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FX Orders a Pilot Created by and Starring Donald Glover

Community alum Donald Glover might be making a big return to television. Deadline reports that FX has given a pilot order to a comedy created by and starring Glover called Atlanta, which will follow "two cousins on their way up through the Atlanta rap scene whose opposing views on art versus commerce, success and race will make their quest anything but easy." In addition to serving as an executive producer on the pilot, Glover will also star as "Earnest 'Earn' Marks," a "college drop-out who reconnects with his long buried ambition and sets out to seize the life he imagined for himself when his estranged cousin becomes a [...]

AMC Passes On Its First Comedy Pilot 'We Hate Paul Revere'

AMC has been developing its very first comedy pilot We Hate Paul Revere since way back in 2012, but it wasn't until this past summer when it began picking up pace with attached cast members Scott Adsit and Ron Livingston with SNL/Funny or Die/Spoils of Babylon director Matt Piedmont also attached to direct. Sadly, THR reports that AMC has decided to pass on the project, presumably to focus on original scripted drama now that Breaking Bad has ended and Mad Men will conclude its run next year. AMC has a bunch of comedies currently in development as well as a TV adaptation of [...]

Steve Coogan Cast in Philip Seymour Hoffman's Role in Showtime Pilot 'Happyish'

Back in January, Showtime ordered a new comedy pilot starring Philip Seymour Hoffman called Happyish centered on a man named Thom Payne who "is struggling with his new bosses being half his age and is having to choose between his antidepressants and his ED pills." While the pilot's future had been uncertain following Hoffman's death a month later, the network revealed today that Steve Coogan has been officially cast in the role. Here's the updated description for the pilot:

Coogan will star in the lead role of Thom Payne, a 44 year-old man whose world is thrown into disarray when his 25 year-old “wunderkind” boss arrives, saying things [...]

John Swartzwelder's Failed 1996 Pilot 'Pistol Pete' Is Now Online

After years of being nothing more than a "near-mythical pilot" from the great Simpsons writer John Swartzwelder, the 1996 pilot episode of his unsold show Pistol Pete has been recently uploaded to YouTube. Starring Brian Doyle-Murray and Steve Kearney, Pistol Pete is set in an Old West town and is worth the view for the opening alone. For more on Pistol Pete, check out a great in-depth analysis over on Antenna Free TV. (via The A.V. Club)

Scott Adsit to Play Sam Adams in AMC Pilot 'We Hate Paul Revere'

Former 30 Rock and Second City star Scott Adsit has a new television role lined up. Deadline reports that Adsit has been cast in AMC's in-the-works comedy pilot called We Hate Paul Revere, which follows two anti-Revere brothers in Colonial Boston. Ron Livingston was cast as Revere last month, while Adsit will play Founding Father Sam Adams. We Hate Paul Revere will be directed by SNL, Funny or Die, and The Spoils of Babylon's Matt Piedmont.

Luke Wilson and More Join Cameron Crowe's Showtime Pilot 'Roadies'

Back in June it was announced that Cameron Crowe was developing a roadie comedy for Showtime, and today THR reports that the project has set its leading stars. The pilot will follow "the day-to-day life of a successful rock tour as seen through the crew members who get the show on the road" and star Luke Wilson as the sober and "sleep-deprived" tour manager Bill, Imogen Poots as electrical tech Kelly Ann, Keisha Castle-Hughes as the "outspoken and passionate" sound mixer Donna Mancini, Peter Cambor as "offbeat American anglophile guitar tech" Milo, and Rafe Spall as a British financial adviser named Reg Whitehead who "knows less than [...]

Amazon Studios Adds Another Round of Original Pilots

Amazon Studios announced a batch of seven new pilots that will be up for consideration in early 2015, and much like its most recent hit Transparent, there's a mix of comedy and drama in a few of them. Like the last few rounds of pilots, Amazon will post the episodes for free and pick up series based on viewer comments and feedback. "Our first pilot season of 2015 brings some of the greatest storytellers in the business to Amazon customers with works of novelty and passion. We’re very excited by these shows and look forward to getting customers’ reactions next year," Amazon Studios VP Roy Price said [...]

Nick Stoller and the 'Allen Gregory' Co-Creators Land a Pilot at Fox

The minds behind the short-lived Fox animated series Allen Gregory just landed a new pilot on the same network. Deadline reports that Fox has given a put pilot commitment to a single-cam comedy by Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul called The Grinder with Neighbors director Nick Stoller on board as an executive producer and possible director. No cast has been revealed and plot details are slim aside from the hint that the show "revolves around two brothers." Mogel and Paul also co-wrote the 2008 Jim Carrey film Yes Man together with Stoller and were also tapped to pen the in-the-works Bruce Almighty sequel back in 2012.

Watch Amazon's Three New Comedy Pilots

Amazon has released its next batch of pilots up for consideration on Amazon Instant Video today, including three comedies from Whit Stillman, Jay Chandrasekhar, and Steven Soderberg. Here's a description of each show:

  • 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.
  • Really: Written, directed, and starring Broken Lizard's Jay Chandrasekhar, Really follows a group of thirtysomething friends in Chicago led by Chandrasekhar as a "happily, messily married neurologist Jed" [...]

ABC Is Developing an Astronaut Comedy Based on Chris Hadfield's Memoir

Astronaut and internet star Chris Hadfield's memoir An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth is getting the sitcom treatment. Deadline reports that ABC has given a pilot production commitment to the project, which will be a multi-cam family comedy from Surviving Jack co-creators Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker. The show will follow an astronaut "who is back from space and finds that re-entering domestic life might be the hardest mission he's ever faced." Hadfield is also onboard to work as a consulting producer on the series.

If An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth gets picked up to series, it won't be the only astronaut-themed comedy on [...]

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's AMC 'Preacher' Adaptation Gets a Pilot Order

Back in February it was announced that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were developing a television adaptation of the '90s Garth Ennis comics series Preacher for AMC, and today Variety reports that the project has landed a pilot order. "Preacher has been our favorite comic since it first came out," said Rogen and Goldberg in a statement. "Garth Ennis is one of our idols and it's an incredible honor to be working on this. We promise we won’t make too many dick jokes and ruin it." In addition to writing the script, Rogen and Goldberg will also direct the pilot and serve as co-executive producers alongside former [...]

NBC Orders a Multi-Cam Pilot Starring Jerrod Carmichael

NBC has been developing a comedy from standup Jerrod Carmichael for almost a year, and THR reports that they've handed him a third pilot order for the project. Written by Carmichael and Nick Stoller (Sex Tape, Undeclared, director of Neighbors), the untitled multi-cam pilot is inspired by Carmichael's life and standup. The current version has been extensively reworked since its first and second incarnations in December and June, though no more plot details have been revealed yet. Aside from writing and starring in the pilot, Carmichael will also serve as a co-executive producer on the project alongside Stoller.

FX Orders a Pilot from the 'It's Always Sunny' Guys Starring Bill Burr

Bill Burr might be FX's next comedy star. Deadline reports that the network has ordered a comedy pilot starring Burr called Pariah. Co-created by It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia writing/producing team John and Dave Chernin, Pariah follows "a volatile TV personality Joe Abbott (Burr) who, after an on-air meltdown, is exiled from show business and forced to navigate society as a man with no apparent skills." Always Sunny's Rob McElhenney is also on board to direct the pilot and serve as co-executive producer alongside Burr, Charlie Day, and Glenn Howerton. Other comedy projects currently in the works at FX and FXX include The Comedians, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, [...]

Comedy Central Orders an Animated Pilot from @DadBoner

Another Twitter feed might get the TV show treatment. Deadline reports that Comedy Central has ordered a pilot from longtime Simpsons writer Tim Long and Mike Burns, who is the mind behind Karl Welzein AKA @DadBoner. Here's the full description of the series, which is based on the @DadBoner Twitter feed and corresponding book Power Moves: Livin' the American Dream, USA Style:

The @DadBoner feed is penned by Karl Welzein, a fictional middle-aged Michigan man separated from his wife who loves Bob Seger … On the show, Karl Welzein has developed his own philosophy of life, indulging in dangerously generous helpings of booze, fast food, and [...]