NBC has given an early 12-episode order to Working the Engels, a new comedy starring SCTV alum Andrea Martin that's being targeted for the 2014-15 season, THR reports. The sitcom is a co-production between Canadian company Halfire-Core Entertainment and NBC, the first-ever time a US and Canadian broadcaster have teamed up on a show.
Martin, who recently won a Tony and a bunch of other awards for her role in the current Broadway revival of Pippin, stars in the sitcom as Celia "Ceil" Engel, a self-involved but loving mom. When her husband passes away and leaves the family with a lot of debt, Ceil and her kids must work together [...]
Legendary sketch group The Kids in the Hall are getting back together for their first live shows in five years. The group's five members, Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson, are reuniting for a series of shows at Toronto Sketchfest from December 4th through December 7th and tickets are still available. Their new sketch show is called "Rusty and Ready," and it's described as "an intimate and raucous Toronto homecoming. Featuring new material and an assortment of oddities from their deep, dark trunk." Between that and David Cross and Bob Odenkirk's current Mr. Show reunion mini-tour, it's a great year to see performers/writers [...]
Every year, Montreal's Just For Laughs festival picks a bunch of up-and-coming comedians to take part in their "New Faces" showcases, which puts them in front of a bunch of powerful industry types. This morning, they announced the 2013 New Faces, a list that includes folks like Funny or Die's Dan Klein, Totally Biased's Aparna Nancherla, Andrew Overdahl, who co-wrote/starred in the Amazon pilot Those Who Can't, and more. The New Faces are separated into categories for sketch performers (New Faces: Characters), comedians without managers (New Faces: Unrepped), Canadian comedians (Homegrown Comics), and regular New Faces, which is non-Canadian standups with managers.
Check out the full list of performers [...]
Montreal-based comedy festival Just For Laughs announced the lineup for its 2013 gathering yesterday, which will mark the event's 30th anniversary. Sarah Silverman, Seth Meyers, Joan Rivers, Eddie Izzard, Taran Killam & Bobby Moynihan, Nick Kroll, Amy Schumer, Colin Quinn, Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood, Kristen Schaal, Bo Burnham, Hannibal Buress, Danny Bhoy, Marc Maron, Pete Holmes, Tig Notaro, Maria Bamford, Judah Friedlander, Scott Adsit & John Lutz, and Brian Posehn will be taking the tage from July 18th to the 27th, alongside tons of more comedians. In addition to those comeidans, Just For Laughs will be premiering CollegeHumor's first movie Coffee Town, starring Glenn Howerton, Steve Little, and [...]
Still on hiatus at NBC, it looks like Community will be coming back on the air in Canada before we get new episodes in the States. Canadian TV station Citytv posted that the fourth season of Community will debut on Friday, November 9th. This doesn't exactly bode well for Community's future at NBC, given that the show's audience is a bunch of technology-crazy youngsters who torrent it in large numbers to begin with. If NBC doesn't schedule the new season before November 9th, Community could have a whole new ratings problem on its hands with hardcore fans who have been deprived of their beloved show for six months [...]