To celebrate Mother's Day, last night's Last Week Tonight took a closer look at the many American companies and lawmakers who claim to love and support mothers but don't support paid maternity leave in the US, which is one of only two countries in the world to not provide paid time off for new mothers. "You can't go on and on about how much you love mothers," John Oliver says, "and then fail to support legislation that makes life easier for them." After playing a bunch of mushy Mother's Day ads, Oliver debuted a brand new ad made by Last Week Tonight that celebrates mothers without confusing them into thinking [...]
Last night's Last Week Tonight took a closer look at No Child Left Behind, Common Core, and the last decade of standardized testing in the US, which hasn't helped students and teachers as much as it's helped Pearson Education, which John Oliver says is "the educational equivalent of Time Warner Cable: Either you've never had an interaction with them and don't care, or they have ruined your fucking life." But just when the segment starts to get too real, look, a dancing monkey!
The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)
Comedian Todd Glass doesn’t find any power behind saying “I swear to God,” he’s created a version of the phrase that allows him to properly [...]
Lena Dunham is currently filming the fifth season of Girls, and while it hasn't officially been renewed for a sixth season yet, Dunham recently told Variety that season 6 will most likely be the show's final run. "I think America has a tendency to push shows past their due dates," she said. "I like the British model — in and out." Dunham isn't sure yet where Girls will leave Hannah at the very end: "Will she be with anyone? That's the question. And how important is it ending up with someone, and is that the marker of success for a woman?" If you're sad that Girls won't extend [...]
Sarah Jessica Parker is returning to HBO. Deadline reports that the pay network has given a series order to a new comedy by Pulling creator Sharon Horgan called Divorce with Parker attached to star. The single-cam comedy centers on Parker as Frances, "a woman who suddenly begins to reassess her life and her marriage, and finds that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought." Thomas Haden Church, Molly Shannon, and Talia Balsam are set to costar and Horgan will executive produce, making it her very first US comedy series. Horgan most recently starred opposite Rob Delaney in the Channel 4 comedy [...]