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Nasim Pedrad to Create, Write, and Star in Her Own Fox Comedy

Nasim Pedrad might star in her very own Fox comedy. THR reports that Pedrad has signed a talent holding and development deal at the network with the goal of creating, writing, and starring in her own show. "Nasim’s an undeniable creative force in front of the camera and a brilliant writer/producer behind the camera," Fox exec Jonnie Davis said on the news. "We’ve long admired her work on SNL and Mulaney and we think she’ll be hugely valuable to us on the comedy side." In the meantime, Nasim already has a recurring role in the works on the upcoming Fox horror-comedy Scream Queens from Glee co-creators Ryan [...]

Talking with Will Forte About 'The Last Man on Earth,' 'Clone High,' and the 'MacGruber' Sequel

From his eight years on SNL to his roles on 30 Rock, Tim and Eric, and cult hit MacGruber, Will Forte has been one of comedy's most lovable bastions of gutsy weirdness of the past decade, and now he finally has a show all his own. The Last Man on Earth premiered last Sunday on Fox, and it centers on Forte and fellow 30 Rock alum Kristen Schaal as a pair of lonely, desperate apocalypse survivors who aren't exactly relieved to discover each other's existence. I recently spoke with Forte about developing his own show, what he's learned from working with co-creators Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and whether [...]

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 [...]

Andy Samberg to Host the 2015 Emmy Awards

Say hello to your new Emmy Awards host. The Wrap reports that Andy Samberg has officially signed on to host the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, which airs on Fox in September. "It’s wonderfully fitting that we have Andy Samberg, an Emmy Award winner himself, as our host for this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards," Television Academy CEO Bruce Rosenblum said on the news. "Andy has excelled in all aspects of the television universe, both from behind and in front of the camera. His humor, insights and charisma will be an exciting addition to our annual celebration of television’s best and brightest." Here's Samberg's statement:

Buckle your seat belts, Emmy [...]

Fred Savage to Play Rob Lowe's Brother in Fox Pilot 'The Grinder'

Kevin Arnold is back! Well, kind of. According to THR, child star-turned-director Fred Savage has signed on to star opposite Rob Lowe in the Fox pilot The Grinder. Savage will play Dean's (Lowe) little brother Stewart Sanderson "who is constantly in his shadow. When Dean returns to his hometown looking for a new direction in life, everyone is dazzled by his charm and celebrity —except Stewart, whose nerves are quickly frazzling. But when Dean preempts an eviction case and makes it a cause celebre, Stewart is outraged by Dean's effrontery." Savage's last regular sitcom role was on 2006's Crumbs on ABC, but in recent years he's focused [...]

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 — [...]

Nasim Pedrad Joins Ryan Murphy's Fox Horror-Comedy 'Scream Queens'

SNL alum and Mulaney star Nasim Pedrad just landed new television role. Deadline reports that Nasim has joined the cast of Glee co-creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan's upcoming horror-comedy anthology Scream Queens, which got a 15-episode, straight-to-series order last year. Nasim joins previously announced cast members Jamie Lee Curtis, Lea Michele, Emma Roberts, Nick Jonas, Keke Palmer, Joe Manganiello, and Abigail Breslin, and Pedrad will appear in the first installment of the series set to premiere next fall, which "revolves around a college campus that is rocked by a series of murders."

Nasim recently wrapped up her run on Fox's Mulaney, which aired its [...]

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 [...]