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Dan Fogelman Is Producing an NBA-Set Comedy for ABC

ABC has a new comedy in the works. Deadline reports that the network has given a put pilot commitment to an untitled single-camera comedy from Trophy Wife writers Casey Windsor and David Johnson described as "a buddy comedy set in the world of the NBA about a rookie who doesn’t speak English and a translator who doesn’t speak basketball." Dan Fogelman, who is also developing two other ABC comedies with Jimmy Kimmel and Simon Stephenson, will co-executive produce with Aaron Kaplan and called the project "basically the international Odd Couple set in the NBA." This makes the second NBA-themed comedy recently put in development at ABC [...]

Canceled ABC Comedy 'Selfie' Is Heading to Hulu

While ABC's new comedy Cristela just got a full season order, the recently canceled Selfie has found a home to air its remaining episodes. According to THR, Selfie's six unaired episodes will stream on Hulu, Hulu Plus, and ABC.com. The first unaired episode (and eighth overall) "Traumatic Party Stress Disorder" was released today, while the remaining episodes are set to be released on the streaming platforms once per week over the next five weeks. Head over to ABC.com to check out the first post-cancellation episode.

The Canadian Government Told a Young Mike Myers to Be a Movie Star

During his interview on last night's Jimmy Kimmel Live, Mike Myers revealed that he always knew he wanted to be a performer, and the results of a Canadian aptitude test he took at 15 years old only solidified those plans. Watch Myers talk about being a "triple citizen" and a "double father" below:

ABC Is Developing Another Autobiographical Sitcom, This Time with Puppets

Autobiographical sitcoms continue to dominate the major networks' development slates, but the latest addition comes with a twist: Puppets. Deadline reports that ABC has bought an untitled single-cam comedy from Gregg Mettler (That '70s Show, Cougar Town, Back in the Game) based on his childhood growing up with a puppeteer father. The project is being described as "Malcolm in the Middle meets The Middle" — so, a family sitcom? — and apparently the many puppets in Mettler's household (see photo) were considered by him to be "surrogate siblings," which is funny and totally not disturbing, right?

Elizabeth Banks Is Producing a Conspiracy Theory Comedy for ABC

Elizabeth Banks just added another behind-the-scenes gig. On top of producing a web series and directing the upcoming film Pitch Perfect 2, Deadline reports that Banks is now producing a series in development at ABC called The Greater Good. The single-cam comedy is described as a "comedic X-Files, a relationship/workplace comedy set in the world of conspiracy theories" and was written by Caroline Williams, who created the 2008 ABC sitcom Miss Guided and has also written for The Office, Modern Family, Arrested Development, and BoJack Horseman.

ABC Casts Justin Long in Semi-Improvised Comedy 'Irreversible'

Back in February, ABC announced it was developing a partially improvised comedy starring David Schwimmer called Irreversible based on the hit Israeli series Bilti Hafich. While the pilot did not make it to series, today Deadline reports that ABC is now giving the project another shot by recasting Justin Long in the lead role. Described as "partially improvised in the vein of Curb Your Enthusiasm," Irreversible follows Long's character Andy "and Sarah, a somewhat eccentric, self-absorbed couple, and their trials and tribulations — most of which they bring upon themselves." ABC cast British actress Jessica Knappett in the original pilot but are reportedly looking for a replacement [...]

Freshman Sitcom 'Cristela' Gets a Full Season Order from ABC

It's not all bad news for new television comedies this year. Deadline reports that new multi-cam comedy and surprise hit Cristela starring standup Cristela Alonzo has been given a nine-episode pickup by ABC, bringing its debut season order from 13 episodes to a full 22-episode season. Cristela joins Black-ish as the only ABC comedy to earn a full order this season. Over at NBC, David Caspe's new comedy Marry Me also got an additional five-episode order from the network, but it's uncertain yet whether the series will eventually expand from 18 to 22 episodes.

Christoph Waltz Sings His Heartbreaking Rendition of the 'Sesame Street' Theme Song

Christoph Waltz is a big fan of Sesame Street, but not for the reasons you might think: "It's so trenchant, it's raw, it's full of despair, it's poignant, deep … the theme song alone, it haunts me." As a special treat, Waltz shared his take on the Sesame Street song with the Jimmy Kimmel Live audience, and it's truly a work of existential misery.

Maya Rudolph Remembers Life on the Road with Her Hippie Parents

SNL alum Maya Rudolph was a guest on last night's Jimmy Kimmel Live, where she looked back on her early childhood years on the road with her musician parents Minnie Riperton and Richard Rudolph and the unique currency the Tooth Fairy opted to give her as a kid. Watch more from Rudolph's interview below:

Writer/Doctor Simon Stephenson Is Developing a Medical Comedy for ABC

A day after announcing the development of three new comedy series, ABC has added yet another with THR's report that the network has given a put-pilot commitment to a medical comedy called Family Practice. Written by doctor/writer Simon Stephenson — who wrote an episode of the UK series Eleventh Hour as well as a memoir Let Not the Waves of the Sea — the comedy "centers on a dysfunctional family of doctors who run a family practice in small town America." Stephenson will executive produce alongside Dan Fogelman, who is also serving as an EP on an in-the-works ABC comedy series based on [...]

Nahnatchka Khan's 'Fresh Off the Boat' Premieres on ABC February 10th

Now that ABC has canceled two of its freshman comedies Selfie and Manhattan Love Story, it's made room for another new comedy, Don't Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 creator Nahnatchka Khan's Fresh Off the Boat. According to Deadline, the comedy will air a preview on Wednesday, February 4th at 8:30pm between episodes of The Middle and Modern Family then premiere in its regular time slot the following week on Tuesday, February 10th at 8:00pm. Inspired by the memoir by Eddie Huang, Fresh Off the Boat is set in 1995 and follows "11-year-old hip-hop loving Eddie Huang (Hudson Yang) who moves with his family from Chinatown in Washington [...]

Jim Carrey Gives Jimmy Kimmel a Surprise Birthday Pony Ride

Jimmy Kimmel got the ultimate birthday present from guest Jim Carrey during last night's show — not only did Carrey give him a Life Alert, but he surprised Kimmel with a pony ride to make up for his horrible childhood. Check out some clips from Carrey's interview below:

ABC Cancels 'Selfie'

It's been a rough season for new network sitcoms. The latest show to get the axe is ABC's Selfie, which follows the cancellation of its former time slot-partner Manhattan Love Story. Selfie will air a new episode next Tuesday, but beyond that it's not clear if any of the remaining episodes in its 13-episode season will see the light of day — ABC will be airing holiday specials in its time slot throughout all of December. Receiving a mediocre Metacritic score of 57, Selfie never really endeared itself to either critics or viewers. So long, Selfie.

NBA Star Chris Paul Is Developing an Autobiographical Comedy for ABC

ABC just added another project to the long list of autobiographical sitcoms currently in development across the major networks. Variety reports that NBA star Chris Paul has teamed up with former Office writer/executive producer Warren Lieberstein to develop a family comedy for ABC based on his childhood in North Carolina. The untitled show follows "two brothers who work at a service station owned by their grandfather, who champions old-school values in contrast to the attitude of their guarded, politically-correct mother." Paul and his brother C.J. will serve as co-executive producers alongside Lieberstein, Eric Tannanbaum, and Kim Tannanbaum.

This makes the second comedy in development based on an [...]