This Week in Comedy: Networks Announce Their New Sitcoms, and New Albums from Rick Moranis and Andy Kaufman
–NBC, CBS, and Fox announced their new fall sitcoms. Andy Samberg and Mike Schur’s Fox cop show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, is the most promising of the bunch. NBC unfortunately passed on SNL writer/stand-up John Mulaney’s pilot.
– Parks and Recreation got renewed for a sixth season, and NBC officially canceled most of its comedies (Go On, Whitney, 1600 Penn, Up All Night, and Guys with Kids). Community‘s chances look good, much to the chagrin of Community fans.
-Rick Moranis is coming out with a new album, his first comedic venture in eight years.
-Writer Megan Amram got a book deal.
-We looked at Jim Gaffigan’s new book about fatherhood, the end of Chicago’s Late Live Show, Paul Brittain’s time on SNL, Dave Chapelle’s weird Home Improvement spinoff, and Amazon’s comedy pilots currently in development.
–The IT Crowd is coming back for an extra-long finale episode.
-It turns out Steve Carell will be in next week’s Office finale after all.
And here are your Top Five Web Comedy Videos of the Week:
Sneak Thief – “FACES: Why Do We Hate Them?” (UCBComedy)
The Lonely Island – “Between Two Ferns”/”Spring Break Anthem”
Magic Eye Shark Movie – “The Pitch” (Above Average)
Reverse Cowboys – “Friendly Dating Advice”
Picture Show – “Ryan Gosling Acting Hiatus – Phillip Seymour Hoffman”