Day: December 13, 2017

TV Academy modifies definitions of two Variety Special categories for 2018

The Television Academy announced some minor modifications to categories in its annual Emmy Awards, and one of the new changes for 2018 does impact the comedy world — especially James Corden, who with his production crew has been cleaning up in the variety categories the past couple of years. For 2018, the two Emmy categories for all of the variety specials will no longer be split between Variety Special and Special Class Program, but rather, between Variety Special (Live) and Variety Special (Pre-Recorded). That’s one way to keep the stand-ups and comedy separated from the tributes, primetime musicals and...

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SAG Awards reward The Big Sick, Lady Bird, GLOW and Curb Your Enthusiasm

First, the good news. The Screen Actors Guild wisely saw enough to appreciate the acting in The Big Sick that had eluded the Holllywood Foreign Press this awards season, as well as in the TV categories for Netflix’s GLOW. Plus more praise for the greatness of Get Out and Lady Bird on the film side. That said, how do you recognize the cast of Get Out but overlook the movie’s hero, played by Lil Rel Howery? I mean. C’mon. Here are this year’s SAG Award nominees. Winners announced live Jan. 21, 2018, on TNT, TBS and truTV. MOVIES Outstanding...

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Saturday Night Live reinstates Colin Jost as a co-head writer, promotes Michael Che as well

In other Saturday Night Live news heading into its Christmas episode before winter break, Lorne Michaels announced that Michael Che and Colin Jost have been named additional co-head writers of SNL, joining Kent Sublette and Bryan Tucker. Jost previously had served as a head writer for the long-running Emmy-winning variety show, before Michaels put him on camera and behind the Weekend Update desk with Che in 2014. SNL also has promoted Fran Gillespie and Sudi Green to positions as writing supervisors.   Kevin Hart hosts with musical guests Foo Fighters this Saturday, live from...

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Alec Baldwin wants to adapt his Trump parody book (and SNL character) for Broadway

Alec Baldwin, who won an Emmy for impersonating President Donald J. Trump on Saturday Night Live for the past year, wants to bring the parody to Broadway. “We may take the book and make it into a one-man show on Broadway,” Baldwin told Howard Stern this week. “Like Will Ferrell did the Bush thing.” If it happens, Baldwin’s Broadway show about Trump would be based on the book, You Can’t Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump (A So-Called Parody), and produced by SNL creator Lorne Michaels. He...

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Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert sing a Christmas carol for Howard Stern

What, or who, could convince Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert to collaborate on a Christmas carol? The “King of All Media,” of course! All hail Howard Stern for this cheeky holiday truce in the late-night TV wars. Roll it! Chorus to the tune of Jingle Bells: We’re all friends We’re all friends We all get along There’s no such thing as a late-night war Cause we’re all number one. Colbert: Well, technically I’m number one in the overall, but still we’re all doing great… Fallon: Actually, I’m number one in the 18-49 demo which as we all...

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