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'You've Reached the Elliotts': Chris Elliott's Lost Multi-Camera CBS Family Sitcom

"The Script Pile" is a biweekly column on Splitsider that takes a look at the screenplays for high-profile movie and TV comedies that never made it to the screen.

Playing the father on a CBS multi-camera family sitcom is probably the last thing you'd expect to find Chris Elliott doing, but the beloved comedian gave more conventional TV stardom a shot nearly a decade ago in a failed pilot called You've Reached the Elliotts, which I'll be reviewing in this week's column.

Co-created by Elliott and Rob DesHotel (a writer for That '70s Show and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, among other things), the script to You've Reached the Elliotts [...]

Chris Elliott to Guest Star on 'Community'

Community is continuing to rack up impressive guest stars for its upcoming fifth season. Chris Elliott is the latest person to be dropping by for an episode, TV Line reports. If you don't want to see spoilers stop reading now. Elliott will be playing Russell Borchert, the peculiar founder of Greendale Community College, who vanished decades ago after a sex scandal.

Community returns for its 13-episode fifth season, with Dan Harmon back and Chevy Chase gone, on January 2nd at 8pm. Other guest stars this year include David CrossVince GilliganMitch Hurwitz, Tim Heidecker, and Eric WareheimNathan Fillion, Paget Brewster, Rob Corddry, Brie Larson, LeVar Burton, Kumail Nanjiani, [...]

'Eagleheart' Is Back and Better than Ever

When Adult Swim's Eagleheart returns tonight, the show will feel a little different. For one, the season premiere is the first 30-minute episode (it usually runs 15 minutes), but the major change to Eagleheart this season is that the writers are telling one long, serialized story like a TV drama.

I've seen four episodes of the 10-part season, called Paradise Rising, and it finds Eagleheart expanding the scope of its storytelling and character development while going off into some stranger, more unexpected tangents than the show has explored in the past. It's still the fast-paced, joke-dense series it was in seasons one or two, but the focus on an ongoing [...]

Chris Elliott Made It to Letterman Last Night After Finishing the NYC Marathon

Chris Elliott appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman last night, and since his career really began when he started writing and performing bits on Letterman's Late Night show, it's not a huge surprise that his appearance, ostensibly to plug his new returning Adult Swim show Eagleheart, really was just one giant, marathon-themed sketch. Even Dave seemed impressed.

Looking Back at Chris Elliott's Family Sitcom/Gritty Crime Drama 'Action Family'

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

What happens when you take a 1970s cop drama and combine it with the Brady Bunch? First you probably get a bunch of people [...]

Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, and Chris Elliott to Star in CBC Comedy Series 'Schitt's Creek'

What's better news here — Variety's report that Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Chris Elliott, and Levy's son Dan are set to star in a half-hour Canadian comedy, or that the show is called Schitt's Creek? According to the report, the show — which was co-created by the two Levys — focuses on "video store billionaire Johnny Rose (Levy), his soap star wife Moira (O’Hara) and their kids, who suddenly find themselves broke. They are forced to leave their pampered lives to regroup and rebuild their empire from within the rural city limits of their only remaining asset — Schitt’s Creek, an arm pit of a town they once [...]

The Best of Chris Elliott on Letterman

Chris Elliott was an important part of David Letterman's Late Night ever since it began. While working as an NBC page, Elliott met and impressed Letterman, who hired him onto the show as part of its original writing staff in 1982. Elliott wrote for Late Night alongside other influential comedy scribes like Jim Downey, Merrill Markoe, Andy Breckman, and George Meyer, and he quickly started appearing on camera, making his acting debut on the show just a couple of weeks into Late Night's run.

Elliott soon became a beloved part of the show, often playing himself or a bevy of snotty recurring characters like The Guy Under the Seats, Marv [...]

Talking to Chris Elliott and Maria Thayer About Season 3 of 'Eagleheart'

Eagleheart returns tonight on Adult Swim, with the season three premiere set to air at midnight. The fast-paced action-comedy, starring Chris Elliott, Maria Thayer, and Brett Gelman as a trio of US Marshals, heads into new territory this year as the show does its first-ever serialized plotline. Season three is one 10-episode-long continuous story called Eagleheart: Paradise Rising that's far more ambitious than anything the show's ever tackled in the past — and more ambitious than what most TV comedies are doing, for that matter.

I recently talked to Chris Elliott and Maria Thayer about Eagleheart: Paradise Rising, getting jealous of your costar being covered in fake blood, and how this [...]

Watch a Trailer for Season 3 of 'Eagleheart'

We posted a teaser for the new season of Eagleheart last month, but here's a full-length trailer for Season 3, which starts up on Adult Swim November 14th. Unlike previous seasons, the new one will be one long serialized story called "Paradise Rising," and the trailer is pretty action-packed and full of great stuff from Chris Elliott, Maria Thayer, Brett Gelman, and newcomer Martin Sheen.

The Writers and Cast Take Us Behind the Scenes of 'Get a Life'

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

In the 1990s there were only a handful of weirder, non-mainstream shows. Nickelodeon had Ren and Stimpy, Comedy Central had Mystery Science Theater 3000, [...]

Adult Swim Put 'Eagleheart's Entire Third Season Online for Free

Adult Swim's excellent comedy show Eagleheart is set to air its season finale this Thursday, and the network uploaded the first nine episodes of the season to YouTube yesterday so fans can catch up. Written by Michael Koman, Andrew Weinberg, and Jason Woliner and starring Chris Elliott, Eagleheart is trying something pretty ambitious for its third season: telling one long continuous story under the title Eagleheart: Paradise Rising. You don't really need to have seen previous seasons in order to jump in with season three as the whole thing is self-contained.

The first nine episodes of the season are available via Adult Swim's YouTube page, and you can check [...]

Chris Elliott Told Conan About His Amazing "Bad Dental Work" Diet

Last night on Conan, Chris Elliott swung by and talked about the surprisingly effective weight loss system he used to lose 75 pounds: have all of your teeth capped, poorly, and be unable to eat. It worked so well that he ended up with saggy skin on his stomach where the fat used to be, which he was obviously happy to show off.

Chris Elliott Got Super Naked on Jimmy Kimmel's Desk Last Night

Nudity appears to have been the theme of late night on Monday, and Chris Elliott's decision to get naked on Jimmy Kimmel Live would probably make even Eric Andre blush. Elliott's nudity, of course, was all for the art. Below, he talked about his eccentric, not particularly health new diet.

Watch a Trailer for the New Season of 'Eagleheart'

Here's a new teaser trailer for the upcoming third season of Adult Swim's Eagleheart, which premieres November 14th. Like all good action-comedy trailers, this one contains plenty of blood, gore, and a briefcase full of pizza.