Comedy Central has picked up Checked Out, a pilot created by Workaholics executive producer Craig DiGregorio that will star Dominic Dierkes (Mystery Team) and Sean Clements. Deadline reports that Dierkes and Clements will play cousins "trying to manage a youth hostel without fully understanding youth, managing, hostels, or how people normally behave."
Instead of pitching the show to the network, DiGregorio shot an pilot presentation with Dierkes and Clements to show Comedy Central, and snuck in a cameo from Billy Zane, who is in talks to reprise his part in the Comedy Central pilot. Dierkes and Clements, who both write for Workaholics, perform improv together at the UCB Theatre LA show, Shitty [...]
NBC has bought the rights to a Welcome To Sweden, a sitcom produced by Amy Poehler and her brother Greg. The show, which was the first English-language series commissioned by Sweden’s TV4, is about an American accountant who falls in love with a Swedish woman and follows her back to Stockholm. Greg Poehler makes his acting debut in the series, which will be filmed in Sweden, New York and Los Angeles, and include cameos from Amy Poehler and others like Will Ferrell, Aubrey Plaza and Gene Simmons. There's no word yet on when it'll air.
Former Saturday Night Live star Will Forte has sold a pilot to Fox, according to Deadline. Forte is currently set to write and executive produce The Last Man On Earth, a single-camera show about "two strangers who must overcome their differences and work together to ensure the survival of the human race." There's no word yet on whether he'll appear on the show. He'll be producing it alongside Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who it was announced yesterday had sold another pilot to Fox with producer Johnny Depp.
Rashida Jones and her producing partner Will McCormack have landed a pilot deal with NBC, according to Deadline. The show, a single-camera romantic comedy called A To Z, will follow "a relationship between a young couple, comprehensively, from meeting to breakup, over the course of a season," and will be written by Cars 2 screenwriter Ben Queen. There's no word yet on whether Jones and McCormack are planning to act in the series.
The duo already have another pilot deal over at Fox, while Jones also has plans to produce a show for the CW. Queen also has another pilot this season, an adaptation of the comic [...]
Irish comedian Dylan Moran has signed a deal with ABC to create and star in his own pilot, Deadline reports. It's Moran's first time working in American television, having co-created and starred in the beloved British sitcom Black Books. Moran also appeared in Shaun of the Dead and Run Fatboy Run, and he is returning for another tour of the US this October. There's no information yet about the show, but if his past work is any indication, it's likely to include a smoking, drinking, sardonic Irishman. His charming conversation with Craig Ferguson from this summer is below.