TV critics attending Summer TV Press Tour 2014 wanted to talk to the cast and crew of Fox’s new Mulaney about its similarity to NBC’s long-running comedy series Seinfeld. In the new multi-cam comedy, from NBCU and originally developed for NBC (the network passed on the pilot), former Saturday Night Live writer John Mulaney plays a fictionalized version of himself — a standup comic trying to take his career to the next level. Martin Short co-stars as a comedy legend and now game-show host, for whom Mulaney works; Elliott Gould plays his wacky next door neighbor. Nasim Pedrad, Seaton Smith and Zack Pearlman round out the cast. Mulaney is exec produced by Lorne Michaels, David Miner, Dave Becky, Jon Pollack, Andrew Singer and Andy Ackerman.
Exec producer/director Ackerman, perhaps best known for his work on Seinfeld after directing nearly 90 episodes, was asked to discuss the new series’ many similarities to that long-running NBC comedy. After turning to Mulaney and murmuring, “You’re no Jerry Seinfeld,” he turned to TV critics and said, “This is a cast I’m really excited about… I had the privilege to work with that great cast, and I see so many similarities in terms of the chemistry. And we have an opportunity to take John’s voice, and what he’s doing I’m really excited about…and if I have any small percent of [Seinfeld’s] success I’d be thrilled.”
The New York HQ of the Paley Center For Media will present a June 9 discussion with Jerry Seinfeld about his web series, Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. His interlocutor will be exiting Late Night host and sometime CICGC guest David Letterman. The program will include a fourth-season episode of the Crackle.com show. No coffee in the auditorium, the Paley Center warns. But the event will be live-streamed over the Center’s app.
UPDATE, 10:15 AM:Crackle‘s new lineup unveiled at this morning’s NewFronts includes three new series Tightrope, Sports Jeopardy! and Sequestered and feature film The Throwaways executive produced by Jeremy Renner and Don Handfield. The Sony-owned video site also said Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee has been renewedfor 24 more episodes (see below). Emmy winner Bryan Cranston exec produces the comedy series Tightrope, which replaces a character from a classic detective series with a modern-day actor to reshape the stories into contemporary comedy. Sports Jeopardy!, hosted by Dan Patrick, is a sports-themed version of the popular Jeopardy! game show. The 12-episode series Sequestered, starring Jesse Bradford, Summer Glau, Patrick Warburton, and Bruce Davison, is set to premiere in August. The thriller focuses on a jury that’s sequestered in a hotel while deliberating a court case with massive implications. Full descriptions of Crackle’s new and returning programming follows at the end of the post. Read More »
Jay Leno‘s Tonight Show swan song churned up the franchise’s biggest weekly crowd since the week of NBC’s Cheers finale in ’93. Meanwhile, his replacement, Jimmy Fallon wrapped his Late Night hosting gig with that show’s biggest weekly haul since it followed Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show farewell, in May of ’92.
Leno’s actual Thursday night finale last week clocked the biggest crowd for an individual Tonight show broadcast since Jerry Seinfeld turned up after his primetime hit’s so-long episode, on May 14, 1998. Read More »
Super Bowl XLVIII: total bust as a game, middling year for ads – though outrage was tearing up Twitter by the time the game sputtered to a close over a Coke commercial in which “America the Beautiful” was sung in many languages over images of people of many ethnic and religious backgrounds spending quality time with family and friends. Rants ranged from :
“Nice to see that Coke likes to sing an AMERICAN song in the terrorist’s language. Way to go Coke. You can leave America”
“Glad to see the that #boycottcoke thing. That way we can clearly spot every bigot, racist and moron in the country & keep them from our kids.”
The ad, ironically, called “It’s Beautiful,” also marked the first time a gay couple had been included in a Super Bowl ad, according to GLAAD, but that kind of got drowned out in all the mud-slinging under the banners #SpeakAmerican and #BoycottCoke.
The game started strong with Joe Namath, in a fly 70′s fur coat, botching the coin toss, which we didn’t think could be done. Namath’s coat went on to bigger and better things, becoming a hashtag phenomenon on Twitter. Despite high prices paid for A-list celebrity endorsements, it was Rob Riggle who seemed to get the most career mileage out of this year’s crop of game ads — including screen time in both a faux movie trailer, Escape to East Rutherford, and a Ford Fusion … Read More »
Ever since chimps became a no-no for Super Bowl ads — too many pesky press reports about baby chimps taken from their moms, and no good coming to them after they’d aged out of acting — advertising industry navel gazers have been trying to figure out what’s the new chimpanzee of Super Bowl spots. (Yes, chimps were so big, as recently as 2011, polls were created asking viewers for their fave from that year’s crop of Super Bowl chimp ads.)
This year the search continues. Puppies are the new chimpanzees, say some, citing Budweiser’s “Puppy Love” ad featuring a Clydesdale and a puppy that had clocked more than 30 million YouTube views by Saturday noon (see it below). That’s tens of millions of views ahead of the latest Cheerios Super Bowl ad featuring a multi-racial family, despite the best efforts of MSNBC and the RNC to whip up interest in that one. Others insist bears are the new chimps, pointing to Goldilocks’ three bears appearing with Ellen DeGeneres in a Beats Music ad (see that one below), the slow-clapping bear in the CarMax ad, and the behemoth bear in the Chobani ad. Still others pronounced “weird” the new chimps, citing this year’s Doritos finger-cleaner ad, and Audi’s Doberuahua ad.
Jerry Seinfeld says he and Jason Alexander were not shooting a Super Bowl ad when they were spotted recently filming outside Tom’s Restaurant in New York this month (Tom’s exterior was used in Seinfeld’s long-running NBC comedy series). The shoot also was not an episode of Seinfeld’s Crackle series Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, he told NYC sports radio station WFAN. Seinfeld also said it’s “not not those things either” calling it a “a secret project” that will air “very very soon” — the Super Bowl is this Sunday. He declined to say who shot the footage for the project, suggesting that would be a give away, that it’s a “one-and-done,” and runs longer than 60 seconds. ”I gave you more now than I’ve given anyone,” Seinfeld said. “I told you what it isn’t. And then I also told you that it isn’t not that, either.” He also revealed other characters from his iconic NBC series were involved, as was Larry David, though he will not be seen on camera.
With a record 25 million streams, Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee is now Crackle‘s No. 1 original series, the Sony-owned free video hub said today. Crackle announced a fourth season of the Jerry Seinfeld-starrer earlier this year, with six new episodes scheduled. Louis CK, Tina Fey, Jay Leno, Patton Oswalt and Todd Barry are among Season 3′s guests. Howard Stern is slated to appear on the season finale on February 6. Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee is created, written and executive produced by Seinfeld.
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld stopped by Reddit today to conduct an “Ask Me Anything” Q&A in support of his Crackle web series Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee and dropped hint of a new project with Seinfeld co-creator Larry David. “What is the most mundane thing you and Larry have obsessed over?” asked Redditor @TotheBongGuy. “We never obsess over anything that isn’t mundane,” Seinfeld responded. “Most recent was intentional mumbling. We wrote this script for this thing that you will eventually see but I can’t reveal what it is at this time. All I can do is tell you is that it’s big, huge, gigantic.” “Even bigger than that Amazon package,” he added, referencing a popular front page post on the social news site. (Seinfeld’s rep declined to comment on the mystery script.) Read More »
Louis CK, Jay Leno, Howard Stern, Tina Fey, Patton Oswalt, and Todd Barry are among the guests set for the new season on Crackle, the Sony-owned free video hub. Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee is created, written and produced by Jerry Seinfeld — you might have heard of him. Here’s the trailer for Season 3, which goes live at January 2 at noon ET; watch for a drone, a DeLorean, and ruminations on Macy’s shirts, weird dreams, 56-year-old hookers and more:
AND THE WINNER IS…
It’s every Jewish person’s nightmare: A huge ham lurking behind you.
“Wait, doesn’t Steven know Jerry was caught making out during Schindler’s List?”
“Wait, Steven Spielberg? I thought you were Steven Soderberg!!”
“Wait, I’ll convert.”
SUNDAY AM: I couldn’t resist a Deadline caption contest for this. George Clooney photobombs Steven Spielberg and Jerry Seinfeld and wife Jessica at the USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s 2013 Ambassadors For Humanity gala held in NYC on Friday. Clooney at the event received the Spielberg-founded foundation’s Ambassador For Humanity Award for his global humanitarian efforts in Haiti and throughout Africa. Have fun with this but, in keeping with DH policy that we don’t do personal, leave Jessica out of it. Winners announced Monday.
On his show last night, Jimmy Fallon re-created a comedy classic with a new take on Abbott and Costello’s Who’s On First? routine where we finally get to meet the team’s first baseman Who, second baseman What, and third baseman I Don’t Know. (you can watch the original skit below the new one.) Joining Fallon onstage are Billy Crystal and Jerry Seinfeld (as well as Fallon announcer Steve Higgins as Costello and Fallon head writer A.D. Miles as What.)
Jerry Seinfeld is stepping into the web series realm with Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, which is set to premiere on Sony-owned video hub Crackle at 9 PM ET on July 19. A trailer for the series — which appears to be exactly what its title says it is — hit today, featuring the likes of Ricky Gervais, Larry David and Michael Richards, among others. There’s also a website. BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield already is saying Seinfeld could be a big enough name to score big on the web and outside the TV paradigm — much the same way Glenn Beck is attempting to do with his live-stream video network GBTV.
In its first episode, Live! With Kelly, with guest co-host Jerry Seinfeld, posted a 4.0 household rating and a 2.2 rating in women 25-54 in the metered markets on Monday. That was down from the big 7.3/23 Live! scored on Friday with the farewell show of Regis Philbin but up 38% and 57%, respectively, from the talk show’s November 2010 averages.
Following Regis Philbin’s November 18 exit, his syndicated talk show with Kelly Ripa will be temporarily retitled Live! With Kelly while a new permanent co-host is found. In the meantime, Ripa will be joined by a slew of guest co-hosts. First off is Jerry Seinfeld, who will take a seat besides Ripa on her first three solo shows, November 21-23. The duo’s guests will include Jason Segal, Kim Cattrall, Howie Mandel, Jamie Oliver and Miss Piggy. “Jerry is a great friend of ours, and a friend of Kelly’s, and it doesn’t hurt that he’s an entertainment icon,” Live executive producer Michael Gelman said. “It’s a great way to kick off the new beginning of our show.”
EXCLUSIVE: In competitive bidding, Colin Quinn has signed with Grand Central Publishing’s Ben Greenberg for Yesterday’s News. Quinn’s first book went for mid-six figures and is a humorous look at humanity and pop culture, in which the former Weekend Update anchor will imagine what daily newspapers from each era of civilization would be filled with, from headlines and op-eds to obits and classifieds. For Quinn, this follows his one-man show Colin Quinn Long Story Short, which Jerry Seinfeld directed for its Broadway run and an Emmy-nominated HBO special. Quinn will bring that performance to Canada this weekend, where he’ll headline the Montreal Comedy Festival. Quinn, whose deal was made by Brillstein Entertainment Partners’ Brian Stern and attorney Jonathan Ehrlich, recently wrapped I Hate You Dad, opposite Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg.
Jerry Seinfeld’s flacks announced this morning that, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of his first national broadcast appearance, the comedian has launched his personal website, www.jerryseinfeld.com, offering fans daily video clips from his more than 30 years of television stand-up performances. The site went live today at 9 AM. On the site, Seinfeld explains why he was inspired to create this digital archive, remembering his experiences as a 10-year-old, fascinated by stand-up comedians on TV. “Somewhere out there are 10 year olds just waiting to get hooked on this strange pursuit. This is for them,” he writes. “I’m just hoping somehow it will keep this silliness going.”
Ranging from less than 30 seconds up to two minutes in length, each daily grouping of three clips will only be available for 24 hours, after which they will be replaced by three new hand-picked bits. The clips cover the entirety of Seinfeld’s televised stand-up career, from 1977 to present, including appearances on talk shows hosted by Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin, David Letterman and Jay Leno, as well as other televised stand-up performances, including the stand-up performances recorded for the iconic TV series Seinfeld. Read More »
HBO will shoot the Broadway one-man show Colin Quinn Long Story Short for a special to debut in April. Long Story Short, which recently extended its run at the Helen Hayes Theatre through March 5, features veteran standup comic Quinn take on world history in a 75-minute show directed by Jerry Seinfeld.