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Q&A: 'Key and Peele' Star Jordan Peele

1/31/2012 2:00pm EST
Jordan Peele
Jordan Peele and his partner Keegan-Michael Key are out to bring a different brand of sketch comedy to television.

With their new series Key & Peele, which bows tonight on Comedy Central (10:30 ET/PT), they're aiming for many different targets. Last week they put a new spin on the State of the Union address and other sketches spoof Nazis and fraternities.

The former MadTV alums are entering a TV landscape where sketch comedy can be hit or miss. Some say Saturday Night Live is in decline. Other sketch shows have come and gone. What's going to make their show different? I sat down with Jord...

Comedy Central's Key & Peele To 'Translate' State of the Union

1/24/2012 9:00am EST
Key & Peele
Two Comedy Central stars are livening up tonight's State of the Union Address.

MadTV alums Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, stars of the new sketch comedy series Key & Peele, will be 'translating' President Barack Obama's remarks on Twitter as a way of introducing one of their characters before the show's debut.

@obamatranslated is the Twitter account of the President's 'anger translator' Luther (played by Key), who says what the President (played by Peele) is really thinking. Several 'Obama Translated' videos are already available on Comedy Central's YouTube channel. Here's the first...

Spoofing Up With The Kardashians - Watch The Funniest Parodies Of Kim Kardashian & Her Family (Video)

11/11/2011 3:00pm EST
Kardashian Spoofs
Kim Kardashian is an easy target. With her divorce from NBA player Kris Humphries making all the headlines lately; a sex tape that made her famous in the first place; and a family of socialites all driven to keep themselves in front of rolling cameras every minute of their lives it's no surprise that they get made fun of. A lot.

Saturday Night Live's ongoing spoof of sisters Kim, Kourtney and Khloe (played to near-perfection by Nasim Pedrad, Vanessa Bayer and Abby Elliott) has been recurring for a few seasons of the long-running late show, beginning with focus on Kim's butt to an all-out ...

Interview: Nicole Sullivan Rocks!

1/12/2009 10:56am EST
Nicole Sullivan
(TJAGS weekly column) It was 9:30 PM, on a Thursday night, and I was in the middle of dinner and (more than a few) drinks at a local establishment. My phone starts vibrating in my left pocket, I don't recognize the number. I sheepishly answer and on the other end is the unmistakable voice of Nicole Sullivan (MADtv, The King of Queens, Rita Rocks) asking if this was a good time to speak. Our interview, scheduled earlier in the day, had been postponed -- I had thought, wrongly -- to another day.

She did not want to impose and explained we could reschedule. "Nonsense," I said, "we can st...

'MADtv' To Air Final Episode In May

11/13/2008 11:37am EST
FOX has announced the final season of Emmy Award-winning sketch comedy series MADtv. Now in its 14th year, MADtv will air its 326th and final original episode in May 2009. MADtv airs Saturdays (11:00 PM-Midnight) on FOX.

"MADtv has been one of the longest running series in recent television history," said Kevin Reilly, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. "The fact that this Emmy Award-winning show has been a FOX mainstay in late-night for 14 years is a testament to the creativity and dedication put forth each week by the talented cast, writers and crew. This was a very ...

Audrina Patridge To Guest-Star On 'MADtv'

9/11/2008 2:44pm EDT
Audrina Patridge
Audrina Patridge, star of "The Hills," will make a special guest appearance on an all-new episode of MADtv Saturday, Sept. 20 (11:00 PM-Midnight ET/PT) on FOX.

In the hilarious sketch "Audrina Brings the Drama," Patridge visits the set and within a matter of minutes, turns the MADtv cast members against each other and raises late-night drama to new levels.

Patridge made her small-screen debut in 2005 as the fun and outgoing friend on the MTV series, "The Hills," a reality show documenting the lives of four young girls trying to make their mark in Los Angeles. She recently complet...

British Invasion: UK Shows Coming To America

8/26/2008 9:03am EDT
Life On Mars
With the American version of "The Office" still leading NBC's fall line-up, remakes of successful British shows have become a hot commodity. Picking up on this success, several networks have snatched up the rights to remake some of the most popular British shows. It's a process that has obviously worked in the past, at least in the world of reality television. "Dancing with the Stars," "Big Brother," and "Celebrity Fit Club" all had their start in the Fallen Empire, but remakes of drama and comedy haven't been nearly as successful. For better of for worse, here's a list of shows that will i...

'The Cho Show': Korean of the Year: Episode 1 Recap

8/22/2008 11:21am EDT
Margaret Cho
The late 11pm start time for the first episode of "The Cho Show" on VH1 seemed to me to be an exciting harbinger of edgy, wickedly profane comedy to come. It all started promisingly enough: Comedienne extraordinaire Margaret Cho opened her new reality series with hard rock, a funny bit about Jack Black and his only towel (you had to be there) and a flash of her va-jay-jay - suitable and desired for a late-night crowd. Then something truly unexpected happened: Margaret became mundane.

The usually outrageous Cho is not only restrained in this series opener, she's downright neutered. Her ...

The Most Underrated & Overrated Influential TV Shows

8/22/2008 9:28am EDT
Miami Vice
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and on television it often appears to be the only form of creativity. Yes, ever since Milton Berle first stole a joke for "Texaco Star Theatre", TV has been a wild west of borrowing material and copying good ideas until they've become completely stale. Many of these ideas were so good, in fact, that their resonance is still felt today, and that's when a show crosses over from being copied to being influential.

Over the years, many shows have been considered influential. From "The Dick Van Dyke Show" first showing both the home and office l...

2008-09 TV Premiere Dates

8/20/2008 8:54am EDT
Admit it. You can't wait to see if Meredith and Derek will finally make it work on "Grey's Anatomy." You're dying to know who the new baddie will be on "Heroes." And you wonder if Laurence Fishburne will be able to fill William Petersen's shoes on "CSI." Whatever your TV poison, you won't be waiting much longer. The new television season kicks off in September, and Starpulse is here to provide you with the premiere dates of new and returning shows so you won't miss a thing:

Monday, Sept. 1

Prison Break (8-10 p.m) FOX

Gossip Girl (8-9 p.m.) CW

One Tree Hill (9-10 p.m.) CW


Point/Counterpoint: Should They Make 'Jurassic Park IV?'

7/31/2008 9:24am EDT
Jurassic Park
"Jurassic Park IV" is currently "in production" with producers and writers working on the script. Many question whether a fourth film is necessary, particularly following what many call a disastrous third installment in the franchise. Two Starpulse writers have strong opinions on whether making a fourth film is really what the public needs or wants:


Anyone who is familiar with my opinions on sequels and my general distaste for the work of Steven Spielberg are going to be surprised to learn that I love Jurassic Park and both of its sequels. Now don't get me wrong, the act...

'Lewis Black's Root Of All Evil' Returns For A Second Season

7/29/2008 6:26pm EDT
Lewis Black
There is a plethora of evil wreaking havoc in the world. It's up to Honorable Judge Lewis Black, the ultimate evaluator of evil, to hear each case and give his official verdict. The second season of "Lewis Black's Root of All Evil" kicks off on Comedy Central this Wednesday, July 30 at 10:30 p.m. with Patton Oswalt and Andrew Daly prosecuting in the case of Ultimate Fighting vs. Bloggers. One will beat you into a coma and the other will blog about it with excessive self-righteousness.

"Lewis Black's Root of All Evil" pits pop culture topics against each other in an open debate setting....

Nicole Sullivan To Star In Lifetime Series 'Rita Rocks'

6/11/2008 1:53pm EDT
Nicole Sullivan
Marking a significant expansion of original programming, Lifetime Television has ordered 13 episodes of the half-hour comedy, "Rita Rocks." Premiering this fall, the series stars Nicole Sullivan ("The King of Queens," "MADtv"), Richard Ruccolo ("Joey") and Tisha Campbell-Martin ("My Wife and Kids").

In the series, Sullivan stars as Rita Clements, unfulfilled by her harried life as a married working mom, regains her identity by recreating her glory days as a musician in a garage band. The series will premiere this fall as part of a one-hour comedy block with the top-rated "Reba."

Fox Announces Primetime Slate For 2008-09 Season

5/15/2008 12:52pm EDT
Joshua Jackson
Fox Broadcasting Company today unveiled the FOX primetime schedule for the 2008-2009 television season. The new event drama premiering this fall is "Fringe," a fantastical thriller from acclaimed writer/producer J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. Joshua Jackson, John Noble and newcomer Anna Torv star as an unlikely trio who uncover a deadly mystery involving a series of unbelievable events and realize they may be a part of a larger, more disturbing pattern that blurs the line between science fiction and technology.

The new comedy slated for fall is "Do Not Disturb" (working t...

Top 10 MADtv Actors

5/5/2008 8:30am EDT
Dan Chruscinski
Previously filmed in Los Angeles, it's Saturday night. Never quite catching on with the same fervor as its New York competition, MADtv has still carved a niche for itself appealing to a younger demographic who favor repeat characters and dead-on celebrity impersonations over topical sketches. Like Saturday Night Live though, "MADtv" has had some fantastic cast members during its 13-year tenure as well as some real clunkers. Why focus on the bad though when we can celebrate the good. Some of these actors have gone on to mediocre careers; others still remain stuck in obscurity. Here are the ...

Fox Summer Schedule Heats Up With Reality Programming

4/8/2008 11:15am EDT
So You Think You Can Dance
All-new episodes of "The Moment Of Truth," "Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?" Hell's Kitchen, So You Think You Can Dance, Cops and America's Most Wanted will air throughout the summer on FOX.

Tuesdays on FOX are all-new, all summer. "The Moment Of Truth," the hit show that puts participants through a lie-detector test, will return with all-new episodes Tuesday, May 27 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). Immediately following, culinary competition "Hell's Kitchen" continues to heat up as chef Gordon Ramsay narrows down the competition on all-new episodes airing Tuesdays (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).


Top 10 Worst Disney Films

2/29/2008 3:43pm EST
Snow Dogs
Disney has produced some huge animated hits (The Lion King, Aladdin, Lady and the Tramp) and extremely popular live-action flicks (Pirates of the Caribbean, High School Musical, National Treasure). But the studio that brought us Pocahontas also subjected Mickey Mouse fans to Snow Dogs. Here's our list of the top 10 worst Disney films:

10. The Haunted Mansion

Oh, Eddie Murphy, what were you on when you agreed to do a movie based on a Disneyland ride? I wonder what the execs at Disney were thinking: "Let's put Eddie Murphy in anything, he can sell it! We could have a whole movie of...

Lewis Black Puts Pop Culture On Trial In 'Lewis Black's Root Of All Evil'

2/20/2008 7:30pm EST
Lewis Black
Who better to serve as the ultimate decider on all things evil than Lewis Black? "Lewis Black's Root of All Evil" pits either two people such as Kim Jong Il and Tila Tequila or pop culture topics such as You Tube vs. Porn against each other in an open debate setting. A rotating group of comedians take the stage and argue who or what is most evil with Black making the final decision. The premiere episode of "Lewis Black's Root of All Evil" on Wednesday, March 12 at 10:30 p.m. takes on sacred cows Oprah and the Catholic Church with Paul F. Tompkins and Greg Giraldo arguing which is the roo...

FOX Delivers Holiday Cheer This December

11/29/2007 1:35pm EST
The Simpsons
This December FOX delivers all-new seasonal installments, favorite holiday episodes and festive specials:

Tuesday, Dec. 11

BONES (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT)

"The Man in the Fallout Shelter" episode of "Bones" has the team quarantined in the lab over the holiday. Everyone tries to maintain the spirit of the season, while Brennan struggles to answer questions about her family.

HOUSE (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT)

It doesn't seem like it will be a happy holiday on the "Merry Little Christmas" episode as House is suffering withdrawal symptoms from his drug habit and the other doctors a...

'MADtv' Celebrates 300 Episodes

11/13/2007 1:11pm EST
MADtv celebrates 300 episodes of unrivaled pop-culture parodies and politically incorrect humor Saturday, Nov. 17 (11:00-Midnight ET/PT) on FOX.

Former cast members Mo Collins and Debra Wilson Skelton return to toast 13 seasons of late-night laughs from the historic Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood.

In the episode Wilson reprises her heralded "Whitney Houston" impression as she belts out a special tune commemorating MADtv's most outrageously magic moments, and Collins appears as the beloved Midwest fuss-pot, "Lorraine."

The celebration continues with montages highlighting 1...

Susan Sarandon To Host 'MADtv's Most Wanted' Oct. 6

10/3/2007 1:36pm EDT
Susan Sarandon
Academy Award winning actress Susan Sarandon returns to host "MADtv's Most Wanted" on Saturday, October 6 (11:00-Midnight ET/PT) on FOX.

Sarandon and MADtv's Michael McDonald pair up in New York City to present a night of fan-favorite sketches featuring cast members McDonald ("Stuart"), Alex Borstein ("Miss Swan"), Mo Collins ("Lorraine"), Keegan-Michael Key ("Coach Hines"), Stephnie Weir ("Dot") and Nicole Sullivan ("The Vancome Lady").

Jerry Springer, Jeff Probst & Perez Hilton To Host 'MADtv' This September

9/13/2007 9:55am EDT
Jerry Springer
FOX's Emmy Award-winning late-night comedy series MADtv kicks off its 13th season with three special episodes to be hosted by Jerry Springer, Jeff Probst and Perez Hilton, respectively, on Saturdays, Sept. 15, Sept. 22 and Sept. 29 (11:00 PM-Midnight ET/PT) on FOX.

During the season premiere airing Saturday, Sept. 15 (11:00 PM-Midnight ET/PT), Springer ("The Jerry Springer Show," "America's Got Talent," "Dancing With the Stars"), the king of outrageous behavior, hosts "MADtv Ruined My Life: The Outrageous Sketches That Shocked a Nation." From the set of his talk show, Springer and his ...

Check Out FOX's May Sweeps Details

4/26/2007 9:39am EDT
American Idol
FOX races into May with gripping season finales, guest stars and television events, including NASCAR On FOX in primetime May 5 and May 12; the World Broadcast Premiere of The Day After Tomorrow May 17; the landmark 400th episode of The Simpsons May 20; the jaw-dropping, two-hour season finale of 24 May 21; and the three-hour, two-night season finale of American Idol, featuring the final performance show May 22 and the final live results show that's sure to captivate America May 23.

Here are the highlights, night by night, for this May on FOX:


Mondays this May, hearts w...

Fox Announces Post-Baseball Lineup

10/6/2006 11:25am EDT
Emily Deschanel stars in Bones
When the World Series concludes and the November Sweep approaches, FOX offers a brand-new game and makes some lineup changes of its own. The network will unveil “The Rich List,” an exciting new quiz show where teams of strangers use knowledge and strategy to complete lists that can win them limitless amounts of money. “The Rich List” premieres Wednesday, Nov. 1 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) following Bones.

In addition, two new FOX dramas will move to new nights after Baseball. Court will be in session on Mondays for the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced legal drama “Justice” beginning Monday, Oct. ...

'Friends,' 'The Jetsons' & More Now Available at iTunes

7/25/2006 4:18pm EDT
The Jetsons
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group and Apple today announced that classic hit programming from Warner Bros.' vast television library is now available for purchase and download on the iTunes Music Store.

The new content features favorites such as the hugely popular sitcom Friends, sci-fi epic Babylon 5 and some of the most popular sketches from MADtv, as well as animated classics including The Jetsons and The Flintstones. iTunes offers over 150 TV shows for $1.99 per episode for viewing on a computer or iPod.

Also available is the never-before-seen pilot episode of "Aquaman" – ...

Fox Announces Fall Premiere Dates For The 2006-2007 Season

6/22/2006 11:35am EDT
Prison Break
FOX has set the fall premiere dates for its new and returning series. Six new primetime shows and a new late-night entry join returning favorites on the fall schedule. The premieres are listed below in chronological order. All times are ET/PT.

Monday, August 21

8:00-9:00 pm. Prison Break (Season Premiere)

9:00-10:00 pm. Vanished (Series Premiere)

Wednesday, August 30

8:00-9:00 pm Bones (Season Premiere)

9:00-10:00 pm Justice (Series Premiere)

Thursday, August 31

8:00-10:00 pm Duets (2-Hour Series Premiere)

Tuesday, September 5

8:00-9:00 pm Standoff (Serie...