Month: June 2014

TBS celebrates #Seinfeld25 this week with special broadcasts, new clip-sized clips!

Seinfeld first aired on NBC on July 5, 1989, as The Seinfeld Chronicles. Yada, yada, yada and all of these 25 years later, it has raked in more than $3 billion just in syndication! Vulture broke down the math, figuring co-creators Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David earn $400 million apiece, each time the syndication rights renew. Speaking of syndication, though. TBS will run the 25 most classic episodes of this vaunted juggernaut in sitcom history throughout the next six nights. The TBS Seinfeld25 week schedule is below. But first, some great moments in Seinfeld history, newly chopped up and...

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FX orders Denis Leary’s Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll to series, co-starring Robert Kelly, John Corbett

Denis Leary was a star of FX’s first-generation rise of original dramas through seven seasons of Rescue Me. In 2015, Leary will return to a leading role on the cable network as the creator and star of┬áSex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, ordered today by FX to a 10-episode first season. Filmed in NYC, it’ll co-star┬áJohn Corbett, Elizabeth Gillies, Elaine Hendrix and comedian Bobby Kelly. From the official announcement by Leary: “I am extremely elated at the opportunity to once again be working with John Landgraf and the fine executive talent over at FX. They have a great platform for comedy, an award-winning marketing...

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Nick Thune and Felipe Esparza, for Honda Fit

A new TV campaign for the Honda Fit began rolling out, with separate ads starring comedians Nick Thune and Felipe Esparza. I noticed them first conveniently enough in the middle of broadcasts for Last Comic Standing, which Esparza previously won. A third set of Honda Fit ads will feature Questlove. The ads with Thune have him answering questions posed by actors as potential car-buyers: And here is Esparza’s ad: Mas, en...

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Chris Rock’s monologue, highlights from hosting the 2014 BET Awards

Notable and newsworthy as much because Chris Rock hasn’t performed much stand-up comedy on TV in recent years, and because this should excite you even more about the prospects of Rock’s upcoming stand-up tour this fall. Rock hosted the 2014 BET Awards last night. Here are the highlights from his opening monologue, which included nods to Solange and Jay-Z, Dr. Dre’s $3 billion deal for Beats, Oprah, Scandal, the ubiquity of Kevin Hart, civil rights movies, and Donald Sterling. Roll the clip! Here are a couple of other highlights of Chris Rock’s hosting gig with the BET Awards. Joining...

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Who is Ari Voukydis? Final Jeopardy answer winner for the ages

There’s a classic episode of Cheers in which U.S. Postal Service employee Cliff Clavin finally finds the opportunity to make the most of his trivial knowledge as a contestant on Jeopardy!, only to blow it all up by giving what he feels is a correct question to a vague answer clue. Remember to give your answers in the form of a question. Perhaps comedy writer and improviser Ari Voukydis was thinking of this TV comedy moment and paying ultimate tribute to it. Perhaps Voukydis wanted his fellow improvisers to get a jump-start on their celebrations for last weekend’s 16th...

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