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CAA’s Co-Head of Alternative Television Eric Wattenberg To Join Brent Montgomery’s Wheelhouse Group As Chief Content Officer

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Longtime CAA agent Eric Wattenberg is set to leave the agency after ten years to join Wheelhouse Group.

Wattenberg, who was Co-Head of Alternative Television at CAA, becomes Chief Content Officer at Brent Montgomery’s media, marketing and investment company.

He will run all of the company’s entertainment endeavors, packaging long and short-form TV and streaming series, advancing scripted and feature projects and working across its talent and content arm.

The latter includes Kimmelot, Jimmy Kimmel’s production company, which produces ABC’s Live in Front of a Studio Audience and Comedy Central’s Crank Yankers, Campfire, which produces Netflix’s The Innocent Man, Den of Thieves, Portal A and Spoke Studios.

He will also work with Wheelhouse Group’s media and talent partnerships including NFL wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Star Trek’s Zachary Quinto as well as its investments including activewear firm Rhone, live outdoor rower Hydrow,
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‘Tosh.O’ Gets Four-Season Renewal By Comedy Central As Part Of First-Look Deal – TCA

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‘Tosh.O’ Gets Four-Season Renewal By Comedy Central As Part Of First-Look Deal – TCA
Comedy Central is staying in business with Daniel Tosh. The network and Tosh have closed an overall deal that includes a four-season, 80-episode extension for Tosh.O, as part of a first-look deal that would take the long-running franchise through its 16th season.

The deal would cover new scripted and unscripted development that would potentially feature Tosh on camera, as well as vehicles for other talent. Comedy Central and Tosh are currently in discussions for an unscripted series in which Tosh would host and executive produce and a script deal for which he would serve as an executive producer. Additionally, Comedy Central will launch a dedicated Tosh.0 channel on YouTube in early 2020 and today launched a Tosh.0 channel on Pluto TV, the leading free streaming television service in the U.S. The extension and deal were announced Tuesday as part of Comedy Central’s presentation at the TCA Winter Press Tour.
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‘The Daily Show With Trevor Noah’ Launches New Podcast Miniseries

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There’s a new podcast in town. Comedy Central and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah are launching The Daily Show Podcast Universe, an original five-episode miniseries that is part of its Global Podcast Network.

The Daily Show Podcast will bow on January 13. The limited series will parody a variety of popular podcasts and will feature Trevor Noah and The Daily Show correspondents, plus special guests. Fans can subscribe to The Daily Show Podcast Universe anywhere podcasts are heard.

Listen to the official audio trailer narrated by Trevor Noah here.

Episodes featured in The Daily Show Podcast Universe miniseries include:

Slowbama – Mystery. Scandal. Lattes. Pod Save Little Creek Elementary – They won’t take this lying down—unless it’s nap time. These American Lies – Stories about lies and the presidents who tell them. #Crushing: A Success Podcast For Winners – So much epic, so little time. Podcast Today – Podcasting today’s podcast,
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‘Daily Show With Trevor Noah’ Sets ‘Podcast Universe’ Parody Series

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“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” will expand its podcast menu with the launch of “The Daily Show Podcast Universe” in January.

“Podcast Universe” will serve up a five-episode miniseries featuring parodies of popular genres of podcasting, from true crime potboilers to social justice crusades to self-appointed self-help experts. The limited series bows Jan. 13. Per Comedy Central, the five episodes on tap are:

Slowbama – Mystery. Scandal. Lattes. Pod Save Little Creek Elementary – They won’t take this lying down—unless it’s nap time. These American Lies – Stories about lies and the presidents who tell them. #Crushing: A Success Podcast For Winners – So much epic, so little time. Podcast Today – Podcasting today’s podcast, today.

“Daily Show” has been active on the podcast front since the February 2018 debut of “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: Ears Edition,” which counts more than 100 million lifetime downloads to date.

” ‘The Daily Show
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Jimmy Kimmel Prank Series ‘Revenge Of the Nerd’ Starring YouTuber Mark Rober Ordered By Discovery

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Jimmy Kimmel Prank Series ‘Revenge Of the Nerd’ Starring YouTuber Mark Rober Ordered By Discovery
Discovery has given an eight episode order to Revenge Of the Nerd (working title), a an hourlong hidden-camera prank show from Jimmy Kimmel and his Kimmelot banner. It will star former Nasa engineer-turned-YouTube personality Mark Rober who made national headlines a year ago with his viral hidden-camera video exacting revenge on porch pirates by creating packages with glitter bombs inside. (you can watch it below)

Executive produced by Kimmel and Rober, Revenge Of the Nerd will follow a similar premise. The duo will scour the planet to catch evil-doers in the act – and punish them using homemade technology and creative engineering. Viewers will follow Rober and his brilliant team of “Avengineers” as they identify troublemakers and build devices to teach them lessons they won’t likely forget.

Several months before the huge success of his original Glitter Bomb video, which has been watched 77 million times on Rober’s YouTube
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‘Loafy’ And ‘Blark And Son’ Get Digital Series Orders From Comedy Central

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Comedy Central today announced a digital series order for Bobby Moynihan’s Loafy and a new season order for Blark and Son, from Stoopid Buddy Stoodios. The network ordered eight new short-form, digital episodes of each series, along with a linear pilot script for both Loafy and Blark and Son.

The new digital episodes will roll out across all Comedy Central digital and social platforms in 2020.

Loafy is an animated comedy about a weed-dealing manatee who runs a drug empire from his water tank at the Center Park Zoo. Bobby Moynihan voices the main character, and he also serves as creator, writer, and executive producer of the series. Loafy is executive produced by Luke Kelly-Clyne’s Big Breakfast, a recent acquisition of Propagate Content.

Created by Ben Bayouth, and developed with head writer Adam Aseraf, Blark and Son is a short-form comedy about an overly manly,
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Watch Tracy Morgan’s Voice Get Recognized on ‘Crank Yankers’ Prank Call (Video)

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Watch Tracy Morgan’s Voice Get Recognized on ‘Crank Yankers’ Prank Call (Video)
Tracy Morgan voices the silk-robe-wearing puppet Spoonie Luv on Wednesday night’s episode of “Crank Yankers,” but the hotel receptionist he prank calls might be on to him.

Created by Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Carolla and Daniel Kellison, “Crank Yankers” makes all the crank phone calls you wish you’d made when you were a kid. Yankerville’s puppet citizens are voiced by celebrities and stand-up comedians who make real calls to real people.

Watch a clip of Morgan impersonating Spoonie Luv above, in which he propositions a hotel receptionist at “The Embarassy Suites” named Jenny to come visit the room he’s pretending to book and partake in his… festivities.

Also Read: Tracy Morgan Joins Eddie Murphy in 'Coming 2 America'

“Do you have cool people on your staff? Like people that could keep secrets?” he asks. “Do you have any ‘Do Disturb’ signs?”

And later, “What kinda toes you got?
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‘South Park’ Ratings Down for Season 23 Premiere – But It’s Still the Top Cable Comedy in Young Adults (Exclusive)

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‘South Park’ Ratings Down for Season 23 Premiere – But It’s Still the Top Cable Comedy in Young Adults (Exclusive)
There’s still life in those foul-mouth kids from “South Park”, as the 23rd season of the long-running animated comedy handed Comedy Central the top cable comedy telecast of the year in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic.

The premiere episode — which introduced a new intro that swapped out “South Park” for “Tegridy” — notched a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49, when adding in three days of delayed viewing on DVR and on-demand, according to Nielsen.

While that was good enough to give the network the top telecast among all cable comedies this year, it was down 24% from last year’s season opener (1.7 rating), but in line with the season average. However, if we’re only looking at Live+Same Day results (counting only those people who watched the night of the premiere), Season 23 actually improved from last year with a 0.9 rating in the demo, compared to 0.7 for last season’s opener.

Also
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What Crank Yankers is Doing Differently This Time Around

In order to know what’s different about Crank Yankers, you need to take a look back at the original. In 2002 Comedy Central picked up a strange and funny show filled with puppets and comedy stars. The premise was simple; they would make prank phone calls as characters they’d invented. There were, of course, some complications. In most places, it’s illegal to record a conversation without the consent of the other person. As a result of those laws, the cast had to travel to Las Vegas where one-party consent to record is legal. Because of the unusual complication, the cast

What Crank Yankers is Doing Differently This Time Around
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The TVLine-Up: What's Returning, New and Leaving the Week of Sept. 22

The TVLine-Up: What's Returning, New and Leaving the Week of Sept. 22
This weekly feature is in addition to TVLine’s daily What to Watch listings.

With nearly 500 scripted shows now airing across broadcast, cable, streaming and whatever “Plex” is, it’s easy to forget that a favorite comedy is returning, or that the new “prestige drama” you anticipated is about to debut. So consider this our reminder to set your DVR, order a Season Pass, pop a fresh Memorex into the Vcr… however it is you roll.

More from TVLineFall TV: Your Handy Calendar of 100+ Season and Series Premiere DatesFall TV Breakout Stars: The Ones to Watch on a Dozen New
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Fall TV 2019: Premiere Dates for New and Returning Shows (Photos)

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Labor Day has come and gone and fall begins on Sept. 23 — and so does the traditional broadcast TV season. In honor of the return of Fall TV, TheWrap has rounded up the premiere dates for not just the new and returning shows on Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS and The CW, but also those for the eagerly anticipated series hitting cable channels and streaming services this autumn. Click through our gallery to find out when your favorite shows will be back and when your new favorites will debut.

Series: “9-1-1” Net: Fox Premiere Date: Monday, Sept. 23 Time: 8 p.m.

Series: “The Neighborhood” Net: CBS Premiere Date: Monday, Sept. 23 Time: 8 p.m.

Series: “The Voice” Net: NBC Premiere Date: Monday, Sept. 23 Time: 8 p.m.

Series: “Bob ♥ Abishola” Net: CBS Premiere Date: Monday, Sept. 23 Time: 8:30 p.m.

Series: “All Rise” Net: CBS Premiere Date: Monday, Sept. 23 Time: 9 p.m.

Series: “Prodigal Son
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Crank Yankers Season 5 is Coming and Here’s the Trailer

When the Crank Yankers first started up a lot of people could hardly believe it was real, but then when it was established that this was in fact a real program on Comedy Central it was still hard to fathom since it was such a crazy show. Having started up in 2002 though it definitely belongs to a different era since the early 2000s were still too similar to the 90s in some ways and the type of humor hadn’t fully evolved just yet, meaning the gross and unusual stuff that people laughed at less than a decade before was

Crank Yankers Season 5 is Coming and Here’s the Trailer
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TV News Roundup: Caleb Castille, Christopher Meyer Join ‘Tell Me a Story’ Season 2 (Exclusive)

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TV News Roundup: Caleb Castille, Christopher Meyer Join ‘Tell Me a Story’ Season 2 (Exclusive)
In today’s TV news roundup, season two of “Tell me a Story” finds two new cast members, and “Star Wars Resistance” has set a premiere date for its second and final season.

Casting

Caleb Castille and Christopher Meyer have joined the cast of season 2 of the CBS All Access fairytale anthology series “Tell Me a Story,” Variety has learned exclusively. The duo will play brothers, with Castille starring as the smart, dominant older sibling Ron, and Meyer playing the soft-spoken, fiercely loyal Derek.

Castille currently recurs on Hulu’s “Wu Tang: An American Saga” and will next be seen as the lead of the Netflix romantic drama feature “The World We Make” which premieres next month. He is represented by Gersh and Echo Lake Entertainment. While Meyer is is best known for being a series regular on season 4 of “The Affair” opposite Dominic West and Sanaa Lathan. He is repped by Pantheon,
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Tracy Morgan, Sarah Silverman, Nick Kroll Lead ‘Crank Yankers’ Season Five

Tracy Morgan, Sarah Silverman, Nick Kroll Lead ‘Crank Yankers’ Season Five
Tracy Morgan, Sarah Silverman, Nick Kroll, Aubrey Plaza, Tiffany Haddish and Kathy Griffin lead the cast for the long-awaited fifth season of Comedy Central’s Crank Yankers. The first episode of the revived series — in which comedians voice puppets reenacting absurd and outrageous prank calls — premieres September 25th.

Adam Carolla, Kevin Nealon, Chelsea Peretti, Will Forte, Nikki Glaser, David Alan Grier, Demetri Martin, Bobby Moynihan, Arturo Castro, Jeff Ross and Adam Pally will also contribute to Season 5. Returning puppet characters include Elmer Higgins, Niles Standish, Spoonie Luv and Bobby Fletcher.
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Crank Yankers Revival: Tiffany Haddish, Will Forte and Many Others Join Returning Voice Cast — Watch Teaser

Crank Yankers Revival: Tiffany Haddish, Will Forte and Many Others Join Returning Voice Cast — Watch Teaser
Spoonie Luv (voiced by Tracy Morgan), Elmer Higgins (Jimmy Kimmel), Mr. Birchum (Adam Carolla) and “The Truth” (David Alan Grier) are among the Crank Yankers set to return for Comedy Central’s upcoming revival.

Premiering Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 10:30/9:30c (leading out of South Park), Season 5 of the puppets-and-prank calls comedy series brings back the aforementioned felt-y faces and others. The voice cast meanwhile also includes Arturo Castro, Will Forte, Nikki Glaser, Kathy Griffin, Tiffany Haddish, Lil Rel Howery, Abbi Jacobson, Nick Kroll, Natasha Leggero, Thomas Lennon, Demetri Martin, Bobby Moynihan and Kevin Nealon… plus Adam Pally, Chelsea Peretti,
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‘Crank Yankers’ Revival Gets Premiere Date – Watch Trailer Featuring Voices of Tiffany Haddish, Tracy Morgan and More (Video)

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‘Crank Yankers’ Revival Gets Premiere Date – Watch Trailer Featuring Voices of Tiffany Haddish, Tracy Morgan and More (Video)
Jimmy Kimmel’s prank call show, “Crank Yankers,” will return of a new fifth season September 25 on Comedy Central. The network released a puppet-packed trailer Wednesday, which you can watch above.

This season will feature voice acting from the creators Kimmel and Adam Carolla, as well Tiffany Haddish, Aubrey Plaza, Nick Kroll, Jeff Ross, Tracy Morgan, Sarah Silverman, Nikki Glaser, David Alan Grier, Kathy Griffin, Arturo Castro, Will Forte, Lil Rel Howery, Abbi Jacobson, Natasha Leggero, Thomas Lennon, Demetri Martin, Bobby Moynihan, Kevin Nealon, Adam Pally, Chelsea Peretti, Tony Barbieri, Paul Scheer, Iliza Shlesinger, Jimmy O. Yang and Derek Waters.

Puppet characters like Spoonie Luv, Elmer Higgins, Niles Standish, Bobby Fletcher, The Truth, Terrence Catheter and Mr. Birchum will return as well.

Also Read: How Jimmy Kimmel Used Twitter to Diversify His Writers Room

Comedy Central ordered 20 new episodes of “Crank Yankers” at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in February.
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Howard Lapides Dies: Longtime Manager & ‘Celebrity Rehab’ Producer Was 68

Howard Lapides Dies: Longtime Manager & ‘Celebrity Rehab’ Producer Was 68
Howard Lapides, a longtime manager and CEO of Lapides Entertainment who produced Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew and The Man Show, died Thursday. He was 68.

Clients of Lapides over the years included Dr. Drew Pinsky, Tom Green, Adam Carolla, Carson Daly, Jimmy Kimmel, Tom Chapin, Kennedy, Mark Dicarlo, Christopher Darden and many others.

Lapides started out in radio at age 16 at Wysl-fm in Buffalo, NY. While attending Emerson College in Boston, he got his start producing and working on air at area stations. After graduation, Lapides worked for five years with Baton Broadcasting of Canada, doing both programming and on-air work for Cklw in Windsor and Cfgo in Ottawa.

After his radio stint, Lapides went on to become one of Canada’s most successful concert promoters. Together with promoters Michael Cohl and Donald Tarlton (Donald K. Donald), he promoted every major act in Canada for 10 years.

In television, Lapides became
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Comedy Central Ups Sarah Babineau & Jonas Larsen To Co-Heads Of Original Content

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Comedy Central has promoted Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen to Co-Heads of Original Content for the network. In their elevated roles, the pair will have oversight for all comedy content developed across multiple platforms including linear, theatrical, live, audio and the newly-formed Comedy Central Productions. The promotion was announced today by Kent Alterman, President, Comedy Central, Paramount Network and TV Land, to whom each will report.

“Through their incredible eye for talent and innate ability to develop the right project for the right platform, Sarah and Jonas have helped build the Comedy Central brand into the strongest position it has ever been,” said Alterman. “Working closely with them often makes me feel a little less sharp, but in a good way. We are so lucky to have them.”

In her new role, Babineau will relocate to the West Coast, working out of Comedy Central’s Hollywood offices, and have oversight
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Kanye West to Build ‘Star Wars’-Inspired Housing for the Homeless

Kanye West to Build ‘Star Wars’-Inspired Housing for the Homeless
Once upon a time, in a fictional galaxy now owned by Disney, a blond farm boy named Luke Skywalker lived on the Lars homestead. Due to a susceptibility to military propaganda and religious extremism, he would eventually leave his rural moisture farm, which resembled a brutalist igloo dropped in the middle of the Tunisian Republic desert. 42 years later, one of the world’s most successful pop musicians and polymaths envisions a world where homelessness is combatted by some of the same architecture featured in George Lucas’s 1977’s hit Star Wars: A New Hope.
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Gail Berman Sets Sidecar’s Development Team, Including ‘Tidying Up’ Executive Producer

Gail Berman Sets Sidecar’s Development Team, Including ‘Tidying Up’ Executive Producer
Gail Berman has set her executive team for Fox Entertainment’s Sidecar, including four development executives and two members of the business and legal affairs team.

The highest-ranking among them, Hend Baghdady, comes from The Jackal Group, which Berman (pictured above) founded. Baghdaddy, who developed and executive produced “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,” is not the only one of the bunch with The Jackal Group on her resume.

In (generally) descending-rung order on the “content development accelerator’s” corporate ladder: Baghdady is executive vice president of development and production; Susan Lierle is senior vice president of business and legal affairs; Jeff Nemon is senior vice president of drama development; Alana Romoff is vice president of development; Matthew Chadwick is vice president of alternative programming and production; and Eduardo Lopez-Mendez is manager of business and legal affairs.

Also Read: Women's World Cup Final Tops Men's 2018 Championship Game by 20% in Early Ratings
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