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National Lampoon Radio Hour Returns as Podcast

Tony Sokol Dec 5, 2019

Rachel Dratch, Amy Sedaris and Jordan Klepper will guest star on the new National Lampoon Radio Hour podcast.

While much of the comedy world circumnavigates around the perilous waters of microagressions, there is at least one laughter delivery system which sails straight into it. Coming from an irreverent tradition which included an album called That's Not Funny, That's Sick, National Lampoon provides gags for an audience who can take a joke. They promise that now, as much as ever, is "time for a good laugh, again."

Starting on Dec. 19, National Lampoon Radio Hour, the iconic comedy show that introduced the world to John Belushi, Bill Murray and Gilda Radner returns to celebrate "the next generation of young, diverse comedic superstars," according to their press. They will produce a new, original 11-episode scripted podcast featuring special guests like Rachel Dratch, Amy Sedaris, Julie Klausner, Jordan Klepper and Chris Gethard.
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TV News Roundup: T.R. Knight Joins HBO Max’s ‘The Flight Attendant’

  • Variety
TV News Roundup: T.R. Knight Joins HBO Max’s ‘The Flight Attendant’
In today’s TV news roundup, “Grey’s Anatomy” star T.R. Knight joins HBO Max’s “The Flight Attendant” and Bet renewed “Games People Play.”

Casting

T.R Knight has been cast in HBO Max‘s dark comedy “The Flight Attendant.“ Knight will play Cassie’s (Kaley Cuoco) older brother, Davey. When Cassie’s life starts to unravel, Davey deals with the fallout.

Daryl McCormack has been cast opposite Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”) in “The Wheel of Time” series adaptation at Amazon, Variety has learned exclusively. McCormack is said to be appearing in three episodes of the show in an undisclosed role. The Irish actor currently recurs on “Peaky Blinders” and is repped by Echo Lake Entertainment, Independent Talent Group in the U.K., and Lisa Richards Agency in Ireland.

Renewals

Bet has renewed “Games People Play” starring Lauren London, Sarunas J. Jackson, Parker McKenna Posey, Karen Obilom and Jackie Long for a second season.
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Difficult People: 5 Best (& 5 Worst) Episodes

In a perfect TV world, if a show only gets a few short seasons, every single episode will be gold. It will feature funny moments, great quotes, and award-worthy performances. In the case of Difficult People, there are only three seasons of the Hulu comedy, and while many of them are standouts, some don't even feel like they're part of the same show.

Related: 10 Best Characters On Malcolm In The Middle, Ranked

Of course, Julie (Julie Klausner) and Billy (Billy Eichner) are so hilarious and clever that fans can forgive some of the episodes that are lacking in humor and plot. Read on to find out the five best and five worst episodes of Difficult People.
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Mbti® Difficult People Characters

While characters are generally supposed to be likable since that's what draws audiences in, the duo featured on Difficult People is honest about their flaws. The comedy, which ran for three seasons on Hulu from 2015 until 2017, starred Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner as Julie and Billy, two best friends who want to get into the entertainment industry.

Related: Mbti Of Underworld Characters

These two, along with the rest of the cast, are hilarious but, well, difficult to deal with. But since we don't have to hang out with them, we can just watch them in the silly situations that they find themselves in, it's all good. Let's look at the Mbti of each of the main characters of Difficult People.
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Fred Armisen Is a Very Aggressive Landlord in ‘At Home With Amy Sedaris’ (Exclusive Video)

  • The Wrap
Fred Armisen Is a Very Aggressive Landlord in ‘At Home With Amy Sedaris’ (Exclusive Video)
Fred Armisen plays a threatening, potentially murderous landlord in next week’s episode of “At Home with Amy Sedaris.” He even has a very long switch blade to prove it.

Watch the exclusive clip of the episode, titled “Hospital-tality,” above. Along with Armisen, the new episode guest stars Ann Dowd, Leo Fitzpatrick, Juliette Lewis and Taryn Manning.

TruTV’s description: “Amy shows us how to care for the ill in your very own home, by setting up a sick room and preparing homemade chicken soup. Looking to avoid being murdered by her landlord/drug dealer, Chassie volunteers to become Amy’s patient hoping to hide out until the trouble blows over. Unfortunately, the trouble blows into Amy’s living room!”

Also Read: Watch Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph Shake up Their Marriage in 'Forever' Trailer

Season two returned to TruTV Feb. 19 for a 10-episode run. It features Sedaris
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Billy Eichner Giving the Gay Rom-Com the Judd Apatow Treatment Is a Huge Deal

Billy Eichner Giving the Gay Rom-Com the Judd Apatow Treatment Is a Huge Deal
Billy Eichner will write and star in a gay romantic comedy from Judd Apatow’s production company for Universal Pictures. “Neighbors” and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” director Nick Stoller is set to direct and co-produce under his banner with Apatow Productions, Global Solutions. The as yet untitled project will be the first major studio movie with an Lgbtq lead since last year’s “Love, Simon,” and the first such project geared towards adult audiences since Paramount’s “In & Out,” which was released in 1997.

“Excited, terrified, completely in shock and Proud as hell to announce this movie,” Eichner wrote on Twitter announcing the project. “We’re making a big, new romantic comedy for Universal!!!! Ahhhhhhh!!!”

Excited, terrified, completely in shock and Proud as hell to announce this movie. We’re making a big, new romantic comedy for Universal!!!! Ahhhhhhh!!! https://t.co/JO8qk5jKvL

— billy eichner (@billyeichner) February 5, 2019

The movie
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"The Other Two" is Essential 2019 Television

By Spencer Coile

The cancellation of Difficult People left a gaping hole in our hearts. The Hulu original series about two failed comedians, actors, etc. (Billy Eichner & Julie Klausner) brought out our most cynical selves, our razor sharp wit, and scratched that itch many contemporary comedies were not reaching for. Indeed, it’s been tough coping with this loss.

However, Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider (both writers from Saturday Night Live) have sensed our grief. The premiere of their Comedy Central series The Other Two, might somehow fill that Difficult pop culture void. After their teenage brother becomes an overnight celebrity when his YouTube video goes viral, siblings Cary (Drew Tarver) and Brooke (Heléne Yorke) – a struggling actor and dancer respectively – must define what success means to them.

If that sounds trite, fear not. Because here are five reasons why The Other Two is essential 2019 television...
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Patricia Arquette and More Ridicule Kevin Spacey Over Bizarre Video: ‘Is He Using Donald Trump’s Legal Team?’

Patricia Arquette and More Ridicule Kevin Spacey Over Bizarre Video: ‘Is He Using Donald Trump’s Legal Team?’
Kevin Spacey’s return to social media on December 24 caused a stir in Hollywood, with directors and fellow actors using their own Twitter pages to ridicule the actor over his decision to release a bizarre video in character as Frank Underwood. The three-minute clip featured Spacey seemingly rebuking the sexual assault allegations made against him, but doing so under the guise of his “House of Cards” character.

“Of course, some believed everything and have just been waiting with bated breath to hear me confess at all,” Spacey-as-Underwood says in the video. “They’re just dying to have me declare everything said is true and I got what I deserved. Wouldn’t that be easy? If it was all so simple. Only you and I both know it’s never that simple, not in politics, not in life. But you wouldn’t believe the worst without evidence would you? You wouldn
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TV Roundup: Netflix Orders Ted Bundy Docu-Series

  • Variety
In today’s TV roundup, Netflix has ordered a docu-series on serial killer Ted Bundy and “Love, Gilda” sets a premiere date on CNN

First Looks

Variety has obtained an exclusive clip of “Into the Okavango,” the upcoming National Geographic film. Premiering Dec. 14 on Nat Geo, the film, six years in the making, follows a group of explorers who encounter the adventure of a lifetime while trying to save the Okavango delta in Botswana.

Greenlights

Netflix has ordered a docu-series on notorious serial killer Ted Bundy. “Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes” will provide exclusive, never-before-heard interviews from the “Jack the Ripper of the United States,” himself. True crime director and producer Joe Berlinger will direct and executive produce. Justin Wilkes, Jon Doran and Jon Kamen will also executive produce, with Sara Enright producing. RadicalMedia will produce in association with Third Eye Motion Picture Company. The series will launch Jan.
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Made in New York Writers Room Taking Applications for TV Fellowship Program

  • Variety
Made in New York Writers Room Taking Applications for TV Fellowship Program
Following the program’s launch last year, the Made in New York Writers Room is accepting applications for its second six month fellowship program. The deadline to apply is Dec. 9.

The Made in New York Writers Room fellowship works to identify emerging local writers who come from diverse backgrounds and underrepresented groups. Following an application process, up to 12 writers will be selected to participate in the program, which includes a six-month, paid fellowship as well as a dedicated mentor who works as a New York City-based showrunner.

Last year’s mentors included Robert Carlock (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), Lee Daniels (“Empire”), Anya Epstein (“The Affair), Julie Klausner (“Difficult People”) and Richard Lagravenese (“The District”) who joined selected fellows in developing an original drama or comedy pilot. Other benefits of the fellowship include professional development programs from the Writers Guild of America East and a live scene reading from the fellows’ scripts by professional actors.
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Pilot News: Julie Klausner Joins NBC Comedy, Sinbad Plays Dad and More

Pilot News: Julie Klausner Joins NBC Comedy, Sinbad Plays Dad and More
Julie Klausner didn’t have a Difficult time lining up her next TV gig: The Difficult People star has joined the cast of the NBC comedy pilot So Close, our sister site Deadline reports.

The series stars SNL alum Sasheer Zamata and Odd Mom Out‘s Sean Kleier as Riley and Kyle, two hopeless romantics who are both on the verge of settling for the wrong partner and unaware they might be soulmates. Klausner will play Amy, a friend of Riley’s who works with her at a law firm.

In other pilot casting news, per Deadline:

* Sinbad (A Different World,
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‘So Close’: Julie Klausner To Co-Star In NBC Comedy Pilot

Julie Klausner has been cast opposite Sasheer Zamata and Sean Kleier in NBC’s comedy pilot So Close from Greg Malins, Hazy Mills and Universal TV. Written by Malins and directed by Gail Mancuso, So Close centers on hopeless romantics Riley (Zamata) and Kyle (Kleier). At crossroads in their separate lives, they are close to settling for the wrong partner, unaware that they live only blocks apart and might be each other's soul mates. Klausner will play Amy. A bit of a crazy…
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‘Get Out,’ ‘Call Me By Your Name,’ ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Win Big At 2018 WGA Awards

The Writer’s Guild of American handed out the 2018 WGA Awards at two concurrent ceremonies on Sunday evening in New York and Los Angeles. As always, the writers liked to defy expectations while keeping their reputations intact as “sort of” Oscar precursors and that’s good news for “Get Out” and “Call Me By Your Name.” The Los Angeles ceremony was hosted by Patton Oswalt and the New York ceremony was emceed by Julie Klausner.
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Broadway Gets a New Evan Hansen + More NYC Events Feb. 2–8

New York is the city that never sleeps, and with so many events and activities each week across all five boroughs, it can be hard to know what’s actually worthwhile. Here are the events New York City actors should have on their radars this week. Wave hello to your new Evan Hansen.Taylor Trensch will be found. The performer (who just wrapped his acclaimed run in “Hello, Dolly!”) steps into the striped t-shirt and khakis of the titular “Dear Evan Hansen” on Broadway beginning Feb. 6. He follows Noah Galvin, who took over the monstrous role immediately after the show’s Tony-winning star, Ben Platt, departed the Pasek and Paul tuner in November. Trensch's run is open-ended. (Tickets start at $119) Judy Blume celebrates her birthday—with adults.In honor of her 80th birthday, Judy Blume herself will make a rare appearance at New York Symphony Space on Feb. 4 for Judy Blumesday,
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Shut Eye Cancelled at Hulu

Shut Eye Cancelled at Hulu
Shut Eye is shutting down: The Jeffrey Donovan-starring drama has been axed by Hulu after two seasons.

Donovan confirmed the news himself via Twitter on Tuesday:

Enjoyed Shut Eye. But all good things must end. I’m grateful to Hulu and Sony. They were great places to work at. Onward and upward.

— Jeffrey Donovan (@WickedpissaJD) January 30, 2018

Related Cable/Streaming Scorecard: What’s Renewed? What’s Cancelled?

Shut Eye starred the Burn Notice veteran as former magician Charlie Haverford, who began to have real psychic visions. KaDee Strickland (Private Practice) co-starred as Charlie’s wife Linda; the supporting cast included Angus Sampson,
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Hulu Hit The Big Leagues With Its Emmy Win; Here’s How It Will Try To Capitalize On That In 2018

  • Indiewire
Hulu experienced a transformative year in 2017, leading up to the Primetime Emmy Awards that changed everything for the streamer. “The Handmaid’s Tale” won the ultimate prize, Outstanding Drama, giving Hulu the honors of first streamer to take home an outstanding series Emmy — before rivals Netflix and Amazon.

The service also ended the year under new management, as Randy Freer replaced exiting boss Mike Hopkins as the new CEO, while Joel Stillerman left AMC to take on the top programming job. Freer and Stillerman are tasked with expanding Hulu’s scope, and the pressure’s now on to develop more hits that can join “Handmaid’s Tale” in the cultural conversation. But heading into 2018, Freer and Stillerman will also be front and center as the Walt Disney Co. acquisition of Fox’s production assets will include its stake in Hulu. There’s plenty of speculation on what Hulu might be
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The 10 Best Web Series of 2017: John Early, Zoe Cassavetes, Black Girl Magic, and More

In a year when the growing role of Netflix in Hollywood raised age-old fears about the death of cinema, the question of what is television versus a movie versus a web series grew ever murkier. As younger audiences become increasingly blasé about the difference, preferring streaming sites to the movie theater experience, production companies are scrambling to engage them with quality online content. At the same time, the internet remains the easiest way for emerging filmmakers to get their work seen without having to rely on meddling middlemen or jaded gatekeepers.

Read More:Jerry Seinfeld, Demetri Martin and Female Bros: The 16 Best Web Series Of 2016

IFC Comedy Crib, Stage 13, Super Deluxe, and Vimeo all ramped up their original content production this year, and underrepresented filmmakers are taking risks and reaping the rewards. As a result, there are more high-quality web series to choose from than ever before.

Here are the
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Difficult People: Is the Hulu TV Series Cancelled or Renewed for Season Four?

Vulture Watch What's going on with Julie and Billy? Has the Difficult People TV show been cancelled or renewed for a fourth season on Hulu? The television vulture is watching all the latest TV cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Difficult People, season four. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?   What's This TV Show About? Streaming on the Hulu paid subscription platform, Difficult People stars Julie Klausner, Billy Eichner, James Urbaniak, Andrea Martin, and Cole Escola. Recurring players include Derrick Baskin, Gabourey Sidibe, Shakina Nayfack, Tracee Chimo, Fred Armisen, Jackie Hoffman, and John Cho. Created by Klausner, the series centers on aspiring comics Julie Kessler (Klausner) and Billy Epsetein (Eichner). These best friends, who are trying make it on the
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Pink, Jill Soloway, Naomi Watts Top Lgbtq Mag Metrosource's People We Love List

For 15 years running, Davler Media Group’s Metrosource, the largest circulation Lgbtq publication serving New York City and Los Angeles, and second largest nationally, has ended the year with “People We Love,” an expansive editorial salute to the people whose efforts and example have helped further the image and acceptance of the Lgbtq community.

Pink on Cover of Metrosource

This year’s “People We Love” spotlights 21 notables, from star producers, actors and musicians like Pink, Jill Soloway, Ryan Murphy, Naomi Watts and Sam Smith to new media figures like YouTube sensation Randy Rainbow to lesser known but mightily impactful community leaders like transgender politico Danica Roem and nightlife impresario Brian Rafferty.

“Creating our annual ‘People We Love’ is a true pleasure, privilege and responsibility,” says Paul Hagen, Editor-In-Chief of Metrosource. “It’s the time we look back on achievements, update past stories and look ahead, where we recognize the people
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Difficult People

Network: HuluEpisodes: 28 (half-hour)Seasons: ThreeTV show dates: August 5, 2015 -- September 26, 2017Series status: CancelledPerformers include: Julie Klausner, Billy Eichner, James Urbaniak, and Andrea Martin.TV show description: A single camera comedy, this series was created by co-star Julie Klausner. It follows two comedian best friends who are trying to make it in New York City. They hate everyone -- except each other.Billy (Billy Eichner) works as an unenthusiastic waiter while he tries to get work in comedy. Nate (Derrick Baskin) and Denise (Gabourey Sidibe) are the married couple who co-own the cafe where Billy works. Matthew (Cole Escola) is a co-worker that Billy despises.Read More…
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