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James Corden & Matt Smith Crowned As Parody Crimebusters ‘Lizzie & The Duke’

With crowns all the rage, The Late Late Show with James Corden pulled a royal flush last night with its fake commercial for Lizzie & The Duke, a faux-cop drama tapping into the latest British Invasion with a special appearance by ex-Doctor Who himself, Matt Smith. Watch the video above. Smith, of The Crown, plays a crimefighting, by-the-book Prince Philip, who is teamed by the gruff Chief McDaniels (Terry Crews) with the tough, anything-goes Queen Elizabeth (Corden, doing… Read


‘Mr. Iglesias’: Jacob Vargas, Maggie Geha & Cree Cicchino Cast In Netflix Comedy Series

Sons of Anarchy alum Jacob Vargas, Maggie Geha (Gotham) and Cree Cicchino (Game Shakers) are set as series regulars opposite Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias in Mr. Iglesias, Netflix’s upcoming multi-cam comedy series from the comedian and Cristela co-creator/executive producer Kevin Hench. In the comedy, Iglesias plays Gabe, a good-natured public high school teacher who works at his alma mater. He takes on teaching gifted but misfit kids to not only save them from being… Read


‘The Oath’ Teaser: Ike Barinholtz, Tiffany Haddish Comedy Serves Up Thanksgiving Fracas

Can’t wait for Thanksgiving turkey, fixings and dinner-table flare-ups over Washington’s latest folly? This might tide you over: A teaser trailer for The Oath, starring writer-director Ike Barinholtz and Tiffany Haddish in a comedy that reimagines the holiday family film for the era of political tribalism. From the producers of Get Out and BlacKkKlansman, The Oath stars Barinholtz and Haddish as a progressive couple – he’s high-strung, she’s more level-headed – who are… Read


Seinfeld On ‘Seinfeld’: Leaving Was Done At “The Perfect Moment”

Jerry Seinfeld has no regrets about turning down an NBC offer of $5 million for one more season of his Seinfeld comedy show. It was the perfect moment, and the proof that it was the right moment is the number of questions you're still asking me about it,” Seinfeld said in an interview with the New York Times Magazine. “The most important word in art is "proportion." How much? How long is this joke going to be? How many words? How many minutes? And getting that right is… Read


Hasan Minhaj Bids Farewell To ‘The Daily Show’ With Final Report

Hasan Minhaj

It was time to bid goodbye tonight to The Daily Show comedy correspondent Hasan Minhajwhose final report combined MoviePass and Obamacare into one super subscription. Minhaj wrapped up a Daily Show career that began in 2014 and boomed from there. He is leaving to host a weekly comedy show, Patriot Act, on Netflix. The show will debut on Oct. 28 and explore the modern cultural and political landscape. During his time on the Daily Show, Minhaj was the featured speaker at… Read


Epix Orders ‘Unprotected Sets’, Late-Night Docuseries On Rising Comics With EP Wanda Sykes

Epix launches Unprotected Sets with EP Wanda Sykes

Epix is giving some rising comics a new stage. The premium cabler has greenlighted Unprotected Sets, a weekly late-night docuseries that follows stand-ups and counts Wanda Sykes among its executive producers. Produced by MGM Television, the 12-episode first season launches at 11 PM Friday, October 5. “We’re excited that we get another opportunity to give up-and-coming comics a chance to shine,” said Sykes, who’ll be an EP alongside showrunner Page Hurwitz of Push It… Read


Emmy Predictions: Can A ‘Marvelous’ Newcomer Knock Off Category Regulars On Her First Try?

Deadline Awards Columnist and Chief Film Critic Pete Hammond gives his take on the top acting contenders for the 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards. Here, he breaks down the categories of Outstanding Lead and Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series The big news here is that the record-breaking run of six consecutive wins in this category for Julia Louis-Dreyfus has finally come to an end, for the time being at least—Veep is on hiatus… Read


Emmy Predictions: Can Donald Glover Defend Comedy Series Actor Crown Against Veterans In Their Return?

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Deadline Awards Columnist and Chief Film Critic Pete Hammond gives his take on the top acting contenders for the 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards. Here, he breaks down the categories of Outstanding Lead and Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Three newcomers to this category add some fresh blood to make it just a bit more interesting. One is a multiple former Emmy winner—decades ago, in the same category—and a beloved TV star; another… Read


She Is ‘Maisel’, Hear Her Roar: Amazon Series Creators & Stars On #MeToo Timing & Blazing A New Trail

Two-thirds of the way into the pilot of Amazon Studios' The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, there's a moment that underscores just how unflappable Rachel Brosnahan's uptown Jewish housewife heroine, Miriam 'Midge' Maisel, truly is. Her business suit-wearing wannabe stand-up hack of a husband, Joel (Michael Zegen), drops the news on the eve of what will be a very busy Yom Kippur (they got the Rabbi to come over, finally) that he's leaving Midge for his secretary Penny—and with his… Read


Luke Null Isn’t Returning To ‘Saturday Night Live’; Chicago Comic Tweets “Good To Be Home”

Saturday Night Live featured player Luke Null will not return to the NBC show when it returns for Season 44 this fall, sources confirmed to Deadline. Null was hired last year – along with Chris Redd and Heidi Gardner – but got little screen time over the course of the season. Prior to SNL, Null was a member of the Chicago improv group Newport Hounds, appearing at the city’s iO Theater. Among Null’s more memorable sketches during Season 43 were “Late For Class” in which he… Read


‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Costume Designer On Series’ “Beautiful Color Compositions” & Midge’s Season 1 Arc

After winning her first Emmy a decade ago for HBO miniseries John Adams, costume designer Donna Zakowska is once again reaping the benefits of intricate period work, with Amazon comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. For Amy Sherman-Palladino's acclaimed series, following an extraordinary housewife turned comedienne, Zakowska sought to capture the sartorial spirit of 1958 New York City. While tracking the fashion of a dynamic, vibrant time in the history of the East Coast… Read


‘BlacKkKlansman’ Producers On Spike Lee’s “Strength Of Perspective” & Focus Features Pic’s Turnaround Time

It’s no accident that this past weekend—a year to the day after Charlottesville—saw the premiere of Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman. That event and its repercussions had been on Lee’s mind throughout production. Off the back of a healthy rollout for the film—with Lee’s best box office results in over a decade—the resonance between the story of Ron Stallworth, the cop of went undercover and infiltrated the KKK, couldn’t be more urgent. Sitting down in Cannes with Deadline's Joe… Read