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Posted Wednesday 1/09/19 at 1:57PM EST
Hulu cancels Sarah Silverman's I Love You, America after one season
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Silverman's Emmy-nominated variety-talk series, which debuted in October 2017, will not return after a two-part 21-episode first season. "Well, Hulu cancelled I LOVE YOU AMERICA and we’re all pretty damn heartbroken," Silverman tweeted this morning. I Love You, America, which was nominated for Outstanding Variety Sketch series at last year's Emmys, was the only Hulu comedy to be nominated. As The Hollywood Reporter points out, "I Love You, America is not owned by Hulu but rather by Silverman and Funny or Die. There is a universe in which the Silverman passion project could be swooped up by another outlet, if one found itself interested. In addition to critical goodwill, it offers what is a frighteningly rare commodity in the late-night space: a female at the helm." Silverman's departure leaves Samantha Bee and Busy Philipps as the only women hosting late-night shows.
Posted Tuesday 12/11/18 at 12:37AM EST
The Academy is mulling a host-less Oscars
Variety reports The Academy was "blindsided" by Hart's abrupt decision to step down Thursday night. ABC and The Academy had no contingency plans. The Academy's Board of Governors are expected to meet Tuesday night to explore all options. Insiders tell Variety that one option being "tossed around" is to go without a host and have “a bunch of huge celebs, something SNL style, and buzzy people to throw to commercial." Variety also reports: "The Academy had hoped that Hart would apologize for a series of years-old homophobic tweets and show signs of genuine remorse, but would stop short of actually leaving the show, said another person close to the Hart exit. The group’s leadership did believe the comic needed to do a better job of addressing the jokes, which included tweets that made light of AIDS and offensive comments about the trans community."
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- Patton Oswalt would not want to host the Oscars, as Stephen King suggested
Posted Tuesday 11/13/18 at 10:03AM EST
Seth Meyers recalls being embraced by fellow SNL New Hampsherites Adam Sandler and Sarah Silverman
The Late Night host recalled his first encounters with Sandler and Silverman in a lengthy Twitter thread after watching Sandler's new Netflix special 100% Fresh and seeing Silverman Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony. "The purpose of this thread (my first by the way) is to let anyone who is a fan of Adam or Sarah know that they are good people," tweeted. "And not just to me. All I have ever heard about them since the first time I heard their names is that they were good people."
Posted Friday 11/09/18 at 4:58PM EST
Sarah Silverman honored with a Hollywood Walk of Fame star as ex Jimmy Kimmel pays tribute
"Sarah, you really do deserve this honor. You rank among the great comedians," Kimmel said of Silverman. He also recounted the time they met at Comedy Central's 2001 roast of Hugh Hefner, where she made fun of him. Silverman said she was happy her star is "next to my No. 1 hero," Mister Rogers.
Posted Friday 11/02/18 at 3:01PM EDT
Catholic League slams Sarah Silverman over Fred Armisen's potty-mouthed pansexual Jesus Christ on I Love You, America
Armisen reprised his Jesus character on last night's episode for a midterms-themed sketch on her Hulu series. The Catholic League tweeted in response: "Sarah Silverman has lots of competition, but she proved again last night on her Hulu show that she is America's most obscene, low class, anti-Catholic comedian. The "Jesus" character she interacted with was proof of that."
Posted Wednesday 10/24/18 at 9:03PM EDT
Why Sarah Silverman should be seen as being complicit in Louis CK's sexual misconduct scandal
Source: The Guardian
Silverman's revelation to Howard Stern on Monday that her friend Louis CK would masturbate in front of her with her consent begs the question: Why it took so long to speak out about that experience? "If she knew that Louis CK had a predilection for masturbating publicly and did not say anything when (comedian Rebecca) Corry made her original accusation and was abused online and sneered at by people who knew her and Louis CK, then she was always involved. Because she was complicit," says Hadley Freeman. "Let’s recap here, I say, putting on my Miss Marple hat. Louis CK had masturbated in front of Silverman multiple times. He had also done this in front of her sister, as Laura Silverman confirmed last year on Twitter. So, when Louis CK was insisting he definitely did not harass anyone, was there no part of Silverman that suspected he might be lying? How would that thought process even go? 'Yeah, sure, Louis asks if he can beat it in front of me all the time and he’s done it in front of my sister loads. But these other women claiming he does it in front of them? That doesn’t sound like my friend at all. Carry on, everyone!'"
Posted Monday 10/22/18 at 10:25PM EDT
Sarah Silverman apologizes for her comments to Howard Stern after Louis CK accuser Rebecca Corry challenged her on Twitter
Silverman said on this morning's Howard Stern Show that her allowing CK to masturbate in front of her when they were both young comedians was different because they were equals at the time. “It’s not analogous to the other women that are talking about what he did to them," Silverman said. "He could offer me nothing. We were only just friends. So sometimes, yeah, I wanted to see it, it was amazing. Sometimes I would say, ‘F*cking no, gross,’ and we got pizza.” Silverman's comments promoted Corry to respond on Twitter: "To be real clear, CK had 'nothing to offer me' as I too was his equal on the set the day he decided to sexually harrass me. He took away a day I worked years for and still has no remorse. He’s a predator who victimized women for decades and lied about it." To which Silverman responded: "Rebecca I’m sorry. Ugh this is why I don’t like weighing in. I can’t seem to do press 4 my show w/out being asked about it. But you’re right- you were equals and he fucked with you and it’s not ok. I’m sorry, friend. You are so talented and so kind." Corry wrote back: "Thank you. I know exactly how you feel. I can’t seem to live my life without getting rape & death threats, harassed & called a cunt regularly for simply telling the truth. I’m sorry your friend created this situation. We deserve to do our art without having to deal with this sh*t." ALSO: Silverman saying she allowed Louis CK to masturbate in front of her helps no one and just creates false equivalencies.
Posted Monday 10/22/18 at 4:27PM EDT
Sarah Silverman tells Howard Stern: Louis CK masturbated in front of me with my consent
“I don’t know if I’m going to regret saying this,” Silverman said on this morning's The Howard Stern Show. “I’ve known Louis forever, I’m not making excuses for him, so please don’t take this that way. We are peers. We are equals. When we were kids, and he asked if he could masturbate in front of me, sometimes I’d go, ‘F*ck yeah I want to see that!’ … It’s not analogous to the other women that are talking about what he did to them. He could offer me nothing. We were only just friends. So sometimes, yeah, I wanted to see it, it was amazing. Sometimes I would say, ‘F*cking no, gross,’ and we got pizza.” Silverman said she thinks that CK didn't understand the implications of his actions, especially when he became more famous. “I’m not saying what he did was okay. I’m just saying at a certain point, when he became influential, not even famous, but influential in the world of comedy, it changes,” she said. “He felt like he was the same person, but the dynamic was different and it was not okay.”
Posted Friday 9/28/18 at 6:27AM EDT
Will Ferrell dines with Sarah Silverman dressed as Socrates
Watch a clip from the latest episode of I Love You, America, in which Ferrell as the Greek philosopher discusses democracy.
Posted Wednesday 9/26/18 at 3:43AM EDT
How I Love You, America found a Republican power player to go on a date with Sarah Silverman
Source: The Washington Post
Doug Heye, a veteran political consultant and CNN contributor, was enlisted to offer proof that a conservative and a liberal could get along -- although Heye says "I didn't vote for Trump."
Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 11:07PM EDT
Sarah Silverman visited by Jon Hamm as President Lincoln, Jason Sudeikis as President Nixon and Comedy Central's President Trump
Watch I Love You, America's presidential sketch featuring everybody from Adam Scott to Anthony Ataminuik.
Posted Sunday 9/09/18 at 12:19PM EDT
Sarah Silverman: My I Love You, America monologue helped one of Louis CK's daughters deal with his sexual misconduct scandal
Source: The Daily Beast
Silverman said Friday night "I can't be objective" when it comes to Louis CK's return to standup comedy because "Louis is my brother, we grew up together, I’ve known him since I was 19." As part of a Paley Center for Media discussion, Silverman also said her monologue on Louis CK from last November's I Love You, America in which she asked “Can you love someone who did bad things?” helped CK's daughter. "I will say—and I hope this is OK to say—that after I did that (monologue), he called me. And he said it really helped one of his daughters to understand," said Silverman. "She showed it to him and she said, I can love you even though you did bad things. And we cried. It was a small silver lining in a very bleak story."
Posted Saturday 9/08/18 at 12:54AM EDT
With I Love You, America, Sarah Silverman has conquered how to create a talk show for a streaming service
Chelsea Handler, Michelle Wolf and Joel McHale failed on Netflix, and David Letterman's interview show doesn't really count. "Unlike Wolf, McHale and Handler, and more like Letterman — if not current broadcast luminaries like Jimmy Fallon and James Corden — Silverman has tapped into a surprisingly vibrant strain of broadness at an otherwise disruptive time for television," says Andrew Husband. "When it seems like everyone else is trying to make content for very specific niches of interest, the 47-year-old comedian is more interested in getting her material out in front of coastal liberal elites, conservatives from the American Heartland, and everything in between the two, and beyond. In other words, pretty much anyone who has a Hulu subscription and happens to find I Love You, America in its catalog."
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 12:16PM EDT
Netflix ends HBO's 17-year streak of Emmy nomination dominance, Game of Thrones tops all shows
Source: The New York Times
This is the first time in 18 years that HBO has failed to lead all nominations, with Netflix earning 112 Emmy nominations to HBO's 108. The streaming service has been gradually growing with 34 nominations in 2015, 54 in 2016 and 91 last year. Game of Thrones led all shows with 22 Emmy nominations. Saturday Night Live and Westworld tied for second with 21 nominations each, followed by The Handmaid's Tale (20), The Assassination of Gianni Versace (18) and Atlanta (16). Game of Thrones, which wasn't eligible last year, will battle it out with last year's winner, The Handmaid's Tale. Meanwhile, the best actress in a comedy series will be up for grabs for the first time since 2011 since Julia Louis-Dreyfus wasn't eligible as Veep was on hiatus. Black-ish's Tracee Ellis-Ross, Insecure's Issa Rae and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Rachel Brosnahan are among the contenders in the best comedy actress category.
- Read the complete list of Emmy nominations
- Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers were snubbed, while Stephen Colbert and James Corden were nominated (The Tonight Show wasn't nominated for best variety talk series a second year in a row)
- Roseanne, Modern Family and Will & Grace were snubbed for best comedy, Killing Eve was snubbed for best drama
- Roseanne did earn two Emmy nominations, including one for Laurie Metcalf
- "It worked": Megan Amram's An Emmy for Megan was nominated for an Emmy in short form comedy or drama series category
- Acting snubs: Kit Harington, John Goodman, Emilia Clarke, Kyle McLachlan, Alison Brie and Freddie Highmore
- The late Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown earned six Emmy nominations
- Amy Sedaris, Sarah Silverman and Tracey Ullman to take on SNL in outstanding variety sketch category
- Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage becomes the most-nominated drama series supporting actor in Emmy history
- The Daily Show with Trevor Noah earned its first nomination for best variety talk series
- Killing Eve's Sandra Oh becomes the first person of Asian descent to be nominated for best actress in a drama
- Samantha Bee's C-word controversy didn't stop Full Frontal from getting nominated for best variety talk series
- The best Emmy nomination reactions: Lin-Manuel Miranda is "Pretty, pretty, pretty grateful" to be nominated for Curb Your Enthusiasm
- Twin Peaks: The Return was snubbed in the major categories, but it did receive nine nominations
- Modern Family ends streak after eight-straight nominations for best comedy: “It was a hell of a run," says co-creator Steve Levitan
- Chrissy Teigen: If John Legend wins for Jesus Christ Superstar Live, "he will complete his EGOT and my spike tv award will probably be moved"
- Viola Davis was snubbed for Hot to Get Away with Murder, but she was nominated for playing the same character on Scandal
- This Is Us fans aren't happy with Mandy Moore's snub
- Kenan Thompson was finally nominated for his SNL acting ability, joining Leslie Jones, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin
- Breaking down Game of Thrones' 22 nominations: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau scores his first nod
- Real Time with Bill Maher was snubbed for the first time since 2004 -- was Maher hurt by N-word and featuring right-wing trolls?
- These actors earned nominations for multiple show: Jane Lynch, Donald Glover, Alex Borstein, Jeff Daniels and Sterling K. Brown
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Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 9:42PM EDT
Many TV favorites have been invited to become Oscar voters, from Mindy Kaling to Andre Braugher
The Academy's new Oscar voters also include Sarah Silverman, Hank Azaria, Kyra Sedgwick, Michael K. Williams, George Lopez, Christine Baranski, Alison Brie, Rashida Jones, Dave Chappelle, Anna Chlumsky, Wendell Pierce, Olivia Colman, Gina Rodriguez, Yeardley Smith, Ken Jeong, Kumail Nanjiani, Pedro Pascal, Ann Dowd, Lena Headey and Randall Park.
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