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Pete Holmes gets new Conan O'Brien-produced late-night show

The late-night field just got more crowded. TBS has just announced a four-week trial run of a new untitled comedy series starring comedian Pete Holmes coming this fall.

Holmes is best-known as the host of the You Made It Weird podcast. His new show, airing Monday through Thursdays, will follow Conan, and is being executive produced by a team that includes Conan O’Brien. It will showcase “the comedian’s incredible skill set, combining sketches, short films, live comedy, field pieces and in-studio guest interviews into a fast-paced half hour.”

“Pete Holmes is an enormously likable performer with an agile and innovative mind,” O’Brien said in a press release. “I’m really looking forward to his show, and I’ve already had my son program my DVR.”

To get a taste, check out Holmes performing stand-up on Conan below: READ FULL STORY

Justin Timberlake books a week with Jimmy Fallon

Timber-fans rejoice! NBC announced that Justin Timberlake has booked a whole week of appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

Beginning March 11, the actor-producer-singer-honorary comedian will perform each night of the week. On Monday and Friday, he’ll sit down with Fallon — presumably to talk about the March 19 release of The 20/20 Experience, which just might redefine which Instagram filter we use to watch music.

Can we assume The Roots will be the backing band? Can we assume that ?uestlove will do a dreamy-smooth spin on JT’s new dreamy-smooth songs? Can we assume that there will be at least one sketch that involves Justin as the newest footman in Downton Sixbey?

We can’t assume, but we can dream.

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Conan O'Brien hosting the White House Correspondents Dinner -- VIDEO

Conan O’Brien will host this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner, the annual event where politicians, celebrities, and journalists gather in a giant room and awkwardly laugh at one another. “Conan is one of televisions most innovative and influential talents, and I am absolutely thrilled that he has agreed to be this year’s featured act,” said White House Correspondents Association president Ed Henry in a statement.

The annual event is important for two reasons: It raises money for scholarships and, in the past years, has increasingly become a crucible for hot-blooded comic and political moments. In 2011, President Obama called out Donald Trump, to much chuckling. In 2006, Stephen Colbert called out President Bush, to much cringing and slack-jawed amazement.

This year’s dinner will be held on April 27, and broadcast, as always, by C-SPAN. No word about a possible appearance from Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. O’Brien last appeared at the dinner in 1995, when he called Judge Ito “the most powerful man in the country” and made jokes about his virginity. (Oh, the ’90s.)

Check out a piece of O’Brien’s appearance after the jump:

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Michelle Obama to appear on 'Jimmy Fallon'

First Lady Michelle Obama will be a guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon this Friday, EW has confirmed.

The First Lady is dropping by to celebrate the third anniversary of her Let’s Move! initiative, although talk about her recent hairstyle change (bangs!) also seems likely. The other guest for Friday’s episode is Scarlett Johansson, who coincidentally was an active President Obama supporter during the recent election.

While this will be the first time Obama has sat down with Fallon, it won’t be her first appearance on the program. Last February, she was part of a pre-taped sketch where Fallon came to the White House and challenged the First Lady to a push-up contest and a potato sack race. Perhaps Friday’s show will feature a rematch.

Check out the earlier skit below: READ FULL STORY

Matt Damon-hosted 'Jimmy Kimmel' episode gets primetime encore

Last night’s Matt Damon-hijacked episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live is heading for primetime.

ABC announced today the special, in which Damon reigned as host of the program as Kimmel sat tied up in the background, will have a primetime encore next Tuesday (Jan. 29) at 10 p.m. ET.

The episode was the climax of a decades-long faux feud between the actor and the late-night host and found Damon welcoming a huge list of surprise celebrity guests, including Nicole Kidman, Demi Moore, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, and Andy Garcia, who took the place of Kimmel’s usual sidekick Guillermo. (Sheryl Crow took over as band leader.)

The encore comes on the heels of news about the episode’s rating success. It ranked as the No. 1 late-night program with 2.92 and 1.23 rating in the 18-49 demo.

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Matt Damon to make first official guest appearance on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Set your DVRs: Matt Damon will finally submit to an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday, Jan. 24. And “may God help Damon if he dares show his stupid face,” Kimmel said in a statement.

For nearly as long as he’s hosted Jimmy Kimmel Live, the comedian has had the same show-ending tradition: Apologizing and saying that he’s been forced to bump his last guest of the night, Matt Damon. In 2006, Kimmel finally welcomed Damon onto the show for the first time — only to inform his guest as soon as he sat down that their time was up.

Damon got his revenge in 2008 by co-starring with Kimmel’s then-girlfriend Sarah Silverman in “I’m F—ing Matt Damon,” a viral video that inspired an equally popular sequel, “I’m F—ing Ben Affleck.” In the years since, Damon has done cameo appearances in several pre-taped Live comedy bits, including this extended sketch from 2010’s post-Oscars episode — but he’s never sat on Jimmy’s couch for a regular interview.

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First promo for new Arsenio Hall show features nothing but the woof -- VIDEO

“Some say he’s only a legend,” a deep, Don LaFontaine-esque voice intones as sirens blare and a frightened woman hurries down a dark city street. “Some say he never existed at all. But others swear that when night grips the city, if you close your eyes and listen — really listen — you can still hear the pulse-pounding, hair-raising, spine-chilling sounds of… the Wolfman.”

Wait. Strike that. What the voice meant to say was “the Woofman,” as in Arsenio Hall — who’s returning to late night next fall with an all-new syndicated talk show. Can this new series survive in a TV landscape that barely resembles that of Hall’s early ’90s heyday? We won’t know for months — but this first promo for the show proves that there’s life in the old dog pound yet.

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This week's 'SNL' brought to you by Anne Hathaway's hair -- VIDEO

Anne Hathaway is a divisive figure. Some praise her whole-hearted commitment to every role; others sneer that she always seems like she’s trying too hard. But either way, everyone should agree on one thing: She’s really pulling off that Audrey Hepburn crop.

Perhaps that’s why Hathaway’s hair gets third billing — right after Jason Sudeikis — in the promos for her upcoming Saturday Night Live stint. As a third-time host, Hathaway should be goofy, charming, and a little bit nerdy, if this video is any indication — and we can also expect her pixie cut to get plenty of attention. Get a first look at the Les Mis star’s SNL return engagement here:

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Jimmy Fallon to broadcast new show tonight, despite Sandy

Hurricane Sandy hasn’t bested every late night Jimmy.

Earlier today, Jimmy Kimmel Live announced that it was canceling tonight’s show, which was to be taped at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, on account of the storm that’s raging across the East Coast. But Kimmel’s rival Jimmy Fallon still plans to tape tonight’s Late Night no matter what — even if he has to do it without his customary live audience.

“Midtown NYC is empty, but we are still doing a live show!” Fallon tweeted this morning, attaching a photo of a barren Manhattan avenue. He followed that message with a promise to give every member of tonight’s audience a free pint of Ben & Jerry’s before revealing that he’d have no live spectators after all: “We sent our audience home just to be safe,” he explained via Twitter this afternoon. “But we are doing our show tonight anyway. Should be fun.”

SNL‘s Seth Meyers, Top Chef‘s Padma Lakshmi, and the band Imagine Dragons will all appear on Late Night tonight.

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'Jimmy Kimmel Live' Brooklyn shows to go on despite storm

At least there’s plenty of material for monologues. Jimmy Kimmel Live will still film this week’s shows at the Brooklyn Academy of Music starting Monday, as scheduled, despite Hurricane Sandy. “We are bringing in back-up generators and will be able to do our show in the event of a power failure,” a rep for the show tells EW in a statement. “We are also flying staff and crew out earlier to beat the storm. We have had no audience drop-outs so far despite news of the storm.” Earlier today, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo ordered the suspension of all subway, bus and commuter railroad service starting at 7 p.m. ET Sunday.

Scheduled guests include Chris Rock, Kelly Ripa, and Alicia Keys on Oct. 29; Howard Stern, Tracy Morgan, and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings on Oct. 30; David Letterman and Vampire Weekend on Oct. 31; and Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and the Avett Brothers featuring the Brooklyn Philharmonic on Nov. 1. Guests for Nov. 2 are still to be announced.

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Jimmy Fallon and 'Guys with Kids' cast sing TV theme-song medley -- VIDEO

On Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the cast of Guys With Kids – Anthony Anderson, Jesse Bradford, and Zach Cregger – along with Fallon (who is the executive producer of Guys with Kids) sang through a “History of TV Theme Songs,” a five-minute medley of many of television’s classic tunes, from The Jeffersons to Golden Girls to Friends.

It is, obviously, awesome. Let’s start the petition to get some harmonizing on Guys with Kids, stat. Also, who else is nostalgic for Fallon’s similar “History of Rap?”

Check out the musical montage below:

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Howard Stern to NBC: I will talk about Jay Leno if you tell me not to

Howard Stern’s comments about the budget cuts at Jay Leno’s The Tonight Show may have earned him a talking-to, but the shock jock isn’t backing down.

“I did hear from [NBC]. I got a threatening kinda comment from one of the executives,” Stern said on his radio show last week.

According to reports, Stern recently took to his radio show and claimed that reports of Jay Leno taking a pay cut to limit staff reductions was not the entire truth. “Jay wanted to cut staff. He’s embarrassed to do it. He didn’t want to come off as a bad guy. NBC took the hit for him, because they’re a corporation…My bullsh-t meter is going off all over the place,” he had said.

Meanwhile, Stern, who admitted that he’s had a feud with Leno “for years,” maintains he has the right to say as he wishes on his Sirius XM program. “I said, ‘Do not ask me not to talk about Jay Leno. I will f–king talk about Jay for four hours if you tell me not to. I was done with Jay. Now I’m all fired up again. F–k Jay. Take my job away from me. Who cares?”

It wasn’t all volcanic fire being spewed, however. Stern assured listeners that he enjoys his gig as a judge on America’s Got Talent, a position he’s had for less than a year. But he asked the network to not “tell me what to say.” He added: “I’m sure it was a joke, actually. No one in their right mind would tell me not to talk about something.”

Listen to the expletive-ridden segment below: READ FULL STORY

Report: Abby Elliott is leaving 'Saturday Night Live'

Another one bites the dust?

Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg revealed this spring that they will not return to Studio 8H for Saturday Night Live‘s upcoming 38th season. Their costar Jason Sudeikis has indicated that he may leave the show as well. Now one more SNL cast member is reportedly out: Abby Elliott has told Splitsider that she is also leaving the late night comedy showcase. READ FULL STORY

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