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Television that Home Video Forgot: Crossballs: The Debate Show (2004)

Crossballs: The Debate Show

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Created by Matt Besser, Charlie Siskel

Produced by Charlie Siskel Productions

Aired on Comedy Central for 1 season (23 episodes, 1 unaired) from July 5, 2004 – August 27, 2004

Cast

Chris Tallman as Host/Moderator

Matt Besser as Various characters

Mary Birdsong as Various characters

Andrew Daly as Various characters

Jerry Minor as Various characters

Show Premise

“Out of the Crossfire, beyond Hardball, this is Crossballs!”

A parody of political debate shows, Crossballs has comedians pose as experts in their field to discuss the issue of the day and pits them against real life experts who are not aware of the farce debate they are participating in. The comedians argue both sides of an issue, be it ridiculous or not, and mine comedy from taking the issue to absurd lengths and goading reactions from the real experts.

Each episode is moderated by Chris Tallman (as a Chris Matthews type), who introduces
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Own Plans a Michael Sam Docu-Series, FX Cancels “Chozen” and John Oliver’s Search for “Representative Old Man Penis”

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CBS announced its fall schedule which is both a big shake-up and a return to CBS’ conservative scheduling. The network is moving away from serialized shows like Hostages but every night’s line-up will be changed. Probably the biggest move is dropping the two-hour comedy block on Mondays. The last time CBS aired a drama on Monday it was Scarecrow & Mrs. King in 1986.

CBS joined the networks promising year-round programming, noting that one of the season’s biggest new dramas was the summer show Under the Dome. There’s a good number of new and returning shows not on CBS’ announced schedule, they’ll be used to limit the number of repeats throughout the year.

At least Under the Dome had Mike Vogel to look at.

Vulture breaks down why CBS passed on How I Met Your Dad. Explanations include that CBS didn’t like two actors (though reports
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HBO Greenlights Comedy Pilot From Lorne Michaels, Diallo Riddle & Bashir Salahuddin

Exclusive: HBO has given the green light to a half-hour comedy pilot from former Late Night With Jimmy Fallon writers/performers Diallo Riddle & Bashir Salahuddin, which is executive produced by Late Night exec producer Lorne Michaels. Written by Riddle and Salahuddin, the untitled project stars the duo as Bashir and Diallo, two 30-year old-reporters, as they try to make it big in the burgeoning black mecca of contemporary Atlanta, aka the New South. Riddle, Salahuddin and Michaels executive produce the pilot with Dave Flebotte who serves as showrunner. Andrew Singer co-executive produces. This marks Riddle and Salahuddin’s return to HBO, which gave the two their start in the business with the Web series The Message. They went on to write for Comedy Central’s Chocolate News With David Alan Grier and, most notably, for NBC’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, where they also regularly appeared in skits, especially Salahuddin.
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Breaking In's Bret Harrison: New Fox Comedy Is Equal Parts The Office, The A-Team

Breaking In's Bret Harrison: New Fox Comedy Is Equal Parts The Office, The A-Team
Hopefully American Idol will do that kingmaking thing it does this Wednesday and set up Fox’s Breaking In with a boffo audience come 9:30/8:30c. The caper comedy stars film vet Christian Slater as Oz, the head of a company that gives top-shelf security systems a firm kick in the tires. Oz recruits slacker hacker Cameron (Reaper’s Bret Harrison) to join his team, working alongside Odette Yustman (Brothers & Sisters), Alphonso McAuley (Chocolate News) and Trevor Moore (The Whitest Kids U’Know, channeling Dwight Schrute).

Harrison gave TVLine a look at what to expect from Breaking In, its requisite “Will they/Wont they?
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Listen Now – Black Writers Rountable On The Shadow & Act Livecast

Back by popular demand… or maybe I should say black by popular demand… probably one of our most downloaded podcasts, and asked about. I’ll be reposting these older shows, because, quite frankly, they’re all still very relevant… so if you missed it the first time, here it is…

Click the player above to listen. Or download the recording via iTunes.

The one-hour discussion included the following guests:

Courtney Lilly. His resumé includes writing for Chris Rock’s Everybody Hates Chris, Arrested Development, and is currently working on the upcoming Family Guy spin-off, The Cleveland Show. Kriss Turner. Kriss wrote the screenplay for Something New, a film which has been mentioned once or twice on this site, which starred Sanaa Lathan. She also previously wrote for The Bernie mac Show, Living Single, and is currently working on Sherri Shepherd’s new sitcom for Lifetime, aptly titled Sherri. Kenya Barris.
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Christian Slater will be 'Breaking In' to his first comedy series on Fox

Christian Slater will be 'Breaking In' to his first comedy series on Fox
Fox has ordered seven episodes of the half-hour comedy Breaking In, starring Christian Slater and Reaper’s Bret Harrison, the network confirms. It will premiere Wednesday, April 6. The show, created by Adam F. Goldberg (Fanboys) and Seth Gordon (Four Christmases), is set at a high-tech security firm that takes extreme — and often questionable — measures to sell their protection services. As the logline explains, Contra Security, corporate America’s answer to The A-Team, gives clients a sense of security by first ripping it away. Hence the title, Breaking In. Slater stars as Oz, the mastermind described as a man of mystery and a master of manipulation.
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Sneak Peeks – Bones 6.04 “The Body in the Bounty”

David Alan Grier will be making a guest appearance on Bones on October 14. We previously posted a few promo photos for this upcoming episode and now Fox has released four sneak peeks.

The Team Sets Out On A Crime Hunt On An All-new “Bones” On Thursday, October 14, On Fox

David Alan Grier (“Chocolate News”) Guest-Stars

After a skull and decomposing hands are found in a dumpster, the team must not only solve the crime but also search for the rest of the victim’s remains. Identified as Ray Raminsky, the victim turns out to be a bounty hunter in search of Charles Braverman, a man indicted for the murder of a co-worker. Meanwhile, Brennan is asked by Professor Bunsen Jude “The Science Dude” (guest star Grier) if he can shoot an episode of his children’s show from The Jeffersonian Lab with Brennan as his special guest. Brennan initially turns him down,
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Photos – Bones 6.04 “The Body in the Bounty”

A children’s science show is filmed in the Jeffersonian during the October 14 new episode of Bones. View promo photos and a synopsis for the episode from Fox below.

The Team Sets Out On A Crime Hunt On An All-new “Bones” On Thursday, October 14, On Fox

David Alan Grier (“Chocolate News”) Guest-Stars

After a skull and decomposing hands are found in a dumpster, the team must not only solve the crime but also search for the rest of the victim’s remains. Identified as Ray Raminsky, the victim turns out to be a bounty hunter in search of Charles Braverman, a man indicted for the murder of a co-worker. Meanwhile, Brennan is asked by Professor Bunsen Jude “The Science Dude” (guest star Grier) if he can shoot an episode of his children’s show from The Jeffersonian Lab with Brennan as his special guest. Brennan initially turns him down, but
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"The Gossip Queens" Will Premiere On Logo On September 26

MTV's Logo channel and Entertainment Studios cable network Comedy.TV will start airing its newest TV show "The Gossip Queens," a daily half-hour talk show featuring four American comedians. These "queens" will talk about pop culture, entertainment news and celebrity gossip, of course, starting on the show's premiere on September 26.

On each show, the hosts, Loni Love, Alec Mapa, Michelle Collins and Bernadette Pauley, are joined by guests: magazine editors, celebrity gossip bloggers or reporters who can also dish and tell the latest gossip.

For those who don't know, each comedian has guest starred on various TV shows: Love just starred in her own one-hour comedy special on Comedy Central, and has appeared on "Chocolate News," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn," and "Chelsea Lately;" Mapa has co-hosted "The View," guest-starred on "Seinfeld," "Roseanne" and "Friends," and had a stand-up comedy special on
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Jamie Foxx Lands New Sketch Comedy Show At The Fox Network!

According to the Hollywood Reporter, we just discovered that Jamie Foxx has teamed up with comedic actor Affion Crockett for a new urban-flavored sketch-comedy show, which will air on the Fox network.

Fox has ordered a pilot for an untitled project executive produced by Foxx and fellow "In Living Color" scribes, "MadTV" creators Fax Bahr and Adam Small, with "Wild 'N Out" alum Crockett attached.

According to the report, the pilot is the result of merging two projects. Foxx was looking to do a sketch-comedy series with an urban twist and paired with Bahr and Small to pitch the idea to Fox.

Separately, Sony TV-based Tantamount was working on a sketch-comedy project starring Crockett, probably best known for his spoofs of Russell Simmons, Kanye West, Chris Brown, Drake and Jay-z. Crockett also was attached to co-write with Carl Jones, a producer on Sony's animated comedy "The Boondocks," on which Jones
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The Comedian With The Next Reality Show- Luenell?!

We just discovered that the comedian known as Luenell may be the next comedian to be tapped for her own reality show and star in another new film. You may remember her from touring on the Katt Williams comedy tour several years ago and in last year’s comedy filmBorat.

Well, we discovered that Luenell is also going to be in the new film titled All About Steve starring Sandra Bullock which opens in theatres everywhere on September 4th. If you remember, Luenell was also seen in Californication, VH1's I Love The New Millennium, Reality Bites Back, performing on Martin Lawrence 1st Amendment Standup, Chocolate News, Spring Breakdown and Head Case, just to name a select few.

No word yet on which network the reality show will be broadcast on but as soon as we find out we will let you know.

Questions or comments? Please email thehumormill.info@gmail.
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Chocolate News: David Alan Grier TV show Cancelled, No Season Two

It seems that David Alan Grier's Chocolate News is following in the footsteps of D.L. Hughley's CNN news show, D.L. Hughley Breaks the News. After a 10-episode run, the Comedy Central show has been cancelled.

Chocolate News features comedian Grier performing satirical commentary and sketches centered around current events and news stories. The episodes are said to reflect the comic's view of world events, and one of the network's press releases even went so far as to call it a show with an “African-American take on the news."

In truth, the series focuses more on sketch comedy than news stories, with the host playing a variety of characters -- from fictitious rappers to poet Maya Angelou. Series supporting players include Chris Tallman, Tangie Ambrose, Alphonso McAuley, Jordan Peele, Troy Curvey Jr., Paige Diaz, Luenell, Windell Middlebrooks, Janet Varney, and Gary Anthony Williams.

The un-pc comedy program debuted
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Dancing With The Stars Season Eight Premiere

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It's that time of year again when unpolished dancers hit the stage to perform in front of millions of viewers on ABC's hit show Dancing With The Stars. This season we get to see Wild Things Denise Richards, Sex And The City's Gilles Marini, end even NFL pro Lawrence Taylor. Find out what country singer and rodeo star couple will be dancing together and what MTV bad boy is cleaning up his act for Dwts. Dancing with the Stars Season Eight Cast Belinda Carlisle Belinda, 50, led the all-female new wave sound of The Go-Go's to great heights in the 1980's before going solo in the early 1990's. Chuck Wicks Country singer, Chuck Wicks, 29, will be dancing with his girlfriend and professional dancer Julianne Hough. David Alan Grier Actor/comedian, David Alan Grier, 53, worked on In Living Color and currently host Chocolate News on Comedy Central. Denise Richards Seasoned actress and reality star,
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Dancing With The Stars Season Eight Primer

It's that time of year again when unpolished dancers hit the stage to perform in front of millions of viewers on ABC's hit show Dancing With The Stars. This season we get to see Wild Things Denise Richards, Sex And The City's Gilles Marini, end even NFL pro Lawrence Taylor. Find out what country singer and rodeo star couple will be dancing together and what MTV bad boy is cleaning up his act for Dwts. Dancing with the Stars Season Eight CastBelinda CarlisleBelinda, 50, led the all-female new wave sound of The Go-Go's to great heights in the 1980's before going solo in the early 1990's. Chuck WicksCountry singer, Chuck Wicks, 29, will be dancing with his girlfriend and professional dancer Julianne Hough. David Alan GrierActor/comedian, David Alan Grier, 53, worked on In Living Color and currently host Chocolate News on
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David Alan Grier Chocolate News No Child Left Behind Clip

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Watch a funny new clip entitled “No Child Left Behind” from David Alan Grier’s “Chocolate News” from Comedy Central. “In Living Color” alum and Tony Award-nominee David Alan Grier adds a new flavor to Comedy Central with “Chocolate News,” an outrageous, character-driven sketch magazine series with an hilarious take on pop culture events that makes no apologies for its biased approach. The series will take on a variety of contemporary topics from a decidedly African-American perspective and everyone and everything is fair game. The series stars David Alan Grier who, in addition to serving as the acerbic, all-knowing, in-studio host, will also portray multiple characters within the series’ investigative reports, which will be presented by a cast of three correspondents. Stay tuned [...]
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David Alan Grier Chocolate News Porn 101 Clip

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Watch a funny new clip entitled “Porn 101″ from David Alan Grier’s “Chocolate News” from Comedy Central. “In Living Color” alum and Tony Award-nominee David Alan Grier adds a new flavor to Comedy Central with “Chocolate News,” an outrageous, character-driven sketch magazine series with an hilarious take on pop culture events that makes no apologies for its biased approach. The series will take on a variety of contemporary topics from a decidedly African-American perspective and everyone and everything is fair game. The series stars David Alan Grier who, in addition to serving as the acerbic, all-knowing, in-studio host, will also portray multiple characters within the series’ investigative reports, which will be presented by a cast of three correspondents. Stay tuned to Toxic [...]
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David Alan Grier Chocolate News Extended Trailer

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Watch a brand new extended trailer from David Alan Grier’s “Chocolate News” from Comedy Central. “In Living Color” alum and Tony Award-nominee David Alan Grier adds a new flavor to Comedy Central with “Chocolate News,” an outrageous, character-driven sketch magazine series with an hilarious take on pop culture events that makes no apologies for its biased approach. The series will take on a variety of contemporary topics from a decidedly African-American perspective and everyone and everything is fair game. The series stars David Alan Grier who, in addition to serving as the acerbic, all-knowing, in-studio host, will also portray multiple characters within the series’ investigative reports, which will be presented by a cast of three correspondents. Stay tuned to Toxic Shock for [...]
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David Alan Grier's "Chocolate News": Ain't that a bitch

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David Alan Grier is the fake news anchor for this at-times hilarious hodgepodge of "The Daily Show," "Colbert Report" and "Chappelle's Show." He also appears in fake news bits as other characters. In particular, his impersonation of **Maya Angelou** saying "Ain't that a bitch!" is not to be missed. However, Comedy Central didn't supply a clip of that. This rant from the opening monologue is pretty good, too, though be warned that the hit-to-miss ratio of "Chocolate News" doesn't approach that of "Chappelle."
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