Day: July 29, 2015

Last Comic Standing, Season 9: Invitationals, Part One

NBC’s Last Comic Standing opened its ninth season last week with an homage to famous competitors from past years who weren’t famous then. “Over the last eight seasons, one show has launched some of the biggest names in comedy,” the voiceover announces, as the visuals show you past glimpses of Amy Schumer, Cristela Alonzo, Lavell Crawford. None of them won Last Comic. Iliza Shlesinger did. So take those odds for what they’re worth! Are you ready for comedians to be compared and judged?! We have a new judge, Norm Macdonald, and a new host, Anthony Jeselnik, who lets us...

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NBC says goodbye to “Welcome to Sweden”

Welcome to Sweden, and now fare thee well, Sweden. Amy Poehler said goodbye to NBC and Parks and Recreation earlier this year, and barely anyone stuck around to watch her brother, Greg, toil away with his wife and new life in Sweden. Viewership of Welcome to Sweden — in its second season from Sweden’s Entertainment One Television, Syskon, TV4 and Jarowskij, then syndicated to NBC — dipped to 0.3 and 0.2 over consecutive half-hours this Sunday night. As Greg Poehler posted on Instagram overnight: “Holy shit. What a ride! Due to some craptastically low ratings in the US, WTS...

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