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Samantha Bee Angry, Apologetic on Return to TV

'Civility is just nice words'

(Newser) - Comedian Samantha Bee returned to her TBS show Wednesday, apologizing again for using a crude epithet to describe Ivanka Trump but expressing anger that the ensuing controversy distracted from more important issues. President Trump had called for her to be fired for what she said on last week's episode... More »

Trump: Why Does Samantha Bee Still Have a Job?

President weighs in after comedian's remarks about Ivanka

(Newser) - The buzz around Samantha Bee and the insult she hurled at Ivanka Trump on her show Wednesday night has, not surprisingly, caught the attention of Ivanka's father, CNN notes. On TBS' Full Frontal, Bee had called the younger Trump a "feckless c---" while discussing how "oblivious" she... More »

The 10 Best TV Shows of 2016

Paste's list includes shows from just 5 networks

(Newser) - The best show on television is "a bold and artful exploration of faith, family, and our differing definitions of 'freedom,'" according to Paste magazine. The mag has compiled a list of the top 25 shows on TV this year, based on a poll of staff members... More »

Samantha Bee Makes an Awesome Debut

Critics loving fresh perspective in male-dominated late night

(Newser) - Turns out, you don't need a penis or a desk to host a late-night talk show. So Samantha Bee proved with the debut of Full Frontal on TBS Monday night. The former Daily Show correspondent made her much-anticipated debut Monday with a focus on "the most deranged" election... More »

20-Year-Old Obama Video Goes Viral

Then-Harvard Law student hosted 'Black History Minute' on TBS

(Newser) - Want to revisit the Barack Obama you once knew and loved... oh, 20 years ago? Yes, it's a ways back, but it's still fascinating to see the 29-year-old Harvard Law Review editor giving a short spiel on TBS. He had longer hair and, you guessed it, not a... More »

Conan Gets Just 41K More Viewers Than George Lopez

Looks like late-night host is no major windfall for TBS

(Newser) - George Lopez's late-night talk show got booted to midnight to make room for Conan O'Brien. Sacrifices have to be made in the quest for fortune, right? Eh, maybe. Turns out Conan is barely more popular than Lopez Tonight was. The redhead's TBS show officially turned one this... More »

Conan Ratings Tanking

O'Brien's TV viewership has plunged 60% since show debut

(Newser) - Conan O'Brien is bombing on late-night TV and it's hitting TBS hard in the pocketbook. Viewership of his program has plunged some 60% since its debut last fall. TBS forked out a $12 million annual salary for the funnyman and boasted that Conan was going to be the... More »

TBS Cancels Lopez Tonight

Final show will air tomorrow night

(Newser) - George Lopez is out of the talk-show business as of this week. TBS has abruptly canceled his Lopez Tonight, and the final show will air tomorrow night, reports TV Line . The decision not to order a third season comes after TBS moved the show to midnight last November to follow... More »

Rockabilly Coco Cuts a Record

'Most fun ever,' says singing talk-show host

(Newser) - Conan O'Brien turned up at Jack White's Third Man Records production company in Nashville yesterday to lay down a sizzling set before a live audience amid plans to release the show on vinyl later this year. White dubbed Conan a "rockabilly legend in the making" before he tore through... More »

Give Conan's NBC Show an Emmy: TBS

New network launches tongue-in-cheek campaign for old network

(Newser) - Conan O'Brien's network wants him nominated for an Emmy Award—for a show that aired on another network. TBS, where the late-night host/martyr's latest effort will debut in November, is running "for your consideration" ads touting The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien, which crashed and burned on NBC. "... More »

Conan's 60 Minutes Interview a Sad Mistake

O'Brien came off more whiny than sympathetic

(Newser) - Conan O’Brien insisted last night on 60 Minutes that he is fine—“doing great,” in fact. But everything else he said in the “awkward mishap” of an interview made him look more like a sad sack, writes Andrew Wallenstein. Not only did he discuss “his... More »

Conan Dumps Disloyal Bandleader Max Weinberg

E Street Band drummer won't be moving to TBS with Coco

(Newser) - Conan O'Brien is moving to TBS this fall, but Max Weinberg isn't, reports Movieline . The bandleader and drummer for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, who has been with Coco since his late-night debut in 1993, recently approached Jay Leno about replacing the outgoing Kevin Eubanks —but that betrayal isn't... More »

March Madness Expands to 68 Teams

CBS re-ups with new 14-year contract

(Newser) - March Madness will be just a wee bit madder next year, expanding from 65 teams to 68, the NCAA announced today. Essentially there will be three extra early “play-in” games, ESPN explains. There had been talk of expanding the tournament to as many as 96 teams and engulfing the... More »

George Lopez Not a Conan Fan

Fellow late night host's welcome to O'Brien an act

(Newser) - Watch out, Conan: George Lopez doesn’t like you any more than you like Jay Leno. Lopez’s “the lady doth protest too much” moment of overexcited glee at O’Brien’s arrival on TBS was all an act, sources tell the New York Post . Unsurprisingly, Lopez didn’t... More »

7 Bad, Bad Things Conan Can Do on TBS

Curse? Yep. Drugs? Why not!

(Newser) - Conan O’Brien’s move to TBS is a bad idea—assuming that by "bad" you mean "naughty." In fact, “on sex-friendly, expletive-filled basic cable, the gutter's the limit!” writes Lane Brown in New York , who lists seven things the late night host is now... More »

November Baseball's a Farce

Selig needs to get the boys of summer off the field

(Newser) - Isn’t the Fall Classic supposed to happen in the fall? Not this year. The World Series begins tomorrow night and, in case Bud Selig hasn’t noticed, it’s “never seemed more irrelevant,” writes Jay Mariotti. It’s simply too late in the year for baseball. “... More »

George Lopez Lands TBS Talk Show

(Newser) - Comedian George Lopez will hit the late-night airwaves later this year with a TBS talk show, Variety reports. The 11pm gabfest will begin airing in November, Mondays through Thursdays. The still nameless show will follow the regular late-night mold, with celebrity guests, stand-up comedians, and musical performances. Lopez himself will... More »

Tube 2, Boobs 0 in Weekend Sports Viewing Snafus

Technical issues keep baseball playoff, NFL game off air long enough to drive fans nuts

(Newser) - Power problems had fans hoping to catch the baseball playoffs and the NFL on TV this weekend howling, the AP reports, with a malfunction at TBS headquarters keeping the first 20 minutes of Tampa Bay’s Game 6 loss to visiting Boston off the airwaves Saturday. Yesterday, balloons snagged a... More »

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