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'Orange Is the New Black' cast to make joint appearance on 'Conan'

The ladies of Litchfield (and one male counterpart) are headed to Conan for their first-ever late-night appearance as a group.

On Monday, August 4, the cast of Netflix’s Emmy-nominated show Orange Is the New Black, including Taylor Schilling, Laverne Cox, Uzo Aduba, Kate Mulgrew, Natasha Lyonne, and Jason Biggs, will join Conan on stage for his third group interview of the sort. Conan has previously featured the casts of The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad in a similar format.

Conan airs at 11 p.m. on TBS.

Chelsea Handler to host new talk show on Netflix

Ready for Chelsea Anytime?

Netflix announced Thursday morning that Chelsea Handler has signed a “groundbreaking,” multi-tiered deal with the streaming service, which includes a standup special, four “docu-comedy specials”—and, most importantly, “the first-ever talk show for the global on-demand generation,” which is set to premiere in 2016.

Details about the new show—including its name—are scarce for now, though a release notes that it will feature an “updated format,” as well as at least one talk show staple (guest interviews). READ FULL STORY

Conan O'Brien's TBS show renewed through 2018

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At least Conan O’Brien isn’t going to retire anytime soon. TBS has given a big renewal to Conan, extending the talk show through 2018. That adds another three years onto O’Brien’s previous deal with the cable network.

“Over the past four years, we have built a terrific relationship with Conan O’Brien and are thrilled to be extending his series for another three years,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TBS.  “Conan has not only brought an incredibly young audience to TBS but has also created a digital presence that draws millions of fans to his unique brand of comedy. In addition, Conan has taken his show on the road for memorable weeks in New York, Atlanta and last month in Dallas, and will be breaking new ground next year when Conan becomes the first late-night show to tape at Comic-Con.”

The 51-year-old former host of NBC’s Tonight Show averages 862,000 viewers including DVR playback, but TBS says he has more adults 18-34 than some of his bigger competitors — including CBS’s The Late Show with David Letterman and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!

John Oliver's first guest is former NSA director

John Oliver might have promised nudity and f-bombs for his new talk show, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, but it sounds like Sunday’s premiere might be a bit more tame.

EW has confirmed that Oliver will launch his new HBO series by welcoming Gen. Keith Alexander, the retired director of the National Security Agency and head of U.S. Cyber Command, as his first guest. Gen. Alexander officially left the NSA in March of 2013.

In a press release, HBO describes the “topical half-hour comedy series” as “a mix of Oliver’s topical commentary on the previous week’s events, pre-taped pieces and an interview.”

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver debuts Sunday, April 27 at 11 p.m. on HBO.

 

Chelsea Handler denies CBS rumors on 'Ellen' -- VIDEO

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Earlier this week, Chelsea Handler posted a photo on her Instagram of a large dog sitting on her lap — but the dog isn’t what got people talking. It was the CBS logo on the piece of paper Handler’s holding in the photo that sparked rumors she was in talks with the network for a new talk show.

With all the recent changes in late night TV, Handler had been one of the names being tossed around as a replacement for David Letterman — before Stephen Colbert was officially named last week. But, Handler squashed those CBS rumors on The Ellen Degeneres Show Thursday saying she has no plans to go on a regular network.

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Arsenio Hall talks David Letterman: 'My plan is working perfectly!' -- VIDEO

When we think of the Late Night Wars that erupted when Johnny Carson retired in the early ’90s, we tend to recall the conflict as fought between two fierce adversaries: David Letterman and Jay Leno. There was, however, another dog in the fight as well: Arsenio Hall, who came out guns blazing in 1989 and, once Leno had officially taken over Tonight, memorably promised to “kick Jay’s ass” in the pages of Entertainment Weekly.

Of course, by now, all that bad blood is ancient history. Leno and Hall would eventually make up, enjoying a mutual friendship and respect — and clearly, Hall feels the same way about his other onetime rival. Or does he?!

After announcing the news of Letterman’s impending retirement on his syndicated series, Hall noted that late-night talk-show hosts seem to be an endangered species: “Man, they are dropping like flies! First Jay, now Dave…” Which led, of course, to the perfect punchline — “My plan is working perfectly! Dig that Evil Overlord Laugh, Arsenio.

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Jimmy Fallon passes the baton -- err, pickle -- to Seth Meyers -- VIDEO

In 2009, Jimmy Fallon received a pickle from Conan O’Brien when Fallon took over The Late Night reins.

And now that Fallon is moving on to The Tonight Show, he gave the pickle to new Late Night host Seth Meyers. Watch the clip below: READ FULL STORY

Seth Meyers calls impending 'SNL' exit 'heartbreaking,' admits to 'Late Night' nerves

We knew it was coming — but Seth Meyers has finally set an end date for SNL.

Today at the Television Critics Association press tour, where Meyers held a panel to talk about his new Late Night gig, Meyers revealed that Feb. 1 will his last time behind the Weekend Update desk, as he prepares for his new show’s Feb. 24 premiere. “It’s heartbreaking, but I’m really happy I came back and did this first half of the year,” Meyers told reporters after the panel. “There was talks when this came up — because I found out before my last show last year — and I knew I wanted to come back, and I’m really glad I did. The nice thing about SNL is that you’re busy that you don’t have much time to reminisce.”

Meanwhile, plans for the body of his new Late Night show continue to progress. Meyers said their theme song was just sent out to a few composers this week, and they are in the process of finding a band. He added that the writers, who include former head Weekend Update writer Alex Bays, are hoping to develop a slate of characters — not unlike Stefon and Taran Killiam’s 18th century reporter, Jebediah Atkinson —  “who belong on our show as opposed to SNL.” READ FULL STORY

Watch the first promo for Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show' -- VIDEO

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NBC has released the first promo for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which will debut Feb. 17. It highlights the passing of the baton throughout the years (yes, even Conan). Watch it below.

Seth Meyers takes over Fallon’s desk at Late Night on Feb. 24. READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Fallon announces 'Late Night' special Jan. 5

Jimmy Fallon has announced a two-hour primetime special via — what else? — his Twitter feed. The Best of Late Night will air Jan. 5 from 9-11 p.m. ET.

It’s anyone’s guess as to how he’ll manage to cram five years’ worth of solid-gold ridiculata into just two hours! Seems daunting.

As we know, Fallon will replace Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show following the Sochi Winter Olympics in February.

'NCIS' star Mark Harmon opens up about Cote de Pablo's exit

NCIS fans have long been voicing their thoughts Cote de Pablo’s exit from the hit show but star Mark Harmon has finally opened up with his own thoughts on the impending departure

Speaking on The Arsenio Hall show last night, Harmon said the actress’s exit, announced in July, is the latest of many “changes” the show has experienced over its lengthy run and acknowledged,  “it’s up to this highly professional group to use that as a springboard to get better, to improve and to stay No. 1.”  READ FULL STORY

President Obama to appear on 'The Tonight Show' for sixth time

If you were waiting for President Obama’s thoughts about Carlos Danger, you might just hear his punchline on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno next week.

The President will be a guest on the program Tuesday, August 6, NBC announced today. The chat will focus on his jobs initiatives and the economy, according to a press release by the network.

This is President Obama’s sixth time on Jay Leno’s couch, and his fourth since taking office. He was last on the program October 24, 2012, during the height of his re-election campaign.

Seth Meyers and producer Michael Shoemaker talk 'Late Night' plans (and their 30 Rock ID photos)

In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly out Friday, Seth Meyers and Michael Shoemaker tell EW about The Awesomes, the 10-episode animated superhero series they created, debuting Aug. 1 on Hulu. But the duo, who met at Saturday Night Live in 2001, also chat about their next adventure: Late Night With Seth Meyers. Shoemaker guided Jimmy Fallon’s transition to late night and will be Meyers’ producer when he inherits the show in February 2014.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What kind of conversations are the two of you having at this point?

Seth Meyers: One of the main things we’re doing now, which will be the most essential part of the success of the show, is staffing. You’re trying to find people who you trust and like their comedic voices. That’s been a really fun part of this summer so far. I don’t think we’re gonna try to deconstruct the late night model. But I feel like every time one of these shows succeeds, it’s because it’s built around the strengths of the host. So we’re trying to recognize my strengths. [Laughs]

Michael Shoemaker: Seth being delighted with other people is my favorite thing to watch. Watching Seth set someone up for a joke and then have it appear is the most satisfying thing. He did Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with Jerry Seinfeld. Watching that, I realized every time I would pause, I was grinning, and it was just because he was having such a good time. That’s what I want to see.

Meyers: It was like the greatest four hours of my life. There was a reason I looked happy.
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