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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 [...]

TBS Orders 10 Episodes of 'Angie Tribeca', Starring Rashida Jones and Co-Created by Steve Carell

TBS today ordered Angie Tribeca, a new comedy pilot starring Rashida Jones and created by Steve Carell and Nancy Carell, to series, Deadline reports. The police comedy, formerly called Tribeca, stars Jones as a lone wolf cop who's part of an eccentric group of LAPD detectives. Jere Burns, Deon Cole, and Andree Vermeulen also star. Angie Tribeca will premiere in 2015.

Steve Carell directed the pilot, which he wrote with wife Nancy; the two will serve as executive producers on the series. Alfred Molina, Lisa Kudrow, Gary Cole, Nancy Carell, and Hayes Macarthur all appear in the pilot.

UPDATE: According to THR, TBS has also ordered two [...]

Crackle Adds New Comedy Series 'Tightrope' Produced by Bryan Cranston

On top of their recent multiple-season renewal of Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Deadline reports that Sony's video site Crackle has also added a comedy with Bryan Cranston serving as executive producer. Titled Tightrope, the series will "replace a character from a classic detective series with a modern-day actor" and "juxtaposes the modern character with irreverent comic sensibilities and also with older characters from another era to reshape the stories into a contemporary comedy." No cast or release date has been announced yet for Tightrope, but the idea of Bryan Cranston infusing humor into old detective shows sounds very promising.

Xbox Orders Variety Show Pilot from JASH Featuring Sarah Silverman and Rotating Hosts

Xbox announced today that they've given a pilot commitment to an untitled half hour variety series from JASH's Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Tim and Eric, and Reggie Watts not long after announcing their partnership with the comedy collective earlier this month. The show will feature a different comedian host each week, with JASH's own Sarah Silverman hosting the pilot episode. From Xbox's release:

In this unique comedy format developed by Xbox Entertainment Studios with JASH (a comedy collective founded by Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Tim and Eric and Reggie Watts), the biggest names in comedy will showcase the people that make them laugh. Each week, a different comedian [...]

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 [...]

NBC Orders Casey Wilson-Ken Marino Comedy 'Marry Me' to Series

NBC has picked up its first new comedy from this year's batch of pilots. According to THR, the network has picked up Happy Endings creator David Caspe's pilot Marry Me starring Casey Wilson and Ken Marino as a couple "who get engaged but realize getting married is harder than it looks." Tim Meadows, Sarah Wright, John Gemberling, and Tymberlee Hill are also set to star in the series, with Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal) also set in a guest role. Marry Me joins Mr. Robinson, Tooken, and Working the Engels as NBC's newly added comedy pilots; for more on this year's crop of potential new shows, check out our [...]

Michael McKean Joins the Cast of 'Better Call Saul'

Deadline reports that legendary This Is Spinal Tap performer Michael McKean has joined the cast of the Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul centered on Bob Odenkirk's criminal lawyer character Saul Goodman. McKean will play a new character named Dr. Thurber, "a brilliant attorney who is now restricted by an unusual affliction." News of McKean's casting follows that of Breaking Bad alum Jonathan Banks reprising his role as Saul's private investigator Mike Ehrmantraut. The prequel is currently set to debut this November.

Jay Chandrasekhar to Write, Direct, and Star in Amazon Pilot 'Really'

Amazon has added another comedy pilot to its lineup. Deadline reports that Broken Lizard's Jay Chandrasekhar will write, direct, and star in the new single-cam comedy Really opposite Sarah Chalke. Rounding out the cast is Selma Blair, Luka Jones (Up All Night), Travis Schuldt (It's Always Sunny), Lindsay Sloane (Weeds, Kroll Show), Hayes Macarthur (Go On), and Collette Wolfe (Young Adult). Really follows a group of thirtysomething friends in Chicago led by Chandrasekhar as a "happily, messily married neurologist Jed" and Chalke as "lawyer/mom Lori." Really joins newly added Amazon comedies Mozart in the Jungle and Transparent as well as a recent series order for the Whit [...]

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 [...]

NBC Orders Cristin Milioti Comedy 'A to Z' to Series

NBC is continuing to load up on new comedies for the fall. The network has given a series order to A to Z, a sitcom starring Cristin Milioti (the titular mother from How I Met Your Mother) and Ben Feldman (Michael Ginsberg from Mad Men). The romantic-comedy series follows a couple who meet as a result of a tech glitch at the company where Feldman's character works. Ben Queen (Cars 2) created the show, and Henry Zebrowski, Christina Kirk, and Leonora Crichlow also star.

A to Z is the fourth new comedy NBC has picked up for the 2014-15 season, following Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (a.k.a. Tooken, created by Tina [...]

'The Hotwives of Orlando' Premieres on Hulu July 15th

Earlier this year it was announced that Paul Scheer was producing a reality show spoof The Hotwives of Orlando for Hulu starring Casey Wilson, Angela Kinsey, Kristen Schaal, Tymberlee Hill, Andrea Savage, and Danielle Schneider. Above is a new sneak peek from the show, which will premiere on Hulu July 15th. Click through to watch two more clips.

Starz Orders Two Seasons of 'Blunt Talk', a New Comedy Created by Jonathan Ames and Starring Patrick Stewart

Bored to Death creator Jonathan Ames is returning to TV with a new show. Pay cable network Starz has ordered 20 episodes of Blunt Talk, a new scripted comedy created by Ames (who will also serve as showrunner), produced by Seth MacFarlane, and starring Patrick Stewart. The 20 episodes will be split across two seasons, and the show will debut in 2015.

Blunt Talk will star Stewart as Walter Blunt, the British host of an American cable news show in which he gives advice on how Americans should live their lives, while dealing with a dysfunctional staff, network bosses, multiple ex-wives and children, and his British alcoholic manservant.

This [...]