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Quick Shot: The Nightly Show Demonstrates Promise

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Nightly Show

Haven’t had a chance yet to check out Tuesday’s second episode of Larry Wilmore’s new late-night vehicle, The Nightly Show, but Monday’s first installment definitely showed some promise. Filling the timeslot of American treasure The Colbert Report had to be extremely daunting for Wilmore, but he seems to be off to an encouraging start. While the show doesn’t arrive fully formed like Last Week Tonight with John Oliver did on HBO last April, Wilmore’s struck gold with the show’s final segment (which will hopefully be a nightly staple) called “Keep It 100,” which he describes as “like Truth or Dare for white people, without the dare.” It consists of Wilmore asking each member of his panel (which on the opener included NJ Senator Cory Booker, rapper/activist Talib Kweli, and comedian Bill Burr) a question that they have to answer with 100% honesty, with the studio audience judging how truthful they were. Wilmore also turns the tables on himself, offering his viewers a chance to ask the same type of question of him via Twitter each night, which he purports not to have seen ahead of time. While there are still a few wrinkles to iron out — which is to be expected — The Nightly Show looks like a worthy complement to The Daily Show, and to be honest, it’s refreshing to see someone as talented and funny as Wilmore among the all-too lily-white faces of late-night TV. You can check out the debut episode for yourself below courtesy of Hulu.

The Nightly Show on Hulu

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January 21, 2015 at 9:36 pm

Morning Links: 2/17/12

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Welcome to the Morning Links. Each weekday, I’ll provide you with some interesting television-related news items culled from the various TV websites I frequent on a regular basis with a slight bit of commentary attached. Pretty straightforward – no fuss, no muss. Short on time today so the links are going to be brief. Apologies. Let’s get to it:

*Scary news as The Colbert Report abruptly suspended production on Wednesday night and Comedy Central has yet to give a full explanation for the shutdown. The Huffington Post is reporting that Colbert’s mother is seriously ill so our well-wishes go out to Colbert and his family. By all accounts not only is Colbert a talented comedian but he’s a great human being as well. Here’s hoping that everything is OK. (Via The AV Club)

*NBC has put the pilot for their ambitious new drama Awake up on the interwebz two weeks ahead of its March 1 premiere date. Check it out – it’s supposed to be really, really good and we need more of that on TV. (Via Hitfix)

*Giancarlo Esposito. Community. Awesome. I’m assuming he’s bringing his whole face with him but you never know. (Via Hitfix)

*Charlie Sheen has finally lashed out at Ashton Kutcher’s Two And A Half Men. Frankly, I’m shocked it took this long. Hell… I did it the other day. (Via The Hollywood Reporter)

*Looks like there could be some attrition in the Saturday Night Live cast with both Kristen Wiig and Jason Sudeikis mentioned as possibly exiting at the end of this season. Really, it makes sense as both of those actors have had success in other platforms but this news is met with a big shrug from me. Haven’t watched a full SNL in about a year and a half. (Via Warming Glow)

*Smallville’s Kristin Kreuk has been cast as the female lead in the pilot for The CW’s adaptation of Beauty And The Beast. Because, really, what the hell else was she doing? (Via TVLine)

*Colin Ferguson, erstwhile star of Syfy’s Eureka has been cast as the father in Cougar Town creator Bill Lawrence’s new pilot for Fox that examines a 19-year-old young man’s relationship with his 39-year-old father. Fox, you had me at “Bill Lawrence.” (Via The Hollywood Reporter)

*A list of every Simpsons chalkboard quote ever. If you didn’t think I was going to link this, I’m afraid you don’t know me very well at all. (Via Warming Glow)


Morning Links: 2/15/12

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Welcome to the Morning Links. Each weekday, I’ll provide you with some interesting television-related news items culled from the various TV websites I frequent on a regular basis with a slight bit of commentary attached. Pretty straightforward – no fuss, no muss. If someone tells you today is Hump Day, punch them. Here are some links to get you started today:

*Another Alan Sepinwall interview over at Hitfix, this time with Cougar Town co-star Busy Philipps. It’s a nice little discussion that also touches on Phillips’ time on the beloved cult hit Freaks And Geeks and how that relates to what Cougar Town itself has gone through over the past six months. Meanwhile, The AV Club’s Ryan McGee speaks with series creator Bill Lawrence.

*According to EW’s James Hibberd, a day after Bryan Fuller’s non-Munsters Munsters reboot was put in cold storage by NBC, they ordered his Hannibal Lecter adaptation directly to series… without ever seeing a pilot. I’m not the biggest Hannibal Lecter fan ever (Manhunter and Silence Of The Lambs are the only Lecter movies that should actually exist) so I’m hardly unbiased but I have to echo what Hitfix’s Dan Fienberg said on his Twitter yesterday. Has NBC already forgotten how hard The Firm tanked under similar circumstances? But I guess that’s why NBC is NBC.

*Chuck star Zachary Levi has landed a new show, this time a sitcom at Fox. Levi is a very likeable presence and Rescue Me co-creator Peter Tolan is running the show from behind the scenes. Chances are good that I’ll be checking this out if it gets a series order. (Via The AV Club)

*Monday ratings news: NBC’s Smash dipped a concerning 26% from last week’s premiere numbers while Fox’s Alcatraz continues to slide just as it gets more interesting. Figures. Damn American public and their aversion to smart programming. (Via EW)

*Per The AV Club, Comedy Central has renewed its new sketch comedy series Key & Peele for a second season which isn’t surprising considering that there was very little drop-off in its second outing last Tuesday night. Still haven’t gotten around to checking it out yet but I have all three episodes on my TiVo and will probably run through them fairly soon.

*John Hodgman and Community go together like, well… every other smart guest star Community has ever booked. (Via The Hollywood Reporter)

*Jon Stewart ripping CNN’s coverage of Whitney Houston’s death from Monday night’s edition of The Daily Show really must be seen. (Via The Hollywood Reporter)

*So CBS is doing a Sherlock Holmes adaptation set in New York starring Trainspotting’s Jonny Lee Miller as the iconic detective? What’s a better word than “meh”? Because I think it fits here. (Via EW)

*Not that this is really breaking news, but Adam Scott and Lizzy Caplan are awesome. (Via Warming Glow)

Morning Links: 2/3/12

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Welcome to the Morning Links. Each weekday, I’ll provide you with some interesting television-related news items culled from the various TV websites I frequent on a regular basis with a slight bit of commentary attached. Pretty straightforward – no fuss, no muss. Let’s get to it:

*People still like Tosh.0. Its fourth season premiere attracted 3.1 million viewers to Comedy Central on Tuesday night and helped buoy the new sketch comedy series Key & Peele to a promising debut at 2.1 million viewers which was Comedy Central’s best series launch since 2009 according to TV By The Numbers. I’ve heard really good things about Key & Peele and am looking forward to checking it out in the next few days.

*I’m an avowed FX whore but, even if I wasn’t, I’d think that this project sounded interesting. From The Hollywood Reporter, comedian Dana Gould and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl are teaming up on a sitcom that follows a band that’s on the verge of breaking up that seeks counseling from a couples therapist. The relaxed content guidelines on FX makes the prospect of this series much more appealing than if it were being pitched to the networks. The THR report also mentions that Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers also has a series in development with FX so, if nothing else, the next FX company party should have a pretty kickass set list.

*While David Letterman may be more ambivalent these days, Howard Stern still hates Jay Leno and refuses to do The Tonight Show even despite the fact that he’s an now NBC employee because Howard’s good people. Leno, on the other hand, is an asshat. [Via Warming Glow]

*Lizzy Caplan (Party Down) was cast as the co-lead in a new Showtime series (Masters Of Sex) about sexytime 60s couple Masters & Johnson? Yes, please. [Via The AV Club]

*Linked from Warming Glow solely for the Alison Brie GIF. Donald Glover’s PSA about saving Community is great, too, because we all know how I feel about Community. But mostly Alison Brie.

*Very nice pilots reference list put together by James Hibberd over at EW. If you’re wondering what’s in contention for spots on the networks’ fall schedules, his list is pretty comprehensive.

*Also from Hibberd, another day… another JJ Abrams pilot, this time for NBC.

*ABC Family has renewed its inexplicable hit, The Secret Life Of The American Teenager, for a fifth season according to TV By The Numbers. The fallout? The promise that Shailene Woodley showed in The Descendants will be squandered for a fifth year.

*Fringe will be falling off of Fox’s schedule for three weeks in March but will run for eight straight weeks ending in May when most of the network’s shows will be airing their season finales. However, the three-week benching has lead some to fear that this is a precursor to Fox axing the show entirely due to its low ratings, even for its low-pressure Friday night perch. As TV critic Myles McNutt pointed out on his Twitter feed yesterday, criticizing Fox for this is pretty unfair. [Via TV By The Numbers]

*Question: If Bryan Fuller’s Munsters reboot for NBC is no longer called “The Munsters” and is ditching the signature makeup of its titular family entirely, does it then cease to be a reboot of The Munsters? [Via The AV Club]