People: Colbert is 'Tooning Out the News'

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Colbert is 'Tooning Out the News'

Late-night host Stephen Colbert has yet another outlet for satire: He's producing a new series featuring animated characters who riff on current events and interview real newsmakers.

"In a time of breaking news overload, 'Tooning Out the News' is just what the doctor ordered," Julie McNamara, original content executive for CBS All Access, told a TV critics meeting Sunday.

"Tooning Out the News" will stream on the platform as daily short segments and a full weekly episode.

The segments will range from five to seven minutes each, with additional material added to round out the weekly half-hour, McNamara said. Production is getting underway, she said, with a release date yet to be announced.

Colbert is sharing producing duties with Chris Licht, executive producer for CBS' "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," and RJ Fried and Tim Luecke. The four also work on Showtime's animated political satire "Our Cartoon President."

'Grey's Anatomy' veteran leaves the series

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"Grey's Anatomy" has said goodbye to one of the long-running medical drama's original cast members — Justin Chambers.

Chambers, who played Alex Karev on the show, left last season after a 15-year run. He leaves only three other actors who have been with the series since the first episode: Ellen Pompeo, James Pickens Jr. and Chandra Wilson.

Chambers' last episode aired Nov. 14.

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Chambers said in a statement he has "hoped to diversify my acting roles and career choices. And, as I turn 50 and am blessed with my remarkable, supportive wife and five wonderful children, now is that time." He thanked ABC, show creator Shonda Rimes, the original cast members, the rest of the cast and crew and fans "for an extraordinary ride."

Other actors who have left the show include Sandra Oh, Patrick Dempsey, Katherine Heigl, T.R. Knight and Isaiah Washington. "Grey's Anatomy" is ABC's No. 1 scripted drama in its 16th season.

Chambers has had roles on NBC's "Another World," and the film "The Wedding Planner." He won a People's Choice Award in 2017.

Fallon heads to prime-time with celeb musical series

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Jimmy Fallon is adding his first prime-time series to his his late-night empire.

He'll host "That's My Jam," a comedy-variety event series on NBC inspired by his popular, celebrity-studded musical segments on the "The Tonight Show." It will premiere after the Tokyo Olympics in August.

Celebrities who love to sing and dance will compete against each other in classic and new musical games. Fallon also will serve as executive producer.

Fallon has launched such celebrity sketches as "Wheel of Musical Impressions," "Musical Genre Challenge," and "History of Rap" on "The Tonight Show" which have been viral hits on YouTube and Facebook.

Today's birthdays: Singer Jack Jones is 82. Actress Faye Dunaway is 79. Actor Carl Weathers is 72. Director Steven Soderbergh ("Erin Brockovich," "Ocean's Eleven") is 57. Rapper-actor LL Cool J is 52. Actor Kevin Durand ("Lost," ''Fruitvale Station") is 46. Singer-guitarist Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon is 38. Singer-actor Grant Gustin ("The Flash") is 30. Bluegrass musician Molly Tuttle is 27.

— The Associated Press


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