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Rob Riggle and Jane Curtin to Star in Fox Pilot '48 Hours Til Monday'

Rob Riggle and SNL alum Jane Curtin are headed to Fox. THR reports that the two have been cast in a single-cam comedy pilot from The Mindy Project's Charlie Grandy called 48 Hours Til Monday, which follows "one husband's desperate struggle to not let every weekend go completely to hell." Riggle will star as a married father named Charlie Bishop, who "relies on weekends to reconnect with his family and be the kind of 'hands-on' father he didn't have growing up." Curtin will play Louise, "the wry and fun mom to Kelly who's currently living at — and smoking cigarettes in — Kelly's and Charlie's house with [...]

Can 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Ever Accurately Portray the NYPD?

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a fun, wacky, well-cast sitcom set in a Brooklyn police precinct. Since 2004, approximately seven unarmed people of color have been killed by real cops in real Brooklyn. It stands to reason that a network sitcom would be uncomfortable addressing something so horrifying. What, then, should a sitcom about police officers in New York City be, when the world outside of that sitcom is one of fear and violence?

Not all sitcoms will address their contemporary world; arguably, that's nowhere close to the point of sitcoms. For every show like It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which includes a few contemporary stories every season, there's [...]

Al Jean Says There's a 50/50 Chance of Another 'Simpsons' Movie

It's been seven and a half years since The Simpsons Movie, but it turns out that a recent Simpsons episode was initially developed as a potential film sequel. Executive producer Al Jean recently revealed that the January 4 episode he cowrote with David Mirkin "The Man Who Came to Be Dinner" was originally set to air as the season 24 finale in 2013, but it was held back by Jean and James L. Brooks to instead use as a plot for a possible film sequel. The film idea was ultimately scrapped because the episode was set in space: "We were worried that people might think it’s an idea that’s [...]

The 'Drawn Together' Creators Are Making a Sitcom/Hidden Camera Hybrid Series

Dave Jeser and Matt Silverstein, co-creators of the late animated Comedy Central comedy Drawn Together, are working on a new project for Fox: Meet the Kellers. There's not a ton of info about it just yet, and apparently Fox is keeping it "top secret", but it's apparently going to be "a half-hour family sitcom that is part scripted and part hidden camera." Now just what the hell does that mean? Your guess is as good as mine, but it certainly sounds more interesting than your standard, broad network sitcom. We'll see if it makes it out of development.

David Caspe and Gil Ozeri Are Developing a Ponzi Scheme Fox Comedy

Happy Endings and Marry Me creator David Caspe has another show in the works. THR reports that Caspe has teamed up with Happy Endings/Brooklyn Nine-Nine writer Gil Ozeri to produce a single-cam comedy for Fox called Frauds, which will follow "a family of two-bit criminals who decides to pull off an elaborate Ponzi scheme." Ozeri will write and serve as co-executive producer with Caspe and Happy Endings/Marry Me EP Jamie Tarses. Frauds makes Caspe and Ozeri's second recently announced project together following news of their Comedy Central pilot Duty back in April.

Check Out a New Promo for Will Forte's Fox Show 'The Last Man on Earth'

With the premiere of Will Forte's new comedy The Last Man on Earth just around the corner, Forte took to Twitter earlier today to share a brand new unaired promo. It's only 20 seconds long, but considering it's Forte's character lounging in a giant margarita, it's still worth the watch.

Weezer Frontman Rivers Cuomo Lands a Comedy Pilot Order at Fox

Back in August it was announced that Fox was developing a semi-autobiographical comedy based on the life of Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo, and now the project has landed a pilot order. The single-cam pilot, titled DeTour, is written by Psych creator Steve Franks, and Cuomo will serve as a co-executive producer. DeTour will center on "a 30-something rock star who, unable to rationalize his success and worried that he may not have the tools to repeat it, walks away from the spotlight at the height of his fame in an effort to rediscover the parts of his life he missed while he was busy becoming a massive [...]

Fox Renews 'Bob's Burgers' for a Sixth Season

Fox just did the right thing and renewed its animated series Bob's Burgers for a 22-episode sixth season. Here's the official statement from Fox network chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman: We can't help but love the Belcher family. This gem of a series is a rare feel-good blend of sharp wit and genuine heart that fans and critics alike have continued to love throughout its five seasons on Fox. We are proud of Loren and Jim and the extremely talented voice cast who bring these unique characters to life with both humor and charm each week. We can’t wait to see what they have in store for [...]

Behold This Year's Christmas-Themed 'Simpsons' Couch Gag

This year's Simpsons holiday episode "I Won't Be Home For Christmas" airs on Fox this Sunday, and the network released a clip of the very Christmassy couch gag featuring all the best things about winter, which apparently are polar bears, snowboarding, hockey, Festivus, and obligatory Frozen references.

Kristen Schaal, January Jones, and More Join Will Forte's 'Last Man on Earth'

Will Forte's upcoming Fox comedy just added four cast members. THR reports that January Jones, Kristen Schaal, Cleopatra Coleman, and Getting On's Mel Rodriguez have joined the cast of The Last Man on Earth, which premieres in March 2015. Jones will play Melissa, who has "a 'strong independent spirit' and a mixture of 'warmth, strength, and a no-nonsense attitude'" while Rodriguez will play "optimist" Todd and Coleman/Schaal will play characters named Erica and Carol. The Last Man on Earth will include flashback scenes, so it's unclear whether the supporting cast will appear in Forte's post-apocalyptic world or only through his memories.

Fox Orders Comedy Pilot 'The Grinder' Starring Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe has a new starring TV role lined up. Variety reports that Fox has given a pilot order to a single-cam comedy called The Grinder, which centers on Lowe as a TV lawyer named Dean Anderson who reaches "a crossroads in life after his long-running hit show comes to an end. He decides to move back to his small hometown, under the impression that his experience as a television personality has prepped him to take over his family’s law firm." Former Allen Gregory writers Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel will write, New Girl's Jake Kasdan will direct, and all three will co-executive produce with Lowe and [...]

The Cast of 'Bob's Burgers' Is Going on a Live Tour in March

Fox's Bob's Burgers is hitting the road. The show revealed today that creator and executive producer Loren Bouchard will join voice cast H. Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, Eugene Mirman, Dan Mintz, and John Roberts on a live multi-city tour starting in March that will include standup, fan Q&As, live Bob's Burger table reads, and exclusive peeks at upcoming episodes of the show. Stops on the tour include Minneapolis, Chicago, New York, Washington D.C., and Boston, with more to be announced. Ticket pre-sales start tomorrow here.

Judd Apatow's 25-Year-Old 'Simpsons' Episode Airs This Sunday

Back in 2012, Judd Apatow revealed that the first script he ever wrote was a 1990 Simpsons spec script about Homer acting like a 10-year-old kid again and becoming best friends with Bart after a hypnotist dies of a heart attack in the middle of performing on him. The news led to Simpsons producer Al Jean reaching out to Apatow to turn the script into a real episode, which finally airs on Fox this Sunday. Apatow told TV Guide that the script — titled "Bart's New Friend" — was reworked from the original, which he wrote when he was 22:

It's a pretty rough script — [...]

Lonely Island Is Developing Fox Comedies Starring Danny Pudi, Neal Brennan, and Andre Hyland

Back in January, SNL alums Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone signed a deal with Fox to develop new shows, and today Deadline reports that they have three potential series in development. The trio's alternative comedy development company, called Party Over Here, announced the projects currently in production including a sci-fi comedy starring Danny Pudi, a mockumentary show hosted by Neal Brennan, and a hidden camera show from comedian Andrew Hyland. No word yet whether the shows will premiere on Fox, FX, FXX, or only on streaming services like Hulu and Roku. Here's the breakdown of all three shows:

THE TYLER ZONE When Tyler (Danny Pudi) [...]