W. Kamau Bell
Jimmy Fallon, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert, James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers. What do all these names have in common? They're all currently, or are going to be, late-night talk show hosts.
And they're all white guys.
In a column for Buzzfeed, comedian W. Kamau Bell rails against "the whiteness of late night," and comments upon the opportunities for change that have been passed up, in recent months especially.
Tributes have been pouring in for Joan Rivers since the comedienne died on Sept. 4 at the age of 81. Among her fans, Rivers was known for her abrasive humor and brash commentary, but among those closest to her, Rivers was known for her kindness, loyalty and early brand of feminism.
The Hollywood Reporter recently compiled comments from two dozen current and former colleagues of Rivers into a career-spanning oral history. Here are the seven most telling excerpts from the piece:
This week, Pippa Middleton gave her first televised interview on theToday show, and Funny or Die threw a surprise birthday party for America in honor of the Fourth of July. Jimmy Kimmel exposed bandwagon fans who were rooting for the U.S. in the World Cup, and also rewrote the lyrics to Trey Songz' "Na Na" so that old people could understand them. Chris Rock hosted the BET Awards, where he showed a video of himself interviewing white people at a monster truck rally about the show. Also, Showtime debuted the trailer for Season 2 of Masters of Sex, and Hulu geared up for the premiere of its original series The Hotwives of Orlando.
Beyoncé was the big winner at Sunday's BET Awards, which both began and ended under violent circumstances.
Hours prior to the show, two separate incidents occurred that resulted in one death and several injuries. According to The Hollywood Reporter, gunfire broke out at an unaffiliated pre-party for the show and ended with five people being injured, one fatally. A man was also stabbed at another BET pre-show party, but is listed in stable condition. No one is in custody for either incident and BET says both parties were unauthorized and unaffiliated with BET.
This week, Will Ferrell and his doppelganger, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, had a drum-off on The Tonight Show, and Steve Buscemi launched his new web series, "Park Bench with Steve Buscemi." A paralyzed baby goat learned to walk with the help of a cart, and the contestants from The Bachelorette tried to impress Andi with a risque Magic Mike inspired dance. Also, actor David Krumholtz unveiled a new website, on which he delivers local weather reports in character as Jewish grandmother Gigi — who can probably toss a baseball better than 50 Cent, who threw out possibly the most pathetic first pitch in MLB history. Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:
LaKendra Tookes, Leslie Jones
In addition to adding Sasheer Zamata to its cast, Saturday Night Live has hired two new black female writers. According to The Hollywood Reporter, LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones will start work on the sketch show on Monday.
Both comedians were discovered during the recent auditions Lorne Michaels held in response to criticism of the show's lack of diversity.
W. Kamau Bell
Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell is moving to five nights a week this fall, and host and executive producer W. Kamau Bell admits he's totally scared.
"I'm filled with fear," Bell said at the Television Critics Association fall previews on Friday. "That fear is the engine that keeps me going forward."
FX casts Billy Bob Thornton in Fargo series; FXX aims for younger viewers
Neil Patrick Harris
This week, a stadium crowd in London engaged in an impromptu singalong to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" while waiting for Green Day to take the stage, and NBC News anchor Brian Williams rapped Warren G's "Regulate" (sort of). NBA stars read mean tweets about themselves on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and PBS Digital Studios put together a compilation of late children's author Maurice Sendak talking about childhood. Oh, and the Tony Awards happened too. Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:
China Anne McClain and Chris Rock
Adam Sandler and Chris Rock are bringing their grown-up comedy to the Disney Channel. Sandler will guest star on Jessie, while Rock will make an appearance on A.N.T. Farm, both on Friday, June 28.
Rock will play himself on A.N.T. Farm, which airs ...
FX will not be moving forward with Russell Brand's late-night talk show Brand X, CEO John Landgraf announced Thursday.