Month: November 2018

Review: Trevor Noah, “Son of Patricia” on Netflix

I’ve been a fan of Trevor Noah since I first saw him Off-Broadway performing his first one-man show, Born a Crime, in the States. That was before he got The Daily Show and became a more of a TV personality here. When I met and saw him, Noah was still trying to break into America. Now that he has broken through, the demands for content have grown stronger, haven’t they. So now he’s back with a new Netflix special, Son of Patricia, which I like a little less than his previous special, and a little less than the special...

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SAG-AFTRA approves new animation contract through 2020

As animation and voiceover work becomes ever more commonplace among mainstream TV and movie fare, it’s more necessary to work out fair labor contracts. SAG-AFTRA members overwhelmingly voted earlier this month on a new deal. Results announced this week revealed 95 percent yes votes, 5 percent in the minority voting no. This was a very important negotiation for our members who work on television animation projects due to the expansive growth of streaming media. It was imperative that we ensure our members receive compensation that reflects an evolving business model. With approval of these agreements, members will continue to...

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This week in TV development

This week in TV development, we’re taking you around the dial and down the streaming services to get you all caught up. In alphabetical order by network… First off, ABC decided not to order its planned spinoff for The Middle, called Sue Sue in the City, which would star Sue Heck. The single-cam pilot, previously ordered by ABC this summer, would co-star Chris Diamantopoulos, Brock Ciarlelli, Kimberley Crossman, Finesse Mitchell and Aaron Branch. It may still find a home somewhere, though, so stay tuned. ABC As pictured above, a single-cam is in the possible works starring, created and executive produced by “Liberal Redneck”...

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Watch Julia Louis-Dreyfus accept her Mark Twain Prize

It’s fitting that the best and only part of this year’s Mark Twain Prize ceremony that you really need to watch is Julia Louis-Dreyfus herself accepting her award for 2018. The tributes made by friends and former colleagues are all sweet, if sometimes not all as funny as they aspired to be. All of which makes Louis-Dreyfus shine that much brighter. She is a comedy queen. May we enjoy her works for years and years to come. Roll...

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Emily Heller on The Late Late Show with James Corden

Emily Heller got married! Heller explains why in this performance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, the origins and nature of her relationship with her husband. Heller has a very next-gen Elayne Boosler vibe going on with this set, and I mean that as the highest compliment, of course. Roll the clip! If you like this, then get Heller’s new comedy album, out...

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