Day: April 22, 2014

Work stoppage threatens Last Comic Standing’s post-production editing (editors receive union contract!)

Producers of NBC’s Last Comic Standing hope to resolve a work stoppage that left them without their editing crew Monday when they walked off the job, seeking a union contract. “We’re union supporters, so we’re confident it’ll be worked out to everyone’s satisfaction,” producers told The Comic’s Comic on Tuesday. UPDATE! A deal got done late Tuesday, and editors will return to work Wednesday. A statement from the Motion Picture Editors Guild reads: “Thanks to the courage and cohesion they demonstrated, and to the overwhelming support showed to them by their Local 700 sisters and brothers and the entire IATSE community,...

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TruTV spins off Impractical Jokers crew for “Jokers Wild!” series, adds more to 2014 comedy slate

TruTV is embracing its comedic sensibilities. The cable channel, which already poked fun at life and videos with Impractical Jokers and Upload with Shaquille O’Neal, and earlier this spring announced a new sketch comedy series and a showcase for a comic magician, unveiled even more comedy to come in 2014 with the announcement of its full development slate Monday as part of truTV’s annual Upfront presentation to advertisers. The Impractical Jokers guys — Q, Sal, Joe and Murr — not only received a fourth-season renewal order of 26 episodes of practical jokes and public dares, but also earned a spin-off...

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Bill Cosby to receive Receive Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence at 2014 “American Comedy Awards”

The American Comedy Awards will return to network TV in May with one more big name to be feted, announcing late Monday the ceremony would give Bill Cosby the Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence. It’s essentially a lifetime achievement award for the 76-year-old stand-up comedian and sitcom legend, who released a new stand-up special, “Far From Finished,” last fall. The citation on the award: The Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence is presented to an individual who, over the course of their lifetime, has made an extraordinary contribution to comedy and whose impact and innovations have changed the...

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Community’s fifth-season finale roasts NBC

ICYMI: And apparently I did, as I wasn’t paying close enough attention on Thursday night to the final credits-bumper scene of Community’s fifth-season finale. Which effectively roasted NBC over the coals for all of the failed series it has ordered up in the five seasons while allowing Community’s fate to twist in the wind. Six seasons and a movie? Depends upon how thick the skin and how deep the sense of humor goes for NBC programming executives after seeing the network’s own talent past and present — including B.J. Novak as “Mr. Egypt” and Questlove as the star of...

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