‘Schitt’s Creek’ Eugene Levy & Catherine O’Hara On Scorsese’s ‘SCTV’ Doc, & How ‘We Don’t Consider Ourselves Comedians’
In the pantheon of male and female comedy duos, one can feasibly rank SCTV alums Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara up there with such greats as George and Gracie Burns and Gilda Radner and Gene Wilder. Broadcasting out of the Great White North, the two established a reputation for respectively playing nerdy and brassy alter-egos, quite often together. Yet underneath their characters' quirks was a humanity, emphasized during their pairing in the Christopher Guest… Read
Kevin Hart & Lionsgate’s Laugh Out Loud Network Sets Summer Slate: ‘Lyft Legend’, ‘Cold As Balls’, New Series & More
Kevin Hart and Lionsgate’s digital network Laugh Out Loud has unveiled its summer slate, featuring four new original series and sophomore seasons of three others. The rookie shows star the likes of Rahat Hossian, Sarah Davenport, Skye Townsend and Carlie Craig.
Read details of all seven series below, and check out a teaser trailer for Lyft Legend Season 2 above.
The June-to-September months will see the returns of prank series Kevin Hart: Lyft Legend, which launches… Read
Tom Hanks Takes Over During Medical Emergency, Captivates ‘Henry IV’ Theater Crowd
All great actors can improvise. So when an emergency medical situation befell an audience member during Tom Hanks’s performance of Shakespeare’s Henry IV on Wednesday night at the Japanese Garden on the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration campus, it was time for a little magic.
The two-time Oscar winner leaped into action, staying in character during the medical emergency, which resulted in an ambulance taking the stricken patron away.
"No intermission brew for you!"… Read
Hiro Murai Throws Out Rulebook With ‘Atlanta’, Delivers Visceral Action With ‘Barry’ & Wows With “This Is America”
One of the most disruptive directors working today, Atlanta helmer Hiro Murai has brought specificity of vision to the Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning series, resulting in an experience unlike any other on television.
Working with Donald Glover prior to Atlanta—on memorable music videos for the actor's alter ego, Childish Gambino—Murai found a methodology and a shared sensibility that would factor significantly into the FX series. Set within the context of Atlanta's music… Read
Michelle Wolf And Hannibal Buress Play ‘Hate It Or Love It’ On Netflix’s ‘The Break’
“When I got this show I realized I had the opportunity to go really in depth on a topic, examining different points of view and presenting you with a measured opinion, acknowledging all the grey areas,” Michelle Wolf says in the latest edition of her Netflix series The Break.
“But I don't want to do that! I want to do something called ‘Hate It Or Love It,'” she enthused. Netflix eloquently describes it as Wolf’s latest fun “break from today’s sh*t storm.”
Hannibal Buress… Read
‘The Opposition’ To End As Comedy Central Orders New Jordan Klepper Weekly Series
EXCLUSIVE: Comedy Central’s daily late-night program The Opposition with Jordan Klepper will end its run after one season but Klepper is staying on the network with a new weekly half-hour series. Tentatively titled Klepper, it will feature the comedian out in the field, traveling the country and speaking to people.
The Opposition‘s last episode will air on June 28. Klepper just shared the news with the show’s staff. Development on the new show will start right after, with… Read
‘The Last Shot’ Basketball Comedy In The Works With ‘SNL’ Scribe Alum Andrew Steele, Red Crown & Funny Or Die
EXCLUSIVE: Funny or Die creative director and former Saturday Night Live head writer Andrew Steele is penning The Last Shot, a comedy set in the basketball world that is being produced by Red Crown Productions and Funny Or Die. Sports Illustrated writer Lee Jenkins, who has covered the NBA extensively over the last 11 years, will be making contributions to the script.
Pic will be produced by Daniel Crown and Yoni Liebling of Red Crown Productions, and Mike Farah and Joe… Read
Ellen DeGeneres Sets August Stand-Up Dates Leading To Netflix Taping
Ellen DeGeneres will cap a three-city, eight-night stand-up tour in August — her first in 15 years — with Seattle performances to be filmed for her first Netflix comedy special.
Presented by Live Nation, the string of stand-up shows launches August 10 at San Diego’s Balboa Theatre, moves to San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall on August 15 and concludes August 23 at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall (see the complete schedule below).
Long before her primetime sitcom Ellen or her… Read
‘Better Things’ Creator Pamela Adlon On New Sense Of Authorship As Series’ Sole Director & Showrunner In Season 2
In busy times, as the executive producer, writer and star of her first television series—FX’s Better Things—what more could there be for Pamela Adlon to do?
Co-creating Better Things with Louis C.K, Adlon was the key creative voice on her series from the get-go. It was in Season 2, though, that the creative took her involvement to new heights, as the series’ showrunner and sole director. “It’s something that was never on my radar,” Adlon says of directing. “If the thought… Read
‘Grown-Ish’ Breakout Yara Shahidi Takes Charge Of Her Own Narrative, Bringing College-Age Zoey Into Focus
Becoming a household name as the privileged, popular and highly intelligent Zoey Johnson in ABC’s critically-acclaimed comedy Black-ish—a role she booked only a few short years ago—Yara Shahidi was challenged recently to step to center stage for Freeform spin-off Grown-ish, a series that sees the Johnson’s eldest daughter go off to college.
For Shahidi, the opportunity to step up to first billing with the college-set series had an “art-imitating-life” kind of quality to… Read
Jimmy Kimmel-Ted Cruz One-On-One Grudge Match Set For Saturday
Summit, schmummit, the real showdown is on. Jimmy Kimmel said on his ABC show tonight that he is heading to Houston this weekend for “a major sporting event” that he called, “Bigger than the NBA Finals, bigger than the Stanley Cup. On Saturday, I will fly to Texas — on a plane! — to play Sen. Ted Cruz — in a game of one-on-one basketball.”
In a zing against the 2016 GOP also-ran, Kimmel added, “This will be Ted Cruz's second-most embarrassing loss to a TV host in recent… Read
‘SMILF’ Creator Frankie Shaw Hit The Zeitgeist In “Kismet” Moment, Debuting Series As #MeToo Dawned
An actress known for roles in Mr. Robot and Good Girls Revolt, Frankie Shaw is one of the more surprising talents working in entertainment today. After all, who but Shaw could get a show called SMILF on the air?
Creating her own opportunities in recent years as a writer and director, Shaw took a short of the same name to Sundance in 2015. Based on Shaw’s personal experiences, the film followed single mother Bridgette Bird (Shaw), struggling to balance her role as a mother… Read