Day: January 21, 2018

Harry Shearer is releasing a Derek Smalls solo album, spun off from Spinal Tap

Spinal Tap’s career continues to climb past 11. In 2018, Harry Shearer’s Derek Smalls character is releasing a solo album! Smalls Change, Meditations on Ageing will drop globally on April 13, 2018, via Twanky Records/BMG on Digital, CD and Vinyl. Smalls Change is a poignant and oftentimes furious contemplation on aging that explores the passing of time and all things loud. With styles that cross the gamut of musical bases, the album possesses the edgy rawness and Rock God sensibility that was always shared by Derek and his fellow former band members, Nigel Tufnel and David St. Hubbins and, is now...

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Kristen Wiig will star in a sitcom for Apple TV

Apple’s launch into original TV/streaming programming continues, with the announcement late last week that Kristen Wiig will star in a half-hour sitcom for them, executive produced by Reese Witherspoon and her production shingle. Wiig starred for seven seasons on Saturday Night Live and earned four Emmy nominations during that time. She also received an Academy Award nomination for co-writing her 2011 hit movie, Bridesmaids. Her Apple series, created and show-run by Colleen McGuinness, is based on Curtis Sittenfeld’s short story collection You Think It, I’ll Say It. No timetable was announced for its release....

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Amazon renews The Tick, but cancels One Mississippi, I Love Dick and Jean-Claude Van Johnson

Amazon, in the wake of ousting its programming chief for sexual harassment and more, is moving forward without some of its better-loved female-fronted programming. Say what? I know. And yet. Amazon has renewed The Tick, while cancelling Tig Notaro’s One Mississippi after two seasons, and I Love Dick and Jean-Claude Van Johnson after just one. The Seattle giant’s Prime Video team also decided not to order any of their 2017 comedy pilots (including one that would have starred Bridget Everett) and declined to bring back Good Girls Revolt, which had much acclaim, too. They claim the moves all are...

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