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'Last Comic Standing' Winner Alonzo Bodden, I Ache for 'Ralphie F****** May'

  • TMZ
[[tmz:video id="0_21dz00r0"]] Alonzo Bodden, the winner of "Last Comic Standing" season 3, is heartsick over the death of Ralphie May. We got Alonzo Friday at Lax, where he talked about his good friend and fellow "Last Comic Standing" alum. He mused about Ralphie, whom he says was "totally inappropriate." And he tells us how he endearingly referred to him as "Ralphie F****** May." TMZ broke the story ... Ralphie died of a heart attack Friday in Vegas, after battling pneumonia for 6 weeks.
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Alonzo Bodden remembers his harrowing stint as host of America’s Worst Driver

  • The AV Club
Best known for his stand-up comedy and his recurring role on Showtime’s Californication, Alonzo Bodden’s brief stint as a host on America’s Worst Driver is probably long gone from public memory. On the Travel Channel show, which lasted for 10 whole episodes, contestants competed to escape being named the series title.…

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Alonzo Bodden, Ron White Wouldn't Touch White House Correspondents' Dinner with 10-Foot Pole (Videos)

  • TMZ
[[tmz:video id="0_873rsr8e"]] Alonzo Bodden would Not emcee the White House Correspondents' Dinner because he thinks it's a comedian's death sentence. The 3rd season winner of "Last Comic Standing" admits the exposure would be great, but he would lose his African-American and Hispanic audience. It's interesting ... he thinks the administration just can't take a joke, and that would suck the funny out of the room. [[tmz:video id="0_yccrntgz"]] Ron White also says he'd pass on emceeing the dinner, but for a
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Comic Alonzo Bodden -- Screw the Haters ... Leslie Jones is Awesome (Video)

  • TMZ
[[tmz:video id="0_vfscwfty"]] "Last Comic Standing" winner Alonzo Bodden understands why Leslie Jones got her feelings hurt with racist Twitter comments, but essentially calls social media a necessary evil. We got Alonzo outside the Laugh Factory on the Sunset Strip Friday, and he fully understands why Leslie caved for a minute and quit Twitter.   He tries to put it all in perspective ... Leslie can handle Ghosts, but the haters are just not going away. Read more
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'Californication' the Final Season DVD Releases August 5th

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'Californication' the Final Season DVD Releases August 5th
Take one last ride down the storied California coast when the sultry Showtime original comedy series Californication: The Final Season arrives on DVD August 5 from Showtime Networks, CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution. David Duchovny, in his Golden Globe Award-winning performance, returns as fan-favorite lothario novelist Hank Moody in the final 12 episodes of the seventh season, arriving five weeks after the critically-acclaimed show's broadcast finale on June 29.

When the fast-living Hank left the literary haunts of New York for the pleasure-seeking splendors of La, he thought he'd have fame, fortune and the love of a good woman. Now his personal life is in shambles, his career is on the brink of self-destruction and he still just can't stop yielding to every temptation. The final season of Californication finds the incomparable Hank in the writer's room, as his never-released film Santa Monica Cop now becomes a television series of the same name.
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Exclusive: Andy Richter joins Ashanti and more on new comedy track 'Escape from New York'

  • Hitfix
Exclusive: Andy Richter joins Ashanti and more on new comedy track 'Escape from New York'
We already established that Neko Case and Kelly Hogan's comedy song "These Aren't the Droids" is the best thing ever. Now get ready for the next best thing ever, from the same compilation album. The unlikely combo of Andy Richter with Ashanti, Baron Vaughn, Alonzo Bodden and Loaded Lux erupts all over "Escape from New York," from benefit album "2776." It's not monsters, earthquakes, terrorists or climate that will get the U.S.'s largest city down: this skyscraper-sized hip-hop track has news for you. "Escape from New York," "These Aren't the Droids" and more appears on satire comedy and music album "2776," with sales going toward Onekid Oneworld, in "their efforts to promote education in Kenya and El Salvador." Pre-sale for the album -- which goes up on July 4 -- is already running on CD Baby. Ed Helms, Aimee Mann, Andrew W.K., Aubrey Plaza, Patton Oswalt, Ira Glass, Kids In The Hall,
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“The Big Bang Theory” Celebrates “Star Wars” Day, Michael McKean Joins “Better Call Saul”

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Plenty of news from Syfy today. The most exciting bit is that Tricia Helfer is returning to the channel, joining the mini-series Ascension, according to EW. Ascension follows a secret U.S. mission where hundreds were sent to settle in a new world. However, 50 years into the journey, a murder has everyone questioning their mission. Helfer’s character is described as “beautiful, manipulative and dangerous”– because Helfer portrays those qualities so well.

The channel is also developing a series with The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, as reported by TheWrap. Clone is based on a graphic novel about a man who finds out that there are clones of him when one burglarizes his home. If they can find a male actor as talented as Tatiana Maslany, we just might be willing to overlook the inevitable Orphan Black comparisons.

Syfy is also adapting Ronin… because someone doesn’t realize there
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Rob Lowe Returns as Guest Star of Californication Season 7

Rob Lowe will reprise his guest starring role as eccentric, combustible film star Eddie Nero in one episode of the upcoming seventh season of the hit Showtime comedy series "Californication." The series, which stars David Duchovny as hedonistic writer Hank Moody, is currently shooting in Los Angeles for a 2014 premiere on the network. This season, Hank will join the writer.s room as his hit film Santa Monica Cop becomes a television series of the same name (with Nero signing on as guest star). Hank is riled frequently by his boss, the show.s grizzled, old-school executive producer Rick Rath (guest star Michael Imperioli) and his writing team peers, including Goldie (guest star Mary Lynn Rajskub) and Alonzo (guest star Alonzo Bodden). But he.s thrown by the reemergence of...
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Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! to BBC America in December

BBC America and NPR announced today that the Peabody Award-winning radio quiz show, Wait Wait. Don.t Tell Me!, will make its television debut on BBC America with a .2011 Year in Review. special on Friday, December 23, 8:00pm Et/Pt. The year-end special will also broadcast on NPR stations on that weekend, December 24 and 25. The Wait Wait... Don.t Tell Me! special will be produced by BBC America, NPR, and Chauncey Street Productions, with Albie Hecht and Doug Berman serving as executive producers. Host Peter Sagal, along with official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell, will lead a panel of both Us and UK talent, including comedians Paula Poundstone and Alonzo Bodden, through 2011.s biggest events. The special
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Last Comic Standing: NBC Cancels Reality TV Series Again

Back in June of 2003, NBC premiered a new reality competition for stand-up comedians called Last Comic Standing. The series ran for two summer seasons and then NBC seemed to get a little greedy. Rather than wait a year between cycles, they began season three in August 2004, just weeks after the end of season two. That led the series to be cancelled due to poor ratings.

The peacock network brought it back in May of 2006 and that summer run was successful enough to spawn season five in 2007, followed by season six in 2008. The TV show run out of gas once again so NBC cancelled it for the second time.

They brought it back last summer for season seven but it didn't well, hitting a new season low of a 1.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic with just 3.91 million viewers.
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[DVD Review] Alonzo Bodden: Who's Paying Attention?

Alonzo Bodden has been called "the spawn of Carlin". This isn't a bad comparison. Like the late, great George Carlin, Bodden makes astute and hilarious observations on life and the decline of Western Civilization. Someone needed to fill the void Carlin left and Bodden may be the man to do it. While he's not a young kid just starting out (He was 48 when he performed this stand-up comedy concert) but he may be a late bloomer.

Alonzo Bodden first came to public attention when he won NBC's Last Comic Standing. He's appeared on the Tonight Show and other programs and has been doing stand-up all over the world for several years. He has a Carlin-eque gift for seeing the absurdity in the world around us and exposing it in the form of his laugh-out-loud observations.

Alonzo Bodden: Who's Paying Attention is a one-hour special, performed in New York and it contains some comic gems.
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Grant Show joins 'Burn Notice'; Kevin Spacey's 'House of Cards' coming to Netflix

Guest stars, ratings, and an unusual deal for a new series highlight this edition of TV snacks.

Former "Melrose Place" star Grant Show will have a recurring part on the upcoming season of USA's "Burn Notice." He'll play a CIA operative and make his first appearance in the season premiere, which will likely air in the summer. [EW]

Netflix has ordered its first original drama series: "House of Cards," a political thriller starring Kevin Spacey (who's also an exec producer) and whose premiere will be directed by David Fincher (also an Ep). It will debut exclusively on Netflix's streaming service in late 2012; the company has committed to at least 26 episodes of the show before a pilot was even shot. [Netflix]

Ratings for the first full day of the Ncaa Tournament -- which for the first time aired on TBS, TNT and TruTV in addition to CBS -- were up a bit over
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Mike DeStefano, 'Last Comic Standing' Finalist, Dies

  • The Wrap
Comedian Mike DeStefano, who made it to the last rounds of NBC's "Last Comic Standing," has died, his manager confirmed. The HIV-positive comedian, who often joked about addiction and disease, died of a heart attack, according to Punchline Magazine. His path to comedy including heroin addiction, recovery, and becoming an addiction counselor. He explained in his online biography that he volunteered to entertain the audience at a convention, while working as a counselor, and became a comedian because of the good response. "We are indeed incredibly saddened by the loss of this amazing
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DVD Playhouse--March 2011

DVD Playhouse—March 2011

By

Allen Gardner

127 Hours (20th Century Fox) Harrowing true story of Aron Ralston (James Franco, in another fine turn), an extreme outdoorsman who finds himself trapped in a remote Utah canyon, his arm pinned between two boulders, with no help nearby, no communication to the outside world, and dim prospects for survival, to say the least. Director Danny Boyle manages to prove again that he’s one of the finest filmmakers working today by making a subject that is seemingly uncinematic a true example of pure cinema. Inventive, breathtaking, funny, and horrifying, often all at once. Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara make a memorable, brief appearance as hikers who connect with Ralston during his journey. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Commentary by Boyle, producer Christian Colson, co-writer Simon Beaufoy; Deleted scenes; Featurettes. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS-hd 5.1 surround.

Amarcord (Criterion) Federico Fellini’s Oscar-winning, autobiographical classic might
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Former NBC Reality Exec Jayson Dinsmore Tapped As Head Of Development For Cmt

  • Deadline TV
Former Svp alternative development at NBC Jayson Dinsmore has joined Cmt as Evp development. He will oversee all development for the channel and manage the network’s development team, based primarily out of Cmt’s Santa Monica offices, reporting to Cmt president Brian Philips. Dinsmore succeeds Bob Kusbit who recently left to return to producing full-time. Philips called Dinsmore "a production-savvy executive with a deep background in hit reality, (who) enjoys a terrific reputation within the La community." Dinsmore exited NBC amidst an executive restructuring in the alternative department a year ago. He spent a decade at the peacock network serving in several capacities, including Svp alternative development and VP alternative programming and development. He oversaw such shows as Deal or No Deal, The Sing-Off, Minute To Win It, The Restaurant and Three Wishes as well as production on a number of specials, including the Golden Globes, the Tournament of
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'Grey's Anatomy' gets Nancy Travis; 'Sex' star checks into 'Private Practice'; 'Teen Mom' ratings kick

In today's helping of TV snacks, ABC is staffing up its primetime medical dramas, RuPaul's ratings are no drag and Showtime celebrates Black History Month.

Movie actress Nancy Travis is returning to ABC, but not on "Desperate Housewives" again. She'll be checking into "Grey's Anatomy" as a patient in Derek's (Patrick Dempsey) Alzheimer's clinical trials, but it's her parenting skills that will be examined. [TV Guide]

He played Miranda's (Cynthia Nixon) husband, Steve, in the "Sex and the City" franchise and now David Eigenberg is going to make an unusual request on ABC's "Private Practice" when he guests as the husband of one of Addison's (Kate Walsh) patients. [TV Guide]

The ratings for Monday's (Jan. 24) Season 3 premiere of "RuPaul's Drag Race" was everything but a drag for Logo with 302,000 people tuning in. It showed a 33% increase over Season 2's premiere and it was the highest rated show for the network since Season 2's "Rpdr" finale episode.
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ABC & ABC Studios Tap Development VPs

  • Deadline TV
Exclusive: Following her brief stint as head of programming for Own: The Oprah Winfrey Network, Jamila Hunter is returning to the broadcast side as VP comedy development for ABC. Meanwhile, Tracy Underwood has joined ABC Studios as VP drama development. Hunter will report to ABC Svp comedy Samie Kim Falvey; Underwood to ABC Studios Svp drama Patrick Moran. The hires appear to be a result from the restructuring to restore the network and the studio's current departments, which ABC started just before president Steve McPherson's sudden departure. ABC's VP comedy Lynn Barrie was tapped to lead the network's current department, and ABC Studios' VP drama Stephanie Leifer took over current at the studio, creating vacancies in the 2 development departments. Hunter stepped down as Own's head of programming in March, nine months after she joined the Oprah Winfrey/Discovery cable upstart and shortly after the arrival of Lisa Erspamer as chief creative officer.
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Summer shows: 'America's Got Talent' was tops, but 'The Gates' didn't close the deal with viewers

Summer shows: 'America's Got Talent' was tops, but 'The Gates' didn't close the deal with viewers
Summer repeats are so over: TV fans had lots of original fare to choose from on the broadcast networks over the last three months. The Big Four networks programmed tons of fresh shows from June to August, some of which was burned off episodes from canceled shows (hi, ‘Til Death and Three Rivers!) but most of which was specially-produced fare for those hot, summer nights. NBC, no surprise, attracted the most viewers with the return of America’s Got Talent (11.82 million), but another edition of The Bachelorette (9.92 million) pulled in some respectable numbers for ABC.

It was some of the
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Last Comic Standing: Will the Reality Show Be Cancelled Again or Return for Season Eight?

Last night, on NBC's Last Comic Standing, comedian Felipe Esparza was named the winner and was awarded $250,000. Will he end up being the show's final winner?

In 2004, the reality competition was cancelled after three seasons on the air. After a year off, NBC brought it back for three more rounds. The network cancelled it once again.

As you may have noticed, NBC is struggling in the ratings so they decided to bring Last Comic Standing back, likely hoping that absence had made viewers more fond of the series.

Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. The season premiere on June 7th attracted a 2.0 in the 18-49 demographic and 5.04 million viewers. Expectations are lower for summer runs but NBC couldn't be pleased with this performance; bested by CBS reruns in total viewership and by ABC in the key demo.
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TV ratings: 'Bachelor Pad' gets a demo win, CBS leads Monday overall

Fast National ratings for Monday, Aug. 9, 2010

The premiere of ABC's reality Frankenstein "Bachelor Pad" delivered Ok numbers Monday night -- good enough to give the network the lead among adults 18-49 for the night -- but CBS had the most viewers. Fox's Teen Choice Awards telecast, meanwhile, improved a bit over last year but still put up typically modest ratings.

CBS averaged 6.6 million viewers and a 4.3 rating/7 share in primetime, beating out ABC's 5.75 million and 3.8/6. NBC (4.2 million, 2.7/5) edged Fox (4.05 million, 2.2/4) for third place overall. The CW was way off the pace with just 790,000 viewers and a 0.5/1.

In the adults 18-49 demographic, ABC's 2.1 rating led the way. CBS was not far behind at 1.9. Fox, 1.5, came in a little ahead of NBC, 1.4, and The CW trailed with a 0.3.

Monday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

ABC: "Bachelor Pad" series premiere (6.4 million viewers, 4.2/7 households)

CBS: "How I Met Your Mother" rerun (5.05 million, 3.4/6)/"Rules of Engagement" rerun (5.3 million,
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