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Posted Monday 6/18/18 at 8:27PM EDT
Desus and Mero's late-night Showtime talk show aims to be a “mash-up of The Daily Show and the Chappelle's Show"
In a New York Times Magazine profile timed with this morning's Showtime announcement that Desus Nice (AKA Daniel Baker) and The Kid Mero (AKA Joel Martinez) are starting a weekly late-night show, Jazmine Hughes goes behind the scenes of the pair's Viceland series and reveals what they have in store at the pay cable network. "Unlike on Viceland, where their comedy was purely verbal, the move will give Baker and Martinez the ability to blow their jokes out visually," she writes. As Hughes explains, Viceland's Desus & Mero "has been the answer for anyone in search of a rundown of pop culture from young people who also regularly waste hours surfing the web while slightly stoned. But more important, in a landscape in which black people dominate the culture but have few recognized channels to respond to it, the show, which stars two American black men, provides a venue for black authority in the mainstream. Their rapport has proved so popular that more-established networks have taken notice. Unlike their late-night peers, the pair don’t have an impeccably plotted approach to the show: They just talk, a geyser of whip-smart running commentary, seamlessly building off each other’s jokes, able to anticipate and carry each other like dancers or jazz musicians. That night, they did a seven-minute segment on West’s appearance on TMZ, offering very little setup — if you knew, you knew. Instead, they just reacted to what they saw, talking in between snippets of footage, saying the same sort of thing we were all thinking, but funnier."
Posted Monday 6/18/18 at 1:47PM EDT
Desus and Mero to star in Showtime's first-ever late-night talk show
Showtime's announcement that Desus Nice and The Kid Mero are getting their own half-hour weekly series premiering in 2019 comes three days after they announced they are ending their popular nearly two-year-old Viceland talk show on June 28. “We have waited a long time to enter the talk-show space, and we were only going to do it if we felt like we had the next big thing," said Showtime CEO David Nevins. “Desus and Mero feel like exactly that: They have knockout comedic voices, they’re brilliant interviewers and they always have a unique take on culture both high and low,” Nevins added, citing their "loyal and devoted fan base that will only multiply." Desus Nice said of joining Showtime: “The brand is stronger than ever and we look forward to continuing to make amazing authentic television that will make your wiggington explode.” The Kid Mero added: "I’m excited to be joining a network with such a strong foundation and track record of producing fuegooooo and to break new ground with a late-night comedy show!”
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 10:55PM EDT
The Affair Season 4 is an unexpected treat after Season 3 looked like a natural ending
"The new episodes capably reignite the show’s original allure," says Hank Stuever, "discarding some unnecessary bloat and focusing once more on The Affair’s basic premise, which is that no two people will ever view the same occurrences and facts the same way. The show is also very good on the subject of long and unintended consequences, the sort of mistakes that reroute entire lives. That’s not a particularly profound revelation to anyone who’s ever been in a relationship (or had an affair), but it remains a fascinating narrative device where The Affair is concerned.
- Season 4 reins things in after carrying things a little too far in Season 3
- Maura Tierney says The Affair changed the way she looks at past relationships, romantic and non-romantic
- Co-creator Sarah Treem has evolved from identifying with Allison to identifying with Helen
- Treem talks about the benefits of an extended break and shooting in both New York and Los Angeles
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 4:58PM EDT
Desus & Mero stars are ending their Viceland show, with an eye toward a Showtime deal
Desus Nice and The Kid Mero will end their hit Viceland show on June 28. According to Deadline, Viceland tried to strike a new deal with the duo, but they "got an opportunity they felt they could not pass on," which could be a weekly show on Showtime.
Posted Thursday 6/14/18 at 4:24PM EDT
Showtime orders Black Monday, a 1980s-set comedy starring, Don Cheadle, Regina Hall and Andrew Rannells
Former House of Lies star Cheadle returns to Showtime in the comedy co-created by Happy Endings' David Caspe. Black Monday kicks off on Black Monday, Oct. 19, 1987, the day of the worst stock market crash in Wall Street history. "Black Monday is a scathing comic commentary on the excess of the '80s," says Showtime CEO David Nevins of the comedy, which was originally titled Ball Street. "Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells and Regina Hall lead a hilarious cast that takes on blue-blooded Wall Street as the Bad News Bears of Wall Street trading firms."
Posted Thursday 6/14/18 at 1:46PM EDT
Shameless promotes Fiona's love interest
Richard Flood will become a series regular in Season 9 after recurring on the Showtime series last year.
Posted Tuesday 6/12/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Tara Lipinski to play herself on Jim Carrey's Kidding
The NBC figure skating commentator and gold medal-winning ice skater will appear in multiple episodes of the Showtime comedy. Lipinski last played herself on a 2016 episode of NBC's Superstore.
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 8:19AM EDT
Billions' Season 3 finale was two season finales merged into one
"For the last half of the third season of Billions, we’ve been watching two separate shows interweaved, connected only by the character of Wendy Rhoades," says Scott Von Doviak. "There was a tantalizing moment, about halfway through it, when Chuck and Axe set aside their mutual animosity in order to settle a matter that had become an enormous thorn in both of their sides. It was brief, and when it was over, the series split in two. There was the Chuck Show and the Axe Show, and never the twain did meet. The genius of 'Elmsley Count' (a reference to a magician’s sleight-of-hand that Taylor uses even as she’s pulling it on Axe) is that it continues on that path, stitching two separate season finales together, until its concluding moments when the promise of the fragile alliance hinted at weeks ago finally pays off."
Posted Friday 6/08/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Billions star Maggie Siff likes to joke that her TV career has made her "the queen of toxic masculinity"
Siff points out her Mad Men and Sons of Anarchy characters both met untimely ends. When it comes to Billions, she says, “I’ve told the guys, ‘You are not allowed to kill me off.’” Siff has become a fan-favorite on the Showtime series, described recently as “the most villainous villain on Billions.” “I play with her stillness because she sits and listens, and she listens in a way that is kind of supposed to make people squirm a bit," says Siff. ALSO: Everyone vapes on Billions.
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 5:41PM EDT
Shameless announce the Season 9 premiere date in a heartfelt video
Watch Emmy Rossum and Shanola Hampton get sappy to announce the Sept. 9 premiere date in a "To Our Fans" video.
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 5:41PM EDT
Showtime unveils Jim Carrey's Kidding official trailer
Kidding stars Carrey, Catherine Keener and Judy Greer as a Mister Rogers-like kids' TV icon named Mr. Pickles whose personal life in shambles. The Showtime comedy debuts on Sept. 9 after the season premiere of Shameless.
Posted Wednesday 6/06/18 at 6:44PM EDT
Check out long-haired Jim Carrey in his Showtime Kidding role
Carrey plays a beloved kids' TV host named Mr. Pickles who's experiencing a personal crisis.
Posted Monday 6/04/18 at 7:42AM EDT
SMILF's Frankie Shaw says Roseanne Barr almost played her mother, instead of Rosie O'Donnell
“It’s been a secret until this moment," the creator and star of the Showtime series revealed at an Emmys For Your Consideration event for her show. “We did offer Tutu to Roseanne, and she was going to do it and then she broke her knee and had surgery.” Shaw recalls telling Roseanne, "You’re my hero, will you play my mom?" Even after Roseanne suffered her injury, Shaw offered to re-write the character so she's in a scooter.
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 11:47PM EDT
On a show full of bad guys, Billions' Maggie Siff plays the "most villainous villain"
Siff's Wendy Rhoades "is frequently a go-between for Billions’ two male leads. She’s married to one and employed by the other, stuck in what seems like a completely preposterous situation," says Kate Knibbs. "But this is an ideal arrangement for Wendy: Instead of psychologically steering one of New York’s most powerful men, she gets to psychologically steer two of them, all while making them feel guilty for putting her in a position she is secretly thrilled to inhabit."
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 2:14PM EDT
Showtime's Our Cartoon President returns on July 15
Stephen Colbert's Trump cartoon will air its final seven episodes of Season 1 this summer.