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‘Lights Out With David Spade’ Averages 270,000 Comedy Central Viewers in Premiere Week

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‘Lights Out With David Spade’ Averages 270,000 Comedy Central Viewers in Premiere Week
David Spade’s “Lights Out,” Comedy Central’s latest attempt to fill its 11:30 p.m. time slot, averaged 270,000 total viewers in its premiere week.

Among adults 18-49, which is the key demo for advertisers on entertainment programming, “Lights Out” averaged a 0.17 rating from Monday-Thursday. Spade played slightly better among adults 25-54, averaging a 0.20 rating.

None of those are great numbers.

Also Read: 'Lights Out With David Spade': Watch the Premiere Episode's Opening Monologue (Video)

On Monday, Spade’s show drew 970,000 gross viewers. That tally includes the sum of its 11:30 p.m. series debut, which was simulcast across Comedy Central, Paramount Network and TV Land, plus one Comedy Central encore. Of that all-in count, which is not really a typical way to tabulate a show’s rating in the first place, 428,000 viewers were between the ages of 18 and 49.

It’s been downhill since there.

Neal Brennan, Whitney Cummings and
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‘Lights Out With David Spade': Watch the Premiere Episode’s Opening Monologue (Video)

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‘Lights Out With David Spade': Watch the Premiere Episode’s Opening Monologue (Video)
“Lights Out With David Spade” premiered Monday and with it, Comedy Central put the show’s very first opening monologue online for all to see. Watch it above.

In the clip, Spade catches up on the last few months of news, with jokes about “X-Men: Dark Phoenix,” the Planned Parenthood leadership contest, the teenager who won $3 million playing Fortnite, the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, and more.

Monday’s premiere featured guests Neal Brennan, Whitney Cummings and Erik Griffin. Additional guests for the show’s first week include Jen Kirkman, Theo Von, Amy Schumer, Nick Swardson, Steve Byrne, Kaley Cuoco, Jim Jefferies, Al Madrigal, Sarah Tiana and Spade’s former “SNL” castmate, Dana Carvey.

Also Read: Bruce Lee's Daughter Saddened by 'Mockery' in 'Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood' (Exclusive)

Executive produced by Spade, Alex Murray and Marc Gurvitz, the show is Comedy Central’s latest go at filling the
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Amy Schumer, Dana Carvey Among First-Week Guests for David Spade’s ‘Lights Out’ on Comedy Central

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Amy Schumer, Dana Carvey Among First-Week Guests for David Spade’s ‘Lights Out’ on Comedy Central
Ahead of David Spade’s debut Monday on Comedy Central as its newest late-night host, the network announced the first group of guest panelists for “Lights Out.”

Spade will be joined by Neal Brennan, Whitney Cummings and Erik Griffin on Monday night’s premiere episode. Additional guests for his first week include Jen Kirkman, Theo Von, Amy Schumer, Nick Swardson, Steve Byrne, Kaley Cuoco, Jim Jefferies, Al Madrigal, Sarah Tiana and his former “SNL” cast mate Dana Carvey.

According to the network, “Lights Out” will feature Spade’s “signature take” on the pop culture news of the day and include a rotating group of Spade’s comedian and celebrity friends, while also incorporating sketches and field segments.

Also Read: David Spade Late-Night Show Gets Title and Premiere Date From Comedy Central (Video)

The show is executive produced by Spade, Alex Murray and Marc Gurvitz. Brad Wollack and Tom Brunelle of
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WGA Awards 2019: ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Wins Comedy Series Award

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WGA Awards 2019: ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Wins Comedy Series Award
The 71st annual Writers Guild Awards are underway at dual ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. and at the Edison Ballroom in New York City. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won the comedy series award for Kate Fodor, Noah Gardenswartz, Jen Kirkman, Sheila Lawrence, Daniel Palladino and Amy Sherman Palladino. The series won the Emmy for best comedy series last year.

Bill Hader and Alec Berg won the episodic comedy award for the opening segment of HBO’s “Barry,” “Chapter One: Make Your Mark” (“Barry”).

Stephanie Gillis won the animated award for the “Bart’s Not Dead” episode and Alex Gansa took the episodic drama award for the “Paean To The People” segment of “Homeland.”

Chelsea Peretti hosted the West Coast ceremonies while Roy Wood Jr. was the emcee in New York

Original screenplay nominees are Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma”; Adam McKay’s “Vice”; Bo Burnham’s “Eighth Grade”; Bryan Woods,
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Writers Guild Awards 2019 Winners List – Updating Live

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Writers Guild Awards 2019 Winners List – Updating Live
The 71st annual Writers Guild Awards are being handed out tonight in simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York. Deadline will be updating the winners here as they are announced.

Here is the complete list of winners announced so far at the 2019 Writers Guild Awards, followed by the list of nominees:

News Script – Analysis, Feature, Or Commentary

“Wounds of War” (60 Minutes), Written by Scott Pelley, Katie Kerbstat, Nicole Young; CBS News

Documentary Screenplay

Bathtubs Over Broadway

Written by Ozzy Inguanzo & Dava Whisenant; Focus Features

Comedy Series

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Written by Kate Fodor, Noah Gardenswartz, Jen Kirkman, Sheila Lawrence, Daniel Palladino, Amy Sherman Palladino; Prime Video

Children’S Episodic And Specials

“The Ersatz Elevator: Part One” (A Series of Unfortunate Events), Teleplay by Daniel Handler; Netflix

Short Form New Media Original

Class of Lies, Written by Tessa Leigh Williams; Snapchat

Quiz And Audience Participation

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,
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'The Crown', 'The Looming Tower' among WGA TV nominees

'The Crown', 'The Looming Tower' among WGA TV nominees
Winners to be announced on February 17 at concurrent ceremonies in Los Angeles, New York.

The Crown, Succession, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story and The Looming Tower are among television series nominated for the 2019 Writers Guild Awards.

The list of nominees announced by the Writers Guild of America (WGA) West and East branches also includes The Handmaid’s Tale, longform projects Castle Rock, Paterno, Maniac and Sharp Objects and individual episodes of Narcos: Mexico, The Affair and Ozark.

Select categories appear below. WGA Award winners will be announced on February 17 at concurrent ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.
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2019 Writers Guild Awards Nominees: 'Days of our Lives,' 'General Hospital'

The Writers Guild Awards honor outstanding writing in film, television, new media, videogames, news, radio, promotional, and graphic animation categories. Today the nominees for the 2019 Writers Guild Awards were revealed. Check out the list below.

Television, New Media, And News Nominees

Daytime Drama

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati; Writers: Sheri Anderson, Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Joanna Cohen, Lisa Connor, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Cydney Kelley, David Kreizman, David A. Levinson, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine Schock, Elizabeth Snyder, Tyler Topits; NBC

General Hospital, Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers: Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O'Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles; ABC

Drama Series

The Americans, Written by Peter Ackerman, Hilary Bettis, Joshua Brand, Joel Fields, Sarah Nolen, Stephen Schiff, Justin Weinberger, Joe Weisberg, Tracey Scott Wilson; FX Networks

Better Call Saul,
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2019 Writers Guild of America TV Awards nominations: ‘Barry’ leads with 3 bids, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and ‘Succession’ at 2 each

The HBO comedy “Barry” is having a great day. First it reaped three Golden Globe nominations and then it earned another three bids at the Writers Guild of America Awards. At the WGA, it competes for Best Comedy Series writing as well as for an individual episode and for the catch-all Best New Series award.

For the comedy series award, “Barry” faces off against reigning Emmy champ “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” as well as “Atlanta,” “Glow” and “The Good Place.” “Barry” is the only comedy up for the new series award alongside the dramas “The Haunting of Hill House,” “Homecoming,” “Pose” and “Succession.”

Of those four, only “Succession” made it into Best Drama Series where it competes against the final season of “The Americans,” season 4 of “Better Call Saul” and the sophomore editions of “The Crown” and “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

The WGA Awards winners will be revealed on Feb.
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WGA Awards TV Nominations: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, ‘Barry’, ‘SNL’ Make List

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The WGA on Thursday unveiled its nominations for in TV, new media, news, radio/audio and promotional writing for 2018, with writers for Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale and NBC’s Saturday Night Live among last year’s winners to make the cut.

Last year, Handmaid’s Tale won the Drama Series category and the New Series category. HBO’s Succession has that same chance this year in drama, nominated in both categories. Another HBO series, its Bill Hader comedy Barry, was triple-nommed today including in the episodic race.

SNL returns to the Comedy/Variety sketch series category it won last season, this time facing the likes of the final season for IFC’s Portlandia and Sarah Silverman’s Hulu docuseries I Love You, America. Another returning champ, Comedy/Variety Talk Series’ Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, also landed a nom.

Like the Golden Globes earlier today the marquee
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Jen Kirkman Looks Back at Addressing Louis C.K. Sexual Misconduct Rumors in 2015 and the Harassment That Followed

Jen Kirkman Looks Back at Addressing Louis C.K. Sexual Misconduct Rumors in 2015 and the Harassment That Followed
Comedian Jen Kirkman has taken to social media to sound off on Louis C.K.’s sexual misconduct just days after C.K. made a polarizing return by performing a surprise set at New York’s Comedy Cellar. The comedy set was C.K.’s first since admitting to sexual misconduct last fall.

Kirkman brought attention to the rumors surrounding C.K.’s inappropriate behavior back in 2015 when she mentioned on her “I Seem Fun” podcast that she had turned down opportunities to work with male comics in the past due to rumors of sexual misconduct. Kirkman did not name C.K., but the internet figured it out since C.K. invited Kirkman to tour with him in the past.

Kirkman explained in her August 30 Twitter thread that the backlash and lack of support she faced from just hinting at C.K.’s harassment prevented her from not only continuing to press
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Starz Acquires Ex-Seeso Comedy Series & Specials Including ‘Take My Wife’ & ‘Night Train With Wyatt Cenac’

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Starz has acquired a slew of comedy series, specials and films that launched on Seeso, the NBCUniversal-owned Svod service that shuttered last year.

Among the series in the deal are Take My Wife, Night Train with Wyatt Cenac and The Ucb Show. It also includes stand-up specials from the Sklar Brothers, Brian Posehn and Lachlan Patterson, along with The Pistol Shrimps, the documentary about a group of showbiz folks including Aubrey Plaza who play in a women’s recreational basketball league in L.A.

“We are excited to address the uncertain fate of several Seeso series, including the beloved Take My Wife series, by providing a new home for these programs and their fans at Starz,” said C. Brett Marottoli, Head of Program Acquisitions for Starz. “These comedies align strategically with many Starz Original series and will appeal to our audiences as we continue featuring more diverse casts and storylines across the Starz platforms.
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Top 25 Netflix Original stand-up comedy specials

Wesley Mead Dec 5, 2017

Looking for great stand-up on Netflix? We count down twenty-five highly recommended comedy specials on the streaming service...

In the face of ever-declining DVD sales, Netflix has quickly become the foremost place to discover new stand-up material. The streaming giant is on track to release over 50 exclusive specials in 2017 alone, signing big names (with big cheques) from both sides of the Atlantic and beyond.

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There is a downside to this remarkable release schedule, though. With so many new specials out there, instantly accessible, it can sometimes feel like the smaller fish in the pond are getting short shrift. Amy Schumer, Dave Chappelle and Jerry Seinfeld have all been featured this year alone: with only so many column inches (and so much screen space) to occupy,
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Louis C.K. Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Five Women, Reportedly Asked to Masturbate in Front of Them

Louis C.K. Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Five Women, Reportedly Asked to Masturbate in Front of Them
Louis C.K. has been accused of sexual misconduct by five women in a new report published by The New York Times. The women include Chicago comedy duo Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov, Abby Schachner, Rebecca Corry, and an anonymous woman. Goodman and Julia Wolov told The Times they met C.K. during a performance at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, during which C.K. invited them to hang out at his hotel room. It was here where the women say C.K. asked if he could take out his penis.

“He proceeded to take all of his clothes off, and get completely naked, and started masturbating,” Goodman said.

Corry was working as a producer on a 2005 television pilot in which C.K was appearing as a guest star. She says the comedian approached her and asked if he could masturbate in front of her.

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ABC Buys ‘The Mighty Quinn’ Comedy From Jen Kirkman & Julie Anne Robinson

ABC has put in development The Mighty Quinn, a half-hour comedy from writer and stand-up comedian Jen Kirkman, Julie Anne Robinson’s CannyLads Productions and Universal TV where the company is under an overall deal. Written by Kirkman, The Mighty Quinn tells the story of a 39-year-old Quinn. After getting dumped by her boyfriend on Christmas Day, Quinn decides to take a year off dating and go on the journey of finding herself. Along the way, she not only transforms her…
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Trump Stokes Fear with Cryptic Remark About ‘Calm Before the Storm’ After Military Meeting

Trump Stokes Fear with Cryptic Remark About ‘Calm Before the Storm’ After Military Meeting
President Trump is causing confusion — and fear — after a cryptic comment he made to the press following a military dinner at the White House on Thursday.

After summoning the media to a last-minute photo op with “the world’s great military people” on Thursday evening, Trump asked reporters: “You guys know what this represents? Maybe it’s the calm before the storm.”

“What’s the storm?” asked one reporter. “On Iran? On Isis? On what?”

“We have the world’s great military people, I’ll tell you that,” Trump replied. “Thank you all for coming.”

When pressed further on the
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Pamela Adlon Reveals How Louis C.K. Gave Her the Confidence to Write and Direct ‘Better Things’

Pamela Adlon Reveals How Louis C.K. Gave Her the Confidence to Write and Direct ‘Better Things’
Anyone who watched “Louie” knows that Louis C.K. and Pamela Adlon share an infinitely watchable rapport onscreen. Playing fictionalized versions of themselves in the Emmy-nominated FX show, their real-life friendship infused their characters with a warm naturalism that made “Louie” unlike any other show on television. It comes as no surprise then that “Better Things” shares the same naturalism; Adlon was a writer/producer on “Louie” and C.K. is an executive producer on “Better Things.” C.K. was instrumental in getting the show greenlit, pitching an Adlon show to FX president John Landgraf.

Former collaborator Tig Notaro recently disavowed C.K.’s involvement in her Amazon series, “One Mississippi,” even though he is credited as an executive producer. As unseemly rumors continue to surround the comedian and filmmaker, his fruitful collaboration with Adlon of a woman filmmaker who has benefitted greatly from C.K.’s support — and that’s all according to Adlon.
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Jen Kirkman

Jen Kirkman is best known for her stand-up comedy. She’s a funny lady who has made regular appearances on the tv series “Chelsea Lately,” as a round table panelist. She also performs her stand-up comedy in the Los Angeles area at venues including “The Upright Citizens Brigade and Theatre, The Laugh Factory and at Largo. She is one of those special entertainers who makes significant contributions to the industry from behind the scenes. Here are five things that most people don’t know about her. She pulled an episode of her weekly podcast. Jen produces “I Seem Fun: The Diary of

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Jen Kirkman
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Jen Kirkman Defends Louis C.K. Against Sexual Assault Rumors: ‘Sometimes There’s Nothing There’

Jen Kirkman Defends Louis C.K. Against Sexual Assault Rumors: ‘Sometimes There’s Nothing There’
In 2015, comedian Jen Kirkman told a story on her podcast about an unnamed successful comedian whom she called a “known perv,” widely assumed to be Louis C.K. “This guy didn’t rape me, but he made a certain difficult decision to go on tour with him really hard,” she said. “Because I knew if I did, I’d be getting more of the same weird treatment I’d been getting from him.” She has since deleted the podcast, but her quotes can be found here.

The rumors remained largely under the radar until recently, when comedian Tig Notaro called on C.K. to “handle” the allegations against him. Notaro addresses sexual assault on the second season of her show, “One Mississippi,” and insisted C.K. had “never been involved” with the show, despite being listed as an executive producer.

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Jen Kirkman Denies Louis Ck Was the Pervy Comic She Called Out in 2015 Podcast

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Jen Kirkman Denies Louis Ck Was the Pervy Comic She Called Out in 2015 Podcast
Stand-up comedian Jen Kirkman is denying that a comedian she toured with in 2015, who made her uncomfortable, was Louis C.K., as many have assumed over the years. “There are rumors out there that Louis takes his dick out at women. He has never done that to me,” Kirkman said in an interview with the Village Voice. “I never said he did, I never implied that he did.” C.K. has been at the center of sexual harassment allegations for years. In 2012, Gawker ran a blind item that stated a male comedian, which many thought sounded like C.K., was forcing women.
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Jen Kirkman sets the record straight on Louis Ck and those sexual misconduct rumors

When tracing the timeline of sexual misconduct allegations against comedian Louis Ck, Jen Kirkman’s name often comes up. Even here on The A.V. Club, we’ve mentioned the episode of her podcast I Seem Fun Kirkman posted, then subsequently deleted, in 2015 that brought the rumors to the attention of the public after it…

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