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.
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).
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.
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.<
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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."
Find out what Wolf said and what's in store for next season on NBC and Bravo after the jump...
(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.
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.
- At 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.
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.
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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