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Ellie Kemper Tells Ellen DeGeneres About Her Red Carpet Alter Ego

Here's a clip from today's Ellen DeGeneres Show with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Ellie Kemper, who tells DeGeneres what it's like being an actor who no one seems to care about on the red carpet, except at a recent event where a lot of photographers got excited thinking she was "Anna." Thankfully Kemper decided to embrace her newfound fame as Anna rather than correct her new adoring fans.

NBC Orders Two Comedy Pilots from Jimmy Fallon and Ellen DeGeneres

NBC just handed out two pilot orders. Variety reports that the network has ordered a single-cam workplace comedy executive produced by Jimmy Fallon called Sharing and an untitled multi-cam series executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres starring Parenthood's Monica Potter. Sharing will be an office-set workplace comedy from writers Damian Lanigan and Jeremy Bronson (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Mindy Project), while the DeGeneres-produced pilot will star Potter as a woman "juggling a busy family life and three ex-husbands, who begins to date again." Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer (The New Adventures of Old Christine) will write and co-executive produce.

CBS Orders 'The McCarthys', 'The Odd Couple' to Series; NBC Adds 'Mission Control', 'One Big Happy', 'Bad Judge'

CBS and NBC each just picked up two more new comedies for the fall. CBS is adding The McCarthys and The Odd Couple, while NBC is adding Mission Control and One Big HappyVariety reports.

The McCarthys, a created by Happy Endings writer Brian Gallivan, follows the gay son of a sports-crazed Boston family. The show was developed as a pilot last season but was carried over into this season. Jack McGee, Jimmy Dunn, Joey McIntyre, Kelen Coleman, Laurie Metcalf, and Tyler Ritter star. The Odd Couple, a remake of the Neil Simon comedy, stars Matthew Perry and Tom Lennon and was co-created by Perry and Joe Keenan (Frasier).

NBC is [...]

Here Are the Best Moments from Last Night's Academy Awards

The wonderful Ellen DeGeneres returned to host the Oscars last night, and for a year full of so many depressing movies, there were still a few moments of humor amid an otherwise solemn film affair. Watch Ellen's Oscars monologue above then click through for a few of her best jokes and audience interactions along with comedy's best moment of the night, which came through an unplanned shout-out to the late Harold Ramis by his collaborator Bill Murray.

Ellen DeGeneres Gives Seth Meyers a Celebrity Interview Crash Course

Seth Meyers paid Ellen DeGeneres a visit a month ahead of his first Late Night episode, and the two-time Oscars host decided to test Meyers's celebrity communication skills with a few spitfire mock interviews. I'm sure Seth can't wait to ask Kim Kardashian all those questions when he undoubtedly has her on as a Late Night guest for many years to come.

Jimmy Fallon, Ellen DeGeneres, Steve Carell, and Reese Witherspoon Play "Password"

The Tonight Show's week in Los Angeles continued last night, and to mix things up Fallon played a game of "Password" with Ellen DeGeneres, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell. Unsurprisingly, Fallon and DeGeneres make the perfect team, but a lot of their success is probably thanks to Reese Witherspoon's lack of pothead vocabulary.

ABC Orders a Hidden Camera Prank Show by Ellen DeGeneres

A hit Ellen bit is turning into its own television show. THR reports that ABC has ordered a hidden camera prank show called Repeat After Me based on the popular running bit from DeGeneres's daytime talk show. The Goldbergs cast member and Reno 911! alum Wendi McLendon-Covey will host the series, which will "see McLendon-Covey, via remote earpiece, informing celebrities what to do with everyday people. At the end of each half-hour episode, the best moment of the night will be announced in front of a live studio audience." The first episode features Ellen Pompeo, Taye Diggs, and Harry Connick Jr. and is set to debut on Tuesday, [...]

Looking Back at Ellen and Mitch Hurwitz's Sitcom 'The Ellen Show'

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.)

Before Mitch Hurwitz created Arrested Development, he cut his teeth writing on The Golden Girls, but you already knew that. Between the latter and the [...]

'Happy Endings' Star Elisha Cuthbert Cast in NBC's Ellen DeGeneres-Produced Comedy Pilot

Elisha Cuthbert is the latest Happy Endings alum to land a starring role in a new comedy pilot. She's been cast as the lead in One Big Happy, an NBC pilot executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres, Deadline reports. The show, created by former Ellen writer Liz Feldman, follows two best friends, a straight man and a lesbian woman, who agree to have a baby together via artificial insemination. Nick Zano, who played a recurring role on Happy Endings as Penny's girlfriend, is playing the male lead on this show. NBC ordered the pilot back in October.

Since Happy Endings was canceled last May, this is the first [...]

Here's the First Oscars Trailer Starring Ellen DeGeneres

The Oscars are still over two months away, but the Academy released this super slick trailer yesterday starring second-time host Ellen DeGeneres and a bunch of dapperly dressed backup dancers. It's funny, catchy, and full of feminine empowerment, so in other words, it was directed by Paul Feig.

Ellen DeGeneres Is Producing a Half-Hour Comedy Starring Idina Menzel

Ellen DeGeneres has another half-hour comedy in the works. Deadline reports that DeGeneres's production company A Very Good Production is currently developing a single-cam half-hour comedy starring Tony-winning actress/singer Idina Menzel called Happy Time, which will center on Menzel as "a woman in the public eye who’s ready to stop pretending she’s so damned happy all the time." Happy Time joins several other projects DeGeneres is producing as potential series including a late night comedy starring Lauren Graham, a hidden camera show hosted by Wendi McLendon-Covey, and a multi-cam comedy starring Monica Potter.

Ellen DeGeneres and Lauren Graham Are Developing a Female Late Night Host Comedy

There have been a ton of open late night hosting gigs on the major networks recently between The Tonight Show, Late Night, Late Show, The Late Late Show, and next year's Late Late Show guest host lineup, and NBC is attempting to bank off of late night's most glaring problem in the form of a sitcom starring Lauren Graham. Deadline reports that the network has given a script commitment to a single-camera comedy called Kate On Later. The half-hour series is co-written by Graham and He's Just Not That Into You's Liz Tuccillo and produced by Ellen DeGeneres's A Very Good Production and follows Graham as Kate, [...]

'SNL' Review: Jim Parsons Broadens His Range to Nerdy Guy

The alternative comedy scene has never been very kind to Jim Parsons. He's best known for playing Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory — the current leader of the pack of broad, Chuck Lorre sitcoms that are dismissed by critics and comedy snobs but beloved by industry insiders and pretty much everyone else across the country. To comedy nerds, Parsons is the ever-popular prom king who's not in any of our classes: "Who the hell is this guy, and why do people love him so damn much?" He has been showered with Emmys (winning for lead actor in 2010, 2011, and 2013), beating out Steve Carell in his final [...]

Kate McKinnon and Ellen DeGeneres Talk Bieber, Mr. Bill, and Australians

SNL's fastest rising star Kate McKinnon paid her second visit to Ellen yesterday, and the ladies talked about everything from McKinnon's Justin Bieber impression to their shared connection with SNL's "Mr. Bill" sketches. McKinnon even whips out her Australian accent near the end, though I guess it was too early to say "Look atcha boner!" on television.