Day: December 3, 2019

Netflix outbids HBO Max to keep Ali Wong on its platform

Speaking of Netflix and HBO Max duking it out for comedy rights in 2020, we also learned today that Netflix shelled out an eight-figure deal to Ali Wong to ensure she’ll release her next two stand-up specials on the original streaming giant. Wong broke out big by releasing her first two hours on Netflix, both while pregnant. She also starred in a rom-com with Randall Park (and Keanu Reeves) for Netflix this year, Always Be My Maybe. Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that WarnerMedia had offered Wong $10 million for an HBO special and were wooing her with a...

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HBO Max orders four more stand-up specials: Tracy Morgan, John Early, Rose Matafeo and Ahir Shah

My hunch is coming correct. HBO Max looks to take on Netflix for stand-up comedy supremacy in 2020, adding another four top comedians to its upcoming schedule. They are Tracy Morgan, John Early, Rose Matafeo and Ahir Shah. “We are incredibly proud to showcase this expansive range of comedic talent on HBO MAX,” said Suzanna Makkos, executive vice president of original programming, comedy and animation, HBO Max. “From legends to newcomers, this impressive slate of specials will complement the library of premium stand-up specials that HBO has become known for.” Tracy Morgan already stars on TBS, part of the HBO Max...

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Episode #283: Abby McEnany

Abby McEnany stars as a fictionalized version of herself in the new Showtime series Work In Progress. On Showtime, Abby is a 45-year-old overweight queer dyke from Chicago who plans to commit suicide in 180 days if her life doesn’t get any better. Can she become a work in progress before it’s too late? In real life, McEnany is still queer and based in the Windy City, but a little bit older and happier, thanks in part to her longtime involvement in Chicago’s improv comedy community — she’s been a mainstay of improv Olympic’s weekly improv group Virgin Daiquiri...

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Melissa McCarthy and others to sub for James Corden on The Late Late Show for Dec. 9-18, 2019

James Corden’s film career is getting in the way of his late-night TV hosting career. So CBS is getting a load of guest stars to sub for Corden and host The Late Late Show in his absence, starting next Monday (Dec. 9, 2019) through Dec. 18, 2019. Among the guest hosts: Alicia Keys; Chance the Rapper; Jeff Goldblum; Ken Jeong; Melissa McCarthy; and Harry Styles, who previously guest-hosted the show in December 2017. Each will guest host one night of The Late Late Show, with more specific scheduling to be announced. “We are of course going to miss James...

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