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Here's How Eight Network Chiefs Would Solve the Industry's "Comedy Problem"

At TCA this month, The Hollywood Reporter surveyed 23 network chiefs about the industry, and when asked for solutions to television's current "comedy problem" they offered an interesting variety of responses. Here's what execs from NBC, FX, Netflix, HBO, Comedy Central, and more had to say:

The industry's comedy problem could be solved by:

CINDY HOLLAND (Netflix): Patience and trust that the audience will build over time.

SUSANNE DANIELS (MTV): Unleashing the traditional guidelines for developing and producing comedies. We over-note comedy people, and their ideas get watered down in the stew that's created by networks, agents and production companies.

MICHAEL LOMBARDO (HBO): Stop looking at focus [...]

Amazon to Stream 'Transparent' for Free This Saturday

If you're not an Amazon Prime member, you can still check out the streaming network's Golden Globe-winning original series Transparent this weekend. Amazon announced today that all ten episodes of Transparent's debut season will be available to view for free this Saturday, January 24th. According to Variety, the Jill Soloway-created series gained over 250% more viewers after winning two Golden Globes earlier this month and remains Amazon's most popular show on Prime Instant Video. Check out our breakdown of what made Transparent's first season so great here.

What's on TV This Week: 'The Nightly Show' Is Here

This week Comedy Central launches two new show — The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore and This is Not Happening. The Nightly Show has confirmed guests like John Leguizamo and the president's speechwriter-turned-TV writer Jon Lovett to sit on the show's discussion panel.  This is Not Happening is hosted by Ari Shaffir and features long-form storytelling from standups. Blake Shelton will host this week's SNL, and Sunday's Fox lineup is jam packed with new episodes from The Simpsons, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Family Guy, and Bob's Burgers.

In late night, The Late Late Show will be hosted by Jim Gaffigan and Judd Apatow, and guests include Sarah Silverman, Dave Koechner, Adam Sandler, [...]

Watch 'Broad City's Perfectly Executed NYC Subway Scene

Broad City premiered its second season on Comedy Central last night, and the episode opened with a brilliant scene following Abbi and Ilana as they navigate through the extremely uncomfortable wonderland known as a New York City subway train. If you live in New York or have ever visited only to spend long periods of time underground, this scene might hit a little too close to home. Thank goodness Comedy Central handed these two a season 3 renewal. Check out two more clips from the episode below:

'Community' Premieres on Yahoo March 17th

The return of Community on its new home at Yahoo is happening a little later than first expected. At TCA today, Yahoo revealed that the show's 13-episode sixth season is slated for a double-episode premiere on Tuesday, March 17th followed by a new episode released every Tuesday. Here's what Dan Harmon had to say when asked about the possibility of more seasons on Yahoo:

I'm definitely not writing it as if it's the end. I'm very naive about how the business actually works, these guys' contracts, scheduling, so I just stick with a very sixth grade mentality. And the mentality is this show has lived by the sword [...]

Chris Rock Guest Stars on Tonight's 'Eric Andre Show'

The latest season of Adult Swim's The Eric Andre Show has so far featured stars like Seth Rogen and Jimmy Kimmel and an episode takeover by Hannibal Buress, and tonight's new episode should be just as entertaining when guest Chris Rock joins Andre on the street for a new installment of "Bird Up!" The episode airs on Adult Swim tonight at 12:15am. Check out a preview clip via The Howard Stern Show below:

Get Empowered by Abbi Jacobson's Naked "Edge of Glory" Performance

What do you do when you have an apartment all to yourself and a thirst for some Lady Gaga hits? Just take a hint from Broad City's Abbi Jacobson: Get naked, blast "Edge of Glory," then soak up all the freedom and pleasure that arrives when your annoying roommate is nowhere to be found. Never stop dancing, Abbi.

It's Time to Rediscover 'Daria'

A couple years ago, I bought a Jane Lane T-shirt. If you don’t know who that is, you may recognize a picture of her. And I say that because every time I’ve gone out wearing the shirt, it’s rare I haven’t gotten a “Hey, nice shirt” (usually from twentysomething women with dyed hair), or at the very least a “That’s, uh…that’s Daria, right?” But that’s sort of how it goes with Daria, the series, in general. Over a decade out from its finale, it remains a recognizable pop culture reference point, popping up randomly in strange places, like that time when Katy Perry dressed up as Jane for [...]

Mike Myers Signs a Two-Year Overall Deal with HBO

Mike Myers is calling HBO home for the next two years. The pay network announced today that Myers has teamed up with HBO for a two-year overall talent deal, which "includes TV exclusivity and runs for two years." No Myers HBO projects have been revealed yet. "Mike Myers is one of the great comedy minds of this or any other era," HBO exec Michael Lombardo in a statement. "The opportunity to collaborate with a talent of his stature is tremendously exciting."

What's on TV This Week: The Final Seasons of 'Parks and Rec' and 'Kroll Show' Begin

What a week for TV! Monday kicks off the action with Kathy Griffin taking the reins of E!’s Fashion Police. The season five premiere marks the first episode without Griffin’s mentor, the late Joan Rivers. Tuesday the final seasons of Parks and Recreation and The Kroll Show premiere on their respected networks. Wednesday, Comedy Central premieres season two of Broad City and season five of Workaholics. On Thursday, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia premieres season ten followed by the new show Man Seeking Woman starring Jay Baruchel. And finally, Kevin Hart will host SNL on Saturday.

In late night, Adam Devine, Larry David, and Johnny Beehner will be on Letterman, [...]

Learn What It's Like to Be the Voice of Comedy Central with Kyle Kinane

Kyle Kinane doesn't just have a new Comedy Central standup special airing tomorrow — he also happens to be the official voice of the network, offering up his unique "Kinane Technique" to CC's many promos. In the above clip, Kinane shares some tricks of the trade, from his special coffee/gin drink mix to the maybe-illegal South American throat lubricants that keep his voice in peak shape, Wednesdays be damned.

Watch Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland Say Goodbye to New York

Here's a clip from last night's episode of Kroll Show featuring Kroll and John Mulaney as aging New Yorkers Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland, who decide to leave New York City and take their prank show on the road after getting evicted from their shared apartment. "The power went out a few years ago, and people didn't even steal VCRs and kill each other … so screw off, New York!"

NBC’s Journey and Ultimate Failure to Find the Next 'Friends'

For the past few years it’s been nearly impossible to flip through the channels without stumbling upon a number of the Friends clones that have come and gone. Shows like Perfect Couples, Friends with Benefits, Partners, Friends With Better Lives, Some of My Best Friends, Undateable, and a wealth of other shows with generic titles that have failed to make a name for themselves (as well as other legitimate contenders for the “throne” such as Happy Endings or How I Met Your Mother). Now, with Friends recently added to the Netflix pantheon, and with Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc being as hot as ever (well maybe that’s not true) with [...]

The CW's 'Jane the Virgin' Is Now on Hulu

CW's freshman comedy Jane the Virgin took home a surprise and history-making win at the Golden Globes last weekend, and in case you missed them the first time around, Hulu has added all nine episodes that have aired on television so far to its streaming site. The first season still has three more episodes to go and there's already a second season in the works, so get hooked now before its hits the big time.

UPDATE: Hulu currently doesn't have episodes 5-7 of the series, but it will continue to host the five most recently aired Jane the Virgin episodes including reruns.