Posts tagged as Newsreaders

Alan Tudyk and the Joy of Playing Idiots

Alan Tudyk is one of the more recognizable faces acting today, even if his name and voice hide behind his characters. Tudyk has been on Broadway, starred in a beloved TV show, and has done voice-over work for animated hits including Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, and Disney’supcoming feature Big Hero 6. He was also Steve the Pirate in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. Tudyk once attempted standup, but after facing a threatening heckler, he joined an improv troupe, learning a skill that has aided his acting career.

He most recently signed on as the new host of Newsreaders as it begins its second season Thursday night at midnight on [...]

Adult Swim Renews 'Newsreaders' for Season 2

Adult Swim's 60 Minutes parody Newsreaders is coming back for a second season. Co-creator David Wain revealed on the podcast Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend this week that production is about to begin on the 15-minute comedy's second season, although Adult Swim has yet to make an official announcement about the renewal.

A spinoff of Childrens Hospital, Adult Swim is a faux-news magazine hosted by  Louis LaFonda (played by Mather Zickel) that's created and executive produced by the Childrens Hospital team of Rob Corddry, Jonathan Stern, and David Wain. Corddry, Paul Scheer, Michael Showalter, and Wyatt Cenac, amongst others, contributed as writers during the first season, which debuted in [...]

Watch the Premiere of Adult Swim's 'Childrens Hospital' Spin-Off 'Newsreaders'

Adult Swim's new Childrens Hospital spin-off Newsreaders, a fake newsmagazine program hosted by Louis La Fonda (played by Mather Zickel), debuts this Thursday at midnight, but the network has uploaded the pilot to YouTube early in order to reel fans in. If you thought you'd never see Dan Rather and Brian Posehn on the same show, think again.

Someone Will Die on Tomorrow's 'Childrens Hospital' Finale

Here's a preview of Childrens Hospital's fourth season finale, entitled "Eulogy," in which one of the cast members dies. Or at least a cast member on the show-within-the-show (Childrens Hospital is really confusing). In the episode, fictional newsmagazine show Newsreaders (which is getting its own spinoff soon) looks back on the departed cast member's life, which should be really tough on the other actors within-the-show-within-the-show.

David Wain, Rob Huebel, Thomas Lennon, and More Show Up in the 'Newsreaders' Season 2 Trailer

The second season of Newsreaders premieres October 23rd at midnight, and Adult Swim released a trailer today featuring new host Alan Tudyk as "Reagan Biscayne" and appearances by Rob Huebel, Thomas Lennon, Jenna Fischer, Rob Riggle, Steve Little, David Hasselhoff, Billy Ray Cyrus, and tons more.

Talking to Mather Zickel About 'Newsreaders,' Playing Bill Murray, and Going to College with The State

Having gone to college with the members of the comedy group The State in the late '80s, actor Mather Zickel began working with The State alumni like Reno 911!, The Ten, and Stella in the early 2000s. Now, he's front and center in Adult Swim's newest 11-minute comedy Newsreaders, a spin-off of Childrens Hospital produced and created by Rob Corddry, Jonathan Stern, and The State's David Wain. As Louis La Fonda, the host of Newsreaders, a fake newsmagazine show, Zickel nails the cadence and feel of tabloidy reporters, helping the show to take on 60 Minutes in the same way that Childrens Hospital skewers Grey's Anatomy. I recently had the chance to talk [...]

Talking to Kumail Nanjiani About Standup, Acting, 'SNL' Auditions and More

Fans of Kumail Nanjiani have no shortage of places to find him. He's appeared in every season of IFC's Portlandia, and is a regular on TNT's legal dramedy Franklin & Bash. He also hosts the video game podcast The Indoor Kids alongside his wife Emily V. Gordon, co-hosts the weekly standup show The Meltdown in Los Angeles with Nerdist’s Jonah Ray, and just recorded his first special and CD for Comedy Central.

I recently got the chance to chat with him about acting, touring, and auditioning for SNL.

You recently recorded your first hour special in Austin. Does it have a name yet?

There's a couple names we're kicking [...]

Adult Swim to Produce 'Children's Hospital' Spinoff 'Newsreaders'

In a very minor form of life imitating art, Children's Hospital's show within a show Newsreaders, who last season investigated all the failed spinoffs of each of the characters (watch the episode here), is getting its own real-life spinoff. The TV newsmagazine satire will be run by Children's Hospital's creative team and former Daily Show executive producer Jim Margolis. Margolis used to work on actual newsmagazine shows like 60 Minutes, so this is the 15-minute show he was destined to work on.

Alan Tudyk Takes Over for Mather Zickel as Host of Adult Swim's 'Newsreaders'

Adult Swim's Childrens Hospital spinoff Newsreaders, an absurdist take on 60 Minutes-esque magazine shows that premiered last year, is getting a new host for its second season. Season 1 host Mather Zickel has been cast in the Will Ferrell/Adam McKay-produced NBC sitcom Bad Judge, starring Kate Walsh, so Alan Tudyk will be the host for Season 2, which is expected to debut later this year. Like Zickel, Tudyk is an actor who's skilled with both comedic and dramatic acting and has that same ability to play newsmen and TV hosts well.

Created by Childrens Hospital trio Rob Corddry, David Wain, and Jonathan Stern, Newsreaders was renewed for a [...]

Checking In with Adult Swim's New 'Childrens Hospital' Spin-off 'Newsreaders'

Adult Swim added another 11-minute comedy to its roster last night – or yesterday morning. The network's new series, Newsreaders, is a spin-off from Rob Corddry's Childrens Hospital, but whereas Childrens Hospital riffs on over-dramatic medical dramas, Newsreaders skewers news magazine shows like 60 Minutes and 20/20. Like Childrens Hospital and Adult Swim sister show NTSF:SD:SUV, Newsreaders is jam-packed with great jokes, and the show's first two episodes find it full of potential.

Newsreaders is hosted by actor Mather Zickel, a veteran of producer David Wain's comedies, as serious newsman Louis La Fonda. As he proved during the three Childrens Hospital episodes that inspired Newsreaders to spin off into [...]

Adult Swim's 'Childrens Hospital' Spinoff 'Newsreaders' Looks Delightful

Here's the trailer for Adult Swim's new Childrens Hospital spinoff Newsreaders, a fake news magazine show that debuts Thursday, January 17th, at midnight. Created by the Childrens Hospital team of Rob Corddry, Jonathan Stern, and David Wain, Newsreaders stars Mather Zickel as Louis La Fonda, the host of Newsreaders, with Alison Becker, Kumail Nanjiani, Ray Wise, Dannah Phirman, and Andrea Savage serving as correspondents. The show has an impressive roster of guest stars lined up for its first season, including Katie Aselton, Ed Begley Jr., Lizzy Caplan, Garret Dillahunt, Dave Foley, Neil Flynn, Rachael Harris, Dennis Hayesbert, Tom Lennon, Joey McIntyre, Brian Posehn, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Dan Rather, Brandon [...]

Rob Corddry Announces Childrens Hospital Spin-Off Newsreaders

What a success story! In his A.V. Club interview today, Rob Corddry announces Childrens Hospital spin-off Newsreaders. "I might be breaking news here, but we just got Newsreaders picked up as a spinoff," Corddry reveals. "Newsreaders is gonna be Adult Swim’s fake news show. And it’s gonna have nothing to do with Childrens, except it’s gonna hopefully star Mather [Zickel], and just be a fake news show." A planned cop show spin-off with Nick Offerman's character Briggs fell through, says Corddry, "So when we were shooting this season’s Newsreaders—it was the last episode we shot—I said to Jon, 'Oh! This is a spinoff.' He’s like, 'You’re right.'" [...]