Larry Wilmore Prepares for His ‘Nightly Show’

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‘The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore’.

Seated at the head of the oblong table where he will preside over his new Comedy Central series, “The Nightly Show,” Larry Wilmore was moderating a vigorous, sometimes sincere, sometimes acerbic panel discussion about the attack on the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Should we be worried that Comedy Central had no details to share about “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” – the heir to Stephen Colbert’s “The Colbert Report” – when executives met with television critics recently? “We don’t have a clip of the show; we don’t even know what the show is going to be, to tell you the truth,” Comedy Central’s programming chief Kent Alterman joked about the network’s new late-night show. Sally Kohn, who contributes to CNN and The Daily Beast, said that society reacted differently to mass shootings depending on who had committed them. “When white people commit crime in the United States,” she said, “nobody says, ‘Gosh, what’s wrong with white people?’ ” This debate, held last Tuesday night on a newly constructed set at a Midtown Manhattan studio, was a dry run not meant for broadcast. At 53, he’s a highly respected figure in Hollywood writers’ rooms, helping to shape The Bernie Mac Show, The Office and the new ABC sitcom Black-ish.

It was seen by an audience of Comedy Central executives and “Nightly Show” writers and producers, including Jon Stewart, anchor of “The Daily Show,” who sat in the front row. Big hopes for Wilmore’s show, described as featuring “a diverse panel of voices, providing a perspective largely missing in the late night television landscape.” No guest list so far, but will update if/when I get one. In an attempt to get his job back, Gordon tries to capture Jack Gruber, a deranged electrical genius who recently escaped from Arkham Asylum, on “Gotham” (Fox at 8). “Antiques Roadshow” (MPT and WETA at 8) concludes its stint in New York City with a 1943 Irving Berlin manuscript and a collection of rare 1903 tobacco baseball cards. Monday, Jan. 19 following “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” Filmmaker and actress Desiree Akhavan will hold a question and answer session following the 7:20 p.m. showing of her comedy “Appropriate Behavior” on Monday, Jan. 19 at the Capitol Theatre. RETURNING SHOW: “Brain Games” (National Geographic at 9) returns for a fourth season and in the two back-to-back episodes, host Jason Silva tests your brain’s grasp on common sense and the strength of its right and left sides.

These viewers will be watching for how this show distinguishes itself from its highly regarded predecessor, “The Colbert Report,” whose singularly arch M.C., Stephen Colbert, will succeed David Letterman at CBS in September. Ichabod and Katrina recall their friend Abigail Adams when an art restorer is found dead at a party for the Sleepy Hollow Historical Society on“Sleepy Hollow” (Fox at 9).

But enter Daily Show boss Jon Stewart, who has become sort of a showbiz kingpin, boosting the careers of Steve Carell, John Oliver and, of course, Colbert, who takes over for David Letterman in September. After working on shows such as Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Wilmore was responsible for two comedies that broke new ground in technique and subject matter for African-American sitcoms.

From the creator and director of “Dark Girls,” the documentary “Light Girls” (OWN at 9) continues the conversation on colorism, and dives deeper into the discussion of skin color, preference, privilege, pain and prejudice. Nightly will deconstruct a single topic each night, setting up a piece with headlines or remote segments and segueing to a panel discussion with as many as four guests or regular contributors that can veer from comic to serious. Cuyahoga Community College’s annual Martin Luther King birthday observance began in 1977, making it one of the longest-running King events in Cleveland. Charlie works toward proving that a sorority girl is indeed still an active member of Ar Rissalah’s American terrorist cell on “State of Affairs” (NBC at 10).

He’s also chief consultant for the new show. “The biggest thing I learned from Jon is to keep attacking it, keep going at it,” Wilmore said. “He pushes you in directions that sometimes you’re uncomfortable with. Rose et al. keep these cards close to their collective chest, best I can do is the window below on the latest tweet, which usually announces guests late afternoon on the day of.

But while he’s still in demand as a writer, he’s had to put some of that aside because he’s so hot as a performer: He was running Black-ish until he had to leave to star in his own show. Wilmore knows he does not have the luxury to experiment behind closed doors, and he will be figuring out on his feet what works in front of an audience over the next several weeks. “I’m not doing a show where I’m setting up comics to do jokes,” Mr. Dancer-turned-singer-turned-actress Jennifer Lopez is on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC at 11:35), along with actor Anthony Mackie and comedian Iliza Shlesinger.

The event features performances by Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee Richard Smallwood and the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as scholarship presentations and speeches honoring King. Wilmore said in an interview earlier that day. “What’s driving this is, we’re finding things out, we’re making discoveries.” Having known since May that Mr.

Comedian Kathy Griffin and “Selma” actor David Oyelowo come to the “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS at 11:35), with musical guest Lera Lynn. Jon always encouraged us to go deeper.” Jimmy Fallon, the new king of the pack, has created a high-octane party on NBC’s The Tonight Show with goofy games, fawning interviews and ambitious musical numbers. He was a consulting producer on that show, but also appeared in the second episode as a diversity consultant. “I loved how understated and realistic he was, managing to get all the comedy out of his part while providing a calm and dignified foil for Steve Carell’s Michael Scott,” recalls The Office showrunner Greg Daniels. “His experience as a producer interacting with the top network executives gave him a feel for business behaviour.

Then he explained that the timing had to do with this thing called the calendar and the production schedule of Jon Stewart’s show, the two being part of the same company. Visit to reserve free tickets. “American Beauty/American Psycho” is the sixth studio album from Fall Out Boy, and their second since reuniting as a band. But Paramount’s Tom Cruise film, which is being developed as a Fox series, got in the way, and the title sent the wrong message that the show was only about minority issues. Wilmore said he wanted his show to look at “events in the world from the perspective of the underdog,” while being “provocative and absurd, all those things rolled into one.” This blueprint has yielded a show that at its outset will have one segment of Mr.

It was Stewart who suggested Wilmore for the job, and Viacom Entertainment Group chief Doug Herzog agrees: “He’s smart, he’s very likable, he’s extremely funny, and through him and his show, I think he’s going to bring a perspective that we haven’t seen a lot of, and certainly in late-night on Comedy Central,” he says. “Which with all due respect has been a lot of white guys.” The adventures of Paddington bear, written by English author Michael Bond, in the 1950s, begin when the Brown family finds a small talking bear at a train station. In fact, Stewart originally wanted to call the series The Minority Report, a plan that was dashed after Fox and Steven Spielberg announced plans for a TV series based on the Tom Cruise action movie Minority Report. “There’s already so much pressure about doing a show,” he said. “I wouldn’t be able to get anything done if I was worried about those things.

Price says that when he worked for Wilmore on The PJs, “we were taking on some big issues with the show, dealing with the black experience in America—the bleakness of HUD-era housing projects, systemic discrimination, interracial marriage, childhood obesity.” Wilmore urged his writers “to find the humour in these important ideas—to be smart and not go for the easy laugh.” That combination, of social conscience and smart comedy, is likely what he’ll be bringing to The Nightly Show—and all without talking very loudly. The movie’s live-action cast includes Hugh Bonneville, Jim Broadbent and Peter Capaldi; the bears were created through CGI and animatronic robotic figures. It’ll go wherever it goes.” The intent is to “have a nice balance of both of those types of things, the scripted element and unscripted element,” Wilmore said. “We’ll have contributors on the show, not really correspondents, and they’ll do a variety of things.

Through years of experience, he said, he knows that these kinds of shows don’t launch fully formed. “Some things you figure out sooner than others,” he said. “If you have a good relationship with the audience, they forgive you for things. And we’ll throw them on a panel now and then too, and we’ll have some fun with that.” He concluded, “We’re finding out what all of that means right now, and we’ll be finding out some of it on the air.

Decemberists front man Colin Meloy wrote all of the 14 tracks on the Decemberists’ upcoming CD, “What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World.” It’s the folk indie-rock group’s first album in four years and the first single is the wistful, piano-accented single “Make You Better.” $11.88, available Tuesday, Jan. 20. Jillian Harris and Todd Talbot, hosts of HGTV’s “Love It or List It, Too,” will share home remodeling tips at the NARI Home Improvement Show, taking place Thursday, Jan. 22 to Sunday, Jan. 25 at the I-X Center.

Here’s a chance to talk to remodeling and home improvement professionals from Northeast Ohio; Harris and Talbot will appear at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $14. “Black Sails,” the Starz drama that is a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel “Treasure Island,” returns for more swashbuckling at 9 p.m. The 10-episode second season follows the most feared pirate of the day, Captain Flint (Toby Stephens), as alliances are made and broken in this ambitious and intriguing series. In terms of technique it is dazzling – it opens with an unbroken scene of a bloodbath in a school as cops struggle to find the shooter and help the victims.

Wilmore said it was exciting enough that a channel was giving this opportunity to someone who might otherwise be invisible — if not for his race, then for his age. This episode was created for the original French-language version of 19-2 and redone here by the same local director Daniel Grou (better known simply as “Podz”). Officers Nick Barron (Adrian Holmes) and Ben Chartier (Jared Keeso) continue their tortured personal and professional relationship, each suspicious of the other.

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