Day: July 15, 2014

TV Land’s “Hot In Cleveland” gets an animated episode with Steven Tyler, and LeBron James?!?

LeBron James may have announced he’s coming home to the Cleveland Cavaliers, but on an upcoming animated episode of TV Land’s Hot In Cleveland, the ladies already imagined life as if the NBA’s King James never left Ohio. The July 30, 2014, episode also features Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler as himself. “The Animated Episode,” a first for TV Land (the cable channel also has broadcast live episodes of Hot In Cleveland), toons up Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Betty White. Tyler acts as their psychedelic tour guide through the half-hour, including a dream sequence in which LeBron...

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Noel Wells, John Milhiser also one-and-done, out of SNL; Nasim Pedrad leaves for “Mulaney” on FOX

We all knew it wouldn’t last. Saturday Night Live enjoyed its largest cast in more than two decades for season 39, but with the coming plans for a big 40th anniversary celebration — and an interview with creator/executive producer Lorne Michaels saying just last month: “Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. We’re still in the middle of rebuilding. So, there will be changes this year” — you just knew firings were happening. Michaels gave that interview to Deadline in June. Late today, Deadline reported first that SNL had axed first-year featured players Noël Wells and John Milhiser from the cast. Yesterday, Brooks...

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The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail: A live comedy showcase and TV series origin story

The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail is a live stand-up comedy showcase that happens Wednesday nights in the back of a comic book store on Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard. It’s also, as of next Wednesday (July 23, 2014), going to be broadcast on Comedy Central. To see how Jonah Ray, Kumail Nanjiani, producer Emily V. Gordon, store owner Gaston Dominguez-Letelier, producer Mike Rosenstein and others turned it into a thing worth sharing on TV, watch this mini documentary that’s all about just that! It also features snippets from many of the comedians who participated in the first season, including Nick...

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Brooks Wheelan fired after one season on Saturday Night Live

Brooks Wheelan was a last-minute addition to the cast of Saturday Night Live, originally hired on last summer as a writer. On Monday, after a transitional 39th season at SNL that saw its biggest cast in two decades vying for stage time, Wheelan announced on Twitter that he was one-and-done with the show. Had a blast and loved every second of it. I'm totally honored to be able to make this next joke… FIRED FROM NEW YORK IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT! — Brooks Wheelan (@brookswheelan) July 14, 2014 The show sometimes made light of all the new cast members last...

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