Wyomissing songstress Taylor Swift and British songbird Sam Smith lead the 2015 Billboard Music Award nominations, some of which were announced earlier today on Good Morning America.
UPDATE [4/7/2015, 11:17 am]: This event is officially (and sadly for those who didn’t get tickets) sold out.
ORIGINAL: You’ve already binge-watched the entire first season of Tina Fey’s new Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, so what’s going to tide you over until the release of season two? This:
The show’s star, Ellie Kemper, is coming to Penn on April 21st to chat about her career and experience on the show, and then open up the floor for audience questions.
But don’t come prepared only with questions about crazy cult hairstyles, hilarious gay roommates and stories about working with Tina Fey. As The Daily Pennsylvanian points out, “Kemper is a strong voice for gender dynamics in the entertainment industry. In 2014, she hosted a TED Talk entitled ‘Women are Funny!’ and spoke about her experience as a female comedian in the male-dominated industry.”
David Lynch has stepped down as director of the much-anticipated Twin Peaks revival on Showtime, but, as he said on Twitter, the project “may still be very much alive.”
He announced his departure via a series of tweets, saying: “Dear Twitter Friends, Showtime did not pull the plug on Twin Peaks …. After 1 year and 4 months of negotiations, I left because not enough money was offered to do the script the way I felt it needed to be done.”
Showtime’s response: “We were saddened to read David Lynch’s statement today since we believed we were working towards solutions with David and his reps on the few remaining deal points. … Showtime loves the world of Twin Peaks and we continue to hold out hope that we can bring it back in all its glory with both of its extraordinary creators, David Lynch and Mark Frost, at its helm.”
According to Variety, Frost and Lynch had already written all nine episodes of the series reboot, and it was announced that Kyle MacLachlan would reprise his role as FBI agent Dale Cooper. Fingers crossed all that doesn’t go to waste. Stay tuned for any updates.
Comedy Central finally released the name of Jon Stewart’s replacement on The Daily Show, and the announcement was met with a resounding “who?” Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old South African comedian, joined The Daily Show as a contributor just four months ago, and even fans of the show may have missed his segments if they weren’t tuning in every night.
As a cable company, Comcast has always owned a lot of television options. But with its acquisition of NBCUniversal in 2009, it got a bunch more. By my count—i.e., Wikpedia’s list—Comcast has 18 different national channels that broadcast in English: NBC, Cozi TV (on channel 10.2 in Philly) and 16 cable networks.
With such a wide-ranging selection of programming, I figured I’d simplify your morning television watching for you. I included NBCUniversal’s two joint ventures—Esquire Network and TVOne—but didn’t include Comcast SportsNet or other regional networks. As such, here are all 18 Comcast morning show offerings, ranked. For purposes of morning shows, I looked at the hours from 6ish to 9ish from Monday to Friday, with some leeway on either side. (For example, if the show continues on into a drunken fourth hour for some reason.) Read more »
I can’t stop watching this proposal on Let’s Make a Deal; it’s just so perfect and adorable in every way.
In the episode, a lederhosen-clad gentleman asks host Wayne Brady if he could “give a shoutout,” and then commences to ask his partner if he’ll marry him. The man being proposed to literally screams at the top of his lungs (it gets me every time) and then Brady sings them a song as slow dance to commercial break. It’s too cute.
Watch it above.
The trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s new television series, Wayward Pines, debuted last night during the season finale of Empire.
Hannibal Buress hasn’t talked too much about the fact that it was basically him who reinvigorated the discussion around Bill Cosby and the sexual assault allegations surrounding him. After his performance in Philadelphia last year, when he flat-out called Cosby a rapist, countless other women spoke up saying they were sexually assaulted by the comedian.
“That is the fourth Macarena of the New Year,” Steve Highsmith said just after we turned on the TV. It was last December. At happy hour, I was talking about the new All-Mummers channel PHL17 had launched that week. When some friends and I returned to my house after happy hour, we turned on the channel and heard Highsmith’s count.
By the time everyone left that evening, we had seen four more Macarena skits in the 1997 parade. The Mummers that year were like the Democrats in 1996: All Macarena, all the time. But I saw more than just that parade. I watched a lot of Mummers during the month of December — more than I’d like to admit. I saw a lot of sequins, feathers and Jerry Blavat. But when the month was over, I expected the all-Mummers Parade channel would be mothballed for another year.