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Listen: Carol Burnett on Her ‘Unbelievable’ Emmy Nod, ‘Ridiculous’ Network Notes
Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera.
In this week’s episode, Variety’s executive editor of TV, Debra Birnbaum, talks with comedy legend Carol Burnett, who scored her 23rd Emmy nomination for “The Carol Burnett Show 50th Anniversary Special.”
Even with six Emmy Awards under her belt, Burnett is still immensely grateful at the recognition by the TV Academy, as well as audiences. “To have this happen now, it’s kind of unbelievable,” Burnett says. “I was happily surprised.”
The program, which is in contention for variety special, celebrated the 50th anniversary of “The Carol Burnett Show,” the variety series which ran from 1967 to 1978, and won 25 Emmys over the course of its run.
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Netflix's 'One Day at a Time' gets saved from cancellation by Pop TV
Often when we hear about canceled shows getting a second life in the rapidly expanding streaming ecosystem, you'd expect it's the likes of Netflix or Amazon extending the lifespan of an axed network series. Not so this time around. In a rare development, cable network Pop TV has renewed One Day at a Time, several months after Netflix cancelled the beloved sitcom.
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One Day at a Time is in danger of cancellation. Here's why we need to save it.
From the pilot we could tell this sitcom was different, despite having all the hallmarks of our beloved TV family comedies: the live studio audience; the extra bright studio sitcom lighting; the three-wall living room set. But this family unabashedly spoke Spanish without translation and the first episode dealt with everything from racism and feminism to veterans and depression. We may not have been in the audience, cheering when living legend Rita Moreno made her grand entrance by opening her own damn curtains, but by god it was immediately evident to anyone who watched that One Day at a Time was going to be the light we so desperately needed, the comfort food — ropa vieja, if you will — that would nourish us even after our binge was over. As Lydia (Moreno) tells her adult daughter Penelope (Justina Machado) after she breaks down over her failed marriage: “I got you.”
Comedian Brody Stevens Dead at 48 of Suicide
Brody Stevens has died of an apparent suicide by hanging. He was 48. The news was first reported by The Blast and then confirmed by Billboard.
According to The Blast, the comedian was found just before 1 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 22). He has been open about his struggle with mental health issues in the past and was hospitalized in 2011 after suffering a bipolar episode.
Jane Curtin on the worst SNL guest host: "God, there were so many"
There are few gigs in modern TV more fraught with the potential to out yourself as a massive asshole than hosting Saturday Night Live. Pretty much every factor—the rush, the pressure, the presence of the live camera—is almost guaranteed to bring out the worst in people, whether it’s deciding to bust out their “funny” Jamaican accent for some godforsaken reason, doing whatever the hell it was Justin Bieber did to piss Bill Hader off so much, or just being all-around bad human being Steven Seagal.
WATCH: Jon Hamm asked point-blank about his “Hammaconda”
James Corden’s “Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts” is a cross between “Truth or Dare” and “Fear Factor”, revealing just how far celebrities will go to avoid answering uncomfortable questions.
Jon Hamm sat down at the wheel-of-disgust this week, trading off questions with Corden, answering very few of them, and the two subsequently put things like dried tarantulas and chili cheese dog smoothies in their mouths.
The final question the Late Late Show host asked Hamm was one the internet has long speculated over: How big, really, is the so-called “Hammaconda”?
‘Single Parents’ Actor Jake Choi Comes Out as Sexually Fluid
Jake Choi, a series regular on the new ABC sitcom Single Parents, has come out as sexually fluid in an interview with the website Very Good Light.
Choi said he made determinations about his sexual orientation after his first “transformative” role playing a gay man, in a film called Front Cover.
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Kathy Griffin lashes out at Tomi Lahren for Michelle Obama comment: ‘Go fuck yourself’
Comedian Kathy Griffin lashed out at Fox News commentator Tomi Lahren after she told former first lady Michelle Obama to "sit down" when she called her husband a great president.
Griffin shot back at Lahren for the comments, telling the commentator to “go f--- yourself.”
“‘Sit down, Michelle’ Tomi Lahren says,” Griffin began in a tweet earlier this week. “Oh really you dime store Barbie?”
“Mrs. Obama may go high, but I certainly won’t,” the comedian continued, noting one of the former first lady's well-known phrases. “Go f--- yourself, Tomi. You evil, horrible shell of a human being.”
KEVIN HART TO KATT WILLIAMS
YOU HAD YOUR SHOT
... YOU BLEW IT ON DRUGS!!!
The Breakfast Club
Kevin Hart is riding hard for Tiffany Haddish ... telling Katt Williams to stop attacking her just because he blew his shot at superstardom on drugs.
Kevin lashed out at Katt Friday morning on "The Breakfast Club," telling him, "You had the shot! You were set up to be the star. You didn't show up to work! You f**ked off promo shoots!"
Gay pop singer leaps to his death from cruise ship after posting cryptic message on Facebook
A beloved gay pop singer from Germany is believed to be dead after jumping off a cruise ship and into the raging waters below over the weekend.
Daniel Küblböck is a gay German pop singer and reality star. He rose to fame after coming in third Pop Idol, a spinoff of American Idol, and later competed on Big Brother and Let’s Dance.
33-year-old Küblböck was on an Aida cruise ship bound from Hamburg to New York when an eyewitness says he jumped from a fifth floor balcony while off the coast of Newfoundland on Sunday.
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Bill Daily, witty sidekick on 'I Dream of Jeannie,' dies at 91
Actor Bill Daily, best known for his role as Roger Healey in the popular 1960s sitcom "I Dream of Jeannie," has died at the age of 91, his son J. Patrick Daily said.
Bill Daily died at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Tuesday, publicist Patterson Lundquist wrote on Facebook.
Patrick Daily said his father "was a very happy man. He was happy with everything he did."
His father loved New Mexico, Daily said.
"One of his favorite ethos in life was, 'Happiness is a decision that you make' and he made the decision to be a happy guy," Patrick says.
Daily also appeared on 140 episodes of "The Bob Newhart Show," according to the Internet Movie Database.
Kathy Griffin Explains Why Men Want Louis C.K. Back in Business
The news that Louis C.K. is attempting to “return” to comedy less than a year after admitting to masturbating in front of nonconsenting peers enraged people all over the internet. Among those most upset by the news (no surprises here) are the women in comedy who have and will have to continue to put up with a toxic industry that is once again reinforcing how little it cares about them.
Kathy Griffin is one of the latest, but probably the most thorough, to lay out all the ways and reasons the industry fails to make comedy a safe space for women. “You’ll never hear a successful male comic say that dealing with women in the business is just exhausting and that they have reached their limit. Or that they’re tired of years of having to beg to be treated the same as women or that they’ve had enough of the emotional abuse,” she wrote in a 26-tweet thread. “[W]hat I’m discussing in this thread can be applied to any industry.”
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