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Conan Talks Meeting John Candy and Dreaming Up New Segments at TBS

Conan O'Brien sat down with Parks & Rec co-creator Greg Daniels over the weekend for a panel called Smart Asses: The Harvard Lampoon in Hollywood. The Lampoon alums met at the University of Southern California's Comedy@SCA Festival to talk comedy and the influence of the Lampoon in Hollywood. The Hollywood Reporter has a lot of great quotes from the event, like Conan's thoughts about having to ditch long-running characters after leaving NBC.

"I was really looking forward to the period in my career where I could cruise — I'm being completely honest with you — a period where I could say, 'OK, here are the sketches people like and no one judges them anymore. [...]

Watching 'Not Necessarily Television' Skewer 1985's Pop Culture

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 120,000 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.)

Not long ago on the site, writer Nell Scovell wrote about her early experiences in "the greatest Writer's Room you've never heard of," [...]

NBC Orders a Pilot from 'The Office's Craig Robinson and Greg Daniels

NBC just commissioned a pilot episode of a potential series starring Craig Robinson and produced by The Office showrunner Greg Daniels, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The untitled show, which NBC began developing in October, stars Robinson as a musician adjusting to his new life as a middle school music teacher, as he deals with kids, other teachers, and single moms. Owen Ellickson, a new writer for The Office who previously worked on King of Queens and The Goode Family, wrote the script.

This is the second pilot producer Greg Daniels has sold this season after NBC bought a show about a bunch of 20something guys [...]

Steve Carell Not Likely to Return for the 'Office' Finale

When The Office says goodbye this May, it looks like Michael Scott won't be joining in on the farewell. NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt revealed to reporters this weekend that the long-lasting Peacock sitcom will close out its nine-season run with a one-hour finale in May but that there are no plans to involve Steve Carell because Carell is satisfied with his character's exit from the show two years ago in the seventh season episode "Goodbye, Michael." Greenblatt told the press, "I'm hopeful, but I don't think he will be back. He left in the way that he wanted that character to leave," before adding, "There's maybe a [...]

Kevin from 'The Office' Is Getting a New Show Too

Following in the footsteps of his fellow Office stars Rainn Wilson, Angela Kinsey, and Craig Robinson, Brian Baumgartner, who plays slow accountant Kevin, is lining up a new series for next year after The Office ends its run in the spring. In a new comedy sold to ABC, Baumgartner will play the lead, "a mid-level airline executive trying to experience winning again," Deadline reports. Parks and Rec writer Harris Wittels is creating the show, which Office/Parks and Rec head honcho Greg Daniels will produce. Other Office-related shows in development right now are Rainn Wilson's Dwight spin-off at NBC, Angela Kinsey's Dirty Blondes with Rachael Harris at [...]

Steve Carell Will Be in the 'Office' Finale After All

Steve Carell has been saying for over a year now that he doesn't want to come back for The Office's May 16th finale and showrunner Greg Daniels denied Carell's involvement in the final episode as recently as last week, but despite all that, TV Line reports today that Carell will be back to say goodbye one last time. TV Line's source says that Carell's appearance in the last episode is closer to a cameo than a full-on guest appearance, but he will allegedly be in the episode somewhere – unless this is just another lie in this constantly flip-flopping story.

Steve Agee, Kumail Nanjiani, and Steve Little Join Craig Robinson's NBC Pilot

Comedians Steve Agee (The Sarah Silverman Program), Kumail Nanjiani (Franklin & Bash), and Steve Little (Eastbound & Down) are all playing supporting roles in Craig Robinson's untitled NBC pilot, produced by Greg Daniels and written by Office writer Owen Ellickson. Nanjiani tweeted this photo of the full cast yesterday, with the new actors joining previously-announced cast members Amanda Lund (bottom left), Amandla Stenberg (bottom, middle), and Larenz Tate (back row to the right of Robinson). The pilot stars Robinson as a musician adjusting to his new life as a music teacher at an inner city middle school. This was already a show worth looking forward to for [...]

NBC Greenlights Pilots from Greg Daniels and Will Ferrell & Adam McKay

NBC just ordered up three comedy pilots. They are as follows:

  • Assistance, created by Leslye Headland (BacheloretteTerriers) and produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay via Gary Sanchez Productions. It follows a hard-working assistant who is pulled between her "work husband" and her real life fiancé.
  • Donor Party, a New Normal-esque comedy created by Geyer Kosinski (Magic City) and actor Alex Schemmer (Community) about an irresponsible dude who has to grow up when he learns he has kids resulting from his sperm donor days.
  • An untitled show created by The Office writer Robert Padnick and produced by Office/Parks and Rec/King of the Hill mastermind Greg Daniels. [...]

'The Office' and 'Parks and Rec' Mastermind Greg Daniels Sells a Tennis Comedy to Fox

Greg Daniels, creator of the U.S. version of The Office and co-creator of Parks and Recreation and King of the Hill, just put another comedy into development at Fox, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It's an untitled single camera show about a mediocre tennis pro named Richie who returns to his college town in order to get his life together. There, Richie finds himself caught between growing up and pursuing Kristen, the love of his life, and partying with younger bar-owning brother Tom.  The show was created by Richie Keen, a director on Important Things with Demetri Martin and Always Sunny, and Tom Gormican, who wrote and [...]

'Parks and Rec' Writer Alan Yang Sells NBC a New Show

Alan Yang, who's been a Parks and Rec writer since the show's very first season, just sold a new comedy to NBC that Parks/The Office producer Greg Daniels is producing, Deadline reports. The untitled show follows a strict father who has a near-death experience and then tries to change his hyper-responsible son's ways to be more like his fun-loving roommates. Yang also had a pilot in development at NBC last season with Daniels producing, an animated show about a bunch of 20somethings sharing a house, but the project didn't move forward. Yang's first movie, a Superbad-esque teen comedy called Gay Dude was filmed last year, and is [...]

Greg Daniels Confirms There Won't Be a Surprise Steve Carell Cameo in the 'Office' Finale

Steve Carell has been saying for over a year now that he doesn't have an interest in returning to The Office for the finale because he's happy with how he left his character. Showrunner/creator Greg Daniels said months ago that Carell wouldn't be back, but reports surfaced a couple weeks ago that the show's "producers mounted an 11th hour effort … to coax Carell into making a cameo." The mystery continued this week as Mindy Kaling refused to answer David Letterman's question about whether or not Carell would return.

Greg Daniels put these rumors to rest once and for all today in a conference call to [...]

Eric Andre Cast in Greg Daniels's NBC Pilot

Eric Andre, star of ABC's now-canceled Don't Trust the B and Adult Swim's The Eric Andre Show, has a booked a regular role on another network sitcom. Deadline reports that Andre has been cast as one of the lead characters in an untitled NBC pilot produced by The Office/Parks and Rec/King of the Hill mastermind Greg Daniels and created by Office writer Robert Padnick. This is one of two pilots Greg Daniels has in contention for fall of 2013; the other stars Craig Robinson.

The pilot follows four 20somethings navigating the dating world in a big city. Andre plays Teddy, "who is crass with zero social [...]

Greg Daniels Talks About the 'Office' Finale

The Office showrunner/developer Greg Daniels spoke to the press yesterday about what to expect when the show ends its nine-season run in May. Here's highlights from all the stuff he said:

  • Mindy Kaling and BJ Novak will return for the one-hour finale and that Zach Woods, who played Gabe Lewis on the show, will be back for one of the final episodes too.
  • Steve Carell, however, will not be back. Daniels says, "Steve is very much of the opinion that the 'Goodbye Michael' episode and the story arc that we did leading up to it was his goodbye and end to the show, and [...]

Inside the Greatest Writers Room You've Never Heard Of

Twenty-five years ago, millions of Americans gathered around their sets to watch the launch of a show that would transform late-night TV. This show would fuse comedy and news, offering desk pieces, taped dispatches from correspondents, and interviews with political figures. It would instruct as well as entertain. Yes, a quarter-century ago, America got its first glimpse of a program that had many similarities to The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. It was called The Wilton North Report. The Wilton North Re-what? Exactly.

Still, pop culture history was made that night. I was a writer on the show and forgive me for bragging, but as a late-night programming fiasco, I believe The Wilton North [...]