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On My Screen: ‘Palm Springs’ Andy Samberg On His TV & Film Favorites, His Secret Love Of Kidz Bop & How He Tortured Bill Hader

On My Screen: ‘Palm Springs’ Andy Samberg On His TV & Film Favorites, His Secret Love Of Kidz Bop & How He Tortured Bill Hader
With the world coming to a total standstill in the pandemic, Andy Samberg’s quirky time-loop rom-com genre mashup Palm Springs became a representation of everyone’s emotional isolation, and a blueprint for us to find our redemptive souls in the process. “All of a sudden, it morphed from this movie that blended genres and was really fun conceptually for us,” Samberg says, “to people saying this movie is boiling down what we’re all going through.” It’s no wonder really that Palm Springs has been lauded as the comedy of the year. With that success, and then the return of his Golden Globe-winning performance in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Samberg has much to celebrate. Here, he picks out some onscreen favorites, from his early days experimenting with The Lonely Island, to working on Saturday Night Live, with guilty pleasures and life lessons along the way.

My First Film Lesson

Probably during film school at NYU,
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Aunty Donna: Meet Your New Sketch Comedy Obsession

Aunty Donna: Meet Your New Sketch Comedy Obsession
It’s morning in Australia which means Aunty Donna’s Big Ol’ House of Fun, Netflix’s new sketch comedy series, has been out for more than a day when we meet the show’s stars over Zoom. The Aussie comedians who comprise the troupe Aunty Donna—Broden Kelly, Mark Samual Bonanno, and Zachary Ruane—are already fielding scathing reviews.

“My mum didn’t care for the ‘Morning Brown’ song,” says Ruane, referring to a rousing musical number—about morning coffee that unfurls into a string of raunchy sexcapades—that kicks off episode two. “I called her on the night of release. I was so proud, so excited. I was like, ‘What’d you think?’ And she was like, ‘That coffee song was a bit much.’”

Although “Morning Brown” is one of the more memorable (good luck not humming it when you make your coffee after watching it) and delightfully unhinged sketches in season one,
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The Mandalorian: Horatio Sanz’s Mythrol Brings SNL Spirit to Star Wars

The Mandalorian: Horatio Sanz’s Mythrol Brings SNL Spirit to Star Wars
This article contains spoilers for The Mandalorian season 2 episode 4.

Though Disney+’s first Star Wars live-action series The Mandalorian is only a year old, the series is already starting to circle back on its own mythology. In season 2 episode 4 “The Siege,” the show brings back a secondary character who factored heavily into the series’ very first scene.

That’s right: Horatio Sanz’s “The Mythrol” is back and he’s just as useless as ever. Longtime Mando fans will remember Sanz’s unnamed Mythrol as the first bounty that the show’s titular bounty hunter collected. After saving the Mythrol’s life from a group of trawlers, Din Djarin a.k.a. The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) went ahead and captured the amphibious rogue himself. The Mythrol was encased in carbonite Han Solo-style and handed over to the Bounty Hunters’ Guild.

When the Mythrol pops up again in “The Siege,” he
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HBO Max Releases ‘The Flight Attendant’ Trailer (TV News Roundup)

HBO Max Releases ‘The Flight Attendant’ Trailer (TV News Roundup)
In today’s TV news roundup, HBO Max released a trailer for “The Flight Attendant,” and Spotify released a one-time show with Matthew McConaughey.

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Season 15 of CMT‘s “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team” will premiere on Nov. 24 and be simulcast on CMT and MTV at 10 p.m. Due to Covid-19 safety protocols, the auditions for this year’s cast were held virtually, and the Dcc Summer Training Camp took place inside a bubble. The cheerleaders will perform to impress judges director of cheerleading Kelli Finglass and head choreographer Judy Trammell. Melissa Rycroft Strickland will return to mentor and guest judge on the show, while choreographers Charm La’Donna, Travis Wall and Evan Miller will also return.

Netflix announced that “Aunty Donna’s Big Ol’ House of Fun” will premiere Nov. 11. The streaming platform also shared a trailer for the sketch series by Australian comedy group Aunty Donna, which
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I'm Sorry on truTV: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Three?

I'm Sorry on truTV: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Three?
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What's next for Andrea, Mike, and Amelia? Has the I'm Sorry TV show been cancelled or renewed for a third season on truTV? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of I'm Sorry, season three. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?

What's This TV Show About?

A truTV scripted sitcom, I'm Sorry stars Savage as Andrea, with Tom Everett Scott as husband Mike, Olive Petrucci as daughter Amelia, and Kathy Baker and Martin Mull as Andrea’s divorced parents. Season two guest stars include: Adam Scott, Lennon Parkham, June Diane Raphael, Scott Aukerman, Rob Huebel, Anne Ramsay, Kurt Braunohler, Rose McIver, Brian Stepanek, and Rich Eisen. Read More…
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‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Director Scott Aukerman On Crafting ‘Sorta Uncut Interviews’ & Potential Future Incarnation Of Zach Galifianakis’ Improvised Talk Show

‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Director Scott Aukerman On Crafting ‘Sorta Uncut Interviews’ & Potential Future Incarnation Of Zach Galifianakis’ Improvised Talk Show
Back in 2008, Scott Aukerman co-created Between Two Ferns, the rare short-form series that has maintained popularity over more than a decade.

Hosted by Zach Galifianakis, the Funny or Die comedy plays with the ideas of celebrity image and the celebrity talk show appearance, watching as the comedian makes jokes at his A-list guests’ expense, and gets his fair share of barbs back.

Earning two Emmys to date for the series, Aukerman elected last year to expand its world with the Netflix film, Between Two Ferns: The Movie. Following Galifianakis and his ragtag camera crew as they embark on a road trip to complete a series of interviews, the film features improvised interviews with Awkwafina, Brie Larson, Keanu Reeves, David Letterman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Rudd, Matthew McConaughey, and Hailee Steinfeld.

Ultimately, these segments would appear in the movie only in pieces, becoming their own short-form series, known as Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis: The Movie,
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Scott Aukerman (‘Between Two Ferns’) dishes how Zach Galifianakis is ‘the worst offender’ when it comes to breaking character [Exclusive Video Interview]

Scott Aukerman (‘Between Two Ferns’) dishes how Zach Galifianakis is ‘the worst offender’ when it comes to breaking character [Exclusive Video Interview]
When interviews are being taped for “Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis,” one might think that the guests will have a hard time keeping a straight face, but Scott Aukerman reveals that it’s actually the host who has a tough time not laughing. “Actually Zach Galifianakis is the worst offender when it comes to that,” confesses Aukerman in our recent webchat (watch the video above). It’s been enough of a problem that Aukerman had to make sure Galifianakis knew that it could hamper production on the Netflix movie version of the beloved segment. “I had to have a talk with Zach and say, ‘Hey, we’re a little under the gun with the resources and time we have to shoot this movie. You really need to stay in character as much as possible.’”

“Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis” is one of the most unique interview segments around.
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Scott Aukerman and Adam Scott launch Red Hot Chili Peppers podcast R U Talkin' Rhcp Re: Me?

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Scott Aukerman and Adam Scott launch Red Hot Chili Peppers podcast R U Talkin' Rhcp Re: Me?
Scott Aukerman and Adam Scott’s pursuit of greatness in the field of good rock ’n’ roll uh music continues apace today, with the podcasting duo launching a new series: R U Talkin’ Rhcp Re: Me?, centered—as if that title didn’t make it abundantly clear—on the music of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The series is a…
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10 TV Shows Based on Podcasts Ranked, From ‘Homecoming’ to ‘2 Dope Girls’ (Photos)

10 TV Shows Based on Podcasts Ranked, From ‘Homecoming’ to ‘2 Dope Girls’ (Photos)
Homecoming” is back and “Dirty John” will be returning for its second season on June 2. Here are other TV shows based on successful podcasts, with their Metacritic ranking.

“Up and Vanished” (2018 – )

Metacritic score: n/a

Payne Lindsey’s true-crime podcast first became a successful two-part special on Oxygen, exploring the disappearance of Georgia schoolteacher Tara Grinstead. And then it became a series, with Payne and his team exploring a new cold case in each episode.

Alex Inc.” (2018)

Metacritic score: 49

Zach Braff plays a journalist who quits his job to start his own podcast business — in a short-lived ABC sitcom very loosely based on Alex Blumberg’s “StartUp” podcast about the founding of his own Gimlet Media podcast network.

StarTalk” (2015 – )

Metacritic score: 55

Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson adapted his hit podcast into a long-running talk show on NatGeo, with a wide variety of guests beyond the science (and even sci-fi) field.

Dirty John
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Weird Al and Friends Parody Gal Gadot's 'Imagine' Video with an 'Eat It' Cover

Weird Al and Friends Parody Gal Gadot's 'Imagine' Video with an 'Eat It' Cover
Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, and many other fan favorite actors and comedians collaborated with 'Weird Al' Yankovic to perform a deadpan rendition of the singer's classic parody song "Eat It," and better yet, it was all for a good cause. This week, Odenkirk and his old Mr. Show co-star David Cross hosted a livestream charity function called the Mr. Show Zoomtacular Annual Business Call Event. During the livestream, Odenkirk and Cross debuted the new video, featuring themselves and plenty more of our favorite celebrities singing the strangest cover of a "Weird Al" song you'll ever hear. You can check it out yourself by watching the video below.

After the video was posted online, 'Weird Al' Yankovic tweeted it to his followers along with the following message: "Truly there's no problem that can't be overcome when you get a bunch of celebrities together to sing something." The statement is obviously poking
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David Cross, Bob Odenkirk Reunite ‘Mr. Show’ Cast for Live Charity Special

David Cross, Bob Odenkirk Reunite ‘Mr. Show’ Cast for Live Charity Special
David Cross and Bob Odenkirk are reuniting the cast of their Nineties HBO comedy sketch series, Mr. Show for a charity special on Zoom, which will stream live on May 13th at 8 p.m. Et via House Seats. Proceeds from tickets for the livestream will benefit Lift, a national organization that assists families facing poverty.

The special, entitled The Mr. Show ‘Kidz With Beardz’ Presents: Come Join Our Zoomtacular Annual Business Call!, includes appearances from castmates Paul F. Tompkins, Scott Aukerman, Tom Kenny, Jill Talley, Jay Johnston, Brian Posehn, Brett Paesel,
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Quibi Developing Dystopian Dating App Comedy ‘Unmatched’ From Allen Strickland Williams

Quibi Developing Dystopian Dating App Comedy ‘Unmatched’ From Allen Strickland Williams
Exclusive: Imagine a world where a dating app matches you with your perfect partner. Now, imagine you are one of four people who opt out of finding their perfect partner and decide to just live their best promiscuous life. That’s exactly what the Quibi comedy Unmatched is all about.

Created by Allen Strickland Williams, the mobile short-form streaming platform is currently developing the series which takes place in a comedic future where the most powerful company ever has created a dating app that matches you with your perfect soulmate. Unmatched follows four roommates who live in this brave new world who decide to live a life of hooking up instead of settling down.

“This show is my dystopian love letter to non-monogamy, anti-capitalism and, most importantly, sex,” said Williams.

He will executive producer of Unmatched alongside Scott Aukerman and David Jargowsky. Comedy Bang! Bang! will produce.

A stand-up comedian and writer,
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‘Good Girls Get High’ Review: Laughs Are Baked Into This Sweet Teen Comedy

‘Good Girls Get High’ Review: Laughs Are Baked Into This Sweet Teen Comedy
The comparisons are inevitable, so we might as well get them out of the way: “Good Girls Get High” sounds a lot like “Booksmart” because, well, it is a lot like “Booksmart.” But if its heroines can co-exist as joint valedictorians, there’s no reason we can’t embrace a pair of like-minded comedies about brainy teens who decide to go wild before high school ends.

The movie is narrated by Sam. She’s making a video for Harvard’s admissions team, in hopes she can undo an impulsive mistake. She got accepted, but her single dad is struggling just to keep his old-fashioned ice-cream shop open in the Instagram era. Having been denied financial aid, she impulsively turned down their acceptance in order to join her Bff Danielle (“A.N.T. Farm”‘s Stefanie Scott) at State. But then Danielle got into Harvard too, and now Sam has to scramble to
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The National’s Matt Berninger Announces Debut Solo Album ‘Serpentine Prison’

The National’s Matt Berninger Announces Debut Solo Album ‘Serpentine Prison’
Matt Berninger, frontman of the National, has announced plans to release his debut solo album Serpentine Prison. The musician revealed the news via Instagram, also confirming that the songs were produced and arranged by Booker T. Jones.

“More about it soon but basically I’m the luckiest man in the universe with lots of brilliant friends who can play instermints,” Berninger wrote. “Not worthy!” He also directed fans to Jones’ upcoming memoir, Time Is Tight, which is out October 29th. Berninger has not shared a release date for the album.
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Watch The National’s Matt Berninger Perform ‘Walking on a String’ With Phoebe Bridgers

Watch The National’s Matt Berninger Perform ‘Walking on a String’ With Phoebe Bridgers
The National’s Matt Berninger has released a video of his new song “Walking on a String,” featuring indie-rock phenom Phoebe Bridgers. The duo recorded the track for the new Zach Galifianakis film Between Two Ferns: The Movie, released last month on Netflix.

“It’s a song about how our problems and anxieties can build up and feel like a tangled inescapable web,” Berninger tells Rolling Stone. “Sometimes all it takes is a friend with some perspective and patience to help us see our way out of our own messes.
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The National’s Matt Berninger, Phoebe Bridgers Team for ‘Between Two Ferns’ Film Duet (Exclusive)

The National’s Matt Berninger, Phoebe Bridgers Team for ‘Between Two Ferns’ Film Duet (Exclusive)
It wasn’t exactly typecasting when the makers of the new Zach Galifianakis comedy “Between Two Ferns: The Movie” signed up singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers and the National’s Matt Berninger to play the resident band of a generic drinking hole. But the movie makes the most of this duet between two indie heroes in a “nameless bar in the middle of America” — and Variety has the exclusive video premiere of the new song they perform together, “Walking on a String.”

The cameos in the Netflix comedy arrive so fast and frequently that it can be difficult to catch them all in one viewing. The film expands on the Funny or Die series first created by Galifianakis and writer/director Scott Aukerman in 2008, following the fictional “Between Two Ferns” crew as they travel the country in search of celebrities to interview. As a result, the movie is packed with hilariously uncomfortable encounters
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‘The Politician’ Cast Reveal Their Hopes for Season 2 of Ryan Murphy’s Netflix Hit

‘The Politician’ Cast Reveal Their Hopes for Season 2 of Ryan Murphy’s Netflix Hit
[Editor’s Note: The following story contains spoilers for Season 1 of “The Politician.”]

As with any Ryan Murphy show, the season finale of “The Politician” took a big swing, jumping ahead in time three years in order to set up a brand new reality for Season 2. With the introduction of Judith Light and Bette Midler’s characters, and the final revelation that Ben Platt’s Payton Hobart will be mounting a campaign for New York State Senator, Murphy once again proved that anything is possible in his universe. Series regular Lucy Boynton, who plays school mean girl Astrid, put it succinctly: “You know [Season 2 is] gonna be so different from Season 1. It has to be, it’s Ryan.”

Just how different the second season of the soapy political drama will be is yet to be seen, but judging from the shenanigans in Season 1, Murphy will continue to push the envelope. Though we’re told actual details are being kept as mum as those for a Marvel movie,
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‘Between Two Ferns’: Director Scott Aukerman Found a Completely New Way to Make a Movie

‘Between Two Ferns’: Director Scott Aukerman Found a Completely New Way to Make a Movie
Scott Aukerman spent the better part of the last 24 months making a movie. For a significant chunk of that time, he couldn’t really tell that many people what it was.

“We had two different code words for the movie,” Aukerman told IndieWire in a recent interview. “Our producer Corinne Eckhart came up with one of them, which was ‘Pineapple Harvest.’ Anytime we would be in an elevator talking about the movie and there were other people, we would have to use that and say, ‘What are you doing tomorrow?’ ‘Ah, I have to go write ‘Pineapple Harvest.’ Another one I think was ‘Child Ninja,’ what all the signs would say that would lead you to the set. It was definitely a little more high stakes and we had to keep everyone who was going to be in the movie a secret.”

That cloaked production ended up becoming “Between Two Ferns: The Movie,
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White House Staff Pushed ‘Between Two Ferns’ to Cut Obama Last Black President Joke

With “Between Two Ferns: The Movie” now streaming on Netflix, the web series’ co-creator and director Scott Aukerman recently took some time to look back at one of the show’s greatest hits while speaking with The Daily Beast’s Matt Wilstein. Aukerman discussed at length the Barack Obama episode of “Between Two Ferns,” which aired in March 2014 during Obama’s second term as President of the United States. Obama’s White House approached Hollywood creators for video ideas that would drive people to support the Affordable Care Act. Aukerman himself proposed having Obama on “Between Two Ferns.”

“When it finally became something that it seemed like he was going to do, you start having their people try to shape it and preemptively try to get in there and be like, ‘Well, let’s talk about what’s really going to happen,’” Aukerman said of beginning to deal with Obama’s White House staff.
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‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Review: Zach Galifianakis Parodies Bad Ideas on Netflix

‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Review: Zach Galifianakis Parodies Bad Ideas on Netflix
Zach Galifianakis knows audiences love his “Between Two Ferns” interviews just as much as he knows they’ve reached their limit. Three years ago, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, he matter-of-factly described the hit Funny or Die web series as “one note,” admitted he didn’t know what else to do with it, and, after interviewing everyone from Brad Pitt to Barack Obama, said the show had “kind of run it’s course.” He later resurrected the bit to support Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign — much like he interviewed Obama to help Healthcare.org — but the latest incarnation of “Between Two Ferns” isn’t so philanthropic.

“Between Two Ferns: The Movie” knows it shouldn’t exist. Given Netflix money to become more celebrity-decorated Netflix content, writer, and director Scott Aukerman’s 82-minute feature is styled as a mockumentary, using a purposefully flimsy plot to stitch together a
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