FXX made its first cancelation Wednesday, cutting late-night talk show “Totally Biased,” Defamer reports. The show, hosted by former San Francisco comedian W. Kamau Bell, aired four nights a week, like many late night cable talk shows. It regularly tackled issues of discrimination with an edgy comedic touch.
Produced by Chris Rock, the show had received strong ratings when it made its debut as a weekly show on FX, but its success didn’t carry over when it made the move to a nightly show on FX comedy spinoff FXX. FXX is available in 72 million homes, which is 26 million fewer than the 98 million that get FX.
The show peaked with 577,000 viewers on FX in June, but some recent episodes had just 10,000 viewers, according to the Hollywood Reporter. It faced a lack of lead-in strength, with few originals on the new network.
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The 5-year-old Make-A-Wish kid Miles, who's set to get his wish to become Batkid as the Make-A-Wish Foundation turns San Francisco into Gotham City for a day.
We wrote recently about how 5-year-old Make-A-Wish kid Miles wanted to become “Batkid,” but how official DC Comics characters like the Riddler were conspicuously absent, with Brand X supervillain “The Puzzler” substituting in.
Well, now DC Comics is officially on board, and the latest press release from the organization notes that Miles will be adventuring alongside the one and only Batman, full stop. The young leukemia survivor will also be taking down official Bat baddies, including the Riddler and the Penguin.
According to Make-A-Wish, Miles battled leukemia from the time he was 1-year-old, but is now in remission. He had his own real life Iron Man-like port in his chest, this one used to deliver medicine, but it was removed last month and Miles just started kindergarten.
“This wish has meant closure for our family and an end to over three years of putting toxic drugs in our son’s body,” Miles’ mother Natalie said in a Make-A-Wish press release. “This wish has become kind of a family reunion and is our celebration of his treatment completion.”
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A Blockbuster video store is seen on Nov. 6, 2013 in Miami, Florida. Blockbuster announced Wednesday that it will close its 300 remaining U.S. stores by early January.
No more "CLOSING — THIS LOCATION ONLY!" signs — the last approximately 300 Blockbuster Video stores owned by corporate parent Dish Network are bowing to the Netflix empire and closing, including the remaining Southern California locations, the company tells KPCC. There are still dozens of locations in the SoCal area, but they'll all be shuttering their doors.
Those last 300 corporate-owned stores are set to close by early January. Fifty Blockbuster franchisees are remaining open, but none of them are in Southern California.
Blockbuster is also ending its DVD-by-mail service in mid-December, but will continue providing a streaming service.
"This is not an easy decision, yet consumer demand is clearly moving to digital distribution of video entertainment," said Dish president and CEO Joseph P. Clayton in a press release. However, he said that they still see value in the Blockbuster brand and plan to use that while expanding online.
The Dark Knight looks a little smaller in this incarnation. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is granting a 5-year-old's wish to become Batkid on Nov. 15, and they're doing it by giving him a Caped Crusader-sized adventure in San Francisco.
The boy, Miles, is battling leukemia. According to the foundation, he finds inspiration in superheroes, and they're bringing that inspiration to life.
They're going to have the San Francisco police chief ask if anyone knows where Batkid is, then send Batkid out with Batman (or a Batman-ish character) to help a city in need.
He's going to rescue a woman from the Hyde Street cable-car tracks in Nob Hill (wait, is Batkid a silent movie hero?). Then he's going to take down "the Puzzler," which we're guessing is their take on the Riddler.
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Actress Ellie Kemper arrives at The Hollywood Reporter's "Power 100: Women In Entertainment" Breakfast at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Dec. 5, 2012.
Two fan-favorite NBC comedies that met their demise this year are back — kind of. "30 Rock" and "Saturday Night Live" star Tina Fey is a co-creator, writer and executive producer on a new show starring Ellie Kemper, who played receptionist Erin in the later seasons of "The Office" and also starred in "Bridesmaids."
Kemper is set to play a woman who flees a doomsday cult and begins a new life in New York City, but don't think she's going to be playing a writer for NBC.
The two women have made a big impact in comedy in recent years, and now they're teaming up. What can fans expect? Fey co-created the show with "30 Rock" executive producer Robert Carlock, so when she's not busy hosting awards shows, it may be a chance to bring back some of that show's trademark absurdity.