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Stars Attend Imf 13th Comedy Celebration

On Thursday, October 17, the International Myeloma Foundation (Imf), the first and largest myeloma-specific foundation in the world, presented its 13th Annual Comedy Celebration benefiting the Peter Boyle Research Fund and supporting the Black Swan Research Initiative (Bsri) at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA.

Kevin Nealon, Patton Oswalt and Ray Romano attend the International Myeloma Foundation 13th Annual Comedy Celebration

Credit/Copyright: Araya Diaz/Getty Images for International Myeloma Foundation

Actor and comedian Ray Romano returned to host an unforgettable evening of laughs featuring some of the biggest names in comedy to raise money for research to find a cure for multiple myeloma, cancer of the bone marrow plasma cells, and one of the fastest growing blood cancers in the world. Joining Romano on-stage was an all-star lineup of comics including Adam Carolla, Demetri Martin, Kevin Nealon, Patton Oswalt, Caroline Rhea and Amanda Seales (Insecure).

Additional attendees included Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey), Alex Meneses,
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Punky Brewster's Ex-Husband Is Freddie Prinze Jr. in Peacock Sequel

Punky Brewster's Ex-Husband Is Freddie Prinze Jr. in Peacock Sequel
Punky Brewster apparently grew up to be all that, given that Freddie Prinze Jr. will be playing her ex-husband in the sequel pilot for NBC Universal’s upcoming Peacock streaming service.

As first reported back in June, Soleil Moon Frye will be reprising her title role from the late-’80s sitcom, playing Punky as a single mother of three who trying to get her life back on track when she meets a young girl who reminds her a lot of her younger self. Frye will also serve as an executive producer on the project, along with original series creator David Duclon.
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‘Search Party’ Moves From TBS To HBO Max For Season 3, Gets Season 4 Renewal By Streamer

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‘Search Party’ Moves From TBS To HBO Max For Season 3, Gets Season 4 Renewal By Streamer
TBSSearch Party is becoming an HBO Max original. The upcoming third season of TBS’ cult comedy series will air on the upcoming WarnerMedia streaming platform, which also has ordered a fourth season of single-camera series.

Season 3 of Search Party, starring Alia Shawkat, Meredith Hagner, Brandon Micheal Hall, John Early and John Reynolds,, will debut on HBO Max at launch in Spring of 2020, two years after it was originally ordered by TBS.

A critical darling, the dark comedy about a group of privileged, self-absorbed twenty-somethings covering up a murder, was never well suited for a linear network like TBS.

Sensing that, TBS brass gave the series a multi-platform launch, which included a binge release of the entire first season over Thanksgiving week, which drew more than 1.1M viewers per episode across all platforms over five days, showing strong appeal to millennials, with 18% of its audience in the adults 18-34 demo.
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Universal Television Ups Programming Execs, Adds One From NBCU International

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Universal Television has promoted several members of its burgeoning programming ranks and added one new senior-level executive to its roster.

Erik Rechsteiner has been boosted to Svp Current Series and NBCUniversal International exec Kristen Del Pero has been brought over to Universal TV as Svp Current Series and International Development.

The moves come as Universal has reached 40 series currently ordered to production, most in the studio’s history.

“I’m extremely proud of the unprecedented growth at Universal Television over the last three years,” division president Pearlena Igbokwe said in a press release. “It gives me great pleasure to recognize those executives who have helped make it possible and will continue to advance our studio.”

Del Pero and Rechsteiner will report to JoAnn Alfano, Evp Current Series and International Development.

Universal also promoted three director-level execs: Brittany Little, to VP Drama Development; Brian Salb to VP Current Series; and Megan Macmillan to VP Comedy Development.
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Universal Television’s Current Team Ups Erik Rechsteiner, Hires Kristen Del Pero

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Universal Television has promoted Erik Rechsteiner to senior vice president of current series and brought on Kristen Del Pero as senior vice president of current series and international development.

Del Pero and Rechsteiner will both report to JoAnn Alfano, Universal TV’s executive VP of current series and international development.

“I’m extremely proud of the unprecedented growth at Universal Television over the last three years and it gives me great pleasure to recognize those executives who have helped make it possible and will continue to advance our studio,” said Pearlena Igbokwe, Universal TV president, in a statement.

Rechsteiner has worked on “The Good Place” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” for the duration of their runs, and oversees NBC’s “Superstore” as well as new comedy “Sunnyside,” in addition to a new comedy from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock that stars Ted Danson as the mayor of Los Angeles. He also handles NBC drama “New Amsterdam.
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Comedy Central Inks First-Look Animation Deal With Donick Cary

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Comedy Central has signed a first-look animation producing deal with Donick Cary, best known for his work as a former head writer for “The Late Show with David Letterman” and co-executive producer of “The Simpsons” and other shows.

Under the terms of his deal, Cary will develop and produce animation projects across all platforms for the network and its new studio-production arm, Comedy Central Productions. He will also develop his own ideas, and work with other talent and creators to identify and develop animated programming for Comedy Central as well as other platforms.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled and can’t think of a better place to be developing funny cartoons for than Cc,” said Cary. “Comedy Central always encourages the right mix of funny, smart and super stupid! I definitely check at least one of those boxes! Looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and figuring out how
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Saved by the Bell Revival Coming to NBCUniversal Streaming Service — Which Original Stars Will Be Back?

Saved by the Bell Revival Coming to NBCUniversal Streaming Service — Which Original Stars Will Be Back?
There will be no “Time out!” called on TV’s nostalgia craze anytime soon: Saved by the Bell is getting revived at NBCUniversal’s forthcoming streaming service.

Original cast members Elizabeth Berkley and Mario Lopez will be back for the new episodes, which will hail from Tracey Wigfield (30 Rock, The Mindy Project). Further details about the revival’s plot have yet to be announced.
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Battlestar Galactica Reboot, From Creator of Mr. Robot, in the Works at NBC's Peacock Streaming Service

Battlestar Galactica Reboot, From Creator of Mr. Robot, in the Works at NBC's Peacock Streaming Service
A reboot of the acclaimed Battlestar Galactica space saga is among the announced offerings of NBC Universal’s upcoming streaming service, which has been named Peacock.

Sam Esmail, the creator of USA Network’s Mr. Robot and an executive producer on HBO’s Homecoming, is behind the reboot, it was announced on Tuesday morning. No other details were made available, though (Update, In Bold!) Esmail later made clear this will not be a “remake” of the Ronald D. Moore series that launched in the year 2004:

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NBCUniversal Announces Name, Release Date, Revival-Heavy Launch Lineup of New Streaming Service

NBCUniversal continues to pull the curtain back on its soon-to-be-launched streaming service, announcing early Tuesday that the platform will be named Peacock and will bow in April 2020.

NBCU also confirmed that its streamer’s launch lineup will include exclusive streaming rights to reruns of The Office and Parks and Recreations, as well as a ton of fresh fare, including a reboot of Battlestar Galactica from from Mr. Robot and Homecoming auteur Sam Esmail.

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Here’s Everything Coming to Peacock, NBCUniversal’s Upcoming Streaming Service

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NBCUniversal revealed Tuesday that its forthcoming streaming service will be named Peacock and will launch in April 2020. In that same announcement, NBCU unveiled the slate of TV series and movies you’ll gain access to if you subscribe — though we still don’t know how much that will cost you.

Peacock will feature reboots of “Battlestar Galactica,” “Saved By the Bell” and “Punky Brewster,” along with new comedies from Mike Schur, Rashida Jones and an adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.”

The streaming service will also house a vast content library that includes former NBC sitcoms “The Office,” “Parks & Recreation,” “30 Rock,” “Cheers” and “Frasier.”

Also Read: NBCUniversal Names Its Upcoming Streaming Service, Sets April 2020 Launch

NBCU’s streaming service had been shrouded in mystery, with only a few titles known to be coming to the service, including the third season of “A.P. Bio” and reruns of popular NBC sitcom “The Office.
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NBCUniversal Names Its Upcoming Streaming Service, Sets April 2020 Launch

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NBCUniversal is letting its peacock feathers fly. The company announced Tuesday that its forthcoming streaming service will be named Peacock and will be available in April 2020.

Peacock will feature reboots of classic TV series “Battlestar Galactica,” “Saved By the Bell” and “Punky Brewster,” along with new comedies from Mike Schur, Rashida Jones and an adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.” An “SNL” docuseries from Lorne Michaels, a Jimmy Fallon talk show, a late night series with “Late Night’s” Amber Ruffin, and another “Real Housewives” spinoff are also coming to the service. Additionally, Peacock will house a vast content library that includes former NBC sitcoms “The Office,” “Parks & Recreation,” “30 Rock,” “Cheers” and “Frasier.”

Peacock will be launching around the same time as WarnerMedia’s own streaming offering, HBO Max, and some five months after Apple TV+ and Disney+, both of which are set to debut in November.
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Peacock Programming: Here’s What NBCU’s Streaming Service Will Offer

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NBCUniversal today revealed Peacock as the name and April as the launch month for its streaming service. Among the series that will be available when the service goes live are four new dramas — including Sam Esmail’s take on Battlestar Galactica — and reboots of the decades-old NBC comedies Saved by the Bell and Punky Brewster.

There also will be a Season 4 of the NBC sitcom A.P. Bio, a limited series about L.A. billboard queen Angelyne and a second telefilm based on USA Network dramedy Psych, starring James Roday and Dulé Hill. On the unscripted side, Peacock will launch with Who Wrote That, The Amber Ruffin Show and an untitled Real Housewives franchise spinoff.

Here is what the Peacock will offer starting in the spring, with loglines and credits supplied by NBCUniversal: The service will launch in the spring with 15,000 hours of content, largely acquired. Peacock’s first original scripted
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‘No Activity’: Keegan-Michael Key & Dylan McDermott To Recur On Season 3 Of CBS All Access Series

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‘No Activity’: Keegan-Michael Key & Dylan McDermott To Recur On Season 3 Of CBS All Access Series
Keegan-Michael Key (Dolemite Is My Name) and Dylan McDermott are set to recur on the upcoming third season of CBS All Access’ Funny or Die comedy series No Activity, which premieres later this fall. Additionally, Beth Behrs, Joe Keery (Stranger Things) and Paula Pell (A.P. Bio) join in guest roles.

The five will be joined by returning guest stars Jake Johnson as disgraced Detective Haldeman, Sunita Mani as dispatch operator Fatima, Jason Mantzoukas as an undercover FBI agent, Amy Sedaris as dispatch’s mother hen Janice and J.K. Simmons as Leon, the internal affairs investigator with a fondness for deep sea fishing. Co-developer Patrick Brammall reprises his role as Detective Cullen.

Following last season’s disastrous bust, season three finds Detectives Cullen (Brammall) and Tolbeck (Tim Meadows) back in uniform with a revolving door of quirky new partners and even quirkier criminals,
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TVLine Items: Stranger Things Vet Joins Comedy, Jonah Hex's 'Crisis' and More

Someone strange is coming to CBS All Access’ No Activity: Stranger Things star Joe Keery will guest during Season 3 of the comedy series.

Additional new guest stars include Beth Behrs (The Neighborhood), Keegan-Michael Key (Friends From College), Dylan McDermott (American Horror Story) and Paula Pell (A.P. Bio).

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In the upcoming season (debuting later this fall), Detectives Cullen (played by Patrick Brammall) and
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Sky Outlines Plans for ‘Cinematic’ Original Content to Rival HBO, Showtime

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Comcast-backed Sky has outlined plans for expanded and “cinematic” original content to rival U.S. networks HBO and Showtime. Speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival on Thursday, Sky managing director of content Zai Bennett explained some of the ways the pay-tv giant plans to invest in original content after its programming budget was recently doubled by new owner Comcast.

Bennett said there would be a steady ramp-up in spending and output over the next five years, with the “vast amount” of the money being devoted to channels Sky One and Sky Atlantic. Comcast announced in June that Sky’s original programming budget would increase from approximately £500 million ($612 million) to £1 billion ($1.2 billion) in five years.

Sky Atlantic, which is home to shows such as “Chernobyl,” produced by HBO in association with Sky U.K., is purely for “chewy, grown-up, immersive, challenging drama that stands shoulder to shoulder with HBO and Showtime around the world,
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Ray Romano To Host International Myeloma Foundation 13th Annual Comedy Celebration

The International Myeloma Foundation (Imf), the first and largest myeloma-specific foundation in the world, today revealed the all-star comic lineup for the Imf 13th Annual Comedy Celebration.

Actor and comedian Ray Romano returns for the 11th year to host an unforgettable night of laughter for an important cause. Joining Romano this year are some of the biggest names in comedy including Adam Carolla, Demetri Martin, Kevin Nealon, Patton Oswalt, Mary Lynn Rajskub and Amanda Seales (Insecure).

The Imf 13th Annual Comedy Celebration will take place on Thursday, October 17 at its new location, The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills and will include red carpet arrivals, cocktail party, dinner, and comedy show. Tickets are available now at comedy.myeloma.org. The red carpet arrivals will live stream exclusively on Imf’s Facebook (facebook.com/myeloma) from 6:30Pm-8Pm Pt. The live stream will be hosted by TV personality Alie Ward
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Jamila Hunter Eyed For Top Programming Job At NBCU Streaming Platform, Leaving Kenya Barris’ Netflix-Based Company

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Exclusive: Jamila Hunter is eying a return to NBCUniversal. I hear that Hunter is leaving Kenya BarrisNetflix-based Khalabo Ink Society after less than a year for a new opportunity and has been in conversations for a top programming job at NBCUniversal’s upcoming ad-supported streaming service and potential Netflix rival, which is run by Bonnie Hammer. A rep for NBCU declined comment.

A respected development executive and former ABC head of comedy, I hear Hunter is being pursued by multiple companies and has engaged with NBCU, though it is unclear whether she would ultimately go there.

Hunter started her entertainment career at NBCU in 1997 with a job in the Movies and Miniseries department of NBC and a promotion to VP of Development and Production at Bravo. She also did a stint as Svp of Alternative and Digital Programming at NBC Entertainment, one of multiple positions she has held that involved digital content.
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Oz Rodriguez (‘Creating Saturday Night Live’) on highlighting ‘the behind-the-scenes wizards’ that create ‘SNL’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Oz Rodriguez (‘Creating Saturday Night Live’) on highlighting ‘the behind-the-scenes wizards’ that create ‘SNL’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
With “Creating Saturday Night Live,” director-producer Oz Rodriguez wanted “to shine a light on some of the behind-the-scenes wizards that work over there.” Though most of the credit usually goes to the cast, the longtime “SNL” veteran wanted to highlight “the directing, wardrobe, makeup, art direction,” and other crafts that go into producing the weekly sketch comedy series. Watch our exclusive video interview with Rodriguez above.

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Rodriguez got his start working at “Funny or Die” before he was hired by Lorne Michaels to direct video shorts for “SNL.” “It felt like going up to the majors,” he recalls. Over the years he became awed by the crew, some of whom had been with the show from the very beginning, and he “would soak up as much information from them as possible.”

Eventually the idea
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‘Queer as Folk’ Reboot Moves From Bravo to NBCU Streaming Service

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Bravo’s “Queer as Folk” reboot is moving over to NBCUniversal’s upcoming streaming service, along with E!’s “One of Us is Lying.”

Queer as Folk” is still in the development stage, while “One of Us is Lying” has been picked up to pilot. Both are produced by NBCU’s Universal Content Productions.

Both projects were developed under Bonnie Hammer when she was in charge of NBCU’s cable networks. Hammer is now heading up NBCU’s streaming efforts.

Also Read: Mark Lazarus, Jeff Shell and Bonnie Hammer Get New Roles at NBCU as Company Preps Streaming Service

Queer as Folk,” based on the 1999 British drama of the same name, was put in development at Bravo last December. The new version is a modern take that centers on a group of club-going friends who find support in the gay community, following a tragedy. Stephen Dunn will pen the script while Russell T.
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NBCU Streamer Orders ‘One Of Us Is Lying’ Ya Mystery Drama Pilot Based On Book

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NBCUniversal’s upcoming streaming service has given a pilot order to One of Us Is Lying, based on Karen M. McManus’ bestselling young-adult mystery-thriller novel. The project hails from NBCU’s Ucp and John Sacchi’s 5 More Minutes Productions banner.

This marks the first official pilot order for the streamer, which is slated to launch in April. The platform’s initial original series offerings include big-budget drama Brave New World, originally picked up by NBCU’s USA Network, and a third season of comedy A.P. Bio, whose first two seasons aired on NBC. Additionally, the Queer of Folk reboot, which had been in the works at NBCU’s Bravo, has now moved to the streaming platform for development.

One of Us Is Lying, McManus’ debut novel, was published in May 2017 by Delacorte Press/Random House. Its rights were nabbed by Ucp in a competitive situation, and the studio set a
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