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Posted Friday 11/02/18 at 9:56AM EDT
New book will recount David Letterman's last 6 weeks on The Late Show
Author Scott Ryan interviewed more than 20 staffers from the CBS show for his new book The Last Days of Letterman: The Final 6 Weeks, which is due out on Tuesday. Among the tidbits he reveals is how Norm Macdonald became unusually emotional during his last visit.
Posted Tuesday 10/30/18 at 1:45PM EDT
Abbi Jacobson's new memoir recalls FX rejecting Broad City because it was deemed too "girly"
Jacobson and Ilana Glazer had spent a year developing their comedy series for FX. “After we got to a place we all felt good, it was handed up to the man in charge, the man we never met, the man at the top. He’d probably never heard of us, the show, or the year we’d been in development, and he wasn’t into it,” Jacobson writes in her new memoir I Might Regret This, which is available today. “It was, as we were told, ‘too girly.’ So, they passed. We were devastated. This thing that was once so far-fetched has actually started to come to fruition, and then was abruptly taken away.” Of course, Comedy Central ended up picking up Broad City, convincing them to change their characters' names from Carly and Evelyn to Abbi and Ilana.
Posted Tuesday 10/09/18 at 6:10PM EDT
Ellie Kemper's memoir, My Squirrel Days, is as charming as she is on screen
Source: The A.V. Club
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star is out today with her first book, a collection of tales from her childhood and career. "One can’t help but read this book in Kemper’s wholly Midwestern, frequently astonished, exclamation-point-loving voice, even as it become unclear where the optimistic actor begins and the equally positive Schmidt ends," says Gwen Ihnat. ALSO: Here are the five most hilarious moments from Kemper's memoir.
Posted Monday 10/08/18 at 6:10PM EDT
Busy Philipps' memoir details how "f*cking bully" James Franco threw her to the ground on the Freaks and Geeks set
Philipps has mentioned Franco shoving her to the ground before, in 2016 on Andy Cohen's Watch What Happens Live. But in her forthcoming memoir, Phillips details the incident. According to a report in Radar Online , Philipps writes that she was directed to gently hit Franco in the chest while delivering a line, which prompted him to break character. “He grabbed both my arms and screamed in my face, ‘DON’T EVER TOUCH ME AGAIN!’” she writes in the book. “And he threw me to the ground. Flat on my back. Wind knocked out of me.” She writes that Franco apologized the next day after being ordered to do so by the director and producers. Phillips' book, titled This Will Only Hurt a Little, comes out Oct. 16,
Posted Thursday 8/09/18 at 2:00PM EDT
Howard Stern is reportedly coming out with a tell-all book next month
Source: Page Six
Simon & Schuster is dropping a new book by the shock jock and former America's Got Talent judge on Sept. 25, according to Page Six. Stern will have a lot to say since much has happened since his previous books, 1993 memoir Private Parts and its 1995 follow-up Miss America, were released.
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 2:27PM EDT
Family Guy is getting an "illustrated history" book for its 20th anniversary
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Associated Press TV critic Frazier Moore is writing Inside Family Guy: An Illustrated History, timed for Family Guy's 20th anniversary next year. Seth MacFarlane is writing the book's forward.
Posted Wednesday 8/01/18 at 12:04AM EDT
The Daily Show releases a book on President Trump's most memorable tweets
The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library, which is out Tuesday, serves as a companion to the Comedy Central show's pop-up exhibition.
Posted Tuesday 7/31/18 at 6:25PM EDT
Queer Eye is coming out with a book later this year
Queer Eye: Love Yourself, Love Your Life, due out on Nov. 13, will be divided into five chapters, each devoted to each cast member's area expertise.
Posted Monday 7/23/18 at 9:27AM EDT
New Doctor Who book to celebrate the women of the BBC seires
Source: Radio Times
The illustrated Doctor Who: The Women Who Lived, arriving in September timed with Jodie Whittaker's debut as the new Doctor, will tell inspiration stories about the BBC classic show's female characters and historical figures.
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 11:58PM EDT
Black Mirror books have been delayed
A three-book collection curated by Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker that would feature all-new stories has run into trouble. "Unfortunately that turned out to be way more complex than we anticipated and we wanted something out this year (authors not at fault, btw)," tweeted Brooker.
Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 1:16PM EDT
An authorized Anthony Bourdain biography will be published next year
The book, due in fall 2019, is described as “an authorized portrait of the writer, veteran chef and television traveler, built from stories shared by those who knew him best." The book will be edited by Bourdain's long-time assistant, Laurie Woolever. "After working with and collaborating with Tony since 2004, I’m honored to now be working with his estate, and talking to the people who knew him best, in order to share the story of a life that influenced so many people, in so many ways, all across the globe," says Woolever.
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 3:30AM EDT
New book on The Simpsons is lot like the show itself: Hilarious, joke-a-minute and overstaying of its welcome
Longtime Simpsons writer Mike Reiss' new book Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies From a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons is part memoir and part reflection on the series, written with the structure of the Fox animated comedy. "Springfield Confidential works best as fan service, and I don’t mean that as a dig," says Jack Hamilton. "Reiss knows his audience, and it’s unlikely that many people will read this book who aren’t already Simpsons obsessives." Still, because Reiss is too close to the show, having written for it since Episode 1, "Springfield Confidential ultimately feels a bit overly protective of The Simpsons’ legacy, which is as understandable as it is unnecessary," says Hamilton. He adds that "Reiss has dedicated more than half his life to this show, and he defends it with the ferocious irrationality that a parent would his child."
Posted Friday 6/08/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Why Sex and the City would probably revolve around Miranda if it premiered today
Source: The Washington Post
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, author of the new book Sex and the City and Us: How Four Single Women Changed the Way We Think, Live, and Love, says: "I read someone saying that if you made Sex and the City now, Miranda would be the main character, because we’ve evolved in our thinking about women on television enough that that’s what we all aspire to. Nobody wants to be Carrie anymore; everyone recognizes that Carrie has some major character flaws."
Posted Friday 6/08/18 at 8:49AM EDT
Netflix is releasing a Stranger Things book series
Penguin Random House is partnering on a book series for Stranger Things fans. The first two books, coming this fall, include a behind-the-scenes companion book and a hardcover gift book for young readers. Next spring, a prequel novel written by author Gwenda Bond will be released about Eleven’s mother and the MKUltra program.
Posted Monday 5/21/18 at 1:08PM EDT
The Daily Show is releasing a book based on its Trump Twitter library
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Presents: The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library will be released on July 31, from The Daily Show writers. Noah will write the introduction and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham will pen the foreword.