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‘Only Murders in the Building’ Gets Broadcast Run on ABC This January - variety.com
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30.11.2023

‘Only Murders in the Building’ Gets Broadcast Run on ABC This January

Michael Schneider Variety Editor at Large As “Only Murders in the Building” fans await a fourth season of the hit Hulu comedy, they can relive the antics of the show’s first season via a broadcast run on ABC this January. As it prepares to start returning new episodes of its strike-delayed series starting in February, the Alphabet net will fill the January gap with episodes of “Only Murders in the Building” on Tuesdays. All ten episodes of the show’s Season 1 will air back-to-back, starting with the first three episodes on Tuesday, Jan.

Comedy Writers Talk Balancing Humor and Emotion at Variety’s A Night in the Writers Room: ‘It’s a Catharsis, Both the Comedy and the Tears’ - variety.com
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01.12.2023

Comedy Writers Talk Balancing Humor and Emotion at Variety’s A Night in the Writers Room: ‘It’s a Catharsis, Both the Comedy and the Tears’

Valerie Wu Intern What is a TV “comedy” in 2023? In an era of blurred genres, it’s not so cut and dry anymore. Opening Variety’s “A Night in the Writer’s Room,” Variety’s Michael Schneider asked the nine comedy writers on stage to raise their hand if their show features a death.

How the ‘Two and a Half Men’ Reunion Between Angus T. Jones and Charlie Sheen Happened on ‘Bookie’ - variety.com
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30.11.2023

How the ‘Two and a Half Men’ Reunion Between Angus T. Jones and Charlie Sheen Happened on ‘Bookie’

Michael Schneider Variety Editor at Large Charlie Sheen isn’t the only “Two and a Half Men” star to reunite with exec producer Chuck Lorre on his new Max comedy “Bookie.” Also making a cameo in the “Bookie” series’ opener: Angus T. Jones, the “half man” from “Two and a Half Men,” now all grown up. Sheen’s appearance on “Bookie” (which premiered Nov.

‘The Masked Singer’ Reveals Identity of the S’more: Here’s the Celebrity Under the Costume - variety.com - Jordan
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30.11.2023

‘The Masked Singer’ Reveals Identity of the S’more: Here’s the Celebrity Under the Costume

Michael Schneider Variety Editor at Large SPOILER ALERT: Do not read ahead if you have not watched Season 10, Episode 9 of “The Masked Singer,” “Disco Night,” which aired Nov. 29 on Fox. Former O-Town member Ashley Parker Angel had set aside performing in recent years to focus on his health and wellness company, High Level. But when “The Masked Singer” came calling, he couldn’t resist: “It was a hell yes, right from the start,” he told Variety.

TV Academy’s Decision to Move Variety Writing Categories Off Primetime Emmys Angers WGA Board: ‘Devalues Our Profession’ - variety.com
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28.11.2023

TV Academy’s Decision to Move Variety Writing Categories Off Primetime Emmys Angers WGA Board: ‘Devalues Our Profession’

Michael Schneider Variety Editor at Large The Writers Guild of America is protesting the Television Academy‘s decision to move the outstanding writing for a variety series or special categories out of the Emmy telecast, sending a letter to members registering its concerns and urging them to lobby the org to reverse its plans. Because this year’s Primetime Emmys has has moved the variety special (live) category into the telecast (it was on the Creative Arts show last year), the TV Academy was likely looking to keep the telecast capped at 25 awards, so something had to fall out.

Reviving ‘Frasier’: Kelsey Grammer Wanted a ‘Sillier’ Return and Is Ready to Do At Least 100 More Episodes (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com
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22.11.2023

Reviving ‘Frasier’: Kelsey Grammer Wanted a ‘Sillier’ Return and Is Ready to Do At Least 100 More Episodes (EXCLUSIVE)

Michael Schneider Variety Editor at Large It’s a chilly February evening on the Paramount lot as Kelsey Grammer transforms into Frasier Crane for the first time in nearly two decades. It’s an emotional moment on set, both nostalgic and anticipatory. The sets are new, as is every cast member besides Grammer.

‘Colin From Accounts’ Is the Small Australian Comedy That Became a Global Smash. Now It Takes on the U.S. - variety.com - Australia - Los Angeles - region Nordic
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21.11.2023

‘Colin From Accounts’ Is the Small Australian Comedy That Became a Global Smash. Now It Takes on the U.S.

Michael Schneider Variety Editor at Large The comedy “Colin from Accounts” tends to surprise viewers who tune in expecting one thing, and realizing it’s something else altogether. It’s a romantic comedy with a most unusual name (read on if you want to find out who “Colin” actually is) and has become a phenomenon first in Australia, then on the BBC in the U.K., followed by the Nordic region and now in the U.S. via Paramount+, where it premiered earlier this month.

Variety Announces A Night in the Writers’ Room Lineup - variety.com
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20.11.2023

Variety Announces A Night in the Writers’ Room Lineup

William Earl Following the resolution of the writers’ strike, Variety’s “A Night in the Writers’ Room” returns Nov. 30 in-person, featuring three panels moderated by Variety’s esteemed journalists, Michael Schneider and Emily Longeretta, with this year’s Emmy-contending writers in the drama, comedy and limited series categories.

‘Fargo’ Stars and Producers Break Down Season 5 and Jon Hamm’s Fake Pierced Nipples: ‘There Was a Dedicated Nippleologist’ - variety.com - Minnesota - city Fargo - state North Dakota
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20.11.2023

‘Fargo’ Stars and Producers Break Down Season 5 and Jon Hamm’s Fake Pierced Nipples: ‘There Was a Dedicated Nippleologist’

Michael Schneider Variety Editor at Large Juno Temple has just learned about Jon Hamm’s “Fargo” stunt nipples, and she’s in awe. “A full, fake nipple?,” she asks, turning to her co-star at FX’s “Fargo” Season 5 premiere screening and panel on Nov. 15 at Nya Studios.

Cris Abrego Elected As New TV Academy Chairman - variety.com
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17.11.2023

Cris Abrego Elected As New TV Academy Chairman

Michael Schneider Variety Editor at Large Veteran TV exec, producer and entrepreneur Cris Abrego can add another line to his growing list of titles: Chairman of the Television Academy. Abrego was elected to the post on Thursday night by the org’s Board of Governors, as the TV Academy also firmed up its roster of officers and governors for the board’s 2024-2025 term.

Miss Universe Organization President Paula Shugart Exits After 23 Years - variety.com - Thailand - El Salvador
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17.11.2023

Miss Universe Organization President Paula Shugart Exits After 23 Years

Michael Schneider Variety Editor at Large Paula Shugart is departing the Miss Universe Organization after 23 years as president, she revealed on Thursday night in El Salvador — where this year’s event is set to take place on Saturday. Shugart’s exit comes following news that Thailand-based Miss Universe owner JKN Global Group had filed for bankruptcy in its country, but insiders said Shugart’s announcement was unrelated to that news and had been in the works for a long time prior to that news.

‘The Masked Singer’ Reveals Identity of the Cuddle Monster: Here’s the Celebrity Under the Costume - variety.com
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16.11.2023

‘The Masked Singer’ Reveals Identity of the Cuddle Monster: Here’s the Celebrity Under the Costume

Michael Schneider Variety Editor at Large SPOILER ALERT: Do not read ahead if you have not watched Season 10, Episode 8 of “The Masked Singer,” “Trolls Night,” which aired Nov. 15 on Fox. Metta World Peace knows he’s not a great singer, but “The Masked Singer” is the one place where you can get away with it. Well, one of two places.

Producer Don Mischer’s New Memoir Shares Stories From Some of Live TV’s Greatest Moments - variety.com - China - Atlanta - Iran - city Motown
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16.11.2023

Producer Don Mischer’s New Memoir Shares Stories From Some of Live TV’s Greatest Moments

Michael Schneider Variety Editor at Large Think about some of the most iconic moments in modern TV history, and there’s a good chance Don Mischer was in the control room. Michael Jackson performing the Moonwalk for the first time on “Motown 25.” Muhammad Ali making a surprise appearance to light the Atlanta Olympics opening ceremony torch. Prince pulling off arguably the most lauded Super Bowl halftime show ever, in the pouring rain.

GLAAD to be Honored at the Emmys With the TV Academy’s 2023 Governors Award - variety.com - USA - county Allen
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15.11.2023

GLAAD to be Honored at the Emmys With the TV Academy’s 2023 Governors Award

Michael Schneider Variety Editor at Large GLAAD — the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer media advocacy organization — has been named the recipient of the Television Academy‘s 2023 Governors Award. The honor will be presented during the 75th Annual Primetime Emmys telecast, set to be broadcast live on Fox (after a lengthy Hollywood strikes delay) on January 15.

Elizabeth Wagmeister Departs Variety to Join CNN in Key Entertainment Reporting Role - variety.com - Los Angeles - California - Japan - Tokyo - Santa Barbara
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13.11.2023

Elizabeth Wagmeister Departs Variety to Join CNN in Key Entertainment Reporting Role

Michael Schneider Variety Editor at Large Variety chief correspondent and rising star Elizabeth Wagmeister is heading to CNN, where she’ll cover the entertainment beat for the news cabler, based in Los Angeles. Wagmeister was a driving force who helped Variety reclaim its role as the most-read, No.

Liz Phair’s ‘Exile in Guyville’ 30th Anniversary Tour Gives Disaffected Gen Xers Permission to Get Nostalgic: Concert Review - variety.com - Los Angeles
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11.11.2023

Liz Phair’s ‘Exile in Guyville’ 30th Anniversary Tour Gives Disaffected Gen Xers Permission to Get Nostalgic: Concert Review

Michael Schneider Variety Editor at Large If you’re Gen X and living in Los Angeles, there’s a good chance you were at the Wiltern on Friday night, bathing in nostalgia as Liz Phair performed her seminal 1993 album “Exile in Guyville” in its entirety. Now that the age range for Gen X is between 41 and 56, it was probably inevitable that we’d succumb to wistfulness. Isn’t ironic, don’tcha think (sorry, Alanis), since we were supposed to be the cynical and disaffected generation.

Anthony Anderson Takes Over For Jamie Foxx As Host of Fox’s New Music Game Show ‘We Are Family’ - variety.com - city Anderson
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10.11.2023

Anthony Anderson Takes Over For Jamie Foxx As Host of Fox’s New Music Game Show ‘We Are Family’

Michael Schneider Variety Editor at Large “Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson and his mother, Doris Bowman, are once again teaming up to host another game show together. The son-and-mother duo have been announced as the new hosts of Fox’s upcoming music gamer “We Are Family,” which premieres Wednesday, Jan.

What Are Streaming Residuals Now? How Many Episodes Will Shows Have This TV Season? Your Burning Post-Strike Questions, Answered - variety.com - county Harrison - county Ford
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09.11.2023

What Are Streaming Residuals Now? How Many Episodes Will Shows Have This TV Season? Your Burning Post-Strike Questions, Answered

Michael Schneider Variety Editor at Large After six months of strikes, the primetime cupboard is pretty bare. But after a fall filled with repeats, unscripted series and a smattering of stockpiled scripted episodes, the broadcast networks are racing to salvage the rest of the TV season — and that means a scramble to get episodes in place by the start of 2024. It’s not as easy as flipping a light switch, of course.

Did ‘The Simpsons’ Really Ban Homer From Strangling Bart? Producers Call Out ‘Clickbaiting’ Reports in New Drawing (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Beyond
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09.11.2023

Did ‘The Simpsons’ Really Ban Homer From Strangling Bart? Producers Call Out ‘Clickbaiting’ Reports in New Drawing (EXCLUSIVE)

Michael Schneider Variety Editor at Large Homer Simpson’s reported decision to stop strangling his son, Bart, has fans talking — at least on the Internet. That’s where everyone, of course, has an opinion.

‘The Masked Singer’ Reveals Identity of the Hibiscus: Here’s the Celebrity Under the Costume - variety.com - New York
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09.11.2023

‘The Masked Singer’ Reveals Identity of the Hibiscus: Here’s the Celebrity Under the Costume

Michael Schneider Variety Editor at Large SPOILER ALERT: Do not read ahead if you have not watched Season 10, Episode 7 of “The Masked Singer,” “One-Hit Wonders Night,” which aired Nov. 8 on Fox. Money can’t buy you class, but “The Masked Singer” can buy you some well-timed publicity. Just days after she was seen at this year’s BravoCon, original “The Real Housewives of New York City” star and cabaret singer Luann de Lesseps — aka the “Countess” — was revealed on Wednesday as the latest celebrity to participate in Season 10 of “The Masked Singer.” De Lesseps was revealed to be Hibiscus, after performing “It’s Raining Men,” by The Weather Girls.

‘Bookie’ Trailer Shows Charlie Sheen Trying to Make a Deal with Sebastian Maniscalco - variety.com - Los Angeles - California
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08.11.2023

‘Bookie’ Trailer Shows Charlie Sheen Trying to Make a Deal with Sebastian Maniscalco

Michael Schneider Variety Editor at Large Audiences can finally catch a first glimpse at Max‘s “Bookie,” the new laffer starring stand-up comedian Sebastian Maniscalco that also is notable for the reunion between co-creator Chuck Lorre and guest star Charlie Sheen. Max dropped the trailer for “Bookie” (formerly titled “How to Be a Bookie”) on Wednesday, scroll down to watch below. “Bookie” premieres Thursday, Nov.

Daytime Emmys Still in Limbo, as NATAS Announces December Dates for Children’s & Family Emmys, Other Ceremonies - variety.com
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07.11.2023

Daytime Emmys Still in Limbo, as NATAS Announces December Dates for Children’s & Family Emmys, Other Ceremonies

Michael Schneider Variety Editor at Large The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is planning a mega Emmy weekend in December — although it remains to be seen whether the Daytime Emmys will be a part of the festivities. The org has firmed up dates for the Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmys, the 2nd Annual Children’s & Family Emmy Awards and Trustees’ Gala and the Children’s & Family Creative Arts Emmys, all of which will take place the weekend of December 16 and 17.

Children’s & Family Emmys 2023 Nominees Announced, as NATAS Works Out Ceremony Plans (FULL LIST) - variety.com
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02.11.2023

Children’s & Family Emmys 2023 Nominees Announced, as NATAS Works Out Ceremony Plans (FULL LIST)

Michael Schneider Variety Editor at Large As the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences continues to figure out how and when to finally hold this year’s Daytime Emmys — delayed in June due to the WGA strike — it has gone ahead and announced the nominations for this year’s 2nd Annual Children’s & Family Emmys. There’s no date yet for this year’s Chidren’s & Family Emmys — NATAS is likely waiting for a hopeful soon resolution to the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike before firming up dates. But last year, winners were announced during two ceremonies—one focused on creative and technical arts, and the other to performances and programming—at Wilshire Ebell Theatre on December 10 and 11.

‘Jimmy Kimmel Live,’ ‘Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ Earn Late Night’s Post-Strike Ratings Crowns - variety.com - New York
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02.11.2023

‘Jimmy Kimmel Live,’ ‘Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ Earn Late Night’s Post-Strike Ratings Crowns

Michael Schneider Variety Editor at Large A month after they got back to work and started airing post-WGA strike originals, early late night returns show good news for Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert — while in daytime, Kelly Clarkson’s move to New York was a winning strategy in its first week of new episodes. Talk shows were among the first original programs to return to air following the resolution of the Writers Guild of America strike, with the late night shows all returning the week of Oct. 2 after a five-month hiatus.

Academy of Country Music Awards to Remain on Amazon’s Prime Video in New 2-Year Deal - variety.com - Texas - parish Vernon
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02.11.2023

Academy of Country Music Awards to Remain on Amazon’s Prime Video in New 2-Year Deal

Michael Schneider Variety Editor at Large The Academy of Country Music and producer Dick Clark Productions have sealed a new two-year deal to keep the ACM Awards on Amazon’s Prime Video through its landmark 60th anniversary in 2025. The pact, announced Thursday, continues Prime Video’s relationship with the kudocast, which it began airing in 2022 as one of its first major forays into original live programming and the first major awards show to be streamed.

Taylor Tomlinson Named Host of CBS’ ‘After Midnight,’ From Stephen Colbert - variety.com - Columbia
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02.11.2023

Taylor Tomlinson Named Host of CBS’ ‘After Midnight,’ From Stephen Colbert

Michael Schneider Variety Editor at Large CBS has tapped stand-up comedian Taylor Tomlinson to host its new late night franchise “After Midnight.” The series is executive produced by Stephen Colbert, who announced Tomlinson during Wednesday’s episode of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” Tomlinson then discussed the news with Colbert on stage. Tomlinson’s recent TV credits include her Netflix comedy specials “Look At You” and “Quarter Life Crisis.” As announced earlier today, “After Midnight” will launch in early 2024 in the slot previously held by “The Late Late Show with James Corden.” It’s based on “@midnight,” which followed “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” from October 2013 to August 2017, was a panel series with mostly guest comedians, who would interact with host Chris Hardwick.

Chuck Lorre on How He Patched Things Up with Charlie Sheen: ‘We Were Friends Once’ (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Los Angeles
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01.11.2023

Chuck Lorre on How He Patched Things Up with Charlie Sheen: ‘We Were Friends Once’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Michael Schneider Variety Editor at Large As they were writing the pilot script for their new Max comedy series “Bookie,” co-creators Chuck Lorre and Nick Bakay thought it would be fun to add a real-life Hollywood star playing a version of themself as an inveterate gambler. The series stars stand-up comedian Sebastian Maniscalco as Los Angeles sports betting bookie, so it made sense that his character might run into a few high-roller celebrities during his travels. In early drafts of that Lorre and Bakay script, the character was left as a “TBD” — to be determined.

Joel McHale Is Ready to Host the Emmys With Ken Jeong and Yvette Nicole Brown. It’s Your Move, Fox and TV Academy - variety.com
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27.10.2023

Joel McHale Is Ready to Host the Emmys With Ken Jeong and Yvette Nicole Brown. It’s Your Move, Fox and TV Academy

Michael Schneider Variety Editor at Large And this time I have some backing: McHale himself. I recently got the most unusual pitch in my email: With the SAG-AFTRA strike ongoing, McHale can’t talk about the upcoming “Community” movie, his Fox sitcom “Animal Control,” or really, almost anything. But he can talk about Klondike ice cream bars.

Kylie Jenner and ‘The Simpsons’ Rule the Cryptoverse in New ‘Treehouse of Horror’ Clip (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com
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27.10.2023

Kylie Jenner and ‘The Simpsons’ Rule the Cryptoverse in New ‘Treehouse of Horror’ Clip (EXCLUSIVE)

Michael Schneider Variety Editor at Large Kylie Jenner got up and worked: The mogul is a guest voice on this year’s “Treehouse of Horror” episode of “The Simpsons,” and Variety has a first look below. In the Season 35 edition, “Treehouse of Horror XXXIV,” Bart is turned into an NFT — and Marge travels through the blockchain to save her son. In the segment, Kylie Jenner is one of a handful of celebrities — also including Jimmy Fallon and Rob Gronskowski — who are the “illuminati of the crypto universe” and help Marge find Bart.

‘The Masked Singer’ Reveals Identity of the Hawk: Here’s the Celebrity Under the Costume - variety.com - Chad - county Murray - county Posey
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26.10.2023

‘The Masked Singer’ Reveals Identity of the Hawk: Here’s the Celebrity Under the Costume

Michael Schneider Variety Editor at Large SPOILER ALERT: Do not read ahead if you have not watched Season 10, Episode 6 of “The Masked Singer,” “Harry Potter Night,” which aired Oct. 25 on Fox. The timing couldn’t have been better: With Halloween approaching, it was a spooky “Harry Potter”-themed episode of “The Masked Singer” this week, so it was only appropriate that “Teen Wolf” star Tyler Posey would be the next celebrity to be unmasked in Season 10. Posey was revealed to be Hawk, after this week performing “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” by The Police.

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