Hulu, SNL’s Meyers announce series deal
Seth Meyers is creating an animated series for Hulu that will translate his experiences on “Saturday Night Live” to a gang of superheroes.
Meyers previewed the show, “The Awesomes,” at Hulu’s upfront Thursday. He and co-creator Michael Shoemaker, a producer of “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” and formerly of “SNL,” said the series will be a behind-the-scenes look at an “Avengers”-like troupe of crime-fighters.
The show is planned to debut next year on Hulu, which is co-owned by Disney, News Corp. and NBCUniversal.
Secret Service closes case on Nugent
After meeting with rocker Ted Nugent on Thursday, the Secret Service says its probe into what he had to say about President Barack Obama is over.
Last weekend during a National Rifle Association meeting in St. Louis, Nugent rallied support for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and said of the Obama administration: “We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November.” He also said he would be “dead or in jail by this time next year” if Obama is re-elected.
That drew the attention of the Secret Service. Nugent said he discussed the matter with two agents on Thursday while in Oklahoma.
“The issue has been resolved,” agency spokesman Brian Leary said in a statement. “The Secret Service does not anticipate any further action.”
In a statement on his website, Nugent called it a “good, solid, professional meeting concluding that I have never made any threats of violence towards anyone.”
“The meeting could not have gone better,” he said. “I thanked them for their service, we shook hands and went about our business. Godbless the good federal agents wherever they may be.”
Nugent said he was just speaking figuratively when he made what some perceived to be threats against Obama and that he didn’t threaten anyone’s life or advocate violence.
“Metaphors needn’t be explained to educated people,” he said.
The birthday bunch
Actor Charles Grodin is 77. Singer Iggy Pop is 65. Actress Patti LuPone is 63. Actor Tony Danza is 61. Actress Andie MacDowell is 54. Singer Robert Smith (The Cure) is 53. Guitarist Michael Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) is 53. Actor-director John Cameron Mitchell (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”) is 49. Rapper Michael Franti (Spearhead) is 46. Singer Glen Hansard is 42. Guitarist David Brenner (Theory of a Deadman) is 34. Actor James McAvoy (“The Last King of Scotland,” “The Chronicles of Narnia”) is 33.