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ABC, NBC Announce Summer Premiere Dates

by Aimee Deeken, posted Mar 5th 2010 11:45AM
Ali FedotowskyABC has released the schedule for its sugary summer fare -- 'The Bachelorette,' 'True Beauty' and 'Wipeout' -- while NBC announced premiere dates for its own summer stand-bys: 'America's Got Talent' and 'Last Comic Standing.'

Ali Fedotowsky, the one-time frontrunner on the last 'Bachelor,' will now have the upper hand on finding love on 'The Bachelorette,' which premieres at 9PM ET on Mon., May 24 after the final performance show of 'Dancing with the Stars.' (More on the 'Bachelorette' announcement here.) On May 31, the program will move to 8PM and again serve as lead-in to 'True Beauty,' which kicks off at 10PM ET.

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Craig Robinson to Host 'Last Comic Standing'

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 26th 2010 6:29PM
Craig Robinson of 'The Office'Maybe it's because NBC needs programming, especially during the summer. Maybe it's because the network needed a companion to 'America's Got Talent.' But it does seem like 'Last Comic Standing' has become the 'According to Jim' of reality shows, doesn't it? The show just doesn't die, no matter how much NBC and its producers have tried to kill it.

The folks who brought us the genius idea of Jay Leno at 10PM has decided to resurrect 'Last Comic,' which they canned in 2008, for a summer run, according to Joe Adalian at The Wrap. Craig Robinson of 'The Office' and the forthcoming comedy flick 'Hot Tub Time Machine' has been tabbed to host.

At least the new host gives me hope for this new version. Robinson has a great comic presence, whether he's intimidating Michael Scott as warehouse foreman Darryl Philbin, or just doing his stand-up at a local club. He'll be funnier than Bill Bellamy and more confident than Anthony Clark, two of the show's previous hosts (Jay Mohr was the original host... and quite good).

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Craig Robinson to Host 'Last Comic Standing'

by Andrew Scott, posted Feb 26th 2010 2:30PM
Craig RobinsonActor Craig Robinson will host the upcoming seventh season of NBC's 'Last Comic Standing' when it returns in the summer, according to an exclusive report from the Wrap.

NBC alternative programming chief Paul Telegdy confirmed the news today, saying, "He's a brilliant stand-up ... and someone we believe in as an NBC talent. We also think he's just funny as all get-out."

'Last Comic Standing' last aired in 2008 and was hosted by Bill Bellamy. Jay Mohr, the show's original host, ran the show for its first three seasons until it was canceled by NBC. The network later renewed the show under a new host, Anthony Clark.

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NBC in Talks to Bring Back 'Last Comic Standing'

by Chris Jordan, posted Dec 30th 2009 6:57PM
'Last Comic Standing,' the resume embellisher of nightclub comics everywhere, might be doing a double take.

NBC is in talks to bring the series back and Paul Telegdy, the network's head of reality programming, wants to have a new host and format changes, according to a report from Entertainment Weekly's Hollywood Insider.<

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ABC goes fast and funny

by Brad Trechak, posted Jul 2nd 2009 10:07AM
ABCUsually I'm not a fan of reality television, but this new series has potential. ABC has ordered a new show called The Fast & the Funniest from two of the producers of Last Comic Standing.

This comedian competition would be different than Last Comic Standing because it would involve more travel and improvisation. It's easier to be funny when one is in a set location doing pre-rehearsed material. It's much harder when it's not known where the performance is and for whom.

Mind you, the description of the show is somewhat vague in the article. For all that is known, the show could be less like Last Comic Standing and more like Fear Factor. The competition could involve having the comedians eat bugs in the middle of the woods in Arkansas. Or possibly having them fight to the death with machetes. Or not.

Is there any comedian you'd like to see on this show? I vote for Jay Black.

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5 Questions With: 'Last Comic Standing' Winner Iliza Shlesinger

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 8th 2008 3:43PM

"I never for a second thought I was untouchable ... until last night, just after the show ended."

Iliza Shlesinger. Even her name makes you giggle a little.

The newly-crowned winner of NBC's 'Last Comic Standing' beat out thousands who auditioned and eliminated each of the other 11 finalists this season in head-to-head stand-up challenges.

She's also the first female winner of the show's six-season run ... just don't mention that to her. She'd rather chat about her favorite funny person, hanging at the Playboy Mansion and her (many) TV guilty pleasures.

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What to Watch Thursday, Aug. 7

by Kim Potts, posted Aug 7th 2008 6:00AM
'My Boys'
(10PM, TBS) 2nd season finale
Here comes the bride ... maybe. Despite the fact that PJ and the whole gang have traveled to California for Bobby's impromptu green-card wedding to Elsa, the celebration isn't going quite as planned.

First, Bobby can't seem to let go of PJ's admission about her crush on him during their trip to Italy, which fuels his feud with playboy brother Jack, who's crushin' hard on PJ. Meanwhile, Jack bolts, Bobby has to come up with a new best man, and he decides more's the merrier and recruits several stand-ins.

Finally, while Mike discovers a little secret about Maggie and Stephanie and Kenny try to keep a secret of their own, everyone is forced to realize how they're group dynamic will change if Bobby does go home a married man.

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What to Watch Thursday, July 31

by Kim Potts, posted Jul 31st 2008 6:00AM
(10PM, ABC)
You say you want some real-life drama?

It's doesn't get any more real or dramatic than this series, conceived as a reality TV companion to 'Grey's Anatomy,' which closes out its six-episode summer run with a episode packed with 911 excitement.

First up, a first-year surgical resident is reeling from a mistake that ended with serious consequences, while a mother worries about the possible consequences of her especially complicated heart surgery.

Meanwhile, in the neonatal unit, a young mother and the staff keep vigil over the mom's premature baby, and, in the finale's most incredible case, the staff works overtime to secure a new kidney for one patient, leading to a wild, bi-coastal organ swap that will involve three couples and three organs.

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The Reality Shows Have Writers!? Award: Call for Considerations

by Jay Black, posted May 23rd 2008 9:55AM
This award is beautiful! What is it! Velvet?I'm in Los Angeles right now. From my observations: everyone is perfect looking, the weather is always beautiful, and everyone drives everywhere despite the fact that gas is approximately eleventy billion dollars a gallon and it doesn't appear that anyone is actually, you know, working. LA doesn't exist in any kind of recognizable reality. Let's put it this way: if the guys in Plato's cave were to figure out that the figures being cast onto their walls came from the Sunset Strip, they'd probably opt to stay chained up.

It stands to reason, then, that any genre springing to life in such an environment would bear no resemblance to what the rest of the world calls "reality". TV Squad therefore presents its first annual The Reality Shows Have Writers!? Award, recognizing those shows that in no way reflect a life that any human being on the planet is actually living but, for some reason, call themselves "reality shows."

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NBC Summer Press Event report

by Kristin Sample, posted May 5th 2008 11:02AM
On Friday I attended the All-American Summer Press Event held by NBC Universal. The event was held at the Langham Hotel (formerly the Ritz-Carlton) in Pasadena, CA. It included the casts and producers of the following shows: American Gladiators, Nashville Star, Shear Genius, and Last Comic Standing. NBC also held panels for two new shows: Celebrity Circus and Baby Borrowers.

Find out what Wolf said and what's in store for next season on NBC and Bravo after the jump...

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Last Comic Standing: Los Angeles & Sydney auditions

by Paul Goebel, posted Jun 21st 2007 9:33AM

Katleen Madigan & Alonzo Bodden(S05E03) My reviews of Last Comic Standing are going to be a bit different from Jay's so be forewarned. First of all, the entire premise of LCS is flawed both as a television production and as a talent contest. The main problem is that the show (like all reality shows) is so heavily edited that you only see what the producers want you to see. Now, that's fine for Big Brother or Survivor, but for a show that is supposed to be looking for talent it defeats the purpose. It would make more sense if the show were more like American Idol with performances from all the comics in every show, but to ask any comedian to come up with a new ten minutes every week is unfair, therefore it is what it is.

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ABC seeks the best Imposter

by Brett Love, posted Sep 19th 2006 1:24PM
Angelina Jolie impersonatorIf you thought ABC learned their lesson with The One, you were wrong. Like the little train that could, they keep chugging up reality TV mountain, confident that eventually they will get a little piece of that low production cost/high ratings action. The latest attempt comes from the producers of Last Comic Standing and is called The Imposter.

The show will search out the best impersonators in the country, whether they be actors, athletes, or musicians. The details are still being hammered out, but once the best impersonators are found they will all be brought together. Then they will compete in some sort of contest to determine the winner of an as yet undecided prize.

I suspect we will see an Idolesque first couple of episodes consisting mostly of the insane people that show up for a casting call like this. In fact, I think you can get even odds that Man-Faye will be there. Plans call for a summer 2007 debut. And chances call for a summer 2007 cancellation.

Update: The Angelina Jolie lookalike pictured here is Tiffany Claus. You can find out more about her, and see more pictures at her website.

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What's on tonight: National Spelling Bee, Game Show Marathon, Dance, Office x 4

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 1st 2006 4:36PM
  • The Office - DwightAt 8, ABC has coverage of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. I love this coverage and hate it at the same time. I love it because it's suspenseful and it's good to see "sports" coverage that's actually about reading and writing. But I hate it because it's incredibly nerve-wracking and I feel sorry for the kids under all that pressure. It's followed by a new Primetime.
  • CBS has another edition of Game Show Marathon at 8. Tonight they play Let's Make A Deal. Lance Bass couldn't get into space, but maybe he can dress as an astronaut and win a prize. It's followed by repeats of CSI and Without A Trace.
  • NBC has four repeats of The Office, followed by a repeat of ER.
  • Over on FOX, a repeat So You Think You Can Dance, followed by a new episode.
  • The WB has a repeat Smallville at 8, then a repeat Supernatural, while UPN has repeats of Everybody Hates Chris, Love, Inc, Eve, and Cuts.
  • Also at 8: Court TV has two new eps of Hot Pursuit.
  • At 9, the Sci-Fi Channel has Abominable, about a legendary monster in the California mountains.
  • At 10, Bravo repeats this week's Last Comic Standing.

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Last Comic Standing: Season 4 Premiere

by Joel Keller, posted May 30th 2006 11:26PM
Anthony Clark of Last Comic Standing(S04E01) A couple of things about Last Comic Standing has always bugged me a little bit: 1) Even in the later rounds of the show, they don't show nearly enough of a comedian's routine for the audience to get a good feel for what he or she can do, and 2) Half the people who get picked to move on are selected not as much for their comedic talents but for their backstories. That feeling hasn't changed in Season 4, the first time LCS has aired since it's ill-conceived "Season 1 vs. Season 2" year ended with a whimper in December 2004.

This time around, we're back to the usual format, opening with a two-hour show where talent scouts Ross Mark and Bob Read comb the country for candidates to take to the semi-finals in L.A. They went to L.A., Tempe, Austin, New York, Chicago and Miami, auditioning what was considered the city's "best" -- and worst -- stand-ups. What struck me about the audition phase this year is how they decided to not show as many bad comedians as they had in the past, instead concentrating on maybe a half-dozen good comedians who happened to have nice back stories to tell.

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Last Comic Standing extras on NBC.com

by Anna Johns, posted May 24th 2006 10:42AM
last comic standing logo; nbc; anthony clarkNBC is planning an online supplement to Last Comic Standing when it debuts on May 30th. Each week, NBC.com will have five new video clips of the comics who didn't make it on to the television show. The website will feature five comics each week and the audience can vote on who they like the most. Viewers will choose winners over seven weeks and then the final two favorites will will get to make a primetime appearance on the television show.

By the way, I'm totally jealous of the Last Comic Standing contestants. The 'house' they get to live in together this season is the Queen Mary cruise liner docked in Long Beach, CA.

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