Day: March 19, 2014

FX orders Billy Crystal’s “The Comedians” to series

FX just announced it’s bringing Billy Crystal back to primetime TV, as star of The Comedians, which has received an initial order of 13 episodes for its first season, to debut in 2015. Crystal plays a version of himself, essentially — “a superstar veteran comedian” — paired up with a younger comedian, played by Josh Gad, on a fictional late-night sketch comedy show. Crystal broke through in a breakthrough role on TV playing “Jodie Dallas,” network TV’s first openly gay character in ABC’s soap opera parody, Soap, in the late 1970s, and also starred for one memorable season of...

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This just in! 2014 American Comedy Awards adds “Concert Comic” category to differentiate from “Club Comics”

Just hours after voting closed overnight for the 2014 American Comedy Awards, the event has added a new category: CONCERT COMIC. And it’s a good thing, too. Because if you looked at the American Comedy Awards nominees for “CLUB COMIC” for more than a hot second, you quickly would have asked how in the h-e-double-hockeysticks newer stand-ups could be competing in the same category with vets such as Brian Regan and Bill Burr, especially since they’ve graduated to theaters (Regan having done so a long time ago). I asked. And today, the American Comedy Awards responded with the addition...

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Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda to reunite, star in new Netflix sitcom, “Grace and Frankie”

Netflix has announced a new 13-episode single-cam sitcom, Grace and Frankie, that reunites Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda as “long-time rivals brought together by a rather unusual change in their marital circumstances.” Tomlin and Fonda famously teamed up with Dolly Parton in the 1980 movie musical, 9 To 5. “Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are among the funniest and most formidable actresses ever and it’s an incredible privilege to give them the opportunity to run riot on Netflix,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer. “The show created for them by Marta and Howard is warm, very funny and...

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