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The Year in TV: How Late-Night Hosts Became the Resistance

The Year in TV: How Late-Night Hosts Became the Resistance
In the world of late-night television, 2017's biggest media story was the fact that, after initial stumbles – and even rumors that he might get replaced – Stephen Colbert's much-hyped Late Show overtook Jimmy Fallon's seemingly invincible Tonight Show in the ratings. (NBC's boyish, game-loving host still has the advantage in the much-coveted 18-to-49 demo, but that lead keeps shrinking.) There were many reasons to cheer this news. From his time on The Daily Show to hosting The Colbert Report, Colbert has proved to be one of the best, most
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Kumail Nanjiani Admits ‘The Big Sick’ Was Even More Personal Than He Expected

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Kumail Nanjiani Admits ‘The Big Sick’ Was Even More Personal Than He Expected
Kumail Nanjiani is one of the six names in entertainment being celebrated at the inaugural IndieWire Honors on Nov. 2. He co-wrote “The Big Sick” with his wife Emily Gordon, basing the story on their own relationship. Nanjiani is also a standup comic and actor best known for his role on “Silicon Valley.”

One of the year’s most deeply personal films was accidentally a bit more personal than planned: It turns out that Kumail Nanjiani’s character’s name in “The Big Sick” wasn’t supposed to be Kumail Nanjiani.

“A huge misstep,” Nanjiani revealed to IndieWire. “Day 1 of shooting was a day where I had a name tag on, and I was like, ‘Oh, shit! Should have changed that last name!'”

Producer Judd Apatow had wanted the main characters of “The Big Sick” to be Kumail and Emily, matching with the real-life people who were telling a fictionalized
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Larry Wilmore developing Middle Eastern superhero comedy series!

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Larry Wilmore was always one of the funnier The Daily Show correspondents, and his The Nightly Show - which replaced The Colbert Report - was consistently biting and hilarious. It really is a shame that his show is no longer on the air, but it has freed him to help pursue a new superhero show on ABC about a Middle Eastern superhero. It is currently untitled, but here's the official synopsis: The untitled... Read More...
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'The Opposition With Jordan Klepper': TV Review

In the not-quite three years since Stephen Colbert ended The Colbert Report, the political and political comedy landscapes have been reconfigured by massive quakes.

We were so naive once: Six months after the final episode of Colbert's Fox News spoof, Jon Stewart called Donald Trump's presidential candidacy a comedic "gift from heaven" before abdicating his throne at The Daily Show. Trump's election has ushered in a new era in which Colbert's "truthiness" — or the belief in something because it feels true, whether evidence supports such a reality or not — has metastasized into fake news and the more conspiratorial-minded...
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‘The Opposition’: Jordan Klepper’s InfoWars Spoof is Already in Danger of Becoming One-Note

‘The Opposition’: Jordan Klepper’s InfoWars Spoof is Already in Danger of Becoming One-Note
Usually, it’s a bit unrealistic to piece together what a comedy show is after only one episode. Especially in the world of late night, each successive half-hour brings host, writers, and assorted crew alike a chance to really drill down on a show’s strengths.

But “The Opposition,” the latest 11:30 slot-holder on Comedy Central, took its first episode as a chance to deliver what seemed like an effective mission statement for what this conspiracy-adjacent satire would be going forward. Not only did host Jordan Klepper take the opportunity to define some of the edges of this particular brand of late-night blowhard, he introduced the various members of his staff and doubled down on the logical loopholes that will theoretically provide most of the laughs as the show progresses.

In doing so, the show might not be the show at its funniest, but it did indirectly touch on the
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‘The Opposition’: Jordan Klepper’s InfoWars Spoof is Already in Danger of Becoming One-Note

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‘The Opposition’: Jordan Klepper’s InfoWars Spoof is Already in Danger of Becoming One-Note
Usually, it’s a bit unrealistic to piece together what a comedy show is after only one episode. Especially in the world of late night, each successive half-hour brings host, writers, and assorted crew alike a chance to really drill down on a show’s strengths.

But “The Opposition,” the latest 11:30 slot-holder on Comedy Central, took its first episode as a chance to deliver what seemed like an effective mission statement for what this conspiracy-adjacent satire would be going forward. Not only did host Jordan Klepper take the opportunity to define some of the edges of this particular brand of late-night blowhard, he introduced the various members of his staff and doubled down on the logical loopholes that will theoretically provide most of the laughs as the show progresses.

In doing so, the show might not be the show at its funniest, but it did indirectly touch on the
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Comedy Central Extends Trevor Noah’s ‘Daily Show’ Contract Through 2022

Comedy Central Extends Trevor Noah’s ‘Daily Show’ Contract Through 2022
Trevor Noah will remain as the host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” through 2022, ensuring he will provide commentary and satire through the next presidential election. And he will get some new duties, to boot.

Under the terms of the deal, announced Thursday by theViacom-owned network, Noah will stay on as host, writer and executive producer of the program, anc will produce and host annual, year-end specials, starting this year. The format of the specials is still being worked out, said Kent Alterman, president of Comedy Central, in an interview. Noah realized “that on a day-to-day basis, he is absorbing the headlines of the day, and creating content out of that, and it would be great to within the auspices of ‘The Daily Show’ do some sort of stand-up special or take a look at the year in terms of the headlines that have transpired,” Alterman said. “Maybe there’s an undercurrent of not necessarily assuming
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Watch Stephen Colbert's Hilarious Emmy Promos

Watch Stephen Colbert's Hilarious Emmy Promos
Stephen Colbert prepares for hacks and wardrobe malfunctions in two new promo clips for his stint as host of the 2017 Emmy Awards.

In the first video, The Late Show host goes to the utmost extremes to protect the names of the 2017 Emmy winners from cyber attacks. "I've had my assistant place all the envelopes in this giant safe," the comedian jokes before banging on the large lockbox. "You ok in there?" he asks his assistant, prompting a muffled, "No."

"Only a couple more weeks," Colbert cracks.

In the second promo,
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Larry Sherman, New York Actor and Onetime Donald Trump Publicist, Dies at 94

Character actor Larry Sherman, who also served as publicist for Donald Trump in the 1980s, died Aug. 26 in New York of natural causes. He was 94.

Sherman received degrees in theater and journalism from the University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill, kicking around Manhattan with some stage roles and bit parts before segueing into a successful career as a sports journalist. He covered the 1962 Rome Olympics, and wrote for The Herald Tribune and Newsday before landing at the Long Island Press, where he worked for 25 years.

When the newspaper folded in 1977, Sherman moved to Los Angeles to take a job as head writer for the game show “The Joker’s Wild.” When that program went dark, he moved back to New York looking for work. “He began calling on his friends, and it was a guy at the New York Times, I think, who said ‘I hear this guy Trump is looking for a guy to do
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Larry Sherman, New York Actor and Onetime Donald Trump Publicist, Dies at 94

Character actor Larry Sherman, who also served as publicist for Donald Trump in the 1980s, died Aug. 26 in New York of natural causes. He was 94.

Sherman received degrees in theater and journalism from the University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill, kicking around Manhattan with some stage roles and bit parts before segueing into a successful career as a sports journalist. He covered the 1962 Rome Olympics, and wrote for The Herald Tribune and Newsday before landing at the Long Island Press, where he worked for 25 years.

When the newspaper folded in 1977, Sherman moved to Los Angeles to take a job as head writer for the game show “The Joker’s Wild.” When that program went dark, he moved back to New York looking for work. “He began calling on his friends, and it was a guy at the New York Times, I think, who said ‘I hear this guy Trump is looking for a guy to do
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Stephen Colbert Jokes About Hacking, Wardrobe in Emmys Hosting Promos (Watch)

Stephen Colbert Jokes About Hacking, Wardrobe in Emmys Hosting Promos (Watch)
Don’t worry; Stephen Colbert’s got this.

The upcoming Emmys host stars in two promo videos, released this week, which joke about issues both great and frivolous (hacking in one, and his outfit for the big night in the other).

In one teaser, Colbert explains that there won’t be any sort of hacking-related mishap during his show (let alone an Oscars-style mixup). “You know, there’s been a lot of hacking this year,” he says. “So to ensure that the winners remain top secret, I’ve had my assistant place all the envelopes in this giant safe.” His assistant groans from inside the safe. “Only a couple more weeks,” Colbert reassures.

“Hey, has anyone seen my tuxedo?” he asks in the other video. “Never mind, I know where I left it,” he says and proceeds to rip off his suit to reveal a finely pressed tux underneath.

Colbert has nine Emmy awards to his name
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'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Stephen Colbert ('The Late Show With Stephen Colbert')

"I wanted to change as a performer," Stephen Colbert says as we sit down in the offices of CBS' The Late Show, high above the Ed Sullivan Theater in Midtown Manhattan, on a "Pizza Tuesday" — a Tuesday when Colbert's staff is treated to pizza because The Late Show topped the previous week's ratings — and begin discussing why he agreed to say goodbye to "Stephen Colbert," a character he perfected over 20 years on Comedy Central's The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, in order to succeed David Letterman as the host of the Tiffany Network's late-night centerpiece. "I wanted...
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John Oliver jumps ahead of Samantha Bee in Emmy race for Best Variety Talk Series, according to Experts

John Oliver jumps ahead of Samantha Bee in Emmy race for Best Variety Talk Series, according to Experts
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” won the Emmy for Best Variety Talk Series in 2016, following a long period of dominance by “The Late Show with David Letterman” (1998-2002), “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” (2003,2012, 2015) and “The Colbert Report” (2013-2014). Knowing how prone this category has been to dynasties, can we expect […]
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‘Daily Show’ Alum Jordan Klepper Says New Comedy Central Show Is ‘Alex Jones Meets Garrison Keillor’

‘Daily Show’ Alum Jordan Klepper Says New Comedy Central Show Is ‘Alex Jones Meets Garrison Keillor’
In 2005, Comedy Central premiered “The Colbert Report,” in which Stephen Colbert of “The Daily Show” took on Fox News with a character who was shared a name with his creator but was a parody of the flag-waving, right-facing primetime hosts on the cable news network.

More than a decade later, Comedy Central is taking a similar swing at the emerging alt-right news ecosystem.

Speaking at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour Tuesday in Beverly Hills, Jordan Klepper, who will host Comedy Central’s upcoming “The Opposition With Jordan Klepper,” described the show as a vehicle built around a faux alt-right host, taking cues from outlets such as Infowars, Breitbart News, and The Blaze.

But the show will not be a targeted shot at Infowars’ Alex Jones, one of the most outrageous figures of the alt-right media.

“We’re inspired by the points of view of these alternative media sources, but
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Jordan Klepper Will Spoof Alt-Right Media With New Comedy Central Show

Comedy Central's new Daily Show counterpart is starting to take shape. On Tuesday, the network announced a title, premiere date and premise for the new Jordan Klepper vehicle.

The Opposition With Jordan Klepper joins the Comedy Central lineup on Monday, Sept. 25. And, as the name implies, it will be satirizing both the left and the right during the presently divisive political climate. Paying closer homage to past time slot heir The Colbert Report than The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore, a release for the project described it as a response to the "hyperbolic, conspiracy-laden noise machine that is the...
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Emmy race for Variety Talk Series too close to call between John Oliver, Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert

Emmy race for Variety Talk Series too close to call between John Oliver, Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” is the defending champion in the Emmy race for Best Variety Talk Series following a long reign by “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” (2003-2012, 2015). That was interrupted by a couple of wins for “The Colbert Report” (2013-2014), which might have continued if “Colbert Report” hadn’t ended at […]
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Peter Farrelly on Learning to Love TV, Plus His Big Move Into Feature Drama — With Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen

Peter Farrelly on Learning to Love TV, Plus His Big Move Into Feature Drama — With Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen
There’s something about Peter Farrelly. The filmmaker, mostly known for feature comedies, is trying out a few new things this year.

Those shifts including separate moves into both television – where Farrelly and his brother Bob have rarely played – and dramatic film. At At&T’s Audience Network, Farrelly is behind the upcoming comedy “Loudermilk,” starring Ron Livingston as a cranky recovering alcoholic.

But Farrelly’s move into TV doesn’t mean he’s turning his back on the big screen. “I’m actually doing a film in the fall with Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali,” Farrelly told an audience at the Atx Television Festival, where “Loudermilk” was screening. “Green Book,” with Oscar winner Ali and Mortensen in the lead roles, is currently being prepped.

“It’s based on a thing that used to be called the ‘Negro Motorist’s Green Book,’ published from 1936 to 1966,” he said. “It was a
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