Day: March 9, 2015

RIP Sam Simon (1955-2015)

Sam Simon, the comedy writer/producer/director of sitcoms such as Cheers, The George Carlin Show and The Simpsons, who funneled millions of his own profits from the latter show into a non-profit foundation that rescued dogs, has died from cancer. Simon was 59. The Sam Simon Foundation announced the news today on Facebook: “It is with much sadness that we must let you know that Sam Simon has passed over. We all miss him, and in his honor, we will continue bringing his vision to light through our work at The Sam Simon Foundation. We take comfort in knowing how...

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Stand-up from Amy Schumer, Jim Gaffigan and Bill Burr at 2015’s Night of Too Many Stars

So much happened during the 2015 Night of Too Many Stars that Comedy Central didn’t even have time to air it all within two hours of TV. Thankfully, the Internet survives. From Amy Schumer’s opener — “I believe it was my mentor, the great Bill Cosby, who said…” — on through Jim Gaffigan and to headliner Bill Burr’s lament that Martha Stewart wasn’t having any of his jokes. All great stuff. And all right here for you to watch and enjoy and share. Roll the...

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TV Land’s “The Soul Man” kicks off season 4 with a live episode

The Soul Man on TV Land will go LIVE for its fourth-season premiere on March 18 with stars Cedric The Entertainer, Niecy Nash and Wesley Jonathan. Roll the tease. Sherri Shepherd will guest star in the live season premiere as Nikki, Boyce’s (Cedric) unruly cousin. Live episodes have become a recurring gambit for TV Land. Popular sitcom Hot in Cleveland has gone live before, and last year’s season three premiere of The Soul Man also aired as it happened, with guest star Brandy going into labor. The Soul Man follows R&B super-star-turned minister Reverend Boyce “The Voice” Ballentine after...

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Michael Kenneth Williams joins Will Ferrell to star in IFC’s follow-up miniseries to The Spoils of Babylon

Omar. Chalky. Rock. Michael Kenneth Williams will chalk up a new iconic TV character, starring as pianist Rock Banyon in the new IFC miniseries parody, The Spoils Before Dying. The cable network announced the casting today. The Spoils Before Dying comes from the same Funny or Die team that brought IFC the Emmy-nominated miniseries spoof, The Spoils of Babylon, with an all-star cast last year. The only confirmed returnee so far from that effort will be Will Ferrell, reprising his role as Eric Jonrosh, the fictional alcoholic author of the books that have spawned these miniseries. “We’ve been spoiled...

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