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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 2: Pregnancy, Women Comics, and Censorship

Delia Harrington Dec 10, 2018

In The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 2, Midge deals with a kind of censorship familiar to generations of female performers.

The following contains spoilers for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 2.

“…You see the thing I know the most about pregnancy is --”

With that one word, pregnancy, Midge Maisel is hustled off stage in the season two finale of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, “All Alone.”

It’s easy to see why she’s be confused – we’ve previously seen Miriam perform in various states of undress (albeit facing indecency charges afterwards), and throughout this season she has said an array of four-letter onstage with no negative outcomes. As Susie points out to the host who interrupted her, the comic before her had been talking about getting “dick fungus,” something that surely must be more, “foul,” than what he deems as, “female stuff…private.”

With this bit of censorship
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Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld Host Good+ Foundation's Halloween Bash

Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld Host Good+ Foundation's Halloween Bash
Jerry Seinfeld talked comedians, cars, coffee and costumes at his wife's Good+ Foundation's 3rd Annual Halloween Bash Presented by Delta Air Lines and Otter Pops over the weekend.

The tenth season of his show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee was released July 6 on Netflix, but fans will have to wait a while to see the full lineup of comedians for the next season of his mobile talk show, which in the past has featured Barack Obama, Ellen DeGeneres and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. “I can’t say names, though. I’m not allowed to say names,” he ...
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Jerry Seinfeld: Why Louis C.K. Isn’t Making His Comeback in the Right Way

Jerry Seinfeld: Why Louis C.K. Isn’t Making His Comeback in the Right Way
Jerry Seinfeld weighed in on Louis C.K.’s stand-up comeback during an interview with The New York Times. Since the end of August, C.K. has popped up at various New York City comedy clubs to perform sets, which mark his first high-profile public appearances since admitting to sexual misconduct last fall. C.K.’s return has sparked a national debate over whether accused men should be welcomed back into their professions.

When asked if it was “too soon” for C.K. to be performing again, Seinfeld responded, “No. It’s the way he did it that I think people didn’t like. Some people didn’t like that he’s doing it at all. We know the routine: The person does something wrong. The person’s humiliated. They’re exiled. They suffer, we want them to suffer. We love the tumble, we love the crash and bang of the fall.
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Steve Mosko Named CEO of Village Roadshow Entertainment

  • The Wrap
Former Sony Pictures TV Chairman Steve Mosko has been named the chief executive officer of Village Roadshow Entertainment Group (Vreg), the company announced Thursday.

Vreg is continuing its development and production of content with a bigger focus on television and streaming to complement the development and co-financing of movies. Village Roadshow Pictures Entertainment chairman and CEO Bruce Berman will remain in his position and will now report to Mosko. Greg Basser, Vreg’s current CEO, is stepping down to pursue other opportunities in the media and entertainment space. He will continue as a consultant to Vreg.

“Steve’s track record of success combined with his tenure in the industry and breadth of understanding of the current and future television landscape makes him the ideal executive to execute on our strategy and lead the company on a day-to-day basis,” stated Vine CEO and Vreg Chairman Jim Moore. “While Vreg is committed
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Jerry Seinfeld Downsizes from Exotic Cars to Scooters

  • TMZ
Jerry Seinfeld Downsizes from Exotic Cars to Scooters
We all know Jerry Seinfeld takes his love for cars quite seriously -- and, apparently, he feels the same way about luxury scooters too. Can ya tell? The comic was in NYC Tuesday getting ready to take a ride on a spiffy looking Lambretta -- the Italian-scooter that rivals Vespa, kinda like Ford vs. Gm. Jerry must've been on one hell of a mission, 'cause he looked super serious -- the scarf and helmet look is working for him.
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Netflix Released Record-High 676 Hours of Original Programming in Q3

  • Variety
Netflix flooded its U.S. streaming service with an all-time high tonnage of original TV shows and movies in the third quarter of 2018 – a positive signal that the No. 1 subscription-video service will hit its customer-acquisition targets, according to a new report from Wall Street firm Cowen & Co.

The company bowed nearly 676 hours of originals for the quarter ended Sept. 30, which is equivalent to about 28 full days. That’s more than double the amount of Netflix originals launched in Q3 2017 (289 hours) and up 50% from 452 hours in Q2 2018, Cowen & Co. estimated. The relative quality of that glut of new content is debatable, but Netflix’s track record shows that greater amounts of exclusive programming leads to higher sub growth and lower churn.

In the most recent quarter, the company released new seasons of “Orange Is the New Black,” “Marvel’s Iron Fist” and “Bojack Horseman,” along with controversial drama “Insatiable” and Cary Fukunaga-directed psychological thriller “Maniac,
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‘Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj’ Trailer: Government Agents Explain the ‘Daily Show’ Alum’s New Netflix Talk Show

‘Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj’ Trailer: Government Agents Explain the ‘Daily Show’ Alum’s New Netflix Talk Show
“Patriot Act” is a very good title for Hasan Minhaj’s upcoming weekly Netflix talk show. Just in case anyone is confused by what that show actually is, the “Daily Show” alum has brought along some help to explain the new format.

Minhaj doesn’t have any dialogue, but the teaser shows a trio of Nsa-adjacent surveillance officials tracking Minhaj’s whereabouts and communications. It’s a sly way of playing off the show’s title and coming up with an excuse for a direct overview of what this upcoming show is. “It explores the modern geopolitical and cultural landscape through a comedic lens,” one of them says.

When “Patriot Act” was announced, Minhaj was set to join a growing list of comedians who were able to respond to the day’s and week’s news in their respective shows. Now, it will debut as the service’s only active weekly talk show,
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Samantha Bee Unveils New Open for ‘Full Frontal’ and Other Changes

  • Variety
Samantha Bee Unveils New Open for ‘Full Frontal’ and Other Changes
Samantha Bee has been tilting at giants for almost three years. Now she’s become one herself.

Starting tonight, in a new opening sequence for her satirical program “Full Frontal” on TBS, Bee will be depicted as a curious titan striding across America, shaking hands with the Statue of Liberty, opening the dome of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., to peer inside and lifting up part of a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. In the past, the show’s opening sequence has depicted a tiny Bee entering an arena ready to take on gargantuan figures.The change, one of a handful to crop up on the program, is aimed at letting viewers know that Bee is no longer an upstart in the field of late-night comedy, but rather a full-fledged voice on the scene.

“As the show grows its audience and the voice of the show grows,
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Netflix Cancels Joel McHale, Michelle Wolf Talk Shows

  • The Wrap
Netflix has decided to cancel a pair of talk shows on Friday: “The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale” and “The Break With Michelle Wolf.”

Both shows had finished their respective runs, with “The Break” wrapping up its 13 episode order on July 31. The streamer will not order any more episodes.

The two talk shows were on the air for less than a year. “The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale” debuted in February, while “The Break With Michelle Wolf” premiered over Memorial Day weekend.

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Wolf’s debut for “The Break” came right after her hosting gig during April’s White House Correspondents Dinner that got some major pushback because of its caustic tone. “The Joel McHale Show” and “The Break” were ordered for 10 and 13 episodes, respectively. The two shows followed Netflix’s Chelsea Handler-hosted talk show,
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Michelle Wolf, Joel McHale Talk Shows Canceled by Netflix

  • Variety
Netflix has canceled two of its talk shows, “The Break With Michele Wolf” and “The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale.”

The move comes just months into both shows’ runs — with McHale’s haveing premiered in February and Wolf’s in May. It also comes as Wolf has seen her star rise, thanks in part to an appearance hosting this year’s White House Correspondents dinner, where her speaking engagement drew rave reviews from viewers but prompted the Whca to apologize for some of its content.

Netflix declines to release viewership information for its original shows, so it it unknown what size audiences Wolf and McHale drew. It remains to be seen whether the cancellations represent a retreat from the variety-talk format that the streaming service has been making an aggressive push into. A new season of David Letterman’s “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction” is in the works,
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Samantha Bee Plans Tweaks to ‘Full Frontal’

  • Variety
Samantha Bee Plans Tweaks to ‘Full Frontal’
Samantha Bee has a few changes in store for “Full Frontal.”

During Wednesday night’s broadcast of the TBS satire program, Bee and a motley crew of characters will bid farewell- during a sketch – to the show’s set. The move could be the first of several refinements viewers will see when the program returns on September 12 after a late-summer hiatus. At TBS, the transformation is being billed as “Full Frontal 2.0,” and is being made to accommodate coverage of the 2018 midterm elections. TBS declined to elaborate.

The redesign would come about two and a half years and 88 episodes into the show’s tenure, and suggests Bee and her producers are ready to shake things up as the nation shifts its focus to an event that could serve as a game-changer for national politics. Indeed, “Full Frontal” producers are also readying the launch of a mobile app called “This Is Not A Game: The Game,
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Jerry Seinfeld Sets Limited Engagement At Hollywood Pantages Theatre

  • Deadline
Jerry Seinfeld Sets Limited Engagement At Hollywood Pantages Theatre
Jerry Seinfeld is headed to the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles to perform his signature brand of stand-up — but if you’re interested in attending, you better get your tickets with a swiftness because he’ll only be there for three performances Nov. 2-3.

The actor-comedian is best known for his role in the titular award-winning NBC show Seinfeld which ran for nine seasons and introduced us to a show about nothing and had the world saying “yada, yada, yada” all the live long day. But before that, he had an uncanny ability for observational humor in his stand-up which led to his first appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1981.

Seinfeld continues to do stand-up around the world and has multiple projects including the Emmy nominated web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and his Netflix special Jerry Before Seinfeld. Seinfeld has also starred in, written
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Chris Rock Tweets Article About Comedy’s ‘Insufferable Wokeness,’ Is Accused of Insufficient Wokeness

  • The Wrap
Chris Rock Tweets Article About Comedy’s ‘Insufferable Wokeness,’ Is Accused of Insufficient Wokeness
Chris Rock has been criticized by some of his followers for tweeting an essay from the online conservative magazine The Federalist on Wednesday.

The essay, titled “Seinfeld’s ‘Comedians In Cars’ Is A Welcome Respite From The Insufferable Wokeness Of Comedy,” argues that Jerry Seinfeld’s Netflix talk show transcends the work of other popular comedians by avoiding the “Daily Show” style of politically-tinged commentary.

“Tragedy-laced pleas for social action may be having their moment in comedy, but Jerry Seinfeld and “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee” are, mercifully, not part of it,” the piece reads.

Rock shared the post on his Twitter account on Wednesday, adding “Thank God for Jerry.”

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His replies were quickly inundated by people either praising him for sharing the review or criticizing him for linking to The Federalist, a site founded
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Corey Lewandowski Shopping for TV Deals Despite 'Womp Womp' Controversy

  • TMZ
Corey Lewandowski has his sights set on Hollywood ... he just needs to channel his inner Prez to blow past some negative pub and make it happen. Sources close to Donald Trump's former campaign manager tell TMZ ... he's been shopping ideas for his own TV show around Hollywood, and is starting getting some takers. We're told he had major interest months ago following the release of his book, 'Let Trump Be Trump,' but it quickly
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Sony to Explore a Partial Sale of Its Streaming Platform Crackle

  • The Wrap
Sony is exploring selling a stake in Crackle, the studio’s advertiser-supported streaming service, in an effort to help beef up its content and scale to compete with deep-pocketed tech giants.

Mike Hopkins, who left rival streamer Hulu last year to take over as Sony Pictures TV chairman, detailed the news in a memo to staff on Monday.

“As we build and grow our direct-to-consumer businesses, I want to make you all aware that we have begun the process of exploring potential partnerships for Sony Crackle to drive scale and position the streaming network to be more competitive,” Hopkins said in the memo, which was obtained by TheWrap.

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Crackle was the original home for Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” before the series moved to Netflix. It also has series such as the stop-motion,
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Sony Exploring Sale Of Crackle Stake To Make It “More Competitive”

Sony is looking to take on a partner in Crackle, its ad-supported streaming service, in order to make it more competitive in a saturated marketplace.

Mike Hopkins, the former head of Hulu who joined Sony Pictures last fall as chairman of its TV division, disclosed the strategy to employees in an internal email. (See the full email below.) Hopkins said working with a partner could help “drive scale.” A complete sale of the property is not the initial plan, but insiders indicate a willingness to entertain an offer for the entire business.

The notion of taking on a partner has been contemplated at earlier moments during the decade-plus that Sony has owned the service, which was known as Grouper when the company bought it in 2006. In 2014, when a trove of internal documents were revealed as part of the infamous hack into the studio’s computer systems, an email exchange indicated
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Ellen Degeneres Opens up About Never Having Kids With Wife Portia De Rossi

For years, Ellen DeGeneres has joked about why she and wife Portia de Rossi have never had children. ("It's too risky — what if I don’t like the kid?" she once quipped on Today.) But she got surprisingly serious when she discussed the topic with Jerry Seinfeld on a new episode of his Netflix series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. "When I was younger, I really wanted to have a baby — I thought I would adopt. I never thought I would have a baby, but I thought I would want kids," Ellen, 60, told Jerry (a father-of three with wife Jessica Seinfeld). "[Portia] doesn't want kids." A post shared by Portia de Rossi (@portiaderossi) on Aug 27, 2017 at 4:40pm Pdt Then Ellen went back to the one-liners: "Portia doesn't like the squealing when they're in a pool. That high-pitched squealing of joy they have? She doesn't like that. But she wants lots more horses,
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Netflix to Launch Comedy Radio Channel on SiriusXM

  • Variety
Netflix is getting into the radio biz: The streamer has entered into a pact with SiriusXM to launch a 24-hour comedy channel set to debut by January 2019.

For Netflix, the channel on SiriusXM will be a promotional vehicle for its broad lineup of stand-up specials from comedians including Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Amy Schumer and Jerry Seinfeld. The company also plans to create original content for “Netflix Is a Joke” — a working title for the channel, which is the tagline for its marketing campaign around comedy — with affiliated comedians talent.

“Netflix is producing an incredible amount of world-class comedy programming from top global talent that will become the backbone of our new SiriusXM/Netflix channel,” Scott Greenstein, president and chief content officer for SiriusXM, said in a statement.

The Netflix comedy channel will be exclusive to SiriusXM. It marks the streaming-video company’s entry into audio programming — and the first
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'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee' Season 10: The Top Four Moments

'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee' Season 10: The Top Four Moments
Jerry Seinfeld has revved up the engines and hit the gas, bringing his Emmy-winning comedy Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee to Netflix.

Season 10 of the interview series, which bowed Friday, marks the first time the streaming giant has debuted original episodes after acquiring rights to the franchise — as well as its previous nine seasons — from Sony-owned Crackle. As part of its deal with Seinfeld, Netflix also inherited the Comedians in Cars library, as all 59 episodes that came before season 10 are now on the subscription service.

For his Netflix debut, Seinfeld recruited an impressive roster ...
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Jerry Seinfeld Sees ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ as His ‘Gigantic Art Project’

  • Variety
Jerry Seinfeld Sees ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ as His ‘Gigantic Art Project’
Jerry Seinfeld likes to think of his hit Netflix series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” as his personal “art project.” As creator, executive producer and star, Seinfeld has full jurisdiction over the show, which for him often means choosing to have no jurisdiction at all, letting the each episode unfold naturally with each guest, local cafe and tricked out ride.

Seinfeld continued his laissez faire approach into Season 10, which premieres on Netflix July 6 and features some of the comedian’s favorite guests so far, including Zach Galifianakis, Dave Chappelle and the late Jerry Lewis.

What are you most excited for viewers to see in Season 10?

The fun thing about doing this show, is every guest that walks on the show completely changes the entire show. There is no similarity between the time I spent with Zach Galifianakis and the time I spent with Jerry Lewis or Alec Baldwin. The guest,
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