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Here's a Teaser for Channel 4's New Comedy 'Scrotal Recall'

If you're wondering what kind of sitcoms are premiering over in the UK this fall, here's a particularly intriguing teaser for a new Channel 4 series that deserves a standing ovation for the title alone: Scrotal Recall. The show will follow a man named Dylan Witter (played by musician Johnny Flynn), "a lovelorn young guy forced to seek out his ex-girlfriends when he's diagnosed with chlamydia. In each episode, Dylan will set out to find a different girl from his past, as he tries to make sense of all his romantic missteps from over the years." Sure, the title was probably conceived before the plot, but it will definitely give [...]

'Peep Show' Will End After Its Next Season

British sitcom Peep Show will wrap up after the next year after its 9th season airs in 2014. In an interview with Chortle, Phil Clarke, head of comedy at the UK's Channel 4, said the show is "for sure" going to end. "We’re talking about Peep Show, how that’s going to be rounded off. The discussion is about how it’s going to conclude." The show, which premiered in 2003, has been critically beloved but never exceptionally successful in the UK ratings.

The show's creators, Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, have also created the Channel 4 sitcom Fresh Meat, while stars Robert Webb and David Mitchell have filmed a new show [...]

Here's the Trailer for Ricky Gervais's Controversial New Show 'Derek'

Ricky Gervais recently tweeted out this trailer for his new show Derek, a comedy-drama that's set to premiere later this year on Channel 4 in the UK and exclusively on Netflix in the US (the pilot aired last April). Gervais plays the title character, Derek, a care worker at an old folks home and stars alongside Kerry Godliman, David Earl, and his frequent collaborator Karl Pilkington. It's Gervais's first-ever show without Stephen Merchant, who's off making his own (uncontroversial) show Hello Ladies for HBODerek has been the source of some controversy for mocking mentally disabled people, but Gervais insists that his character isn't disabled, so expect that to probably come [...]

Channel 4 Orders Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan's 'Catastrophe' to Series

Back in December, it was announced that UK's Channel 4 had ordered a single-cam pilot starring and written by comedian Rob Delaney and Pulling's Sharon Horgan called Catastrophe about "an Irish woman and an American man who make a bloody mess as they struggle to fall in love in London." Today Chortle reports that the network has now ordered the show to series, though the exact number of episodes is not yet known. To get a feel for what Delaney and Horgan might be like in the rom-com TV mold, check out this sketch they did for BBC Three's Feed My Funny below:

Channel 4 Is Likely to Order Matt Berry's 'Toast of London' to Series

UK network Channel 4 is close to ordering Matt Berry's pilot Toast of London to series, British Comedy Guide reports. Fans of British comedy surely know Berry from IT Crowd, Snuff Box, Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, and just about every other amazing TV comedy to come out of England in the past decade. Toast of London stars Berry as a respected dramatic actor dealing with a career fallout after starring in a controversial play. Written by Matt Berry and Arthur Matthews (Father Ted), the pilot aired last year as a part of Channel 4's series Funny Fortnight. Channel 4 has ordered additional scripts of the show but has [...]

Ricky Gervais Has Entered the "Fuck U H8ers" Portion of his Career

Gervais is kind of becoming the Kanye West of comedy, as both are prolific, incredibly successful, continuously lauded geniuses with heavy crown issues. So when a few people pointed out that his new character, Derek, might be offensive to the mentally disabled, he puffed out his chest and started railing against his detractors. In an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live he said, “Every single week has been the end of my career if you believe six or seven journalists. It makes no difference to me or my work. I don't care if people like it or not. I'm happy with it.” Listen to the audio [...]

Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan to Star in Channel 4 Pilot 'Catastrophe'

UK's Channel 4 has ordered a pilot from Twitter superstar Rob Delaney and Irish actress/writer Sharon Horgan called Catastrophe, Deadline reports. Delaney and Horgan will both star in the single-camera comedy, which follows "an Irish woman and an American man who make a bloody mess as they struggle to fall in love in London." Horgan, who created and starred in the hit BBC3 series Pulling, recently sold her fourth UK-to-US comedy series remake Dead Boss in September, so hopefully these two plan to hop over the pond after Catastrophe goes to series. Delaney has television credits on Key and Peele, Cougar Town, and the web series Burning [...]

Fun Thing to Buy of the Day: 'Misfits Season 2'

Season 2 of oddly dark British comedy Misfits is now on DVD. The show follows five young delinquents who get strange super powers while doing community service. It has four seasons so far ("series", if you will) which have until now been available on European DVDs as well as Hulu and other parts of the internet, but now you can own it on a tangible DVD which you can touch and feel with your hands and then play using your American DVD player.

Ricky Gervais Claims to Not Be Mocking the Disabled with His Obviously Disabled New Character

Ricky Gervais has a new show premiering on Channel 4 in the UK on Thursday entitled Derek. In it, he plays the titular character, a nursing home employee who sure appears to have some mental disabilities of one kind or another. He's coming under some fire for making fun of the disabled, but he defended himself by saying that “Derek is a fictional character and is defined by his creator. Me. If I say I don’t mean him to be disabled then that’s it. A fictional doctor can’t come along and prove me wrong.” Which is a fair point! But it's also fair for people to assume the [...]