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'Early' Examines the Surging Popularity of Sitcoms (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 26th 2011 5:00PM
It's been a solid Fall TV season for comedies, with breakout hits 'New Girl' and '2 Broke Girls,' joining 'Modern Family' at the head of the pack. 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM ET on CBS) held a panel discussion to determine why sitcoms are once again surging in popularity.

'Early' host Erica Hill started the discussion with the premise that people may be looking for laughs because of the struggling economy. Mo Rocca disagreed, instead offering the theory that TV viewers are just getting tired of procedurals and reality shows. "It's cadavers and Kardashians ... we've had enough of them," he joked.

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Billy Gardell Tells 'Early' How 'Mike & Molly' Has Changed His Life (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Oct 24th 2011 5:30PM
In an interview with 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM ET on CBS) 'Mike & Molly' star Billy Gardell discussed how the CBS sitcom has rocketed his career to a new level of success. While his co-star Melissa McCarthy has had a truly epic year, winning an Emmy and starring in 'Bridesmaids,' Gardell told Mo Rocca that the show's fans have been steadily increasing the size of the crowds at his stand-up shows.

But while his comedy shows may be getting bigger in size, Gardell is decreasing in size himself. He's lost 25 pounds, or "one chin," since the show began. Gardell said that his producers were behind him in his weight-loss journey, assuring him that they would write the changes into his character's story. Even with the support, Gardell admitted that "sometimes the cake wins."

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by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 2nd 2007 3:35PM


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Who wants to be a Tonight Show correspondent?

by Brett Love, posted Sep 19th 2006 4:36PM
Jay LenoNBC has announced that they are searching for a new national correspondent for the Tonight Show. Viewers who think they have what it takes to be Jay's field reporter are encouraged to send video or DVD auditions to the show. Submissions will be reviewed by a team of Tonight Show producers and writers. And hey, if you are just too busy this week to get to making your video, no worries. According to NBC, this is not a contest and the submission period does not close.

The winner, or winners, will join the long list of roving reporters for the Tonight Show, which includes Howie Mandel, Kevin Smith, Mo Rocca, Ross the Intern, and Tom Green, among others. More information on the rules for submissions, as well as some tips on making your video, can be found on the Tonight Show website.

I say they combine this with Who Wants To Be A Superhero? and send Lumeria and Major Victory to interview some nutters at a U.F.O. convention.

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