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ViacomCBS: Cable Channels Make Up a Mixed Bag

  • Variety
Viacom’s cable portfolio was once a shining example to the rest of the industry, but the company has been struggling to revitalize its most important brands for years. With the merger between Viacom and CBS now officially underway, the health of those brands is more important than ever.

When Bob Bakish took over as president and CEO in late 2016, he specifically called out six core networks — MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Comedy Central, Bet and Paramount Network — as the keys to Viacom’s success. Since then, Viacom has reorganized its executive ranks and laid off employees across numerous brands as it attempts to lure viewers and streamline for the digital age.

Among the more significant of these moves: In May 2018, Debra Lee stepped down as the head of Bet after more than a decade at the helm of the African-American focused cabler; In October of that same year, longtime Viacom
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‘Daily Show With Trevor Noah’ To Go Live On Next Dem Debate Night

‘Daily Show With Trevor Noah’ To Go Live On Next Dem Debate Night
Exclusive The Daily Show with Trevor Noah will go live following the next round of Democratic debates on Thursday, September 12, giving the host the first opportunity among late-night shows to take on the presidential hopefuls.

Noah will air live at 11 p.m. Et on Comedy Central as part of his show’s ongoing Votegasm 2020 coverage. The Daily Show also will react to the debate in real time across its social media accounts.

According to Comedy Central, The Daily Show’s digital content during the first four debates were the most engaged series on social media among the competitive late-night lineup. Noah’s show, the network says, was overall the most socially engaged late-night show in 2019, as well as the most social cable comedy.

The upcoming live episode will be the 14th for Noah’s Daily Show. Others were the previous four 2020 Democratic debates, the 2018 and 2019 State of the Union Addresses,
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Trevor Noah: 'I think Donald Trump is trying to deport Melania'

The Daily Show host re-examines Trump’s immigration policy crackdowns and concludes: they all target his wife

Following another immigration crackdown by the Trump administration – this week, it moved to revoke green cards from immigrants deemed likely to use public assistance – Daily Show host Trevor Noah sent a distress call for one American in particular: First Lady Melania Trump.

Is Donald Trump trying to deport Melania? #DontDeportMelania pic.twitter.com/aWoNOErfbV

Related: Seth Meyers on Trump's trade war: hopefully truckers 'return the favor in 2020'

Related: Trevor Noah: Jeffrey Epstein's plea deal 'was the conspiracy'
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Emmys: Where's the Variety in the Variety Talk Race?

Emmys: Where's the Variety in the Variety Talk Race?
With more networks, personalities, formats and new shows coming and going in the late night TV space than ever before, it might come as a surprise that when the Emmy nominees were announced in July, the variety talk category looked exactly as it did last year.

The 2018 winner, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, is again joined by Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, The Late Late Show With James Corden and The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. But that's not for a lack of competition and fresh voices in the space. During the 2018-19 ...
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Trevor Noah Wonders if Trump’s Real Immigration Plan Is to Deport Melania (Video)

  • The Wrap
Trevor Noah Wonders if Trump’s Real Immigration Plan Is to Deport Melania (Video)
On Wednesday’s “The Daily Show,” Trevor Noah took a deeper look at Donald Trump’s anti-immigration policies and jumped to a striking conclusion: The whole thing might be a smokescreen for his real plan — to deport his wife, Melania.

For the first bit of “evidence,” Noah looked at Trump’s complaints about immigrants who work illegally. Then Noah looked at Melania who, according to the Associated Press, first came to the U.S. on a tourist visa but worked illegally as a model.

Next, Noah brought up Trump’s complaints that immigrants often wrongly receive elite visas. Like Melania, a relatively unknown model who received the super elite Eb-1 visa, nicknamed the “Einstein visa” because it’s reserved for “immigrants with extraordinary ability,” such as scientists and high-achieving artists.

Also Read: 25 Bonkers Reality Competition Shows You Forgot Existed (Photos)

Finally, Noah brought up one of Trump’s biggest gripes,
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‘The Daily Show With Trevor Noah’ Asks: Is Donald Trump Trying To Deport Melania?

  • Deadline
Comedy Central’s Trevor Noah took a long, hard look at the First Lady of the United States tonight. And why not? They’re both immigrants, and, as Noah said, they’re both “style icons.”

In a wide-ranging examination, which sent #DontDeportMelania trending Wednesday night, Noah asked some crucial questions about Melania Trump’s immigration status, given the public behavior between the First Couple, which sometimes reflects a petulant relationship. Witness Melania slapping away Trump’s hand like a “Slovenian Dikembe Mutombo,” Noah noted.

All of which led him to question why Donald Trump would make immigration such a focus, given his wife has questions surrounding her own visa. And he reached a conclusion: He’s trying to get her deported.

In 2001, she was granted a visa in the Eb-1 green card program, the so-called Einstein visa. “It seems strange, but I guess if you spend enough time standing next to Donald,
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Trevor Noah Fantasizes 'Daily Show,' 'CSI' Crossover After Viacom-CBS Merger

Viacom's merger with CBS, announced Tuesday, got The Daily Show's Trevor Noah thinking about dream crossovers on Wednesday's show. His ultimate goal? To appear on CSI across from David Caruso

"I'll be honest, I think this is a great merger," Noah said at the top of his bit on the merger on the Comedy Central (a Viacom property) show. "I'm biased because this means I can merge with my favorite TV shows."

Noah then announced that he had already filmed a guest spot on CSI and he thought it went "pretty well....
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Trevor Noah on the Advantage of ‘The Daily Show’ in the Trump Era: ‘He Writes Most of the Jokes’

Trevor Noah on the Advantage of ‘The Daily Show’ in the Trump Era: ‘He Writes Most of the Jokes’
An edited version of this story about Trevor Noah and “The Daily Show” first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

For the first two years after he took over “The Daily Show” from Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah wasn’t nominated for Emmys.

But Television Academy voters recognized his show last year and again this year, even after he ruffled a few feathers with billboards suggesting a vote for another show would be tantamount to Oscar voters’ choice of the much-derided “Green Book” for Best Picture.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of doing “The Daily Show” at a time when Donald Trump is president?

The advantage is that he writes most of the jokes. The disadvantage is that he writes most of the jokes, which means we have to work even harder to find unique angles and ideas that aren’t the first
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The Best TV Shows to Watch on Netflix Right Now

  • Variety
It’s not always easy to decide what to watch on Netflix, since even the streaming company’s sophisticated algorithms can’t always figure out what you might like even if it’s different than what you usually choose. Whether you’re in the mood for the crude humor of Nick Kroll’s adult animated series “Big Mouth,” or you’d rather watch the compelling story behind Gianni Versace’s murder in Ryan Murphy’s “American Crime Story,” Netflix has you covered. The streamer boasts an impressive slate of titles, promising a binge-able show for almost every type of person. You may want to ring in the last days of summer with a Netflix original like Ava DuVernay’s “When They See Us,” which racked up 16 Emmy nominations, or maybe you’re after the comfort food of television: a beloved classic like “The Office” or “Parks and Recreation.” The lazier
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Natasha Lyonne Talks 'Russian Doll' Success and Attraction to Philosophical Stories

Natasha Lyonne Talks 'Russian Doll' Success and Attraction to Philosophical Stories
Russian Doll actress and co-creator Natasha Lyonne stopped by The Daily Show to reflect on the Netflix series' success and what attracts her to projects with major philosophical themes.

Host Trevor Noah congratulated Lyonne on her three Emmy nominations plus the ironically lucky 13 nods the series gained as well. Lyonne, who co-created the series that's headed for another loop with a second season, has been Emmy nominated just once before — in 2014 for her role as Nicky Nichols in Orange is the New Black.

"It's good also because it's a number I like," Lyonne noted. "...
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‘Lights Out With David Spade’ Averages 270,000 Comedy Central Viewers in Premiere Week

  • The Wrap
‘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.

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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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‘The Daily Show’ Behind the Scenes: Trevor Noah Tells Democrats to ‘Get Their Sh-t Together’

For the fifth time this year — and the second time this week — “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” aired live on Comedy Central Wednesday night, with jokes written moments beforehand about the just-concluded Democratic presidential debate. But Noah’s most resonant comments were left off-camera, and they spoke to the tricky balance of a program designed to engage with a charged political environment even as it avoids a didactic tone.

While Noah jabbed at the tension between candidates, he resisted editorializing on the big picture while live. That came during the commercial breaks, when he turned to the studio audience who had watched the debates in the room before the broadcast.

“You know, I think winning an election should be based on ideas, not how well they can discredit or destroy someone else,” he said, and shrugged, as the show came back on the air.

That was it — no punchline,
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Bradley Cooper, Jon Stewart, Tiffany Haddish to Honor Dave Chappelle at Kennedy Center

Bradley Cooper, Jon Stewart, Tiffany Haddish to Honor Dave Chappelle at Kennedy Center
Bradley Cooper, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Trevor Noah, Jon Stewart, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen have been added to the lineup of presenters and honorees set to salute Dave Chappelle as he accepts the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center, the center announced Thursday.

Chappelle is the recipient of the 22nd annual Mark Twain Prize, and he’ll be recognized for his achievements on “Chappelle’s Show” and as a stand-up comedian during the Oct. 27 event, which will be broadcast on PBS on Jan. 6. It was previously announced that he would receive the prize back in May.

Cooper starred alongside and directed Chappelle in last year’s “A Star is Born,” and Stewart was the longtime host of “The Daily Show” during Chappelle’s tenure with “Chappelle’s Show” on “Comedy Central.”

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‘The Daily Show With Trevor Noah’ Finds The Fun In Democrats’ Debate Round 2

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‘The Daily Show With Trevor Noah’ Finds The Fun In Democrats’ Debate Round 2
The Daily Show and host Trevor Noah are at it again on Twitter, skewering the sometimes pompous politicians who are facing off in tonight’s Democratic presidential candidate debates.

The irreverence was flowing via Twitter, as the social media team took on the high and mighty and found some comedy gold in their earnest pronouncements and dour personas.

Noah and team will go live following tonight’s debate to recap the event and undoubtedly to squeeze in a few more jokes.

In the meantime, we’ll update as they post. Here’s the tweetstorm so far:

Trevor’s Live coverage of the Detroit 2020 Democratic debates, night two. #Votegasm2020 #DemDebate https://t.co/nwo432nPvE

The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) August 1, 2019

Aide: Okay, remember to share the website https://t.co/7qIPQVU8D5

Joe Biden: Got it

(2 hours later)

Please join me at my website, it is https://t.co/UKOmoqOYbr
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Trevor Noah Compares Democratic Debate to Tarantino Movie: "Everyone Coming After Everyone"

After the second night of the Democratic debate in Detroit, Michigan, Trevor Noah weighed in on the biggest takeaways in another live offering of The Daily Show

Among the prominent candidates on Wednesday night were New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker; U.S. California Sen. Kamala Harris and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Additional candidates included Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet; New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro; philanthropist Andrew Yang; the first Hindu member of Congress Tulsi Gabbard; Washington governor Jay Inslee; and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio.

The event continued to be moderated by ...
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Democratic Debate #2 Night 1 Review: CNN Goes ‘Bachelorette’ As Soundbiting Candidates Try To Seduce America

  • Deadline
The first night of the Democrats’ second round of presidential debates of the 2020 election cycle was billed as a matchup between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, and the two contenders did not disappoint on the CNN-hosted huddle as they faced The Bachelorette season finale on ABC.

In tone and temperament, the two pageants were similar tonight in their search for love and ratings — intentionally or not. Coming in hot and fiery from the start on their mutual policy of “Medicare for All” and railing against the rich and a “corrupt, rigged system,” to quote the Massachusetts senator, the two progressive parental figures went straight for the heart and soul of their party. It was a dash that might leave Joe Biden and Donald Trump as the real winners of tonight’s near-endless debate, in no small part thanks to ex-Today producer Jeff Zucker.

Emphasizing style over structure and in
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Trevor Noah Praises Marianne Williamson, Elizabeth Warren in Live Post-Debate Show

As the second round of Democratic debates began Tuesday in Detroit, The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah went live, offering political and social commentary on the night’s biggest moments.

Prominent candidates taking the debate stage on Tuesday included Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren; South Bend mayor and former military officer Pete Buttigieg; Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders; former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke. Author and activist Marianne Williamson; U.S. Representative from Ohio Tim Ryan; Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar; former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper; Maryland politician John Delaney; and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock rounded out the debate.

Moderators for the ...
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Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, Seth Meyers Pull Race Card On Trump

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President Donald Trump’s seemingly endless attacks on Rep. Elijah Cummings made their way onto the late night shows.

During Monday night’s monologue, Late Show host Stephen Colbert presented “episode three — million” of his segment “Is Donald Trump a Racist?”

“Previously on, ‘Is Donald Trump racist?’ Yes!” Colbert said to laughter. “But some people still aren’t convinced. Not even after his Twitter attack on chairman of the House Oversight Committee and the man watching his white co-workers explain Get Out to him, Elijah Cummings.”

For those not keeping score, Trump bashed the Maryland Congressman and described the city of Baltimore — which Cummings represents — as a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess,” Saturday on Twitter.

Since then, the president has faced a barrage of criticism and been branded a “racist” by many Democrats, social media users, and earlier today the Rev. Al Sharpton, who called Trump a “bigot” at a news conference in Baltimore.
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‘The Daily Show’ Rolls a Depressing Fake Sitcom About Student Debt (Video)

  • The Wrap
‘The Daily Show’ Rolls a Depressing Fake Sitcom About Student Debt (Video)
On Thursday’s “The Daily Show,” Trevor Noah did a deep dive into student debt, and to illustrate the dire possible consequences, he rolled out a fake sitcom.

On “Meet the Debts,” the gag is that debt will change family sitcoms to reflect the way families in real life will cope. The clip features Roy Wood Jr. as the Debt family father, Desi Lydic as the Debt family mom, and Jaboukie Young-White as their son, who is forced to move back home because he can’t afford to pay off his student loans.

Cue plenty of three-camera sitcom cliches — audience cheers whenever a popular character enters the room, laughter at bad punch lines, etc — but paired with some, uh, rather depressing real life ideas.

Also Read: Trevor Noah Gets Biblical While Talking About Recent Environmental Problems (Video)

For instance, the parents are forced to sublet their son’s room to cover their mounting bills.
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Just For Laughs Festival: Stand-Up Comics Debate Trump Jokes in "Volatile" Political Climate

Just For Laughs Festival: Stand-Up Comics Debate Trump Jokes in
Donald Trump jokes may dominate late-night TV comedy show, but stand-up comics at the Just For Laughs festival on Thursday pointed to a downside in naming the U.S. president during live comedy acts.

"You can't say the president's name unless you want to lose half the audience or strongly gain the audience in a way you don't want to," The Daily Show with Trevor Noah correspondent Michael Kosta said during a panel on political comedy. In Trump's America, stand-up comics are increasingly finding themselves in the middle of opposing political tribes when performing ...
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