Craig Ferguson: from late late night to pre-prime time?

Ever since he announced he plans to leave ‘The Late Late Show‘ this December, fans have been frantic, wondering what Scottish funnyman Craig Ferguson would do next. After 10 years following David Letterman (who himself is retiring in 2015), they’ve speculated if he would try for another talk show or do something a bit different. more »

Fox turns down Tina Fey-produced ‘Cabot College’, next stop NBC?

It seems not every major stateside TV network can get and appreciate Tina Fey’s very particular, very original sense of humor, and so the 30 Rock star, writer and producer will merely continue her mutually beneficial NBC collaboration. The Peacock, which pulled 30 Rock out of the air in 2013 after seven hilarious, cult-followed, critically more »

On Robin Williams, mental illness, and the media’s cluelessness about suicide

It’s been a week since the shocking, tragic passing of American icon Robin Williams, and everyone still seems at a loss when it comes to processing the circumstances of his death. Williams, a comedy legend of stage, screen, and television, took his own life at the age of 63 after a particularly severe bout of more »

‘Community’ star Yvette Nicole Brown boards ‘Odd Couple’ reboot

Say what you will about CBS’ 20-years-too-late Odd Couple reimagining, but the latest take on Neil Simon’s iconic play is sure drawing a lot of talent. And yes, main star, writer, producer and showrunner Matthew Perry has been deemed a jinx by many after Mr. Sunshine and Go On’s s successive premature cancelations, but this more »

SNL-based products, Schweddy balls included, are coming to stores

Colon Blow is now a real breakfast cereal you can have in your home and enjoy anytime. The hand-crafted Schweddy Balls are now a real treat, too. And while there is no mention of the number of parodied pharmaceuticals sold on Saturday Night Live’s fake ads coming to market, many other SNL products will be more »

Ricky Gervais’ David Brent character to return in an upcoming mockumentary

“It means I’m doing something right”, Ricky Gervais says in response to his critics in those annoying Audi A3 ads that were so inescapable to viewers of FX’s Fargo. And he’s not wrong. He did give us The Office, after all. But that was 13 years ago and since then Gervais has become- as former more »

Could Melissa McCarthy headline an all-female cast in ‘Ghostbusters 3′?

In news that may cause fanboys to run to Twitter to translate their porcine shrieks of entitlement into impotent, ALL-CAPS rage, The Verge is reporting that a new “Ghostbusters” film could start filming next year and “it might look very different from the wise-cracking crew in the first two films”. Apparently, Paul Feig – the more »

Comedy Central sets ’80s detective spoof ‘Moonbeam City’ for Spring 2015

Take a look at this album cover: Now imagine it, animated, with both male and female versions of Patrick Nagel’s iconic style setting the artistic approach. Add in the comedy sensibility of Funny or Die’s Scott Gairdner, the voice talent of Rob Lowe, Elizabeth Banks, Will Forte, and Kate Mara, and you’ve got an ’80s more »

Man launches Kickstarter campaign for Kenny Loggins concert in his living room

Crowdfunding has been a hot topic in recent weeks, most notably when idiots try to use it as a tool for irony and internet fame, like the guy who decided to raise $10,000 to make a bowl of potato salad, or the guy who used GoFundMe to fund “an outrageous adventure” to see a childhood more »

Brandeis lands Lenny Bruce’s papers

I’ve pointed out a lot lately that my alma mater, Brandeis University, is never in the news for anything positive. If it’s not Madoff-driven financial peril, it’s an ill-fated plan to sell off the school’s art collection. If it’s not the seemingly-annual commencement speaker controversies, it’s the exposure of a nutty faculty listserv. And if more »

Garfunkel and Oates channel “Seinfeld” in their first episode

IFC has done a wonderful thing by leaking the first episode of Garfunkel and Oates show to YouTube, “Speechless.” Like a rainbow appearing in the sky, it’s beautiful and I want it to last forever – but it’s only sitcom-length, about 21 minutes, and it’s probably a lot harder to produce than a rainbow (in more »

Contract talks delay ‘Big Bang Theory’ production

Uh-oh, it looks like the most popular show on TV is at an impasse, with CBS risking to not be able to restart The Big Bang Theory on schedule. Chuck Lorre and his team of hacks writers are less than two months away from the sitcom’s announced season eight premiere date, and “due to ongoing more »