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Jimmy Fallon's Show Faces Sexual Discrimination Claims

7/30/2010 7:44pm EDT
Jimmy Fallon
TV bosses behind Jimmy Fallon's late-night talk show are facing allegations of sexual discrimination from a former employee who claims he was demoted and eventually dismissed because the presenter prefers working with women.

Veteran stagehand Paul Tarascio spent 14 years working on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" before Fallon took over the slot in 2009.

Tarascio has filed a complaint with America's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging he was demoted shortly after the show changed format and replaced by a "less qualified woman."

He also claims "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon's"...

TV Shows We Will Miss... And Those We Wish Would Come Back

4/12/2010 10:19am EDT
TV Shows We Will Miss
It’s almost May sweeps time, which means an end to another TV season. Unfortunately, it also means an end to many of our favorite shows forever. Here are five shows that we will say, or have said, farewell to this season, and five shows that we wish would come back.

Lost: Trying to sum up this wonderful piece of small screen enigma is a challenge. But let’s give it a try: Oceanic Flight 815 crashes on a mysterious island, passengers are stranded, passengers deal with unknown creatures and the “Others”, passengers partake in time travelling, somebody gets kidnapped, some passengers are resc...

Spotlight On 'Large Pad' Comic Demetri Martin

4/11/2009 11:46am EDT
Demetri Martin
It may seem like Demetri Martin is new to the comedy scene, but he has been involved in it for about eight years. After graduating from Yale University and dropping out of NYU's Law School, Martin pursued a career in comedy. Some highlights of his early career include writing for Late Night With Conan O'Brien and interning at and later appearing on The Daily Show. Martin has also appeared on "Comedy Central Presents."

Martin's comedy is unique but also reminiscent of the styles of Mitch Hedberg and Steven Wright. Martin frequently uses one-liners and word-play in his stand-up act as w...

Jay Leno's Move to Primetime: Brilliant or Desperate?

12/9/2008 2:13pm EST
Jay Leno
This afternoon, NBC announced a breakthrough plan for fall 2009 that is unlike any other line-up ever produced.

It was well documented that this spring Jay Leno would be stepping down from his 16 year post at The Tonight Show. Late Night host Conan O'Brien would move into the 11:35/10:35c slot, and former SNL cast member Jimmy Fallon would be taking over for Conan on Late Night.

These moves led to speculation that Jay would in fact not be retiring, but instead ink a lucrative deal to create a new show on a competing network. With these talks moving from rumor to reality, NBC reali...

Dub Trio: These Cats Have Claws

3/21/2008 9:48am EDT
Dub Trio
As the backing band for Mike Patton's Peeping Tom, DP Holmes, Stu Brooks, and Joe Tomino have performed on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and in front of 10,000 fans at Madison Square Garden as openers for The Who; individually they've performed with 50 Cent, The Fugees, and Mos Def; and together, as Dub Trio, they create a sound Holmes describes " a cross between metal, punk, rock, ambient, and dub music." Starpulse spoke with Holmes about the trio's latest release, Another Sound is Dying, how fireworks make the recording process easier, and the notion of Funishment.

What significance ...

Slipknot And Disturbed Top The Bill On The First Annual Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival

2/1/2008 8:00pm EST
In what's sure to be the hottest concert ticket of the summer, multi-platinum rock acts Slipknot and Disturbed will lead the first-ever Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, a riotous road show packed with some of hard music's most influential artists and a plethora of the genre's most exciting young voices. The tour is set to kick off July 9th at the White River Amphitheater in Seattle and will hit 30 cities in the U.S. and Canada between early July and late August (a full itinerary will be announced in the coming weeks).

Joining Slipknot and Disturbed on the main stage will be DragonForce...

'Pushing Daisies,' 'Damages,' Other Shows Nominated For Writers Guild Awards

12/13/2007 9:51am EST
Pusing Daisies
The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) just announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television, radio, news, and promotional writing during the 2007 season to be honored at the upcoming 2008 Writers Guild Awards - the WGA's 60th Anniversary award show - held on February 9, 2008, in Los Angeles and New York.



Dexter, Showtime

Friday Night Lights, NBC

Mad Men, AMC

The Sopranos, HBO

The Wire, HBO


Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO

Entourage, HB...

NBC.Com To Offer Users Free, Ad-Supported Downloads Of Popular Shows

9/19/2007 2:09pm EDT
30 Rock today announced the launch of its new service, "NBC Direct," which will allow users to download and view NBC's popular primetime and late-night entertainment programming on their desktops for up to one week after broadcast.

The first version of this new feature, which will begin beta testing in October, will allow users to download full length episodes for viewing on Windows based PCs. Each original episode will be licensed to users for viewing through "NBC Direct" for one week following broadcast and will then expire. The downloaded file will provide users with an improved ov...
READ MORE Begins Streaming 'Late Night With Conan O'Brien'

8/31/2007 10:13am EDT
Conan O
NBC Digital Entertainment is now streaming "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" on It was announced by Vivi Zigler, Executive Vice President, NBC Digital Entertainment.

"Conan's unique and clever humor is perfectly suited for the online audience," said Zigler. "Now, fans can enjoy the show and get a good laugh even if they can't stay up late."

'24' Wins Best Drama & 'The Office' Is Best Comedy

8/28/2006 8:45am EDT
Last night the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the winners of the 58th Annual Emmy Awards. The Fox drama 24 was named Outstanding Drama Series for the first time after five nominations in the category, and in its first season, the NBC series The Office, a U.S. adaptation of the hit British series of the same name, was named Outstanding Comedy Series. Winners in the lead categories follow in bold:

Outstanding Comedy Series

Arrested Development

Curb Your Enthusiasm

The Office


Two And A Half Men

Outstanding Drama Series

Grey’s Anatomy

The So...

'24' Gets 12 Emmy Nods, 'Grey's Anatomy' Receives 11

7/6/2006 10:36am EDT
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences just announced the complete list of nominations for the 58th Primetime Emmy Awards. The TNT miniseries Into The West garnered the most nominations (16), followed by Elizabeth I (13), Mrs. Harris and 24 (12), Grey's Anatomy (11), and Bleak House and Will & Grace (10).

Nominations in the lead categories are:

Outstanding Comedy Series

Arrested Development

Curb Your Enthusiasm

The Office


Two And A Half Men

Outstanding Drama Series

Grey’s Anatomy

The Sopranos


The West Wing


Outstanding Miniser...

Conan O'Brien To Host Emmy Awards

5/23/2006 10:35am EDT
Conan O
Conan O'Brien is to host this year's Emmy Awards. The chat show presenter - who fronts the self-titled The Late Night With Conan O'Brien - first presented the event four years ago. In an interview with America's People magazine the ceremony's co-producer, Ken Ehrlich, described O'Brien as "a student of television" who he believed would bring a "credibility and knowledge" to the ceremony.

He added: "He's really funny and likes television and that bodes well for what we can do this year."

O'Brien has been a house-hold name since his NBC show first aired in 1993, and he is to replace...

Catch 'Law & Order,' 'Las Vegas' & Other Shows On Demand This May

3/30/2006 2:41pm EST
Mariska Hargitay stars in Law & Order: SVU
Comcast and NBC just announced that starting in May, they will begin adding more than a dozen of NBC Universal's most watched broadcast and cable programs to Comcast's On Demand video-on-demand service.

NBC Universal on-demand programs on Comcast will include:

• Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

• Law & Order: Criminal Intent

• The Office

• Las Vegas

• Conviction

• Monk

• Battlestar Galactica and Ghost Hunters

• Celebrity Poker Showdown

• The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

• Late Night with Conan O'Brien

• Passions

Late Night With Conan O'Brien Guests & Musical Acts For January

1/6/2006 3:27pm EST
NBC has released the list of guests and musical performers on Late Night With Conan O'Brien for the remainder of the month of January. Some notable guests include Elijah Wood, Kate Beckinsale, Nia Long and Queen Latifah. The full list is below...

These listings are subject to change. More performers/guests are still TBA. Check local listings for exact showtimes.

Friday, Jan. 6:

Alan Cumming, Sarah Chalke, Living Things

Monday, Jan. 9:

John Leguizamo, John Tesh, Christy Martin

Tuesday, Jan. 10:

Jimmy Carr

Wednesday, Jan. 11:

LL Cool J, John Daly, O.A.R.


NBC Offers TV Shows On-Demand at iTunes

12/6/2005 1:58pm EST
The Office
Following in the footsteps of ABC, NBC Universal and Apple just announced a partnership of new primetime, cable, late-night and classic TV shows available at the iTunes music store. Programs include Law & Order, The Office, "Surface," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," Late Night with Conan O'Brien, USA Network's Emmy Award-winning Monk and Sci-Fi Channel's Battlestar Galactica, as well as classic TV shows including Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Dragnet, "Adam-12" and Knight Rider.

Customers can purchase and download their favorite shows, including current shows the day after they air on T...

Late Night With Conan O'Brien Guests & Musical Acts For December

11/29/2005 3:33pm EST
Conan O
NBC has released the list of guests and musical performers on Late Night With Conan O'Brien for the month of Decemeber. Some notable guests include Heidi Klum, Jim Carrey, Lara Flynn Boyle, Adrien Brody, Coldplay and The White Stripes. The full list is below...

These listings are subject to change. More performers/guests are still TBA. Check local listings for exact showtimes.

Thursday, Dec. 1:

Alan Alda, Billy Joel

Friday, Dec. 2:

Gisele Bundchen, Dane Cook, The White Stripes

Monday, Dec. 5:

Tim Robbins, Isla Fisher, Common

Tuesday, Dec. 6:

Adrien Brody, ...

'People's Choice Awards' To Feature Your Favorite Celebs, Pop Stars & More

11/11/2005 10:04am EST
Nicole Kidman
The nominees for "The 32nd Annual People’s Choice Awards" were just announced. Some nominees include Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Kiefer Sutherland, Gwen Stefani, Usher, Black Eyed Peas, CSI, Commander in Chief, Everybody Hates Chris, and My Name Is Earl.

The list of nominees are:


Sandra Bullock

Angelina Jolie

Nicole Kidman


Nicolas Cage

Johnny Depp

Samuel L. Jackson


Cameron Diaz

Reese Witherspoon

Reneé Zellweger


Jamie Fo...

Conan O'Brien Is a Father Again

11/10/2005 2:14pm EST
Late Night With Conan O'Brien host and his wife Liza Powel O'Brien are thrilled to announce the arrival of their son, Beckett O'Brien. This is the couple's second child. Daughter Neve was born Oct. 14, 2003. Beckett was born yesterday in New York City at 8:27 pm. He is a healthy 8 lbs. 4 oz.

Mother, baby and father are all well.

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Guests & Musical Acts on Conan This Month

11/2/2005 4:47pm EST
NBC has announced the guests and musical performers on Late Night With Conan O'Brien for the rest of November. Guests on the show this month include Jennifer Aniston, Joaquin Phoenix, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ryan Reynolds and Eva Longoria; plus musical performances by Green Day, Neil Young, Big & Rich and many more. The full list is below...

These listings are subject to change. More performers/guests are still TBA. Check local listings for exact showtimes.

Wednesday, Nov. 2:

Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Krasinski, Neil Young

Thursday, Nov. 3:

Jake Gyllenhaal, Neil Young