Animal Planet has announced in a press release that it will set up a livestream of the third annual Internet Cat Video Festival, which will take place at the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis on August 14. Presumably, the thinking goes something like this: “Hey viewers, we heard you like watching videos of cats on the internet, so we’re going to have a festival for videos of cats on the internet and then stream our own video of cats—made from other videos of cats on the internet—on the internet.”
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This morning, Glee star Lea Michele’s Twitter account delivered what seemed at first glance to be big news. “Before this gets out to the media,” read a post that went live at 11:20 AM, “I would like to announce to my fans that I am pregnant #BabyBoy.”
The post was quickly removed, however, and the actress’s reps have confirmed that it was a hoax tweet from a hacker.
If the message itself didn’t seem a little off—check out that clumsy hashtag—there was already reason to suspect it wasn’t legit. Yesterday, Glee star Chris Colfer’s Twitter briefly displayed a message claiming that he was being “let go” from the show due to “personal issues.” The tweet was subsequently removed, and Colfer announced that he’d been hacked.
Is the proximity between the two prank tweets a coincidence, or is someone systematically targeting Glee on Twitter? It’s unclear for now, but one thing’s certain—until everything gets sorted out, it might be a good idea to take any Glee-related news breaking online with a grain of salt.
“Jerry discovers hot young comedian making fun of him on Twitter, gets him a job writing for a new sitcom.”
It sounds like a fake logline straight out of Jack Moore and Josh Gondelman’s popular Modern Seinfeld Twitter feed — but make just a few tweaks, and you’ll get a true story.
Moore confirmed to EW today that he’s been hired for the writing staff of Fox’s upcoming Alexis Bledel/Jason Ritter sitcom Us & Them, an American spin on the U.K.’s romantic comedy Gavin & Stacey. Given the content of Modern Seinfeld, this shouldn’t be much of a surprise: “I was basically pitching storylines, which is a huge part of being on a writing staff,” he told The Hollywood Reporter, which first noted the news.
Moore isn’t the first young writer to secure a sitcom job via Twitter.
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Who’s that girl? It’s Jess — available exclusively on Netflix.
The streaming service announced today that it has signed a multi-year deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television to air full seasons of the comedy hit. New Girl‘s entire first season, which aired originally between September 2011 and May 2012, is available to watch instantly as of today; Netflix will add subsequent seasons after they’re broadcast on Fox.
“New Girl has proven to be the biggest breakout sitcom hit of the season and we are thrilled to be able offer it so quickly to our U.S. subscribers,” Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement. “We know our members love comedies and that they’ll enjoy watching all the current and future episodes of New Girl whenever and wherever they want.”
A source confirms that the full current season of New Girl will no longer be available to stream on Hulu, as it has been in the past. Instead, only the most recently aired five episodes from the comedy’s current season will be available on Netflix’s rival site; subscribers and authenticated users can watch these episodes the day after they air on Fox, while everyone else can view them eight days after air. Five episodes from previous seasons of New Girl will be available on Hulu as well.
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Rejoice, Marshmallows: Deputy Leo is back!
Emmy-nominated New Girl star Max Greenfield revealed during a Google Hangout with Gold Derby on Tuesday that he plans to reprise his old Veronica Mars role for Rob Thomas’ upcoming crowd-funded movie. Greenfield played Leo, a sheriff’s deputy and a onetime love interest for Kristen Bell’s Veronica, in 11 episodes of the original series, appearing infrequently throughout all three seasons.
“I will be there — so will Deputy Leo,” Greenfield said with a grin. “It’s gonna be like a fun reunion. You wanna go in there and do some really solid work because obviously, people put up their own money to see this. I think everybody who’s playing a part in this thing has a responsibility, which is fun and exciting.”
Check out the video below:
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It’s all Greek to Amazon — at least when it comes to the retail site’s first original series for adults.
The company announced today that it has chosen five of the 14 pilots it posted online in April to become full-blown series: Alpha House, a political comedy created by Doonesbury‘s Garry Trudeau that stars John Goodman (and features a cameo by Bill Murray); Betas, a Silicon Valley-set comedy starring Ed Begley Jr.; and Annebots, Creative Galaxy, and Tumbleaf, three series aimed at kids.
Each show proved popular with Amazon customers, whose feedback was taken into account during the selection process. Amazon says that full series of all five will air exclusively on Prime Instant Video late this year and in early 2014, though no specific premiere dates have been set yet. READ FULL STORY
Orange is the New Black, Jenji Kohan’s new dramedy, will premiere its 13 one-hour episodes on Netflix on July 11.
An adaptation of Piper Kerman’s memoir (subtitled, “My Year in a Women’s Prison”), Orange stars Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman, who ends up behind bars thanks to a long-ago relationship with a drug runner played by Laura Prepon. Jason Biggs’ is Piper’s fiancé. Kohan will serve as exec producer, writing the first and last episodes of the series, which will be her first project following Weeds.
Simon Cowell just can’t quit creating new variations on Star Search. The ex-American Idol judge and current X Factor majordomo announced today that his company, Syco Entertainment, is joining forces with YouTube for “The You Generation,” an online talent competition that will be available in 15 languages and 26 different countries.
The twist: It’s not just for singers. According to Syco, “You Generation” is seeking “unconventional and original talents” in a variety of categories, including photography, cooking, visual art, and — perhaps most excitingly — magic. The contest begins next month, when would-be contestants can begin uploading their video entries onto the competition’s YouTube channel. Prizes will be awarded “every fortnight,” with a grand prize coming at the end of one year.
See the amusingly melodramatic trailer for “You Generation” below:
The geeks shall inherit TV — with the help of Jim Parsons, who’s won two Emmys for playing their king on The Big Bang Theory.
EW has confirmed that Parsons and producing partner Todd Spiewak are developing a TV series based on Prodigies, a YouTube series that highlights real-life young geniuses. Episodes about innovators like 15-year-old Sierra Leone inventor Kelvin Doe and 5-year-old pool shark Keith O’Dell have attracted millions of views for the YouTube channel THNKR, which boasts nearly 110,000 subscribers. The television version of Prodigies will be shopped to cable and broadcast networks next week at Washington, D.C.’s annual Realscreen Summit.
“I knew within a few minutes of viewing my first episode of Prodigies that I wanted to be a part of the team bringing the digital series to a wider audience via television, spending time with these geniuses, these children, soaring and struggling with their gifts and their talents is inspiring and entertaining in a way that great television is,” Parsons said in a statement. READ FULL STORY
Web Therapy lives! Showtime announced today that it has ordered a third season of the improvised comedy, which stars Lisa Kudrow as narcissistic online therapist Fiona Wallice. The series was adapted from a web series created by Kudrow, Dan Bucatinsky, and Don Roos.
Previous seasons have featured guest appearances by stars including Meryl Streep, Jane Lynch, and two of Kudrow’s former Friends co-stars, David Schwimmer and Courteney Cox. Season 3 will continue that tradition, including guest turns by Meg Ryan, Modern Family‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and ex-Friend Matt LeBlanc, who’s currently starring on his own Showtime series (Episodes).
The 10-episode new season will air in 2013.
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.” No wonder Emily loves working as I Can Has Cheezburger’s editor-in-chief.
If you’re reading this on a computer screen or a smartphone, chances are you’re familiar with Ben and Emily’s work. But just in case: In 2007, blogger Erik Nakagawa founded a humor site devoted to “lolcats” — funny pictures of cats superimposed with creatively-spelled, silly captions. He named it after one of the meme’s original images, a photo of a chubby gray cat smiling beneath four words written in all caps: “I can has cheezburger?” Eight months later, Ben Huh bought the site and slowly began turning it into an Internet empire. Cheezburger Inc. gradually morphed into one of the web’s largest humor publishers, a network of sites that has launched thousands of memes including Rebecca Black’s “Friday” — “We apologize on behalf of planet Earth,” says Ben — and the subject of a new Bravo reality series called LOLwork.
Before their show’s Nov. 7 premiere, Ben and Emily stopped by for an IRL chat — that’s “in real life” — about kitties, cameras, and the rise of Internet culture. U can has the condensed transcriptz here:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did this show come about?
BEN: Our first two I Can Has Cheezburger books were New York Times bestsellers. When you have a New York Times bestseller — a book of captions you didn’t write and photos you didn’t take — you get a Hollywood agent. I know, it’s kind of strange. We ended up looking for a TV show idea. [Then] Bravo approached us and said, “Can we just put cameras in your office and make it a reality show? We’d love to see what [it's] like behind the scenes.” We said, “Okay, you have free reign. There’s only one rule, which is don’t make fun of our users.”
EMILY: This is something new for Bravo. It’s a reality comedy, so it’s a departure from what they normally do.
BEN: Our motto here is “cats, not catfights.”
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