Samantha Bee Is Leaving ‘The Daily Show’ to Host Comedic News Program on TBS

Though The Daily Show will allegedly be continuing after Jon Stewart’s devastating departure, it’ll also be missing one other… Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: Julie Klausner’s USA Comedy, PBS’ Genderbent ‘Frankenstein’

The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of television news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week, renewals, cancellations, and pickups galore! … Read More

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FX’s ‘Saint George': What the Rise of 10/90 Deals Means for the Future of TV

Last night, George Lopez returned to television in FX’s Saint George. The sitcom focuses on the main character’s everyday life as he deals with his family (an ex-wife, son, and various other relatives), his work, and his attempts to throw himself back into the dating world. It is an unremarkable premise and had an unremarkable premiere, but the content of the pilot doesn’t really matter. Regardless of how good or bad the program is, it’s likely that Saint George will soon be guaranteed at least 100 episodes and then, the network hopes, continue to exist in syndication for years after that. Saint George is the latest sitcom to get the 10/90 treatment, and it’s looking like this new model is only becoming more common. … Read More

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Conan Is Producing a New Late-Night Show Hosted by Pete Holmes

Some super exciting news for comedy geeks: Vulture is exclusively reporting that TBS is developing a new half-hour late-night show produced under Conan O’Brien’s Conaco banner and hosted by standup vet Pete Holmes. If you’re not already familiar with Holmes’ act, you might recognize him as the voice of the E-Trade Baby or have seen one of the cartoons he’s done for The New Yorker. Either way, we recommend familiarizing yourself with this very funny guy by checking out his fantastic debut album, Impregnated with Wonder, as well as the interview podcast that he does for Nerdist, You Made It Weird. Vulture says that Holmes will shoot a pilot for the new show in mid-August, so keep your fingers crossed that after watching, TBS decides to give it the go-ahead; in the meantime, click through to watch an entertaining clip of a recent appearance that he made on Conan. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. The Avengers broke the domestic box office record set by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2 in its debut weekend, bringing in a staggering $200.3 million. We’re curious: Do you think that The Dark Knight Rises be able to match that without the boost from 3D sales? [via HitFix]

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Over the weekend Lady Gaga surpassed Britney Spears to become the Twitter user with the most followers. She promises to use her powers for good and not evil. [via Vulture]
2. Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah are teaming up for a movie called Joyful Noise, the story of “two women who… Read More

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Conan O'Brien Signs Deal to Host TBS Show

Wow. So this is not the news that we were expecting. According to Variety, TBS revealed this morning that Conan O’Brien will be hosting a late-night show on their network beginning in November. He’ll take the 11 p.m. time slot that’s currently occupied by Lopez Tonight, which in turn will be pushed into a new midnight slot. (George Lopez is reportedly ecstatic about the news: “I can’t think of anything better than doing my show with Conan as my lead-in. It’s the beginning of a new era in late-night comedy.”)

Variety reports that a deal with FOX was hampered by both financial restrictions and the fact that the show would have had to air at 11:30 p.m. or midnight in most markets. Conan’s official statement about the move: “In three months I’ve gone from network television to Twitter to performing live in theaters, and now I’m headed to basic cable. My plan is working perfectly.” What do you think? If you factor in The Daily Show and The Colbert Report on Comedy Central, could this signal the end of late-night network TV for anyone under the age of 40? Click through for the first teaser ad, featuring Mike Mitchell’s now infamous “I’m With Coco” graphic. … Read More

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