In what was either a poorly scheduled Thursday or an impressive feat of mental multitasking, Kristen Wiig went on a very condensed first date with an OkCupid match named David right in the middle of her interview on Kimmel. Wiig's channeling a bit of her flirting expert Rebecca Larue here, at least until David screws everything up with that creepy gift.
Jimmy Kimmel Live continues to be criticized over a recent joke made by a child on the show. In a segment from Oct. 16, Kimmel asked several of six- and seven-year-olds what the US should do about its $1.3 trillion debt to China, to which one child replied, "Kill everyone in China." After a backlash, ABC apologized for the segment, but that didn't stop a petition making it all the way to the White House. Now, China's foreign minister is asking for more, saying in a press conference yesterday, “ABC should face up to its mistake and respond with a sincere attitude to the reasonable demands by Chinese people in America, [...]
Daily Show correspondent Kristen Schaal and former Daily Show writer Rich Blomquist (who's also her husband) have sold a sitcom to ABC, according to Deadline. The two will write American Monster, about "a small-town misfit who becomes an unlikely celebrity when she goes on trial for the murder of the century," who will be played by Schaal. The show will be produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who have already sold two other pilots this season – the Johnny Depp-produced Torched, and the Will Forte-created Last Man on Earth.
ABC is doubling down on a couple of its new sitcoms. The networks has ordered extra nine episodes of both The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife, giving them a full 22-episode season. Rebel Wilson's Super Fun Night, meanwhile, has been given another four episodes. Baseball sitcom Back in the Game didn't receive any extra episodes, effectively canceling the series when its 13-episode run ends.
The Goldbergs has been doing well so-far this year at building an fanbase while Super Fun Night has struggled to maintain the audience of its lead-in, Modern Family. Trophy Wife, which debuted with virtually no advertising, hasn't done great in the ratings, but had a fairly good critical [...]
Keenen Ivory Wayans has sold a pilot to ABC, which will "look at what happens when the whitest guy in America marries into a sprawling, close-knit African-American family." Wayans will write and executive produce the still-unamed show, but is unlikely to star in it, says The Hollywood Reporter.
ABC is likely hoping that another sitcom about an extended family will pair well with its only major comedy hit, Modern Family. And if it makes it to air, it would likely stand out for its diversity; at the moment, there are no network sitcoms with predominantly African American casts.