Spade plans to avoid politics and focus solely on pop-culture on his 11:30 p.m. late-night talk show, premiering after The Daily Show with Trevor Noah later this year. Each night, the SNL alum and a rotating group of comedians and celebrities will break down the day's pop-culture news. The untitled show will also feature field pieces inspired by Spade's Instagram Stories, where he each day he mocks people around L.A. while he's walking around and driving. The new show marks a return to Comedy Central for Spade, who hosted The Showbiz Show that parodied shows like Access Hollywood and Entertainment Tonight from 2005 to 2007. Comedy Central has struggled with the post-Daily Show slot since Stephen Colbert's The Colbert Report ended in 2014. The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore lasted 19 months, while The Opposition With Jordan Klepper aired for 10 months.
Kimmel's brother, Jonathan Kimmel, will serve as showrunner on the revival of the show featuring crank-calling puppets that originally ran from 2002 to 2007 on Comedy Central and later MTV2. “Crank Yankers has always been my favorite show to make," Jimmy Kimmel said in a statement. "Nothing is more fun or makes me laugh harder than a great crank call and I am thrilled that Comedy Central asked us to do it again. At this time, I would like to ask all Americans to disable their caller ID. Thank you.”
Former SNL head writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider will be back for a second season of their comedy, which premiered three weeks ago.
A tweet celebrating Cardi B's accomplishment as the first solo female rap artist to win the Grammy for best rap album was met with the following tweet from BET's Twitter account. “Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj is being dragged by her lacefront." That prompted Minaj to announce that she and the rest of Young Money would pull out of this year’s BET Awards and BET Experience, where she was the headliner. BET deleted the tweet soon after and tweeted an apology. “BET loves Nicki Minaj," BET said in the statement. "We have supported her from the very beginning of her career and will continue to do so moving forward. Nicki has paved the way for so many performers and has solidified her place as one of the most powerful figures in the music industry. Unfortunately, the respect we have for Nicki was violated by this post that should never have been written. The post does not reflect how we feel about Nicki. And further does not reflect our company values."
Cinematography, film editing, live-action short and makeup and hairstyling are all moving off the main broadcast to keep this year's show under three hours. The four categories will be live-streamed online. These four categories will return to the live telecast next year as part of a rotation with other categories.
TNT and TBS president Kevin Reilly, who was named WarnerMedia's head of content and strategy in December, says he doesn't expect Friends and other Warner Bros. TV shows to stay on Netflix and other streaming services. Those "crown jewels" include Riverdale, The Big Bang Theory, The Flash, Arrow and other Warner Bros. TV shows that have become favorites on Netflix. “Sharing destination assets is not a good model," Reilly said at the TV press tour. "My belief is they should be exclusive to the service.”
Expected to air Feb. 18, A&E has reportedly delayed the episode, which delves into sexual assault allegations against the former The Ranch star. The episode was originally delayed in 2017 amid a criminal investigation into Masterson. One of the Masterson's anonymous accusers blames "classic Scientology attacks" on the delay. "We were put through these manufactured attacks," she says. "Scientology pushed and circulated these letters. The very organization that silenced us victims when we reported being violently raped, is still actively willing to use any means — there is seemingly no end to what they are willing to do just to insure our voices are taken from us.” An A&E rep said in a statement: “The episode was actually never on the schedule for February 18. That was incorrect info that was circulating but we never announced that date. We don’t have an air date for the episode yet but I will definitely let you know as soon as we do.”
SpongeBob's "Big Birthday Blowout" will kick off on July 12 (five days before the 20th anniversary), featuring the cartoon's voice cast playing human versions of SpongeBob, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, Sandy, Squidward and others.
A TV series based on Bret Easton Ellis’ 1980s novel is dead at Hulu. “It was a tonally very ambitious but ultimately it didn’t feel like the elements came together,” says Hulu vice president of originals Craig Erwich, in an interview with Deadline. Meanwhile, former Portlandia star Brownstein's TV series, set in the feminist and fiercely independent punk scene of the 1990s and inspired by her memoir, was a "very special project but ultimately didn’t fit our needs at the time," says Erwich.
Levy will play a woman who gains the ability to hear people's innermost thoughts, expressed as music on the musical dramedy from Paul Feig.
“I did know that,” quipped the former ER star while promoting Hulu's Catch-22 at the TV press tour. “That’s got to stop. We gotta go back and do some more!” Grey's Anatomy, which aired Episode 328 last week, is poised to surpass ER, which aired 331 episodes, next month.
“You might see me at some point. I can’t speak for anybody else in the cast, I can only speak for myself,” Berry said at the TV press tour for the show based on her 1992 film that she's executive producing with Lena Waithe. “I am so proud of this show, and you might see me. You might see me, for sure."
The alternative rock band's 1994 song "Over Your Shoulder" recently went viral in Japan thanks to reality TV pirates and YouTube algorithms.
"Before we even pitched the show, we had set up arcs for the characters because as of now the goal is that they stay in seventh grade forever," says co-creator/co-star Maya Erskine." In that case you're like, 'Oh well then how do the characters grow?' So we tried to establish that early on, in the first season, they're a bit more innocent and playing with more childhood versus teenagers. Then in the second season maybe they experiment more with drugs or we go through things that happened to us later on in middle school and then high school and just place that in the frame of seventh grade."
Executive producer Judd Apatow says of Sunday's episode: "As all these issues came up with sexual harassment, we thought, 'Oh, maybe there's a way for us to to reveal deeper aspects of this in our fictional world.' You know, 'Here's what it's like to be a woman on the road and all of the ways you're disrespected. Here's what it's like to have to work with the terrible, misogynist comedian and here's how he treats you on the road. And here's what it's like to be a waitress in a comedy club when all the comedians are trying to hit on you.' We realized (this episode) was a good space to acknowledge what's happening in the world." ALSO: Writer/star Jamie Lee says this episode was filmed before Louis CK's comeback.
The Emmy-winning actress will play the mom of Patricia Arquette's character on the sixth episode of the Hulu anthology series. Martindale's character is described as "a mercurial Louisiana matriarch who had quite a few control issues of her own." ALSO: Patricia Arquette: "I am a little exhausted of playing crazy women."
Josh Friedman wasn't happy to be let go from the show -- based on the 2013 movie of the same name -- that he had been developing for two years. He tweeted that his replacement, Graeme Manson, was “either an idiot, a coward, or a vichy motherf*cker.” TNT and TBS president Kevin Reilly, speaking at the TV press tour, explained Friedman's ouster on Monday, saying: “We had a pilot that was really promising with some creative people behind it. In that case it was a filmmaker who hadn’t really done television before; mounting a series was a different order.”
The trailer for the true-crime documentary on the Serial subject seems out of step for the premium network. HBO, says Adam Epstein, "has already proven it can deliver a valuable reexamination of a decades-old murder case, but this one seems different. This one seems misguided, and maybe even harmful."
Argenziano had numerous TV roles, most memorably recurring over seven seasons on Stargate SG-1 as Jacob Carter/Selmak.
Pedrad's comedy was originally developed at Fox in 2016, long before Hulu's PEN15 came out with similar premise. TBS has picked up Chad as a pilot. Pedrad will play a 14-year-old Persian boy in high school who tries to reconcile with his cultural identity.
After taking a hiatus last year, Bee's White House Correspondents' Dinner alternative will be back on April 27, the same night as the actual dinner.
Bashir Salahuddin, Diallo Riddle and other Late Night with Jimmy Fallon alumni are behind the Chicago-set comedy, revolving around employees stuck working at Rent-T-Own.