine’s Vulture. “At this stage in my career, doing half an hour could shock me into coming up with new stuff.”

Conan” will scale back to a half-hour beginning sometime in 2019.

Also Read: 'Conan' on TBS to Cut Back to Half-Hour in 2019

O’Brien argued the late-night space, more crowded than ever before, is due for some change since the days of Steve Allen and Johnny Carson. “They turned late night into this massive part of the American experience. But there were elements of what hosts did that were about killing time.”

“I used
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Conan O'Brien Jokingly Casts Roger Ailes Movie

It was announced this week that a film about disgraced Fox News chairman Roger Ailes is currently in development. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news on Monday that Charlize Theron will portray Megyn Kelly. Conan O’Brien took the opportunity to jokingly cast the remainder of the film on Thursday’s episode of Conan.

“The rest of the casting list is top secret. No one knows what it is,” said O’Brien, before joking, “I managed to get my hands on it ‘cause I’m kind of a big deal in the industry.”

“First up, Fox &...
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Conan O'Brien Jokingly Casts Roger Ailes Movie

It was announced this week that a film about disgraced Fox News chairman Roger Ailes is currently in development. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news on Monday that Charlize Theron will portray Megyn Kelly. Conan O’Brien took the opportunity to jokingly cast the remainder of the film on Thursday’s episode of Conan.

“The rest of the casting list is top secret. No one knows what it is,” said O’Brien, before joking, “I managed to get my hands on it ‘cause I’m kind of a big deal in the industry.”

“First up, Fox &...
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Dark Horse Comics and Mantic Games Reveal Darkness Calls Expansion Pack for Hellboy: The Board Game Kickstarter Campaign

Now in the final hours of its Kickstarter campaign, Hellboy: The Board Game is sweetening its stretch goals with a new expansion pack called Darkness Calls, which comes with additional detailed miniatures and follows Hellboy on his showdown with Koshchei the Deathless and Henry Hood:

Press Release: Milwaukie, Ore.,—Mantic Games, in partnership with Dark Horse Comics, is delighted to unveil a brand-new expansion for the Hellboy: The Board Game Kickstarter. This game-changing expansion is inspired by Hellboy Volume 8: Darkness Calls. It tells the tale of Hellboy’s fateful encounter with iconic characters such as Koshchei the Deathless and Henry Hood, the undead witchfinder.

With this expansion, players will be able to recreate the storyline by playing as Hellboy, or they can create their own ‘what if’ scenario to see how other members of the Bprd team would have fared against Koshchei and hideous undead warriors. It comes with
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"ThunderCats Roar"

The new animated TV series "ThunderCats Roar",  updating the original 1985 'Conan'-like cartoon series, into a Ralph Baskhi-type comedic style will air this year on the Cartoon Network:

"...' Lion-o & the 'ThunderCats'- 'Tygra', 'Panthro', 'Cheetara', 'Wilykat' & 'Wilykit'- barely escape the sudden destruction of their home world, 'Thundera', only to crash land on the mysterious & exotic planet of 'Third-Earth'. 

"Lion-o, the newly appointed 'Lord of the ThunderCats', attempts to lead the team as they make this planet their new home. A bizzare host of creatures & villains stand in their way, including the evil 'Mumm-Ra', Third Earth's wicked ruler who will let nothing, including the ThunderCats, stop his tyrannical reign over the planet..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "ThunderCats Roar"...
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Bill Hader Doesn’t Think He’s ‘That Good’ on ‘Barry,’ But Season 1 Proves He’s One of the Greats

Bill Hader Doesn’t Think He’s ‘That Good’ on ‘Barry,’ But Season 1 Proves He’s One of the Greats
[Editor’s Note: The following article contains spoilers for “Barry” Season 1, including the finale.]

Months before “Barry” debuted and the world got to know a bored hitman who finds his dream in a North Hollywood acting studio, Bill Hader wasn’t overly impressed with his work.

“They’re both very hard,” Hader said when asked which was more difficult: acting badly for comedic effect or acting well in convincing fashion. He has to do both in the HBO series, portraying an actor who makes (many) on-stage mistakes while learning his trade and who goes to extreme ends of the emotional spectrum while living his life off-stage.

“For bad acting, watching reenactments in true crime shows was helpful. It really was. I would watch those and imagine, ‘Ok, they’re doing too much with their hands,’ or ‘they’re locked onto somebody,’ or ‘everything is overly thought out.'”

“But it’s very hard,” he said. “I don’t think
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Comedy Dream Team Plays With History in New Netflix Kids & Family Series ‘The Who Was? Show’

Comedy Dream Team Plays With History in New Netflix Kids & Family Series ‘The Who Was? Show’
Ever wonder what it would be like if Gandhi met up with Benjamin Franklin? Or if Galileo sat down for a chat with Queen Elizabeth? What about a dance-off between Joan of Arc and Albert Einstein?

All those things and more can be found on Netflix’s new kids and family series “The Who Was? Show,” which launched on the streaming service on Friday.

The sketch comedy series is based on the popular “Who Was?” children’s books published by Penguin Random House and features a who’s who of comedy producers and writers who can boast 900 Emmys between them,
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‘Conan’ Will Become a Half-Hour Show in 2019, Conan O’Brien Kicking Off Comedy Tour in 2018

Back at the beginning of 2017, TBS indicated that some changes might be in store for Conan O’Brien and his late night talk show Conan when their deal was renewed in 2018. At the time, the rumor was that Conan might turn into a weekly show rather than a nightly one, but TBS wasn’t looking […]

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‘Conan’ on TBS to Cut Back to Half-Hour in 2019

TBS will scale back Conan O’Brien’s late-night series “Conan” to a half-hour in 2019, the network said on Thursday.

The move comes a year after O’Brien, the longest-tenured late-night host, signed a new four-year deal to remain with the Turner network. At the time, O’Brien even mentioned that the show would undergo changes to be “leaner, more agile.”

“Since I inherited my ‘Late Night’ show in 1993, TV has changed exponentially. I’d like to think I have evolved with many of these changes, but now it’s time to take the next leap. A half-hour show will give me the time to do a higher percentage of the comedy in, and out, of the studio that I love and that seems to resonate in this new digital world,” O’Brien said about the changes. “It’s still going to be me hosting a very silly show, but I want segments on my half-hour program to link to digital content, deepening the experience for my younger fans, and confusing my older ones.”

Also Read: Conan O'Brien Totally Ruins Jordan Schlansky's Italian Road Trip (Video)

TBS has contemplated tinkering with the format for more than a year, as the late-night space has become more crowded.

“Conan has always been a fearless performer and now, at the top of his form, I’m excited he’s taking a gutsy step forward with us into new arenas,” said Kevin Reilly, president of TBS and TNT and chief creative officer of Turner Entertainment.

TBS is still going to have plenty of O’Brien. The network is expanding its partnership with O’Brien’s Team Coco, including its touring and digital content. This will include O’Brien’s entire catalog from his “Late Night” days on NBC. Later this year, O’Brien and a curated team of stand-up comics will embark on a multi-city tour.

Also Read: 'Dumb and Dumber' Reunion! Jim Carrey Crashes Jeff Daniels' 'Conan' Interview (Video)

To that end, Turner has hired former Otter Media executive Billy Parks to the newly-created position of chief brand officer for the TBS-Team Coco joint venture.

Read original story ‘Conan’ on TBS to Cut Back to Half-Hour in 2019 At TheWrap
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Conan O’Brien’s TBS Show Will Move to Half-Hour Format in 2019

Conan O’Brien hopes fans will see more of his comedy even as he produces less of his flagship late-night TV show on TBS starting in 2019.

The comedian will move his “Conan,” which has been on TBS since November of 2010, to what he called a “leaner” half-hour format focused more on comedy. As a result, the show will tamp down on some of the usual late-night trappings such as multiple celebrity interviews. O’Brien said the new concept will leave him with more time to develop comedic routines for the TV show, but also to produce more content for a
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Conan O’Brien Will Shift to 30-Minute Shows in 2019, As Part of New Venture With TBS

Conan O’Brien Will Shift to 30-Minute Shows in 2019, As Part of New Venture With TBS
As long expected, Conan O’Brien is changing things up at Turner. The talk show host’s “Conan” will move to a new nightly 30-minute format in 2019, which TBS said would be a “less structured” format that will have guests and a variety of segments drawn from the Team Coco portfolio.

Turner and O’Brien on Thursday morning announced an “expanded partnership spanning television, digital, social and live events that will enable the late night icon to capitalize and interact with his multi-generational fan base across platforms.” That includes the decision to revamp “Conan,” which will still air four nights a week. It has aired as an hour since launching on TBS in 2010.

“Since I inherited my Late Night show in 1993, TV has changed exponentially,” O’Brien said in a statement. “I’d like to think I have evolved with many of these changes, but now it’s time to take the next leap.
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‘Arranged’: Kiran Deol & Moses Storm To Star In Pop TV Comedy Pilot

Kiran Deol and Moses Storm are set as the leads in Arranged, a half-hour comedy pilot from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend showrunner Aline Brosh McKenna and writer-producer Sono Patel and CBS Television Studios. The pilot begins shooting this week in Los Angeles. Co-created and written by Brosh McKenna and Patel, Arranged is about two best friends who end up in a marriage of convenience. Deol will play Ash, a sardonic…
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Andy Richter reacts to losing Daytime Emmy to Tom Kenny (‘SpongeBob SquarePants’): ‘Wtf, he should have 10 by now’

Andy Richter reacts to losing Daytime Emmy to Tom Kenny (‘SpongeBob SquarePants’): ‘Wtf, he should have 10 by now’
Andy Richter was up for a Daytime Emmy this year: Best Performer in an Animated Program for voicing Mort, Grammy Mort, and Smart Mort in “All Hail King Julien: Exiled.” But at the Creative Arts Awards on Friday night, April 27, he lost to Tom Kenny for playing the title role in the long-running Nickelodeon series “SpongeBob SquarePants.” Richter didn’t mind, though. In fact, when he found out that that was Kenny’s very first Emmy nomination and win, he tweeted, “Wtf, academy? Tom is a genius and he should have won at least 10 by now.”

This was the second Emmy nomination for Richter in the race for Best Performer in an Animated Program. He was previously nominated in 2017 for voicing Mort, Smart Mort, Morticus Khan, and Ted in “All Hail King Julien.” In addition to that, Richter has accumulated seven Primetime Emmy bids for his work as a writer
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Aliens Essential Comics Volume 1 Coming This October from Dark Horse Comics

To celebrate the recent Alien Day, Dark Horse Comics announced the trade paperback edition of Aliens Essential Comics Volume 1, with artwork by Mark Verheiden, Mark A. Nelson, Den Beauvais, and Sam Kieth. Coming out this October, the first volume collects three previously released Aliens story arcs featuring Hicks, Newt, and even a little Ripley action. Continue reading for a look at the cover art:

Press Release: Milwaukie, Ore., — Since 1988, Dark Horse Comics has delivered the Aliens scares that audiences have demanded! For those thirty years, these stories have expanded the Aliens mythos and taken it to new heights with terrifying adventures spanning the depths of space and strange alien worlds. Now, Dark Horse is proud to present a value-priced paperback collection Aliens Essential Comics Volume 1.

Aliens Essential Comics Volume 1 collects the first Dark Horse Comics Aliens trilogy – Outbreak, Nightmare Asylum, and Earth War, which follows Hicks and Newt—and eventually
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The Morning Watch: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ IMAX Featurette, ‘Dumb & Dumber’ Reunion on ‘Conan’ & More

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows. In this edition, a new IMAX featurette for Avengers: Infinity War […]

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