Day: August 14, 2019

Phoebe Robinson talk show a go at Comedy Central

Comedy Central still has one of the 2 Dope Queens lined up for 2020. The network today announced a 10-episode order for a talk show fronted by Phoebe Robinson, featuring one-on-one interviews with headliners across pop culture. “This show will hit that sweet spot between educational and charmingly ignorant,” said Robinson. “Who doesn’t love that? Well, all older black people who struggled and marched for my rights. But besides that, everyone else does!” “Phoebe is everything we look for in a creative partner. She’s hilarious, brilliant, relatable and not afraid to be provocative,” said Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen, Co-Heads...

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Erica Rhodes, Michael Longfellow, Lewberger, Chris and Paul advance on Bring The Funny

Sorry, Ismo fans. NBC’s Bring The Funny judges Kenan Thompson, Chrissy Teigen and Jeff Foxworthy winnowed the field for this initial comedy competition down in half again on the second round of “comedy clashes.” They chose Erica Rhodes over Ismo. They preferred young Michael Longfellow over Calvin Evans. They sided with Lewberger’s sketch over an impromptu musical number from Harry and Chris. And The Chris & Paul Show’s silent sketch won out over Willy Appelman’s character work. Tune in next week for the final round of comedy clashes before viewers finally get to have a say in it...

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Tribeca TV Festival 2019 will celebrate “Friends” and spotlight new series, too

The Tribeca TV Festival, Sept. 12-15, 2019, will mark its year three with a 25th anniversary celebration of Friends, with two episodes curated by executive producers Marta Kaufman, David Crane, and Kevin Bright, who will participate in a post-screening conversation. Other highlights include the series finale of Amazon Prime Video’s groundbreaking Transparent; Tribeca Talks conversations with Hasan Minhaj and James Spader; and the second-season premiere of ABC’s comedy Bless This Mess, from Lake Bell and Dax Shepard. More comedy highlights: Bless This Mess (ABC) Season 2 World Premiere (Sept. 14, 8 p.m.)After making the move from big city New York to rural Nebraska, newlyweds Rio (Lake Bell) and Mike...

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Rose Matafeo to star in Starstruck for HBO Max and BBC Three

Soon the world will know the greatness of New Zealand’s Rose Matafeo. HBO Max and BBC Three will partner up to broadcast Matafeo’s next TV project, Starstruck, which she created, writes and will star. Starstruck will follow twenty-something Rose (Matafeo), a millennial in London, juggling two dead-end jobs and navigating the awkward morning-after when she discovers the complications of accidentally sleeping with a movie star.“The BBC have been so supportive of this project from the get-go and to be able to get this show in front of American audiences at the same time via HBO Max is truly exciting,” Matafeo said....

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Nathan Fielder moves to HBO for next TV projects

Nathan Fielder, whose writing team won this year at the WGA Awards for comedy/variety sketch series for the final season of Comedy Central’s Nathan For You, is heading to HBO. Fielder’s HBO deal includes starring in an upcoming comedy pilot, as well as executive producing an upcoming series, How To…With John Wilson. How To…With John Wilson is a half-hour, first person series hosted by Wilson as both cameraman and narrator, documenting the lives and careers of New Yorkers. You can see some of Wilson’s previous “How To…” short films online. Not much is known or announced for Fielder’s pilot....

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