Day: October 2, 2018

Tenacious D’s NSFW webseries and new album: Post-Apocalypto

Tenacious D is back. Jack Black and Kyle Gass have recorded a new album, are heading out on tour behind it, and also releasing a six-episode animated webseries, with each episode featuring a brand-new Tenacious D song from JB and KG. It’s called “Post-Apocalypto.” And Black hand-drew the webseries himself! The webseries includes “appearances” from Donald Trump Jr., Elon Musk, Johnny Depp and breakout performances by Tenacious D’s cast of cohorts, Hope the Three-Headed Dog, and Robot. The album includes Dave Grohl on drums! It’s out Nov. 2, 2018. You can pre-order the album now: Tenacious D will be...

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There’s a George Carlin biopic in the works

A feature film biopic on comedy legend George Carlin is in the works, with Jerry Hamza, Carlin’s estate executor and former manager, on board as a producer. The Jackal Group (currently producing an animated version of The Addams Family) has acquired the film rights, and have hired Stan Chervin (Moneyball) to write and produce. There’s no distribution yet for the project. “We are honored to tell the story of one of the most important and influential comedians of all time, and to do so alongside those who knew him best,” said The Jackal Group’s Gail Berman and Joe Earley. “In...

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HBO remains in the Danny McBride business, ordering “The Righteous Gemstones” to series

Danny McBride will star in his third outrageous HBO comedy series soon enough. The cable giant announced Tuesday it had ordered The Righteous Gemstones to series. With his writing/directing/producing partners Jody Hill and David Gordon Green, they’ve previously released critically-acclaimed bonkers comedies Eastbound & Down and Vice Principals for HBO. In The Righteous Gemstones, McBride will play eldest son to John Goodman’s patriarch Eli Gemstone in a half-hour comedy about a famous televangelist family. And all the craziness that happens behind the cameras. The Gemstone family also will include Edi Patterson, Adam Devine, Cassidy Freeman and Tim...

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Showtime cancelled I’m Dying Up Here after two seasons

I cannot say I’m surprised. Or that anyone else is surprised to learn this week that Showtime had cancelled I’m Dying Up Here after two seasons. Despite what I wrote in Decider urging the network this summer to give it a third go-around. The series, based on the non-fiction book of the same title about The Comedy Store and the 1970s comedy boom in Los Angeles, gave lots of cameos and meaty roles to stand-up comedians. And yet, the viewers never came, nor stuck around. I’m Dying Up Here averaged 143,000 in live and same day viewing in season...

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HBO will celebrate 15 years of Real Time with Bill Maher

Being politically incorrect got Bill Maher canned from ABC’s late-night series, Politically Incorrect, 16 years ago. But HBO came in and saved Maher’s day, and career. And now, it’s time for his 15th anniversary, and HBO will celebrate by airing REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER: ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL on Friday, Oct. 19. The special looks back at highlights of Maher’s 25-year-run on late-night TV, featuring archival footage from both Real Time with Bill Maher and Politically Incorrect, as well as appearances by such notables as Salman Rushdie, Maureen Dowd, Billy Crystal, Larry David, Martin Short, Woody Harrelson and Barbra Streisand, among others,...

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