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Hulu Announces New Stand-Up Comedy Brand Titled ‘Hulu’s Laughing Now’

Hulu today announced the launch of its comedy stand-up brand, “Hulu’s Laughing Now,” which will officially bow in November of this year. Comedian Jim Gaffigan made the announcement from the stage at the Disney Upfront presentation in New York City. Gaffigan will be the first comedian to host a stand-up special as part of the new brand, with his special “The Skinny” launching on the platform Nov. 22. “Hulu’s Laughing Now” will feature 12 comedy specials per year, adding one new comic per month. The Gaffigan special was taped earlier this year in Boston at the Wilbur Theater. The special, Gaffigan’s 11th stand-up special, will launch on Hulu, as well as on Disney+ outside the U.S.

“With the launch of ‘Hulu’s Laughing Now,’ we are excited to round out Hulu’s world-class comedy offering with a lineup of some of the funniest voices in stand-up comedy today,” said Craig Erwich, president, Disney Television Group. “Our slate is a true celebration of the art of stand-up, and we plan to make this a best-in-class destination for comedic talent through partnerships with other areas of The Walt Disney Company, bringing these comedians into our family in a meaningful way.”

Gaffigan is a seven-time GRAMMY®-nominated comedian, actor, writer, producer, two-time New York Times bestselling author, three-time Emmy® Award-winning top touring performer and multiplatinum-selling recording artist. He is known around the world for his unique brand of humor, which largely revolves around his observations on life. 

Gaffigan recently co-headlined with Jerry Seinfeld for a sold-out multicity arena tour. He was also recently awarded for being the first comedian to reach 1 billion streams on Pandora. Gaffigan regularly does humorous commentaries on “CBS Sunday Morning” for which he has won three Emmys. In 2018, Gaffigan served as master of ceremony at The Al Smith Memorial dinner. He also had the great honor of performing for Pope Francis and over 1 million festival attendees at the Festival of Families in Philadelphia.

Additional comics will be announced at a future date with launch dates for those specials and other information to follow. Headed into the launch of Gaffigan’s special in November, Hulu will additionally launch a curated collection of licensed stand-up specials ranging from iconic comedy specials to recent releases from 800 Pound Gorilla and Comedy Dynamics, among others.

Hulu is the industry leader in comedy, as the home to comedy series from Hulu Originals, FX, ABC Entertainment and 20th Animation, as well as legacy shows from 20th Century Fox, ABC Signature and acquired series. At the most recent Emmy Awards, Hulu dominated the Comedy Series category in nominations and wins from “The Bear,” “Only Murders in the Building” and “Abbott Elementary.”

Jordan Peele-Produced Horror Movie Starring Marlon Wayans Reveals New Title And Release Date

The Jordan Peele-produced psychological horror film set in the world of football has revealed its official title — Him — and a Sept. 19, 2025 release date in theaters. Universal and Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions announced the news Thursday.

Justin Tipping is directing the movie, which stars Marlon Wayans as a legendary quarterback tasked with training a rising young athlete, played by Tyriq Withers, who goes to train at the aging athlete’s isolated compound. The film’s working title was GOAT.

The film also stars Julia Fox, Tim Heidecker, comedian Jim Jefferies, and hip hop phenoms Guapdad 4000 and Grammy nominee Tierra Whack,both in their feature film debuts.

Him is from an acclaimed Blacklist script by Zack Akers and Skip Bronkie, creators of the sci-fi series Limetown. Peele will produce along with Ian Cooper, Win Rosenfeld, and Jamal Watson for Monkeypaw. David Kern and Monkeypaw’s Kate Oh are executive producing.

From Oscar® winner Jordan Peele and Monkeypaw Productions, producers of the landmark horror films Get OutUsCandyman and Nope, comes a blood-chilling journey into the inner sanctum of fame, power and the pursuit of excellence at any cost. 

From an acclaimed Black List screenplay by Zack Akers & Skip Bronkie (creators of the sci-fi crime series Limetown), HIM centers on a promising young football player,  invited to train at the isolated compound of a dynasty team’s aging QB1.

Peele burst onto the scene as a director with the original psychological horror film Get Out, which transformed into a box office sensation for Universal. He’s gone on to direct or produce three more films for the studio via Monkeypaw; Us, Candyman, and Nope.

Much as Get Out exposed racism in chilling fashion, Him promises to deliver a “blood-chilling journey into the inner sanctum of fame, power, and the pursuit of excellence at any cost,” according to Universal’s announcement.

In addition to Him, Monkeypaw has an untitled Peele-directed feature in the works at Universal.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Snoop Dogg To Launch New Unscripted Family Series on E!

An unscripted series about Snoop Dogg‘s family will air on E! during the 2024-2025 television season.

The currently untitled project follows the rapper’s daughter, Cori Broadus, and her fiancé, Wayne Deuce, as they navigate relationship tensions ahead of their wedding and a health struggle that impacts Snoop and the rest of the family. Death Row Pictures and 101 Studios produce with Snoop, Shante Broadus, Sara Ramaker, David Glasser and Alexander Lipsitz serving as executive producers and Eliot Goldberg overseeing for 101.

The news comes as part of a large slate of greenlights and renewals ahead of NBCUniversal‘s upfronts presentation on Monday.

Another highlight from the announcement is the series order of “Revival,” a scripted drama adapted from the comic book of the same name, set to air on Syfy. The series follows single mother Dana Cypress who finds herself at the center of a murder mystery in a rural Wisconsin town where the recently deceased have risen from their graves. Blue Ice Pictures produces with Lance Samuels, Daniel Iron, Samantha Levine, Daniel March, Luke Boyce and Aaron Koontz as executive producers.

Oxygen has set seven new series and specials, beginning with the summer premiere of “The Girl on the Milk Carton” (working title), which will air in the summer and tells the story of 12-year-old Jonelle Matthews, who disappeared in 1984 and became one of the first missing children whose face appeared on a milk carton. Wild Dream Films produces.

“Dateline: The Smoking Gun” (working title) and follows detectives as they pursue one crucial piece of evidence in the cases they’re working on. NBC News produces.

“The Alissa Turney Project” (working title) explores Sarah Turney’s theory that that her father killed her sister, Alissa, after she went viral on social media for sharing her suspicions. Story Syndicate produces.

“Serial Killer Capital: Los Angeles” (working title) follows the investigation of the Southside Slayer, who assaulted and murdered 50 women from 1984 to 2007. Jupiter Entertainment produces.

“Philly Homicide” (working title) centers murders cases as told by Philadelphia homicide detectives. All3Media’s Bright Spot Content produces.

“A Plan to Kill” (working title) examines murderers who spend long stretches of time planning their crimes. Sony Pictures Television’s Intellectual Property Corporation produces.

“Lady of the Dunes” (working title) uncovers the 1974 murder of Ruth Marie Terry, which went unsolved for nearly 50 years. Left/Right produces the series, while the other new Oxygen projects besides “Tje Girl on the Milk Carton” will debut in the fall.

Along with the Snoop series, previously announced titles among the 2024-2025 E! slate include Season 2 of “House of Villains,” “E! News” hosted by Justin Sylvester and Keltie Knight and “Live from E!,” hosted by Laverne Cox. Syfy titles besides “Revival” include the Season 2 of “Reginald the Vampire” set for May 8, Season 3 “The Ark,” set for the summer and Season 3 of “SurrealEstate,” set for 2025.

USA has slated “The Anonymous,” the new social strategy reality series from “The Traitors” producers Studio Lambert, the summer. As previously announced, USA will also begin exclusively airing “WWE Monday Night RAW” and “WWE SmackDown.” The cabler is launching its new WWE partnership with a celebratory week of programming including films from the “Fast and the Furious” franchise starring Dwayne Johnson, “Blockers” starring John Cena, and the Peacock documentary “Bray Wyatt: Becoming Immortal.”

Source: Variety

Daryl ‘Chill’ Mitchell Cast In New Tim Allen ABC Comedy Pilot Titled ‘Shifting Gears’

The ABC comedy pilot “Shifting Gears” has cast Daryl “Chill” Mitchell and Froy Gutierrez, Variety has learned exclusively.

The pair join previously announced series leads Tim Allen and Kat Dennings in the multi-cam comedy, which was originally ordered to pilot at ABC back in March.

In the show, “Matt (Allen) is the stubborn, widowed owner of a classic car restoration shop. When Matt’s estranged daughter Riley (Dennings) and her teenage kids move into his house, the real restoration begins,” per the official logline.

Mitchell will star as Ed, described as “a former Marine. He’s a mechanic at the shop and ‘work husband’ of Frankie.” The role of Frankie has yet to be cast. Gutierrez will star as Nick, said to be “Matt’s son and Riley’s younger brother. He’s a game coder but put his life on hold to come home and help his father at the shop.”

Mitchell has recently appeared in shows such as “Fear the Walking Dead” and “NCIS: New Orleans” and previously starred in shows such as “Ed” and “Veronica’s Closet.” He is also known for his roles in films such as “Galaxy Quest,” “Sgt. Bilko,” “House Party,” “Home Fries,” and “Inside Man.”

He is repped by Innovative Artists and Jenny Delaney.

Gutierrez most recently appeared in the long-gestating sequel “Hocus Pocus 2.” He will next be seen in the upcoming feature “The Strangers: Chapter 1,” which will debut in theaters on May 17. He is also known for his role in the MTV series “Teen Wolf” as well as the Freeform series “Cruel Summer.”

He is repped by CAA & Untitled Entertainment

“Shifting Gears” hails from writers Mike and Julie Thacker Scully, who also serve as executive producers. Allen will executive produce in addition to starring, while Dennings will also produce. Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements, Richard Baker and Rick Messina are executive producers on the series as well. John Pasquin will direct and executive produce the pilot. 20th Television will produce.

Source: Variety

‘P-Valley’ Promotes Trio Of Actors To Regular For Upcoming Season 3

P-Valley is inching closer to its return to Starz.

Production on season three of the stripper drama from creator-showrunner Katori Hall has begun production in Atlanta and has promoted three actors to series regular, while also recruiting Mea Wilkerson to join the cast.

Gail Bean (Roulette), Bertram Williams Jr. (Woddy) and Thomas Q. Jones (Mane) have been promoted to series regulars for the third season of the Lionsgate TV-produced show. Wilkerson will also be a series regular, playing the role of Haiku, a new dancer at The Pynk who thrives on chaos and finds solace in the messy choices that ignite her spirit.

Bean joined P-Valley as a recurring character in season two, playing a dancer at The Pynk. Williams has played Woddy, Lil Murda’s (J. Alphonse Nicholson) manager. Jones has recurred as Mane, the leader of the Chief-Fi-Chief gang featured in the series.

Wilkerson is fresh off the Broadway tour of Hairspray. She’s repped by Arcos Management and Abstract Talent Agency.

Starz recently greenlit a P-Valley inspired docuseries, Down in the Valley, to be hosted and exec produced by series star Nicco Annan. The P-Valley cast also includes Brandee Evans and Shannon Thornton. Season two of P-Valley ended in August 2022. Writing and production on the series was delayed by last year’s dual strikes. The series is based on Hall’s play, Pussy Valley.

A premiere date has yet to be announced.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Showtime Renews ‘The Chi’ For Seventh Season

Showtime is keeping its presence in the Windy City.

The premium outlet, now known as Paramount+ With Showtime, has ordered a seventh season of its drama series The Chi. The renewal for the series, created by Lena Waithe, comes two days ahead of its return to Paramount+ With Showtime for the second half of season six.

Production on the seventh season is slated to begin later this month in Chicago.

“Lena Waithe is a generational storyteller, whose authentic and unflinching narratives in The Chi resonate deeply, offering a powerful lens into both the complexities of life in Chicago as well as the Black experience in America,” said Nina L. Diaz, president of content and chief creative officer for Showtime/MTV Entertainment Studios and Paramount Media Networks. “On the heels of a record-breaking season and ahead of this week’s return, we’re excited to provide fans with the promise of more — ensuring that they can continue to enjoy the raw, emotional stories and unforgettable characters that have made this seminal series a resounding success for Showtime.”

The Chi is P+ With Showtime’s longest-running current scripted series, taking that title after Billions finished its seven-season run last year. The coming-of-age story set on the city’s South Side comes from 20th Television and Waithe’s Hillman Grad banner.

Jacob Latimore, Alex Hibbert, Yolonda Ross, Shamon Brown Jr., Michael V. Epps, Birgundi Baker, Luke James and Curtiss Cook star in The Chi. Waithe executive produces season six with Common, co-showrunners Justin Hillian and Jewel Coronel, Aaron Kaplan, Rick Famuyiwa, ID8 Media’s Derek Dudley and Shelby Stone, and Rishi Rajani, CEO of Hillman Grad. Naomi Funabashi of Hillman Grad and Resheida Brady are co-EPs (Brady has been upped to EP for season seven). Producers Deondray Gossfield and Quincy LeNear Gossfield directed several episodes in season six.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Leslie Jones Returns To Broadcasting And Rejoins NBCU’s Olympics Team In Paris

Get ready for Leslie in Paris.

Comedian Leslie Jones will once again be part of NBCUniversal’s Olympics coverage when the 2024 games begin in Paris. The former Saturday Night Live cast member will be the “chief super fan commentator” for the games, providing segments from a variety of events on NBC, Peacock, and other NBCU channels and platforms, as well as her own social media.

The Olympics officially begin July 26 with the opening ceremony on the River Seine, though preliminary rounds in a few sports start two days earlier. NBC will carry live events in its daytime coverage and a mix of highlights and other segments in primetime, while Peacock will stream every sport, including live coverage of all 329 medal events, among its unprecedented scope of programming.

Jones will be on the ground with NBCU’s Olympics team for the first time since the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Korea. The previous two Olympics, in Tokyo in 2021 and Beijing in 2022, featured largely remote coverage due to strict COVID-19 protocols in the host cities.

“I’m pumped to be heading to Paris to report on Team USA,” Jones said in a statement. “These athletes train for years to compete at the highest level, and I’m so excited to be back in the seat with NBCUniversal, cheering for Team USA and serving as chief super fan commentator. USA!! SLAY ALL DAY!! LET’S GOOOOOO!!”

Jones first became part of NBCU’s Olympics coverage in 2016, when NBC Sports invited her to Rio de Janeiro after she live-tweeted several events.

“We are excited to welcome Leslie back to our Olympic team,” said Rebecca Chatman, coordinating producer for NBC Olympics. “She is a passionate fan of Team USA, and we can’t wait to hear from her at events and sites across Paris.”

The Olympics run from July 26-Aug. 11. 

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Martin Lawrence Returns To Stand-Up With 36-City Comedy Tour

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Comedy legend Martin Lawrence today announced he will headline a national arena tour – his first comedy tour since 2016 – kicking off Saturday, July 20. The “Y’all Know What It Is!” tour will head to nearly 40 cities across the U.S. through April 2025 including Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Vegas, Dallas, Brooklyn and Washington, D.C. The tour is set to launch soon after the June 7 release of the highly anticipated Bad Boys: Ride or Die feature film, co-starring Will Smith. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 17 at 10am local. To purchase tickets, visit www.martinlawrenceontour.com.

View the tour announcement video here: Martin Lawrence Y’all Know What It Is! Tour on Vimeo.

Y’all Know What It Is!” is an all-new stand-up show and fresh one hour set where Martin brings the real talk and finds the funny in everything from family to culture as only he can. Special guests have been personally hand-picked by the comedy maestro and are some of the hottest comedians on the mic including Adele Givens, B. Simone, Chico Bean, DC Youngfly, Deon Cole, Desi Banks, Gary Owen, Jess Hilarious, Mojo Brookzz, Ms. Pat, Rickey Smiley and more. Guest comedians vary by city.

“Comedy gives me that instant gratification,” Lawrence says. “Seeing the fans up close and in person, making people laugh, doing what I love most, this is what it’s all about for me. But hey…y’all know what it is!”

Lawrence, hailed by fans around the world as one of the greatest comics of all time, launched his comedy career in New York City at the Improv Comedy Club. His breakthrough film role came courtesy of Spike Lee in the classic Do The Right Thing! Other film roles followed including House Party and Boomerang. He soon captured the attention of mega producer Russell Simmons who tapped Lawrence to host the groundbreaking HBO series Def Comedy Jam. In 1992, Lawrence landed his own hit series Martin. The ratings juggernaut single-handedly elevated FOX to a major contender against network television stations. Following the finale of his self-titled comedy series, Lawrence went on to star in a string of top-grossing films including Life, Big Momma’s House, and the Bad Boys franchise.

Lawrence returns to the Bad Boys franchise with Bad Boys: Ride or Die which opens worldwide Friday, June 7.

The tour schedule (subject to change) includes:

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Saturday, July 20Chandler, AZGila River Casino
Friday, August 2Pittsburgh, PAPPG Paints Arena
Saturday, August 3Cleveland, OHRocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
Friday, August 9Jackson, MSMississippi Coliseum
Saturday, August 10Biloxi, MSMississippi Coast Coliseum
Saturday, August 17Highland, CAYaamava’ Resort & Casino
Friday, August 30Detroit, MILittle Caesars Arena
Saturday, August 31Grand Rapids, MIVan Andel Arena
Friday, September 6Raleigh, NCPNC Arena
Saturday, September 7Columbia, SCColonial Life Arena
Friday, September 20Louisville, KYKFC Yum! Center
Saturday, September 21Columbus, OHNationwide Arena
Friday, November 8Washington, D.C.MGM National Harbor
Friday, November 15Dallas, TXAmerican Airlines Center
Saturday, November 16Oklahoma City, OKPaycom Center
Friday, November 29Las Vegas, NVDolby Live (Park MGM Casino)
Friday, December 6Los Angeles, CACrypto.com Arena
Saturday, December 7Oakland, CAOakland Arena
Friday, December 13Jacksonville, FLVyStar Veterans Memorial Arena
Saturday, December 14Hollywood, FLHard Rock Live in Hollywood, Fla
Sunday, December 15Tampa, FLSeminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
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Friday, January 17Southaven, MSLanders Center
Saturday, January 18Birmingham, ALLegacy Arena at the BJCC
Sunday, January 19Nashville, TNBridgestone Arena
Friday, January 24Brooklyn, NYBarclays Center
Saturday, January 25Atlantic City, NJHard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City
Saturday, February 8Houston, TXToyota Center
Friday, February 28St. Louis, MOChaifetz Arena
Saturday, March 1Kansas City, MOT-Mobile Center
Friday, March 7Atlanta, GAState Farm Arena
Saturday, March 8Savannah, GAEnmarket Arena
Friday, March 14Milwaukee, WIFiserv Forum
Saturday, March 15Chicago, ILCredit Union 1 Arena
Friday, March 28Norfolk, VAChartway Arena
Friday, April 4Bossier City, LABrookshire Grocery Arena
Saturday, April 5Little Rock, ARSimmons Bank Arena

For more information, visit www.martinlawrenceontour.com and follow Martin on social media at FacebookInstagram and TikTok.

‘Lopez vs. Lopez’ Gets Renewed For Season 3 At NBC

NBC has renewed “Lopez vs. Lopez” for Season 3, while “Extended Family” has been canceled after one season.

In the recently concluded second season of “Lopez vs. Lopez,” Mayan (Mayan Lopez) and the Lopez family underwent big changes while George (George Lopez) took his first step in sobriety. Alongside the Lopezes, the cast includes Selenis Leyva, Matt Shively, Brice Gonzalez and Al Madrigal.

Per Live + Same Day data from Nielsen, Season 2 premiered to 2.3 million viewers and ranged from 1.5 to 2.2 million viewers for the rest of the season, while NBCUniversal notes that the show has reached 10 million viewers to date across platforms, including Peacock. Season 3 will debut during the 2024-2025 broadcast season.

Series co-creator Debby Wolfe executive produces with Bruce Helford, George Lopez, Michael Rotenberg and Katie Newman. Universal Television produces in association with Mohawk Productions, Travieso Productions, Mi Vida Loba and 3 Arts.

“Extended Family” followed Jim (Jon Cryer) and Julia (Abigail Spencer), who, after an amicable divorce, decided to continue to raise their kids (Finn Sweeney and Sofia Capanna) at the family home while taking turns on who gets to stay with them. Navigating the waters of divorce and child-sharing got more complicated for Jim when Trey (Donald Faison), the owner of his favorite sports team, entered the picture and wins Julia’s heart.

The series premiered to 710,000 viewers, then dipped to 330,000 with Episode 2 and remained below 300,000 for the rest of the season, per Nielsen’s Live + Same Day data.

Mike O’Malley created the series and executive produced alongside Cryer, Tom Werner, Wyc Grousbeck, Emilia Fazzalari and George Geyer. Universal Television co-produced with Lionsgate.

Source: Variety

Katt Williams Outdraws Tom Brady In Netflix Ratings

Netflix‘s Roast of Tom Brady got loads of press coverage but a different live special from the streamer’s Netflix Is a Joke festival racked up more views over the weekend.

Katt Williams: Woke Foke, which streamed live on Saturday, May 4, earned 4 million views (determined by total viewing time divided by running time) worldwide, according to Netflix’s internal measurement for April 29-May 5. That’s double the 2 million for the Brady roast, albeit with an extra day for users to watch as the roast streamed Sunday evening. The roast had more total viewing time at 6.2 million hours, to 4.1 million hours for Williams’ special — but it was also almost three times as long as Woke Foke.

That both specials made the global top 10, however, is testament to Netflix’s growing capacity to host live events. The streamer’s first live stand-up special, Chris Rock: Selective Outrage, finished outside the worldwide top 10 for its debut in March 2023 (when Netflix ranked shows by total time watched rather than views).

Woke Foke also scored higher in the United States than The Roast of Tom Brady, finishing second among U.S. Netflix users, while the roast ranked fifth for the week. A third Netflix Is a Joke special, John Mulaney Presents: Everybody’s in L.A., also made the U.S. top 10 with its first installment (additional episodes will stream this week). Netflix doesn’t break out views or viewing time by country.

Baby Reindeer remained at No. 1 in Netlfix’s English-language TV rankings for the third consecutive week, scoring 18.6 million views. Jerry Seinfeld’s Pop-Tarts origin story Unfrosted topped the English-language films list with 7.1 million views for its opening weekend. On the non-English language lists, Spain’s The Asunta Case led the series rankings with 11.9 million views, and Kuwaiti rom-com Honeymoonish was No. 1 among movies with 14 million views.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter