‘I Love You, America’ Showrunner Inks Overall Deal with Universal Television

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“I Love You, America” showrunner Gavin Purcell (pictured above with Sarah Silverman) has signed an exclusive producing deal with Universal Television for scripted and unscripted programming, the studio said on Wednesday.

In addition to Sarah Silverman’s Hulu series, Purcell has worked as a writer and producer on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” where he led on-air production, as well as the show’s interactive elements. Purcell was also a writer for the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards.

“Gavin’s experience in late night and throughout the digital space adds a fresh creative voice to our slate as his talent for bridging genres and platforms makes him the perfect creator for today’s content landscape,” Meredith Ahr, president of alternative and reality group at NBC Entertainment, said on Wednesday. “We are all big fans of his work and can’t wait to have him as part of the Universal Television team.”

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Purcell previously served as head of video at Vox Media, overseeing video production, development and strategy for all of Vox Media’s brands. He has won two Emmys for his work on “The Tonight Show.”

Silverman’s “I Love You, America” was canceled in January after just one season.

Purcell is repped by UTA and Hansen Jacobson.

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Hulu Programming Chief On Cancellation Of Sarah Silverman’s ‘I Love You, America’ & Sean Penn Drama ‘The First’ – TCA

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Hulu SVP of Originals Craig Erwich today at TCA addressed the reasons behind the streamer’s decision to cancel its Sarah Silverman talk show I Love You, America and missing-to-Mars drama The First Man, created by House of Cards‘ Beau Willimon and starring Oscar winner Sean Penn.
I Love You, America‘s cancellation came after the show had been nominated for Emmy last year in the Variety Sketch Series category.
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Hulu doesn’t love I Love You, America enough to keep it going

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According to Deadline, Hulu has decided to cancel Sarah Silverman’s talk show I Love You, America after one season—though that one season included 21 episodes and aired on Hulu over the course of two traditional TV seasons with a multi-month gap in the…

Hulu Cancels Sarah Silverman’s ‘I Love You America’ After 1 Season

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Hulu has canceled “I Love You America, With Sarah Silverman” after one season, Silverman announced on Wednesday.

“Well, Hulu cancelled I LOVE YOU AMERICA and we’re all pretty damn heartbroken. … So in traditional twitter funeral style, I’ll be RTing the love,” the comedian wrote on Twitter Wednesday.

Well, Hulu cancelled I LOVE YOU AMERICA and we’re all pretty damn heartbroken.

… So in traditional twitter funeral style, I’ll be RTing the love.

— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) January 9, 2019

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The series debuted in 2017 and aired 21 episodes in its only season, though it was split into two parts. The variety-talk series was a mash-up of a monologue, interviews and field segments that aimed to unite the politically-divided country.

“I Love You America” is the latest topical series to be canceled by a streaming network, as questions remain about the viability of a contemporary series in an on-demand environment. Last year, Netflix canceled its late-night series with Joel McHale and Michelle Wolf — though it still has Hasan Minhaj’s “The Patriot Act.”

Hulu did not own “I Love You America,” Silverman and Funny or Die did. Silverman executive produced the series with Adam McKay, Amy Zvi and Gavin Purcell.

“We are so proud of ‘I Love You, America’ and congratulate Sarah, the producers and the entire team for engaging thoughtful conversation and showcasing such diverse points of view every week,” Funny or Die said in a statement. “Whether it was connecting with firemen in Mineola, Texas over ‘pooping their pants’ stories, or going on a blind date with a conservative lobbyist in D.C., Sarah’s commitment was boundless and there is nothing more to say than “we lerve you” to the whole crew.”

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Hulu still loves Sarah Silverman’s I Love You, America

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Sarah Silverman, Kumail Nanjiani Hold Civil ‘Roseanne’ Discussion

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Americans might be heavily divided, but comedians Sarah Silverman and Kumail Nanjiani proved on Thursday that it’s still possible to argue about the issues of the day without descending into a political fight club. At least, if you’re both liberal-leaning comics who generally like one another.

At issue: ABC’s “Roseanne” revival. Silverman, who hosts Hulu’s “I Love You, America,” which looks at the country’s deep political divides, praised the “Roseanne” revival on Twitter Thursday for being “totally of this moment” in its depiction of “angst w/in close families.” She then urged her followers to expose themselves to art beyond their political comfort zones.

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Oscar-nominee Nanjiani disagreed, telling Silverman that he loves and respects her, but won’t watch “Roseanne” because of star Roseanne Barr’s recent now-deleted tweet sharing the conspiracy theory that Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg once gave a Nazi salute. (He didn’t.)

“I know that’s not her character on the show,” the “Silicon Valley” star said, but he asked Silverman not to judge people who don’t want to watch it because of Barr’s real-world actions.

Silverman replied that she isn’t judging, and that she muted Roseanne Barr “years ago.” But, she said, ABC’s “Roseanne” revival provides an example to viewers of “learning/then accepting stuff thats unfamiliar & therefore scary 2them,” which she said is how change happens.

“IMOIMOIMO,” (meaning, In My Opinion) Silverman added. “LOVE U.”

Nanjiani’s reply: “I understand that perspective. you too a lot.”

Awww, you guys.

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See the whole exchange below:

watched @RoseanneOnABC last night & loved it. That familiar feeling of the old but w comedy & content so totally of this moment like the angst w/in close families over politics. Hope y’all let go of needing art 2 reflect/express only what u yourself feel. That’s not what art’s 4

— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) March 29, 2018

I know that’s not her character on the show. But I can’t watch her playing any character. She says David Hogg did the Nazi salute. That’s not political disagreement. It’s wrong. So, I understand your point, but don’t judge ppl for not being able to bring themselves to watch her.

— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) March 29, 2018

I understand that perspective. you too a lot.

— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) March 30, 2018

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Sarah Silverman on Louis CK Scandal: ‘I Love Louis’ But He ‘Did Bad Things’ (Video)

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Sarah Silverman opened up this week’s episode of her Hulu show by reflecting on Louis C.K. verifying last week that numerous sexual harassment accusations against him are true.

“One of my best friends of over 25 years, Louis C.K., masturbated in front of women,” Silverman said in the cold open of “I Love You, America” on Thursday. “He wielded his power with women in f—ed up ways, sometimes to the point where they left comedy entirely. I could couch this with heartwarming stories of our friendship and what a great dad he is — but that’s totally irrelevant, isn’t it? Yes, it is.”

“It’s a real mind f—, you know, because I love Louis, but Louis did these things,” Silverman continued. “Both of those statements are true, so I just keep asking myself, ‘Can you love someone who did bad things? Can you still love them?’ I can mull that over later, certainly, because the only people that matter right now are the victims.”

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Five women accused C.K. of sexual misconduct in a New York Times article that published Nov. 9. The “Louis” star said the next day that all of the accusations in the Times story are true, leading management company 3 Arts, agency APA and publicist Lewis Kay to drop him as a client.

C.K.’s film “I Love You, Daddy” has been shelved by distributor The Orchard, while FX cut ties with the star and dropped his executive producer credit from all of his projects with the company.

Silverman’s cold open can be seen in the video above.

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Sarah Silverman is a little conflicted in this trailer for Hulu’s I Love You, America

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‘I Love You, America’: A Musical Sneak Peek At Sarah Silverman’s Hulu Series

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The “sneak peek” at Sarah Silverman’s new Funny or Die series for Hulu is more like a music video, with the star lipping to a track whose lyrics start with: “I love you, America/from sea to shining sea/from the East Coast to the West/and whatever’s in between.”

From there she waxes in song about loving all the labels, er, groups of people who make up the good ol’ US of A — men, women, gay, straight, Mexican, Irish, Afghani, North Carolinian — until she pauses, and…

Sarah Silverman to Hulu Advertisers: Investing in My New Show ‘Is Probably a Terrible Idea’

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Sarah Silverman may be the worst salesperson in the history of television.

On Wednesday, the star of “I Love You, America” closed Hulu’s upfront event with the following pitch to media buyers and advertisers: “Folks, we did the research. We did it for you,” the comedian began. “And I can tell you unequivocally that investing in this show is probably a terrible idea.”

“But, you know, f— it,” she added. “All your choices are a gamble, right?” Yeah, pretty much.

“I Love You, America” is a weekly half-hour topical show from Funny or Die, focusing on the current political/emotional landscape of the country. Silverman will attempt to connect with “unlike-minded people” over Season 1’s 10-episode order.

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Also during Hulu’s upfront event, the subscription video on demand service renewed “The Handmaid’s Tale” for a second season, ordered Beau Willimon’s Mars drama “The First” to series, and officially launched its live TV streaming service with Scripps Networks channels.

On Monday, Hulu revealed that NBCUniversal channels would be a part of its the live TV streaming service’s 50-plus channels.

Hulu has signed a number of high-profile deals recently, including an output licensing agreement with Annapurna Pictures and a streaming deal with Neon, which just released its first feature “Colossal.”

The Hulu upfront event took place at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

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