One week after a clip of Kanye West's failed HBO comedy pilot was discovered hiding in plain sight and subsequently taken down by the TV network that purports to not be TV, Wyatt Cenac decided to answer the call and be a hero, screening the episode in its entirety at his weekly Night Train show at Littlefield in Gowanus. I was fortunate enough to be in the audience to watch one of the most fascinating failed pilots of all time.
Curb Your Enthusiasm's Jeff Garlin has been added to the cast of a new ABC pilot called How the Hell Am I Normal?, according to Deadline. The family sitcom will star Garlin and Wendi McClendon-Covey (Bridesmaids, Reno 911!) as the "gruff but lovable" father and "in-your-face mother" of three eccentric kids. The show was created by Adam F. Goldberg (Breaking In, Still Standing), and the pilot will be directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses, King of Kong). If How the Hell Am I Normal? gets picked up and ordered to series for the fall, it could mean Jeff Garlin won't be able to star in a hypothetical ninth [...]
Lost Roles is a weekly column exploring “what might have been” in movie and TV comedy as we take a different actor, writer, or comedian each week and examine the parts they turned down, wanted but didn't get, and the projects that fell apart altogether.
This week, I interviewed Eddie Pepitone, a much-loved stand-up comedian who's been performing for decades but has only recently seen his star starting to rise in the entertainment industry — an industry that he's awfully fond of lambasting in his act. A regular on Conan (where he plays a heckler), The Sarah Silverman Program (where he played a cook named "Eddie Pepitone"), and Marc [...]
Larry David has come up with an idea for a picture and he has brought on Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer and David Mandel to help him write it. All three were former Seinfeld writers and together wrote The Dictator with Sacha Baron Cohen. Like The Dictator and Curb Your Enthusiasm, David's film will be in a similar semi-improvised style. Superbad and Paul (and soon to be, weirdly enough, The Marriage Plot) director, Greg Mottola, is being eyed to direct. There is no word on what the film is about but I imagine it will involve an overly principled curmudgeon complaining about restaurant service.