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ABC Orders a Hidden Camera Prank Show by Ellen DeGeneres

A hit Ellen bit is turning into its own television show. THR reports that ABC has ordered a hidden camera prank show called Repeat After Me based on the popular running bit from DeGeneres's daytime talk show. The Goldbergs cast member and Reno 911! alum Wendi McLendon-Covey will host the series, which will "see McLendon-Covey, via remote earpiece, informing celebrities what to do with everyday people. At the end of each half-hour episode, the best moment of the night will be announced in front of a live studio audience." The first episode features Ellen Pompeo, Taye Diggs, and Harry Connick Jr. and is set to debut on Tuesday, [...]

'The Jack and Triumph Show' Premieres on Adult Swim February 20th

Jack McBrayer and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog's new Adult Swim show now has a premiere date. At TCA over the weekend, Adult Swim announced that The Jack and Triumph Show will premiere on Friday, February 20th at 11:30pm. Robert Smigel called the show "an odd experiment" at TCA, noting the show's use of the multi-cam format:

“We have a big concern that people are going to look at the aesthetics and just dismiss it,” Smigel told TV critics at Winter TV Press Tour 2015. Viewers could “easily assume these guys are slumming in a multi-cam.” But the whole point of the experiment is to put [...]

NatGeo Orders a Late Night Talk Show Hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson

The National Geographic Channel is doubling down on educational/comedic shows. Not long after announcing a docu-comedy series from Silicon Valley co-creators John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, the network announced that they've also picked up a weekly late night talk show based on astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson's hit podcast StarTalk Radio. Tyson will host the show, which will combine "science and popular culture and feature interviews with celebrities, comedians and scientists." The format of the late night version of Star Talk is still being developed, but at TCA Tyson said that "he does intend to give Bill Nye a platform for a minute-long rant in each show, [...]

'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Premieres on Netflix March 6th

At TCA today, Netflix chief Ted Sarandos announced that Tina Fey's new comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt starring Ellie Kemper is set to premiere on March 6th. Fey, Kemper, and producer Robert Carlock also spoke to critics at TCA today, and even though Fey refused to reveal some of the show's guest stars ("March 6th. You can see them all the same night"), in a new EW interview she all but confirmed that she'll appear in the show: "Uhhh, maaaaybe! The good thing is it’s on Netflix now, so you’d only have to wait one day. Fast forward through all of them and see if I appear." [...]

Will Forte Reunites with Wally the 'SNL' Cue Card Guy

Here's a sneak peek from Esquire Network's new series Car Matchmaker, in which comedian and former Seinfeld writer Spike Feresten uses his automobile knowledge to pair guests up with the perfect car. In tonight's hourlong episode, Ferensten's guest is his brother Wally — better known as SNL's cue card guy — who gets briefly kidnapped by a bearded Will Forte in a MacGruber-style Miata. Click through for another sneak peek with Jerry Seinfeld, then catch the rest of the episode tomorrow night at 9:00pm.

Larry Wilmore Says 'The Nightly Show' Will Be a 'Daily Show'/'Politically Incorrect' Hybrid

The premiere of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore is now less than week away, and at TCA Wilmore revealed some more details on the show's format, calling it a hybrid of The Daily Show and Politically Incorrect. Each episode will be split up into two parts — an overview of daily news followed by a roundtable discussion Wilmore said will go "without a net," using contributors for "comedic bits and perspective" much like The Daily Show correspondents.

"I’m not interested in doing a show where I give my opinion and people react to my opinion," Wilmore said. "Our show is more about the discovery of [...]

It's Official: An Eight-Episode 'Wet Hot American Summer' Series Is Coming to Netflix

It's been rumored for ages, but now it's official: a prequel to Wet Hot American Summer is in the works in the form of an eight-episode limited series for Netflix. Basically the entire cast is returning for it, including Elizabeth Banks, H. Jon Benjamin, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Nina Hellman, Ken Marino, Zak Orth, David Hyde Pierce, Joe LoTruglio, Christopher Meloni, A.D. Miles, Marguerite Moreau, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Marisa Ryan, Molly Shannon, Michael Showalter and Kevin Sussman. David Wain and Michael Showalter co-created the series, and Wain is directing the whole thing.

It's not clear when it'll be released, but shooting [...]

LL Cool J to Host Spike TV's 'Lip Sync Battle' Produced by Jimmy Fallon

Back in November, Spike TV ordered 10 episodes of Lip Sync Battle from co-executive producers Jimmy Fallon, John Krasinski, and Stephen Merchant, and today the network revealed the host of the 10-episode series: LL Cool J. He will also be credited as a producer on the show. "Like the rest of the world, I'm a big fan of these battles, but this show is going to bring it to a whole new level," LL Cool J said in a statement. "I'm thrilled to be working with Jimmy Fallon, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant and the entire team to host the show and can’t wait for the fans at [...]

TLC Is Launching a Late Night Sex Talk Show Co-Hosted by Margaret Cho

TLC is getting into the late night game. According to Variety, the network is launching a half-hour late night talk show focused on sex called All About Sex. The show will feature a panel of four hosts including comedians Margaret Cho and Heather McDonald, actress Marissa Jaret Winokur, and sex and relationship counselor Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry and be "a weekly dissection of all aspects of sex in American culture with a focus on dispelling misconceptions and helping women tackle intimacy problems." All About Sex is set to premiere its six-episode order on Saturday, January 10th at 11:00pm with the best lead-in ever: TLC's ratings hit Sex Sent [...]

Duplass Brothers Comedy 'Togetherness' Premieres on HBO January 11th

A year after ordering a pilot written and directed by Jay and Mark Duplass called Togetherness, HBO announced today that the new comedy series will debut its eight-episode season on the network Sunday, January 11th at 9:30pm. The show follows "four adults nearing 40, living under the same roof and struggling to keep their relationships and their dreams alive" and stars Mark Duplass, Melanie Lynskey, Amanda Peet, and Steve Zissis, with guest appearances set from Peter Gallagher and Mary Steenburgen.

Click through for HBO's official description of the first three episodes:

Watch the Series Premiere of HBO's Duplass Brothers Comedy 'Togetherness' on YouTube

HBO's new Duplass brothers comedy Togetherness premiered last night, and the pay network has also made the first episode available in full on YouTube. The show follows "four adults nearing 40, living under the same roof and struggling to keep their relationships and their dreams alive" and stars Mark Duplass, Melanie Lynskey, Amanda Peet, and Steve Zissis with guest appearances set from Peter Gallagher and Mary Steenburgen. Watch the series premiere here.

Jack Black/Tim Robbins Comedy 'The Brink' Premieres on HBO This Summer

It's been almost a year since HBO ordered The Brink to series, but now the network has finally revealed when the Jack Black/Tim Robbins-starring show will debut its 10-episode season: sometime this summer. The show also stars Pablo Schreiber with series regulars Aasif Mandvi, Maribeth Monroe, Eric Ladin, Esai Morales, and Geoff Pierson. Here's the full description of the series, which was co-created by Weeds writer Roberto Benabib and his brother Kim and is produced by Jay Roach:

When a rogue general seizes control of Pakistan and its nuclear arsenal, the fate of the world rests on the shoulders of three improbable Americans: Secretary of State Walter [...]

NatGeo Orders Docu-Comedy 'History of the World' from 'Silicon Valley' Creators

The National Geographic Channel is giving comedy a try. Variety reports that the network has added a new show from Silicon Valley creators and former King of the Hill showrunners John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky called History of the World, which will "use sketch comedy, animation, puppetry, documentary and archival footage to explore weighty questions such as how the world came about, the evolution of man and the origins of spirituality, money, leisure time, sports, hygiene and entertainment." On the news, NatGeo exec Tim Pastore called the show "definitely outside of the box historically for National Geographic" then added: "Why not get a history lesson from the guys [...]

Nahnatchka Khan's 'Fresh Off the Boat' Premieres on ABC February 10th

Now that ABC has canceled two of its freshman comedies Selfie and Manhattan Love Story, it's made room for another new comedy, Don't Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 creator Nahnatchka Khan's Fresh Off the Boat. According to Deadline, the comedy will air a preview on Wednesday, February 4th at 8:30pm between episodes of The Middle and Modern Family then premiere in its regular time slot the following week on Tuesday, February 10th at 8:00pm. Inspired by the memoir by Eddie Huang, Fresh Off the Boat is set in 1995 and follows "11-year-old hip-hop loving Eddie Huang (Hudson Yang) who moves with his family from Chinatown in Washington [...]