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Joel McHale Is Developing an E! Show About Mean Internet Comments

Joel McHale is currently working on a new show for E! all about the snarky world of internet comments. Deadline reports that the network has given a pilot order to an untitled show hosted by comedian Michael Kosta that will "focus on deconstructing the often snarky comments on popular websites." McHale will serve as executive producer on the pilot alongside Kosta and The Soup showrunner K.P. Anderson, making it McHale's first project to get a green light from his overall development deal with E!, which extended his contract as host of The Soup through 2016.

NBC Is Developing a Multi-Cam Cruise Ship Comedy 'Port of Miami'

NBC is setting out to sea for a brand new sitcom. THR reports that the network has given a script commitment to a multi-cam comedy called Port of Miami from former Home Improvement showrunners Matt Williams and David McFadzean. The series will take place on a Miami-based cruise ship and follow "an unmotivated white bartender who works with a variety of international employees, all of them aggressively seeking the American dream and incredulous that he is content to mix drinks, chase women and settle for less." No cast has been announced yet, but Mark Perez (The Country Bears, Accepted) will pen the script, which is described as "Cheers [...]

HBO Is Developing a Comedy About Three Brothers in Los Angeles

HBO is working on a sibling comedy. Titled Bros, the series comes from Hand of God writer Benjamin Cory Jones and The Wire/Newsroom director Anthony Hemingway and follows "three African-American brothers — two straight, one gay and all very different — looking for love and happiness in Los Angeles." Hemingway will direct and executive produce the series alongside Mark Taylor and Lena Waithe, who also produced Justin Simien's new satire Dear White People. Click through to watch the trailer for the original pilot presentation called Bros Before Hos.

Kyra Sedgwick to Star in an HBO Comedy About a Disillusioned Nun

While Amy Poehler is developing an NBC comedy about an agnostic woman who inherits a church, Entertainment Weekly reports that Kyra Sedgwick is going the opposite route. Sedgwick has partnered with The New Adventures of Old Christine creator Kari Lizer to create and star in a half-hour HBO comedy about a nun who leaves the church. The untitled single-cam show will center on Sedgwick as Kate, a disillusioned nun who walks away from her vocation: "No longer 'Sister Katherine,' she’s turned her back on her old life and now finds herself coming of age, trying to figure out who she is without her vows and what it [...]

Neil Patrick Harris to Host a Weekly Variety Show for NBC

NBC is adding another weekly show called Saturday Night. Vulture reports that the network has teamed up with actor and next year's Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris to head up an American adaptation of the UK variety show Saturday Night Takeaway that will tape in Harris's home base of New York City. "As I watched the show, I couldn't stop smiling. Now that I've seen many seasons, my face hurts. It's a game changer," said Harris on the news. "Nothing like this has been done before, and it's unique structure fits right into my random skill set. I can't wait to roll up my sleeves and have [...]

Comedy Central Is Developing a 'TripTank' Spin-Off 'Jeff & Some Aliens'

Comedy Central's animated show TripTank might get its own spin-off series. THR reports that the network is currently developing a spin-off from duo Sean Donnelly and Alessandro Minoli that will be an animated series based on their TripTank series Jeff & Some Aliens, which follows Jeff (Brett Gelman) and "three extraterrestrials who are sent to Earth to study the world's most average guy to evaluate whether humanity and the planet should be destroyed." TripTank executive producers Alex Bulkey and Corey Campondonico will also serve as EPs on the spin-off. Additionally, Donnelly and Minoli have a second animated/live-action hybrid in development at CC called The Amazing Danny, which [...]

IFC Is Developing a Show Starring David Krumholtz as a Jewish Grandmother

IFC just announced they're developing a new show, and it sounds pretty strange. In a press release today, the network revealed that they've ordered a presentation for a new comedy series called Gigi's Bucket List, which stars David Krumholtz as "72-year-old Jewish grandmother 'Gigi' from Boca Raton, FL pursuing everything she deprived herself of throughout her life after discovering millions in her dead husband’s bank account." No more details on the project have been released yet, but Krumholtz has played Gigi before for the web site Weather From and based the character on his own grandmother. In the meantime Krumholtz has several upcoming projects in the works including a voice [...]

Michael Showalter Is Producing a Sci-Fi Comedy for FX

FX might add a science fiction company with Michael Showalter onboard as producer. Deadline reports that the network has put a series in development written by 1600 Penn and Super Fun Night writers Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit called Daedalus 6. No plot details have been revealed yet other than Daedalus 6 will be "set in the distant future." Hernandez and Samit will co-executive produce with Showalter and are also writing the Gilligan's Island movie reboot starring Josh Gad for Warner Bros.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck Are Producing a Fox Comedy from '30 Rock' Alum Colleen McGuinness

Another former 30 Rock writer just landed a new comedy on a major network. Following last week's report that former 30 Rock writers/co-executive producers Josh Siegal and Dylan are developing a witch-themed comedy for NBC, today The Wrap reports that Fox has ordered a script for a half-hour comedy from Colleen McGuinness, who wrote for 30 Rock's sixth and seventh seasons. The untitled show will focus on "a 25-year-old woman who works at a frozen yogurt shop and whose life is going nowhere – until she discovers she is telekinetic." The series has some superstar backing from Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, who will serve as co-executive [...]

NBA Star Chris Paul Is Developing an Autobiographical Comedy for ABC

ABC just added another project to the long list of autobiographical sitcoms currently in development across the major networks. Variety reports that NBA star Chris Paul has teamed up with former Office writer/executive producer Warren Lieberstein to develop a family comedy for ABC based on his childhood in North Carolina. The untitled show follows "two brothers who work at a service station owned by their grandfather, who champions old-school values in contrast to the attitude of their guarded, politically-correct mother." Paul and his brother C.J. will serve as co-executive producers alongside Lieberstein, Eric Tannanbaum, and Kim Tannanbaum.

This makes the second comedy in development based on an [...]

Fox Is Developing an Adaptation of Austrian Comedy 'Braunschlag' Starring Rob Riggle

Rob Riggle might be Fox's next big comedy star. Deadline reports that the network has given a put pilot commitment to a single-cam comedy based on the 2012 Austrian series Braunschlag. The American version — which is currently untitled — will be developed by former Office, 30 Rock, and American Dad! writer Steve Hely and "follows the quirky inhabitants of a small struggling town whose mayor (Riggle) is prepared to do anything to save his community. Seriously. Anything." Hely and Riggle with co-executive produce the project.

Check out a German trailer for the original series below:

ABC Is Developing Another Autobiographical Sitcom, This Time with Puppets

Autobiographical sitcoms continue to dominate the major networks' development slates, but the latest addition comes with a twist: Puppets. Deadline reports that ABC has bought an untitled single-cam comedy from Gregg Mettler (That '70s Show, Cougar Town, Back in the Game) based on his childhood growing up with a puppeteer father. The project is being described as "Malcolm in the Middle meets The Middle" — so, a family sitcom? — and apparently the many puppets in Mettler's household (see photo) were considered by him to be "surrogate siblings," which is funny and totally not disturbing, right?

Hulu Orders Jason Reitman-Produced Family Comedy 'Casual'

Director Jason Reitman just landed his first (streaming) TV show. THR reports that Hulu has given a 10-episode order to Casual, a comedy about a "dysfunctional family with a bachelor brother and his newly divorced sister. Together, they coach each other through the crazy world of dating (online and off), while living under one roof again and raising a teenager." Up-and-coming writer Zander Lehmann will write the script, and Reitman will direct the series premiere episode and serve as executive producer. Production on Casual will begin this year, and the show is expected to debut sometime in 2015. "I've long looked for the right first step into episodic [...]

'The Daily Show's Jason Jones and Samantha Bee Are Developing a Comedy for TBS

When TBS ordered a new comedy called Wrecked last week, reports also mentioned that the network had teamed up with Daily Show correspondents and married couple Jason Jones and Samantha Bee for a "family vacation anthology series." Today, THR confirms that the untitled project has been given a pilot order and will star Jones with Bee onboard as a writer. The show is inspired by Jones and Bee's own experiences and will center on a family as they embark on a road trip to Key West, Florida. Jones will play "hopeful dad Nate, who hops in the car with his wife and two young kids for a [...]