Day: May 12, 2010

Daytime Emmys show love for Bonnie Hunt Show upon its exit; and other comedian nominees

The nominations for the 37th Annual Daytime Emmys came out today, with eight nominations each for The Ellen DeGeneres Show and comedian-laden The Electric Company, plus three nods for the soon-to-be-cancelled Bonnie Hunt Show. Awards will be handed out June 27 in Las Vegas, televised on CBS. You can view the full list of nominees here. Also of note for the comedy community… Ben Bailey is up again for outstanding game show host for Emmy-winning Cash Cab, and he'll be facing Wayne Brady (new Let's Make a Deal) in addition to his usual suspect competition of Pat Sajak, Alex Trebek and not-so-usual Carnie Wilson (for new Newlywed Game on GSN). Jeff Foxworthy's Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader is also up for outstanding game show. Clean House, with Niecy Nash and Matt Iseman, is up for lifestyle program and special class special. Amy Poehler is up for outstanding performer in an animated program for Nickelodeon's The Mighty B! Bonnie Hunt is up for outstanding talk show host, against The View ladies, Rachael Ray, Dr. Oz and Regis and Kelly. And comedy nerds will recognize Jason Woliner's nomination for outstanding direction in a children's series (The Electric...

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Fans saddened but hardly surprised that Comedy Central has cancelled Sarah Silverman Program

As you may have heard/read, Comedy Central (LOGO or no LOGO) will not renew the Sarah Silverman Program for a fourth season. It hardly comes as surprise to anyone who was a fan of the show, as Silverman herself and her co-stars had gone to Twitter and other forums asking fans to demonstrate their love and support for the show as the third season wound to a close last month. Comedy Central's gay Viacom sister station, LOGO, needed to step in last year just to make the third season possible. Here's what co-star Brian Posehn told me last month while promoting his new CD: What happened with the show's time shift? Comedy Central never really explained why you guys got moved to midnights all of a sudden. Yeah, our ratings were bad. So were Demetri's. They really love our show, though. The execs I know over at Comedy Central, yeah, are really big fans of it…but it's been happening for a couple of years. People aren't watching TV the same way they used to. I know I'm not the first person to say that, but it hurts shows, even if they're watching it later. Or on your Xbox. If you're not watching it when it happens that hurts success, because that's when it matters. They don't know how to count the other stuff yet. Even South Park I think...

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Aziz Ansari will have more movie deals when he hosts the MTV Movie Awards than most nominees

Here's one fool-proof way to figure out if your career is hot: If you have more movie deals than most of the nominees when you host the MTV Movie Awards ceremony, then you win! That's you, Aziz Ansari. Ansari already sold three movie pitches to Judd Apatow, but that didn't stop him from sealing a fourth movie deal this week with Mandate Pictures, based on a pitch that involves Ansari and Danny McBride (who is producing in a first-look deal with Mandate), on a script to be written by Harris Wittels. (Read the trade report at THR) Ansari hosts the MTV Movie Awards on June 6. Here's a new promo playing off of The Hurt Locker, with Ansari's explosive pants scaring off Kristen Bell. Roll the...

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