YouTube dropping plans for premium originals, going ad-supported in 2019

YouTube is pivoting away from both original programming and premium subscription services. Sounds like a bad thing. And yet. Even though you shouldn’t be pitching your new original comedy ideas to the video giant, you will be able to continue wat…

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YouTube dropping plans for premium originals, going ad-supported in 2019

YouTube is pivoting away from both original programming and premium subscription services. Sounds like a bad thing. And yet. Even though you shouldn’t be pitching your new original comedy ideas to the video giant, you will be able to continue wat…

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SAG-AFTRA approves new animation contract through 2020

As animation and voiceover work becomes ever more commonplace among mainstream TV and movie fare, it’s more necessary to work out fair labor contracts. SAG-AFTRA members overwhelmingly voted earlier this month on a new deal. Results announced thi…

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This week in TV development

This week in TV development, we’re taking you around the dial and down the streaming services to get you all caught up. In alphabetical order by network… First off, ABC decided not to order its planned spinoff for The Middle, called Sue Sue in the City…

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Watch Julia Louis-Dreyfus accept her Mark Twain Prize

It’s fitting that the best and only part of this year’s Mark Twain Prize ceremony that you really need to watch is Julia Louis-Dreyfus herself accepting her award for 2018. The tributes made by friends and former colleagues are all sweet, i…

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Samantha Bee to present “Christmas on I.C.E.” TBS holiday comedy special

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee will put on its first holiday special, Christmas on I.C.E., for TBS this December. Bee will be joined at New York’s PlayStation Theater by special guests including skating superstar and Olympic medalist Adam Rippon. &#822…

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Syfy orders animated version of Weekend Update called Alien News Desk

Here’s an interesting development for fans/followers of Saturday Night Live. SNL’s Weekend Update is reproducing! More specifically, the people who write and produce Weekend Update are now also going to write and produce an animated series …

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Jimmy Kimmel launches new production shingle, Kimmelot

Take off, Jackhole. While Jimmy Kimmel will remain a partner in the studio he co-founded with Adam Carolla and Daniel Kellison before launching The Man Show way back in the day, the ABC late-night TV host has just started a new media company for all of…

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EPIX presents Unprotected Sets

I have some problems with Unprotected Sets. Not a big fan of the title. Definitely not a fan of the promotional poster and imaging, which doubles down on the sexual innuendo by giving you the impression that stand-up comedy is best represented by a bun…

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Watch the trailer for Inside Jokes, the Amazon Prime series about Montreal’s New Faces

Inside Jokes will premiere on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, exclusively on Prime Video for Amazon customers in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The six-episode series follows up-and-coming comedians in New York and Los Angeles as they pursue…

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