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Friday, May 16th, 2014

This Week In Comedy: Networks Unveil Their New Fall Schedules

In case you missed it, here's all the big comedy stuff that happened this week:

-After a massive week of cancellations, the networks announced their final fall schedules, and we made a handy guide to the new lineup of network comedies.

-This next season will be the last for both Parks and Recreation and Two and a Half Men.

-We recommended five great web series you probably haven't seen.

-CBS passed on How I Met Your Mother spinoff How I Met Your Dad and Comedy Central passed on The Chris Gethard Show.

-We talked to Scott Aukerman and Reggie Watts about the new season of Comedy Bang! Bang!standup Brian Regan about road tours and warm-up comedians, and NYC comedian Jacqueline Novak about her debut standup album, Quality Notions.

-Norm Macdonald wrote a missive on Twitter about working on Roseanne, and the dismissive nature of labeling a comedian as "difficult." Roseanne Barr spoke out as well on behind-the-scenes sexism on her show.

-We looked back at Harry Shearer's two one-year stints at Saturday Night Live, and early TV failures of late night legends Johnny Carson, Jon Stewart, and David Letterman.

-Late Night with Conan O'Brien writers Jon Glaser, Andy Blitz and Brian McCann got together, reminisced and did a new sketch.

-Lorne Michaels's Above Average is teaming up with UCB Comedy to create and host brand new sketch videos online.

-Bob Odenkirk is recording his first comedy album.

-Conan O'Brien renewed his contract with TBS through 2018.

-We recommended the week's best podcasts.


And here are your Top Five Web Videos of the Week:


CollegeHumor – "Pat Cassels vs. Mark Zuckerberg"


Funny Or Die – "Human Code: Sleep/Water"


Big Grande – "Queen"


Perfect Week – "The Perfect Monday" (via JASH)


Nerdist – "Thomas Lennon Is the Godzilla Lawyer"

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