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Netflix to Premiere a Talk Show Hosted by Chelsea Handler in 2016

Chelsea Handler's next talk show home is officially Netflix. According to Deadline, the E! late night host has set a deal with the streaming network for a talk show, hour standup special, and four docu-comedy specials. The standup special will premiere on Netflix on October 10th and the talk show will launch sometime in 2016, though the frequency of episodes on Netflix has not yet been revealed. The docu-specials will be released next year and feature Handler tackling lesser areas of expertise "ranging from NASCAR to politics and from Silicon Valley to the NBA draft." In a statement, Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said: "The Internet has [...]

Here's More Info on IFC's New Show, 'Garfunkel and Oates'

IFC announced a bunch of stuff about its newest comedy Garfunkel and Oates today.  Created by and starring Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci and based on the duo's musical comedy act of the same name, Garfunkel and Oates was given an eight-episode order for a first season by IFC last year. Here's all the new stuff about the show that IFC revealed today:

  • Guest stars for the first two episodes include Ben Kingsley, Chris Hardwick, Tig Notaro, Anthony Jeselnik, Abby Elliott, Natasha Leggero, Chris Parnell, Steve Agee, and John Oates of Hall & Oates fame.
  • The show will premiere Thursday, August 7th at 10pm.
  • Dennis McNicholas, who wrote for SNL from 1995 [...]

Bill Hader Will Create and Star in His Own HBO Show

HBO is developing a new show created by and starring Bill Hader, Deadline reports. There aren't any details on the show yet beyond Hader starring in/creating it. We don't yet know what the show's about or whether it will be a half-hour or an hour-long and the project is still pretty far away from getting series order, but it's exciting news nonetheless.

Since leaving SNL this time last year, Bill Hader has been keeping busy as both an actor and a writer. In the movie world, he'll next be seen in David Wain's They Came Together, starring with Kristen Wiig in the indie drama The Skeleton Twins, and [...]

Jane Krakowski Joins Tina Fey's NBC Show 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'

While Fox has passed on Dead Boss starring Jane Krakowski, Deadline reports that the former 30 Rock star has found a new home with her former NBC friends on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the Tina Fey/Robert Carlock comedy starring Ellie Kemper previously titled Tooken. Krakowski will have a recurring role as "a rich Upper West Side mom who hires Kimmy [Kemper] as a nanny." Much like 30 Rock, the role originally went to another actress for the pilot (Megan Dodds on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmdt; Rachel Dratch on 30 Rock), which was then reshot to include Krakowski in the new role.

Jack McBrayer and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog to Buddy Up for Adult Swim Series

In one of the most inspired TV pairings in a while, Adult Swim has ordered a buddy comedy series starring Jack McBrayer and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, THR reports. The untitled half-hour series is created by Robert Smigel (who voices Triumph), Michael Koman, and David Feldman and follows "the lives of two former child actors (McBrayer and Triumph) who starred in a Lassie-esque series from the '80s and '90s. After their show's cancellation prompted a depraved downward spiral, Jack is back on the straight and narrow when Triumph finds his way back into his life." Click through to watch McBrayer and Triumph star together in a 2012 [...]

'The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail' Premieres July 23rd; Will Feature Nick Offerman, Weird Al and More

Comedy Central is premiering its newest standup series, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, on July 23rd at 12:30am, Splitsider has learned, and the show has one hell of an impressive lineup, including performances from Adam Scott, Nick Offerman, TJ Miller, Reggie Watts, Maria Bamford, and tons more.

Hosted by Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani, The Meltdown is a half-hour eight-episode standup showcase based on the duo's Los Angeles live show of the same name, one of the most popular standup shows in town. Ray and Nanjiani have been hosting the live show from the NerdMelt Theater since 2011. The Comedy Central version will feature about four comedians per episode and [...]

Channel 4 Orders Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan's 'Catastrophe' to Series

Back in December, it was announced that UK's Channel 4 had ordered a single-cam pilot starring and written by comedian Rob Delaney and Pulling's Sharon Horgan called Catastrophe about "an Irish woman and an American man who make a bloody mess as they struggle to fall in love in London." Today Chortle reports that the network has now ordered the show to series, though the exact number of episodes is not yet known. To get a feel for what Delaney and Horgan might be like in the rom-com TV mold, check out this sketch they did for BBC Three's Feed My Funny below:

TBS Releases Trailers for Its New Shows 'Angie Tribeca', 'Buzzy's', and 'Your Family or Mine?'

TBS has released trailers for its three new comedies and also announced they're developing two more in addition to the forthcoming Jake & Amir co-produced by Ed Helms. Above is the trailer for Steve and Nancy Carell's Angie Tribeca starring Rashida Jones; click through for the other two trailers and descriptions of the two new series in development, including another from Helms and a third from his fellow Office alum John Krasinski.

ABC Orders Culture-Straddling Comedies 'Cristela' and 'Fresh off the Boat'

After canceling a ton of shows last week, ABC has added two new comedies to its lineup both centered on family and cultural identity, THR reports. The first series order goes to Cristela, a semi-autobiographical multi-cam show by and starring standup Cristela Alonzo as "an American Latina straddling cultures while not fully belonging to either." The second show to land a series order is Fresh off the Boat from Don't Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 creator Nahnatchka Khan. Based on the Eddie Huang memoir of the same name, Fresh off the Boat follows a family of Taiwanese Americans as they "try to live [...]

CBS Orders 'How I Met Your Dad' Pilot to Series (UPDATE)

CBS has given a series order to How I Met Your Dad, THR reports. The show, a spinoff of the network's long-running sitcom How I Met Your Mother, is the first new comedy CBS has ordered for the 2014-15 TV season.

How I Met Your Dad stars Greta Gerwig as the title character, with Nick D'Agosto, Andrew Santino, Tiya Sircar, and Drew Tarver making up the rest of the ensemble and Meg Ryan serving as the narrator. Workaholics' Anders Holm will play a recurring role on the show, which is an indirect spinoff of How I Met Your Mother. HIMYD doesn't feature any of the same characters, but has a [...]

Chris Lilley's New Show 'Jonah from Tonga' Premieres on HBO This August

After the success of Chris Lilley's Summer Heights High spin-off series Ja'mie: Private School Girl on HBO, the Aussie comedian is moving on to the next teenage character-focused show on the American pay network with the premiere of Jonah from Tonga this August. In a press release today, HBO announced that Jonah's six-episode spin-off show is set to premiere on Friday, August 8th at 10pm with two back-to-back episodes. Click through to watch the trailer.

HBO Orders 18 Episodes of Danny McBride's New Show 'Vice Principals'

Danny McBride is coming back to HBO with a brand new show. The pay cable network has ordered 18 episodes of Vice Principals, a new comedy starring McBride as a high school administrator. The show was co-created by McBride and his Eastbound & Down partner-in-crime Jody Hill, and it follows "a high school and the people who almost run it, the vice principals." HBO has yet to announce when Vice Principals will premiere or how its 18 episodes will be split up into seasons. McBride and Hill's last series, Eastbound & Downended its four-season run on HBO last year.

Jody Hill talked to us about the project last [...]

A Guide to the New Crop of Network Comedies

The broadcast networks canceled a whopping 18 comedies this year, which means there are a lot of holes to fill with new sitcoms come fall, especially with NBC and ABC, the two networks that canceled the most comedies. Among this season's highlights are Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the first series Tina Fey has created since 30 Rock; Marry Me, starring Casey Wilson and Ken Marino and created by Happy Endings' David Caspe; and standup and SNL writer John Mulaney's self-titled sitcom, which will see the light of day this fall after nearly two years in development. We organized all the season's new comedies into the following guide:

CBS Orders 'The McCarthys', 'The Odd Couple' to Series; NBC Adds 'Mission Control', 'One Big Happy', 'Bad Judge'

CBS and NBC each just picked up two more new comedies for the fall. CBS is adding The McCarthys and The Odd Couple, while NBC is adding Mission Control and One Big HappyVariety reports.

The McCarthys, a created by Happy Endings writer Brian Gallivan, follows the gay son of a sports-crazed Boston family. The show was developed as a pilot last season but was carried over into this season. Jack McGee, Jimmy Dunn, Joey McIntyre, Kelen Coleman, Laurie Metcalf, and Tyler Ritter star. The Odd Couple, a remake of the Neil Simon comedy, stars Matthew Perry and Tom Lennon and was co-created by Perry and Joe Keenan (Frasier).

NBC is [...]