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‘It Frees You Up': Robin Thede on Writing With Other Black Women

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‘It Frees You Up': Robin Thede on Writing With Other Black Women
When Robin Thede’s Bet late-night show “The Rundown” was canceled in July 2018, she wasted no time in finding her next project, the HBO sketch comedy series “A Black Lady Sketch Show.”

The comedian, whose career started with sketch and improv comedy at The Second City theatre group in Chicago, had already been soft-pitching a sketch show to work on between seasons of “The Rundown.” The day the Bet show was canceled, she got a call from Issa Rae about what she planned on doing next, and had her answer ready to go.

“I just wanted to create a really authentic product, something that was uniquely from our point of view,” said Thede. “I set out to highlight black women living grounded experiences in a magical reality.” When she told the “Insecure” star about her vision, Rae immediately offered to take the show to HBO.

Also Read: Black Panther Party Dramedy From 'Insecure' Writer,
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Why Alison Brie Has Trouble Calling Husband Dave Franco By His Actual Name

Why Alison Brie Has Trouble Calling Husband Dave Franco By His Actual Name
Warning: Sappiness ahead! When Alison Brie signed on to husband Dave Franco's upcoming thriller The Rental, she knew she was in a for a wonderful experience. And, you know, she was right. "It's the best," she said Wednesday's Late Night With Seth Meyers of working with the writer-director. "He's such a sweet guy and put everyone at ease on set." But the same can't exactly be said of Brie. "We've worked together as actors before but never in this capacity," the actress explained. "It's his first film that he's directed. So there was this learning curve of, day one rehearsal one, we're talking about the blocking in the scene and I was...
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Watch: Ron Burgundy Makes Record-Breaking Appearance on Every Late Night Show in One Night

If you’re a late night TV aficionado, you may have noticed that the guest lineup for nearly every late night TV show on August 8th included a secret “special guest.” That special guest was revealed to be Will Ferrell as Anchorman character Ron Burgundy, and he set a record by appearing on six different late night shows on four different networks in a single night. Granted, Ferrell probably recorded some of these performances on different days, but the fact that Ron Burgundy showed up on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Late Show
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Will Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy Blitzes Through 6 Different Late-Night Shows in 1 Night (Videos)

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Will Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy Blitzes Through 6 Different Late-Night Shows in 1 Night (Videos)
This is kind of a big deal. Will Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy stopped by not one, not two, but six different late-night shows as a surprise guest on Thursday: “Conan,” “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “The Late Late Show,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

The sharp-dressing, dull-minded, mustachioed anchorman from “Anchorman” wore the same turtleneck-scarf combo when he performed some stand-up comedy on each of the nighttime talk shows, which, as Burgundy told Fallon, “has been a lifelong passion” of his for “about a week now.”

From Corden to Kimmel, every host played into the joke that Ferrell was Ron Burgundy(?), talking with him in-character so he could promote the new season of “The Ron Burgundy Podcast” on iHeartRadio.

Also Read: 17 TV Press Tour Takeaways: Emmys Go Hostless, Ryan Murphy Takes on Clinton-Lewinsky, 'Power' Lives

You can watch his “Jimmy Kimmel Live!
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Will Ferrell Raids Late Night Talkers As Ron Burgundy Schmoozes Into TV Record Books

Will Ferrell Raids Late Night Talkers As Ron Burgundy Schmoozes Into TV Record Books
A list of Will Ferrell’s great late night talk show appearances would be a long one, but the roster grew by an apparently unprecedented six network-spanning drop-bys last night.

Ending a couple days of internet speculation as to the identity of a late-night “mystery guest,” Ferrell, promoting the second season debut of The Ron Burgundy Podcast made in-character appearances on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers, CBSThe Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Late Late Show with James Corden, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! and TBS’ Conan.

See videos below.

As San Diego’s fake news anchorman Ron Burgundy, Ferrell deadpanned his way through a wide range
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Will Ferrell Takes Over Late-Night TV as Ron Burgundy--and It's Just as Bizarre as You'd Expect

It was a night to remember for Ron Burgundy.  The San Diego anchorman, famously brought to life by Will Ferrell in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and its sequel, popped up on six late-night shows Thursday night, surprising audiences as a guest. However, he wasn't there solely for a chat with the hosts. Instead, Burgundy was trying his hand at stand-up comedy. One by one, he took the mic on The Tonight Show, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night With Seth MeyersThe Late Show With Stephen Colbert and The Late Late Show With James Corden.  Set by set, Burgundy riffed on virtually every topic, including root canals, immigration, airplanes, Buffalo Wild Wings...
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Watch Will Ferrell Invade ‘Kimmel,’ ‘Colbert,’ ‘Fallon’ as Ron Burgundy

Watch Will Ferrell Invade ‘Kimmel,’ ‘Colbert,’ ‘Fallon’ as Ron Burgundy
Will Ferrell donned the iconic mustache of Anchorman‘s Ron Burgundy to dominate the entire late-night universe on Thursday. The actor appeared in-character with pre-recorded bits on six shows: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night With Seth Meyers, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, The Late Late Show With James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Conan.

On The Tonight Show, Ferrell performed a set of stand up as Burgundy, taking aim at Shawn Mendes and the Yankees, and also detailed his knife fight with Kylie Minogue to Fallon.
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Noel Gallagher Talks Oasis Masters, Karaoke With Bono on ‘Seth Meyers’

Noel Gallagher Talks Oasis Masters, Karaoke With Bono on ‘Seth Meyers’
Noel Gallagher was a guest Tuesday on Late Night with Seth Meyers, where the guitarist chatted about, among many other things, what he will do with the Oasis masters once he acquires them in about five years.

“I will be selling mine to the highest bidder,” said Gallagher. “What would I keep them for? So my kids can benefit from them? No no no, I’m gonna sell them, buy a plane, but a yacht, I want a chimp with a top hat, and I’ll have my rocket. And
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Why Milo Ventimiglia is carrying a 'nuclear football'

Actor Milo Ventimiglia has an idea about how his popular show "This Is Us" will end, and he says keeping the secret is like a "carrying a nuclear football".

"I know the far-off (on how 'This Is Us' will end), but that's also what I've been told. So, things can always change. It's a newspaper. You got to wait and see what's going to happen. But what I do know? I mean it is really, truly beautiful," Ventimiglia said.

Also Read:?Addams Family?trailer is all set to give you the spook

Does he like carrying the burden of knowing the end about the show, but not being able to reveal it?

"No. Who does? It's like carrying a nuclear football. It's like this is the thing that destroys the world," said the actor during his appearance on "Late Night With Seth Meyers".

"This Is Us", also featuring Mandy Moore,
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Watch Ex Hex Shred Through ‘Cosmic Cave’ on ‘Seth Meyers’

Watch Ex Hex Shred Through ‘Cosmic Cave’ on ‘Seth Meyers’
Ex Hex returned to Late Night With Seth Meyers to perform their new blissful ripper, “Cosmic Cave.” The song appears on the band’s sophomore album, It’s Real, which was released in March.

Immersed in pink and blue-hued lights, Mary Timony sang about the dark illusions love can cause and wanting to bring those emotions into the light. “Baby come on and dance with me/Come out of your cave,” Timony, Betsy Wright and Laura Harris harmonized during the upbeat chorus. “Let’s ride on a wave.”

Ex Hex
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TCA Awards: Fleabag Dominates With 3 Trophies; Better Call Saul, Russian Doll, Michelle Williams Also Snag Major Wins

TCA Awards: Fleabag Dominates With 3 Trophies; Better Call Saul, Russian Doll, Michelle Williams Also Snag Major Wins
Phoebe Waller-Bridge‘s global takeover continued in earnest late Saturday, with the Brit auteur’s tragicomic Amazon series Fleabag dominating the 2019 Television Critics Association Awards with three trophies, including best comedy series, best comedic performer (for Waller-Bridge) and the coveted Program of the Year. Waller-Bridge, who in addition to being Fleabag‘s titular star also is the show’s creator/writer/Ep, was on hand for the non-televised ceremony, which was hosted by Desus & Mero. (Could a Fleabag Emmy sweep be next?)

Waller-Bridge has previously stated that Fleabag‘s now-TCA award winning second season would serve as the series’ swan song.
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Phil Hymes, ‘Saturday Night Live’ Lighting Director, Dies at 96

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Phil Hymes, ‘Saturday Night Live’ Lighting Director, Dies at 96
Longtime “Saturday Night Live” director Phil Hymes died Monday, an NBC spokesperson confirmed to Variety. He was 96.

Hymes, who began his career at NBC in 1951, starting work at “SNL” during its second season in 1976. He worked on more than 500 episodes of NBC’s venerable sketch comedy program and served as its lighting director until last year. In addition to his technical work, Hymes appeared in sketches during episodes hosted by Ralph Nader in 1977, Christopher Walken in 2000, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in 2006.

He broke records during his extensive career, becoming the oldest person to win an Emmy in 2018 for outstanding lighting design and lighting direction for a variety series for his work on Kevin Hart’s “SNL” episode. He also won an Emmy for Hallmark Hall of Fame television film “The Magnificent Yankee” in 1965 for outstanding individual achievements in entertainment centered on lighting design. Over the span of his career, he earned a total of 10 Emmy nominations,
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Phil Hymes Dies: Longtime ‘Saturday Night Live’ Lighting Director Was 96

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Phil Hymes Dies: Longtime ‘Saturday Night Live’ Lighting Director Was 96
Updated throughout: Phil Hymes, longtime Emmy-winning lighting director for Saturday Night Live, who joined the show in 1976, died this week of complications from cancer, NBC confirmed. He was 96.

Hymes, who began his career at NBC in 1951, worked on more than 500 episodes of the iconic late-night program until his most recent episode in January 2018. He was nominated for 10 Emmy Awards over the course of his career, winning twice 53 years apart, the first for Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Magnificent Yankee in 1965, and just this past September for the Kevin Hart-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live.

Shows Hymes worked on over his 68-year career include The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Kids in the Hall and The Miss Teen USA Pageant.

Earlier in his career, he worked on such iconic classics as Bell Telephone Hour,
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Phil Hymes, Longtime 'Saturday Night Live' Lighting Director, Dies at 96

Phil Hymes, Longtime 'Saturday Night Live' Lighting Director, Dies at 96
Phil Hymes, the longtime lighting director for Saturday Night Live who began with the show in its inaugural 1975-76 season and won Emmy Awards 53 years apart, has died. He was 96.

Hymes died Monday in a New York hospital from cancer complications, his granddaughter, Laura, told The Hollywood Reporter.

On Twitter, Late Night With Seth Meyers producer Mike Shoemaker called Hymes ornery and opinionated and truly hilarious." He also worked on Late Night and on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon until recently. (He did not work on every season of SNL.)

Hymes became the oldest person to win an Emmy when he was honored ...
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Hear Mark Lanegan Band Go New Wave With New Song ‘Letter Never Sent’

Hear Mark Lanegan Band Go New Wave With New Song ‘Letter Never Sent’
The Mark Lanegan Band’s new single, “Letter Never Sent,” is a dusky, synth-laden New Wave number on which Lanegan sings about “painful reflection,” “sad introspection” and skulls in close proximity to tire irons. The melody and incessant drum machine makes it sound deceptively upbeat, and it all leads up to a mysterious chorus, “You could send me a letter, a letter never sent.” The song will appear on the group’s upcoming album, Somebody’s Knocking, due out October 18th.

The New Wavey vibe seems like a new direction
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Why Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell Are Still "Mourning" the End of Game of Thrones

Why Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell Are Still
Eight years ago, Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell bent the knee to Game of Thrones. And now, they can't seem to move on.  Since the HBO hit's series finale in May, the superfans have found themselves grieving the end of a momentous era in their lives. "It is the second-longest relationship I've had besides Kristen," Shepard admitted on Late Night With Seth Meyers. "I've been with that program for 10 years and she and I had been with it together. I got to say, I think it was the foundation of our friendship and marriage 'cause we're struggling now. We're watching anything and everything." After all, they were not just...
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2019 Emmy nominations: 50 most unforgivable snubs include ‘Outlander,’ ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ Julia Roberts and Lin-Manuel Miranda

2019 Emmy nominations: 50 most unforgivable snubs include ‘Outlander,’ ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ Julia Roberts and Lin-Manuel Miranda
Once again, the Emmy Awards nominations don’t include a ton of TV stars, including past winners Allison Janney (“Mom”) and both Jim Parsons and Bob Newhart (“The Big Bang Theory”) as well as fan favorites like “Outlander” stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan.

We pride ourselves on being able to predict which way TV academy voters will go, but we didn’t see their shunning of the likes of Oscar winners Cate Blanchett (“Documentary Now”), Julia Roberts (“Homecoming”) and Emma Stone (“Maniac) as well as Tony champ Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”).

Below, we enumerate the top 50 snubs in our estimation. These were the shows and performers that we thought had a strong chance to number among this year’s nominees. Let us know if there are others missing from this list that merit mentioning by sounding off in the comments section.

SEE2018 Emmy nominations complete list: All the nominees
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Emmy Predictions for Variety and Reality: It’s a Battle Between Trump Bashers, Reality Warriors and Rock Stars

Emmy Predictions for Variety and Reality: It’s a Battle Between Trump Bashers, Reality Warriors and Rock Stars
The Emmys’ variety and reality categories are in many ways the timeliest categories, and yet also the most unchanging. In the variety field, you’ll find late-night comedians like Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, John Oliver and Jimmy Kimmel, whose political humor is television’s most current and most barbed. Apart from perhaps MSNBC, this is the center of the anti-Trump resistance on TV.

But these are also categories in which Television Academy members find shows they like and continue to vote for them year after year, leading to long winning streaks for David Letterman, Jon Stewart, “The Kennedy Center Honors” and Jeff Probst in the past, and for Stephen Colbert, “The Amazing Race,” John Oliver and “The Voice” more recently.

Still, a few formidable newcomers are hoping to break in this year, from “Desus and Mero” to “Tosh.0” to “The Masked Singer” to Bruce Springsteen and Beyonce.

Also Read: Emmy Predictions for Comedy: Watch Out,
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Kate McKinnon Debuts Marianne Williamson Impression on ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’

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Kate McKinnon Debuts Marianne Williamson Impression on ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’
Kate McKinnon, a consummate political impersonator, took Marianne Williamson as her latest subject on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” following Thursday night’s Democratic debate.

“Gosh, I wish there was an ‘SNL’ show this week,” said McKinnon, of the missed opportunity to skewer the debates on the sketch show. Meyers pointed out that time might be running out for McKinnon to poke fun at Williamson, who had some of the debate’s oddest utterances. “She might not make it to the fall,” said Meyers. “The window for Marianne Williamson impressions might be closing fast.”

Channeling the self help guru turned presidential candidate, McKinnon laid out the plan — or anti-plan — for America. “I’ve heard a lot of plans here tonight. And if we think plans are going to beat Donald Trump, we got another thing coming,” she began.

“My plan is to gather all the sage in America and burn it.
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Kate McKinnon Already Has Her Marianne Williamson Impression Ready to Go

Kate McKinnon Already Has Her Marianne Williamson Impression Ready to Go
Saturday Night Live” isn’t airing new episodes right now, but that doesn’t mean there still aren’t some decent impressions of current presidential candidates popping up at different spots in the TV world.

As part of the “Late Night with Seth Meyers” live post-presidential debate recap, friend of the show Kate McKinnon swung by to offer some thoughts on the second night of Democratic candidates. Sensing the already-rising demand for some material on one of Thursday night’s breakout participants, author Marianne Williamson, McKinnon delivered a few off-the-cuff lines in character.

As good as it is already is, this may be the last time McKinnon gets a chance to deploy it in public. Not only is the next “SNL” episode months away, if it’s in any debate/presidential race context, McKinnon’s already locked up playing Elizabeth Warren for the foreseeable future.

In the meantime, the opportunity
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