‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Stay Low With Louis C.K. As Host

By | Sunday March 30, 2014 @ 9:34am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

snl-louisWith only five new installments of Saturday Night Live in the three months since the beginning of 2014, the late-night show has struggled to find a rhythm with viewers lately. Last night’s show hosted by Louis C.K. with musical … Read More »

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FX’s ‘Louie’ Returns May 5 After 19 Months

By | Thursday March 13, 2014 @ 1:07pm PDT

FX_Louie_S3_shows-eps03The offbeat comedy that won a writing Emmy in 2012 and scored the first Outstanding Comedy Series nom for a basic cable show finally is  heading back to a TV screen near you. There was no Emmy love for FX’s … Read More »

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Web Teaser: Jerry Seinfeld’s ‘Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee’ Season 3

By | Monday December 23, 2013 @ 11:30am PST

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 — … Read More »

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Louis CK Inks Overall Deal With FX Productions For New Series

By | Tuesday December 3, 2013 @ 9:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

FX Networks is making it clear it wants to stay in the Louis CK business. The network already has Louis CK’sLouisCK2 acclaimed comedy series  Louie, produced by FX Productions. Now FX Prods. has inked an overall deal … Read More »

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Louis CK’s Production Company Sues Unions Over Benefits Claim

By | Thursday October 17, 2013 @ 1:08pm PDT

A lawsuit filed this week proves that money is no laughing matter to Louis C.K. The production company run by the creator and star of FX’s Louie took the boards of the Motion … Read More »

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EMMYS: Comedy Lead Acting Handicap

By | Monday August 19, 2013 @ 4:07pm PDT

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.

ALEC BALDWIN, 30 ROCK, NBC

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. Read More »

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