Day: November 22, 2014

Netflix nabs Ellie Kemper’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” from NBC for two-season commitment

In a stunning move, NBC has agreed to free one of its upcoming sitcoms from the clutches of its “drama-heavy” primetime slate to find an audience and grow for at least the next two years on Netflix. Netflix announced Friday night it had picked up Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt — starring Ellie Kemper and co-created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock — for a two-season exclusive commitment, launching worldwide in March 2015. NBC originally announced in May it had ordered 13 episodes of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for fall, then didn’t put it on the fall schedule, nor the midseason schedule...

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Spike TV spins off “Lip Sync Battle” from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Can you imagine a whole half-hour of Jay Leno’s JayWalking? How about a weekly half-hour of the late Johnny Carson’s Carnac the Magnificent? This is a first: A signature bit from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and now The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon has been spun-off into its own weekly half-hour series, as Spike TV announced it’ll premiere Lip Sync Battle on its cable channel in April 2015. The spin-off series is a collaboration among Fallon’s Eight Million Plus Productions, plus two of his early lip-sync battlers, actors John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant. Fallon announced the deal during...

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FOX orders up World’s Funniest Fails, places comedy panel series on Fridays in January 2015

Move over, Tosh. Don’t be ridiculous, Ridiculousness. FOX thinks it can trump Tosh.0, Ridiculousness and all of the other comedians-talking-about-epic-fail-video series on cable by starting up its own such mocker talker in primetime on network TV. World’s Funniest Fails will premiere at 8 p.m. ET/PT Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. It’s a one-hour series based on the FailArmy YouTube channel,¬†which has amassed close to 6 million subscribers (5,994,000 and counting at this writing) since launching in July 2011 for its twice-weekly video compilations, which hit YouTube on Tuesdays and Fridays. Its regular funny fail video compilations online will be complemented...

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Frank Nicotero on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Frank Nicotero, the warm-up guy for America’s Got Talent who got into it last year with a contestant auditioning with his signature bit, got to show his original version this past summer — well, almost — on Last Comic Standing. It was a digital extra for a while. Now, on Thursday’s Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Nicotero finally earned his chance to commit his bit to network television tape for posterity. So here it is, Frank Nicotero illustrating for us what it looks like to watch a couple argue in a car but not be able to hear...

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