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This podcast is the audio groundwork and content development for the television series "The Weekly Show"
The pilot premier for the television series "The Weekly Show" is Tuesday August 25, 11pm eastern 8pm pacific on TV One. Shadoe Stevens is executive producer of this funny news magazine of current affairs that also goes behind the scenes of this network news magazine. Go to The Weekly Show website for the complete story.
The cast, the same team responsible for Blackout Television, is one of the most exciting improv teams in television and the show is improvised by the actors from an outline created by show runner and head writer Lance Crouther and the cast. The news magazine portions are shot in front of a live audience.
Phil LaMarr (Mad TV), Danielle Gaither (Chocolate News), Gary Anthony Williams (Boston Legal), Jordan Black (Community), Cedric Yarbrough (Reno 911), and Karen Maruyama (Curb Your Enthusiasm) have all worked together as a team on other productions including the hilarious podcast Blackout Television (produced by Shadoe Stevens), and for more than five years with the hit Groundlings stage show The Black VersionTheir past work together gives the show great chemistry from the very beginning.
Six main characters - an anchor man...his female co-host...a resident doctor...a pop-culture expert...a weather personality...and their stretched-thin female producer -- do current events and pop culture features in each episode, in the vein of "The Daily Show" and "Good Morning America." Along with these segments, the show features the behind the scenes back-stage drama of the characters, with their personal beefs, the dust-ups with management, and their fights at home, all forming a parallel story arc in the vein of "The Larry Sanders Show."The cast consists of All Black Actors with credits from Mad TV and Saturday Night Live, to the Boondocks and Reno 911. They perform regularly at theGroundlings Theater in Hollywood with"The Black Version."
"BTN" the Black Television Network, is a cross between CNN and BET. "Blackout Television" is set in the studios and offices of this would-be black entertainment network with no money in Baldwin Hills, California
Like "The Larry Sanders Show," it goes from being on the air to behind the scenes and features exaggerated, parody versions of television and radio personalities.
Like "Curb Your Enthusiasm," the show is largely improvised from outlines created by Shadoe Stevens, director/performer Karen Maruyama, and the team.
The show stars Jordan Black, Gary Anthony Williams, Phil LaMarr, Danielle Gaither, and Cedric Yarbrough. It is Directed by Karen Maruyama and Produced by Shadoe Stevens. The cast creates all the personalities on the shows, all the callers, and appear as all the guests, whether Oprah Winfrey or Wesley Snipes.
"Morning Blackout" is BTN's version of "Good Morning America." It's a show for black Americans who love get their party on first thing in the morning.
"As Black Men" is BTN's version of "The View" but with men who are black. They talk men-talk about hot topics with the unique perspective "As Black Men."
"Lady Justice," is BTN's version of Judge Judy, with Judge Evangeline Cotter holding court with misfits and oddballs, families and crackpots. The action is fast moving and hilarious.
"Black of the Night" Starring Nicky Ashford, is BTN's Black version of The Tonight Show.
"Blackout Television" is recorded at the Rick Dees Studios in Los Angeles.
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One more Best of Blackout: #5 - "Morning Blackout" the morning show for Black America welcomes the editor of Jet Magazine to talk about their "Who's Black" issue. The "Outing of Black Celebrities" features who's passing for white and Kaleen Terance talks about stars like Vin Diesel, Paula Abdul, Larry Hagman, and Carol Channing. But the real surprise of the morning comes with very special surprise calls from celebrities like Chelsea Clinton and the broadway legend Carol Channing. Great fun, really funny, Don't miss it.