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Johnny Knoxville Is Developing an Autobiographical Comedy for ABC

Rivers Cuomo isn't the only star to get the autobiographical sitcom treatment this week. Deadline reports that Johnny Knoxville has signed a two-year first-look deal with ABC Studios to develop new projects under his company Hello Junior! Knoxville has sold one project to ABC under the deal already with an untitled Southern family comedy inspired my his own "unconventional childhood," with Knoxville attached to serve as narrator. Knoxville signed a similar two-year deal with Paramount Pictures back in May, so his upcoming projects will be for both the big and small screens.

ABC Is Developing an Astronaut Comedy Based on Chris Hadfield's Memoir

Astronaut and internet star Chris Hadfield's memoir An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth is getting the sitcom treatment. Deadline reports that ABC has given a pilot production commitment to the project, which will be a multi-cam family comedy from Surviving Jack co-creators Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker. The show will follow an astronaut "who is back from space and finds that re-entering domestic life might be the hardest mission he's ever faced." Hadfield is also onboard to work as a consulting producer on the series.

If An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth gets picked up to series, it won't be the only astronaut-themed comedy on [...]

Ratings vs. Reviews: Where Do Today's Comedies Stack Up?

While it's true that Nielsen ratings are an inaccurate and outdated measure of today's television audiences, they still serve as a show's ultimate ticket to survival when — as we saw in the recent sitcom cancellation bloodbath – network brass decide which programs to axe off their lineup. Some of comedy's biggest fan favorites weren't exactly ratings blockbusters while on the air — see Arrested Development, Happy Endings, and Community – but went on to carve out niche audiences, and as television moves more and more into the internet age, online reviews, Twitter, and fan feedback can gauge a show's watchability faster than asking "Sure, but does it average a steady 5.0 season average Nielsen rating?"

With that in mind, we thought it'd [...]

A Guide to the New Crop of Network Comedies

The broadcast networks canceled a whopping 18 comedies this year, which means there are a lot of holes to fill with new sitcoms come fall, especially with NBC and ABC, the two networks that canceled the most comedies. Among this season's highlights are Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the first series Tina Fey has created since 30 Rock; Marry Me, starring Casey Wilson and Ken Marino and created by Happy Endings' David Caspe; and standup and SNL writer John Mulaney's self-titled sitcom, which will see the light of day this fall after nearly two years in development. We organized all the season's new comedies into the following guide:

ABC Cans ‘Trophy Wife’, Passes on Paul F. Tompkins and Molly Shannon, and More

ABC announced a bunch of changes last night, including some renewals, cancellations, and new series pickups. In the comedy sphere, freshman shows Trophy Wife and Mixology were both given the axe, while renewals were handed out to The Goldbergs, The Middle, and awards juggernaut Modern Family. New shows that have been picked up include Selfie from Suburgatory creator Emily Kapnek, romantic comedy Manhattan Love Story, and a musical fairy tale-themed comedy called Galavant. While there are still several comedy pilots up for consideration, THR reports that the Paul F. Tompkins/Molly Shannon-starring series Bambi Cottages from Happy Endings writer Brian Gallivan has been sadly passed over as well as [...]

Is 'Modern Family' Really the Best-Directed Comedy on TV?

On Monday night, Gail Mancuso took home the Emmy for “Outstanding Direction for a Comedy Series” for her work the Modern Family season five episode “Las Vegas.” This was Mancuso’s second win in a row and the show’s fourth win in a row in this category. This year, Mancuso beat out Comedy Film School favorites Louis C.K. and Lena Dunham as well as seasoned film directors Jodie Foster (for Orange is the New Black) and Mike Judge (for Silicon Valley). Looking even further back, the last time a network show director, in which directing is historically more like house-painting than Picasso, lost to a cable director is in 2004, when [...]

Jimmy Kimmel and Susan Sarandon Recreate the 'Thelma & Louise' Selfie

On last night's Jimmy Kimmel Live, guest Susan Sarandon agreed to recreate film history's pioneering selfie from Thelma & Louise, with Kimmel standing in for Geena Davis and bringing the classic scene into the modern age with his iPhone.

Patton Oswalt Presents Jimmy Kimmel with a Webby Award on Horseback

Last night's Jimmy Kimmel Live was briefly interrupted when Webby Awards host Patton Oswalt valiantly rode in on a white steed to present him with an award for his prank twerking video from last year. Hopefully Oswalt uses this setup for all talk show appearances going forward.

ABC Orders Culture-Straddling Comedies 'Cristela' and 'Fresh off the Boat'

After canceling a ton of shows last week, ABC has added two new comedies to its lineup both centered on family and cultural identity, THR reports. The first series order goes to Cristela, a semi-autobiographical multi-cam show by and starring standup Cristela Alonzo as "an American Latina straddling cultures while not fully belonging to either." The second show to land a series order is Fresh off the Boat from Don't Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 creator Nahnatchka Khan. Based on the Eddie Huang memoir of the same name, Fresh off the Boat follows a family of Taiwanese Americans as they "try to live [...]

ABC Is Keeping Jimmy Kimmel Around for at Least Two More Years

The New York Times reports that ABC has given late night host Jimmy Kimmel a two-year contract extension, keeping him on the network through January 2017. This move shows that ABC has faith in Kimmel to go head-to-head with some stiff competition between Jimmy Fallon on NBC and, come next year, Stephen Colbert on CBS. According to THR, Kimmel's rising ratings success factored into NBC's decision to move Fallon to the 11:35pm time slot, but while Kimmel's been holding strong with his 917,000 viewer demo average, Fallon's Tonight Show has been drawing more ratings in the key 18-49 demo than Kimmel and Letterman combined, averaging 4.6 [...]

Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, and Lisa Kudrow Act Out 'Friends' Fan Fiction with Jimmy Kimmel

On last night's Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kimmel told guest Jennifer Aniston that he had written some Friends fan fiction and asked if she'd be willing to act it out with him. What resulted was a live reading in an impressive replica of Rachel's kitchen starring Aniston, Courtney Cox, and Lisa Kudrow, with Kimmel starring as Ross in a world where all the other men on Friends have been killed off.

Iran's 'Modern Family' Ripoff Is an Exact Copy of the Original (Minus One Thing)

Via Time, here's a clip compilation comparing ABC's Modern Family with its Iranian knockoff Haft Sang. Aside from the obvious shot-for-shot resemblance, Haft Sang isn't quite modern enough to feature rebellious teen girls or gay couples yet, instead replacing Cameron with a woman and switching the daughters to sons.

Watch the Previews for ABC's New Fall Comedies, 'Black-ish', 'Selfie', 'Manhattan Love Story', and 'Cristela'

ABC is launching four new sitcoms this fall to replace the massive batch of ones they canceled last week, and they just released preview clips for the new shows (Check out our full fall comedy preview here). Above is the preview for Black-ish, starring Anthony Anderson and Laurence Fishburne. Click through to check out the trailers for ABC's three other new comedies, Selfie, Cristela, and Manhattan Love Story.

ABC Also Cancels 'Super Fun Night', 'The Neighbors', 'Suburgatory'

It's been a bloodbath in the sitcom world today as news of cancellations are rolling in. ABC just canceled the Rebel Wilson sitcom Super Fun Night after one season, The Neighbors after two seasons Suburgatory after three seasons, THR reports. These cancellations join freshman comedies Trophy Wife and Mixology, which were both canceled by ABC last night.

Family shows The Middle, The Goldbergs, and Modern Family are the only comedies ABC has renewed, with Goldbergs being the only freshman sitcom to survive. The fate of the network's Tim Allen vehicle Last Man Standing has yet to be announced.