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'The A.V. Club' Celebrates 'All That' as "the 'SNL' for Kids"

"All That's attempt at giving children of the '90s their own SNL began with the masterstroke Lorne Michaels hit upon nearly two decades earlier: If your comedy show is supposed to reach a certain generation, let that generation tell the jokes themselves. … If Roundhouse was a community-theater production parents dragged their kids to, All That was like those kids keeping themselves entertained in the darkened playhouse: Passing private jokes, engaging in light slapstick with siblings, generally ridiculing the stuffiness of grown-up life."

- The A.V. Club examines the impact of Nickelodeon's All That as the SNL for kids of the '90s.

The Catholic League Is Cautiously Hopeful About 'Black Jesus'

"If the goal is to lure young people to take a closer look at Jesus, the Son of God, that is noble… But if so, it is not a good sociological sign: Must we debase Jesus to make him real? It will be interesting to see how the show develops, and how the audience reacts to the Jesus message, however twisted his delivery."

- President of the Catholic League Bill Donahue addresses Adult Swim's new show Black Jesus in an official statement calling the show's depiction of Jesus a "mixed bag" who has "many redeeming qualities."

Larry David Talks with 'The New York Times' About His Upcoming Broadway Debut

"I haven't been in a play since the eighth grade, when I did Charley’s Aunt. I seem to remember wearing a dress. That's it. And I'm not even really an actor. But I'm still sleeping at night, and I hope that continues."

- Larry David looks forward to his Broadway debut in Fish in the Dark in a new interview with The New York Times.

Nathan Fielder Describes 'Nathan for You' as "A Social Experiment"

"I can understand why people would call it that, but I don’t really see the stuff I do that way. Pranks are more hidden camera. Our show uses very little hidden cam. It's closer to a social experiment. Everything is visible. The only thing we do hide is people who don’t know what the pitch is, but that's standard for a reality show. They never let people in on the full context."

- Nathan Fielder explains why he doesn't classify his Nathan for You segments as pranks in a new interview with The Daily Beast, which also covers his admiration for The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.

'The New Yorker' Profiles Eugene Mirman's Live Version of 'StarTalk'

"Throughout the show, these jokes created pauses for laughter, welcome little breaks in the onslaught of science, that allowed our brains to track, like undersea robots, the terrain that was laid before us. When Nye asked Gallo a high-minded question about the ages of ice and of water and their relation to the origin of life on Earth, Mirman said, 'Yeah—where did life begin? Just curious.' He added, 'And don’t say a really cool garden.'"

- from The New Yorker's new piece all about Eugene Mirman and Bill Nye doing a live version of Neil deGrasse Tyson's Nerdist web series StarTalk, which combines comedian guests with science experts.

'The Atlantic' Says 'Last Week Tonight' Is "Making a Difference in the Real World"

"This is the magic of John Oliver. It's been only 14 episodes so far (the show is slated for 19 this season) but the Last Week Tonight team has found a way to take a seemingly complicated issue, remove the talking points and cultural baggage surrounding it, break it into understandable parts—and then slowly rebuild it. It's an ingenious formula that's making a difference in the real world."

- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is showered with more well-deserved praise in a new Atlantic piece called "How John Oliver Beats Apathy."

Daniel Radcliffe Explains His Love for the American 'Office'

"When something is successful in Britain, we go, 'Okay, let's stop it before we screw it up.' And when something is successful over here, they go, 'Okay, let's keep making this a success until it's not a success.' And I think that it is a kind of very different attitude, but I'm actually really glad for that, because as I said, when the idea of an American version of that program came out, it sounded like sacrilege. And now, frankly, I look at those final episodes and they are so emotionally satisfying and grounded in a way that I don't think the British Office ever got the chance to be."

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Director Justin Simien Explains Why His Movie Is Called 'Dear White People'

"We can talk about the myth of reverse racism all day, but I think ultimately I’m a black filmmaker making an independent black film. If I called my movie, Ruminations On Race, or whatever, nobody would care who I am, or what I have to say or what I’m doing. So yeah, you have to get butts in seats."

- Writer, producer, and director of Dear White People Justin Simien explains the title of his film — which won the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent at Sundance and will be released in theaters this October — after a screening last weekend.

Jim Rash Wants a 'Game of Thrones'-Themed 'Community' to Happen

"These are bad pitches and Dan should never take them, but I just thought there's gotta be something you can battle for — what's the throne between City College and Greendale?"

- Actor/writer Jim Rash toys with the idea of a Game of Thrones-themed Community episode in a new interview with TV Line, in which he also discusses the show's NBC cancellation and his part in the upcoming Adult Swim series Mike Tyson Mysteries.

Craig Ferguson Thinks His Late Night Replacement Should "Unquestionably Be a Female"

"Back in May, Craig [Ferguson] and I switched places so I could 'audition' for the job he's vacating at the end of the year—and guess what, the world did not explode! During the commercial break, Craig used our few minutes off-air to encourage me to go after the position in earnest. He also added that he thinks it should unquestionably be a female to replace him. Go, Craig!"

- VH1 and online talk show host Carrie Keagan breaks down why major networks should start hiring more women for their late night shows in a new piece for Vanity Fair, which also reveals Craig Ferguson's opinion on who should [...]

Brooks Wheelan Talks About His Hiring and Firing from 'SNL'

"I feel like I was hired because they hired so many new cast members, and I feel like I was let go because they hired too many new cast members. So I can't really fault them. That's part of the reason I was there and that's part of the reason I was let go. … They do their own stuff and they clearly know what works."

- Standup Brooks Wheelan discusses his recent firing from SNL in a new interview with The Wrap, in which he says he's looking forward to living a more "Forrest Gump life."

Aubrey Plaza Insists She's Not Always Mocking People

"I think it’s just the tone of my voice that throws people off. Zooey Deschanel recently told me, 'Everything that you say to someone sounds like you’re mocking them.' I was like, 'But I’m not.' And she was like, 'Even when you just said that, it sounded like you were mocking me.'"

- Aubrey Plaza talks about her voice, being in a constant state of sarcasm, and her latest film projects in a new interview with NY Times Magazine.

Carrie Brownstein on the Multidimensional Feminism of 'Portlandia'

"The fact that people go to Portland to visit a tiny feminist bookstore—no matter what the impetus is for them getting there—the fact that they go in there and look around and shop for books or stationery or whatever, is a major source of pride for me."

- Carrie Brownstein examines the ways that Portlandia — which is currently filming its fifth season — has celebrated the many facets of feminism in a new interview with Bust.

Peyton Reed Talks Adam McKay's Work on 'Ant-Man'

"We all know Adam is, in my mind, a comedic genius, and I've known Adam since the Upright Citizens Brigade days that I did in the late '90s. But Adam is also an insane comics fan and a Marvel fan, so I was surprised but really pleased to see that he had such a knowledge of the Marvel Comics universe. So he's bringing all of that to the movie."

- In a new interview with Collider, Ant-Man's new director Peyton Reed talks about taking over for Edgar Wright, Adam McKay currently working on script rewrites, and how much humor we can expect to see from the film when it [...]