Apple’s Global Hit Comedy “Ted Lasso” Lands Early Season Three Renewal





Apple’s Global Hit Comedy “Ted Lasso” Lands Early Season Three Renewal
The pickup comes ahead of its second season start of production in London early January.
[via press release from Apple]
Apple’s global hit comedy “Ted Lasso” lands early season three renewal

Following its breakout first season and early second season renewal, Apple TV+ has renewed “Ted Lasso” for a third season, ahead of its second season start of production in London early January. Since its premiere on August 14, 2020, critics and fans globally have hailed the series as “terrific,” “hilarious,” “heart-swelling” and “infectious.”

The Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh first season of “Ted Lasso” is now available for viewers to binge on Apple TV+.

“Ted Lasso” stars Jason Sudeikis as Ted Lasso, a small-time college football coach from Kansas who is hired to coach a professional soccer team in England despite having no experience coaching soccer. The series also stars Hannah Waddingham, Brendan Hunt, Jeremy Swift, Juno Temple, Brett Goldstein, Phil Dunster and Nick Mohammed.

In addition to starring, Sudeikis serves as executive producer, alongside Bill Lawrence (“Scrubs”) via his Doozer Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television and Universal Television, a division of NBCUniversal Content. Doozer’s Jeff Ingold also serves as an executive producer with Liza Katzer as co-executive producer. The series was developed by Sudeikis, Lawrence, Joe Kelly and Brendan Hunt, and is based on the pre-existing format and characters from NBC Sports.

After its launch on November 1, 2019, Apple TV+ became the first all-original streaming service to launch around the world, and has premiered more original hits and received more award recognitions faster than any other streaming service. Apple Originals have been honored with 118 awards nominations and 39 wins and accolades in just under one year, including a Primetime Emmy Award, Daytime Emmy Awards, SAG Award, NAACP Image Award, Critics Choice Award, Peabody Award and more.

Apple TV+ is available on the Apple TV app in over 100 countries and regions, on over 1 billion screens, including iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, select Samsung, LG, Sony and VIZIO smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices, and at tv.apple.com, for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. For a limited time, customers who purchase a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free. This special offer is good for three months after the first activation of the eligible device.

1 One subscription per Family Sharing group. Plan automatically renews until cancelled. Restrictions and other terms apply. Visit apple.com/promo for more information.



HBO Max to Bring Dark Comedy TWO WEEKS TO LIVE Starring Maisie Williams to the Platform November 5





HBO Max to Bring Dark Comedy TWO WEEKS TO LIVE Starring Maisie Williams to the Platform November 5

LOS ANGELES, CA – October 28, 2020 – HBO Max announced today that it will be the exclusive U.S. streaming home to the British dark comedy “Two Weeks to Live” launching all episodes November 5. The Max Original stars Emmy Award® nominee Maisie Williams in her first role after “Game of Thrones” and BAFTA® winner and Emmy nominee Sian Clifford (“Fleabag”). The series has received a great reception in the UK where it is currently airing on Sky.

“Two Weeks to Live” tells a comic tale of love and revenge born from a seemingly harmless prank that goes terribly wrong. Kim Noakes, an early 20-something oddball who, since the murder of her father, has been sequestered away in the wilderness with her doomsday-prepping mother for most of her life. Feeling compelled to go on a belated coming-of-age adventure, Kim sets out to find her dad’s killer and along the way ropes mismatched brothers Jay and Nicky into her scheme.

Produced by Kudos -a Banijay company, the dark comedy also stars, Taheen Modak, Mawaan Rizwan, Jason Flemyng, Sean Pertwee and Thalissa Teixeira. The six-part original series was created by Gaby Hull, executive produced by Phil Temple, “Two Weeks to Live” is produced by Charlotte Surtees and directed by Al Campbell.
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Apple TV+ Orders “Platonic,” Starring Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen





Apple TV+ Orders “Platonic,” Starring Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen
“Platonic” is a 10-episode, half-hour comedy which explores the inner workings of platonic friendship.
[via press release from Apple]
Apple TV+ orders “Platonic,” starring Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen

Apple TV+ will expand its award-winning offering of comedy series with “Platonic,” a new series starring Emmy and Golden Globe nominees Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen, and co-written by Nick Stoller and Francesca Delbanco (“Friends from College”). The series will be produced for Apple by Sony Pictures Television.

The series reunites Byrne and Rogen with director Nick Stoller following their collaboration on the “Neighbors” films.

“Platonic” is a 10-episode, half-hour comedy which explores the inner workings of platonic friendship. A pair of former best friends who met in their youth (played by Byrne and Rogen) reconnect as adults and try to mend the rift that led to their falling out. As their friendship becomes more consuming, it destabilizes their lives and causes them to reevaluate their choices.

In addition to writing, Stoller will direct. Rose Byrne, Seth Rogen and Conor Welch will serve as executive producers on the series.

“Platonic” will premiere alongside upcoming Apple Original comedy series including “Physical,” also starring Rose Byrne; “The Afterparty,” a new comedy from Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe Award winners Chris Miller and Phil Lord, and Sony Pictures Television; “Schmigadoon!,” a musical comedy project executive produced by Lorne Michaels; “Mr. Corman,” directed, written and executive produced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt; as well as returning series including Peabody Award winner “Dickinson,” and critically acclaimed comedies “Ted Lasso” and “Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet.”

Apple TV+ is available on the Apple TV app in over 100 countries and regions, on over 1 billion screens, including iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, select Samsung, LG, Sony and VIZIO smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices, and at tv.apple.com, for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. For a limited time, customers who purchase a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free. This special offer is good for three months after the first activation of the eligible device.

1 One subscription per Family Sharing group. Plan automatically renews until cancelled. Restrictions and other terms apply. Visit apple.com/promo for more information.



Video: “Saved by the Bell” Releases New Trailer and Show Art





Video: “Saved by the Bell” Releases New Trailer and Show Art
In the new series, when California governor Zack Morris gets into hot water for closing too many underfunded high schools, he proposes they send the affected students to the most well-funded schools in the state – including Bayside High.
[via press release from Peacock]
BAYSIDE IS BACK. GET SO EXCITED.

“SAVED BY THE BELL” RELEASES NEW TRAILER AND SHOW ART

Premieres Wednesday, Nov. 25 on Peacock

ABOUT THE SERIES

· The highly anticipated reimagining of SAVED BY THE BELL will premiere on Wednesday, Nov. 25 on Peacock.

· In the new series, when California governor Zack Morris gets into hot water for closing too many underfunded high schools, he proposes they send the affected students to the most well-funded schools in the state – including Bayside High. The influx of new students gives the privileged Bayside kids (who never have a problem that can’t be solved in twenty-two minutes) a much-needed dose of reality.

· Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Mario Lopez star in the new SAVED BY THE BELL series, reprising their roles as Jessie Spano and A.C. Slater. John Michael Higgins also stars as Principal Toddman alongside the new class featuring Belmont Cameli, Dexter Darden, Mitchell Hoog, Alycia Pascual-Peña, Josie Totah and Haskiri Velazquez.

· Tracey Wigfield serves as writer and executive producer for the series, alongside executive producer Franco Bario. Peter Engel also serves as executive producer. SAVED BY THE BELL is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group.



HIGHLIGHTS FROM “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’S WEEKEND UPDATE WITH COLIN JOST AND MICHAEL CHE” OCTOBER 24, 2020





HIGHLIGHTS FROM “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’S WEEKEND UPDATE WITH COLIN JOST AND MICHAEL CHE” OCTOBER 24, 2020

“WEEKEND UPDATE” ANCHOR COLIN JOST – Well, the final presidential debate took place on Thursday, and the actual CNN headline after was “Trump Behaved More Like A Regular Person.” That’s not a description of a president, it’s like the description of a robot from “Westworld.”

JOST – This debate was so frustrating to watch. Did anyone else find themselves yelling lines at the screen that they wish Biden had said? Like when Trump talked about how good he’s been for the stock market, I was like, “Joe, the stock market when you were Vice President went up four times higher than Trump’s stock market. You have the ball, you’re standing above the rim, why will you not dunk it?”

JOST – Or when Trump said that Biden is “All talk and no action,” why didn’t Biden just say, “Bitch, show us your taxes, show us the vaccine, show us the wall, and show us what prison you locked Hillary in.”

“WEEKEND UPDATE” ANCHOR MICHAEL CHE – Trump claimed that he was “the least racist person in the room.” Which is only something the most racist person in a room would say. You’d never hear Marting Luther King going “I’m the least racist…” Nobody’s expecting you to be the least racist. I’d just settle for “not so racist anymore.” When you lie that big, it makes you look more guilty. Like when my uncle told me he doesn’t get high anymore, while he was holding my TV.

JOST – You also know politics in 2020 is stupid when some of the best investigative journalism is being done by Borat. Rudy Giuliani is denying he did anything wrong, after a controversial scene in the new Borat movie, in which he is alone in a hotel room with a female reporter, puts his hands down his pants and appears to start touching himself. Unfortunately, we can’t show you the video. But not because it violates standards, but because anyone who sees it dies in seven days.

JOST – Giuliani defended himself by explaining that he had to lay down on the bed to tuck in his shirt. Which I think is an actual punchline to a “Yo Momma’s So Fat” joke.

CHE – Rates of coronavirus are spiking in almost every state, as the country braces for a possible “third peak.” But are we actually bracing, though? Because the first time, people were having knife fights over Lysol and toilet paper. And now people are back to just eating buffalo wings outside, just licking on their fingers, it’s gross. Am I the only one still terrified by this? Remember when Tom Hanks got it, like five years ago, six months ago? And we all sat teary-eyed, thinking we might lose Forest Gump. Now a whole football team gets sick, and they just move the game. I dunno where I’m going with this. It’s been a really weird week, and I really, really thought the President was gonna die.

JOST – Former President Barack Obama was also back on the campaign trail this week. It was kind of jarring to see. Obama’s presidency seems so long ago, it’s easy to forget he’s fifteen years younger than either of the current candidates. You know who else is younger than the current candidates? The guys we elected in the years 2000 and 1992. Is it just me, or is that insane? This election is the equivalent of a baseball team giving a four-year deal to Willie Mays now.

CHE – New Yorker reporter Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended after getting caught masturbating on a Zoom call. And he’s from the New Yorker, so you know that jerk was dry as hell.

CHE – Popeye’s Chicken announced that they’re bringing back Cajun Style Turkeys for Thanksgiving. It’s a rare piece of good news for people who spend Thanksgiving at Popeye’s.

JOST – NASA has announced plans to put a full 4G cell phone network on the moon. While AT&T has announced plans to put almost two bars on your Earth phone.

JOST – Mattel announced plans for an Elton John-themed Barbie doll. “Finally!” said, Ken.

CHE – The ex-wife of singer Phil Collins has allegedly occupied their Miami mansion and hired armed guards to protect it. In the meantime, Collins is staying at a nearby stu-stu-studio apartment.

CHE – Residents in Rome are upset after a wild boar and her six piglets were killed on a playground near the Vatican. But it’s like they say, “Nothing good ever happens on a playground near the Vatican.”

JOST – German researchers have recorded the shortest interval of time for an event to begin and end. The event finished so quickly, scientists have named it “Che.”

CHE – Rapper Nelly will be appearing on a new line of Budweiser cans. Right under the word “Missing.”



COMEDY CENTRAL RESUMES PRODUCTION ON STAND-UP





COMEDY CENTRAL RESUMES PRODUCTION ON STAND-UP

NEW SEASON OF HIT DIGITAL SERIES “COMEDY CENTRAL STAND-UP FEATURING” FILMED IN NEW YORK CITY PREMIERES TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1 ON COMEDY CENTRAL’S STAND-UP YOUTUBE CHANNEL


New York, NY (October 26, 2020)— Today, Comedy Central announced it has resumed production on stand-up for the first time since the start of the pandemic. “Comedy Central Stand-Up Featuring” was recently filmed in New York City with performances in front of a small, socially-distanced audience and with production following Covid-19 safety protocols and measures for all talent, crew and audience.

“Comedy Central Stand-Up Featuring,” the breakout short-form, original digital stand-up series, will premiere on Comedy Central’s Stand-Up YouTube channel starting on Tuesday, December 1. The series will feature sets by Rosebud Baker, Mary Beth Barone, Brittany Carney, Christi Chiello, Andy Haynes, Josh Johnson, Ismael Loutfi, Gavin Matts, Monroe Martin, Rebecca O’Neal and Eagle Witt.

“Comedy Central Stand-Up Featuring” is the brand’s snack-able stand-up digital content. The short form originals are produced exclusively for the brand’s Stand-Up YouTube channel with sets running approximately 5-10 minutes in length. Comedy Central Stand-Up Featuring includes close to 100 comedians and has filmed in Los Angeles, New York City and Austin. To date, the series has garnered over 142M views across YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

“Comedy Central Stand-Up Featuring” was produced in partnership with Hoff Studios.



JOHN MULANEY TO HOST ‘SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’ WITH MUSICAL GUEST THE STROKES ON OCT. 31





JOHN MULANEY TO HOST ‘SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’ WITH MUSICAL GUEST THE STROKES ON OCT. 31

NEW YORK – Oct. 24, 2020 – John Mulaney will host “Saturday Night Live” for the fourth time on Oct. 31. Mulaney will star in two upcoming “Sack Lunch Bunch” specials on Comedy Central.

The Strokes will make their fourth appearance as musical guest. Their latest album, “The New Abnormal,” reached #1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts.

“SNL” will continue its unprecedented run of original episodes with a sixth consecutive show on Nov. 7.

“Saturday Night Live” is produced in association with Broadway Video. The creator and executive producer is Lorne Michaels.

Every season of “SNL” is now streaming on Peacock.



HBO And The New York Latino Film Festival Announce The Second Annual Latino Stand-Up! Comedy Competition





HBO And The New York Latino Film Festival Announce The Second Annual Latino Stand-Up! Comedy Competition

Call For Submissions Opens Today Through Friday, November 13

HBO Latino in partnership with the New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF), the nation’s leading platform for Latino creatives and audiences, announced the second annual Latino Stand-Up! a national competition in search of the best Latino stand-up comedians around the country. The competition is designed to support emerging talent and increase awareness and representation of Latino voices in the comedy industry. The top five comedians will perform, and a winner will be chosen at a virtual event in early December. The event will be hosted by one of the 2019 Latino Stand-Up! winners, Mark Viera.

Entry rules, eligibility and prize info: NYLatinoFilmFestival.com

You can catch last year’s winners on ENTRE NOS: THE WINNERS, available to stream on HBO Max.

“I’m excited to be the host of the 2020 ‘Latino Stand-Up!’ Comedy Competition,” said Viera. “After winning last year and taping my first ‘Entre Nos’ Special, I am honored to be a part of this tournament of funny, knowing what’s at stake and how these performances will potentially change the career of an up-and-coming comedian. Let the jokes roll and the laughter flow, again.”

HOW IT WORKS:
Applicants must submit a 3-5 minute video of their stand-up performance in English (or bilingual), which has not been previously broadcast in any form, at www.NYLatinoFilmFestival.com (free to enter). Submission deadline is Friday, November 13, 2020 by 11:59pm EST.
All eligible submissions will be judged by a panel of screeners, comprised of Viva Producers, NYLFF members and HBO executives, who will determine the top 5 finalists based on performance and creative material.
The finalists will be invited to perform an 8 -10 minute comedic performance at the ’Latino Stand-Up!’ finals, scheduled to take place virtually the week of December 7th. The winner will be revealed that night.
The winning comedian will be included in an upcoming Entre Nos comedy special airing in 2021 on HBO Max.

ELIGIBILITY:
Must be 21 years of age or older to enter
Open to all persons of Latino descent
Only TV rated performances will be considered
U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents who physically reside in the United States, including Puerto Rico

PRIZE:
The winning comic will receive a paid opportunity to appear in an upcoming HBO ‘Entre Nos’ comedy special, including an all-expense paid trip to the taping
The winner will have a chance to meet one-on-one with a comedian from the Entre Nos roster.

About Mark Viera
NYC-born Comedian Mark Viera has been dubbed by many as the Latino Bernie Mac. A soul-baring storyteller, Mark consistently drives his audience to hysterics. To watch Viera perform is a unique comedy experience. Mark has been seen on NBC’s Emmy Award winning show “30 ROCK”, Byron Allen’s “Comics Unleashed,” Comedy Central’s Gabriel Iglesias Presents: “Stand Up Revolution” and Russell Simmons Presents: “Live At The El Rey,” BET’s “Comic View” and AXS TV’s “Gotham Comedy Live.”

About HBO Latino
HBO Latino is a dedicated Spanish-language premium channel that delivers compelling and culturally relevant programming to the U.S. Latino audience. Exclusive to the channel are award-winning Original Series from Latin America, Spanish language films from the U.S., Latin America, Spain and the Caribbean, Latin music concerts and artist specials, original comedy shows and more. Additionally, HBO Latino offers the latest Hollywood movies and HBO original programming from the network’s main channel in Spanish. HBO Latino is included free with an HBO subscription. HBO Latino programming is available across multiple platforms including HBO On Demand® and HBO Max™.

About Viva Pictures
Founded by Victor Elizalde, Viva Pictures Distribution, LLC is an independent film production studio and all-rights distributor with a focus on Kids & Family, Spanish-Language, and Horror content. Whether it be the hottest names in Stand-Up Comedy, the latest horror picture for Halloween, or an epic animated adventure – Viva Pictures and its partners are able to release its Movies and Television specials in theaters, top home video retailers, and On Demand platforms worldwide in hundreds of millions of homes. For more information, please visit www.vivafilmco.com.

About the New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF)
The New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF) is the nation’s premier Urban Latino film event founded by Calixto Chinchilla. Since its inception in 1999, each year, the NYLFF brings together more than 20,000 movie fans and industry executives for a celebration of culturally relevant and entertaining experiences that aims to build audiences for Latino cinema, support the film community with professional development and foster relationships for Latino talent. Programming includes the flagship film festival in New York City, the Futuro digital conference, competition programs, as well as community programs. For more information on NYLFF, please visit www.NYLatinoFilmFestival.com.

Stay in tune with HBO Latino’s latest news and updates, view compelling video content and get sneak peeks with behind-the-scenes footage on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter.



Bob Hearts Abishola 11/9 (Rerun) on CBS





DOTTIE MAKES AN UNEXPECTED CONNECTION WHEN SHE MEETS A FELLOW STROKE SURVIVOR AT PHYSICAL THERAPY, AND BOB AND DOUGLAS TRY TO KEEP TABS ON CHRISTINA WHILE SHE’S AT AN EMOTIONAL WELLNESS SPA, ON A REBROADCAST OF “BOB ♥ ABISHOLA,” MONDAY, NOV. 9

John Ratzenberger Guest Stars as Hank, Dottie’s Fellow Stroke Survivor

“Randy’s a Wrangler” – Dottie makes an unexpected connection when she meets a fellow stroke survivor, Hank (John Ratzenberger), at physical therapy. Also, Bob and Douglas try to keep tabs on Christina while she’s away at an emotional wellness spa, on a rebroadcast of BOB ♥ ABISHOLA, Monday, Nov. 9 (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Originally broadcast 4/13/20.)

REGULAR CAST:

Billy Gardell

(Bob)

Folake Olowofoyeku

(Abishola)

Christine Ebersole

(Dottie)

Matt Jones

(Douglas)

Maribeth Monroe

(Christina)

Vernee Watson

(Gloria)

Shola Adewusi

(Auntie Olu)

Barry Shabaka Henley

(Uncle Tunde)

Travis Wolfe, Jr.

(Dele)

Gina Yashere

(Kemi)

Bayo Akinfemi

(Goodwin)

Anthony Okungbowa

(Kofo)

GUEST CAST:

John Ratzenberger

(Hank)

STORY BY: Chuck Lorre, Al Higgins and Gina Yashere

TELEPLAY BY: Matt Ross, Dave Goetsch and Carla Filisha

DIRECTED BY: Beth McCarthy-Miller

GENRE: Comedy



The Neighborhood 11/9 (Rerun) on CBS





DAVE MAKES A RUN FOR CITY COUNCIL, ONLY TO HAVE A CONTROVERSIAL PHOTO FROM HIS PAST THREATEN TO DERAIL HIS CAMPAIGN, ON A REBROADCAST OF “THE NEIGHBORHOOD,” MONDAY, NOV. 9

Editor’s note: The air date of this episode has changed.

Wayne Brady Guest Stars as Longtime Incumbent Councilman, Isaiah Evans

“Welcome to the Campaign” – Dave makes a run for city council, working hard to earn Calvin’s support, only to have a controversial photo threaten to derail his entire campaign. Wayne Brady guest stars as longtime incumbent Isaiah Evans, on a rebroadcast of THE NEIGHBORHOOD, Monday, Nov. 9 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Originally broadcast 5/4/20.)

REGULAR CAST:

Cedric the Entertainer

(Calvin Butler)

Max Greenfield

(Dave Johnson)

Beth Behrs

(Gemma Johnson)

Tichina Arnold

(Tina Butler)

Sheaun McKinney

(Malcolm Butler)

Marcel Spears

(Marty Butler)

Hank Greenspan

(Grover Johnson)

GUEST CAST:

Wayne Brady

(Isaiah Evans)

Malik S.

(Trey)

Earthquake

(Que)

Sean Larkins

(Randall)

Joshua Triplett

(Jeremiah)

WRITTEN BY: Don D. Scott

DIRECTED BY: Mark Cendrowski

GENRE: Comedy