Cable Comedy

anonymous asked:

i remember a few years ago the sunny tag on tumblr was empty and in only a few years it got infested with these people who are looking to tv shows and their characters for wish fulfillment in order to distract themselves from problems in their own lives. like, the show was always a comedy, there was no subplot or queerbaiting whatsoever. these 'fans' should be angry at themselves for getting caught up in something which would never materialize on tv anyways

I remember that too, and it’s why I got out of the tags early in the season. I have certain people get information and reblog things for me/my dash now. I’m so beyond done.

I think the problem is, as mentioned before, these people don’t watch the show but Watch The Show. They insert what they want to see with their hashtag discourse. They have it in their minds that Charlie is trans and/or ace, so they look for things that prove it. They have it in their minds Dee is a lesbian, so they look for things that prove that. They think that Dennis is bi and in love with Mac, so they look for things that prove that. They twist any look between real life friends or actors or trust each other in that moment or some type of look of admiration or waiting to see where the bit of improv goes as A Look It’s Proof They’re Boyfriends <3 <3 <3 Confirmation bias is a real and potentially dangerous thing (see: the current America political climate). The same can be said for any shows. I’ve been having discussions with a few people in the last week involving Supernatural, Harry Potter, Sherlock, Glee, and a few other shows I can’t remember….none of which I was ever a fan of (sorry, internet & the world at large) but the types of fans and Fandom involved. Even things I have been involved in that involved real people but people treated like characters (the band Keane, the improv TV show Whose Line is it Anyway). I get that media is escapism and theorizing and wanting certain things to happen is part of being a fan and part of the experience, but it really easily can go too far.

In the months leading up to the premiere there were theories and people spreading crap and acting like they had all the answers. And so that became the accepted inevitable and real facts.

This has never been a show that I ever expected anything like this to ever happen to. It’s a low rated cable comedy. It’s seen fans come and go over the years, some people don’t evne know it’s still on the air. Sure, it’s popular worldwide and has that cult following. But in the overall television media space, it’s kind of a drop in the bucket. And despite it being a very political show  with social commentary at its core, it’s not a Political Show. It’s not a romcom, a soap opera, a drama, or whatever else either. It’s not gonna hold your hand and tell you everything is okay and give you morals and life lessons. Sometimes in the end, things are just very “complex issues” and have no ending. Sometimes it’s just “poop is funny.” Any other line of thinking is weird, and is the complete opposite of what the show has established itself to be. Sure, things have changed over the years and characters have grown a little bit and this season had several reaching plot points instead of all being stand alone episodes. But it won’t change to the point where everyone is happy and gets a nice red ribbon tied up on their character’s lives. Should Dennis actually leave, no one is happy. Dennis might be happier and better off, but its a hard decision to leave everyone and thing you’ve known since you were small, even if he knows it will help fill his life up and complete him. And The Gang will miss him too. That’s never been the show. Any tender moment is glossed over with some type of joke or insult because these people typically don’t like to sit with their feelings. They’re content as they are.

The sheer layers of metaphor in “The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award” is simply astonishing. The entire episode is done in reference to them as writers and actors as well as the how the show itself is perceived by both the television awards community and the viewers in general.
They cover everything: women and minorities in comedy sitcoms, forced romances, canned laughs, low brow humor and the perception of cable comedies. And despite how solid their stance is against becoming a cliché comedy show, they still really want the awards and proper recognition for their accomplishments.

Donald Glover has officially been cast as Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo prequel film.

Lucasfilm announced today that Donald Glover, an acclaimed actor, award-winning writer, and Grammy-nominated artist, will be playing the part of Lando Calrissian in the still-untitled Han Solo Star Wars film, helmed by directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Glover will join Alden Ehrenreich — previously cast as Han Solo — in bringing two iconic Star Wars characters back to the big screen, but at a time in their lives previously unexplored. This new film depicts Lando in his formative years as a scoundrel on the rise in the galaxy’s underworld — years before the events involving Han, Leia, and Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back and his rise to Rebel hero in Return of the Jedi.

“We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us,” said Lord and Miller. “These are big shoes to fill, and an even bigger cape, and this one fits him perfectly, which will save us money on alterations. Also, we’d like to publicly apologize to Donald for ruining Comic-Con for him forever.”

Glover is best known for creating and starring in the critically acclaimed FX series Atlanta (which had the highest premiere numbers for any basic cable comedy show since 2013), as well as for starring in four seasons of the show Community, and for his Grammy-nominated album Because the Internet, performed under the name Childish Gambino. In addition, Glover appeared in the Academy Award-nominated The Martian, and will be seen in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming.

The untitled Han Solo movie is set for release in 2018.

'Black-ish' Goes to BET, FX Networks In Off-Network Sale

ABC’s Black-ish has found its off-network cable home.

The family comedy from showrunner Kenya Barris has landed at BET and FX Networks, Disney/ABC Television Group announced Tuesday.

The news comes as Black-ish -  awaiting its season four renewal - has already been sold to Hulu in a lucrative SVOD deal as well as to Tribune Broadcasting networks for its broadcast syndication home.

The BET deal is said to be in the range of $500,000 per episode for the Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross starrer. BET will air repeats of the series beginning in fall 2018. The deal is said to include a component to air the series on two Viacom networks at the same time. FX Networks nabbed the shared window for Black-ish, for an estimated $300,000 per episode. It’s unclear if it will air on the flagship FX or younger-skewing FXX network. FX/FXX can begin airing the series in fall 2018 as well.

“We’re excited to partner with Disney/ABC in bringing this bold and beloved series to our audience,” BET CEO Debra Lee said.“Black-ish has an incredible track record of crossing cultural lines and reflecting the universality of African-American life. We’re thrilled to be part of its continued journey." 

Produced by ABC Studios, Black-ish is a critical favorite and has won a Peabody Award, multiple NAACP Image Awards and a Golden Globe for Ross. ABC is currently readying a spinoff starring Yara Shahidi as the network looks to expand the franchise. 

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42nd People’s Choice Awards

Movie Categories

  • FAVORITE MOVIE - Furious 7
  • FAVORITE ACTION MOVIE - Furious 7
  • FAVORITE COMEDIC MOVIE - Pitch Perfect 2
  • FAVORITE DRAMATIC MOVIE - The Martian
  • FAVORITE MOVIE ACTOR - Channing Tatum
  • FAVORITE MOVIE ACTRESS - Sandra Bullock
  • FAVORITE ACTION MOVIE ACTOR - Chris Hemsworth
  • FAVORITE ACTION MOVIE ACTRESS - Shailene Woodley
  • FAVORITE COMEDIC MOVIE ACTOR - Kevin Hart
  • FAVORITE COMEDIC MOVIE ACTRESS - Melissa McCarthy
  • FAVORITE DRAMATIC MOVIE ACTOR - Johnny Depp
  • FAVORITE DRAMATIC MOVIE ACTRESS - Dakota Johnson
  • FAVORITE FAMILY MOVIE - Minions
  • FAVORITE THRILLER MOVIE - Taken 3
  • FAVORITE ANIMATED MOVIE VOICE - Selene Gomez

TV Categories

  • FAVORITE TV SHOW - The Big Bang Theory
  • FAVORITE TV CRIME DRAMA - Person of Interest
  • FAVORITE TV CRIME DRAMA ACTOR - Nathan Fillion
  • FAVORITE TV CRIME DRAMA ACTRESS - Stana Katic
  • FAVORITE NETWORK TV COMEDY - The Bing Bang Theory
  • FAVORITE NETWORK TV DRAMA - Grey’s Anatomy
  • FAVORITE COMEDIC TV ACTOR - Jim Parsons
  • FAVORITE COMEDIC TV ACTRESS - Melissa McCarthy
  • FAVORITE DRAMATIC TV ACTOR - Taylor Kinney
  • FAVORITE DRAMATIC TV ACTRESS - Ellen Pompeo
  • FAVORITE NETWORK TV SCI-FI/FANTASY - Beauty & the Beast
  • FAVORITE CABLE TV SCI-FI/FANTASY SHOW - Outlander
  • FAVORITE SCI-FI/FANTASY TV ACTOR - Jensen Ackles
  • FAVORITE SCI-FI/FANTASY TV ACTRESS - Caitriona Balfe
  • FAVORITE CABLE TV COMEDY - It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  • FAVORITE CABLE TV DRAMA - Pretty Little Liars
  • FAVORITE CABLE TV ACTOR - Kevin Hart
  • FAVORITE CABLE TV ACTRESS - Sasha Alexander
  • FAVORITE PREMIUM CABLE TV SHOW - Homeland
  • FAVORITE STREAMING SERIES - Orange is the New Black
  • FAVORITE PREMIUM CABLE TV ACTOR - Dwayne Johnson
  • FAVORITE PREMIUM CABLE TV ACTRESS - Kristen Bell
  • FAVORITE NEW TV COMEDY - Scream Queens
  • FAVORITE NEW TV DRAMA - Supergirl
  • FAVORITE ACTOR IN A NEW TV SERIES - John Stamos
  • FAVORITE ACTRESS IN A NEW TV SERIES - Priyanka Chopra
  • FAVORITE ANIMATED TV SHOW - The Simpsons
  • FAVORITE COMPETITION TV SHOWS - The Voice
  • FAVORITE DAYTIME TV HOST - Ellen DeGeneres
  • FAVORITE DAYTIME TALK SHOW HOSTING TEAM - The Talk
  • FAVORITE LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW HOST - Jimmy Fallon

Donald Glover’s ‘Atlanta’ Renewed for Second Season.

Here’s some great news for fans of Donald Glover’s new, acclaimed television program Atlanta. As Variety reports, FX has renewed the newly-launched, Hiro Murai-directed show for a second, ten-episode season. A new episode of Atlanta airs tonight at 10 PM EST. As we previously reported, Atlanta recently earned the biggest cable comedy debut in three years.

Talking Ten Years of ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ with Two of Its Stars

This post originally appeared on VICE UK.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia started ten years ago as a pet project between a few friends who didn’t know dick about making a TV show. As it enters its eleventh season this January, it has grown into the cable television equivalent of the beloved neighborhood drunk everyone gravitates toward at the bar, spouting real truths about the world while teetering on his bar stool. Its characters, morally bankrupt friends in their 30s and a sordid father figure played by Danny DeVito, have become household names. Part of the reason Sunny has been so successful, despite its lack of fancy awards to place on the mantle, is its rabid cult following, which has helped to spread the word about the show and stuck with it even through its ascent into mainstream consciousness.

As it’s gained a broader audience, the show has also managed to hold onto the fucked up storylines and psychopathic behavior of its characters that have been its hallmark since 2005. The show uses the gang of five dysfunctional, alcoholic, occasionally drug-addicted, narcissistic bar owners as a mirror, reflecting the push-pull extremities of American society and politics, and the personalities at either end of the spectrum. They are also, for all their awful qualities, pretty endearing characters, even if you’d never want to hang out with them in real life.

A new teaser trailer for the upcoming eleventh season came out earlier this week, so I took the opportunity to get in touch with two of its stars and writers, Glenn Howerton (Dennis Reynolds) and Charlie Day (Charlie Kelly), for a chat about the past ten years.

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Trevor Noah only joined “The Daily Show” as a contributor at the end of last year, but he could soon find himself serving as an integral part of the program.

Noah is gaining consideration as a potential successor to Jon Stewart, the Comedy Centralmainstay’s longtime host, according to a person familiar with the matter, and if successful, could get a crack at becoming one of the more influential voices in latenight.

There is no guarantee that Noah will inherit Stewart’s seat, and no final decision has been reached, this person cautioned.  Comedy Central ‘s selection process has accelerated in recent days, this person said. And Noah, a South African comedian, has moved to a short list being put together by executives at the Viacom-owned cable outlet.

A Comedy Central spokesman declined to comment on whether Noah was under consideration, or on efforts to identify a new host for “The Daily Show.”[X]

Man Crush Monday: Seo In Guk (서인국)

Birthday: October 23, 1987

Most Likely Known For: Answer Me 1997/Reply 1997

Currently In: I Remember You/Hello Monster

Career Info:

Seo In-guk came from a family in Ulsan. He started dreaming of becoming a singer at the age of 10, after listening to Korean rocker Kim Jung-min. The young Seo discovered his talent by standing on stage at family gatherings and school events. He studied Applied Music at Daebul University, and eventually started to audition at entertainment agencies. After being repeatedly rejected and told to lose weight, Seo struggled withbulimia, but fortunately, the vomiting only damaged his vocal cords temporarily.

Despite the setbacks, in 2009 he joined Mnet’s talent reality show Superstar K. He won that first season of the show.

The subsequent spotlight came with a hectic schedule of recordings, photo shoots, interviews and television broadcasts, followed by chart-topping singles and albums. Seo also had to deal with the negative consequences of fame, including plastic surgery rumors, and cold-shoulder treatment from the three major networks for cable stars like him.

In 2012 Seo became part of the cast of homegrown jukebox musical Gwanghwamun Love Song. He then made his onscreen acting debut with a supporting role in KBS’s Love Rain. Aiming to expand his career in Japan, he also signed with Japanese agency Irving Entertainment.

He landed his first leading role later that year, in cable channel tvN’s ‘90s nostalgic hit drama Reply 1997. Seo’s portrayal of a teenage boy in unrequited love with his childhood best friend won praise from both audiences and critics. He also recorded two singles for the soundtrack (both duets with costar Jung Eun-ji), and one of them,“All For You”, became one of the best-selling singles of the year on the Gaon Single Chart.

Shortly after, he appeared in MBC’s The Sons (also known as Rascal Sons), saying he chose the 50-episode weekend family drama because he wanted to watch and learn from his senior colleagues in the ensemble cast.

Seo joined the newly launched reality/variety show I Live Alone from January to June of 2013. He was also cast in the romantic comedy film Police Family, about a girl from a family of policemen who marries a young man from a family of criminals.

Seo returned to the music scene in April 2013 with the single With Laughter or with Tears. The title song is the first time he sang a soulful ballad. Actress Ku Hye-sun appeared in the music video, which depicts the agony after a break up. This was followed several weeks later by his Japanese debut, with the release of the single Fly Away.

In June 2013, he was cast in Master’s Sun, a horror-romantic comedy TV series written by the Hong Sisters, playing a former soldier who served in the Zaytun Division and who, after his discharge, becomes the head of security for a shopping mall company.

In October 2013, he starred in his first big-screen leading role in No Breathing, a coming-of-age film about two swimming rivals, alongside Lee Jong-suk and Kwon Yuri.

He then played a dual role in Another Parting, a five-episode miniseries about a man and a woman who meet in the final moment of their lives and spend one special day together. Produced by LOEN Entertainment, the drama premiered on February 17, 2014 onTaekwang Group-owned cable channel Dramacube (also airing on BTV and YouTube).

Wanting to try a different genre, Seo was cast as a young gangster in the 2014 action-noir film Wild Dog, but like Police Family, it ran into investor troubles and was unable to begin production (Police Family was later released as Enemies In-Law, with Hong Jong-hyun as lead actor). Instead, Seo headlined another cable romantic comedy series, High School King of Savvy, in which he played a high school student and star hockey player who leads a double life when he’s forced to take on his older brother’s job as an executive at an IT company. Later that year, Seo starred in his first period drama The King’s Face, playing illegitimate crown prince Gwanghae, who becomes his father King Seonjo’s rival in politics and love.

In 2015, Seo was cast as a genius profiler in the police procedural/romance series Hello Monster (also known as I Remember You).

Top 5 People to Replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show

As many of you know and have been reacting to like your favorite parent was murdered in cold blood in front of you (appropriately so), Jon Stewart announced that he will be leaving his post as host of The Daily Show and Gen Y opinion maker. With that, a vacancy has opened up (thanks OBAMA) that will need to be filled by another capable mind. And this, like most things, will be decided by network executives carefully scanning the Internet for well (and poorly) worded ideas as to who the masses are screaming should replace the silver headed mouthpiece of a generation. Which is why I present to you in the loudest and most confident of fashions: THE TOP 5 PEOPLE TO REPLACE JON STEWART ON THE DAILY SHOW

5) Grumpy Cat

Now, let’s point out the obvious first: Grumpy Cat isn’t a person. But let’s also point out the second obvious second: Grumpy Cat doesn’t give a f&*k. Grumpy Cat had f&*ks to give, but he lost them all because he was too busy not giving a f&*k. And that’s exactly the type of leadership this next generation of people who are too busy to read needs. A leader who is willing to say “Stop talking. Forever,” no matter what President or World Leader is trying to make a point.

4) Bill O'Reilly

No one is better at telling people what to think than Smooth Billy O. He’s a veteran in the pundit game and has been making conservative viewpoints a joke amongst young viewers for years. He’s familiar with The Daily Show as he’s often featured on it, and if there’s one thing The Big O can’t get enough of it’s his own voice. Sure, the slant of the show might slip to the other side of the aisle but the color of the set will remain the same. And a lack of progress and change is exactly where B-Riles shines his brightest.

3) Stephen Colbert

Some of you may be too young to remember this but about ten years ago Stephen Colbert got his start as a correspondent on The Daily Show. A fan favorite, he disappeared from the 11pm spotlight never to be heard from again. If Stephen Colbert could be found and were willing to readorn his character and take on a show entirely to himself, I could definitely seeing it running for at least 9 years with great success.

2) Young Jon Stewart

We build a time machine, go back, KIDNAP young Jon Stewart with his vivacious energy and hunger for success and bring him to the year 2015. After 6 months of conditioning him to our current society by making him watch old episodes of The Daily Show (also to prevent him from making the same jokes his alternate self already made, because it’s still entertainment after all), the timing should line up perfectly for him to take over from his older self later this year. Then, upon sitting in the chair to host his first episode, the disruption to Time/Space rips our known world apart making replacing Jon Stewart on a cable news/comedy show a non-issue.

1) Tina Fey

How great would that be, right?