Day: September 23, 2011

Jason Sudeikis on the mystique of all-nighter Tuesdays writing on SNL

Plenty of interesting moments out of last night’s “Long Days Journey into Late-Night” panel at the 2011 New York Television Festival, but I wanted to single out just one for now. Moderator Jason Sudeikis went through a typical week’s schedule for Saturday Night Live, which just reconvened the full cast and new writing staff for this season’s premiere on Saturday. Here is what Sudeikis had to say about their typical Tuesday all-nighter as the cast and writers whip up new sketches in time for Wednesday afternoon’s read-through: “Tuesday folks get in there around, again with ours being much more...

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Comedy Central launches short pilot competition with New York TV Festival

As the 2011 New York Television Festival hits its own homestretch this weekend, it has announced a new initiative with Comedy Central that seeks original comedy pilots and scripts, with the top submission receiving a $7,500 development deal from the network next year. “The NYTVF is thrilled to partner with Comedy Central on this new development initiative and open industry doors for our community of independent artists” said NYTVF Founder and Executive Director Terence Gray.  “As television and new media continue to take chances and push the boundaries of comedy, this is an exciting time for great comedic voices...

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What the stars of NBC’s “Whitney” had to say about their series premiere

It’s been more than curious to watch the backlash from the comedy community and “comedy nerds” against Whitney Cummings and her new NBC sitcom, Whitney, which debuted last night to an audience of about 6.7 million viewers. Reaction from TV critics has run the gamut from loved it to really hated it. I’ll post my own review next week. And executive producer Betty Thomas threw a little bit of hate back at the haters in this TV Guide interview. For casual viewers, though, they may have just wanted to know a little bit more about the show and who...

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