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Trevor Noah to make 'Daily Show' hosting debut Sept. 28

Trevor Noah will make his debut as host of "The Daily Show" on Sept. 28, Comedy Central announced Thursday. 

The South African comedian is taking over for longtime host Jon Stewart, who will sign off from the satirical news program on Aug. 6. 

Comedy Central broke the news with a teaser clip of Noah trying out Stewart's chair. As for the pressing question of what "The Daily Show" might look like under its new leader, the 30-second video offered little to go on.

Noah was named as Stewart's replacement in March and was widely considered a surprise pick. His appointment to the job quickly became controversial thanks to some old tweets, some of which were considered sexist and anti-Semitic (and others just not funny). 

The furor grew so loud that Stewart defended Noah on air, calling him "an incredibly thoughtful and considerate and funny and smart individual."

Noah's "Daily Show" debut will arrive shortly after Stephen Colbert, Stewart's former Comedy Central stablemate, takes over for David...

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Former 'Bachelor' producer gets real on Lifetime's 'unREAL'

Sarah Gertrude Shapiro is the last person you’d ever expect would work for “The Bachelor.”

A native of Santa Barbara, she spent her college years at Sarah Lawrence, expanding her feminist outlook while studying filmmaking. She interned for Christine Vachon’s Killer Films and then worked as a studio manager for photographer David LaChapelle.

But when she moved to Hollywood to try and jump-start her independent film career, she quickly found herself in need of a paycheck. Enter “The Bachelor,” where she begrudgingly worked for nine seasons. She hated the gig so much, she says, that she eventually told her boss she was considering suicide in order to be let out of her contract.

That’s right: Working on “The Bachelor” was so soul-sucking that Shapiro says it nearly killed her. But it would also serve as unexpected creative fodder down the line. Ten years after exiting reality TV, Shapiro has co-created “unREAL,” a Lifetime series about a reality television producer named Rachel (Shiri Appleby)...

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Emmy Contenders: Mary Steenburgen talks 'Justified,' 'Last Man on Earth'

Mary Steenburgen didn't bring her accordion, but she graciously shared the story about how she came to write a song for Will Forte on "The Last Man on Earth." And no, she can't discuss playing Pornstache's mother on the upcoming season of "Orange Is the New Black" (yet). She can (and did) talk about the beard her husband, Ted Danson, grew for his upcoming role on "Fargo" and how she made him shave it off, even though, for a time, she liked the whole sea captain look.

What we're saying is that although Steenburgen (that's pronounced Steen-bur-jen, despite what you'll hear in the video) says she has long maintained that she's "not that nice," she really is. And she does a pretty great Valley accent.

The 62-year-old actress has enjoyed an amazing run on television this year, much to her surprise ("I kind of thought I'd be gardening," she says) between her turns on "Justified," "Last Man" and "Togetherness."

"It's been an extraordinary year and I've had such a good time," Steenburgen says....

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Tracy Morgan, Wal-Mart reach settlement in deadly New Jersey Turnpike crash

Tracy Morgan and Wal-Mart have reached a settlement after a highway crash left the comedian seriously injured and another man dead in New Jersey last year, Morgan's attorneys said Wednesday.

The terms of the settlement were not made public.

Wal-Mart took "full responsibility" for the June 2014 wreck that claimed the life of 63-year-old comedian James McNair and seriously injured Morgan on June 7, the comedian's attorneys said in a statement released by his attorneys.

Kevin Roper, a 35-year-old Georgia man who was driving a Wal-Mart tractor-trailer, was speeding and had been awake for more than 24 hours when the trailer collided with Morgan's limousine, accident investigators have said. Roper has pleaded not guilty to one count of death by auto and four other counts of assault by auto in the crash. 

Morgan suffered multiple fractures in the crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, and required multiple surgeries and rehabilitation. McNair, a 63-year-old comedian better known by his stage name...

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Aquarius David Duchovny (“The X-Files”) plays an LAPD homicide detective, and “Game of Thrones'” Gethin Anthony is cult leader Charles Manson in this new crime drama set in the 1960s. 9 p.m. NBC

Hoarders: Family Secrets The docu-series returns with a special live episode. 9 p.m. Lifetime

Maron “24's” Mary Lynn Rajskub and Lucy Davis from the U.K. version of “The Office” guest star on a new episode of the Marc Maron sitcom. 10 p.m. IFC

Smile A team of dentists tries to turn frowns upside-down by offering its services to some ordinary folks with out-of-the-ordinary dental woes in this new reality series. 10 p.m. Lifetime

Louie Our lovably schlubby hero (Louis C.K.) wraps up the fifth season of his sitcom, then the laughs continue in the stand-up special “Louis C.K.: Live at the Comedy Store.” 10 and 11 p.m. FX

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'iZombie' recap: The devil and Miss Moore in 'Astroburger'

Finally, a pivotal moment we’ve all been waiting for: Liv Moore tells her soul mate/former fiancé what happened to her at that fateful booze cruise, and why she’s so pale and how come she called off the wedding.

Major Lilywhite immediately understands and, in a wonderfully tender moment, says he’s relieved to know the truth. They wrap into each other’s arms in a warm, forgiving embrace.

Psych!

This episode of “iZombie,” the CW dram-rom-zom-com, seriously plays with our collective heads. Bad “iZombie"! Because is that not the reaction many fans would want from Major (Robert Buckley) after such a game changing, long-gestating revelation?

But come on, what are the chances? We should’ve known that was a fakeout, a dream sequence, a best-case scenario brought on by the brain-du-jour. Hell's bells!

And that’s exactly what we get from “Astroburger,” a curiously named hour that features a profane, pitchfork-wielding Cheesy Puffs mascot, a descendant of Nurse Ratched and a mental hospital murder.

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