Producer Alison Owen Will Deliver Keynote At London Film Festival
The London Film Festival has announced that UK producer Alison Owen will deliver the keynote address later this month. Owen produced Saving Mr. Banks, the Tom Hanks-Emma Thompson starrer that closes the festival in its world premiere. Other sidebar events include Focus On Sustainability, which will be introduced by Colin Firth; cross-media forum Power To The Pixel; the Film London Production Finance Market; Understanding Kickstarter; and piracy and distribution workshop FindAnyFilm.com
Production Begins On ‘The Almost Impossible Gameshow’ Pilot
Viacom International Media Networks has started production on Comedy Central pilot The Almost Impossible Gameshow. The format was created and is produced by Endemol’s UK production company Initial. It features contestants who are given multiple attempts to complete five physical challenges for a cash prize. Executive producers are Steve Regan, VP Production at VIMN UK, and Lourdes Diaz, VP Development and Production for Comedy Central. At Initial, the show will be produced by Chris Lore and executive produced by Endemol UK’s head of entertainment Shaun Parry. READ MORE »
UPDATED WITH VIDEO: “I’ve missed you so much — you don’t know what it’s like out there in the real world. Nobody applauds every stupid fucking thing you do!” Jon Stewart said in his return to The Daily Show last night. Viewers, meanwhile, may still be missing Stewart. The comic-turned-fake news show faux-anchor returned from Jordan, where he spent a good chunk of the summer directing his first feature film, showing telltale signs of a comic who has been through a life-changing experience and feels he should be doing something more serious.
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After an opening taped bit in which his summer substitute John Oliver discovered how changed Stewart is, and tried in vain to get back the old Jon — instead turning him into Moses, Freddie Mercury, Miley Cyrus at the VMAs, and Hitler — Stephen Colbert is brought in and, for script purposes, successfully exorcised Stewart, so The Daily Show could start. Stewart took his anchor chair and brought out Oliver to receive praise. Not that Oliver needs it. He got great reviews filling in for Stewart this summer, which must have been a comfort to Viacom Entertainment Group President Doug Herzog tonight, knowing there can be life after Stewart for The Daily Show. Not that Herzog’s making plans to replace Stewart — but it’s got to be nice to know The Daily Show won’t fall off a cliff should this new Stewart just back from Jordon decide it’s time to move on.
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James Franco: no Charlie Sheen.
About 3.1 million people watched the Comedy Central Roast Of James Franco last night — 2.4 million of them being adults 18-49, and 1.9 million in 18-34, with 1.2 million of that group being guys. Yes, Franco’s roast is up double digits compared to last year’s Roseanne roast, like Comedy Central said this afternoon — including the not-surprising 64% lift among 18-34 guys and the even less surprising 88% spike among 18-24 guys. But Franco wasn’t in the same league as Sheen, who’d clocked 6.4 million viewers when Comedy Central skewered him the same night CBS unveiled Sheen’s Two And A Half Men replacement, Ashton Kutcher. If you add in Comedy Central’s two replays of the Franco bashing/lovefest last night, during which he took a lot of heat for his epic Oscar sleep-hosting, the cume climbs to 5.2 million — still not up to Sheen’s premiere stats. The Franco roast premiere also did not match the 3.5 million who’d tuned in for Comedy Central’s David Hasselhoff roast in 2010 or the 3.48 million who caught the Donald Trump roast in 2011. And, in Roseanne’s defense, her Comedy Central bashing had aired at the same time NBC was clocking 30 million viewers with the Closing Ceremony of the London Olympics. Read More »
Comedian Dave Attell is back in business with Comedy Central. The cable network has ordered its first-ever weekly late-night stand-up series hosted by Attell, who also will headline a one-hour stand-up special. The eight-episode series and the special, both executive produced by Attell and 3 Arts, will premiere in 2014. “When I was first approached for this, I thought someone said ‘Dave Chappelle,’ said Comedy Central’s Kent Alterman. “I immediately said yes. I love Dave Attell, too, so it’s fine.” Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Comedy Central has greenlighted Big Time In Hollywood, FL, a single-camera comedy from Ben Stiller‘s Red Hour. Kathy Baker and Stephen Tobolowsky have been cast in the project, written/executive produced by comedy duo Alex … Read More »
UPDATE, 2:11 PM: On his last night as interim host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, the guy TV critics have crowned Jon Stewart’s “heir apparent” and “just as effective … at 1/10th … Read More »
Comedy Central will roast James Franco on Labor Day, the Viacom-owned network announced this morning. But Franco-fans had known about it since late Tuesday, via Franco, via Instagram. “Hey ya’ll wassup I’m gonna get roasted on Comedy Central be sure to check it out. They wanted me to tell you that — a’ight hahaha,” he mumbled at his legions of followers. Then he slowly ran his tongue over his teeth. Comedy Central, in its announcement, said it would tape the roast of the “Academy-nominated actor-director-writer-producer-artist” next month in LA. And, in one of those incredible coincidences, the Franco-co-directed documentary about Franco, called Francophrenia, will debut exclusively on Comedy Central digital and VOD platforms immediately after the network telecasts the roast. Read More »
Comedy Central’s Key & Peele stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele will co-host the 29th annual TCA Awards. At the non-televised trophy ceremony, TV critics, reporters, columnists, bloggers, etc., from the U.S. and Canada who belong … Read More »
UPDATE, 3:33 PM: The Daily Show got a much-needed goose in its ratings with host Jon Stewart’s Skype appearance last night. More than 1.5 million tuned in — the show’s biggest crowd since June … Read More »
Miles Fisher (Final Destination 5) and Mike Castle will topline the Comedy Central pilot Bad Advice From My Brother, lifting the contingency on the project. Reggie Watts co-stars in the project, based … Read More »
With longtime host Jon Stewart taking his first extended hiatus from The Daily Show, correspondent John Oliver took over the desk for the first Monday. The bespectacled Brit will host the venerable Comedy Central strip for eight weeks of original episodes while Stewart shoots his feature directing … Read More »
The sketch comedy show fronted by comedian Amy Schumer will return for Season 2, Comedy Central confirms. Schumer tweeted the news on Monday. Inside Amy Schumer airs Tuesdays at 10:30 PM on Comedy Central. It debuted last month with strong ratings, notching 1.6 million total viewers and 1.2 million adults 18-49 and a 2.4 rating among men 18-34 in its first episode. UPDATE: The network made it official with a press release Tuesday morning announcing a 10-epiosde order for next year. Here it is:
NEW YORK, May 28, 2013 – Viewers have been inside the mind of comedian Amy Schumer and they love what they see and so does COMEDY CENTRAL, which has renewed the new hit series “Inside Amy Schumer” for a second season, it was announced today by Kent Alterman, President, Content Development and Original Programming, COMEDY CENTRAL. The second season of “Inside Amy Schumer” will consist of ten episodes and is scheduled to premiere in 2014.
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Comedian-writer Hannibal Buress (30 Rock) has signed a development deal with Comedy Central. The pact includes a pilot commitment for a project Buress will executive produce; a one-hour stand-up special; a nationwide Comedy Central Live stand-up … Read More »
Comedy Central‘s latest original series, Inside Amy Schumer, debuted last night to 1.6 million total viewers and 1.2 million Adults 18-49 (1.1 rating) and a 2.4 rating among Men 18-34. The show starring comedian … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Comedy Central is expanding its late-night block with a new show hosted by comedian/producer Chris Hardwick and co-produced by Funny Or Die. The untitled show, which will launch in the fall, will air four … Read More »