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'The Cosmopolitans,' 'Really,' and 'Red Oaks' to Premiere on Amazon August 28th

Variety reports that Amazon just announced the premiere date for its next batch of pilots up for consideration. Out of the next five series slated to premiere on the streaming network later this month on August 28th are half-hour comedies The Cosmopolitans, Really, and Red Oaks. Here's an overview of what you can expect from each series:

  • The Cosmopolitans: Written, directed, and produced by Whit Stillman, The Cosmopolitans follows "a group of young American expatriates in Paris searching for love and friendship in a foreign city." The pilot stars Adam Brody, Chloë Sevigny, Carrie MacLemore, Dree Hemingway, Freddy Åsblom, Shaun Evans, and Adriano Giannini.
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'Community's Ken Jeong to Play Himself in MTV Comedy Pilot

Community favorite Ken Jeong is about to star in his own show. THR reports that Jeong has been cast in an in-the-works coming-of-age comedy pilot for MTV now titled Ken Jeong Made Me Do It. Jeong will play himself in the show, which centers on a 22-year-old named Andy, "who, after catching his girlfriend cheating, accidentally rear-ends Jeong's fancy car. Taking pity on Andy, Jeong takes it upon himself to teach him how to man up." The project — co-written and produced by Arrested Development's Andy St. Clair and Paul O'Toole — will thankfully not get in the way of Jeong's return to Community on Yahoo Screen [...]

Showtime Orders 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Pilot from Aline Brosh McKenna and Rachel Bloom

In a press release, Showtime announced today that they've given a pilot order to a half-hour comedy with a musical slant called Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-created, executive produced, and written by Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada) and Rachel Bloom, a comedian/actress/writer on Robot Chicken and creator of many hit musical comedy web videos. The show follows Bloom's character Rebecca, "a successful, driven, and possibly crazy young woman who impulsively gives up everything – her partnership at a prestigious law firm and her upscale apartment in Manhattan – in a desperate attempt to find love and happiness in that exotic hotbed of romance and adventure: West Covina, [...]

Comedy Central Orders a 'BriTANick' Pilot

Comedy Central is teaming up with online sketch duo BriTANick to create a new show. THR reports that the cable network has ordered a pilot created by and starring BriTANick's Nick Kocher and Brian McElhaney, much in the same way they recently developed the web series Broad City into a TV show.

The pilot will star Kocher and McElhaney as a pair of fictional best friends who get into silly adventures based on their own real experiences. In the episode, "Nick fakes his own death to get out of a relationship as Brian tries to buy his way back into one."

Nick Kocher and McElhaney formed the group BriTANick in 2008 after graduating [...]

Rachel Dratch Joins Jane Krakowski Fox Pilot 'Dead Boss'

Awesome cast alert: Rachel Dratch — who was originally cast in the role that Jane Krakowski landed on 30 Rock — has been added as a series regular on Fox's Sharon Horgan series adaptation Dead Boss, Deadline reports. Dratch will play Christine, "Helen's (Krakowski) cellmate, a sunny but emotionally needy arsonist who will help Helen out of anything, except prison." Knowing Dratch's absurd bit parts on 30 Rock — from the cat lady to Blue Dude — this sounds like the perfect role for her. The SNL alum's most recent role was on Comedy Central's Broad City as Ilana's clueless temp agency boss Linda Lodi.

A Chris Hardwick-Produced Weekly Magic Variety Show Might Be Coming to Comedy Central

Comedy Central might be getting a comedy/variety/magic show. According to Deadline, the network has given a pilot order to Sleight of Mouth, a weekly show produced by Chris Hardwick and hosted by comedian/magician Justin Willman that will fuse magic, sketch comedy, and @midnight-style social media interaction. Each week, Willman — who has appeared on The Tonight Show, Ellen, Chelsea Lately, and more — will "tackle a thought-provoking topic with sketches, social experiments, guest comedians, and interactive content." Click through to watch Willman appear on The Tonight Show back in December.

'Boondocks' Creator Aaron McGruder to Create New Pilot 'Hooligan Squad' for Adult Swim

Aaron McGruder, creator of the comic strip-turned-Peabody Award-winning Adult Swim series The Boondocks, has signed a new first-look deal with Adult Swim to create and develop new shows for the cable network. His first project under the deal is a live-action adventure pilot he's writing called Hooligan Squad that is set in the future in Japanese-occupied San Francisco, following an American insurgency. McGruder has another live action Adult Swim show he created, Black Jesus, which is set to start airing this August. The Boondocks ended its four-season run on Adult Swim earlier this summer, with McGruder having left the show after its third season.

Cameron Crowe Is Developing a Roadie Comedy for Showtime

Cameron Crowe is about to give TV comedy a try. According to Nikki Finke, the Almost Famous writer/director is currently working on an ensemble comedy set at a U.S. rock tour called Roadies. While no other details on the pilot have been revealed, Crowe will reportedly direct it before the end of the year, when his latest untitled romantic comedy starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, and Bill Murray will be released in theaters.

Watch the Pilot of Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair's 'Playing House'

Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair's new USA series Playing House doesn't premiere until April 29th, but you can get a head start on the show by watching the pilot episode over at USA's website. The series follows an expectant mother (Parham) in the middle of a divorce and her best friend (St. Clair), who gives up her career to help raise the baby. Supporting cast includes The Office's Zach Woods and Key and Peele's Keegan-Michael Key. Click here to watch the pilot.

Amy Sedaris Joins Jane Krakowski Fox Comedy 'Dead Boss'

The Fox comedy pilot Dead Boss has added another hilarious lady to its cast. Following news of 30 Rock's Jane Krakowski landing the starring role in the BBC3 adaptation, THR reports that Amy Sedaris has also joined the cast as Mary, described as "one of Helen's (Krakowski) nosy, fault-finding co-workers and the gatekeeper to their boss. She secretly loves the man and openly hates Helen." Dead Boss follows Krakowski's character after she's wrongly convicted of murdering her boss, so it should be fun to see Sedaris in somewhat of a villainous role. Sedaris's most recent onscreen credits include The Heart, She Holler, Raising Hope, Alpha House, and [...]

Ron Livingston to Star in AMC's 'We Hate Paul Revere' Comedy Pilot

It's been over a year and a half since AMC announced that they were working on a Colonial Boston-themed comedy pilot by Whitney writer/producers Adrian Wenner and Ethan Sandler called We Hate Paul Revere, but today The Wrap reports that the network has finally signed on a star to play the titular role. Office Space's Ron Livingston has officially been cast to play Paul Revere in the show, while SNL, Funny or Die, and The Spoils of Babylon's Matt Piedmont will direct. Director/producer Troy Miller — who has worked on Arrested Development, Flight of the Conchords, Parks and Rec, and The Office — will also work as [...]

Amazon Adds Comedy Pilot 'Red Oaks' from Steven Soderbergh

Amazon Studios has added another comedy pilot to its lineup for pickup consideration later this year. According to Variety, the online network has added an '80s-set coming-of-age comedy called Red Oaks starring Craig Roberts (Submarine, Neighbors) as a college student who lands a summer job as an assistant tennis pro at a suburban New Jersey country club. Paul Reiser, Richard Kind, Jennifer Grey, and Oliver Cooper also star in the pilot, which is executive produced by Steven Soderbergh, directed by Pineapple Express and Eastbound and Down's David Gordon Green, and written by Gregory Jacobs and Joe Gangemi. Red Oaks joins Whit Stillman's The Cosmopolitans as one of [...]

Jerrod Carmichael Gets a Second Pilot at NBC

Back in December it was announced that NBC was developing a pilot with standup Jerrod Carmichael, and while the presentation just missed the cut for pickup, Deadline reports that the network is giving Carmichael another shot with a brand new pilot. NBC is "eyeing a quick turnaround" for the project, though no details have been released on it yet. This news joins Carmichael's most recent projects that include appearing in Seth Rogen's Neighbors and taping his hourlong HBO standup special directed by Spike Lee, which will air on the network sometime this fall.

'Happy Endings' Alums Land Comedy Central Pilot Order

According to THR, David Caspe has landed yet another pilot order, this time on Comedy Central. Caspe has reunited with Happy Endings alums Matthew and Daniel Libman for a single-cam pilot called Duty starring Gil Ozeri, who most recently appeared on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. According to the report, Duty follows "Kyle, a former football star who loses everything and is forced to start anew by moving back to his hometown and taking a job on the local police force opposite his childhood best friend, Lonnie (Ozeri)." Mike O'Gorman (The Awesomes, Ugly Americans) will play Kyle while newcomer Laura Steinel will play Kyle's former flame Jamie. The Libman brothers — [...]