Gajillionaires is a new animated series coming to Comedy Central next year about a couple of super-rich old white brothers (who are definitely not based on the Koch brothers) and their adventures in conservatism. This here is the original pilot/presentation made for the network. Obviously, Comedy Central liked it, as it was picked up to series. And with good reason! This quick look is really fun, it'll be great to see it expanded into a full show. And the voice talent! Rob Corddry, Thomas Lennon, Paul Scheer, Jordan Peele and Riki Lindhome are all on board, which is a murderer's row you can't argue with. Look for more info [...]
Comedy Central announced today they picked up three new series to air in 2013. The Ben Show, is a weekly show in which Ben Hoffman embarks on a different life journey. He'll form bands, find religion, audition for a reality show (you know, famous people stuff). Next is a still untilted sketch show from Amy Schumer, in which a series of vignettes are built around her stand-up material. Lastly, there's Anthony Jeselnik's untitled weekly show that is described as a "topical series reflecting his dark and twisted point-of-view." That is vague, so my guess is that each week he picks some celebrity who died and makes fun of [...]
I don't know if it's a good or bad sign for him returning to Community, but Dan Harmon is producing a 30-minute animated pilot for Adult Swim, as one of the eight new pilots they're considering. The show, Rick & Morty, is about "A genius inventor grandfather and his less than genius grandson, and the journeys in life they share." It sure sounds like an Adult Swim pilot. Also, the writers (Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg) and stars (John Cho and Kal Penn) of the Harold & Kumar series are all signed to make an animated show out of the mini-hamburger-built film franchise. Below are the other six [...]
Matthew Perry is set to come home to the network that birthed him, NBC, in what I assume is a spinoff of the late 90s hit Joey. The new show, entitled Go On, was just picked up for a 13-episode season by the network and will feature Perry as "an irreverent yet charming sportscaster who, trying to move on from a loss, finds surprising solace from the members of his mandatory support group." Irreverent yet charming? I dunno, I can't really see it, not his style.
Perry is re-teaming up with Friends (and Joey!) executive producer Scott Silveri for the show, so you know, it's pretty much guaranteed [...]
Another way to phrase that headline: What's part pranks, part man-on-the-street interviews, part sketches and all created by violent hip-hop artists with aged stunt jocks? It's Odd Future's new Adult Swim show Loiter Squad, which is being produced by Jackass' Dickhouse Entertainment. This article takes a good look at how Loiter Squad carries on the legacy of Jackass for the Twitter generation, and how the shows differ. (Fewer crotch injuries, for one thing.)
Justin Spitzer, co-executive producer of The Office, is going to stick with NBC once that show ends after this upcoming season. He's just sold a new ensemble sitcom to the peacock, one that will be about "a group of friends whose lives change on the way to a destination wedding." Which sounds more like the plot of a movie than a sitcom, but we know that premise-heavy sitcoms often ditch said premises before too long to focus on the ensembles (see: Happy Endings). So we'll see what this ends up being like. But in any case, it's nice to see NBC hanging on to some of its creative [...]
In a very minor form of life imitating art, Children's Hospital's show within a show Newsreaders, who last season investigated all the failed spinoffs of each of the characters (watch the episode here), is getting its own real-life spinoff. The TV newsmagazine satire will be run by Children's Hospital's creative team and former Daily Show executive producer Jim Margolis. Margolis used to work on actual newsmagazine shows like 60 Minutes, so this is the 15-minute show he was destined to work on.
Lost in all of the exciting new comedies melee, ABC and CBS announced some new shows as well. ABC will be bringing on four new comedies: Family Tools, The Neighbor, How to Live with Your Parents, and Malibu County. CBS is adding two: Partners and Friend Me. There is a show about Groupon!(?) And another where Reba McEntire again plays a character named Reba!(?) I won't lie, none of these six shows seem particularly interesting, depending on your feelings towards Sarah Chalke and Brad Garrett. They just feel like those forgettable sitcoms that only getting noticed if they do something offensive. You can read the loglines below. Do [...]
Beloved web series Ronna & Beverly didn't get picked up after its 2008 pilot in the US, but Sky Atlantic HD in the UK has ordered six episodes of the mock talk show, with Paul Feig producing. Guess the British did a better job of appreciating Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo's characters. “British audiences responded to these overbearing American characters, and the show is Ab Fab meets everyone’s obnoxious parents who ask horrifying questions,” said Feig. Fingers crossed for your return to the US, Ronna and Bev, but until then, cheerio, have fun driving on the left side of the road, and don't fall down the apples [...]
IFC's not the only network working up new shows with standup comics. TBS has ordered a pilot for Naked Truth, a series hosted by Tom Papa that will feature a different panel of three comedians in each episode, where they'll "discuss and riff on topics in the zeitgeist, stories big and small, all with a comedic twist." On the one hand, watching comedians hang out and riff off each other's bits is usually a lot of fun. On the other hand, the last we heard from Tom Papa was the truly horrible Marriage Ref on NBC, which managed to make Jerry Seinfeld and Tina Fey unappealing and [...]
HBO in conjunction with BBC Two has agreed to deal with Christopher Guest for his show Family Tree. The show will go straight to its first season without having to go through the pilot process, which must be pretty nice for CG. The show, which was created by Guest and Jim Piddock, stars Chris O'Dowd as Tom Chadwick, a 30-year-old who, after losing his job and girlfriend, inherits a box of belongings from a great aunt, which starts him off on a journey to learn more about his bizarre family. That sure sounds like a TV show, right? It just is so TV showy, what with its protagonist [...]
Last year, TBS changed their renowned slogan "very funny" to the absolutely edgy "veryfunny". It seems that the space was getting in the way of funniness, as spaces are wont to do. As to continue this commitment to funny, they are developing more comedy programming to go along with the previously mentioned shows from Deon Cole and Ashton Kutcher and their Big Bang Theory reruns. Two of those shows, Most Likely and Zone Lord, will be produced by TBS's boyfriend, Conan O'Brien, and one show, Norm MacDonald is Trending, will star Norm MacDonald and likely be beloved by his fans and overlooked by his non-fans. The breakdowns [...]
TBS announced that it's working with Conan O'Brien's production company on Deon Cole's Black Box. The show features Conan writer Deon Cole cracking wise at video clips, with a focus on race, gender, and politics. Cole is very funny writer and performer so this is great news, regardless if it's just another show where a comedian makes jokes about videos. TBS is also working with Ashton Kutcher on Who Gets the Last Laugh?, a show where comedians compete to prank regular people. It's perfect for people who liked Punk'd but wished it were more mean spirited. After the jump, check out more videos of Deon Cole because he [...]
It truly is the best time of the year to be an unproductive employee. The first episode of Don't Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 is available right nowon Hulu. Get to it, or you'll have to wait till the April 11 premiere to see just how semi-autobiographical James Van Der Beek's character really is.
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