Month: October 2017

Here are your 2017 Comics to Watch for the TBS New York Comedy Festival

The eighth annual Comics to Watch showcase for the New York Comedy Festival comes with a twist in 2017, as the partnership with TBS and Team Coco means one or more of these talented comedians may earn a spot performing on Conan. Here are the Comics To Watch showcasing in two times and locations Nov. 11: Chloe Radcliffe (Minneapolis, MN) Colin Lewis (Edgewater, NJ) Dina Hashem (Iselin, NJ) Erica Spera (Endwell, NY) Ivan Decker (Vancouver, Canada) Jaboukie Young-White (Chicago) JC Currais (Gainesville, FL) Jordan Temple (Queens, NY) Kellen Erskine (Los Angeles) Khalid Rahmaan (Brooklyn, NY) Michael Longfellow (Phoenix, AZ)...

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Watch the red band trailer for “No Activity,” Funny or Die’s first sitcom for CBS All Access

Here’s the new red band unrestricted trailer to No Activity, the first sitcom from Funny or Die for exclusive streaming on CBS All Access. Based on an Australian series, the American adaptation focuses on cops where not much happens, until suddenly a lot does. It debuts Nov. 12, with a cast that includes Patrick Brammall, Arturo Castro, Mackenzie Davis, Bridget Everett, Will Ferrell, Jake Johnson, Sunita Mani, Jason Mantzoukas, Adrian Martinez, Tim Meadows, Jesse Plemons, Amy Sedaris, Michaela Watkins and J.K. Simmons. Roll the clip! No Activity – Red Band Trailer from Funny Or...

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Episode #178: Mark Feuerstein

Mark Feuerstein co-created, produces and stars in the new CBS sitcom 9JKL, which is loosely based on his real-life experience moving back to NYC to live next to his parents and brother while starring for eight seasons on the USA drama Royal Pains. Feuerstein began acting as a student and classmate of mine at Princeton University, and after winning a Fulbright Scholarship, found early success in Hollywood, scoring network TV roles in Caroline in the City, Fired Up, Conrad Bloom and Good Morning Miami. He’s also co-starred on the big screen with Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock in Practical...

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New York Television Festival announces 2017 winning pilots and pitches

The 13th annual New York Television Festival named the winners of its annual contests and development deals for independent pilots over the weekend. “Best of the Fest” honors went to Giving Up while the NYTVF Critics Award was presented to Royally. “A dozen years after our first Festival, I continue to be impressed by the talent that we are attracting from a thriving community of independent creators,” said NYTVF Founder and Executive Director Terence Gray. “These individuals and their diverse points of view are making the art form of television better because they have chosen this episodic medium as the way to...

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Rick Najera out as CBS Diversity Showcase director after sexual harassment allegations

Rick Najera is out as director of the annual CBS Diversity Showcase after multiple complaints of sexual harassment lodged against him. CBS already had investigated Najera for similar allegations earlier this year. From the network’s official statement: “In March 2017, CBS became aware of inappropriate comments made during the production of the Diversity Comedy Showcase, and remedial action was taken at that time, which the company felt was appropriate to the matter. Subsequent information has recently emerged. After looking into these reports and a discussion with Mr. Najera, he has resigned from his role with the Diversity Comedy Showcase.”    ...

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