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Rick Ludwin Dies: NBC Stalwart Of Three Decades Who Championed ‘Seinfeld’ Was 71

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Rick Ludwin, an NBC stalwart of three decades who proved his value to the network both as a trusted liaison to Johnny Carson and an early champion of Jerry Seinfeld, died Sunday in Los Angeles, according to the network. He was 71.

Ludwin launched his show-biz odyssey with one legendary funnyman — the future executive did some joke-writing for Bob Hope — and later cemented his legacy with another comedy icon by supporting the game-changing Seinfeld when other executives at NBC were skeptical of airing a show that was infamously “about nothing.”

Seinfled (1989-1998) became one of the most lucrative primetime ventures in television history but Ludwin’s primary focus at NBC was guiding the network’s specials and late-night programming. Taking over the speciality in 1989, Ludwin held the high-profile post through 2011. That 22-year tenure made him a linchpin figure for Saturday Night Live — it also put him in the crossfire of the
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Weeds: Starz Developing Mary-Louise Parker Series Sequel

Are you a fan of Weeds? According to The Hollywood Reporter, Starz is developing a sequel to the Showtime TV show.

The comedy series stars Mary-Louise Parker as Nancy Botwin, a suburban mom who begins selling marijuana after her husband dies. The cast also includes Elizabeth Perkins, Hunter Parrish, Kevin Nealon, Alexander Gould, Justin Kirk, Andy Milder, Allie Grant, and Romany Malco. The show aired on Showtime from 2005 to 2012.

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Weeds Sequel Featuring Mary-Louise Parker In Development

Chris Longo Nov 8, 2019

Starz is working on a revival for Weeds, which originally ran on Showtime from 2005-2012.

Weeds, the hit pot dramedy that ran on Showtime from 2005-2012, may enter the legalization era. Starz is readying a sequel series set to follow the Botwin family 10 years after the events of the show’s initial run. Mary-Louise Parker, who starred as family matratich and weed kingpin Nancy Botwin, is set to reprise her role and executive produce the new series. Lionsgate, the studio behind the original show, is producing the project according to an exclusive from Variety.

Victoria Morrow, a writer and executive producer on Weeds, conceived the revival. Her other notable credits include Rectify and Hulu’s Chance. Weeds creator Jenji Kohan, who just capped off her critical darling Orange is the New Black with its seventh and final season, is not currently involved in the project.

According to the Variety report,
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"Weeds" Sequel On Starz

A sequel to the satirical, 'dark comedy' TV series "Weeds" is in development at Starz with Lionsgate Television producing, starring Mary-Louise Parker, 10 years after, as the 'Botwin' family adjust to making a living in a new era of cannabis legalization:

"Weeds" was created by Jenji Kohan, airing on Showtime 2005 to 2012, following central character 'Nancy Botwin' (Parker), a widowed mother with two boys 'Silas' (Hunter Parrish) and 'Shane' (Alexander Gould), who begins selling marijuana to support her family. 

Other main characters include Nancy's lax brother-in-law 'Andy Botwin' (Justin Kirk), who moves in to help raise her children, foolish acquaintance 'Doug Wilson' (Kevin Nealon), narcissistic neighbor 'Celia Hodes' (Elizabeth Perkins), Celia's husband 'Dean' (Andy Milder) and their daughter 'Isabelle' (Allie Grant), as well as Nancy's dealers 'Heylia James' (Tonye Patano) and 'Conrad Shepard' (Romany Malco).

Inspired by crime TV series "The Shield" and "The Sopranos", focusing on an anti-hero with an individual
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‘Weeds’ Sequel Series With Mary-Louise Parker In Works At Starz

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Starz is working on a sequel series to Weeds, the Showtime series starring Mary Louise-Parker that ran for eight seasons from 2005-12. The news was revealed on Starz owner Lionsgate’s second-quarter earnings call Thursday.

Lionsgate TV produced the original series, which was created by Jenji Kohan. Louise-Parker is attached to executive produce and star in the new project, which Lionsgate says is in development. The reboot picks up with the Botwin family 10 years after the events of the original series in an era of marijuana legalization. Victoria Morrow is the writer/executive producer.

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said during the call that Weeds and fellow Lionsgate TV series Mad Men will also be taken into the syndication marketplace next year.

In the original Weeds, Parker played a widowed mother of two boys

(Hunter Parrish and Alexander Gould) who begins selling marijuana to support her family after her husband’s death.
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Weeds Revival In the Works at Starz; Mary-Louise Parker Set to Return

Weeds Revival In the Works at Starz; Mary-Louise Parker Set to Return
Just when you thought Weeds was cashed, the Emmy Award-winning dark comedy is being relit. Mary-Louise Parker, who played suburban drug dealer Nancy Botwin in the long-running Showtime series, is reportedly attached to the new project as a star and an executive producer, TVLine’s sister publication Variety reports. The new series would pick up 10 years after Weeds originally ended.

Victoria Morrow, who wrote and co-ep’d the original series, is expected to write and executive-produce the revival. Series creator Jenji Kohan, however, is not yet attached.

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‘Weeds’ Sequel Series With Mary-Louise Parker in the Works at Starz

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Starz is in development on a sequel series to Showtime’s pot comedy “Weeds,” with Mary-Louise Parker attached to return as Nancy Botwin.

The series, which is from Starz’s owner Lionsgate, ran on Showtime from 2005-2012. The new version will come from executive producer Victoria Morrow, who served as a writer and co-executive producer on the original version. Parker will also be an executive producer on the new series.

The series would pick up with the Botwin family 10 years after the end of the show during the era of marijuana legalization.

Also Read: Lionsgate Film Business Helps Push Q2 Earnings Beyond Wall Street Expectations

“We’re thrilled to be back in business with series star and producer Mary Louise Parker on what we’re calling ‘Weeds 4.20,’ already in active development at Starz, as we prepare a comprehensive and integrated rollout for one of television’s most beloved properties,” Lionsgate
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Stars Attend Imf 13th Comedy Celebration

On Thursday, October 17, the International Myeloma Foundation (Imf), the first and largest myeloma-specific foundation in the world, presented its 13th Annual Comedy Celebration benefiting the Peter Boyle Research Fund and supporting the Black Swan Research Initiative (Bsri) at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA.

Kevin Nealon, Patton Oswalt and Ray Romano attend the International Myeloma Foundation 13th Annual Comedy Celebration

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Actor and comedian Ray Romano returned to host an unforgettable evening of laughs featuring some of the biggest names in comedy to raise money for research to find a cure for multiple myeloma, cancer of the bone marrow plasma cells, and one of the fastest growing blood cancers in the world. Joining Romano on-stage was an all-star lineup of comics including Adam Carolla, Demetri Martin, Kevin Nealon, Patton Oswalt, Caroline Rhea and Amanda Seales (Insecure).

Additional attendees included Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey), Alex Meneses,
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Metro PR Promotes Rebecca Rolnick Knaack And Andrew Valdes To VPs, Hires Elizabeth Villafan

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Metro PR Promotes Rebecca Rolnick Knaack And Andrew Valdes To VPs, Hires Elizabeth Villafan
Exclusive: There are some executive moves happening over at Metro PR. Rebecca Rolnick Knaack has been promoted to Vice President of Entertainment while Andrew Valdes has been upped to Vice President of Media Relations. In addition, the firm has hired industry vet Elizabeth Villafan as Account Supervisor for brands at the intersection of entertainment and technology. The new VPs will report to agency co-founders Tess Finkle, CEO and Laura Michael, President & COO, with Villafan reporting to Svp Dana Block.

“Andrew and Rebecca are an integral part of Metro’s rapid growth. During their time at the company, they’ve led award-winning campaigns for talent, studios, and producers, while also helping traditional talent build their digital brands,” says Laura Michael, President & COO of Metro PR. “As we look at the next phase of the company, we are thrilled to elevate their roles and welcome Elizabeth to the family.”

Before joining Metro
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‘Liza on Demand’ Season 2 Has YouTube’s Most-Watched Original Debut to Date (Exclusive)

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YouTube claims its new windowing strategy for originals — making them available to watch free, with ads, for everyone — is delivering big audiences just as execs hoped.

Season 2 of “Liza on Demand,” the sitcom starring and co-created by popular YouTube comedian Liza Koshy, scored more views for debut episode “Naked” in its first week than any of the video platform’s original series to date. In the episode, through a series of mishaps, Koshy’s character accidentally finds herself nude in public — and she later strips bare on a city street in a bid to prove she has nothing to hide.

Across all episode 1 debuts for YouTube Original shows, “Liza on Demand” had the biggest debut ever with 25 million views in the first seven days (Sept. 25-Oct. 1), according to YouTube. “Cobra Kai” season 2, a spinoff of the “Karate Kid” movies, previously held the seven-day record with 21 million views in April 2019, followed
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Spotlight: International Myeloma Foundation's Celebrity Supporters

Founded in 1990, the International Myeloma Foundation (Imf) is the oldest and largest myeloma-specific charity in the world. With more than 350,000 members in 140 countries, the Imf serves myeloma patients, family members, and the medical community. The Imf provides a wide range of programs in the areas of Research, Education, Support, and Advocacy.

How you can help

Learn more about the way the Imf is helping to improve the quality of life of myeloma patients while working toward prevention and a cure. Contact us at 800-452-cure (2873) in the Us or 818-487-7455 worldwide, or visit myeloma.org.

Celebrity supporters

International Myeloma Foundation has 23 known supporters, including Neil Patrick Harris, Ray Romano, and Kevin Nealon

Areas of work Cancer Read more about International Myeloma Foundation's work and celebrity supporters. Related articles Comedy Celebration To Raise Money For Myeloma ResearchCelebrities Play Jeopardy For CharityMichael McKean Wins $1 Million For Charity In Jeopardy FinalRay Romano
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Lisa Kudrow Credits This Friends Co-Star With Helping Her Overcome Struggle Playing Phoebe

Lisa Kudrow Credits This Friends Co-Star With Helping Her Overcome Struggle Playing Phoebe
While Lisa Kudrow nailed her role as Phoebe Buffay on Friends, playing the character wasn't easy for her. So her co-star Matt LeBlanc stepped up to help. The 56-year-old star made her comments while hiking with Kevin Nealon for an episode of his YouTube web series Hiking With Kevin, which was posted on Thursday.  Kudrow, a graduate of the prestigious Vassar College, where she majored in Biology, rose to fame as an actress with her popular, eccentric and somewhat ditzy role on Friends, which aired for 10 seasons until 2004. "I had played dumb girls, sure. But it wasn't really me," Kudrow told Nealon. "I feel like s--t, I...
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Alec Baldwin Still Hates Playing Trump On ‘SNL’ But Says Parody Helps Fans “Manage Their Pain”

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Alec Baldwin Still Hates Playing Trump On ‘SNL’ But Says Parody Helps Fans “Manage Their Pain”
The summer break hasn’t done anything to freshen Alec Baldwin’s attitude on playing Donald Trump for NBC’s Saturday Night Live. He still hates it.

Reiterating his loathing for the role that he expressed in June, Baldwin tells former SNL regular Kevin Nealon on the latter’s new YouTube series Hiking with Kevin (watch it below), that the first couple seasons recurring as Trump were fine – “fun, fun, fun,” actually – but the role grew tiresome.

“I don’t want to do it anymore,” Baldwin says bluntly, explaining that he doesn’t think the satire is having any impact on the real thing. “I don’t think it’s doing anything. It’s not doing anything good or bad for him.” The actor says the president “likes any attention he gets,” and that sometimes in his SNL dressing room he would “hope a meteor hits this building and it kills me.
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TV News Roundup: USA Sets ‘Mr. Robot’ Final Season Premiere Date, Drops Trailer (Watch)

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TV News Roundup: USA Sets ‘Mr. Robot’ Final Season Premiere Date, Drops Trailer (Watch)
In today’s TV news roundup, “Mr. Robot” will premiere its final season on Oct. 6, and Lauren Graham joins “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” at NBC.

Dates

The final season of USA Network’s “Mr. Robot” will return on Sunday, Oct. 6, a departure from its usual Wednesday time-slot. The 13-episode season will be set during the 2015 Christmas holiday and will continue to follow computer programmer Elliot (Rami Malek) and Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) as they embark into dangerous territory in their mission to target the one percent. Watch the trailer for the fourth and final season below:

Season 2 of Pop TV’s “Hot Date” will premiere Sept. 20. The sketch comedy series follows comedian couple Emily Axford and Brian Murphy as they put on a heightened performance of their love life. The new season will also feature guest appearances by Randall Park, Margaret Cho and Thomas Lennon.

CBS has announced premiere dates for its entire daytime lineup.
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Ray Romano To Host International Myeloma Foundation 13th Annual Comedy Celebration

The International Myeloma Foundation (Imf), the first and largest myeloma-specific foundation in the world, today revealed the all-star comic lineup for the Imf 13th Annual Comedy Celebration.

Actor and comedian Ray Romano returns for the 11th year to host an unforgettable night of laughter for an important cause. Joining Romano this year are some of the biggest names in comedy including Adam Carolla, Demetri Martin, Kevin Nealon, Patton Oswalt, Mary Lynn Rajskub and Amanda Seales (Insecure).

The Imf 13th Annual Comedy Celebration will take place on Thursday, October 17 at its new location, The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills and will include red carpet arrivals, cocktail party, dinner, and comedy show. Tickets are available now at comedy.myeloma.org. The red carpet arrivals will live stream exclusively on Imf’s Facebook (facebook.com/myeloma) from 6:30Pm-8Pm Pt. The live stream will be hosted by TV personality Alie Ward
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Ray Romano to Host Imf Comedy Celebration Headlined by Patton Oswalt, Demetri Martin and More

Ray Romano to Host Imf Comedy Celebration Headlined by Patton Oswalt, Demetri Martin and More
At the International Myeloma Foundation's 13th annual Comedy Celebration in October, attendees can show their support for multiple myeloma research by enjoying an all-star comic lineup. 

Ray Romano will return to host the comedy-filled event, held at the Beverly Hilton, for the 11th time. The night will include red carpet arrivals, a cocktail party, dinner and comedy sets by a number of stars including Adam Carolla, Demetri Marin, Kevin Nealon, Patton Oswalt, Mary Lynn Rajskub and Amanda Seales

Since 1990, Imf has pushed for research, education, support and advocacy to help those who suffer from the condition,...
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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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Watch the 10 Best Times Dana Carvey Played Ross Perot on ‘SNL’ (Photos)

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Watch the 10 Best Times Dana Carvey Played Ross Perot on ‘SNL’ (Photos)
Ross Perot, who died at the age of 89 on Tuesday, is perhaps the most notable presidential candidate to run from a third-party, which he did in 1992 and 1996. But anyone who watched “Saturday Night Live” in the 1990s know Perot mainly due to Dana Carvey’s great impression of the Texas billionaire-turned-White House hopeful.

Ross Perot for President Cold Open: Dana Carvey makes his debut as Perot in May of 1992, letting you know just how much money he has. Click here to watch.

Powerful Ross Perot: Carvey made light of Perot’s early exit from the 1992 election (he dropped out in July but would re-enter in October), but showing off how money is the real power. Click here to watch.

Lary King Live: Ross Perot interrupts Larry King’s (Kevin Nealon) interview with Brian Wilson (Tim Robbins) to pull out, then consistently jump back into, the 1992 presidential race. Click here to watch.
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