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HBO Documentary President Sheila Nevins Steps Down After 38 Years, 32 Emmys, and Over 1,000 Films

Sheila Nevins has announced she is stepping down from her role as president of HBO Documentary Films, a position she has held for the last 38 years. The 78-year-old has produced over 1,000 non-fiction films during her time at HBO, earning a record 32 Emmy Awards. Her projects have also earned 26 Oscars and 42 Peabody Awards. She was the recipient of the TV Academy’s lifetime achievement award in 2005.

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“There’s something exciting about leaving a job,” Nevins told The New York Times about her departure. “I can’t explain it. I have deprived my life of a life. All I did was work. I was, like, born at HBO and I don’t have to die there. If I stayed any longer, I probably would have died at my desk. I just regret that there’s so little time left.
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HBO Documentary President Sheila Nevins Steps Down After 38 Years, 32 Emmys, and Over 1,000 Films

Sheila Nevins has announced she is stepping down from her role as president of HBO Documentary Films, a position she has held for the last 38 years. The 78-year-old has produced over 1,000 non-fiction films during her time at HBO, earning a record 32 Emmy Awards. Her projects have also earned 26 Oscars and 42 Peabody Awards. She was the recipient of the TV Academy’s lifetime achievement award in 2005.

Read More:Sheila Nevins’ 5 Rules for Getting Ahead in a Man’s World

“There’s something exciting about leaving a job,” Nevins told The New York Times about her departure. “I can’t explain it. I have deprived my life of a life. All I did was work. I was, like, born at HBO and I don’t have to die there. If I stayed any longer, I probably would have died at my desk. I just regret that there’s so little time left.
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NBC’s ‘A.P. Bio’ Gets February Preview Date, ‘This Is Us’ Midseason Return Moved Back A Week

NBC’s ‘A.P. Bio’ Gets February Preview Date, ‘This Is Us’ Midseason Return Moved Back A Week
NBC has set a February 1 preview date for A.P. Bio, its new comedy from Saturday Night Live writer Mike O'Brien, SNL honcho Lorne Michaels and former SNL-er Seth Meyers.

A.P. Bio will air at 9:30 PM ET/PT February 1 following Will & Grace at 9 PM, then will return Thursday, March 1 in the same timeslot following the network’s coverage of the Winter Olympic Games.

In addition, This Is Us will return from its winter hiatus on Tuesday, January 9 at 9 PM, a week later than…
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Tina Fey, Robert Carlock to Be Honored by Writers Guild of America East

Tina Fey, Robert Carlock to Be Honored by Writers Guild of America East
Tina Fey and Robert Carlock will receive the Writers Guild of America East’s Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence.

The duo will be honored at the 70th Annual Writers Guild Awards at New York’s Edison Ballroom on Feb. 11. The WGA East gives the award to writers “who embody the spirit, commitment, and comic genius of Mr. Sargent, as well as his dedication to mentoring new writers.”

Sargent served as president of the WGA East for 14 years and his credits include being a writer/producer of “Saturday Night Live” for more than 20 years. The Sargent Award has previously been presented to Judd Apatow, Steve O’Donnell, Gary David Goldberg, Norman Stiles, Lorne Michaels, and James L. Brooks.

“We are honored to accept the Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence,” Fey and Carlock said. “This is particularly meaningful for us as Herb created ‘Weekend Update,’ which is where we first worked together in the late ’90s. Like
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SNL Promotes Colin Jost, Michael Che to Co-Head Writers in Season 43

SNL Promotes Colin Jost, Michael Che to Co-Head Writers in Season 43
Saturday Night Live is doubling down on its commitment to Colin Jost and Michael Che, promoting the Weekend Update duo to co-head writers, NBC announced Tuesday. They will join current head writers Kent Sublette and Bryan Tucker.

RelatedWas James Franco’s SNL Hosting Stint the Worst of the Season?

Jost and Che — who in addition to headlining Weekend Update served as SNL staff writers — fill the void left by Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider; the former head writers left at the beginning of the current Season 43 to develop a series with SNL exec producer Lorne Michaels.

SNL also announced that
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'Saturday Night Live' Names "Weekend Update" Duo Co-Head Writers

Saturday Night Live has named "Weekend Update" duo Michael Che and Colin Jost as head writers.

They will join current head writers Kent Sublette and Bryan Tucker, who took over earlier this year for Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider on the NBC staple. SNL has also tapped Sudi Green and Fran Gillespie as writing supervisors.

Jost and Che started on "Weekend Update" in 2014. A four-time WGA Award-winner and recipient of a Peabody Award, Jost first began at SNL as a writer in 2005. Che, meanwhile, was on Comedy Central's The Daily Show before joining the Lorne Michaels-produced series in 2013.

Green and Gillespie,...
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Alec Baldwin Eyes Broadway Show With His Donald Trump Impersonation

Alec Baldwin wants to take his Donald Trump impersonation to Broadway.

The actor told Howard Stern that he's eyeing a solo stage show based on his Emmy-winning impersonation of the president, with Lorne Michaels producing. Baldwin would expand on You Can’t Spell America Without Me, his new parody book co-written with Kurt Andersen that imagines the president’s first year in office.

"We may take the book and make it into a one-man show on Broadway," Baldwin explained during the SiriusXM interview. Michaels would produce the show and be part of any project involving Baldwin's Trump take: "What Lorne did...
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Alec Baldwin Eyes Broadway For Solo Trump Show, With Lorne Michaels’ Blessing

If Tina Fey can do it, why not her 30 Rock co-star Alec Baldwin? And if their SNL commander-in-chief can honcho her Broadway show, why not his as well? Those were the questions raised Monday when Baldwin told Howard Stern he has Broadway in his sights for a solo show based on his Emmy-winning impersonation of President Donald Trump, with Lorne Michaels producing. Michaels is also producing Fey’s musical adaptation of Mean Girls, slated to arrive on Broadway in the…
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‘SNL’: James Franco Gets Some Help With His Monologue From Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and Steve Martin — Watch

‘SNL’: James Franco Gets Some Help With His Monologue From Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and Steve Martin — Watch
Oh hai, “Saturday Night Live.” James Franco hosted the show for the fourth time last night, an occasion that, according to the director and star of “The Disaster Artist,” isn’t treated as a big deal. Lorne Michaels and the other higher-ups didn’t even write him a monologue, Franco said, and so he was simply there to take questions from the audience — which included Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and even Steve Martin.

Read More:‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: James Franco Plays Himself, and Plays It Safe, in 4th Hosting Appearance

The bit included much ribbing between the old friends, as Rogen and Hill claimed to not even know (or care) that Franco was on hosting duty — they were mostly just there to see Sza, the evening’s musical guest. “I’m just here to see the show in general,” Rogen said. “I didn’t realize you were hosting it.
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‘SNL’: James Franco Gets Some Help With His Monologue From Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and Steve Martin — Watch

‘SNL’: James Franco Gets Some Help With His Monologue From Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and Steve Martin — Watch
Oh hai, “Saturday Night Live.” James Franco hosted the show for the fourth time last night, an occasion that, according to the director and star of “The Disaster Artist,” isn’t treated as a big deal. Lorne Michaels and the other higher-ups didn’t even write him a monologue, Franco said, and so he was simply there to take questions from the audience — which included Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and even Steve Martin.

Read More:‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: James Franco Plays Himself, and Plays It Safe, in 4th Hosting Appearance

The bit included much ribbing between the old friends, as Rogen and Hill claimed to not even know (or care) that Franco was on hosting duty — they were mostly just there to see Sza, the evening’s musical guest. “I’m just here to see the show in general,” Rogen said. “I didn’t realize you were hosting it.
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Saoirse Ronan Defends Controversial ‘SNL’ Sketch: ‘The Show Is a Comedy’ — Watch

Saoirse Ronan Defends Controversial ‘SNL’ Sketch: ‘The Show Is a Comedy’ — Watch
Saoirse Ronan’s appearance on “Saturday Night Live” last weekend was well received, at least on this side of the Atlantic. Some back home were unimpressed with a sketch in which the Irish actress plays an Aer Lingus flight attendant, regarding the bit — which featured heavy accents, several references to potatoes, and lots and lots of dogs — as relying too much on stereotypes. During an appearance on “The Late Late Show,” the “Lady Bird” star responded.

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“It’s fun, and it was — the show is a comedy show,” she said when asked about the minor uproar. “One of the things that was really, really important for me throughout the week and Lorne Michaels, the creator of the show, there’s numerous meetings that you have throughout the week, there
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Saoirse Ronan Defends Controversial ‘SNL’ Sketch: ‘The Show Is a Comedy’ — Watch

Saoirse Ronan Defends Controversial ‘SNL’ Sketch: ‘The Show Is a Comedy’ — Watch
Saoirse Ronan’s appearance on “Saturday Night Live” last weekend was well received, at least on this side of the Atlantic. Some back home were unimpressed with a sketch in which the Irish actress plays an Aer Lingus flight attendant, regarding the bit — which featured heavy accents, several references to potatoes, and lots and lots of dogs — as relying too much on stereotypes. During an appearance on “The Late Late Show,” the “Lady Bird” star responded.

Read More:‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Saoirse Ronan Rises to the Challenge While The Show Admits That We’re In Hell

“It’s fun, and it was — the show is a comedy show,” she said when asked about the minor uproar. “One of the things that was really, really important for me throughout the week and Lorne Michaels, the creator of the show, there’s numerous meetings that you have throughout the week, there
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She’s Back! Lindsay Lohan Makes Rare Red Carpet Appearance with Mom Dina Lohan

She’s Back! Lindsay Lohan Makes Rare Red Carpet Appearance with Mom Dina Lohan
Lindsay Lohan may have relocated to Dubai, but on Wednesday the Freaky Friday star was back Stateside and by her family’s side when she made rare public appearance with mom Dina Lohan.

The mother-daughter duo swung by the Daily Mail‘s holiday party, where they were twinning in head-to-toe black ensembles.

Lindsay, 31, showed a bit of skin in a sheer top with beaded leaf patterns. She paired the eye-catching shirt with slim black legging pants, matching boots and a black bomber jacket.

Dina, meanwhile, kept her embellishments on her pants — rocking some slim-fitting bottoms with red and silver embroidery.
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Lindsay Lohan Dishes on Dating, 'Life Size 2' and the Future of 'Mean Girls' (Exclusive)

Lindsay Lohan Dishes on Dating, 'Life Size 2' and the Future of 'Mean Girls' (Exclusive)
Lindsay Lohan is a single lady and loving life!

The 31-year-old actress caught up with Et at the Daily Mail's Unwrap the Holidays party in New York City on Wednesday, where she dished on her love life and all her upcoming projects, including her involvement in a Mean Girls sequel and Life Size 2.

"We've spoken, but not enough," Lohan told Et about being in contact with Tyra Banks on a Life Size sequel. "Maybe when I'm here [in the U.S.], I can talk to her about it."

Back in August, Banks told Et that she was in "conversations" with Lohan about reprising her role and that the actress was "excited to come back."

As far as sequels go, Lohan is definitely "game" for a Mean Girls reunion.

"I'm here in New York, so Tina Fey better be hiding or I'm going to find her and Lorne Michaels. I know where his desk is," she joked, adding
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Judd Apatow on Returning to Stand-Up Comedy After 25 Years

Judd Apatow on Returning to Stand-Up Comedy After 25 Years
The first thing Judd Apatow does in his new stand-up special is tell the crowd that he has wanted to do this kind of show since he was a kid.

The second thing he does is joke about how famous he is.

“There’s a little bit of a freak show element to me doing it,” Apatow says of his act and the need to lead it off by addressing his Judd Apatow-ness. “If I ignored that it was weird that I was up there, the audience wouldn’t [listen to my act]. They would just want to know about me and my life.”

Apatow, who is nearing his 50th birthday, sits in a conference room at his production company’s L.A. office. Behind him are photos of the casts of “Freaks and Geeks” and “Girls,” two of his best-loved TV shows. To his left is a whiteboard bearing story notes for season three of one of the current
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Amber Ruffin to Host Writers Guild Awards in New York

Amber Ruffin to Host Writers Guild Awards in New York
Amber Ruffin, writer and on-air personality for “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” will host the 70th annual Writers Guild Awards ceremony at New York’s Edison Ballroom on Feb. 11.

The ceremony, which will be held simultaneously with the WGA West’s show in Los Angeles, will be co-executive produced by Bonnie Datt and Shannon Walker. Ann Cohen will serve as the show’s head writer.

“I’m so excited to host the 2018 Writers Guild Awards!” said Ruffin. “If you’re looking for hard hitting satire on sexual assault allegations, Russia and the Republican tax plan… too bad! This is gonna be all hugs and rainbows! (The hugs will be consensual.)”

Ruffin is known for the recurring segments “Amber Says What?” and “Jokes Seth Can’t Tell” on the show. She has been nominated for an Emmy Award and a Writers Guild Award for writing on “Late Night With Seth Meyers.” When she joined
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‘The Big Sick’ Star Holly Hunter Readies for Career Achievement Award at Palm Springs

‘The Big Sick’ Star Holly Hunter Readies for Career Achievement Award at Palm Springs
As awards season takes over Hollywood, keep up with all the ins, outs, and big accolades with our bi-weekly Awards Roundup column.

– The 29th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Holly Hunter with the Career Achievement Award at its annual Film Awards Gala. Past recipients of the Career Achievement Award include Annette Bening, Glenn Close, Kevin Costner, Bruce Dern, Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood, Sally Field, Morgan Freeman, Samuel L. Jackson, and Lynn Redgrave.

Holly Hunter’s career is filled with many memorable performances including her Academy Award-winning role in ‘The Piano’ as well as other films including ‘Broadcast News,’ ‘The Firm,’ ‘The Incredibles’ and more,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner in an official statement. “In her recent film ‘The Big Sick,’ she brings comedy and poignancy as a mother coping with her daughter’s coma, while bonding with her daughter’s ex-boyfriend. It is our great honor
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Selena Gomez Attends 2017 Breaking Through Lupus Gala

The Lupus Research Alliance celebrated the 2017 Breaking through Lupus Gala to shed a spotlight on breakthroughs from the previous years, and the importance of lupus research to deliver discoveries to come.

Selena Gomez helps raise Lupus awareness at Lupus Research Alliance Breaking through Lupus Gala

With the generous support of nearly 700 attendees, the landmark event raised over $3.2 million – with every dollar going directly to fund lupus research programs.

Major supporter, NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke was recognized for his strong dedication to corporate responsibility and innovation. The 2017 Gala honoree commented, “NBCUniversal is honored to support those affected by lupus worldwide with a contribution of $1 million to fund the best in scientific study through the Lupus Research Alliance.”

One of the most influential performers worldwide, Selena Gomez joined the Lupus Research Alliance celebration to share her story for the first time directly with the lupus community and the organization she kindly supports.
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Fred Armisen Spanish-Language Comedy ‘Mexico City: Only Good Things Happen’ Gets Pilot Order At HBO

HBO has given the green light to Mexico City: Only Good Things Happen, a half-hour Spanish-language comedy pilot from Saturday Night Live alum Fred Armisen, Lorne MichaelsBroadway Video and Más Mejor. Co-written by Armisen, Ana Fabrega (The Chris Gethard Show) and Julio Torres (Saturday Night Live), the comedy, set in a dreamy version of present day Mexico City, follows a group of friends obsessed with horror films and monster makeup. Armisen, Febrega and Torres also…
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Tiffany Haddish Announces New Tour, Talks Taylor Swift and SNL: 'Feels Like I Just Had a Baby!'

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Tiffany Haddish Announces New Tour, Talks Taylor Swift and SNL: 'Feels Like I Just Had a Baby!'
There’s good stress and there’s bad stress. Thankfully Tiffany Haddish experienced the former last week.

The red hot comedienne, who’s gearing up to set out on her nationwide “She Ready” tour, got to live out her childhood dream of hosting Saturday Night Live on Nov. 11. Between delivering the show’s cold open and playing everything from a hilariously lackluster video game character to a way too frisky cat lady, the pressure to perform was at an all time high.

“That was the most stressful week!” Haddish, 37, tells People exclusively, in her first interview since the show. “I’m about 7 lbs.
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