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  • HBO’s new Duplass brothers animated comedy series “Animals” set to debut in February


    It’s official. HBO has confirmed the debut date for Animals. The animated adult comedy series is set to launch its ten-episode season February 8 at 11:30p. Created by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano and produced by Duplass Brothers, Animals focuses on the downtrodden creatures native to Earth’s least-habitable environment: New York City. Whether it’s lovelorn rats, gender-questioning pigeons or aging bedbugs in the midst of a midlife crisis, the awkward small talk, moral ambiguity and existential woes of non-human urbanites prove startlingly similar to our own.

    Felicia Day and comedians Hampton Yount and Baron Vaughn officially part of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” reboot

    Felicia DayThe anticipation for the reboot of cult favorite Mystery Science Theater 3000 is at an all-time high with the announcement of the Kickstarter project launch by creator Joel Hodgson to bring it back. And in even more recent news, comedian Jonah Ray will be starring alongside Baron Vaughn as the new voice of Tom Servo and Hampton Yount as the new voice of Crow T. Robot. Now that donations have exceeded it’s goal by 25%, further cast participants are sure to slate, resulting in even more funding. One such case is actress Felicia Day who has just joined the party. Her character has been described by Hodgson as “the offspring of Dr. Clayton Forrester, and the grandchild of Pearl Forrester, and therefore heir to the MST3K experiment.” According to Hodgson the new name is “Kinga Forrester.” He continues, “The other thing I knew was that the next Mad should be someone who could be threatening, and could have moments of true irrational rage.” The funding levels are only going to rise and we couldn’t be happier.

    Matthew McConaughey hosted Saturday Night Live: Alright, Alright, Adele

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    It’s always fun when a host appears on Saturday Night Live just for the love of the show. Holiday episodes of the show always bring out the specialness of the holiday too. Particularly the Thanksgiving and Christmas episodes, they just make us all warm and fuzzy for New York and SNL. While it’s not required for them to be plugging a new movie, show, play, etc. a lot of them host SNL when they need that exposure. Matthew McConaughey was just around to be himself. He pulled off an admiral hosting job that featured a top notch Weekend Update, and a top notch musical guest. Let’s run it down. Read More

    Comedy Central orders third season of “The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail”

    The MeltdownJonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani’s invitation into LA’s hottest stand-up show still stands as Comedy Central has renewed the hit series The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail for a third season, it was announced by Kent Alterman, President, Original Programming, Comedy Central. The third season will consist of eight episodes and is executive produced by Ray, Nanjiani, live show producer Emily V. Gordon, and Red Hour’s Ben Stiller, Debbie Liebling, Stuart Cornfeld and Mike Rosenstein. “There continues to be no better way to experience the best, live weekly stand-up show in LA than ‘Meltdown,’” said Alterman. “Except for actually being there, of course.” “Third time’s a charm!” said Ray, Nanjiani and Gordon. Read More

    David Cross is a very different “Todd Margaret” in new trailer for IFC

    From the creative mind of Emmy Award winner David Cross, this tale of an American’s business snafus in London picks up after Todd Margaret reluctantly blew up the world at the close of season two. Jack McBrayer (30 Rock) joins the cast while guest stars Will Arnett (BoJack Horseman), Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners 2), Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe), Amber Tamblyn (Two and a Half Men) and Russ Tamblyn (Django Unchained) return to the series playing familiar characters… with a twist. The show returns Jan 7 2016 to IFC.

    Comedy Central unveils winter programming schedule including new shows “Idiotsitter” and “Not Safe w/ Nikki Glaser”

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    It’s the most wonderful time of the year on Comedy Central. The new year is highlighted by the series premieres of Idiotsitter, which follows a filthy rich, young woman whose wild lifestyle has landed her under house arrest and a down-on-her-luck Harvard grad who has to work as her court-mandated guardian, and Not Safe w/ Nikki Glaser, in which the self-proclaimed “curious perv” hosts a place for comics to joke, learn, and share their personal stories about sex and relationships through panel discussions, field pieces, and social experiments. The coming months also promise new seasons of Adam Devine’s House Party, Broad City, This Is Not Happening, Tosh.0 and Workaholics. Read More

    ‘The Soup’ is ending after 22 years of celebrity skewering

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    When Talk Soup premiered in 1991, there was no sane voice to break through the clutter of television talk shows, soap operas, and celebrity drama. People were subjected to a whirlwind of popular culture, but no one was there to make sense of it. This was the triumph of Talk Soup, which later became The Soup in 2004 when the show was revamped. Despite quality content, the 22-year-old weekly comedy show is coming to an end on December 18. Those wanting their weekly skewering of the Kardashians will have to look elsewhere. Read More

    John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant are heading to Adult Swim with greenlit workplace comedy

    John Krasinski and Stephen MerchantBoth John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant have spent time in and on The Office and now they are heading back. This time for workplace comedy Dream Corp, LLC. Adult Swim with the home to the animated comedy series. Described by Variety as, “an absurd workplace comedy set in a neglected dream therapy facility.” Episodes will feature a plug-and-play cast of desperate patients who have their dreams recorded and analyzed by Dream Corp’s absent-minded professor, Dr. Roberts and his team of unremarkable scientists. A project being developed since 2014, it will be using rotoscope technology, the same technology used in Steven Spielberg The Adventures of Tintin. Krasinski’s additional upcoming projects include the features Like It Once Was, Michael Bay’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, and 2016 animated feature Animal Crackers. As for Merchant, the Duplass Brothers Table 19.

    Happy Endings and Community’s Hilary Winston sells comedies to CBS and ABC

    Hilary WinstonHilary Winston continues her dominance in the television game selling two more comedy projects, one to CBS entitled My Time/Your Time and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened to ABC. My Time/Your Time according to Deadline, “chronicles the relationship of a young couple as they begin dating long distance.” With Let’s Pretend This Never Happened centering on Jenny Lawson, who a few years ago left her small Texas town and eccentric family in search of a normal life. But when a death in the family brings her back home, she’s forced to face the fact that she will never be “normal.” Winston’s credits include huge hits My Name Is Earl and Community as well as cult favorite Happy Endings. Recently she produced the shows Marry Me and Bad Teacher while writing on Dr. Ken. She also has a book under her belt, My Boyfriend Wrote a Book About Me: And Other Stories I Shouldn’t Share with Acquaintances, Coworkers, Taxi drivers, Assistants, Job Interviewers, … and Ex/Current/Future Boyfriends but Have. Quite the title and a good read.

    Comedian Jonah Ray has been tapped to host reincarnation of “Mystery Science Theater 3000”

    Jonah RayAs we reported last week, the resurrection of the cult fan favorite Mystery Science Theater 3000 is underway via Kickstarter from original creator Joel Hodgson. They are currently just under 10% away from fulfilling their goal. When said goal is reached, Hodgson has tapped comedian and nerdist podcaster Jonah Ray to host the new incarnation. Hodgson talked about how he started thinking about Ray for the position when the two of them were working on a gig together. Ray has been busy in his own right. His recent credits include TripTank, Uncle Grandpa, Maron, and The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail. Head over to the Kickstarter page and let’s get this thing over 100% already!