In today’s roundup, HBO will air the “Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Programs” benefit show for the first time and WGN America’s new crime thriller Bellevue gets a premiere date.
HBO will air the autism benefit show “Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Programs” for the first time live on Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT. The event will be hosted by Jon Stewart at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York and will feature stand-up performances, sketches and short films by Louis C.K., Stephen Colbert, Abbi Jacobson, Jordan Klepper, Hasan Minhaj, John Mulaney, Olivia Munn, John Oliver, Adam Sandler and more. Created by comedy writer and performer Robert Smigel, the event has raised more than $24 million to support autism schools, programs and services . The benefit was originally presented on Comedy Central and has been hosted by Jon Stewart since 2005. “Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Programs” is a produced by Busboy Productions and White Cherry Entertainment and directed by Michael Dempsey. The live event will be executive produced by Smigel, Stewart, Chris McShane, Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss.
Steve Buscemi is replacing Owen Wilson in the upcoming TBS anthology comedy “Miracle Workers.” Buscemi will now star opposite Daniel Radcliffe in the series, which is described as a Heaven-set workplace comedy based the book “What in God’s Name.” Radcliffe will play Craig, a low level angel responsible for handling all of humanity’s prayers and Buscemi will play Craig’s boss, God, who has pretty much checked out to focus on his favorite hobbies. The show received a seven-episode series order at TBS last spring.
WGN America‘s new crime thriller “Bellevue” will premiere Jan. 3 at 10 p.m. ET/ 9p.m. CT. The eight-episode, one-hour series stars Anna Paquin as Detective Annie Ryder, a small town cop who investigates the disappearance of a teenager while confronting a mysterious figure from her past. Paquin also serves as an executive producer alongside co-creators and showrunners Jane Maggs and Adrienne Mitchell. “Bellevue” is produced by Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Film Productions.
HGN‘s “Fixer Upper” returns for its fifth season on Nov. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The season will consist of 19 one-hour episodes will star the popular home renovation duo Chip and Joanna Gaines as they fix up homes in their Waco, Texas, hometown. “We are really, really proud of season five. We laid it all on the field and didn’t hold anything back,” said Chip, while Joanna added, “we love renovating homes for all these beautiful families. It has become such a big part of our lives.” The couple will also star in a new half-hour, behind-the-scenes spin-off series “Fixer Upper: Behind the Design,” which will premiere in May 2018.
On Monday, the 12th Annual NBCUniversal Short Film Festival honored its nine finalist films and filmmakers with a finale screening and awards ceremony at the Directors Guild of America in Hollywood.The awards were determined by the festival’s first-ever ambassadors, America Ferrera , Mariska Hargitay, Chrissy Metz and Lena Waithe , as well as the judging panel which includes NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke, Universal Television President Pearlena Igbokwe, Debra Martin Chase, Sakina Jaffrey , Allen Maldonado, Victor Turpin and Masi Oka . The winners of the eight categories are:
HARNESS Social Impact: “Emergency”
Outstanding Comedy: “Groundhog Day for a Black Ma”n
Outstanding Drama: “Lost Dogs”
Outstanding Writer: Mayumi Yoshida – “Akashi”
Outstanding Actor: Chris Lee – “Lost Dogs”
Outstanding Director: Damon Russell – “Cul-De-Sac”
Critics’ Choice Award: “Groundhog Day for a Black Man”
Audience Award: “Audible Static”