During his visit to last night's Late Show, Aziz Ansari told David Letterman why he identifies as a feminist — which, it turns out, has less to do with today's stereotype of what a feminist is and more to do with its working dictionary definition: "You're a feminist if you go to a Jay-Z and Beyonce concert, and you're not like 'Mmm, I feel like Beyonce should get 23% less money than Jay-Z. Also, I don't think Beyonce should have the right to vote, and why is Beyonce singing and dancing? Shouldn't she make Jay a steak? I'm sure he's very tired after walking and rapping those two songs.'" Watch [...]
Standup Tommy Johnagin might be getting his own Everybody Loves Raymond-style sitcom. Deadline reports that Johnagin has teamed up with $h*! My Dad Says/Surviving Jack co-creators Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker to create a multi-cam comedy for CBS based on his life with Bill Lawrence signed on to executive produce. The untitled series — which has received a pilot commitment — stars Johnagin "as a standup comic raising a family in a small Midwestern town." Johnagin also had a similar pilot co-written with My Name Is Earl writer Mike Pennie in development at NBC in 2012.
For more on Johnagin, check out our interview with him [...]
When news broke that Craig Ferguson would be stepping down from Late Late Show at the end of the year, many hoped that the empty hosting gig would lead to a more diverse late night choice; Ferguson himself even said he thought his replacement should "unquestionably be a female." Not long after CBS officially announced that Ferguson will be replaced with British performer James Corden, Kathy Griffin — who was interested in the job herself — has spoken out about the behind-the-scenes hiring process over at CBS.
According to The Wrap, Griffin reached out to CBS to be considered for Late Late Show but was told [...]
Here's a clip from Friday's Late Show, in which Tina Fey gives Letterman some updates on her three-year-old daughter Penelope, who sounds like a tough New Yorker already. Click through for another part of the interview where Fey addresses the tabloid rumors that Amy Poehler was a real pain while filming their upcoming movie together The Nest.
Back in 2011 it was reported that The Office's Greg Daniels was adapting the British comedy series Friday Night Dinner for NBC that was not ordered to series, but today the show is getting a second shot on another network. Deadline reports that CBS has given a put-pilot commitment to a new adaptation of the Channel 4 series, which "focuses on the regular dinner experience of a family each Friday night." Original Friday Night Dinner creator Robert Popper will write the US version, though it's not yet known whether it will be single-cam like the original or take on CBS's more common multi-cam format.
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