[08/04/11 - 10:00 AM]
Steve Carell & David Steinberg Team Up on New Interview Series "Laughing Stock"
The 10-episode series, due in 2012, will feature Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Larry David, Ellen DeGeneres, Judd Apatow, Tina Fey, Jane Lynch and Sarah Silverman.

[via press release from Showtime]


Comedy Greats from the '50s to Today Talk About Careers & Influences with Host, Director & Executive Producer David Steinberg To Premiere on SHOWTIME(R) in 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA (August 4, 2011) - Multi-hyphenate comic impresarios Steve Carell (The Office) and David Steinberg (Sit Down Comedy with David Steinberg) are bringing the biggest names in comedy to the table as executive producers of LAUGHING STOCK, a revealing new comedy interview series featuring the world's funniest personalities, one-on-one with host Steinberg, it was announced today by SHOWTIME President of Entertainment David Nevins. Iconic talent spanning five decades will discuss the art of comedy, evolution of the genre and their ascension to the top of their field. Carell and Steinberg will serve as executive producers, alongside Vance DeGeneres and Charlie Hartsock for Carousel Productions, with Steinberg also serving as Director and Host. The ten, half-hour episodes will debut on SHOWTIME in early 2012.

"We have gathered a monumental assortment of comedic legends, and their contemporary protégées," said Carell. "It's enlightening, fascinating, but more importantly, it's funny."

"What makes our show unique is you will see the comedian's connections to each other and to those who have influenced them in the past," said Steinberg. "It's like getting a look at a comedy tree of the last five decades."

Each episode of LAUGHING STOCK will feature a combination of sit-down interviews with the biggest comedians in the world on the subject they know best - comedy. From pioneers like Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner and Don Rickles, to today's legends and headliners - Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Larry David, Ellen DeGeneres, Judd Apatow, Tina Fey, Jane Lynch and Sarah Silverman, these master craftsmen will reveal rarely-told anecdotes, how they developed their own distinctive voices, their mentors and their defining career moments. Carell will also be a guest in one episode.

Best known for his multiple Emmy Award-nominated and Golden Globe(R) Award-winning role headlining the wildly popular hit television series The Office, Carell has been critically hailed for his incredible versatility and straight-laced, layered comedic performances in films as varied as Little Miss Sunshine, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Dan in Real Life and Get Smart. His star turn in the blockbuster hit comedy The 40-Year-Old Virgin was a massive success, grossing nearly $200 million worldwide. He gained popularity for his work on several seasons of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He's currently starring in the romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love and recently voiced the lead character of "Gru" in the hit animated film Despicable Me.

The legendary, groundbreaking Steinberg began his comedy career like many of his peers including Carell, at The Second City in Chicago. He most recently hosted and executive produced Sit Down with David Steinberg on TV Land. In the '70s, he headlined both a U.S. and Canadian version of the comedy variety series The David Steinberg Show, which served as an influence for The Larry Sanders Show. He received Emmy(R) and DGA Award nominations for directing episodes of some of the biggest shows in television, including Seinfeld, Friends, Mad About You and Curb Your Enthusiasm. As a comedian, he appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, 140 times, second only to Bob Hope. He received two Emmy(R) Awards for writing for the Academy Awards and two Grammy nominations for his comedy albums. His best-selling memoir, "The Book of David" was released in 2007.

Carousel Productions was started in the summer of 2008 by Steve Carell and his producing partners, Charlie Hartsock and Vance DeGeneres. The company has recently released its first production, the critically-acclaimed "Crazy, Stupid, Love." through Warner Bros. Pictures, through which it has a first-look deal.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME(R), THE MOVIE CHANNEL(TM) and FLIX(R), as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME 2(TM), SHOWTIME(R) SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME(R), SHOWTIME BEYOND(R), SHOWTIME NEXT(R), SHOWTIME WOMEN(R), SHOWTIME FAMILY ZONE(R) and THE MOVIE CHANNEL(TM) XTRA. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD(TM), THE MOVIE CHANNEL(TM) HD, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND(R) and THE MOVIE CHANNEL(TM) ON DEMAND. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel(TM). All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV(R).

  [august 2011]  


[11/30/15 - 10:05 AM]
E! Announces Season 4 of Hit Series "#RichKids of Beverly Hills" to Debut in 2016
Morgan Stewart and Brendan Fitzpatrick are ready to tie the knot and are taking E!'s cameras along for the luxurious ride.

[11/30/15 - 09:18 AM]
Video: VH1's "Love & Hip Hop New York" Season Six Supertrailer
Season six kicks off Monday, December 14 at 8:00/7:00c on the cable channel.

[11/30/15 - 09:04 AM]
CMT to Honor the Cast of "Nashville" with First-Ever "International Impact Award" Live During "2015 CMT Artists of the Year" Special on December 2 at 8PM ET/PT
Cast members Connie Britton, Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Will Chase, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio, Maisy Stella, Lennon Stella and Audrey Peeples are slated to accept the award on behalf of the entire cast.

[11/30/15 - 09:01 AM]
CBS Announces Two Super Bowl Specials
"Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2016" and "Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials All-Star Countdown" are both on tap for February.

[11/30/15 - 08:58 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Tops Charts with "Sunday Night Football"
The Peacock easily wins the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[11/30/15 - 08:21 AM]
"Dateline NBC" Correspondent Keith Morrison Joins Investigation Discovery as New Host of "Dateline on ID" and Exclusive "Front Page" Specials
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[11/30/15 - 08:15 AM]
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[11/30/15 - 08:07 AM]
Patriots-Broncos Football Jumps 16% vs. Last Year's Week 12 Cowboys-Giants Matchup
NBC spins the numbers for Sunday, November 29.

[11/30/15 - 07:08 AM]
Bravo Media Poll Reveals That More Than One in Four Divorced People Have Slept with Their Ex After Separation
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[11/30/15 - 06:30 AM]
CBS Orders More "Supergirl"
The Eye announced today an order for seven more episodes of the series, bringing its season total to 20 episodes.

[11/29/15 - 09:45 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Wins College Football Race with ABC
The network leads the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[11/29/15 - 09:28 AM]
Encore Telecast of "Saturday Night Live," With Host Tracy Morgan, Equals the Show's Best 18-49 Rating for a Rebroadcast Since May
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[11/29/15 - 09:14 AM]
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ESPN spins the numbers for Saturday, November 28.

[11/28/15 - 08:55 AM]
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The Alphabet leads the night among adults 18-49 while CBS is the most-watched network.

[11/28/15 - 08:46 AM]
"Blindspot" Grows by 63% in 18-49 Rating Going from Live + Same Day to Live + 3 Day Ratings
NBC further spins the numbers for Monday, November 23.