Discovery+ Greenlights Two Specials on ‘SmartLess’ Podcast

The Discovery+ subscription streaming service Aug. 16 said it has ordered two 75-minute documentary-style specials following Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes and Will Arnett during the North American tour for their hit podcast “SmartLess.”

The untitled docuseries, coming to Discovery+ in 2022, will feature highlights from their celebrity interviews during the tour, as well as exclusive, behind-the-scenes access throughout the six-city tour that takes place in February.

“Jason, Sean and Will are three absolute legends who have accomplished so much in this industry — from comedy to drama, on the stage and to our screens,” said Lisa Holme, Group SVP of content and commercial strategy for Discovery Inc. “As they are now conquering the world of podcasts, we’re excited to show an entirely new side of them in this docuseries, where we will have incredible access to all the behind-the-scenes moments from what is sure to be an insightful and hilarious tour.”

The Discovery+ deal for “SmartLess” was put together by Aleen Keshishian of Lighthouse Management & Media. “SmartLess” is a podcast that connects people from all walks of life to learn about shared experiences. It has been named one of the Best Shows of 2020 by Apple and consistently ranks among the Top 5 Comedy Shows and Top 10 on overall shows on iTunes. As of Aug.  1, new episodes will be released exclusively for one week on Amazon Music and Wondery+ before they are widely available on all other platforms.

“SmartLess” podcast guests have included Vice President Kamala Harris, George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston, Adam Sandler, Ricky Gervais, Bryan Cranston, Paul McCartney, Tina Fey, Awkwafina, W. Kamau Bell, Stacey Abrams, Billie Eilish and Megan Rapinoe.

Shout! Factory Sets Home Release Dates for ‘Lazy Susan’ Comedy

Shout! Factory has set May 12 as the to-the-home release date of Lazy Susan, a quirky comedy directed by Nick Peet and starring Sean Hayes.

The film will be available to home audiences on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, and can be pre-ordered now directly from the Shout! Factory website.

The film follows the story of Susan, who has always been the self-centered oddball in her family. She spent her life lazily skating by, relying on her family’s grudging support until one day it dawns on her that she’s middle-aged with no job, no relationship, and an increasingly estranged family. She decides to make a change and turn things around, but having never done anything herself, finds the struggle very real.

Lazy Susan features an all-star cast including Emmy Award winners Sean Hayes (“Will & Grace”) and Margo Martindale, Carrie Aizley (Transparent), Academy Award winners Jim Rash (Community) and Allison Janney (I, Tonya), Darlene Hunt (I Heart Huckabees), and Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick (The Producers).

The release also includes a number of bonus features, including an audio commentary with actresses Sean Hayes, Darlene Hunt, and Carrie Aizley, an audio commentary with director Nick Peet, and the featurette “Lazy Susan – Creating an Underdog.”

Starz Original Series ‘Vida’ Wins Outstanding Comedy at GLADD Media Awards

The Starz original series “Vida” received the “Outstanding Comedy Series” award March 28 at the 30th Annual GLADD Media Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton.

 The event recognizes media for fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of the LGBTQ community and issues.

Actor Sean Hayes was honored with the Stephen F. Kolzak award, while Beyoncé and Jay-Z received the organization’s vanguard award for their work for the LGBTQ community.

With a perfect 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, “Vida” — a drama series about two Mexican-American siblings and extended family from East Los Angeles — was an audience award winner at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

“Vida” stars Melissa Barrera (“Club de Cuervos”) as Lyn, Mishel Prada (“Fear the Walking Dead: Passage”) as Emma, Ser Anzoategui (“East Los High”) as Eddy, Chelsea Rendon (Bright) as Marisol, Carlos Miranda (The Bling Ring) as Johnny and Roberta Colindrez (“I Love Dick”) as Nico. Raúl Castillo (“Looking”) and Adrian Gonzalez (“Superstore”) join as guest stars this season.

“Vida” Season Two will make its world premiere as an Official Selection of the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.

The 10-episode second season will be available on the Lionsgate-owned Starz app and Starz On-Demand in the U.S. and Canada and on StarzPlay in the U.K. and Germany on May 23.

“Vida” will also premiere on Starz on May 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, airing each episode week-to-week.



Universal to Release First Season of ‘Will & Grace’ Revival on DVD June 12

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release Will & Grace (The Revival): Season One on DVD June 12.

Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally reprise their roles as Will, Grace, Jack and Karen after a 10-year hiatus, and the new season picks back up right where it left off — best friends navigating life together once again. Guest stars include Bobby Cannavale, Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Alec Baldwin, Minnie Driver and many more.

The DVD includes all 16 episodes plus bonus features, including deleted scenes; a gag reel; “Back to the Beginning,” in which the cast and crew discuss what made the show so special and the relevance it continues to have; “Reuniting the Team,” detailing how what started as a PSA turned viral and sparked the revival of the show; and “Classic Comedy,” in which series director Jimmy Burrows and the cast discuss creating comedy.