When John Oliver spent the summer filling in for Jon Stewart as the host of The Daily Show, it wasn’t the enaction of a ploy to take over the seat of the show that gave Oliver his biggest break. But it did turn out to be an audition for Oliver to anchor a new show.
Unsurprisingly, the new show will be not unlike The Daily Show. It will be a weekly series on HBO, with “a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events,” says Michael Lombardo, president of programming at HBO. The show will air Sundays starting in 2014. Read More »
Fans of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart were met with a decidedly different show Thursday night. It was Stewart’s final show before he leaves for the summer to helm his first film, Rosewater. He’ll return to his award-winning Comedy Central news show in September.
Before leaving, Stewart laid out exactly how the film came about. He showed the initial report on Iranian citizens that started the story, how that tangentially lead to journalist Maziar Bahari being imprisoned and tortured, and how that experience turned into the book Then They Came For Me.
After the jump, check out the segments of The Daily Show where Stewart talks about the film, as well as the full episode. Read More »
“Star Trek or Star Wars?” is a question that’s been debated by sci-fi fans since Star Wars exploded onto the scene in 1977. At that time Star Trek had already been around for a decade, but some would argue the success of Star Wars helped reinvigorate the series. Others may say George Lucas would never have travelled to a galaxy far, far away had it not been for the ideas and vision of Gene Roddenberry. Either way, the thought of one person controlling both franchises likely never occurred to fans. Then, in 2013, the guy chosen to reboot Star Trek, J.J. Abrams, signed on to restart the Star Wars franchise, and fans of both were left with a multitude of different feelings.
Abrams is currently promoting his second Star Trek film, Star Trek Into Darkness, and has been asked about Star Wars: Episode VII at every single turn. Monday night he showed up on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and the topic came up again. This time, instead of delving into exactly how the director plans on dealing with Star Wars, they discussed the fundamental differences and merits of each franchise. It’s a fun watch. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 by Angie Han
We have a particularly murderer-heavy edition of TV Bits today, with news about Dexter, Hannibal, and The Killing. After the jump:
- Dallas, Veep, Rectify, and Orphan Black get renewed
- Vampire Diaries spinoff gets green light
- Julian Sands joins Dexter in mystery role
- Downton Abbey gets its first black character
- John Oliver will host The Daily Show this summer
- Bryan Fuller has Pushing Daisies movie ideas
- NBC affiliate axes Hannibal
- The Killing‘s new mystery will be solved within the season
- FX and Seth Rogen develop Bigfoot comedy
- Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, and Peter Berg team for HBO
- Alex Gibney will direct Frank Sinatra documentary
- The Arrested Development doc hits tomorrow; see more Season 4 stills
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Jon Stewart is taking the summer off from The Daily Show, leaving the comedy newscast in the capable hands of John Oliver for eight of the twelve weeks Stewart will be away. There’s good reason for the host’s break from the show, however: he’s doing to direct his first feature film.
In 2011 Stewart announced on the show that he had optioned Maziar Bahari‘s book Then They Came For Me, which tells of Bahari’s capture and imprisonment in Iran, where he was jailed and interrogated for 118 days in 2009. Stewart wrote a script based on the book, and will direct the film, Rosewater, later this year. Read More »
Posted on Monday, November 26th, 2012 by Angie Han
This extra-British installment of TV Bits includes updates on across-the-pond favorites Sherlock and Downton Abbey — but not all of it is good news. After the jump:
- BBC’s Sherlock might not come back until 2014
- Downton Abbey gets picked up for a fourth season
- … but Dan Stevens, a.k.a. Matthew Crawley may be out
- Watch the trailer for BBC America’s Ripper Street
- HIMYM is getting a special hourlong Christmas episode
- A Two and a Half Men star urges viewers to stop watching his show
- The Daily Show is losing correspondent Wyatt Cenac
- Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel join Girl Meets World
- Beyonce will direct a documentary about herself for HBO
- Get your first peek at Patton Oswalt on FX’s Justified
- HBO’s Girls reveals the first images from Season 2
- See how BSG: Blood and Chrome made its green screen universe
- AMC warns FiOS customers that they could lose AMC channels
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Posted on Friday, November 2nd, 2012 by Angie Han
Under what circumstances might you see Harry Potter and Don Draper taking a bath together? Hit the jump to find out. Plus:
- Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert go live for the election
- What does your favorite show say about your politics?
- Brendan Fraser won’t be one of TNT’s Legends after all
- AMC puts Hell on Wheels‘ Season 3 renewal on hold
- FX isn’t so happy with the second Powers pilot, either
- An adaptation of Tim Seeley‘s Revival is in the works
- HBO goes forward with Stephen Merchant‘s Hello Ladies
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Posted on Monday, April 2nd, 2012 by Angie Han
Today’s TV Bits starts on a bit of a downer, as Community‘s Chevy Chase and Dan Harmon bicker and Two and a Half Men‘s Lee Arohnson makes some obnoxious comments sure to piss people off. But don’t worry, there’s some sunnier stuff in here too. After the jump:
- Are Chevy Chase’s days on Community numbered?
- Two and Half Men co-creator bashes female-centric comedies
- Starz releases the premiere of Magic City online for free
- HBO drops a teaser for Season 3 of Boardwalk Empire
- The Daily Show heads to the Democratic National Convention
- A&E develops an adaptation of Rosario Dawson’s O.C.T.
- A rundown of broadcast networks’ pilots for the 2012 season
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According to executive producer George Lucas, Red Tails is “as close as you’ll ever get to [Star Wars] Episode VII.” So it seems appropriate that seven minutes of the film have made their way online for your viewing pleasure.
The action epic, over two-decades in the making, is directed by Anthony Hemingway and sports a super-impressive cast such as Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard, Bryan Cranston, David Oyelowo, Tristan Wilds, Method Man, Andre Royo, Ne-Yo and Michael B. Jordan, just to name a few. It tells the inspirational story of the Tuskeegee Airman and is the first non-Star Wars or Indiana Jones film LucasFilm has released in almost two decades.
After the jump, watch seven minutes of Red Tails as well as an interview with George Lucas from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart where he talks about why the studios didn’t want to make the film, how it’s similar to Star Wars and the fact that he has both a prequel and sequel already in his head. Read More »
George Lucas was interviewed last night by Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, where he addressed the fans who take the Star Wars films too seriously and the haters of the prequels. Watch the seven minute interview after the jump.
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