‘Miracle Workers’: Watch Steve Buscemi Play God in First Trailer for TBS Comedy (Video)

God has pretty much checked out, at least, Steve Buscemi’s version of God has.

In the first trailer for TBS’ heaven-set workplace comedy, “Miracle Workers” God (Buscemi) is more concerned about the sound a typhoon makes (“is it wooshy-wooshy?”) instead of the horrible destruction it’s causing.

The seven-episode anthology comedy series, based on Simon Rich’s book “What in God’s Name,” stars Daniel Radcliffe as Craig, a low-level angel responsible for handling all of humanity’s prayers, and Buscemi as God, who has pretty much checked out to focus on his favorite hobbies. To prevent Earth’s destruction, Craig and fellow angel Eliza (Geraldine Viswanathan) must answer a seemingly impossible prayer: help two humans, Laura and Sam (Sasha Compere and Jon Bass), fall in love. “Deadpool’s” Karan Soni also stars.

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Guest stars Tituss Burgess, Margaret Cho, Angela Kinsey, Tim Meadows, John Reynolds, Lolly Adefope and Chris Parnell will also appear throughout the season. TBS will premiere the series on Feb. 12.

Buscemi’s heavenly role was initially supposed to be played by Owen Wilson, but the actor departed the series over “creative differences.”

“Owen was attached really early in pre-production to this project and we just had different creative visions for the show and parted ways,” Simon Rich, who is executive producing the series, said during the Winter TCA press tour in January.

The series is executive-produced by Rich, Radcliffe, Lorne Michaels, and Andrew Singer of Broadway Video, which will produce the series in association with Turner’s Studio.

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God has pretty much checked out, at least, Steve Buscemi’s version of God has.

In the first trailer for TBS’ heaven-set workplace comedy, “Miracle Workers” God (Buscemi) is more concerned about the sound a typhoon makes (“is it wooshy-wooshy?”) instead of the horrible destruction it’s causing.

The seven-episode anthology comedy series, based on Simon Rich’s book “What in God’s Name,” stars Daniel Radcliffe as Craig, a low-level angel responsible for handling all of humanity’s prayers, and Buscemi as God, who has pretty much checked out to focus on his favorite hobbies. To prevent Earth’s destruction, Craig and fellow angel Eliza (Geraldine Viswanathan) must answer a seemingly impossible prayer: help two humans, Laura and Sam (Sasha Compere and Jon Bass), fall in love. “Deadpool’s” Karan Soni also stars.

Guest stars Tituss Burgess, Margaret Cho, Angela Kinsey, Tim Meadows, John Reynolds, Lolly Adefope and Chris Parnell will also appear throughout the season. TBS will premiere the series on Feb. 12.

Buscemi’s heavenly role was initially supposed to be played by Owen Wilson, but the actor departed the series over “creative differences.”

“Owen was attached really early in pre-production to this project and we just had different creative visions for the show and parted ways,” Simon Rich, who is executive producing the series, said during the Winter TCA press tour in January.

The series is executive-produced by Rich, Radcliffe, Lorne Michaels, and Andrew Singer of Broadway Video, which will produce the series in association with Turner’s Studio.

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Samantha Bee Launches Documentary Production Company, Signs First-Look Deal With TBS

Samantha Bee is launching her own production company and signed a first-look with TBS, the network that airs her late-night series, “Full Frontal.”

Bee’s company, Swimsuit Competition, will be focused on narrative and documentary content. They will be seeking great ideas from people flying under the radar, or whose work has been underestimated in the past. “The Rundown with Robin Thede” producer Kristen Everman, who also produced the “Full Frontal” special “Not the White House Correspondents Dinner,” will serve as head of development.

“Fine, if none of you are gonna make TV I want to watch, I’ll make it myself,” Bee said.

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Swimsuit Competition will initially focus on developing content for television, but could expand to other platforms. “If your senior superlative was ‘Most Unaware of His or Her Appeal,’ call us!” Everman said. “Or rather, email us, because honestly voicemails feel kind of rude.”

Bee’s deal echoes the pact that TBS made with its other late-night host, Conan O’Brien, whose Conaco production company is creating content for numerous Turner-owned platforms. This also isn’t the first time Bee will develop shows not named “Full Frontal,” having co-created the TBS half-hour comedy “The Detour” with her husband, Jason Jones.

Everman began her career in entertainment at “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and also previously worked on “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” “Come Here and Say That,” “Difficult People” and “Odd Mom Out.”

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Samantha Bee is launching her own production company and signed a first-look with TBS, the network that airs her late-night series, “Full Frontal.”

Bee’s company, Swimsuit Competition, will be focused on narrative and documentary content. They will be seeking great ideas from people flying under the radar, or whose work has been underestimated in the past. “The Rundown with Robin Thede” producer Kristen Everman, who also produced the “Full Frontal” special “Not the White House Correspondents Dinner,” will serve as head of development.

“Fine, if none of you are gonna make TV I want to watch, I’ll make it myself,” Bee said.

Swimsuit Competition will initially focus on developing content for television, but could expand to other platforms. “If your senior superlative was ‘Most Unaware of His or Her Appeal,’ call us!” Everman said. “Or rather, email us, because honestly voicemails feel kind of rude.”

Bee’s deal echoes the pact that TBS made with its other late-night host, Conan O’Brien, whose Conaco production company is creating content for numerous Turner-owned platforms. This also isn’t the first time Bee will develop shows not named “Full Frontal,” having co-created the TBS half-hour comedy “The Detour” with her husband, Jason Jones.

Everman began her career in entertainment at “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and also previously worked on “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” “Come Here and Say That,” “Difficult People” and “Odd Mom Out.”

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Samantha Bee Forms Production Company, Inks First-Look Deal With TBS

Samantha Bee is throwing her sash into the competitive world of narrative and documentary television with the newly-formed production company Swimsuit Competition which, she wants to make very clear, is NOT a scholarship program.
TBS’s Emmy-winning lat…

Samantha Bee is throwing her sash into the competitive world of narrative and documentary television with the newly-formed production company Swimsuit Competition which, she wants to make very clear, is NOT a scholarship program. TBS's Emmy-winning late night host will create original content that she and team find amusing and would definitely spend a weekend binge watching. In today's announcement, Bee said they are looking for great ideas from people flying under the…

Watch Japanese Etiquette Coach Continuously Tell Conan O’Brien He’s Ugly (Video)

Conan O’Brien headed to Japan recently to collect a little coin and learn some manners. Turns out, his etiquette coach and her assistant over there could use a few lessons themselves.

First, the instructor really didn’t want to touch Conan — like, at all. After all, they’re not boyfriend-girlfriend, she said — and it sounds like they are never going to be.

“You’re not my type,” she told him, adding that his “face” was the main problem.

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Later, while touching O’Brien’s stomach, the coach told the TBS host that he “needs exercise.”

“Very fluffy,” her handsy assistant added.

Watch the video above.

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Conan O’Brien headed to Japan recently to collect a little coin and learn some manners. Turns out, his etiquette coach and her assistant over there could use a few lessons themselves.

First, the instructor really didn’t want to touch Conan — like, at all. After all, they’re not boyfriend-girlfriend, she said — and it sounds like they are never going to be.

“You’re not my type,” she told him, adding that his “face” was the main problem.

Later, while touching O’Brien’s stomach, the coach told the TBS host that he “needs exercise.”

“Very fluffy,” her handsy assistant added.

Watch the video above.

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Jameela Jamil to host completely miserable game show for TBS

American TV-watchers only know Jameela Jamil as The Good Place’s Tahani Al-Jamil (the comparatively disappointing sister of the brilliant and wonderful Kamilah Al-Jamil), but she’s had a long and successful career as a host (or “presenter”) on British …

American TV-watchers only know Jameela Jamil as The Good Place’s Tahani Al-Jamil (the comparatively disappointing sister of the brilliant and wonderful Kamilah Al-Jamil), but she’s had a long and successful career as a host (or “presenter”) on British TV. Thanks to TBS, Americans will soon get a chance to see her

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With ‘Conan in Japan,’ Conan O’Brien Finds the Secret to Late-Night’s Future

“Conan Without Borders” segments have been series highlights since O’Brien’s trip to Cuba, and now they could help build an even better nightly show.

Any late-night show is all about the host, and rarely is this more evident than when Conan O’Brien goes on the road in his increasingly popular travel specials, “Conan Without Borders.” These fall back on the host’s talents, instead of pimping a cavalcade of so-so guests, and gets him out of the studio to interact with compelling people. But they also allow for tighter, more precisely edited episodes, which helps remind viewers why they tune in every evening: It’s Conan, and nothing but the best of him.

As announced in May, future nightly episodes of “Conan” will shift from the classic hour-long format to a leaner, “less structured” half-hour program. He’ll still be on the air four nights a week, but Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band is out and a stronger focus on digital, social, and live events are in.

Most important, though, is letting “Conan” be Conan. How his producers plan to spark younger viewers’ interest with a series still only available via the old paradigm of pay cable is anyone’s guess — more YouTube clips? Instagram stories? Snapchat integration that gives users O’Brien’s luxe orange pompadour? However, the emphasis on live events could pay huge dividends if his “Conan Without Borders” specials serve as inspiration.

Just look at his latest entry, “Conan in Japan.” O’Brien’s first appearance on television since “Conan” wrapped October 4 (to start the rejiggering process) is more than a welcome return. It’s carefully honed and enlivened by O’Brien’s sheer enthusiasm. Out in the world, charged only with making new friends and learning new things, the improv expert is a giddy delight. O’Brien uses the same innate instincts he’s perfected by interviewing thousands of celebrities — some boring, some not — to hone in on the part he needs to play to best elevate the comedy.

Take the first segment from “Conan in Japan.” O’Brien is receiving instruction on proper Japanese etiquette for his trip by an older, somewhat strict, and quite plainspoken teacher. When he asks about hugging, she not only tells him it’s inappropriate, but also is surprisingly forthcoming with her opinions on Conan’s looks (she doesn’t like them). So Conan plays up the mock offense, in part because his hurt feelings could be genuine, but also because he’s built up a boastful reputation and knows how to play off it to the audience. O’Brien is great when poking fun at himself, either by refuting insults in flailing, macho fashion or playing into given compliments with a wry smile and long roll of his tongue.

He’s even better when the reactions come out of nowhere. In his statement about the format shift, he said he would be out of the studio more often, and the diversity of neighborhoods, citizens, terrain, and events in the Los Angeles area should provide ample opportunity for Conan to interact with the masses. Get him out of the studio, or at least get him out from behind the desk. Even he says he’s better unencumbered while explaining his sex appeal to the etiquette instructor: “I’m a very expressive person,” O’Brien says. “I move. I jump. This is who I am.”

And like everyone, O’Brien can benefit from editing. While his nightly shows are cut down from their full recording time, “Conan in Japan” was obviously a much longer trip than what’s shown in the 42-minute special. The producers can pick the best moments and ditch segments that don’t pan out.

Editing can also create jokes in ways that a “live” show can’t, like when Conan visits a “Rental Family Agent” and pays to have a fake family keep him company while in Tokyo. There’s a montage of the family’s day out and a fake Christmas card kicker, and they set a quick pace in Conan’s selection process: He holds up pictures of possible wives and daughters until he’s satisfied with his new “family.” The comic rhythm feels more natural than a 1:1 interview, and you’re not waiting for the few moments of gold mined from a celebrity’s audition story. It’s all gold, or at least pretty shiny.

O’Brien has an opportunity with his new format to trim the fat. (Not the literal belly fat the etiquette teacher described as “fluffy” — I told you she was candid.) Late-night clips are more appealing to younger audiences than late-night shows because while some interviews are good, most are boring. Some sketches are funny; most won’t even earn a smile. If something really exciting happens, it’ll be online the next day.

That’s not the case with “Conan Without Borders,” and it doesn’t have to be the case for “Conan.” Batting 1.000 is impossible, sure, but raising the average above .300 would instantly elevate his show above the other late-night fodder, and it’s got a head start with an extremely funny, seasoned, and sharp leader. So cut back on celebrities and amp up the pre-taped outings — Conan can carry the rest.

“Conan in Japan” is available now on TBS. “Conan” returns in its new format in 2019.

‘The Good Place’ Star Jameela Jamil to Host TBS Game Show ‘The Misery Index’

“The Good Place” star Jameela Jamil has been tapped to host the new TBS game show “The Misery Index,” the network said Thursday.

She will join “Impractical Jokers” stars and “Misery Index” panelists Brian “Q” Quinn, James “Murr” Murray, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano on the show, which is inspired by the card game “Sh*t Happens” and draws on the comedians’ expertise in humiliation to help contestants evaluate life’s misfortunes.

“As someone whose life is just a series of mortifying incidents strung together, it’s going to be brilliant to take a break from my own mishaps, and feast in the disasters of others,” Jamil said. “I cannot wait for the misery to commence. This show is brilliantly ridiculous.”

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The show will feature two teams, each consisting of one contestant and two panelists, which will compete against each other by attempting to rate hilarious and miserable real-life events on a scale of 1-100 based on the “Misery Index,” a ranking system created by a team of therapists. For example, is getting a third degree burn worse than seeing your father naked? Is it worse than dropping your phone in the toilet?

“The Misery Index” was developed by comedy writer Andy Breckman (“Monk”), along with Ben & Dan Newmark of Grandma’s House Entertainment.

The series is executive produced by Breckman, the Newmarks, Adam Bold of Grandma’s House Entertainment, Howard Klein of 3 Arts Entertainment, Vin Rubino and Rob Anderson.

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“The Good Place” star Jameela Jamil has been tapped to host the new TBS game show “The Misery Index,” the network said Thursday.

She will join “Impractical Jokers” stars and “Misery Index” panelists Brian “Q” Quinn, James “Murr” Murray, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano on the show, which is inspired by the card game “Sh*t Happens” and draws on the comedians’ expertise in humiliation to help contestants evaluate life’s misfortunes.

“As someone whose life is just a series of mortifying incidents strung together, it’s going to be brilliant to take a break from my own mishaps, and feast in the disasters of others,” Jamil said. “I cannot wait for the misery to commence. This show is brilliantly ridiculous.”

The show will feature two teams, each consisting of one contestant and two panelists, which will compete against each other by attempting to rate hilarious and miserable real-life events on a scale of 1-100 based on the “Misery Index,” a ranking system created by a team of therapists. For example, is getting a third degree burn worse than seeing your father naked? Is it worse than dropping your phone in the toilet?

“The Misery Index” was developed by comedy writer Andy Breckman (“Monk”), along with Ben & Dan Newmark of Grandma’s House Entertainment.

The series is executive produced by Breckman, the Newmarks, Adam Bold of Grandma’s House Entertainment, Howard Klein of 3 Arts Entertainment, Vin Rubino and Rob Anderson.

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‘Full Frontal’: I.C.E. Agents Raid the Nativity Scene in Samantha Bee’s Holiday Special (Video)

Add Samantha Bee’s “Full Frontal” to the list of shows that are doing a holiday special.

In what Bee called “a festive reminder that we’ve f—ed over thousands of immigrants and we still haven’t fixed it yet,” her TBS show will air a holiday special, “Christmas on I.C.E.,” on Dec. 19. Per TBS, the special is described as a “less-godless-than-the-usual-liberal Christmas variety spectacular with all the traditional trimmings: music, laughter, joy, deep rage that the administration is separating migrant families, and gingerbread.”

Bee will be joined at New York’s PlayStation Theater by special guests including skating superstar and Olympic medalist Adam Rippon. A portion of proceeds from both the special and merchandise sales will benefit KIND’s Family Separation Response Team.

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“Personally I don’t buy that Jesus was a Capricorn,” says Bee in a statement announcing the special. “But I still love Christmas and hope that my ice dancing brings the much-needed joy that this world needs — it’ll make this sprained ankle totally worth it.”

After all, as Bee says in a trailer for the special, which you can see above: “Christmas is a time for families… even those families that we’ve separated.”

You can learn more about the KIND initiative here.

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Add Samantha Bee’s “Full Frontal” to the list of shows that are doing a holiday special.

In what Bee called “a festive reminder that we’ve f—ed over thousands of immigrants and we still haven’t fixed it yet,” her TBS show will air a holiday special, “Christmas on I.C.E.,” on Dec. 19. Per TBS, the special is described as a “less-godless-than-the-usual-liberal Christmas variety spectacular with all the traditional trimmings: music, laughter, joy, deep rage that the administration is separating migrant families, and gingerbread.”

Bee will be joined at New York’s PlayStation Theater by special guests including skating superstar and Olympic medalist Adam Rippon. A portion of proceeds from both the special and merchandise sales will benefit KIND’s Family Separation Response Team.

“Personally I don’t buy that Jesus was a Capricorn,” says Bee in a statement announcing the special. “But I still love Christmas and hope that my ice dancing brings the much-needed joy that this world needs — it’ll make this sprained ankle totally worth it.”

After all, as Bee says in a trailer for the special, which you can see above: “Christmas is a time for families… even those families that we’ve separated.”

You can learn more about the KIND initiative here.

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TV News Roundup: Jimmy Tatro Trips Hard in ‘Guest Book’ Clip (Exclusive Video)

In today’s roundup, TBS releases an exclusive clip for a new episode of “The Guest Book,” and El Rey Network appoints a VP of programming and acquisitions. FIRST LOOKS TBS’ “The Guest Book” has released an exclusive …

In today’s roundup, TBS releases an exclusive clip for a new episode of “The Guest Book,” and El Rey Network appoints a VP of programming and acquisitions. FIRST LOOKS TBS’ “The Guest Book” has released an exclusive clip to Variety ahead of its new episode that will air Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. The comedy series is […]

Shaq and Ken Jeong to work odd jobs on new reality show, because why the hell not?

We’ve been known to critique TV shows from time to time here at The A.V. Club, but let’s be clear about one thing: Making TV shows is very, very, very hard. It must be, or else it would be completely absurd for TBS to pick up a pilot about Shaquille O’…

We’ve been known to critique TV shows from time to time here at The A.V. Club, but let’s be clear about one thing: Making TV shows is very, very, very hard. It must be, or else it would be completely absurd for TBS to pick up a pilot about Shaquille O’Neal and Ken Jeong working together on various odd jobs. Surely

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TBS Orders Shaquille O’Neal-Ken Jeong Unscripted Pilot ‘Unqualified’

How’s this for an unlikely pairing: TBS has ordered a pilot for an unscripted series starring Shaquille O’Neal and Ken Jeong where the duo will take on odd jobs.

Summoned to their temporary employment by unsuspecting people via a digital portal, “Unqualified” (working title) will follow the antics of Shaq and Jeong as they try their hands at jobs that have always intrigued them, along with a few they’d rather avoid. Sometimes Shaq and Jeong will have no clue what they’re walking into. Utilizing their wide range of talent and hustle, the duo will perform tasks such as patrolling malls as rent-a-cops, substitute teaching kindergarten, train conducting and performing as party clowns.

Earlier this year, the two had a well-received performance on TBS’ “Drop the Mic.”

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“These guys made magic on ‘Drop The Mic’ together. Their chemistry is undeniable.” said Michael Bloom, senior VP of unscripted and specials for TBS and TNT. “And no doubt that magic will extend to the unwitting people who expect anything to get done when they show up.”

O’Neal and Jeong will executive produce “Unqualified” alongside Dave Kneebone, Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of Abso Lutely Productions as well as Jensen Karp, Perry Rogers, Colin Smeeton, Mike Perris, and Brett Carducci.

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How’s this for an unlikely pairing: TBS has ordered a pilot for an unscripted series starring Shaquille O’Neal and Ken Jeong where the duo will take on odd jobs.

Summoned to their temporary employment by unsuspecting people via a digital portal, “Unqualified” (working title) will follow the antics of Shaq and Jeong as they try their hands at jobs that have always intrigued them, along with a few they’d rather avoid. Sometimes Shaq and Jeong will have no clue what they’re walking into. Utilizing their wide range of talent and hustle, the duo will perform tasks such as patrolling malls as rent-a-cops, substitute teaching kindergarten, train conducting and performing as party clowns.

Earlier this year, the two had a well-received performance on TBS’ “Drop the Mic.”

“These guys made magic on ‘Drop The Mic’ together. Their chemistry is undeniable.” said Michael Bloom, senior VP of unscripted and specials for TBS and TNT. “And no doubt that magic will extend to the unwitting people who expect anything to get done when they show up.”

O’Neal and Jeong will executive produce “Unqualified” alongside Dave Kneebone, Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of Abso Lutely Productions as well as Jensen Karp, Perry Rogers, Colin Smeeton, Mike Perris, and Brett Carducci.

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TBS has ordered a pilot for an unscripted series led by Shaquille O’Neal and Ken Jeong. The new series is currently titled “Unqualified.” It will see O’Neal and Jeong team up to try out a variety of odd jobs  like patrolling mal…

TBS has ordered a pilot for an unscripted series led by Shaquille O’Neal and Ken Jeong. The new series is currently titled “Unqualified.” It will see O’Neal and Jeong team up to try out a variety of odd jobs  like patrolling malls as rent-a-cops, substitute teaching kindergarten, train conducting, and performing as party clowns. The […]

Oscar Contender ‘The Passage’ Was Orphaned By Super Deluxe’s Closure — Here’s How TBS Saved It

The silent short film, from Philip Burgers and Kitao Sakurai, is aiming for an Oscar nom. The hitch: Its original homes, Super Deluxe and FilmStruck, are shutting down.

Super Deluxe had big plans for “The Passage.” The 21-minute comedy from Philip Burgers and Kitao Sakurai premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and won honors at the LA Film Festival, Aspen Shortsfest, and the New York Television Festival, among others — accolades that qualified the film to compete in the Academy Awards’ live-action short film category. To promote the short’s Nov. 2 premiere on its site, Super Deluxe sent sandwiches to the press (a nod to a memorable scene).

And then, on Oct. 19 Turner Media parent WarnerMedia decided to shut down the edgy digital studio in a move to streamline its digital offerings. A week later, “The Passage” also lost its long-term home: It was to be available indefinitely on FilmStruck, which WarnerMedia will shutter at the end of November.

However, there’s still Turner sibling TBS and TBS Digital, where “Passage” is now available for screening. It will also be on FilmStruck until that service’s Nov. 30 closure.

“We had had our eyes on ‘The Passage’ for a while,” said Brett Weitz, TBS’ executive vp and head of original content. “It’s unfortunate what’s going on with Super Deluxe, but we’re thrilled that we can continue ‘The Passage’ on our platform, because it deserves to be seen and it’s a great piece of material. And Phil is a brilliant creator.”

Weitz said he’s currently combing through Super Deluxe’s library and development slate to see what else he might be able to transport to TBS and TBS Digital. “The hope is that some of their stuff that was maybe going to come to us at any point, we could take sooner rather than later,” he said. “The Super Deluxe brand itself probably won’t live on in the TBS DNA… [if we] migrate that talent and bring those people to our side, that will be a win.”

“The Passage” earned raves for Burgers’ performance. A theatrically trained clown, he doesn’t speak throughout the entire short. Instead, he uses his physical performance and emotional expressions to convey the story of a man traveling through the world while being chased — and meeting a wide variety of people from multiple cultures along the way.

Philip Burgers, “The Passage”

Super Deluxe

Sakurai directed “The Passage, which comes from Abso Lutely Prods. In his Sundance review of the short, IndieWire TV critic Ben Travers wrote, “‘The Passage’ stands out because it’s so very different from anything else out there, but it’s still incredibly relatable, heartfelt, and very, very funny.”

Weitz said it was easy to move “The Passage” from Super Deluxe to TBS Digital thanks to both companies being under the Turner banner. Relaunched three years ago after being part of Adult Swim, Super Deluxe had been ramping up production with the production of the Sundance Now drama “This Close” and selling the Uma Thurman series “Chambers” to Netflix. Internally, Turner also saw Super Deluxe as an incubator for projects that might eventually graduate to episodic series on its linear networks.

“The Passage” may also eventually get an airing on the TBS network, but Weitz said he’d wait first to see the reaction to the short online. Meanwhile, the last-minute switch making “The Passage” a TBS Digital project means that TBS may inadvertently wind up with an Oscar nominee.

“I’ll take 100 percent of responsibility for that, as does every other executive in Hollywood on projects they have nothing to do with,” Weitz joked, before making sure to add, “Where credit is due, credit will be given.”

Watch “The Passage” in its entirety below:

Samantha Bee Boils a Bunch of Man Bits to Take Down the Patriarchy in ‘Full Frontal’ Halloween Opener

Ashley Nicole Black and Allana Harkin join for a ‘Hocus Pocus’ riff that mixes a little something unexpected into the bubbling cauldron.

Even when it’s not Halloween, who doesn’t want to be a witch? “Full Frontal” host Samantha Bee and fellow staffers Ashley Nicole Black and Allana Harkin put on their holiday best to put a fresh spin on a classic “Macbeth” scene.

Gathered around a cauldron to brew up a big pot of parts from all manner of creatures, the trio each toss in one very specific item. (Hint: it’s the same specific item that was once spray-painted over a bunch of cars in an Oceanside high school staff parking lot.) It’s a “Hocus Pocus” riff that adds in a little revenge against the patriarchy with all the newts and pigtails and such.

As for what happens after, the rest of tonight’s installment is “actually an all-boo episode because nothing is scarier than our current reality. We’ll be checking in on America’s horrifying history of antisemitism and, though it is Halloween, we’ll be covering the white supremacists who choose to wear their sheets year round.”

Read More: Samantha Bee’s Advice on How to Recover From the Brett Kavanaugh Hearing: ‘Please, Be Kind to Yourselves’

The show, which (witch!) debuted in early 2016, will reach its 100th episode by the end of the year.

Watch the full video below:

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” airs Wednesday nights at 10:30 p.m. on TBS.

Crunchyroll, Toonami Team Up to Launch Programming Block on Adult Swim (Exclusive)

Crunchyroll’s programming will be available for viewing on Adult Swim beginning on Saturday, as AT&T’s take over of Time Warner begins to take shape.
The anime-centric streaming company, which is owned by AT&T, has teamed with Toona…

Crunchyroll’s programming will be available for viewing on Adult Swim beginning on Saturday, as AT&T’s take over of Time Warner begins to take shape.

The anime-centric streaming company, which is owned by AT&T, has teamed with Toonami, an animation television block on Adult Swim, to program a special dubbed anime block on the network starting on Oct. 27 at 11:30 p.m. with the premiere of “Mob Psycho 100,” of which Crunchyroll owns the content and merchandising rights for outside of Asia.

This linear partnership is Crunchyroll‘s latest foray into television, which complements its recent TV block in Brazil with RBTV where the platform brought two series dubbed in Portuguese to the Brazilian anime community.

The streamer, which has a global community of more than 40 million registered users and over 1 million subscribers, is owned by Ellation, which is part of Otter Media, a media company AT&T acquired full control over in August.

The partnership is one of the first examples of how AT&T is leveraging its new portfolio of content and distribution channels. It also could be an indicator of what’s to come from the company as it relates to how WarnerMedia is working with Crunchyroll and VRV across linear and digital.

Earlier this month, the telco also announced it would be packaging several of its newly acquired WarnerMedia brands into one streaming service, which is expected to launch in Q4 2019

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The TBS telecast of ALCS Game 1 between the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox generated the top program of the day across all of cable and broadcast TV based on metered market delivery.
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