Fresh from hosting this year’s Primetime Emmys, comedian and “SNL” veteran Kenan Thompson returns to the stage Thursday night in Atlanta as he kicks off the 13th edition of his “Kenan Presents The Ultimate Comedy Showcase,” and this time with a few new tech wrinkles.
The stand-up comedy search, which kicks off at the Atlanta Comedy Theater on September 22, follows Thompson as he searches for talented adult and child comedians in more than 50 cities. Among the new elements, throughout the country (more than 50 major cities).
Thompson has partnered with Rendered Talent to include a virtual reality option for contestants to take part in the metaverse through the “Failed To Render Comedy Club.” Additionally, Thompson partnered with Proto to be able to join live shows across the metaverse as a digital hologram, attending shows digitally to fit his busy schedule via Proto’s 4K hologram device.
After the initial showcase in Atlanta, the city’s next major showcase will take place in Chicago on October 5th.
So on today’s TV news:
Production has begun on the Tubi Original Movie “Spread,” starring Elizabeth Gillies, Harvey Keitel, Diedrich Bader, Bryan Craig, Teri Polo, Blake Harrison, Tim Rozon and Keith Walker. The film comes from Cartel Pictures and will be released in 2023.
Gillies plays an ambitious aspiring journalist who lands a temporary job at an adult magazine run by an elderly king of the industry, played by Keitel, and struggles with her idealism as she works to help the company succeed. The film is directed by Ellie Kanner and written and co-produced by Buffy Charlet, and also stars Dia Frampton, Jonah Platt, and Diora Baird.
Inspired by screenwriter Charlet’s real-life experience as a temp at Hustler magazine, where she eventually became an editor, the film’s plot is executive produced by Gillies and produced by Stan Spry, Eric Scott Woods. and GraemLouis.
TheGrio announced that “Masters of the Game” will premiere on Friday, September 30 at 8 pm ET/PT and will air original episodes every last Friday of the month on TheGrio’s cable channel. Writer and journalist Touré features one-on-one conversations in each episode, and first guests will include tennis superstar Frances Tiafoe in her first long interview since the US Open and the NFL’s first black female head coach, Jennifer King.
Future guests on the show will include filmmaker Tyler Perry, NBA head coach Doc Rivers, Debbie Allen and more. The show is produced by Kash Alexander; Christina Faith also directs and produces.
Canela Media announced that her new docuseries titled “Mi Vida”, her second original project featuring first-hand accounts from celebrities about their lives, premieres on November 10.
The first part of the docuseries will air in 2022 and features Kate del Castillo in the first episode, with four additional episodes released weekly before the end of the year. The second part, with five additional episodes, will premiere in the first quarter of 2023. In addition to Del Castillo, other stars that will appear in the episodes of “Mi Vida” include Manolo Cardona, Ludwika Paleta, Jencarlos Canela, Julián Gil, Roselyn Sánchez, Guy Ecker, Gaby Espino and Danny Trejo.
The ten-episode series is produced by Canela Media in association with JK Media Group.
The Crackle Plus original series “Wedding Talk,” with hosts Tara Lipinski, Jose Rolon and Jove Meyer, will premiere on October 13 on the streaming service. It will be available exclusively on the Chicken Soup for the Soul and Crackle ad-supported streaming apps, as well as on the free Chicken Soup for the Soul ad-supported TV channel.
Olympic gold medalist and Olympic commentator Lipinski will go from sports to fashion, discussing all things nuptials with wedding planner José Rolón and leading wedding designer Jove Meyer during each 30-minute episode of “Wedding Talk.” .
The series is executive produced by Jess Loren, Erick Geisler and Matt Hanna for production company To Whom It May Concern LLC, and executive produced by Michael Winter and David Ellender for Chicken Soup for Soul Television Group and Rachel Silver of Love Stories TV. .
SKDK announced that Sarah Lyons has joined the firm’s New York City office as senior vice president of the public affairs practice. In her new role at the firm, she will support corporate, technology and healthcare clients at both SKDK and Sloane.
“Sarah has long supported the work of SKDK’s major healthcare clients as a consultant, and her addition as full-time senior vice president provides us with an excellent opportunity to further implement her expertise in our public affairs practice,” she said. Mike Morey, Partner at SKDK. “Sarah’s wisdom as a communications strategist is second to none and we are grateful to have her on board.”
Since early 2021, Lyons has worked with SKDK’s corporate clients in a consultant role supporting their healthcare clients. Prior to that, she served as vice president of corporate communications for AMC Networks, where she was responsible for developing and executing internal and external communications strategies in support of content, creative deals, ad sales, data, distribution and new business.