Late-night hosts pay tribute to Joan Rivers

Late-night hosts pay tribute to Joan Rivers
David Letterman called her a “real pioneer,” Jimmy Fallon choked up recalling getting a kiss from Rivers on his first “Tonight Show,” Seth Meyers recalled having Rivers on as a guest a month ago, and Jon Stewart paid tribute to her in his moment of zen. PLUS: Kimmel and Sarah Silverman remember Joan, who e-mailed Silverman last week congratulating her for her Emmy.

Joan Rivers was proudly unapologetic to the end
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Joan Rivers was proudly unapologetic to the end

Joan Rivers was proudly unapologetic to the end
Joan always went there, whether cracking a Holocaust joke or calling Lena Dunham fat. As Hank Stuever notes, "She mouthed off long enough to arrive at one final and strange place in our common culture, in which people are constantly apologizing for what others deem to be inappropriate quips, jokes, tweets, updates, memes, Instagram captions, leaked e-mails — all the many ways we find to fail at our attempts at her kind of humor ... Her sense of humor and her belief only in being funny made her part of a dying tribe, the last remaining people who honestly believe that if you can’t take a joke, you are welcome to go (bleep) yourself. Her descendants include not only the Kathy Griffins and Sarah Silvermans of the comedy world, but also the only person you really want to talk to at a party, the one with the unhinged mouth."
Read Kathy Griffin’s heartfelt appreciation: "I do know I would not be doing what I do if it weren't for Joan”
WEtv has yet to air "Joan & Melissa: Joan Know Best?” Season 4, which already wrapped filming
PBS’ "Women in Comedy” airing Sept. 30 will feature a new interview with Rivers
--Rivers was one of the earliest female comedians to talk in an unfiltered way about being a woman, joking about abortion in the ‘60s
--Read Joan’s funeral plan: "I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action”
Barbara Walters pens a tribute: “I can't remember a time when I didn't know Joan Rivers”
Watch Joan Rivers teary 1990 Emmy acceptance speech
Fellow comedians remember Joan // More rememberances
Garry Shandling: "Joan never lost the most precious, child-like part of herself…"
Read the 1965 NY Times Magazine profile of “fast-rising” Rivers
Why “the gays” loved Joan (Hint: “She loved us back”)
—From 5 weeks ago: Listen to Howard Stern’s final interview with Joan
How Joan Rivers changed the red carpet: E! remembers her best moments
"Her delivery was like an automatic sprinkler: fast, relentless and sometimes prone to stick, soaking a comic riff into a muddy swamp”
The story behind Joan’s 3-decade “Tonight Show” ban, which Jimmy Fallon lifted earlier this year
Rivers talked in July about dying: "In your 80s, you’d be foolish not to think about that. I am definitely going to be cremated”
After Johnny Carson mess, Rivers’ work "became meaner, leaner, and, strangely, more soulful than ever before”
Rivers wrote about her Carson breakup in 2012
Rivers did the Proust Questionnaire // The 50 best Joan Rivers jokes
A former Joan writer reveals: "When I worked for Joan, work felt like something I could do forever without a break”
Rivers was a graoundbreaking feminist icon, even though she hated being called a pioneer
Joan’s most memorable insults // 10 moments when Joan was really Joan
Rivers helped redefine a woman’s role in our culture
5 things you never knew about “Joan Molinsky” — she got her big break thanks to Bill Cosby
Britain helped rejuventate her career because she reinforced British stereotypes of typical American behavior
--Rivers was bigger, smarter and culturally far more important than her latter E! work
“I hate people who die of natural causes; they just don’t understand the moment,” Rivers once said. “It’s the grand finale, act three, the eleven o’clock number—make it count!”

'Grey’s Anatomy' offers its 1st glimpse of Season 11
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'Grey’s Anatomy' offers its 1st glimpse of Season 11

“Grey’s Anatomy” offers its 1st glimpse of Season 11
Watch the new promo, “Hold On To Your Hearts.”


Study: Only 18% of people with Internet watch TV while using Twitter
The study by Strategy Analytics also found that traditional viewers, or “couch potatoes,” are still the biggest TV watchers, at 33%.


Here’s the 1st image from “The Simpsons”-“Futurama” crossover episode
“That was a really tough one to negotiate, because I had to talk to myself,” says Matt Groening.


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A 'Supergirl' TV series is in the works from 'Arrow' and 'The Flash' co-creator

A “Supergirl” TV series is in the works from “Arrow” and “The Flash” co-creator
Greg Berlanti, who was also behind ABC's superhero series “No Ordinary Family,” is developing another DC superhero for a TV series, Supergirl.

Louis CK on Joan Rivers: 'It really f*cking sucks that she had to die all of a sudden'

Louis CK on Joan Rivers: "It really f*cking sucks that she had to die all of a sudden”
“I feel very lucky that I knew Joan Rivers and I feel very sad that she's gone,” Louis CK said in a statement. "She was a great comedian and a wonderful person. I never saw someone attack a stage with so much energy. She was a controlled lightning bolt.” PLUS: Watch Louis CK try to have sex with Joan on "Louie" Season 2, and Lena Dunham tweeted a Joan plastic surgery joke.

'The Simpsons” marathon propelled FXX to No. 1 in the 18-49 demo on cable, topping ESPN

'The Simpsons” marathon propelled FXX to No. 1 in the 18-49 demo on cable, topping ESPN

“The Simpsons” marathon propelled FXX to No. 1 in the 18-49 demo on cable, topping ESPN
From Aug. 21 to Sept. 1, FXX averaged 1.3 million viewers with an estimated 25 million sampling some of the marathon. Among total viewers, FXX ranked No. 9 during the marathon.

'Riddick' alum to play 'Arrow’s' Ra's al Ghul

“Riddick” alum to play “Arrow’s” Ra's al Ghul
Matt Nable will play the leader of the League of Assassins and the father of Nyssa al Ghul.


Mariska Hargitay to get the “Actor’s Studio” treatment
The “SVU” Star will appear on James Lipton’s “Inside the Actor’s Studio” on Sept. 22.


HBO to show the Mick Jagger-produced James Brown documentary
“Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown” will air on Oct. 27.


Matthew McConaughey pokes fun at his “True Detective” character in a car ad
Watch him channel Rust Cohle in a Lincoln MKC.

Joan Rivers is dead at 81

Joan Rivers is dead at 81

Joan Rivers is dead at 81
Melissa Rivers has released a statement saying: "It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother. Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated. My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.” PLUS: Two weeks ago, Joan Rivers took the Ice Bucket Challenge, Three weeks ago, Rivers mourned Robin Williams. Four weeks ago, she was cracking up Seth Meyers. Two months ago, David Letterman walked out on her. Less than six months ago, she returned to “The Tonight Show” after nearly three decades. Read the tributes from celebrities on Twitter, watch Joan with Johnny Carson in 1966, relive her memorable “Louie” appearance, watch the 1986 premiere of “The Late Show with Joan Rivers,” watch the documentary on her life “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work,” and read her NY Times’ obituary.

BBC cut a beheading scene from this week’s “Doctor Who”
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BBC cut a beheading scene from this week’s “Doctor Who”

BBC cut a beheading scene from this week’s “Doctor Who”
“In light of recent news events, we have made an edit to episode three out of respect,” says a BBC spokesperson, referring to recent news that journalist Steven Sotloff was executed by ISIS.


Fox is making an event series based on Carrie Underwood’s hit song “Two Black Cadillacs”
Jerry Bruckheimer will produce the six-hour series along with the former “Idol” winner, based on her 2012 hit song about a wife and mistress who conspire to kill the guy they’re both involved with after discovering the affair.


MTV greenlights a Ja Rule family reality show
“Follow the Rules,” from executive producer Queen Latifah, will be like “The Cosby Show” with a rapper as family patriarch.


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David Chase learned a lesson from last week’s 'Sopranos' hubbub, says he feels a 'little competitive' with 'Mad Men'
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David Chase learned a lesson from last week’s 'Sopranos' hubbub, says he feels a 'little competitive' with 'Mad Men'

David Chase learned a lesson from last week’s “Sopranos” hubbub, says he feels a "little competitive" with “Mad Men”
"This has taught me, for good and all, not to befriend any journalist,” “The Sopranos” creator says in a new interview about Vox's story claiming to reveal whether he thought Tony Soprano lived or died. "I got too friendly with her. And I kept saying to her, “You know, this can’t be good that you and I talk to each other and have lunch and coffee. Something’s wrong here,” and she’d say, “No, no, no.” And she meant that—she wasn’t setting me up. It seems like, poor Dave, there’s no way he can win. I don’t recall that conversation. I’m sure it happened, but I don’t recall it, and if I did say that, I believe I was probably thinking about something else.” PLUS: Chase says he feels a “little competitive” with “Mad Men” because Matthew Weiner worked for him, "but I also think it’s just so spectacular.” Chase also says he has yet to complete “Breaking Bad” — "I got into it too late” — or “True Detective."

 

E!’s “Fashion Police” is going on hiatus as Joan Rivers recovers
“We will not be producing a ‘Fashion Police’ this week or next as we await Joan and Melissa’s return in front and behind the camera,” E! said in a statement.


NBC developing a hotel comedy that will air live
The multi-camera comedy from Sean Hayes would also feature live commercials during the breaks.


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