Splitsider

 

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 — [...]

Paul F. Tompkins Cast in ABC Pilot with Molly Shannon

Paul F. Tompkins and Molly Shannon are on track to becoming network comedy's coolest new couple. According to THR, Tompkins has been cast to star opposite Shannon in the untitled single-camera ABC comedy created by Happy Endings writer Brian Gallivan formerly called Bambi Cottages. Tompkins will play an overworked father who moves with his wife and six kids from the city to New Hampshire to run a group of tourist cottages. Here are some more details on Tompkins's character:

Tompkins will play the charming and likable Teddy, who describes himself as a dreamer — and there's little that can quash Teddy's child-like optimism and lively spirit. He [...]

TBS Orders a Pilot Starring Jimmy Pardo, Produced by Conan O'Brien

Standup Jimmy Pardo is getting his very own TBS pilot. The cable network has ordered a pilot presentation for The Weekly Awards, a clip show hosted by Pardo that will find him going over the week's big events and handing out awards while wearing a tux. Conan O'Brien is producing the pilot via his production company Conaco. The pilot is taping next month, and you can get tickets here.

Pardo, who is the host of the popular podcast Never Not Funny, has been serving as the opening act for tapings of Conan O'Brien's talk show for years and occasionally appears on camera. He filled in for Andy [...]

Rob Riggle to Star Opposite Rob Lowe in 'The Pro' NBC Pilot

Rob Lowe's NBC tennis comedy pilot The Pro is beginning to round out its cast. THR reports that Rob Riggle has signed on to star opposite Lowe as Bobby Welch, the former doubles champion opposite Ben Bertram (Lowe) who reunites with his partner "after a public feud that left them both floundering in life." More info on Riggle's character:

Riggle's Bobby comes to the tennis and golf shop as the new head pro — much to Ben's chagrin. Following their split, Bobby went on to have an illustrious career and brags about his lifestyle. However, now he's dirt poor and living in a youth hostel and the [...]

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.

Cristela Alonzo's Semi-Autobiographical Comedy Lands Pilot Presentation at ABC

Standup Cristela Alonzo — who got a Comedy Central half-hour special last year — has been given a pilot presentation for a semi-autobiographical multi-cam comedy she created and stars in. According to Deadline, Cristela follows the standup as "an American Latina straddling cultures while not fully belonging to either. Cristela, in her sixth year of law school and living rent-free with her sister and brother-in-law, hopes to land a prestigious law firm internship as her mother hectors her about getting a real job, her brother-in-law encourages her to move out and her sister runs low on patience." The show is co-written by Alonzo and Kevin Hench and [...]

Cristin Milioti Joins Rashida Jones's NBC Pilot 'A to Z'

Rashida Jones and Will McCormack's romantic comedy pilot is beginning to round out its cast. EW has confirmed that Cristin Milioti, who plays the titular character on CBS's How I Met Your Mother, has signed on to play one of the two lead roles in the single-cam pilot A to Z. Milioti will play Zelda, "a lawyer at a small public-advocacy firm who is known for her 'realist' outlook on life … Alternately serious and hilarious, Zelda loves being a grown-up and doesn’t understand why anyone over 20 would go see an animated movie or eat ice cream sundaes. Destiny and fate are not in her vocabulary; [...]

Jay Baruchel Is Starring in Simon Rich's FX Pilot, Produced by Lorne Michaels

Undeclared and This Is the End star Jay Baruchel has been cast as the lead in an FX pilot created by former Saturday Night Live writer Simon Rich and executive produced by Lorne Michaels, THR reports. Based on Rich's book, The Last Girlfriend on Earth, the half-hour comedy follows as a guy who's reentering the frightening dating scene after being dumped. If the show gets picked up, this will be Baruchel's first TV job since the short-lived 2006 courtroom drama Just Legal, which he starred in with Don Johnson.

Rich will serve as showrunner if the Last Girlfriend on Earth pilot gets picked up. Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia) [...]

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 [...]

Parker Posey and Eugene Mirman Cast in Comedy Central's 'Crazy House'

The cast of Nick Turner and Lee Rubenstein's Comedy Central pilot Crazy House is beginning to take shape with some great names, Variety reports. Parker Posey has signed on to appear in the pilot as Dr. Krimmens, the head of the mental hospital where the two main characters are staying due to a plead of insanity after accidentally sending their landlord into a coma. If the pilot gets picked up to series, Posey's part could possibly become a regular character as well.

In addition to Posey, Eugene Mirman, Johnny Pemberton, Erik Charles Nielsen, Demorge Brown, Joe Urla, Kate Berlant, Jay Oakerson, and Lindsay Ames recently joined the [...]

Rita Moreno Joins Amy Poehler's NBC Pilot 'Old Soul'

Recent SAG lifetime achievement recipient and EGOT winner Rita Moreno has joined Amy Poehler's NBC pilot Old Soul. According to Deadline, Moreno will star opposite Natasha Lyonne as one of her elderly clients in the tailor-made role of Rita, "a flamboyant, larger-than-life Broadway vet who has been happily married to her writing partner/husband for over 50 years." David Wain is also signed on to direct the Old Soul pilot, which is the first project to get a pilot order from Amy Poehler's 3-year development deal with NBC. To catch up on the rest of pilot season, check out a complete breakdown here.