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NBC Orders Tennis Comedy Pilot from Rob Lowe

Not to be outdone by Rashida Jones's recent pilot order and casting in Steve Carell's TBS show, Parks and Rec's Rob Lowe has also gotten a pilot picked up by NBC. According to Deadline, Lowe is starring and executive producing the single-camera pilot called The Pro, which centers on "former tennis doubles champion 'Big Ben' Bertrahm, whose career flame-out and misguided investments have left him working as the pro at a tennis and gold club, where he tries to hustle and charm his way back into America's 1%." The pilot previously had a production commitment with the network with Larry Sanders Show/King of the Hill [...]

ABC Orders Laurence Fishburne-Produced Comedy Pilot Starring Anthony Anderson

It's a good day for Cowboy Curtis fans. Deadline reports that ABC has ordered a pilot produced by Laurence Fishburne's Cinema Gypsy Productions called Black-ish. Starring Anthony Anderson — who costarred on the Jimmy Fallon-produced NBC show Guys With Kids last year — the half-hour single-cam show follows "an upper-middle class black man who struggles to raise his children with some sense of cultural identity despite constant contradictions and obstacles coming from his liberal wife, old-school father, and his own assimilated, color-blind kids." Kenya Barris (The Game, America's Next Top Model) will write the script and also serve as an executive producer. It's rumored that Fishburne [...]

Michael Cera and John Hawkes to Star in Charlie Kaufman's FX Comedy Pilot

Charlie Kaufman is working on a new project for TV and has some interesting names attached. According to Variety, Michael Cera and John Hawkes are both set to star in How and Why, a half-hour comedy pilot for FX that "revolves around a brilliant man who understands nuclear physics but is clueless about how life works." The pilot will be filmed sometime this spring, and Kaufman will produce with his Eternal Sunshine collaborator Anthony Bregman.

Kaufman's had a few recent projects that didn't didn't come to onscreen fruition, including an HBO comedy starring Catherine Keener and Frank or Francis, a feature film starring Jack Black, Elizabeth [...]

Here's the Pilot for a Rejected FX Talk Show Produced by Funny Or Die and Hosted by One of The Birthday Boys

Over the weekend, this pilot for a late night show on the FX network leaked online. Called What's Going On?, the pilot was produced by Funny Or Die in 2011, and it's hosted by comedian Mike Mitchell, a member of the sketch group The Birthday Boys who now have their own show on IFC. A live show at LA's UCB Theatre before becoming a TV pilot, What's Going On? has an interesting premise that makes it funnier and more interesting than the average late night show: Mitchell doesn't know anything about the show and everything (guests, jokes, character bits, etc.) is a surprise to him planned by the writers/producers.

South African Comedian Trevor Noah Sells Sitcom Pilot to Fox

South African comedian Trevor Noah has sold a sitcom pilot to Fox based on his life growing up in South Africa with a white Swiss father and black South African mother. Deadline reports that the show will be written by Modern Family and Goodwin Games writer Sameer Gardezi and be produced by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith production company Overbrook Entertainment.

Noah is a massively popular standup in Africa, selling more DVDs than any other standup. He's been presented by Eddie Izzard around the world, and he's appeared in the US on both The Tonight Show and The Late Show. Here's what Noah has to say about his career plans in the US when Splitsider [...]

HBO Passes on Sarah Silverman/Lorne Michaels Comedy

Back in October, it was announced that HBO had added what seemed like a surefire pilot with People In New Jersey, a half-hour series starring Sarah Silverman and Topher Grace, directed by Bridesmaids' Paul Feig, produced by Lorne Michaels, and created/written by Girls/Six Feet Under writer Eric Kaplan. Though the specifics of the network's decision is unclear, Deadline reports that HBO has "decided not to go forward" with the pilot, though they are redeveloping another Michaels-produced comedy created by and starring Fallon writers Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin. Sadly, it looks like we'll have to wait a little longer until Silverman finds her next regular starring [...]

NBC Orders 3 Pilots from Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, Dan Mazer, and J.J. Philbin

NBC has ordered three more pilots including one from McKay and Ferrell's Gary Sanchez Productions, Deadline reports. The first pilot Love Is Relative is a multi-camera comedy written by Borat/Bruno co-writer Dan Mazer and co-produced by Tom Werner about "a wife and husband who begin to see their marriage in a whole new way after her newly divorced brother moves in."

The second pilot, titled Ellen More Or Less, is a single-camera show written by J.J. Philbin and produced by Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood) that follows "an average-size woman who, after losing 100 pounds, begins reinventing herself in life and love." Loosely based on the [...]

Zach Galifianakis to Star in Louis C.K.'s New FX Pilot

It's only been a little over a month since Louis C.K. signed a multi-year development deal with FX to create and produce new shows, but it looks like he already has another hit series lined up for the network. At TCA today, FX announced that C.K. has landed a pilot order for an untitled project starring and co-written with Zach Galifanakis. Details on the show's plot are slim right now, but chances are it will get picked up to series and be amazing.

Although both C.K. and Galifianakis both started doing comedy around the same time and had major career breakthroughs in 2009, this is the [...]

Rob Corddry and Dwayne Johnson to Star in HBO Pilot 'Ballers'

Rob Corddry and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson are set to star in the upcoming HBO dramedy pilot Ballers, which will be executive produced by Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, and Steve Levinson. Corddry will play "former all-pro running back Spencer's (Johnson) boss, a financial advisor who tries really hard to fit in and who is confident but clueless at interpreting social clues." Thankfully Ballers won't conflict with Corddry's work on his show Children's Hospital, but it will conflict with the upcoming Kevin Hart/LeBron James movie Ballers in Google search results everywhere. Which Ballers will win?

Comedy Central Buys Pilot from Nick Turner and Lee Rubenstein

Comedy Central has bought a pilot from Nick Turner and Lee Rubenstein. The single camera show, Crazy House, follows "two friends who, after accidentally sending their boss into a coma via an office prank, successfully plead insanity and are sentenced to an asylum."

Turner, who was featured on our list of up-and-coming comics, has been seen on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show, and is cast member on Best Week Ever. Rubenstein is a contributor to "Weekend Update" and is a performer at UCB in Los Angeles.

Rashida Jones to Star in Steve and Nancy Carell's TBS Pilot 'Tribeca'

Karen and Michael reunion alert! THR reports that Parks and Rec's Rashida Jones has been cast as the lead in Steve and Nancy Carell's TBS comedy pilot Tribeca. The pilot is "a single-camera satirical look at a police procedural anchored by Angie Tribeca (Jones), a 10-year veteran of the LAPD's elite RHCU — Really Heinous Crimes Unit." Jones's character is described as "a lone wolf who is capable, committed, strong and not thrilled when she's told she has to work with a partner. A cut-to-the-chase girl who speaks her mind, she treads where many fear to venture." Jones will begin filming the pilot in February [...]

Comedy Central Orders Victorian-Era Pilot Created by and Starring Natasha Leggero

It's a good week for new Comedy Central shows, especially now with the news of their most recent pilot order from Ben Stiller's production company Red Hour created by and starring Burning Love staple and Tubbin' with Tash star Natasha Leggero. According to Deadline, Leggero will star with Garfunkel and Oates' Riki Lindhome in the Victorian-era reality show spoof Another Period that "follows the misadventures of Newport’s first family, The Bellacourts, a family with nothing to offer the world, but who have so much money that it doesn’t matter. The show centers around the oldest Bellacourt sisters, Lillian (Leggero) and Beatrice (Lindhome), who care only about how [...]

Watch the Pilot for 'Timms Valley,' the Stop-Motion Baby Doll Series IFC Inexplicably Passed On

This pilot for the failed IFC series Timms Valley is what would happen if you combined The Spoils of Babylon, Team America: World Police, and SNL's baby toupee sketch, so in another words it's an amazing watch. Written and directed by Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the upcoming Belushi biopic), Timms Valley features the voices of Hank Azaria, Maria Bamford, Elizabeth Banks, Giancarlo Esposito, Kathryn Hahn, Nick Kroll, Matt Levin, John Lithgow, Kumail Nanjiani, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, and Seann William Scott as a cast of stop-motion baby dolls dealing with some very adult situations. [via The Comic's Comic]

Rob Huebel Will Star in IFC Pilot 'American Storage'

Childrens Hospital's Rob Huebel will star in a new IFC comedy pilot called American Storage, Deadline reports. Based on a 2006 short film starring Steve Carell and David Krumholtz, American Storage follows "the unlikely friendship between a straight-laced employee (newcomer John Karna) at a storage facility and Kurt (Huebel), the eccentric man he discovers living in one of the units like it was an apartment. Kurt steals Internet from next door, pays the lowest rent you could imagine, and basically thinks he’s got life figured out. He’s charming and interesting, and might be a genius or crazy." That last line is basically the perfect description of every television [...]