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Jimmy Kimmel and Susan Sarandon Recreate the 'Thelma & Louise' Selfie

On last night's Jimmy Kimmel Live, guest Susan Sarandon agreed to recreate film history's pioneering selfie from Thelma & Louise, with Kimmel standing in for Geena Davis and bringing the classic scene into the modern age with his iPhone.

Patton Oswalt Presents Jimmy Kimmel with a Webby Award on Horseback

Last night's Jimmy Kimmel Live was briefly interrupted when Webby Awards host Patton Oswalt valiantly rode in on a white steed to present him with an award for his prank twerking video from last year. Hopefully Oswalt uses this setup for all talk show appearances going forward.

ABC Orders Culture-Straddling Comedies 'Cristela' and 'Fresh off the Boat'

After canceling a ton of shows last week, ABC has added two new comedies to its lineup both centered on family and cultural identity, THR reports. The first series order goes to Cristela, a semi-autobiographical multi-cam show by and starring standup Cristela Alonzo as "an American Latina straddling cultures while not fully belonging to either." The second show to land a series order is Fresh off the Boat from Don't Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 creator Nahnatchka Khan. Based on the Eddie Huang memoir of the same name, Fresh off the Boat follows a family of Taiwanese Americans as they "try to live [...]

ABC Is Keeping Jimmy Kimmel Around for at Least Two More Years

The New York Times reports that ABC has given late night host Jimmy Kimmel a two-year contract extension, keeping him on the network through January 2017. This move shows that ABC has faith in Kimmel to go head-to-head with some stiff competition between Jimmy Fallon on NBC and, come next year, Stephen Colbert on CBS. According to THR, Kimmel's rising ratings success factored into NBC's decision to move Fallon to the 11:35pm time slot, but while Kimmel's been holding strong with his 917,000 viewer demo average, Fallon's Tonight Show has been drawing more ratings in the key 18-49 demo than Kimmel and Letterman combined, averaging 4.6 [...]

A Guide to Your Favorite Late Night and Sketch TV Writers on Twitter

There are tons of great late night and sketch comedy shows on television these days, and behind each one is a staff of writers hard at work to ensure their respective late night host or starring cast puts on the funniest and most finely tuned performance possible. We're in the midst of a rerun week for shows like Conan, SNL, and The Daily Show, so with that in mind, here's a complete writing staff breakdown of some of the best sketch and late night shows on TV, including a handy guide to whose Twitter feeds you can invade to get your minute-by-minute comedy fix.

Iran's 'Modern Family' Ripoff Is an Exact Copy of the Original (Minus One Thing)

Via Time, here's a clip compilation comparing ABC's Modern Family with its Iranian knockoff Haft Sang. Aside from the obvious shot-for-shot resemblance, Haft Sang isn't quite modern enough to feature rebellious teen girls or gay couples yet, instead replacing Cameron with a woman and switching the daughters to sons.

Watch the Previews for ABC's New Fall Comedies, 'Black-ish', 'Selfie', 'Manhattan Love Story', and 'Cristela'

ABC is launching four new sitcoms this fall to replace the massive batch of ones they canceled last week, and they just released preview clips for the new shows (Check out our full fall comedy preview here). Above is the preview for Black-ish, starring Anthony Anderson and Laurence Fishburne. Click through to check out the trailers for ABC's three other new comedies, Selfie, Cristela, and Manhattan Love Story.

ABC Also Cancels 'Super Fun Night', 'The Neighbors', 'Suburgatory'

It's been a bloodbath in the sitcom world today as news of cancellations are rolling in. ABC just canceled the Rebel Wilson sitcom Super Fun Night after one season, The Neighbors after two seasons Suburgatory after three seasons, THR reports. These cancellations join freshman comedies Trophy Wife and Mixology, which were both canceled by ABC last night.

Family shows The Middle, The Goldbergs, and Modern Family are the only comedies ABC has renewed, with Goldbergs being the only freshman sitcom to survive. The fate of the network's Tim Allen vehicle Last Man Standing has yet to be announced.

Tony Hale Proves He Can Be Tough with His Latest Film 'Slade Seksdik'

On last night's Jimmy Kimmel Live, guest Tony Hale gave a world premiere sneak peek at his newest film Slade Seksdik: Die-Time, a project he took on to prove to the world that there's way more range to his acting than his meek characters from Veep and Arrested Development.

Jimmy Kimmel's Aunt Chippy Gets Attacked by Bats in Austin

It's always entertaining whenever Jimmy Kimmel sends his Aunt Chippy out for her aunt-on-the-street segments, but her visit to Austin's Congress Avenue Bridge — which doubles as a bat conservation site — has got to be one of the hot-tempered Chippy's most hilarious moments. Cousin Sal was also on hand to push things to the limit with some fake bats at the perfect point.

Ratings vs. Reviews: Where Do Today's Comedies Stack Up?

While it's true that Nielsen ratings are an inaccurate and outdated measure of today's television audiences, they still serve as a show's ultimate ticket to survival when — as we saw in the recent sitcom cancellation bloodbath – network brass decide which programs to axe off their lineup. Some of comedy's biggest fan favorites weren't exactly ratings blockbusters while on the air — see Arrested Development, Happy Endings, and Community – but went on to carve out niche audiences, and as television moves more and more into the internet age, online reviews, Twitter, and fan feedback can gauge a show's watchability faster than asking "Sure, but does it average a steady 5.0 season average Nielsen rating?"

With that in mind, we thought it'd [...]

A Guide to the New Crop of Network Comedies

The broadcast networks canceled a whopping 18 comedies this year, which means there are a lot of holes to fill with new sitcoms come fall, especially with NBC and ABC, the two networks that canceled the most comedies. Among this season's highlights are Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the first series Tina Fey has created since 30 Rock; Marry Me, starring Casey Wilson and Ken Marino and created by Happy Endings' David Caspe; and standup and SNL writer John Mulaney's self-titled sitcom, which will see the light of day this fall after nearly two years in development. We organized all the season's new comedies into the following guide:

ABC Cans ‘Trophy Wife’, Passes on Paul F. Tompkins and Molly Shannon, and More

ABC announced a bunch of changes last night, including some renewals, cancellations, and new series pickups. In the comedy sphere, freshman shows Trophy Wife and Mixology were both given the axe, while renewals were handed out to The Goldbergs, The Middle, and awards juggernaut Modern Family. New shows that have been picked up include Selfie from Suburgatory creator Emily Kapnek, romantic comedy Manhattan Love Story, and a musical fairy tale-themed comedy called Galavant. While there are still several comedy pilots up for consideration, THR reports that the Paul F. Tompkins/Molly Shannon-starring series Bambi Cottages from Happy Endings writer Brian Gallivan has been sadly passed over as well as [...]

A Guide to Your Favorite Sitcom TV Writers on Twitter

Last month we compiled a complete guide to all the best late night and sketch show writers on Twitter, from talk shows to SNL to Comedy Central's crop of new and returning sketch series. This round we're highlighting the writing staffs of some of the finest sitcoms and animated series on television today, from both established network regulars like Community and Parks and Rec to breakthrough newcomers like Broad City, Silicon Valley, and Rick and Morty. Writing for a television show is above all a collaborative effort, so here's a zoomed-in glance at the teams hard at work to keep you hooked on all your favorite shows week [...]