Friday, January 7, 2011

From LA Examiner: TCA Chats With Funny Ladies Joan Rivers, Carrie Brownstein, and Suzanne Sena aka Brooke Alvarez...

Joan and Melissa Rivers have had a bunch of incarnations of reality lifestyle programming, but their newest venture with WEtv really takes the cake. In Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? the legendary comedienne packs up her long-time life in New York City to move in with her daughter and grandson in Los Angeles. She whips into La La Land like a tornado, buying young Cooper a surfboard behind Melissa's back and redecorating her entire living room without the knowledge of the home owner. She was only there for four months but the damage will provide therapists the ability to pay off mortgages on multi-million dollar mansions! ... [MORE]

Carrie Brownstein, formerly of Sleater-Kinney and now of Wild Flag, has also made a name for herself on the web as one half of the team behind the hysterical Portlandia, a comedy series turning a self-reflective eye onto a very specific way of life. Now Portlandia is being brought to a slightly larger screen, having been picked up by cable channel IFC, and Brownstein, who considers it more like a "series of short films" than simple sketch comedy, took some time during the winter press tour to chat about the project... [MORE]

"Suzanne Sena on seeing the world (and the news) through The Onion News Network's lens"

The Onion is out for world domination. That was pretty much the keywords of the day for the panelists, including Suzanne Sena aka Brooke Alvarez, at the winter press tour. After all, they started in print, have since expanding in the publishing world with books; they have a heavy online presence, and now a television show on IFC. ONN (Onion News Network) may not be a full-on network the way Oprah's OWN has become, but they are well on their way! ... [MORE]

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