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Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 10:47PM EDT
Tom Arnold's The Hunt for the Trump Tapes is an infuriating unwatchable disaster designed to bring him back to the spotlight
Arnold is among the many "opportunists" who've used the Trump presidency to reinvent themselves as a kind of anti-Trump activist, says Scott Meslow. Viceland's The Hunt for the Trump Tapes, he says, "purports to chronicle Arnold’s earnest effort to uncover audio or video evidence that could sink the Trump presidency. In reality, the whole thing is an elaborate vanity project designed to bring Tom Arnold back into the spotlight. By that measure, Trump Tapes has already been a success—leading to a lengthy Rolling Stone profile and a splashy celebrity feud (with Mark Burnett) and, yes, an article like this one, which is surely the first time in my career I have felt moved to write about Tom Arnold. The flaws of Trump Tapes begin with the show’s premise, which posits that an embarrassing video tape could derail the Trump presidency despite some extremely credible evidence to the contrary. But let’s play Arnold’s game and imagine (1) that there is a an as-yet uncovered video—a video that contains, say, Trump ordering some Russian prostitutes to pee on a bed meant for the Obama family—and (2) that the video could actually take Trump down. If that’s the mission Trump Tapes is setting for itself, it fails miserably."
- Is The Hunt for the Trump Tapes real or a put-on?: "I legitimately can't tell you if it is Arnold's attempt to do a Michael Moore-style exposé about Trump," says Daniel Fienberg, "or if it's a Curb Your Enthusiasm-style comedy about Arnold attempting to do a Moore-style exposé about Trump or if it's some uncomfortable and not truly successful hybrid in the middle in which the series wants to be both explosive and also hilarious when it's neither. So it's more Finding Bigfoot With Tom Arnold than Tom Arnold's The Jinx."
- It's repellent, captivating and one of the most honest portrayals of 2018 America
- Much of the series is dedicated to resurfacing stories that, while certainly outrageous, are, sadly, no longer remarkable
- Arnold excels at fighting narcissism with narcissism and spectacle with spectacle: "Like the bro-tastic Jimmy Kimmel, Arnold’s a better ambassador for anti-Trump sentiment than the likes of the smug Seth Meyers and the professorial Elizabeth Warren for the kinds of people who are attracted to volume and chest-thumping confidence," says Inkoo Kang. "Arnold’s can’t-stop-getting-into-political-arguments-with-strangers-on-Facebook energy goes a long way in The Hunt for the Trump Tapes, particularly when he injects some self-aware humor about his status as a has-been."
- Arnold tweeted then deleted that "LAPD is having a very hard time locating Mark Burnett"
Posted Monday 9/17/18 at 4:43PM EDT
Tom Arnold files a police battery report against Mark Burnett
“We can confirm a battery report was made at the West L.A. station. No arrest was made,” an LAPD spokesman tells Deadline. Arnold alleged last night that The Apprentice producer tried to choke him at a pre-Emmys party. Arnold says he has several witnesses, including Kevin Bacon and his actress daughter Sosie Bacon. Arnold has been targeting Burnett for months, even saying in an interview with Salon that he planned to confront Burnett at the Emmys. Arnold's new Viceland show, The Hunt for the Trump Tapes, premieres on Tuesday.
- An eyewitness tells ET that Arnold "basically ambushed" Burnett
- An eyewitness tells TMZ "Arnold came charging" at Burnett and Roma Downey and "pushed" Burnett." An altercation ensued, and Arnold ripped the crucifix off of Burnett's neck.
- Burnett's rep says he has "nothing to say at the moment"
Posted Monday 9/17/18 at 7:37AM EDT
Tom Arnold accuses Mark Burnett of choking him at a pre-Emmys party
Alyson Hannigan was among those witnessed a physical altercation between Arnold and Burnett Sunday night at a fundraiser for the Motion Picture Television Fund in Century City. "Walked n2 party behind Tom Arnold and saw him & Mark Burnett get into a fight!" she tweeted. "Thought it was a joke until security jumped in! #WhyIstayhome." Variety reports "a source with knowledge of the situation said it involved shoving but it was unclear who made the first move." Arnold, whose Viceland series The Hunt For The Trump Tapes premieres Tuesday, has been publicly feuding with Burnett over unreleased Apprentice tapes of Trump allegedly making racist and sexist remarks. Arnold tweeted: "Mark Burnett just went apesh*t & choked me at this huge Emmy party then he ran away with his torn Pink shirt & missing gold chain. I’m waiting for LAPD." An hour later, Roma Downey posted a picture of her hand, tweeting: "Got this bruise tonight when Tom Arnold tried to ambush my husband Mark and me at a charity event. Is your TV show worth it Tom? Please stop." Arnold responded to Downey's tweet: "Bullsh*t. You lie your crazy husband attacked me you psycho. I’m filing police report & suing you for defamation." Arnold also tweeted there is tape of the incident. Burnett could not be reached by Variety for comment. ALSO: Arnold claims that The Apprentice tapes were handed to Ronan Farrow on Sunday.
Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 1:39PM EDT
Tom Arnold slams Mark Burnett for protecting Trump in rambling Jimmy Kimmel Live! interview
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"There's two people who have never called me a liar about the N-word tape: Donald Trump and Mark Burnett, because they know it's true," Arnold said while promoting Viceland's The Hunt for the Trump Tapes. ALSO: Watch the new The Hunt for the Trump Tapes trailer.
Posted Monday 8/13/18 at 9:39PM EDT
Tom Arnold: I've become estranged from the producers of Viceland's The Hunt for the Trump Tapes
Source: Rolling Stone
“They’re f*cking idiots,” Arnold says of his producers in a Rolling Stone profile, in which he tells of screaming matches he's had over his upcoming show. Arnold says he and the showrunner got into an argument backstage at the recent TV press tour. “Get the f*ck out of my face,” Arnold says he told him.
Posted Thursday 8/02/18 at 2:16PM EDT
Viceland orders American Junkie, a docuseries on the opioid crisis
The 10-episode docuseries, premiering Sept. 12, follows two recovering addicts as they try to help fellow addicts in South Florida, which has become ground zero in America's current drug crisis.
Posted Thursday 7/26/18 at 1:45PM EDT
Tom Arnold's The Hunt for the Trump Tapes premieres on Sept. 18
Arnold's Trump-themed eight-episode Viceland series is described as All the President’s Men meets Curb Your Enthusiasm. Meeting with critics at the TV press tour, Arnold said he doesn't care if the release of the "Trump tapes" makes no difference among President Trump's supporters. Arnold also ripped Mark Burnett: "I would love Mark Burnett, who sits at the prayer breakfast with (Trump), I'd like him to stand up and say, We had to cut out all the lies, sexual harassment and incompetence,'" said Arnold, who pointed out that his Viceland series spent a lot of time pushing Burnett to release the unaired Apprentice tapes. "He sits next to Donald Trump, and gives him cover. He never says one word. Mark Burnett says he's a Christian, and he lets that man do all that bullshit and he let a sexual harasser work on his show."
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 5:52PM EDT
Desus & Mero stars reveal tension with Viceland: "We did not leave Vice, Vice ended our contract"
Desus Nice and The Kid Mero weren't happy to abruptly exit their Viceland show two weeks ago. “Can I just be messy off the rip right now?” Desus tells Bossip. “Vice has us for 2 more months….we did not leave Vice, Vice ended our contract. They were in their feelings because we were leaving" for Showtime. He added: "We could still be doing the show, and it bothers me because now people are tagging us like ‘do this, do this, what would your reactions be for this?’ and I’m like, ‘yo wow, what would my reaction be?’” Desus said they were grateful for Viceland "poppping the cherry" after other networks passed on them. But he added: “Viceland wanted 160 episodes a year. We have no writers, it’s literally me and Mero talking to one another every day. If you want us to do this for 160 episodes, pay us 160 million dollars—otherwise we would have killed each other.”
Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 1:21PM EDT
Desus & Mero's Viceland finale was its most New York episode
Source: TV Guide
Desus Nice and The Kid Mero got New York sports radio legend Mike Francesa, whom they grew up listening to, to appear on their final show before heading off to Showtime.
Posted Saturday 6/23/18 at 3:55AM EDT
Michael Cohen denies working with Tom Arnold on his new Viceland show: "He asked for a selfie"
In an interview with NBC News, Arnold said President Trump's former attorney was helping with his new Viceland show The Hunt for the Trump Tapes. He even posted a selfie to claim Cohen's involvement. "This dude has all the tapes — this dude has everything," he said. And in a bonkers CNN interview on Friday, Arnold said: “I’m going to spend the weekend with Michael Cohen. I’m spending the weekend hanging out with Michael Cohen. And there’s a lot going on.” Cohen responded by tweeting that, no, he's not working with Arnold: "Appreciate @TomArnold kind words about me as a great father, husband and friend," Cohen tweeted. "This was a chance, public encounter in the hotel lobby where he asked for a selfie. Not spending the weekend together, did not discuss being on his show nor did we discuss @POTUS. #done #ridiculous."
Posted Friday 6/22/18 at 11:17AM EDT
Tom Arnold says he interviewed Michael Cohen for his Viceland show: "This dude has all the tapes"
Source: NBC News
Arnold posted a photo of him and President Trump's embattled former attorney that he was says was part of an interview for his new show The Hunt for The Trump Tapes. "This dude has all the tapes — this dude has everything," Arnold tells NBC News. "I say to Michael, 'Guess what? We’re taking Trump down together, and he’s so tired he’s like, 'OK,' and his wife is like, 'OK, f*ck Trump,'" Arnold said, laughing.
Posted Friday 6/22/18 at 11:17AM EDT
Desus & Mero's Emmy campaign promises to "reduce white guilt"
Viceland's campaign for Desus Nice and The Kid Mero's departing late-night talk show includes a branded bus, advertising and an airplane flying a banner all carrying the same message: "Reduce White Guilt *Today* -- Consider Desus & Mero."
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"
Source: The New York Times
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 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.