The odd-couple comedy adapted from Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer’s digital series is coming back for more. Broad City, about two NYC friends navigating their way through the life’s minutiae, launched last month on Comedy Central and is …
“I’m one of the few SNL cast members who managed to parlay my acting ability into being a writer,” quipped Seth Meyers Sunday afternoon at TCA, where the ex-SNL head scribe announced that his first Late Night guest will be fellow SNL alum Amy Poehler. Late Night With Seth Meyers premieres Monday, February 24, and Meyers will sign off from Weekend Update on Feb. 1, he said, calling the departure “heartbreaking”. Meyers and producer Mike Shoemaker are still hammering out details of the show’s lineup. But Meyers, who ran the Weekend Update desk during his tenure at SNL, said he aims to include a similar news-oriented segment and interview fictional people in addition to real-life celebrities from showbiz figures to authors, athletes, and politicians. Keeping in late-night tradition the new show will run a long monologue, two or three comedy bits, musical guests and talent interviews, and stand-up acts.
Co-host Amy Poehler found herself celebrating at Sunday’s Golden Globes when she won a statuette herself between emcee duties; Bryan Cranston wound up double-fisting Breaking Bad‘s two Globes on the night, one for his star turn as the conflicted Walter White. See all of the night’s victors take the winners’ circle backstage, including Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, and the makers of American Hustle; Leonardo DiCaprio (Best Actor – Comedy/Musical, The Wolf of Wall Street), Matthew McConaughey (Best Actor – Drama, Dallas Buyers Club), Cate Blanchett (Best Actress – Drama, Blue Jasmine), Michael Douglas (Best Actor, Miniseries/Made for TV movie Behind the Candelabra), and more:
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler once again made it look easy to rain down snark on the entertainment industry and get them to like it. “Welcome to the annual Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s Lee Daniels The Butler’s Golden Globe Awards,” Fey opened — a nod to Warner Bros mockable battle with The Weinstein Company over the right to name a movie The Butler, in which WB insisted it had the right to the title dating back to its 1916 silent comedy short of same name.
Like Ricky Gervais, the guy they replaced, Fey and Poehler seemed to suffer from Second-Year Slump, though sartorially things went much better his year for the First Women of Comedy. They’ll “keep doing it until everybody hates it,” they promised — they’ve already been signed for next year.
Hollywood males got a special skewering this year:
“Matt Damon is here for being in Behind The Candelabra. Any other night in any other room you’d be a big deal. Tonight you’re basically a garbage person.”
Best film nominee Gravity is about “how George Clooney would rather float away into space and die rather than spend another minute with a woman his own age,” Fey said moments later.
“And now, like a supermodel’s vagina, let’s give a warm welcome to Leonardo DiCaprio,” Fey snarked as the Wolf Of Wall Street star came out to present an award.
“Matthew McConaughey did amazing work this year. He lost 40 pounds for his role in Dallas Buyers Club – or what actresses call Being In A Movie.”
“I’m so glad you asked that!” Amy Poehler said when asked about Saturday Night Live’s recent hiring of its first black female cast member in five years, Sasheer Zamata. Poehler, who’d come to the TCA Winter TV Press Tour to talk about Comedy Central’s new series Broad City, told critics that in a recent interview she was “misquoted out of context” as if she had passed on responding to the SNL hire of the Upright Citizens Brigade alum. The talent search, which involved 12 finalists invited to audition on the SNL stage, also resulted in two staff writer hires on the veteran NBC late-night show. “I’ve not gotten a chance to say congratulations. UCB is proud,” said Poehler, a UCB founder, noting Zamata was part of UCB’s diversity program. She also congratulated the writers, Leslie Jones and LaKendra Tookes. “It’s awesome to see all those new faces on SNL.”
As for Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, which she is co-hosting with Tina Fey for a second year? “How are you this laid back this close to the Golden Globes?” a critic asked Poehler. ”Heavily medicated,” she replied. But not so “medicated” she’d reveal anything she and Fey have up their sleeve. “I can’t spoil anything,” she said apologetically — but not. The male critic asked if there would be nudity. “Are you planning on being nude as you watch?” Poehler shot back.
Catch up on the best of this week’s Deadline TV coverage:
Tina Fey & Amy Poehler To Return As Golden Globes Hosts In 2014 And 2015
By Nellie Andreeva – Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have closed deals to host the next two Golden Globe Awards, starting with the January 12, 2014 ceremony.
Zooey Deschanel Producing Comedy Projects For Fox And NBC
By Nellie Andreeva – New Girl star Zooey Deschanel and her producing partner, Rivka Sophia Rossi, have sold two projects under their first-look deal with 20th Century Fox TV.
Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci Team With Nick Santora & Justin Lin For CBS Put Pilot, Sell CW Terrorist Drama
By Nellie Andreeva – Three years after the end of Numbers, CBS is high on another drama procedural with a genius at the center.
‘SNL’ Camp’s Latest Theory On New Cast: Black Comediennes Aren’t “Ready”
By Lisa De Moraes – Saturday Night Live has spent a considerable amount of energy lately explaining away its lack of cast diversity, since announcing the latest crop of white performers to be added to the show.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have closed deals to host the next two Golden Globe Awards, starting with the January 12, 2014 ceremony. Fey and Poehler were approached about coming back over the summer, following the duo’s very successful first Golden Globes turn this year, which drew warm critical reception and big ratings. Fey and Poehler solidified their status as TV’s hottest comedy act last month with their scene-stealing bit at the Primetime Emmys, which became the highlight of the show’s opening. Unlike Ricky Gervais’ original Golden Globes hosting deal, which had an option for a second year, Fey and Poehler had agreed to host the 2013 ceremony as a one-time thing with no obligation to come back. But given their success, it was no surprise that NBC, Golden Globes producer Dick Clark Prods and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association wanted to get them back. The Fey/Poehler-hosted January ceremony drew 19.7 million viewers, up 17% from last year and one of the most watched Globes ever. In the key adults 18-49 demo, the show posted a 6.4 rating, up 28% from 2012. “Tina and Amy are two of the most talented comedic writer/performers in our business and they were a major reason the Golden Globes was the most entertaining awards show of last season,” said NBC’s alternative programming president Paul Telegdy. “We’re elated they wanted to host together again and that they committed for the next two years.”
EXCLUSIVE: Twenty million viewers can’t be wrong. Following the warm critical reception and big ratings for Tina Fey and Amy Poehler‘s first hosting turn at the Golden Globes earlier this year, the comedy stars have been approached for a second go as emcees of the awards show. Unlike Ricky Gervais’ original deal, which had an option for a second turn as Globes host, I hear Fey and Poehler originally agreed to host this year’s ceremony as a one-time thing with no obligation to come back. But, given their success, it’s no surprise that NBC and Golden Globes producer Dick Clark Prods are asking them to return. I hear there are no active conversations between the network and the funny ladies who have received an informal invitation versus a formal offer as NBC and DCP are looking to gauge their interest.
Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.
Although both lead acting races in comedy feature plenty of familiar faces from last year, lead actor is an especially tough category to gauge. A pair of previous winners (Alec Baldwin for NBC’s 30 Rock and Jim Parsons for CBS’ The Big Bang Theory) will face off against a heavyweight wild card (Louis C.K. for FX’s beloved Louie). In the case of C.K., the love and admiration the comedian receives for being a multihyphenate (writer, director, producer, editor, etc.) is rather unprecedented. But Baldwin and Parsons, who have made their roles iconic over the past several seasons, are unique talents in their own right. Their deserving competition includes Jason Bateman for Netflix’s resurrected Arrested Development, along with a pair of past nominees from Showtime series: Matt LeBlanc (Episodes) and Don Cheadle (House Of Lies). On the lead actress side, the big question is, how do you stop Julia Louis-Dreyfus from repeating? The actress is seen as having only strengthened her performance as Vice President Selina Meyer in the second-year HBO comedy Veep. Her chief competition comes from Laura Dern for the canceled HBO comedy Enlightened and previous winner Tina Fey for NBC’s departed 30 Rock. Plus, there are three repeat nominees looming as dark horses: Lena Dunham for HBO’s Girls, Amy Poehler for NBC’s Parks And Recreation and Edie Falco for Showtime’s Nurse Jackie. Let the speculation begin.
Baldwin has been nominated seven straight years for his sublime performance as Jack Donaghy, winning twice (in 2008 and ’09). Sentiment figures to be on his side to win a third for 30 Rock’s final lap. His divisive politics and frequent controversial outbursts (most recently via Twitter in early July) work against him. He’s his own worst enemy. If Baldwin weren’t so good, he’d be easy to hate.
It was completely appropriate that AFI‘s 41st Life Achievement Award honoree Mel Brooks made his entrance at the Dolby Theatre to the Steven Sondheim song, “Comedy Tonight”. It set the tone immediately for a very different evening than any that had come before at this annual event. Look at the list of the 40 previous AFI honorees, and there’s not a single solely comedic filmmaker or actor in the whole bunch. Yes, there are some — like Billy Wilder, Mike Nichols, Shirley MacLaine and Tom Hanks — who have made a few classic comedies but no one whose whole screen career is built on laughs. The AFI finally corrected that glaring omission Thursday night.
“Ladies and gentlemen, tonight the American Film Institute honors the art — and the farts — of American film,” said AFI Board Of Trustees Chair Sir Howard Stringer in welcoming the star-studded crowd. “When I telephoned Mel to tell him the AFI had voted him in as the 2013 recipient, he responded instantly, ‘What took you so long?’ Fair enough. Comedy is routinely short-changed at many awards ceremonies , particularly the Oscars. It is often said comedy is harder than drama because funny is like trying to catch lightning in a bottle. That makes Mel, without question, Hollywood’s principal lightning conductor.”
Amy Poehler & Her Brother Launch Production Company, Land Series On Swedish TV With Entertainment One
Amy Poehler and her brother Greg Poehler have launched Syskon, a production banner dedicated to developing half-hour comedies. The first series to come out of the company, Welcome To Sweden, created by and starring Greg Poehler and co-starring Lena Olin and Illeana Douglas and Patrick Duffy, has just been ordered by Sweden’s TV4. A fish-out-of-water comedy, Welcome To Sweden is based on Greg Poehler’s true-life story about a New York accountant, Bruce (Poehler), who falls in love with a Swedish girl, Emma, and follows his heart to Sweden. Making his acting debut, Greg will star along with Josephine Bornebusch (Solsidan) as Emma, Olin as Emma’s mother Viveka, and Douglas and Duffy as Bruce’s parents. Welcome To Sweden, which marks TV4′s first English-language co-production, will be produced by local Swedish producer FLX (TV4’s comedy Solsidan), with Entertainment One handling worldwide rights. Amy Poehler and Greg Poehler executive produce.
The debate rages on about this year’s Oscars. Not about the movies that won or lost, but the host. Poor Seth MacFarlane just can’t seem to catch a break. If you believe what you read he is either a misogynist, a gay basher, an anti-Semite hiding behind a stuffed teddy bear, or someone who is just downright disrespectful to Abraham Lincoln. And you thought hosting the Oscars was going to be all fun and glamour?
Somewhere along the way we seem to be losing our sense of humor. It’s just an awards show, folks. Even if you don’t think he was funny — and apparently many don’t — it’s no reason to completely eviscerate the guy. For fronting a show that was alternately class (Shirley Bassey, Barbra Streisand, musical numbers) and crass, he has been getting bashed from the right and the left for his Oscar-night performance where his routines, among many other charges, have been blasted as sexist (particularly for the musical number, “We Saw Your Boobs” which was meant to be a tasteless parody of a bad Oscar song number). For MacFarlane, who is known for edgy humor, this was relatively mild material. Yet critics like Amy Davidson in the New Yorker called it his “ugly, sexist, racist Oscars” and his performance, “a series of crudely sexist antics led by a scrubby, self-satisfied Seth MacFarlane”. Ouch. The Anti-Defamation League joined the chorus earlier this week protesting the appearance of MacFarlane’s Ted and what they said was anti-Semitic humor. Yesterday a couple of California female legislators even filed a formal protest with the Academy over what they saw as offensive treatment of women.
It’s ironic that several women are now coming to MacFarlane’s defense, including Victoria A. Brownworth today at the Advocate.com, who said his humor was pointing out Hollywood hypocrisy against women and in fact gave his performance a ringing endorsement. The Academy itself got pro-active in sending press members positive statements about MacFarlane’s Oscar gig, offering a strong defense. All of this brings up the point that perhaps a “double standard” was at work here when compared to the media’s effusive praise for Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the two female hosts of this year’s rival show the Golden Globes — even though some of their comedy bits dealt with some of the same subject matter as MacFarlane’s including women’s difficulties with issues of weight. So is there a real double standard at work? Fey and Poehler gets raves, MacFarlane gets vilified.