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Charlamagne Tha God’s ‘big get’ interview: YA author Judy Blume

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Charlamagne Tha God’s late-night show has been rebranded with a new name, executive producer and format — but its focus remains the same.

The series, airing Thursdays (11:30 p.m.) on Comedy Central, premiered last September as “Tha God Honest Truth” and featured sketches, social experiments and A-list guests, including Vice President Kamala Harris.

It’s back now as “Comedy Central’s Hell of A Week with Charlamagne Tha God,” with Josh Lieb, a former executive producer of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” brought on board to help steer the ship.

Charlamagne (aka Lenard McKelvey) — a radio Hall of Famer who co-hosts the nationally syndicated “The Breakfast Club” on Power 105.1 with DJ Envy and Angela Yee — spoke to The Post about “Hell of A Week” and about its mission going forward.

Charlamagne Tha God on the set of "Hell of A Week" with guests Michael Blackson, S.E. Cupp and W. Kamau Bell.
Charlamagne Tha God (left) with guests Michael Blakson, S.E. Cupp and W. Kamau Bell.
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Why was the show rebranded?

The rebrand is literally because that’s what corporate wanted. They do these focus groups and research groups and testings … “Hell of a Week” reads more like a weekly late-night talk show than “Tha God’s Honest Truth.” I’m always a student and trying to learn and I’m also trying to win — so if the network comes to me and says, “We think that with a tweak like this more viewers will come to the show and realize it’s a weekly late-night talk show” … I’m gonna trust the experts.

Will the focus on a panel format impact the way you host the show?

“I actually think [the panel format] makes me looser because I really do enjoy conversations in a community and I love … exchanging ideas and debating. I never want my perspective to be the only perspective; I want other people’s input and debate. That’s where you get a lot of education sometimes, and I think it will be more beneficial for me and for the viewers at home.

Was Josh Lieb brought on to take the show in a different direction?

No. I mean, in Season 1 we talked about the decrackerfication of America, and I think that if a network is going to let you talk about that, which is basically what I think would be America’s version of denazification — and to say “cracker” like 75 times in one episode — I don’t think they’re going to censor you too much. Josh is an added asset to the team and we have such a great creative team already, including my showrunner, Rachael Edwards, who is incredible at what she does. I’m a firm believer that if [the network] wants this type of show, you have to be in business with someone who’s already done it — and Josh has [won] seven Emmys with “The Daily Show.” So I think his resume speaks for itself; the show wasn’t necessarily lacking anything — Josh is just a great addition.

Charlamagne Tha God clasps hands with guest Don Lemon on a recent episode of "Hell of A Week with Charlamagne Tha God." They're sitting on a couch facing each other; Charlamage is wearing a red shirt and Don is wearing a black shirt.
Charlamagne on “Hell of A Week” with guest Don Lemon. The show airs Thursday at 11:30 p.m. on Comedy Central.
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Are there fundamental differences between working and radio and television?

You always have to be your true, authentic self, which is the number-one thing when you’re on any of these platforms, because nobody out there can do what you do. Radio has a system and TV has a system and they are not the same. I’m so used to playing in the radio and podcast system that sometimes, when I approach TV … it feels like there’s just never enough time. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard basketball players or football players talk about how the game slows down for them: Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Tom Brady, Steph Curry, these are people that are just a little better than anybody else — the game might be moving fast for everyone else but it slows down for them. That’s how I feel when I’m on the radio or on a podcast. TV still feels like it’s moving at a fast pace. I’m used to having long-form interviews or conversations — and now, I’ll be sitting down with a person [on TV] and I’m only talking for seven minutes.

Who’s your ultimate “get” for an interview?

The only guest I really want to get is [author] Judy Blume. I’m a huge, huge, Judy Blume fan and I grew up on her books. My mom told me when I was younger to read things that didn’t pertain to me, and Judy was who I used to go to [in those situations]. She’s the only person I really want to talk to — on any platform.

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
New York DMV

The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
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The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
New York DMV

He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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