Month: September 2017

The Kids in the Hall looking to mount a limited TV series revival

Lorne Michaels brought The Kids in the Hall to television in the late 1980s via HBO and the CBC, and three decades later, he wants to bring them back to whatever you’re calling TV today. You already can still see the five members separately on TV and together in live touring productions. Mark McKinney co-stars on NBC’s Superstore. Dave Foley co-starred most recently on ABC’s Dr. Ken. Scott Thompson appeared on HBO Canada’s What Would Sal Do? this year. Bruce McCulloch recently created and co-starred in Young Drunk Punk for Canada’s City network. Kevin McDonald recently co-starred in the...

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Last comic still standing: Felipe Esparza talks about how he’s grown with his first HBO special

The last time I spoke at length with Felipe Esparza, he was enjoying the fruits of his success as a winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, headlining a theater tour with his fellow finalists that came through New York City’s Times Square in 2010. Esparza quickly capitalized on that with an hour special that aired on Showtime in 2012. Five years later, he’s back with a new special, Translate This, which debuts Saturday on HBO. “It’s a hundred times better than the first one, because the first one happened so fast,” Esparza told me over the phone last week....

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There’s Johnny finds a home on Hulu

NBCUniversal inked a deal with Hulu that’ll grant the streaming platform exclusive rights to several former NBC series and one brand-new series from Seeso that never would’ve seen the light otherwise. The deal includes putting all episodes of 30 Rock on Hulu as of Oct. 1, 2017. Plus, it means you’ll get to see There’s Johnny, the throwback series from Paul Reiser set in the world of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson during the early 1970s, when Carson moved from New York City to Burbank. Its stars include Tony Danza and Jane Levy. There’s Johnny was supposed to...

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Review: Def Comedy Jam 25, on Netflix

What does it mean to be black in America? I cannot pretend to truly know myself, but I can turn to my friends with empathy and listen to them, put myself in their shoes. A full generation before Black Lives Matter, Russell Simmons and Stan Lathan were making sure black comedians mattered by giving them their own TV showcase on HBO, Def Comedy Jam. Twenty-five years later, many of them reunited for one night only in Hollywood for a tribute and celebration filmed exclusively for Netflix: Def Comedy Jam 25. From my review of Def Comedy Jam 25, published...

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