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How Schmidt Happens to Be The Most Popular Name on TV

Max Greenfield, Ashton Kutcher

Holy "Schmidt"! That last name has become a go-to for TV and film writers looking to give their characters a memorable moniker.

Netflix made headlines last week when it picked up two seasons of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the sitcom starring Ellie Kemper as a former cult member navigating the big city. NBC was originally set to launch the new comedy, from 30 Rock exec producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, but the Netflix deal was too good to pass up (and saved NBC the expense of trying to launch the new show in this sitcom-challenged era).

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Tina Fey's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Moves From NBC to Netflix

Tina Fey

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is making a big move ahead of her 2015 debut.

The new sitcom from Tina Fey, which was originally ordered to series by NBC, will now premiere on... read more

PHOTOS: So Fetch! See the Casts of Mean Girls and Ghostbusters Reunite

Entertainment Weekly

On Wednesdays, we wear pink reunite.  Entertainment Weekly managed to reunite the cast of Mean Girls — yes, even Lindsay Lohan! — for its latest reunion issue.

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10 Things We Learned About Amy Poehler from Her Memoir Yes Please

Yes Please

Amy Poehler devotes a substantial amount of ink in her new memoir Yes Please to telling readers that she "had no business" writing a book in the first place. With a schedule that includes 12-hour days on her sitcom Parks and Recreation, as well as raising two boys under 6, Poehler makes no secret of what a tedious process it was to complete Yes Please. Fortunately, the final product is much easier to consume than it apparently was to produce.

But while there aren't any jaw-dropping revelations per se, Yes Please includes plenty of new information about Poehler that even die-hard fans probably didn't know. Here are the most interesting tidbits we learned about the comedienne:

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W. Kamau Bell Laments “The Whiteness of Late Night”

W. Kamau Bell

Jimmy FallonConan O'BrienStephen ColbertJames CordenJimmy KimmelSeth 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.

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Exclusive: Producer Mike Shoemaker Gives the Backstory on This Year's Emmy Telecast

Andy Samberg and Seth Meyers

In planning this year's Emmy Awards, host Seth Meyers and his executive producer, Mike Shoemaker, took a cue from the Golden Globes. Shoemaker, who spoke with TV Guide Magazine behind the Nokia Theatre right after Monday night's telecast, says he and Meyers wanted to emulate how the Globes open by going straight to the jokes.

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Saturday Night Live Announcer Don Pardo Dies at 96

Don Pardo

Don Pardo, who was the voice of Saturday Night Live for nearly four decades, died in his sleep Monday at his home in Arizona, The Associated Press reports. He was 96.

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Wednesday TV: Don Rickles Tribute, NBC's Snowden Scoop

Robert De Niro, Don Rickles

Insults never sounded sweeter than when Don Rickles was hurling hilarious barbs at his targets, whether innocent ringside onlookers or the rich and famous on a celebrity roast dais. At 88, though stooped and using a cane, he still gives as good as he gets, a fact brought home with delightful wit and genuine lump-in-the-throat sentiment in Spike TV's One Night Only: An All-Star Tribute to Don Rickles (Wednesday, 9/8c).

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10 Promising Pilots: New Shows from Tina Fey, Shonda Rhimes, Bruno Heller and More

Tina Fey, Viola Davis, Debra Messing

Before the networks unveil their fall lineups later this month, we read nearly 100 broadcast pilot scripts, narrowing the contenders down to the 10 shows you're most likely to be watching this fall: read more

Saturday Night Live to Air 40th Anniversary Special in 2015

Saturday Night Live

NBC is planning a new special to celebrate 40 years of Saturday Night Live, the network announced Friday.

The three-hour live special will air... read more

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