Imagine Entertainment Takes Controlling Interest In Comedy Series Producer Jax Media
EXCLUSIVE: Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment is expanding its footprint in scripted TV comedy by acquiring a controlling stake in Tony Hernandez’s Jax Media to develop, produce and finance film and scripted television projects in the comedy space.
The strategic investment, whose size has not been disclosed, gives Imagine a pipeline to up-and-coming comedic talent as well as access to Jax Media's physical production infrastructure in Los Angeles and New… Read
‘The Dangerous Book For Boys’ Gets Premiere Date On Amazon Prime
You can bookmark the premiere date for Amazon Prime’s The Dangerous Book for Boys. The streamer said today that its single-camera comedy series from Emmy-winning Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston and Superbad director Greg Mottola will launch Friday, March 3o.
Created by Cranston and Mottola based on the book by Conn and Hal Iggulden, the series follows the McKenna family as they cope with the untimely passing of Patrick (Chris Diamantopoulos), their patriarch and a… Read
‘Santa Clarita Diet’ Gets Season 2 Premiere Date On Netflix
‘The body count is about to increase. Netflix said today that Season 2 of its undead comedy Santa Clarita Diet will dig in Friday, March 23, around the world.
The series stars Timothy Olyphant and Drew Barrymore as Joel and Sheila Hammond, husband-and-wife realtors who lead vaguely discontented lives in the titular L.A. suburb with their teenage daughter Abby (Liv Hewson). Then Sheila goes through a dramatic change, sending their lives down a road of death and destruction… Read
Bill Maher Ponders Hollywood Romantic Comedies In The MeToo Era
In the era of MeToo, how, Bill Maher wonders, is Fifty Shades Freed the Number 1 movie in the country? (It’s not, but go with it for a moment).
Maher used the movie “about a woman on a leash” to kick off a New Rules riff last night on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher, pondering the mixed messages of Hollywood rom-coms, which, he said, have three basic plots: she married her boss, stalking is romantic and “I hate you and then I love you.”
“Now it’s true,” Maher continued… Read
‘Grace And Frankie’ Renewed For Season 5 On Netflix; RuPaul To Guest Star
Less than a month after Season 4 of Grace and Frankie went live on Netflix, the streamer has ordered another go-round for 2019.
The acclaimed comedy will have a new character: RuPaul is set to guest as Benjamin Le Day, a formidable and quick-witted adversary who faces off with Grace (Jane Fonda) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin).
The official greenlight comes a week-plus after production began on the new season. The series from Skydance Television follows the title characters… Read
TBS Orders ‘Twenties’ Comedy Pilot From Lena Waithe
TBS has given a pilot green light to Twenties, a single-camera comedy from The Chi creator and Master of None Emmy winner Lena Waithe.
Created and written by Waithe nine years ago, when she was in her early 20s, Twenties follows the adventures of a queer black girl, Hattie, and her two straight best friends, Marie and Nia, who spend most of their days talking shit and chasing their dreams. It’s a show about friendship, finding love, and messing everything up along the… Read
Chris D’Elia To Star In ‘Psychopath’ Comedy Series In Works At YouTube Red
YouTube Red is developing Psychopath, a half-hour comedy from Undateable alums Chris D’Elia, who is attached to star, and Craig Doyle, Richie Keen (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), 3 Arts Entertainment and Funny or Die.
Co-created by D’Elia, Doyle and Keen, written by Doyle and to be directed by Keen, Psychopath centers on a guy (D’Elia) who has an awakening when he discovers he's a bona fide psychopath. The project has received a script order for straight-to-series… Read
Jon Stewart, Amy Schumer, Lonely Island To Headline Comedy Central’s Clusterfest
Comedy Central and partners Superfly and Another Planet Entertainment have set the lineup for Comedy Central Presents Clusterfest, a three-day comedy and music festival headlined by Jon Stewart, Amy Schumer, The Lonely Island in their first live concert performance, and Trevor Noah.
The second-year event will again take place in the heart of San Francisco at Civic Center Plaza and Bill Graham Civic Auditorium from Friday, June 1 to Sunday, June 3, 2018. Tickets are on… Read
Chris Rock Comedy Special Gets Netflix Premiere Date
Netflix has slotted February 14 for the premiere of Chris Rock: Tamborine, the first stand-up special from the Emmy and Grammy-winning comedian in ten years.
In the special, Rock, one of the most popular stand-up comedians of the last two decades, covers of gamut of contemporary issues, with his trademark laser-like observations. Chris Rock: Tamborine is directed by Bo Burnham and filmed at New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Chris Rock: Tamborine is the first of two com… Read
‘Overboard’ Trailer: Eugenio Derbez & Anna Faris Flip The Script In Remake
The first full trailer for the Eugenio Derbez-Anna Faris romantic comedy Overboard is out, advancing the film’s April 13 debut in theaters.
The remake of the 1987 Goldie Hawn-Kurt Russell comedy, which was helmed by Garry Marshall, now has a new twist: Director Rob Greenberg has flipped the gender roles. Derbez plays a spoiled playboy, and Faris is a put-upon single mom hired to clean his yacht.
In the update from MGM, Pantelion Films, 3PAS Studios, Derbez… Read
John Oliver On ‘Last Week Tonight’s’ 5th Season, His Dustin Hoffman Dust-Up And Whether He Is A Journalist
John Oliver, during his fifth annual press breakfast before a new season of Last Week Tonight, addressed his confrontation with Dustin Hoffman at a panel event last fall and insisted that despite probing moments like that and on the show, he doesn’t consider himself a journalist.
“I really respect journalism. I wouldn’t say I’m a basketball player because I like basketball — I can’t dunk,” he said. “Similarly, I’m not a journalist. We have people working on our show who… Read
Tina Fey Praises Robert Carlock, A Partner For The #MeToo Age: “He’ll Shower Himself On His Own Time” — WGA Awards
Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, the former Saturday Night Live co-writers who re-teamed on 30 Rock and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, mixed zingers with genuine affection in accepting the Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence at last night’s WGA Awards. (See video of their appearance below.)
"If you have a meeting with Robert,” Fey marveled, noting the tenor of the times, “he will never be 'just getting out of the shower.' He’ll shower himself on his own time. You’re… Read