Viacom Congratulates Our 2016 Emmy Winners

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After picking up more than a half dozen statuettes at the Creative Arts Emmys – including a long-deserved nod to RuPaul for best reality show host – Viacom brands added to their haul at the Primetime Emmys, with Comedy Central’s Key & Peele earning Outstanding Variety Sketch Series and the Paramount Television-produced Grease: Live winning its fifth overall Emmy, for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special.

Our Viacom Catalyst team, which orchestrated a definitive photo shoot with Jonathan Mannion for Viacom’s Fans First campaign earlier this year and recently designed the logo for the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., put together this flashy little video to acknowledge all of the winners.

Congratulations to everyone at Viacom who contributed to making this standout programming. You can read about the rest of Viacom’s 2016 Emmy wins here.

 

How Many Times Has Kenny Died? South Park By The Numbers

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South Park hit an incredible milestone last night when the boys lit up Comedy Central with the premiere of their 20th season, where they applied their usual ruthless cultural analysis to the U.S. presidential election, internet trolls, and the controversy around The Star-Spangled Banner at NFL games.

Add those incisive moments to the many that the series’ 1,714 characters have hit us with across 267 episodes over the past 19 seasons: 200 fights, 18 Randy arrests, 84 Stan vomits and, of course, 102 Kenny deaths.

Where did I get those numbers? From this super helpful by-the-numbers video assembled by the folks over at South Park Studios. Check it out, then go watch the first episode of season 20 here. New episodes air Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET.

Nick Gets Kuu Kuu With Gwen Stefani’s Exclusive Animated New Show

Fans of superstar Gwen Stefani won’t want to miss Nickelodeon’s latest animated series, Kuu Kuu Harajuku. Inspired by executive producer Stefani’s love of Harajuku cultureKuu Kuu Harajuku follows the kuu kuu adventures of the band HJ5 – Love, Angel, Music, Baby and G – through their super cute world of music, fashion and style.

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Gwen Stefani is executive producer for Nickelodeon’s newest animated series, Kuu Kuu Harajuku. Photo courtesy of Nickelodeon.

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South Park Yourself Ahead of the Season 20 Premiere

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Tomorrow night, the 20th season of South Park launches on Comedy Central. This is somewhat incredible for those of us who have been watching Eric, Kenny, Kyle and Stan and the rest of the mountain-bound gang since they first tottered across our tube TVs back in 1997, but here we are.

To celebrate, the ever-inventive folks pulling the South Park creative levers have given us a new toy to warm up with while we wait for that milestone episode to drop: an avatar creator that allows you to build a custom character to drop onto your social media pages.

First, you pick your body, then your eyes, ear and hair. And then things get interesting. Want to gear up with a grappling hook, a battle axe and a pair of fairy wings? Go for it, then drop yourself in a classic South Park setting and see what goes down.

Me? I decided to rock my same spikey real-life haircut, then roll with a South Park jersey and a goblet to toast the 20th. I dropped my doppelganger in front of the panoramic town view to make sure I didn’t miss anything. The jet pack? Man, you just never know when you might need a jet pack, and you’ll be damn glad you have it when the time comes.

My South Park avatar stands over the legendary town, ready to jet pack off to the mountains and toast the 20th season premiere on Sept. 14.

My South Park avatar stands over the legendary town, ready to jet pack off to the mountains and toast the 20th season premiere on Sept. 14.

Comedy Central’s Period Drama Digs Funny Feminism

During the middle of a heat wave last July, I discovered the intricate, absurd, yet culturally-relevant gem that is Comedy Central’s Another Period. Within three minutes of watching the show, I was giddy.

What made the pilot so captivating? The innovative combination of historical drama and reality TV? The decadence?

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Was it Snoop Dogg’s theme song?

Michael Ian Black’s butler extraordinaire, Peepers?

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Comedy Central Leads Viacom’s 29 Emmy Nominations

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Behind raucous talent Amy Schumer and the momentum of an enduring South Park, Comedy Central led a roster of diverse and rich Viacom programming that tallied 29 nominations for the 2016 Emmys.

Comedy Central has become a perennial Emmy standout – last year, the network notched 26 nominations and eight wins for its irreverent work. Nickelodeon, Spike, Logo, MTV, TV Land and BET also earned nominations.

In addition to the recognition of outstanding work from wholly owned Viacom programming, our Paramount TV division earned 14 nominations, 11 for its collaborations with FOX, most notably the spectacular Grease Live special, which drew 10 nominations after totaling more than 12 million viewers during its February airing.

The full list of Viacom nominations is below, along with a look at a few of the properties up for the honors. Some of the clips contain graphic or adult language.

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George Lopez Makes an Opening Bell Pit Stop en Route to TV Land

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George Lopez joins Viacom staffers to ring the opening bell at the NASDAQ stock exchange on March 30, 2016. All photos courtesy of © 2016 Nasdaq, Inc.

Before George Lopez showed up on screens across the continent last Wednesday night as the eponymous character in his new original series Lopez on TV Land, he made a pit stop at NASDAQ headquarters in Times Square to ring the opening bell.

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Younger Inspires Creativity at the Fast Company Innovation Festival

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10:  (L-R) Darren Star, Patricia Field, Debi Mazar, Hilary Duff and Nicole LaPorte speak onstage during "Inside TV Land's Hit Show "Younger" With TV Icon Darren Star, Patricia Field And Debi Mazar" at The Fast Company Innovation Festival on November 10, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Fast Company)

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 10: (L-R) Darren Star, Patricia Field, Debi Mazar, Hilary Duff and Nicole LaPorte speak onstage during “Inside TV Land’s Hit Show “Younger” With TV Icon Darren Star, Patricia Field And Debi Mazar” at The Fast Company Innovation Festival on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Fast Company)

Fast Company launched its first-ever Innovation Festival in New York City this fall with speakers that included Serena Williams, Gwyneth Paltrow, Steve Aoki, Neil Blumenthal, Ava Duvernay and more. The event brought together trailblazers and extraordinary personalities for talks to spark conversation and inspire creativity.

A festival highlight was a keynote session with the creator and cast of the hit TV Land series, Younger. Hundreds lined up outside of NYU to take in the conversation. TV icon and Younger creator Darren Star took the stage with legendary costume designer Pat Field and actresses Hilary Duff and Debi Mazar to share a behind-the-scenes look at how the show is created and reveal the secrets behind the scene-stealing fashion.

Fast Company’s Nicole Laporte moderated this conversation, highlighting how Younger tackles the realities of pursuing your dream job, trying to make it, dating, ageism, feminism and more. The comedy has been lauded by critics and the show uniquely addresses the generational divide in the workplace with humor and fun. Set in New York and Brooklyn, Younger, with its fresh take on real issues, has multi-dimensional appeal and is swiftly winning over fans of all ages.

Creator Darren Star – who is no stranger to hit shows and has brought Sex and the City, 90210 and Melrose Place to TV –explained his creative process. “I start with the character and an idea” said Star. “Especially for a TV series, I want it to thematically say something about the time that we’re in and talk about the world.”

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10:  Producer Darren Star (L) and fashion designer Patricia Field speak onstage during "Inside TV Land's Hit Show "Younger" With TV Icon Darren Star, Patricia Field And Debi Mazar" at The Fast Company Innovation Festival on November 10, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Fast Company)

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 10: Producer Darren Star (L) and fashion designer Patricia Field speak onstage during “Inside TV Land’s Hit Show “Younger” With TV Icon Darren Star, Patricia Field And Debi Mazar” at The Fast Company Innovation Festival on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Fast Company)

Younger follows 40-year-old Liza Miller (Sutton Foster), a recently divorced mother that pretends to be in her 20s to re-enter the workplace. “I love this concept of a women who has to lie about her age to get back into the workforce,” said Star. “I know women who have been out of work for a while, raising their kids, and they go back to work and it’s not so easy.”

Star pours these real experiences into his characters, and it’s addictive to watch the charming and witty plot unfold. He admits that casting and chemistry are everything for a show, because the actors bring depth to the characters and make it believable.

“Darren’s a pro at many things like casting,” said Field. “When I read this script and here’s a 40-year- old woman and she’s going to be 25 and I’m like how am I going to do this? I’m a costume designer, I’m not a magician. Then I met Sutton Foster and thought this is perfect casting – she has an energy all her own that’s wide-eyed, a youthful energy inside of her.”

The show is a creative force from start to finish; from the smart script to the incredible cast to the amazing outfits Field imagines – fans can’t get enough.

“This is fun for me, people are watching for the clothes,” Star shared with a laugh. “The audience gets so much enjoyment from watching the actors and what they’re wearing. It’s another way to watch the show.”

On the panel, even Hillary Duff couldn’t hide her anticipation at discovering the upcoming plot twists. “I want to know what we’re doing next season,” she exclaimed.  If you feel the same way, here’s a sneak peak of the next season, which debuts with a one-hour premiere on Tuesday, Jan. 13 on TV Land.

In addition to the Younger panel, attendees were treated to spots featuring creators and talent in the Viacom family discussing key themes like innovation, collaboration and driving culture throughout the weeklong festival. This video series, like the all-star Younger panel, will hopefully inspire the next generation of groundbreaking show-runners, writers and actors to tap into their own creativity, pursue their passions and innovate often.

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Blue Steel Is Back

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Blue Steel is back. Ben Stiller, who brought the devilishly destructive pose into the cultural vernacular as Derek Zoolander in the 2001 hit, is back in Zoolander 2, along with fellow model Hansel McDonald (Owen Wilson) and arch-nemesis Mugatu (Will Ferrell). Penelope Cruz and Kristen Wiig also join the cast as they take another run down the runway and beyond. The film will hit theaters on Feb. 12, 2016.

 

Viacom Velocity & Comedy Central Head Up (Literally) Hauntingly Funny Spot for Reese’s

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The headless horseman and his flaming pumpkin head – the ubiquitous Halloween duo are forever charging along moonlit trails, in menacing pursuit of terrified mortals. But what do these scary season mainstays do when they’re not scouring the autumn earth in search of the lost rider’s noggin?

In a hilarious reimagining of the galloping villains, Comedy Central portrays the eternally intertwined duo’s domestic life in a seasonal spot for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

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