Spike TV plans a comedic tribute roast of Alec Baldwin
Three years after paying tribute to comedic icon Don Rickles, Spike TV is returning for another “One Night Only” special at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, but this time to celebrate actor Alec Baldwin. Baldwin’s tribute will attract celebrity friends and comedians for a June 25 tapi... [Read More]
SNL’s Weekend Update gets primetime summer run for August 2017 on NBC
After sending Colin Jost and Michael Che last summer to the 2016 Republican and Democratic conventions for special live editions of Weekend Update on MSNBC, the Saturday Night Live duo is getting an upgrade this summer to primetime on NBC. Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update will premiere ... [Read More]
Review: Jim Norton , “Mouthful of Shame” on Netflix
Jim Norton has released stand-up specials on HBO and EPIX, and now in 2017 joins the growing list of comedians moving to Netflix in 2017 with his fourth hour, Mouthful of Shame. Here’s the intro to my review of this hour, via Decider: There’s nothing you can say about Jim Norton that he ... [Read More]
Before “The Big Bang,” CBS orders up spin-off prequel “Young Sheldon” to series
As season 10 of the CBS hit sitcom, The Big Bang Theory, nears its conclusion (with the cast in final negotiations for another two-year contract extension), the Peacock Network is confident enough in the future (or hedging its bets with a plan B) to order a spin-off prequel, Young Sheldon, before ev... [Read More]
Food Network orders “Incredible Edible Adventure” starring Jeff and Audrey Dunham
Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham might not be your first pick for a Food Network host. But the cable channel is no dummy. The six-episode summer series Incredible Edible America will feature Dunham’s wife, nutrition specialist and fitness trainer Audrey Dunham, following the couple around the United ... [Read More]
Sneak peek at Guy Branum’s “Talk Show the Game Show” on truTV
Guy Branum‘s Talk Show the Game Show, which showcased a live version of the upcoming truTV series over the weekend at SXSW, now has an official TV trailer and lineup of guests/contestants for the first 16-episode season on truTV, premiering April 5, 2017. Talk Show the Game Show, based on Bran... [Read More]
Episode #142: Fahim Anwar
The child of Afghan immigrants, Fahim Anwar grew up in Seattle, went to the University of Washington and got a job at Boeing in aerospace engineering to make his parents proud. But Anwar had a different dream, and no, I don’t mean the dancing machine Lance Cantstopolis. He took a job in Long B... [Read More]
Review: Jerrod Carmichael, “8” on HBO
I wrote up eight thoughts worth sharing and exploring while watching Jerrod Carmichael’s new hour of stand-up, 8, on HBO. Bo Burnham directed Carmichael in 8 for HBO, which made for some interesting and special choices, from the formal dress code and setting of putting young people in the Maso... [Read More]
Review: Amy Schumer, “The Leather Special” on Netflix
Amy Schumer’s stand-up specials have jumped from Comedy Central — the network that showcased her rise from roasts to Inside Amy Schumer — to HBO and now Netflix. Because how can Comedy Central compete with Netflix at this point? But that’s beside the point of this review. Sch... [Read More]
Anthony DeVito on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Anthony DeVito made his network TV debut on Friday’s episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where he acknowledged that his facial features make him “ethnically ambiguous,” which can be a plus and a minus in this era. It also makes him the future! If so, the future also is e... [Read More]