In honor of the impending 500th episode of The Simpsons, former writer/showrunner (and current Portlandia writer/producer) Bill Oakley just tweeted the "top 10 episodes that were pitched, discussed, written but not aired." It's the best possible thought experiment: imagining just what these episodes would have been like had they been produced around season 7 of the show. I mean, come on, "Bart Gets 144 Jeeps"? "Prince Comes to Springfield" by Conan O'Brien?! Good god. And hey, it's not too late! Maybe one of these can become episode 513 or something.
And if you missed Oakley's contributions to this here website, which include a peek at how the early era [...]
The race for the Party Down movie to go into production before the Arrested Development movie continues, with Adam Scott saying that the plan is to shoot it next summer. WHY AREN'T YOU SHOOTING IT RIGHT NOW?
We’re like 90% there, we’re hoping to do it maybe next summer, if everyone’s schedules work out and the guys get time to write a script. They have kind of a skeleton of a story worked out so we know where it’s going to go but we just have to kind of cross the t’s and dot the i’s, or something. But Starz are being super cool and they’re going to [...]
With the huge success of Daily Show spinoff The Colbert Report, one assumes that Comedy Central would love to spin off another late-night political comedy show from Jon Stewart's flagship. Might I suggest one with John Oliver and Wyatt Cenac? Perhaps some sort of panel show? Because really, pretty much any time these two are paired up for a desk bit on The Daily Show it is amazing. Here's last night's segment, in which our heroes look for examples of racially insensitive undertones in cable news. The best.
Last night, Dave Chappelle did two surprise shows at Cobb's Comedy Club in San Francisco, both of which sold out in about an hour, naturally. Someone who was in the audience told me that he mentioned a comeback no less than five times during his set: Admittedly, Chappelle does not have an act, so he mostly riffed on current topics and interacted with the audience for about 90 minutes. Still, he was hilarious as always. Perhaps the most shocking thing, outside of the fact that Dave has bulked up considerably and could now be considered ripped, was how much he brought up a potential comeback. He even stated that [...]