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Posted Monday 8/27/18 at 7:52AM EDT
Who Is America? season finale didn't show Sarah Palin, but it did troll her by giving her a "credit"
Source: The Daily Beast
Palin was missing from Sacha Baron Cohen's final episode of the season, but she did receive a "Special Publicity Consultant (Inadvertent)" credit at the end. Showtime entertainment president Gary Levine hinted that Palin's interview wouldn't be shown when he said earlier this month, "there are several people who have thrown themselves in front of buses that may not be headed their way" when asked about Palin. Showtime confirmed Cohen's Billy Wayne Ruddick, Jr. character interviewed Palin after she accused him of misrepresenting himself as a disabled veteran. Showtime said in a statement last month, "Baron Cohen never presented himself as a veteran of the U.S. military to former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin during the booking process or during the filming of her interview, and contrary to her claims he did not appear in a wheelchair." ALSO: Cohen targeted O.J. Simpson in the season finale by joking about killing women.
Posted Wednesday 8/08/18 at 12:22PM EDT
Why would Sacha Baron Cohen not air his Who Is America? interview with Sarah Palin?
Showtime president of programming Gary Levine appeared to hint that Palin's interview wouldn't air when he said earlier this week, in response to a Palin question, that "all I can say about that is that there are several people who have thrown themselves in front of buses that may not be heading their way." Levine explained that Cohen had a "high bar" for what made each episode. Yet as Matt Miller points out, "it would be strange for Cohen to cut his interview with Palin for creative reasons after it got him so much free publicity ahead of the show's release. Certainly some of the interviews in the last two episodes haven't been up to the quality of the first two, so what could it be that would stop Cohen from running it? It would be even more concerning if either he or the network were bullied into cutting the Palin interview."
Posted Monday 8/06/18 at 6:42PM EDT
Showtime boss is "dying" to renew Sacha Baron Cohen's Who Is America? for a second season
“I’m dying to bring it back,” said Showtime president David Nevins at the TV press tour. Nevins called the series “a risk I am are really glad we took," adding that it led to a lot of subscriptions. Still, the gotcha nature of the series makes it difficult to determine whether it will return for a second season.
- Sheriff Joe Arpaio says of Trump "blow job": "I didn't even know what he was talking about"
- Will the Sarah Palin episode air? “All I can say about that is there are several people who have thrown themselves in front of buses that may not be heading their way," Showtime programming boss Gary Levine responded cryptically
Posted Sunday 8/05/18 at 3:40PM EDT
Murphy Brown creator Diane English announces a #MeToo episode while discussing the Les Moonves scandal
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“That will be our fourth episode," English said of the episode devoted to the #MeToo movement, which was written months ago before the CBS CEO was accused of sexual misconduct. "We support the investigation fully," she said of the allegations against Moonves. "None of us had a negative experience like that at CBS. We never experienced any kind of sexual misconduct. No one on my crew has.”
Posted Thursday 7/19/18 at 6:20PM EDT
Bristol Palin is joining MTV's Teen Mom OG
Sarah Palin's eldest daughter, who was a teen mom but who turns 28 in October, is returning to reality TV this fall, starring on the MTV's Teen Mom OG, according to TMZ. Bristol Palin is no stranger to reality television, having appeared on Dancing with the Stars, Lifetime's Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp and TLC's Sarah Palin's Alaska.
Posted Monday 7/16/18 at 8:37PM EDT
Showtime to Sarah Palin: Sacha Baron Cohen never pretended to be a disabled veteran on Who Is America?
Palin made headlines last week when she accused Cohen of interviewing her posing as a disabled U.S. veteran, which has led to accusations of stolen valor. A conservative street artist responded over the weekend by putting up a billboard and ads accusing Cohen of "a touch of stolen valor" on Who Is America? Showtime this afternoon released a statement explaining that, no, Cohen didn't pose as a veteran: “There has been widespread misinformation over the past week about the character of Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr., Ph.D., performed by Sacha Baron Cohen on the Showtime comedy series Who Is America? Baron Cohen did not present himself as a disabled veteran, and viewers nationwide who watched the premiere on Sunday can now attest to that. In Sunday’s episode, during an interview with Senator Bernie Sanders, Baron Cohen in character as Dr. Ruddick was asked by the Senator if he is disabled, and he stated that he is not and uses a mobility scooter to conserve his energy. In addition, Baron Cohen never presented himself as a veteran of the U.S. military to former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin during the booking process or during the filming of her interview, and contrary to her claims he did not appear in a wheelchair. In both the interview with Governor Palin and the interview with Senator Sanders, he did not wear military apparel of any kind.”
- U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher claims he was unfairly edited in “Kinder Guardian” video: "This was fraud…And its intention was to deceive the American people for political purposes"
- Who Is America? should be shocking, but it confirms how trollish American politics have become
- Who Is America?'s premiere was must-see even though three of the four segments were subpar
Posted Monday 7/16/18 at 3:05PM EDT
Sacha Baron Cohen's "Kinder-Guardians" segment was horrible and skin-crawling, but it likely won't have an impact
Who Is America?'s segment on preschoolers using guns was unquestionably distinct from the rest of the episode, says Kathryn VanArendonk. At that moment, she says, "the show suddenly feels barbed and bracing in a stomach-twisting way. It taps into an undercurrent of not just idiocy, but indictment. Not just shock, but real threat. It almost feels like a protest. Except it also raises the same questions as every other comedy that gets lauded for 'destroying' or 'eviscerating' or 'crushing' its target. If Baron Cohen’s goal with the Kinder-Guardians segment is portraying a specific, harmful, outrageous stupidity, then … so what? We already live in a world where the idea of giving guns to preschool teachers is apparently debatable. Is giving the gun to the kids actually absurd enough to shake up popular opinion? Does Baron Cohen’s comedic reach have more cultural sway than John Oliver or Jimmy Kimmel? Is that even the intent? Whatever else Who Is America? may be doing, it’s also proving a potentially inadvertent point: The distance between Baron Cohen’s shock comedy and the world we live in has gotten much smaller since the last time he put on a mustache and traipsed around the country."
- Art gallery owner thinks Cohen's fecal artwork was real because it stunk, adding: "I thought he was a psychological time bomb. I was like, this guy could blow up, so I should just be as respectful as I can."
- The Israeli Weapons Guy is the best comedy character since Chappelle's Show's Blind Black Klansman
- Who Is America? doesn't feel like a completed project: "It feels like the first phase of a big, weird experiment about how this country will react to a show like Who is America?"
- Israeli newspaper Haaretz: "Israel Does Not Actually Arm Preschoolers"
- Trump defender Jeffrey Lord didn't mind being set up by Cohen, saying it will ultimately benefit the president
- Controversial former Inside Amy Schumer writer Kurt Metzger is among Cohen's writers
- Who Is America? reveals that we are a culture that is puts a premium on attention
- Sarah Palin should learn from her Who Is America? experience what real "fake news" is
- A conservative street artist put up an L.A. billboard accusing Cohen of "a touch of stolen valor"
- Who has the most damning appearance on Who Is America?'s first episode?
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 3:19PM EDT
Sarah Palin told Good Morning America more details of Sacha Baron Cohen's prank on her
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"It was supposed to be this big time Showtime documentary and it was passed on to me by a speakers’ bureau, which, you know, I would assume had done some vetting," Palin told Robin Roberts. Palin added that "he started showing me these graphs and statistics that had typos in them and that just didn't quite look right. Part of this propaganda, this data, that he was showing me had something to do with sex changes and transgenderism."
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 2:51AM EDT
Sacha Baron Cohen's victims are sure doing a good job promoting Who Is America?
"So far, the comedian has been promoting Who Is America? with videos parodying Trump University and asking Dick Cheney to sign a 'waterboard kit,'" says Marissa Martinelli. "He needn’t have bothered, though, because the best advertisements for the show so far are very public complaints by conservatives like Sarah Palin, Roy Moore, and Joe Walsh, all of whom admit to having being duped by his latest characters."
- Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is "pissed" at Cohen, who duped him as a Trump-loving Finnish comedian
- Conservative radio host Austin Rhodes: I was duped last summer when Cohen's people pitched me on a CBS show called Bridging the Divide
- Cohen has created his own Infowars-style conspiracy website for his show
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 5:29PM EDT
Sacha Baron Cohen demands an apology from Sarah Palin via his Who Is America? character -- "Dr. Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr. PhD"
Source: The Daily Beast
"Dr. Ruddick" tweeted out a letter refuting Palin's claims that Cohen misrepresented himself as a disabled war veteran, addressed to "Vice-President Palin." Rather, he said, he said he was “in the service—not military, but United Parcel.” He added that he “only fought for our country once—when I shot a Mexican who came onto my property.”
- Judge Roy Moore admits Cohen duped him with a fake award -- and he's threatening to sue
- Ted Koppel, who didn't sign a release, explains how he got duped: "Everybody loves seeing well-known people get duped. I relish it too, when it's done well."
Posted Wednesday 7/11/18 at 9:21PM EDT
Sacha Baron Cohen may have also tricked Bernie Sanders, David Petraeus and Ted Koppel
According to the Drudge Report's Matt Drudge, Showtime's Who Is America? will feature interviews with former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, former Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Howard Dean, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, former CIA director David Petraeus and former Nightline host Ted Koppel. Those are in addition to the previously revealed Sarah Palin, Dick Cheney and Republican former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh. "Lots of tricks played," tweeted Drudge. "Both Republicans and Democrats are getting caught up in the madness." None of the new people Drudge named have confirmed their unwitting participation on Who Is America? ALSO: Palin reportedly walked out on Cohen after he asked a "horrible" Chelsea Clinton question.
Posted Wednesday 7/11/18 at 1:35PM EDT
Joe Walsh, former Republican congressman, also admits Sacha Baron Cohen duped him
Walsh detailed on Twitter how Cohen's new Showtime show Who Is America? duped him by honoring him as a defender of Israel -- even giving him an award. "Dressing up as a wounded veteran is absolutely stolen valor, his tactics are disguisting - I know cause I too was duped," tweeted Walsh, who added: "Side note to my story - I totally get @SachaBaronCohen's gig. He's a comedian, and he can be funny, but mocking a disabled veteran to spoof @SarahPalinUSA is a serious matter. I am just telling you what I encountered - it was much of the same she experienced." Walsh thanked Showtime for the award, which he tweeted a photo of, but he also added the hashtag "#boycottShowtime."
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 5:52PM EDT
Sarah Palin: Sacha Baron Cohen duped me for Who Is America? by posing as a wounded veteran
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"Yup — we were duped. Ya’ got me, Sacha. Feel better now?" Palin wrote on Facebook, revealing that she was one of the unwitting participants on Showtime's Who Is America?, along with former Vice President Dick Cheney. "I join a long list of American public personalities who have fallen victim to the evil, exploitive, sick 'humor' of the British 'comedian' Sacha Baron Cohen, enabled and sponsored by CBS/Showtime." She explained that Cohen "had heavily disguised himself as a disabled U.S. Veteran, fake wheelchair and all," adding: "Out of respect for what I was led to believe would be a thoughtful discussion with someone who had served in uniform, I sat through a long 'interview' full of Hollywoodism’s disrespect and sarcasm — but finally had enough and literally, physically removed my mic and walked out, much to Cohen’s chagrin. The disrespect of our U.S. military and middle-class Americans via Cohen’s foreign commentaries under the guise of interview questions was perverse."
Posted Sunday 5/20/18 at 4:34AM EDT
SNL ends the season with a Sopranos finale homage and numerous celebrity cameos
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Saturday Night Live's Season 43 finale was even more star-studded than the Stormy Daniels episode two weeks ago. It began with a cold open homage to The Sopranos' 2007 series finale, featuring Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro reprising their roles as Michael Cohen and Robert Mueller. Then, in a monologue that addressed criticism that the show has become too dependent on celebrity cameos, Tina Fey interacted with Benedict Cumberbatch, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Fred Armisen, Anne Hathaway, Tracy Morgan and recent host Donald Glover, whom Fey hired to write for 30 Rock. Lin-Manuel Miranda and John Goodman also made cameos. So did Fey's husband Jeff Richmond, who appeared in a "Mean Girls" sketch, and who has worked with his wife as a composer on 30 Rock, SNL and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
- Watch Tina Fey give a 360-degree YouTube tour of the SNL studio
- SNL spoofs Dick Wolf's NBC Chicago shows with "Chicago Improv" sketch
- Fey revived her Sarah Palin impression late in the show
- Watch Nicki Minaj perform with Fey in "Friendship Song" sketch that was cut for time
- Aidy Bryant portrayed the Oakland BBQ woman, who has become an internet meme
Posted Saturday 5/12/18 at 12:41AM EDT
Conservatives rejoice over Last Man Standing's revival
Source: Entertainment Weekly
"BOOM. ;)," tweeted Sarah Palin. "Life is good," added James Woods. Meanwhile, "liberal" Brooklyn Nine-Nine fans saw the pickup of the Tim Allen comedy as a slap in the face.