Day: April 26, 2018

Netflix gets Fluffy, ordering a multi-cam sitcom plus two stand-up specials from Gabriel Iglesias

Move over Fluffy. Here comes Mr. Iglesias. Netflix announced today it has ordered a 10-episode season of Mr. Iglesias, a new multi-cam sitcom starring stand-up comedian Gabriel Iglesias, as well as two comedy specials from him to come. In his sitcom, Iglesias will star as a good-natured public high school teacher who works at his alma mater. He takes on teaching gifted but misfit kids to not only save them from being “counseled out” by a bully bureaucrat Assistant Principal, but also to help them unlock their full potential. “When I was a kid, I wanted to be either a...

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Colin Jost and Michael Che will host the 2018 Emmy Awards

Normally the rotating networks who host the Emmy Awards each fall use it as an opportunity to showcase their star late-night talk-show host. NBC has done that before for both Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers. For 2018, though, they’re going with Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update duo of Colin Jost and Michael Che, who’ll co-host the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 17, 2018. Lorne Michaels will executive produce the Emmys, and there are plans for other SNL stars to pitch in.   “NBC is thrilled to be the home of this year’s Emmy Awards and with Colin and...

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Bill Cosby: Guilty!

A jury of seven men and five women in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, has returned a guilty verdict today against Bill Cosby on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. It was a retrial held a year after the initial criminal case brought forward by Andrea Constand. The jury had deadlocked last year. Constand, a former Temple University employee who had alleged she lost consciousness in January 2004 when the legendary comedian slipped her three pills with her win. She further alleged that when she regained consciousness, Cosby was digitally penetrating her and forcing her hand to touch his penis. The...

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Comedy Central creates new Creators Program to develop new talent, announces first five participants

Comedy Central today announced the launch of The Creators Program, a new digital initiative to identify, develop and launch the next new things in comedy. Nate Dern, formerly artistic director at the UCB-NY, and more recently at Funny or Die, will head up the Creators team, which starts with five comedians selected from more than 1,000 initial applicants. As Comedy Central Creators, Ryan Beck, Chris Cotton, Hanna Dickinson, Jordan Mendoza and Natasha Vaynblat will write, produce and star in not only a daily show on Comedy Central’s social media platforms that talks about the news o’ the day, but...

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SeriesFest announces finalists in Storyteller Initative for comedy writers

SeriesFest, the nonprofit organization dedicated to showcasing the best and boldest emerging voices in television, in partnership with Elysium Bandini Studios and Parallel Entertainment, personal management company, today announced the three finalists of this year’s “Storyteller Initiative,” a program created to discover original comedy writers. They are:Juiciful, written by Courtney Bush, Jake Goicoechea and Will Carrington; Volunteered, written by Paige VanTassell; and Coupled,written by Janet Silverman. All three finalists will participate this week in a two-day workshop in Los Angeles, meant to encourage growth in their craft and the opportunity to hone skills like the art of the pitch; get first-hand accounts of...

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