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NBC Nabs ‘Friends And Family’ Comedy From Shawn Wines, Will Arnett & Kapital Entertainment As Put Pilot

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Exclusive: NBC has given a put pilot commitment to Friends and Family, a comedy from writer Shawn Wines, Will Arnett’s Electric Avenue, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Universal Television.

Written by Wines, in Friends and Family, a group of twentysomething friends in San Francisco question what they really want out of life as they try to hold on to their carefree lives while facing the next phase of adulthood.

Wines executive produces with Electric Avenue’s Arnett and Marc Forman, and Kapital Entertainment’s Kaplan and Dana Honor. Universal Television, a division of NBCUniversal Content Studios, is the studio.

This marks the latest collaboration between Wines and Kaplan, who gave Wines his TV start. Wines was fresh out of graduate school in 2012 when his comedy short Upstairs caught the attention of Kaplan’s mom, who brought it to him. Wines landed his first sale with a single-camera comedy based on the short,
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David Wain, A.D. Miles Set Daily Sitcom Pilot at WarnerMedia

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David Wain, A.D. Miles Set Daily Sitcom Pilot at WarnerMedia
Frequent collaborators David Wain and A.D. Miles are teaming up to develop a daily sitcom for WarnerMedia, Variety has learned.

The project, titled “Today’s Special,” has been given a pilot order plus a four episode commitment, given that the show will be shot and aired daily should it go to series. It takes place in a 24-hour diner which serves as a hub for a diverse group of characters. The lives of the staff and regulars intertwine in ongoing storylines while also reacting to trending topics and the day’s headlines.

The project does not have an official network home under the WarnerMedia umbrella at this time, and could potentially air on one of the linear networks like TBS or on the streaming service HBO Max.

Jax Media will produce the series, with Wain and Miles serving as producers in addition to creating the format.

Wain previously co-wrote and
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162 Ended or Cancelled TV Shows for the 2017-18 Season

Here's a list of TV shows that aired (or are expected to air) during the 2017-18 season (roughly September 2017 through August 2018) but won't be back for the 2018-19 season. Not finding a show that you believe has been cancelled? Check the 2015-16 season list or the 2018-19 season list.

Most recent additions: In Contempt (Bet), The Gong Show (ABC), The Proposal (ABC), Humans (AMC), Sideswiped (YouTube), Do You Want to See a Dead Body? (YouTube), The Innocents (Netflix), Love Connection (Fox), Let's Get Physical (Pop), Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly (NBC), Trial & Error (NBC), Marlon (NBC), Who Is America? (Showtime), Detroiters (Comedy Central), Hit the Floor (Bet), Another Period (Comedy Central), Take Two (ABC), Salvation (CBS), Reverie (NBC), Good Behavior (TNT), Alone Together (Freeform), Marvel's Luke Cage (Netflix), All About the Washingtons (Netflix), Nathan for You (Comedy Central), Outcast (Cinemax), I'm Dying Up Here (Showtime), Freakish (Hulu),
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Wheelhouse Entertainment Acquires Majority Stake In ‘Taylor Swift: Reputation Stadium Tour Special’ Producer Den Of Thieves

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Exclusive: Wheelhouse Entertainment has acquired a majority stake in Den of Thieves, the production company behind Netflix’s Taylor Swift: Reputation Stadium Tour special.

Brent Montgomery’s firm has invested in the live-event, scripted and non-scripted company, which was established by Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager.

Den of Thieves has produced the MTV VMAs for 13 years and is exec producing the upcoming People’s Choice Awards on E!. It has previously worked on The Gong Show on ABC, the Peabody Awards, and Ken Jeong’s Netflix special You Complete Me, Ho.

The investment will allow the company to bolster and broaden its programming slate on live-event, concert and awards shows as well as experiential marketing via multi-platform original series and features, both in scripted and unscripted. It will also pursue deals with high-profile talent across entertainment, sports and culture. It will also work with Wheelhouse Labs, Wheelhouse’s marketing
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'King of Camp and Confetti' comedy host Rip Taylor no more

Rip Taylor, one of Televisions most flamboyant personalities known as "The Crying Comedian" and "The King of Camp and Confetti" has passed away. He was 84.

Taylor died on Sunday in Beverly Hills, publicist Harlan Boll confirmed, reports variety.com.

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Taylor, whose high-energy personality and confetti-throwing antics quickly made him a mainstay on Television, made appearances on everything from sitcoms to talk shows, including "The Gong Show", "Password", "The Merv Griffin Show", "The Mike Douglas Show", "The Tonight Show", and "Late Night with David Letterman" in addition to a hosting stint for "The $1.98 Beauty Show" -- a parody of beauty contests whose big prize was a bouquet of rotten vegetables.

He saw even more success outside of game shows and late-night TV, headlining Las Vegas' The Flamingo Hotel's Rockettes Extravaganza -- where he won Entertainer of the Year three consecutive times --
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Rip Taylor Dies, Crying Comedian & King of Confetti Was 84

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Rip Taylor Dies, Crying Comedian & King of Confetti Was 84
The world is now a lot less funny, as legendary entertainer Rip Taylor has passed away. Boasting such nicknames as the "King of Confetti" and "The Crying Comedian," Taylor was widely known for his unique appearance and comedic delivery, making him a popular name in the nightclub scene. Taylor had also made a wide variety of television appearances across many decades as well. His over-the-top personality, trademark mustache, and habit of dousing others with confetti made him instantly memorable for anyone who's ever seen him. Sadly, Taylor died after suffering from a seizure last week which landed him in the ICU. He was 84 years old.

After a particularly rough childhood, Taylor worked as a congressional page before enlisting in the United States Army and serving in the Korean War. This led to the start of his career in comedy, as Taylor began performing stand-up in restaurants and clubs while stationed abroad.
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Rip Taylor, Comedian and ‘King of Confetti,’ Dead at 84

Rip Taylor, Comedian and ‘King of Confetti,’ Dead at 84
Rip Taylor, the animated comedian who always left behind a trail of confetti, died Sunday, The New York Times reports. He was 84.

Taylor’s publicist, Harlan Böll, confirmed Taylor’s death, saying the comedian suffered a seizure before he died at a Los Angeles hospital. An exact cause of death, however, was not given.

Taylor built a long, eclectic career with a mixture of over-the-top and self-deprecating humor. He was a frequent TV guest — Böll estimated he made more than 2,000 appearances during his 50-year career — as well as a hard-working stand-up comedian and entertainer.
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Comedian Rip Taylor Dead at 84

Comedian Rip Taylor Dead at 84
Comedian Rip Taylor, whose myriad TV credits include dozens of appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and The Mike Douglas Show, died on Sunday at the age of 84.

Taylor was the self-proclaimed “King of Confetti.” He was known for dousing his audience with colorful streamers at all of his performances.

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He racked up over 2,000 (!) small-screen credits over a career that spanned six decades.
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Rip Taylor Dies: Hollywood Icon Of Comedy And Camp Was 84

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Rip Taylor Dies: Hollywood Icon Of Comedy And Camp Was 84
Stand-up comedian and flamboyant star of film and TV Rip Taylor died Sunday in Beverly Hills, Deadline has learned. He was 84.

Known for his confetti-clad campy comedy, Taylor was born Charles Elmer Taylor in Washington D.C. on January 13, 1935. His comedy career started when he joined the U.S. Army and started to perform stand-up in clubs around the world where he developed a signature bit where he would cry and beg for the audience to laugh.

Taylor would go on to become known as “The Prince or Pandemonium”, “”The Master of Mayhem”, “The Crying Comedian” and “The King of Camp and Confetti”. He appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show nearly 20 times as well as The Jackie Gleason Show. On TV, he appeared on The Monkees and lent his voice to animated series including The Addams Family as Uncle Fester and Here Comes the Grump in the ’70s. He continued to
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Rip Taylor, ‘King of Camp and Confetti’ Comedy Host, Dies at 84

  • Variety
Rip Taylor, ‘King of Camp and Confetti’ Comedy Host, Dies at 84
Rip Taylor, one of Television’s most flamboyant personalities known as “The Crying Comedian” and “The King of Camp and Confetti,” died Sunday in Beverly Hills, publicist Harlan Boll confirmed. He was 84.

Taylor, whose high-energy personality and confetti-throwing antics quickly made him a mainstay on television, made appearances on everything from sitcoms to talk shows, including “The Gong Show,” “Password,” “The Merv Griffin Show,” “The Mike Douglas Show,” “The Tonight Show,” “Late Night with David Letterman” in addition to a hosting stint for “The $1.98 Beauty Show” — a parody of beauty contests whose big prize was a bouquet of rotten vegetables.

Taylor saw even more success outside of game shows and late-night TV, headlining Las Vegas’ The Flamingo Hotel’s Rockettes Extravaganza — where he won Entertainer of the Year three consecutive times — and touring the country in lead roles for productions such as “Sugar Babies,” “Anything Goes, Oliver,” “Peter Pan” and
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Rip Taylor, Colorful Confetti-Throwing Comedian, Dies at 84

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Rip Taylor, Colorful Confetti-Throwing Comedian, Dies at 84
Rip Taylor, the flamboyant confetti-throwing comedian who was the host of “The $1.98 Beauty Show,” died at his Beverly Hills home on Sunday at the age of 84, according to his publicist.

Taylor was known for his over-the-top comic delivery and his penchant for excitedly throwing confetti to celebrate a game show contestant’s victory, something he regularly did during his appearances on “Match Game,” “Hollywood Squares,” “Super Password” and “The Gong Show.” Prior to his appearances on game shows and late night shows like “The Tonight Show,” Taylor served as an opening act for stars like Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Judy Garland.

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But it was his appearance “The Gong Show” that earned him his biggest claim to fame. Impressed by his jokes as a judge, the show’s host and creator Chuck Barris offered Taylor a job as host of “The $1.98 Beauty Show.
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Artists First Promotes Nick Callari To Comedy Coordinator

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Exclusive: Nick Callari has been promoted to Comedy Coordinator at Artists First.

Most recently, Callari assisted Artists First CEO and President Peter Principato. He joined the company in 2017 when he worked for Tucker Voorhees, who was named Partner of Artists First in August 2018.

Shortly after graduating from Drew University, New Jersey native Callari interned for Richard Arlook at The Arlook Group before beginning his career in the UTA mailroom. While at UTA he worked for Brian Nossokoff and Louise Ward in the feature talent department before working for writer, creator and showrunner Simon Rich.

Formerly known as Principato-Young Entertainment, the management and production company rebranded itself as Artists First in May 2018. Artists First has a client list that includes Jordan Peele, Will Arnett, John Travolta, Tiffany Haddish, Awkwafina, Kate McKinnon, Anthony Anderson, Ed Helms, Jon M. Chu, Judy Greer, Michael Showalter, and more.

Current Artists First productions include ABC’s
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Brad Paisley To Star In & Executive Produce ‘Larry Sanders’-Like Comedy In Works At Amazon

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Amazon has put in development Fish Out of Water, a half-hour Larry Sanders-like comedy starring and executive produced by Grammy winner Brad Paisley, from A.D. Miles, Will Arnett and Sony Pictures TV, where Arnett is under an overall deal, Deadline has learned.

Written by Miles, Fish Out of Water, described as a Larry Sanders take on celebrity vanity projects, takes a behind-the-scenes look at country music star Paisley’s struggle to keep a simple little fishing show from turning into his own personal Fyre Festival.

Miles will executive produce with Arnett, Artists First’s Peter Principato, Marc Forman, Paisley and his manager Bill Simmons, and Kendal Marcy. Sony Pictures Television is the studio.

The project would mark Paisley’s TV debut as a series regular. He had previously guest-starred on series including Nashville, Two and a Half Men and King of the Hill,
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Brad Paisley to Star in ‘Fish Out of Water’ Amazon Comedy Series

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Brad Paisley to Star in ‘Fish Out of Water’ Amazon Comedy Series
Brad Paisley could be set to make his debut as a series regular on TV.

The country music star is attached to star in and executive produce “Fish Out of Water,” a half-hour comedy series which has received a script commitment at Amazon.

The series is described as a “Larry Sanders take on celebrity vanity projects” and will provide a behind-the-scenes look at Paisley’s struggle to keep a simple little fishing show from turning into his own personal Fyre Festival.

Other than Paisley, the prospective show will also be exec produced by Will Arnett and Ad Miles, who all worked together on ABC’s “The Gong Show” reboot. Miles will pen the script. Paisley’s manager Bill Simmons will also executive produce alongside Peter Principato, Marc Forman, and Kendal Marcy

The series hails from Sony Pictures Televisions where Arnett and Forman are under an overall deal via their Electric Avenue production banner.
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The Gong Show

Network: ABC.

Episodes: 20 (hour).

Seasons: Two.

TV show dates: June 22, 2017 — August 30, 2018.

Series status: Presumed cancelled.

Performers include: Host Tommy Maitland (Mike Meyers); Wilder Zoby and The Gong Show Orchestra; Judges include: Will Arnett, Ken Jeong, Zach Galifianakis, Alison Brie, Andy Samberg, Elizabeth Banks, Joel McHale, Dana Carvey, Will Forte, Jack Black, and Anthony Anderson.

TV show description:

An updated version of the 1970s and '80s Chuck Barris series, The Gong Show is a wacky amateur talent competition, hosted by "British comedic legend Tommy Maitland" (aka Myers). Performers with unique talents face off in hopes of impressing the panel of three celebrity judges.

Performances of every ilk grace the stage, including contortionists, singers, magicians,
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The Gong Show: Season Two Viewer Votes

Will you give the gong to the second season of The Gong Show TV show on ABC? As we all know, the Nielsen ratings typically play a big role in determining whether the TV series The Gong Show is cancelled or renewed for season three. Unfortunately, most of us do not live in Nielsen households. Because many viewers feel frustration when their viewing habits aren't considered, we'd like to offer you the chance to rate all of The Gong Show season two episodes here. *Status update below.

Airing on the ABC television network, The Gong Show is a wacky amateur talent competition, hosted by “British comedic legend Tommy Maitland” (Mike Myers). Season two celebrity judges include Will Arnett, Fred Armisen, Rita Wilson, Tony Hale, Regina Hall, Jason Sudeikis, Sharon Osbourne, Brad Paisley, Dana Carvey, Ken Jeong, Rob Riggle, Alyson Hannigan, and Jimmy
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The Gong Show: Season Two Ratings

Last year, ABC brought back The Gong Show, originally a Chuck Barris 1970s and '80s NBC and syndicated classic. The TV series ran in about the middle of the pack in the Nielsen ratings race, even beat out some scripted series, and was renewed for a second season. How will it perform, this time around? Will The Gong Show be cancelled or renewed for season three? Stay tuned. *Status update below.

Hosted by "British comedic legend Tommy Maitland" (Mike Myers), The Gong Show is a wacky ABC talent competition TV show. Season two celebrity judges include Will Arnett, Fred Armisen, Rita Wilson, Tony Hale, Regina Hall, Jason Sudeikis, Sharon Osbourne, Brad Paisley, Dana Carvey, Ken Jeong, Rob Riggle, Alyson Hannigan, and Jimmy Kimmel. Performers with unique talents face off in hopes of impressing the rotating panel of three celebrity judges. When a judge determines an act does not deserve a score,
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Elvis Presley Animated Series Agent King Coming to Netflix

Tony Sokol Aug 20, 2019

The King of Rock and Roll has a double life as Elvis Presley gets animated as Agent King on upcoming Netflix series.

Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, earned a black belt in Karate, indulged "Suspicious Minds," and got special agent status from President Nixon. Priscilla Presley will put all these together in the upcoming Agent King, an adult animated comedy series which will run on Netflix, according to Variety.

The series also merges concepts behind both Marvel and DC legends, and the mythology of The Gong Show's Chuck Barris, who may or may not have been an assassin for the CIA, according to the book and movie Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. In Agent King, Elvis will shake his pelvis during working hours but will transform into an undercover agent who keeps America safe.

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Corrine Aquino Joins Artists First

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Exclusive: Corrine Aquino has joined Emmy-award winning management and production company Artists First.

Aquino comes to Artists First after working as a manager at The Mission Entertainment and Rain Management Group. Aquino began her career in entertainment working in the Motion Picture Literary department at CAA before working at Bad Robot and in international sales at FilmNation Entertainment in New York. At Artists First, she will continue to focus on high concept genre and diverse material.

Artists First, formerly Principato-Young Entertainment, has a client list that includes Jordan Peele, Will Arnett, John Travolta, Tiffany Haddish, Awkwafina, Kate McKinnon, Anthony Anderson, Ed Helms, Jon M. Chu, Judy Greer, Michael Showalter, and more.

Current Artists First productions include ABC’s Black-ish and Freeform’s Grown-ish as well as the upcoming ABC series Mixed-ish, TBS’ The Last O.G., Comedy Central’s Awkwafina and Netflix’s Hit & Run. Recent productions also include ABC’s The Gong Show,
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Reality TV Chiefs Discuss Controlling IP and Finding Successful Formats

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Several top unscripted TV executives and producers descended on the Variety TV Summit Wednesday to break down how the genre has impact the entertainment business.

Rob Wade, Fox Entertainment’s president of alternative entertainment and specials, said having successful formats is clearly a good thing, but it does come with drawbacks from an economic point of view. He explained that finding and pushing new IP is essential for moving the cultural conversation forward as well as ensuring a strong bottom line.

“One of the things we need to be aware of is that the deals that were done on shows 10, 15 years ago are not the deals that you do now,” Wade told Variety’s Michael Schneider. “To move forward as a media company, we do need to start controlling more IP. At Fox we’ve started our own production entity and the reason for that is simple economics.”

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