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Network: HuluEpisodes: 28 (half-hour)Seasons: ThreeTV show dates: August 5, 2015 -- September 26, 2017Series status: CancelledPerformers include: Julie Klausner, Billy Eichner, James Urbaniak, and Andrea Martin.TV show description: A single camera comedy, this series was created by co-star Julie Klausner. It follows two comedian best friends who are trying to make it in New York City. They hate everyone -- except each other.Billy (Billy Eichner) works as an unenthusiastic waiter while he tries to get work in comedy. Nate (Derrick Baskin) and Denise (Gabourey Sidibe) are the married couple who co-own the cafe where Billy works. Matthew (Cole Escola) is a co-worker that Billy despises.Read More…
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Tina Fey’s ‘Kimmy Schmidt’ and ‘Great News’ Casts Praise Her at New York Stage and Film Gala (Exclusive)

Tina Fey’s ‘Kimmy Schmidt’ and ‘Great News’ Casts Praise Her at New York Stage and Film Gala (Exclusive)
And the award for best boss goes to…Tina Fey! The Saturday Night Live alum was honored Tuesday night at the New York Stage and Film Winter Gala, where she received heavy support from her famous casts.

Ellie Kemper and Carol Kane of Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Andrea Martin of NBC’s Great News were on hand to show their support for Fey, who executive produces both series. The cast of the Mean Girls musical,which Fey wrote based on her 2003 hit film of the same name, was also there to celebrate the actress-writer-producer-comedian.

“It feels like a great kindness to be here,” Fey humbly gushed to Et.

“To be honored by the theater community, it’s a big deal,” Fey added. “I’ve been doing theater since I was in high school, so getting to come in and try and be a part of this New York theater community, it’s really
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Difficult People: Cancelled by Hulu; No Season Four

This isn't going to be easy. The Difficult People TV show has been cancelled by Hulu. The third season just dropped to the streaming service on August 7th of this year. Creator Julie Klausner and her co-star, Billy Eichner, have confirmed the cancellation on social media and Klausner has given an interview about it (check it out, below). A Hulu comedy, Difficult People stars Julie Klausner, Billy Eichner, James Urbaniak, Andrea Martin, and Cole Escola. Recurring players include Derrick Baskin, Gabourey Sidibe, Shakina Nayfack, Tracee Chimo, Fred Armisen, Jackie Hoffman, and John Cho. The series centers on aspiring comics Julie Kessler (Klausner) and Billy Epsetein (Eichner). These best friends, who are trying make it on the New York City comedy scene, hate everyone and everything — except each other. Read More…
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'Difficult People' Canceled at Hulu After 3 Seasons

t's the end of the road for Difficult People.

Hulu has canceled the Billy Eichner-Julie Klausner comedy after three seasons at Hulu, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The news comes a month and a half after the end of the Universal Cable Production effort's third season. The single-camera comedy was originally developed for USA Network back in May 2014 before it landed a series order at Hulu six months later.

The series' cast also included Andrea Martin, who has since moved to Universal TV sophomore comedy Great News on NBC, as well as recurring players like Gabourey Sidibe and John Cho.

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Difficult People Cancelled at Hulu

Difficult People Cancelled at Hulu
A rare bit of good news for Kevin Spacey: His least favorite TV show is no more.

Hulu has pulled the plug on Difficult People after three Spacey-skewering seasons, TVLine has learned. All told, the caustic, underrated Julie Klausner-Billy-Eichner comedy produced 28 episodes — all of which will continue to stream on Hulu.

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The cast also included Andrea Martin, James Urbaniak and Cole Escola. Amy Poehler was among the series’ EPs.

Eichner weighed in on the show’s cancellation on Twitter late Tuesday:

Yes it’s true.
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Briga Heelan on the Close-Knit Relationship Between the Women of “Great News”

Heelan in “Great News

Actress Briga Heelan has appeared in the likes of “Love,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “Ground Floor,” “Happy Endings,” and “Cougar Town.” But it’s her latest project, the Tracey Wigfield-created, Tina Fey-executive produced NBC comedy series “Great News,” that she describes as truly life-changing. Heelan stars as Katie, a hardworking producer at a small cable news station whose job becomes even more hectic when her mother comes on board as an intern.

During a break from shooting, Heelan spoke to Women and Hollywood about working with the women of “Great News,” motherhood, and the state of show business in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein revelations.

The second season of “Great News” aired its fall finale last week. It will return in early 2018.

W&H: First of all, congrats on the success of “Great News.” It’s great to see a show (mostly) produced by and about women. But I do have to start with this question: What’s it like to be a woman in Hollywood these days?

Bh: It’s a time where a feeling of unity is starting to emerge in a new way that hasn’t before, making me feel very empowered. We’re in an offensive position in a really exciting way, as opposed to being in a defensive one like before. Now I feel as though as I’m one among many, and the many are very, very strong.

W&H: What kinds of conversations are you having with your peers about what’s going on in Hollywood?

Bh: There is just so much disbelief. We come in every day and something else big and upsetting happens.

But I feel so uplifted and supported by this particular group of women. Andrea Martin and Nicole Richie are the two other women in the show’s ensemble cast. And there’s also Tracey Wigfield — she’s the creator, writer, and [recurs] on the show. I have definitely learned a lot from them as well as my other female colleagues.

Nicole and Andrea have really taught me to own myself in a new way at the age I’m at. I know that I do not have to apologize for things. I’ve also learned to find the joy in both what I’m good and bad at. I’ve also learned to show up. I feel like I show up truly as myself every day because those women let me and support me. They make it such a comfortable environment. I honestly feel like I have women I can tell almost anything to at any given time.

It’s also a great time to be doing comedy. I feel like I have a feeling of safety with those three ladies, and because of that, we can take stabs at insanely funny jokes. We also support one another in the different choices we’re making. There is really a feeling of unity amongst the four of us.

W&H: “Great News” had an episode about sexual harassment in the workplace a few weeks ago. How important is it to you that your show touches on current and relevant issues?

Bh: We went into it not purposefully making anything super specifically topical. But the fact of the matter is that we’re doing a workplace show, and sexual harassment is an element of the workplace.

I really liked how the writers flipped the two roles and Katie was the one asking the pointed questions to the men like, “What were you wearing?” and “What time was it?” These all are questions that when a woman’s asking them, it’s often a joke because of how completely insane we realize it is that these are the questions women are being asked. I loved being the character who got to highlight how absurd it is that we speak that way about sexual harassment.

W&H: You have a long list of TV credits, including roles on Netflix’s “Love,” TBS’ “Ground Floor,” and ABC Family’s “Jane by Design,” as well as “Man Up,” “Happy Endings,” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” How does your experience at “Great News” compare to other shows you’ve worked on?

Bh: I think Katie is a really different character for me. We were finding her throughout Season 1 and I think that coming back to Season 2, there’s a much clearer idea of who she is. I love playing a woman who’s currently finding her voice. I’ve played more confident characters until now, so it’s nice to play someone who’s fumbling a little bit. She is overly confident about some things and viciously insecure about other things. She’s horrible at covering up anything so both of those extremes are at play in her character all the time.

Andrea Martin and Heelan in “Great News”: Tyler Golden/NBC

W&H: Let’s talk about your relationship with Andrea Martin, who plays your mom, Carol. What in particular are you learning from her?

Bh: Andrea has become a very close personal friend. We didn’t meet one another before we were cast. It really was instant chemistry by the end of the pilot episode. We just clicked on a very personal level. She’s somebody I can really be onscreen with, doing our thing, playing mother-daughter. Then offscreen, I can really talk to her. I use her as a mom, friend, and coworker. She and I really delve into all those aspects of our relationship.

There’s also truly never a moment where something amusing isn’t happening. We strike a nice balance with one another. We’re over-sharers, so we’re really chipping away at the boundaries in that way.

W&H: As someone with a young child, how do you balance being a mom and shooting a TV show?

Bh: The most honest answer is that I still don’t know. It’s truly a one-day-at-a-time thing and I think for me, I’m still really learning. It’s kind of backward because I know that keeping this little, beautiful person safe is my №1 priority. It absolutely is. But I was lucky enough to learn before I had her that my own personal foundation had to be strong [so I could] show up for her. Whether it’s stressful at home or at work, I just think about showing up for myself in this moment and that allows me to show up for her.

W&H: How has “Great News” inspired you?

Bh: I truly know I can do a lot now. I have definitely built some confidence in terms of the amount of work that can be on my plate, as well as the amount I can show up for. “Great News” is the most fun I’ve ever had doing anything in my entire life. I realize that life is short and kids grow up quickly, so my goal is to love the company I’m in and respect the company that I’m in.

I would absolutely love to do drama and stage work again, but it boils down to one thing: that I’m excited to work with the company and if there is something to learn there. Comedy, too, is just incredible — to get to show up and just know you’re going to laugh. Each day I know I’m going to work and I’m going to laugh. I’ve never not left this job feeling better than when I showed up. It may all sound fantastical — butterflies and rainbows — but it’s really set the bar for me in terms of how I can feel at work. I want to continue to have that positive feeling and good energy.

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Emma Roberts and Hayden Christensen heading to Little Italy

Screen Daily is reporting that Emma Roberts and Hayden Christensen are set to headline Little Italy, a modern retelling of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet from director Donald Petrie.

According to the site, the film follows “a trainee chef and an aspiring restaurateur from warring pizza clans who fall in love. While their fathers are sworn business rivals, their mothers are in fact secret best friends and their grandparents enjoy a clandestine romance of their own. When the fathers hear of their adult children’s blossoming romance, they orchestrate a pizza cook-off to determine who will be forced to leave town.”

“We are thrilled at the opportunity to represent the newest feature from acclaimed romantic comedy director Donald Petrie, Little Italy,” said Alexandra Cocean, executive vice-president of sales at Voltage Pictures. “A strong cast, along with the pedigree of the filmmaking team, make the title an excellent addition to
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The 'Great News' Cast Performs an Amazing, Impromptu Halloween Jingle -- Watch!

The 'Great News' Cast Performs an Amazing, Impromptu Halloween Jingle -- Watch!
The Great News cast aren't just hilarious actors -- they've also got insane singing skills!

Andrea Martin, Briga Heelan, Horatio Sanz, John Michael Higgins, Adam Campbell and Nicole Richie -- featuring a special guest: Campbell's wife, Jayma Mays, who stars on NBC's Great News -- came together to record a special Halloween jingle in honor of Thursday's episode.

"Halloween chills, tonight on Great News, and that's 9:30 -- 8:30 central -- on NBC!" they sang in perfect harmony.

"I'm melting!" Martin concluded their impressive song, falling to the floor wearing giant costume claws.

Exclusive: ‘Great News’ Creator on Sexual Harassment Episode: ‘It’s an Issue in a Lot of Industries’

Et spoke with Richie about her role on the NBC sitcom earlier this year, where she opened up about why she couldn't say no to the show.

"This script came, and it came really fast and I read it. The moment I read it, I was like, I
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Great News: Season Two Viewer Votes

Can Kate and the staff of The Breakdown keep their show going on season two of the Great News sitcom? As we all know, the Nielsen ratings typically play a big role in determining whether the TV show Great News is cancelled or renewed for a third season. Unfortunately, most of us do not live in Nielsen households. Because many viewers feel frustration, when their viewing habits and opinions aren't considered, we'd like to offer you the chance to rate all the season two episodes of Great News below. Great News stars Briga Heelan, Andrea Martin, Adam Campbell, Nicole Richie, Horatio Sanz, and John Michael Higgins. This sitcom revolves around Katie Wendelson (Heelan), a frustrated cable news producer. Her work and personal lives collide when her stay-at-home mom, Carol (Martin), decides to follow her dreams and gets an internship on Katie's national news
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‘Great News’ Creator on Sexual Harassment Episode: ‘It’s an Issue in a Lot of Industries’ (Exclusive)

‘Great News’ Creator on Sexual Harassment Episode: ‘It’s an Issue in a Lot of Industries’ (Exclusive)
Great News, NBC’s sophomore comedy created by Tracey Wigfield, tackles sexual harassment in the workplace. The episode, airing Thursday night at 9:30 p.m. Et, arrives in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein made in The New York Times and The New Yorker.

While allegations of sexual harassment continue to mount against Weinstein, the studio mogul released a statement following the original Times expose, saying he came of age in the '60s and '70s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different.”

“I appreciate the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it,” the statement continued. Weinstein’s attorney, Charles Harder, then issued a separate statement calling the Times story “saturated with false and defamatory statements,” and threatened to sue the paper.

In the episode (“Honeypot!”), a powerful female executive, Diana (played by executive
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Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and More to Appear in Telethon for Disaster Relief on NBC, Univision and Telemundo

Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and More to Appear in Telethon for Disaster Relief on NBC, Univision and Telemundo
For the first time in history, Spanish-language channels Univision and Telemundo are joining forces for a star-studded telethon to benefit those affected by the recent natural disasters in the southern United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico and areas throughout the Caribbean.

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One Voice: Somos Live! A Concert for Disaster Relief will air on both networks on Saturday, Oct. 14, beginning at 8/7c. NBC will also begin to broadcast the telethon in English at 10 pm.

Part of the event will take place in Los Angeles, which will host performances by Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lovato,
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Horror Highlights: Creepy Co.’s “Founding Frights” Collection, Black Christmas UK Blu-ray, Expedition Unknown, The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia, Do Not Read, In Flames

Iconic characters from early in the horror genre have risen to give you a fright. Creepy Co.'s "Founding Frights" collection contains apparel and accessories celebrating Lon Chaney, Vincent Price, and Bela Lugosi. Also: Black Christmas (aka Silent Night, Evil Night) UK Blu-ray details, a trailer for Expedition Unknown: Hunt for Extraterrestrials, The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia and Do Not Read release details, and In Flames Kickstarter info.

Founding Frights Collection by Creepy Co. Photos and Details: From Creepy Co.: "Creepy Co. is proud to bring you a tightly curated collection of apparel and accessories paying homage to the roots of the horror genre. Founding Frights celebrates Lon Chaney Sr., Bela Lugosi, and Vincent Price.

With a restock on a favorite apparel and pin combo and new additions, this whole collection oozes appeal. Slip into a bold, graphic tee and profess your undying allegiance to vintage horror!"

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Black Christmas (aka Silent Night,
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Nicole Richie Starts a Squad Feud on Great News — and Tina Fey Has to Shut it Down

Nicole Richie Starts a Squad Feud on Great News — and Tina Fey Has to Shut it Down
It looks like there’s some bad blood brewing at Mmn.

In an exclusive clip from the upcoming episode of NBC’s sitcom Great News, Portia Scott-Griffin, a news anchor played by Nicole Richie, has started a fight at work — and it’s up to her boss, played by Tina Fey, to stop it.

“Shots Fired: Portia Scott-Griffith declares squad feud with Mmn boardroom bitch,” Fey’s character Diana St. Tropez reads, after seeing an article about the story posted on a gossip site.

The news comes alongside a video starring the news anchor and her squad that
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Great News: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Three on NBC?

Vulture WatchCan Kate and her mom continue to work together -- and bring the funny? Will viewers continue to watch? Has the Great News TV show been cancelled or renewed for a third season on NBC? The television vulture is watching for the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Great News, season three. You can bookmark this page or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?What's This TV Show About?Airing on the television network, Great News stars Briga Heelan, Andrea Martin, Adam Campbell, Nicole Richie, Horatio Sanz, and John Michael Higgins. This sitcom revolves around Katie Wendelson (Heelan), a frustrated cable news producer. Her work and personal lives collide when her stay-at-home mom, Carol (Martin), decides to
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Great News: Season Two Ratings

Debuting as a midseason replacement, the Great News TV show didn't bring "great news" for NBC in the ratings department. Despite pretty low ratings, the peacock network execs decided to stick with this workplace comedy and ordered a second season. Will the numbers improve in season two? Will this sitcom be cancelled or renewed for season three? Stay tuned.Great News stars Briga Heelan, Andrea Martin, Adam Campbell, Nicole Richie, Horatio Sanz, and John Michael Higgins. This sitcom revolves around Katie Wendelson (Heelan), a frustrated cable news producer. Her work and personal lives collide when her stay-at-home mom, Carol (Martin), decides to follow her dreams and gets an internship on Katie's national news show. It's Katie's worst nightmare, until she realizes that having her biggest cheerleader at her side does have its advantages.Read More…
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‘Great News’ Review: Tina Fey Pushes Season 2 Toward ’30 Rock’ Territory as the New Jack Donaghy

‘Great News’ Review: Tina Fey Pushes Season 2 Toward ’30 Rock’ Territory as the New Jack Donaghy
As a zany workplace comedy focused on the production of a live TV show, “Great News” has always been just a few degrees removed from “30 Rock.” Creator Tracy Wigfield came up the ranks through Tina Fey’s classic NBC sitcom, so it’s only fitting that her Fey-produced debut features a few similarities to a show Wigfield produced, wrote, and even cameo-d in. (She also co-stars in “Great News,” as Beth, the rather intense meteorologist).

After a critically approved but less-than-buzzy first season, Wigfield & Co. are leaning into the likeness: Tina Fey has joined the ensemble cast for seven episodes; series lead Katie Wendelson (Briga Heelan) is shifting into a mentor-mentee relationship with her new boss (played by Fey); the show is re-focusing on sharper topical storylines, and Chris Parnell, a “30 Rock” favorite as Dr. Leo Spaceman, even drops by for a guest spot in Episode 2.

Read More:‘Speechless’ Review: Season 2 Is a Lean,
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‘Great News’ Review: Tina Fey Pushes Season 2 Toward ’30 Rock’ Territory as the New Jack Donaghy

‘Great News’ Review: Tina Fey Pushes Season 2 Toward ’30 Rock’ Territory as the New Jack Donaghy
As a zany workplace comedy focused on the production of a live TV show, “Great News” has always been just a few degrees removed from “30 Rock.” Creator Tracy Wigfield came up the ranks through Tina Fey’s classic NBC sitcom, so it’s only fitting that her Fey-produced debut features a few similarities to a show Wigfield produced, wrote, and even cameo-d in. (She also co-stars in “Great News,” as Beth, the rather intense meteorologist).

After a critically approved but less-than-buzzy first season, Wigfield & Co. are leaning into the likeness: Tina Fey has joined the ensemble cast for seven episodes; series lead Katie Wendelson (Briga Heelan) is shifting into a mentor-mentee relationship with her new boss (played by Fey); the show is re-focusing on sharper topical storylines, and Chris Parnell, a “30 Rock” favorite as Dr. Leo Spaceman, even drops by for a guest spot in Episode 2.

Read More:‘Speechless’ Review: Season 2 Is a Lean,
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Tracey Wigfield on ‘Great News’ Season 2 Guest Stars and Why Trump Won’t Affect the Show’s Narrative

Tracey Wigfield on ‘Great News’ Season 2 Guest Stars and Why Trump Won’t Affect the Show’s Narrative
Tracey Wigfield had her hand in critically acclaimed workplace comedies “30 Rock” and “The Mindy Project” before creating her own sitcom, “Great News.” Fictionalizing her relationship with her own lovingly invasive mother, Wigfield’s “Great News” focuses on changing familial dynamics when Carol (Andrea Martin) lands an internship at her daughter Katie’s (Briga Heelan) place of work.

About to premiere its sophomore season, Wigfield is now expanding the cast dynamics to “delve a little more deeply” into the personal lives of the characters who make up the fictional cable newsroom at the center of “Great News.” “In a nice way from the pilot, we very quickly realized the show was a little crazier and a little more insane workplace comedy of weirdos than I even realized I was writing,” Wigfield tells Variety.

Wigfield spoke to Variety ahead of the “Great News” Season 2 premiere about upcoming guest stars, how President Donald Trump will (and won’t) impact the
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Ratings: NBC's Marlon Stays Strong

Ratings: NBC's Marlon Stays Strong
NBC’s Marlon this Wednesday drew 5 million total viewers and a 1.2 demo rating, dropping just a handful of eyeballs versus its premiere episode while holding steady in the demo.

Those numbers mark the most-watched Week 2 of a new summer comedy in 13 years (since Fox’s Method and Red) and equal the highest rating in 10 years (since CBS’ Creature Comforts).

Opening the Peacock’s lineup, America’s Got Talent (10.5 mil/2.0) ticked down just a bit week-to-week, dominating the night as usual.

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Over on CBS, Big Brother (6.1 mil/1.7) ticked down to tie Wednesday lows for this season,
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Et Obsessions: 'Life of Kylie,' Kesha's 'Rainbow' Album, 'Difficult People,' and Everything Princess Diana

Et Obsessions: 'Life of Kylie,' Kesha's 'Rainbow' Album, 'Difficult People,' and Everything Princess Diana
Here at Et, we're obsessed with a lot of things -- and for the week of Aug. 7 to Aug. 13, this is what we're most excited about:

Why We're Obsessed With 'Difficult People'

The sassy sitcom that raises self-involvement to new comedic heights is back! Difficult People's Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner return for a third season on Hulu, alongside the rest of the cast, including Andrea Martin, James Urbaniak, and Gabourey Sidibe, plus an impressive array of guest stars: Stockard Channing, Tony Hale and Vanessa Williams! Meanwhile, the show will also welcome back Fred Armisen and scene-stealer Jackie Hoffman. During Et's chat on the phone with the cast, Cole Escola -- who is also returning to the series -- dished on his on-screen ex-wife Trish, who will be played by Williams. "I don't think that anything gets better than that," Escola says of Williams, teasing that "she was so game" for the show's antics
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