Day: December 15, 2011

FX orders late-night unscripted series for Russell Brand

Well, blimey mate! Check out this cheeky monkey who earned himself a six-episode order for a late-night series of specials. On cable. It’s Russell Brand, who received the series order from FX on Thursday. Details: Brand will star in six half-hour episodes of “an unscripted late night series” to debut in spring 2012. They’ll be shot in front of live audiences and showcase Brand talking up current events and working the crowds. From the press release: “We’re very excited to add Russell Brand’s bracingly funny, original, and honest voice to the FX comedy line-up,” said Nick Grad, Executive Vice...

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The SAG and Golden Globes nominees for comedy: Who got it righter?

Oh, the Golden Globes. The Pia Zadora of awards shows. How you make up such silly ideas in your heads about who delivered award-worthy work in TV and film, always determined most importantly by whom the Hollywood Foreign Press Association would like to dine and get drunk with each January. And how we tune in to see the stars get drunk and say silly things on live TV. And how, with each successive year, host Ricky Gervais mocks the whole charade with increasing precision. So. Now that that’s out of the way. What did the HFPA do right this...

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