Day: November 11, 2019

Kevin Hart accepts People’s Choice Award two months after his car crash

Kevin Hart is on the mend, making his first public appearance two months after a serious car crash in Los Angeles. Hart accepted the People’s Choice Award for Comedy Act on Sunday night. “First and foremost, man, thank God, because I definitely don’t have to be here. Being that I am, it makes me appreciate life even more. It makes me appreciate the things that really matter — family. I want to thank my wife and my kids, who really stepped up to the plate for me. I also want to take the time to thank the People’s Choice...

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Episode #280: Elliott Morgan

Elliott Morgan is one of the members of The Valleyfolk, a crowd-funded Internet comedy troupe that won the inaugural season of NBC’s Bring The Funny in the summer of 2019, winning $250,000 and an invitation to perform at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal. That’s a long way from central Florida, where Morgan grew up and got married at a young age. Morgan grew up in comedy online thanks to a gig as one of the original members of SourceFed, a Google-funded YouTube channel that had more than 1.6 million subscribers when it stopped making videos in...

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E! revives The Soup, with new host Jade Catta-Preta

The Soup is coming back to E! The cable channel announced the revival during Sunday night’s telecast of the People’s Choice Awards. Jade Catta-Preta (whom you’ve heard on my podcast) will host the new iteration, debuting early next year. “We’re excited to bring this beloved franchise back to the network, with a new take on an old favorite,” said Rod Aissa, EVP, Production and Development, Oxygen & Production, E!. “Jade’s quick wit and keen observations will provide a much-needed voice in today’s pop culture landscape delivered in a way that only The Soup can.” Talk Soup debuted in 1991 with host...

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Kent Alterman out as head of Comedy Central in ViacomCBS executive restructuring

As the ViacomCBS merger enters its final throes, the company is throwing Comedy Central chief Kent Alterman overboard. Chris McCarthy (no relation) will add Comedy Central, Paramount Network, TV Land and the Smithsonian Channel to his oversight. McCarthy already runs Viacom’s MTV, VH1, Logo and CMT networks. Alterman, who headed East Coast development for Comedy Central from 1996-2000, returned to the network in 2010 as head of original programming and became president in 2013 (adding TV Land and Paramount duties in 2018). In Alterman’s first stint at Comedy Central, he oversaw development and production on such series as Strangers with...

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Woody Allen settles $68 million lawsuit with Amazon

Amazon, the world’s largest retailer that manages to avoid paying any federal taxes, couldn’t avoid paying disgraced filmmaker Woody Allen to stop making movies. Amazon had a four-picture deal with Allen. But the online giant cancelled plans to release his 2018 movie, A Rainy Day in New York, as well as future flicks in the wake of allegations from Allen’s daughter Dylan Farrow that he had molested her when she was a young girl. Allen denies the allegations. He sued Amazon in February for breach of contract, claiming Amazon already knew about those allegations and therefore still owed him...

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