A 'Punk'd' Revival Is in the Works at BET

Ashton Kutcher's MTV prank show Punk'd is heading back to television. According to THR, BET is reviving the series for a new version "tailored for the BET audience" that will feature a "behind-the-scenes look at how the celebrity pranks are conceptualized and carried through." No host has been announced yet. The original series ran on MTV from 2003-2007 and was briefly revived for a ninth season in 2012. Punk'd joins Celebrity Deathmatch as the latest MTV series set for a TV reboot.

Watch 'Inside Amy Schumer's Perfect 'Friday Night Lights' Parody

Season 3 of Inside Amy Schumer premiered on Comedy Central last night, and if the above Friday Night Lights parody is any indication, we can expect another fantastic season from Schumer and crew. In the sketch, guest star Josh Charles — who appeared last season in the Sorkin parody "The Foodroom" — joins Schumer for some spot-on small town football drama, and the rest is better seen than explained. Like "A Very Realistic Military Game," "Football Town Nights" is proof that, in the hands of talented writers and performers, serious issues like sexism and rape culture can turn into comedy gold.

Showtime's 'Inside Comedy' Returns on May 5th with Conan O'Brien, Jon Stewart, and More

David Steinberg and Steve Carell's Showtime documentary series Inside Comedy just got a premiere date. The pay network announced today that Inside Comedy's six-episode fourth season is set to debut on Tuesday, May 5th at 11:00pm. In addition to previously announced guests Stephen Colbert, Michael Keaton, Bryan Cranston, Dan Aykroyd, Wanda Sykes, Ted Danson, and Carol Leifer, Steinberg will also interview comedy stars Conan O'Brien, Jeffrey Tambor, Jon Stewart, Dane Cook, and Cheech & Chong.

What's on TV This Week: Showtime Debuts 'Knock Knock, It's Tig Notaro'

This week Sundance is back on Tuesday with another Behind the Story with the Paley Center, and this time the show gives an inside look at the creation of The Mindy Project. Friday it's a must watch evening of television. ABC has a big finale night with Last Man Standing ending season four, and Cristela wrapping season one, and Showtime premieres, Knock Knock, It's Tig Notaro.

In late night, Chris D'Elia and David O'Doherty are on Conan, Billy Crystal and Tom Dreesen stop by Letterman while Tim Allen and Jamie Foxx visit Kimmel. The Late Late Show with James Corden has Erin and Sara Foster, Grace Helbig, and Nick Kroll.


Brian Grazer Says 17 More 'Arrested Development' Episodes Are Headed to Neflix

Get ready for more Arrested Development. In a new interview with Bill Simmons, series co-executive producer Brian Grazer revealed today that 17 more episodes of the show are headed to Netfix soon: "We're gonna do another 17 episodes. So, stay tuned for Arrested Development.” Netflix has not yet confirmed the news, but you can watch Grazer's announcement below (starts around 24:20):

Here's the Star-Studded Trailer for Season 3 of IFC's 'Maron'

Marc Maron returns to IFC next month for a brand new season of Maron, and the first trailer was just released. It's loaded with new and returning stars like Andy Kindler, Patton Oswalt, Maria Bamford, Whitney Cummings, Andy Dick, Eddie Pepitone, Dave Anthony, Judd Hirsch, and Sally Kellerman. Season 3 premieres on IFC Thursday, May 14th at 10:00pm.

Lena Dunham Says Season 6 of 'Girls' Will Probably Be Its Last

Lena Dunham is currently filming the fifth season of Girls, and while it hasn't officially been renewed for a sixth season yet, Dunham recently told Variety that season 6 will most likely be the show's final run. "I think America has a tendency to push shows past their due dates," she said. "I like the British model — in and out." Dunham isn't sure yet where Girls will leave Hannah at the very end: "Will she be with anyone? That's the question. And how important is it ending up with someone, and is that the marker of success for a woman?" If you're sad that Girls won't extend [...]

Understanding the Hushed Beauty of Ben Jones’ Duck Stoner Series, 'Stone Quackers'

Ben Jones has been quietly killing it under your noses all year. His animated series, Stone Quackers, was the newest program to hit FXX's ADHD animation block, paired up with the Lucas Bros Moving Co. to create a more than wonderful double dose of absurdity every week. Created alongside Whitmer Thomas and Clay Tatum (Power Violence), who also act as co-execs, writers, and voice the characters of “Whit” and “Clay,” the series is based on the their collective childhoods within the unusual and secluded city of Gulf Shores, Alabama. Stone Quackers (which is all available on Hulu, and should be viewed immediately if you’re unfamiliar) approximates this into the [...]

'Veep' Creator/Showrunner Armando Iannucci to Leave After Season 4

Veep is losing its creator and showrunner. THR reports that Armando Iannucci has decided to leave his post as showrunner on Veep after four seasons, and former Curb Your Enthusiasm director/executive producer David Mandel has signed on to replace him. "We have had conversations with Armando for some time about the challenges of maintaining his family life in London and producing a show in the states," a rep from HBO said in a statement. "Armando is not replaceable but we are confident that Veep will continue to be produced at the highest levels with new show runner, David Mandel." Veep has not yet been officially renewed by HBO.

What's On TV This Week: 'Louie' Is Back

This week, we say goodbye to another season of Workaholics, we get to go behind the scenes of Parks and Recreation, and we welcome back some of our favorite shows. Monday, Comedy Central premieres Sleight of Mouth where Justin Willman combines comedy and magic, and on Tuesday, Sundance goes behind the scenes of Parks and Recreation with its first episode of Behind the Story with the Paley Center. Wednesday on Comedy Central, Workaholics ends its fifth season with an episode where the guys remember their first day at TelAmeriCorp. Thursday, it's the premiere of The Comedians on FX starring Josh Gad and Billy Crystal, right after Louie premieres its fifth season. Saturday, be [...]

Simon Rich Signs a Two-Year Overall Deal with FX

SNL alum and Man Seeking Woman creator Simon Rich is sticking with FX for the next two years. The Wrap reports that Rich has signed a two-year overall deal with the network less than two months after his FXX series landed a second season renewal. "They've given us more creative freedom than I ever dreamed was possible," Rich said on FX in a statement. "I'm determined to develop shows with them that are honest, original and gross. I can't wait to get started." For more on Rich's work, check out our interview with him from January.

What's on TV This Week: 'Inside Amy Schumer' Is Back

This week it's time to go back inside Amy Schumer's world – the new season of Inside Amy Schumer premieres Tuesday on Comedy Central. In the season three opener Schumer meets her heroes, attempts to get birth control, and discusses defecation. On Sunday, Showtime's new series starring Steve Coogan and Kathryn Hahn, Happyish, premieres, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns with a new episode on Fox. Also this week, Fresh Off the Boat wraps its first season Tuesday on ABC.

In late night, Kimmel has guest Anthony Anderson, Letterman welcomes Amy Schumer, Paul Rudd, and Jerry Seinfeld while Nate Bargatze, Weird Al, and the members of Monty Python stop by Fallon. Betty White, Joel McHale, and Jason Alexander [...]

MTV2 Is Bringing Back 'Celebrity Deathmatch'

MTV claymation series Celebrity Deathmatch might be heading back to television with all new episodes. According to THR, MTV2 has given a pilot order to a Celebrity Deathmatch revival from original creator Eric Fogel. The revival will be similar to the original that ran from 1998-2002, only "reimagined for a social media world and hourly Twitter wars." This makes the second time MTV2 attempted a Celebrity Deathmatch reboot; the network aired new fifth and sixth seasons from 2006-2007 but ultimately canceled the series. Check out some original Celebrity Deathmatch fights below:

The Case for TV Revivals and Reboots

“Why the hell is there gonna be a Coach revival?”

That was one of the bigger questions floating around the internet a couple weeks ago (another one, for some people, was “What the hell is Coach?”) following the surprise announcement that NBC cemented a 13-episode season deal to revive the ‘90s ABC Craig T. Nelson comedy. Yet as random as that news item seems on the outset, it’s just one more point of a larger trend. Reboots and revivals have always popped up here and there, but in the past year or so, things have gotten out of hand.

If anything, the trend has only accelerated in the [...]