Day: August 11, 2016

Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah grab leads in two new Showtime comedy pilots

Turns out there’s more to the story of the sudden departures of both Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah from Saturday Night Live in the summer before their seventh seasons on the comedy showcase. Showtime had been negotiating with SNL and NBC to cast both of them in new comedy pilots for the cable network. After SNL fired Killam and Pharoah this past week, that made it a lot easier for Showtime to move forward. So Showtime announced today that Killam will star in the pilot for Mating, an anthology series from Jason Katims about a recently divorced guy trying...

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Stephen Colbert will cover Election Night 2016 LIVE for Showtime

Showtime’s David Nevins announced today to the TV Critics Association that Stephen Colbert will anchor his own live coverage of 2016 election results on the pay-TV network come Tuesday, Nov. 8. CBS already is pre-empting The Late Show¬†then because CBS News will air its own Election 2016 throughout the evening. And CBS Inc. owns both CBS and Showtime. “We’re working very hard to do a live election night comedy special with Stephen Colbert,” Nevins said. “Stephen wants to do it, the studio wants to do it. The thought is, do a live special, Colbert unfettered. He promised me he’ll...

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Review: Triumph’s Summer Election Special on Hulu

A foul-mouthed puppet dog has persuaded me to finally sign up for Hulu. Hulu just announced this week it’d end its free streaming service (although you can find some of that programming via Yahoo! in a new deal), putting it more in line with Netflix with $7.99/month (ads) and $11.99/month (no ads) subscription options. Which means you’ll have to pony up to watch the new Triumph the Insult Comic Dog special filmed during the 2016 Republican and Democratic national conventions. At least if you forget to unsubscribe after accepting a free trial subscription. But that’s another story for another...

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