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Denis Leary Is Developing a Hockey Comedy for IFC

Denis Leary's production company Apostle has a new comedy in development at IFC. According to Variety, the scripted comedy titled Uncle Chubby's will follow "the exploits of a group of friends in their late 20s as they play on an ice hockey team, determined to win the adult league title despite little experience playing the sport competitively." The script comes from Apostle's Jim Serpico and Tom Sellitti, who also serve as producers on IFC's other show Maron. No cast has been announced yet for the project, but Leary will serve as a co-executive producer alongside Serpico and Sellitti. Leary already has his next TV role lined up in [...]

Alex Winter Says 'Bill & Ted 3' Is Still in Development

It looks like Bill & Ted 3 is still a go. Alex Winter was asked about the long in-the-works sequel in a recent interview with Yahoo, where he gave some more details about the plot and revealed that he's been working on the idea with Keanu Reeves and original Bill & Ted writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon:

"Bill & Ted will be 40-something and it’s all about Bill and Ted grown up, or not grown up," Winter tells us. "It’s really sweet and really f—-ing funny."

"But it’s a Bill & Ted movie, that’s what it is. It’s for the fans of Bill & Ted. It fits very neatly [...]

Former 'Office' Writer/Producer Justin Spitzer Is Developing a Workplace Comedy for NBC

Former Office writer and co-executive producer Justin Spitzer just sold a new workplace comedy to NBC. THR reports that the network has given a script commitment to The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, a single-cam comedy by Spitzer centered on "a disparate group of employees working at a big-box store in middle America and the love stories that will ultimately unfold among them." Spitzer will co-executive produce alongside Enlightened's David Bernad and Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer, and he also serves as a co-executive producer on Fox's Mulaney, which is set to premiere on October 5th.

Jimmy Kimmel Sells a Comedy to ABC Based on Carson Daly's Post-MTV Career

A ton of shows based on the lives of once-much more famous stars are currently in the works on the major networks, including series about Johnny Knoxville (ABC), Weezer's Rivers Cuomo (Fox), John Stamos (Fox) and The Voice cohost Adam Levine (NBC), and ABC just added another from an unlikely source. According to THR, late night host Jimmy Kimmel has sold an untitled half-hour sitcom to the network based on the post-TRL career of his longtime friend Carson Daly, who is attached to the project as a producer. Dan Fogelman — who created ABC's The Neighbors and is also working on the Stamos project [...]

Adam Levine Producing Autobiographical Comedy 'Kids in America' for NBC

With all the in-the-works autobiographical comedies in development, NBC has decided to add one of its own from musician and The Voice cohost Adam Levine. Deadline reports that the network has given a script commitment to a single-cam project called Kids in America based on Levine's life that "centers on an unconventional family as seen through the eyes of a teenager with the dream of becoming a rock star." The show will be written by Family Guy's Aaron Blitzstein, and Levine will serve as a co-executive producer through his company 222 Productions.

Bill Lawrence and Brett Ratner Are Developing a 'Rush Hour' TV Series

Yet another big-screen comedy is currently in development as a TV series. Deadline reports that an hourlong action comedy based on the hit Rush Hour film franchise is currently in the works at Warner Bros. TV. The series will be written and executive produced by Bill Lawrence, with original Rush Hour director Brett Ratner and producer Arthur Sarkissian on board as executive producers. The series will reportedly be similar to the original film "with a stoic, by-the-book Hong Kong police officer, played in the features by Jackie Chan, assigned to a case in Los Angeles, where he’s forced to work with a cocky black LAPD officer, originally played [...]

Bill Lawrence Is Producing an Autobiographical Sitcom Starring Tommy Johnagin

Standup Tommy Johnagin might be getting his own Everybody Loves Raymond-style sitcom. Deadline reports that Johnagin has teamed up with $h*! My Dad Says/Surviving Jack co-creators Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker to create a multi-cam comedy for CBS based on his life with Bill Lawrence signed on to executive produce. The untitled series — which has received a pilot commitment — stars Johnagin "as a standup comic raising a family in a small Midwestern town." Johnagin also had a similar pilot co-written with My Name Is Earl writer Mike Pennie in development at NBC in 2012.

For more on Johnagin, check out our interview with him [...]

Zach Braff and Bill Lawrence Are Developing a New Show

The creator and the star of Scrubs are currently working on a new comedy series and have their eyes set on Netflix. According to The Independent, Zach Braff is currently in talks with Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence to create a new show together. "I've been talking about a new idea with Bill Lawrence," Braff said. "I don't know if it will be this year or next." As for where Braff and Lawrence hope to premiere the in-the-works show, Braff said: "I like the idea of this new waves that you can do 12 episodes or eight episodes maybe for cable or Netflix or whatever. There are so many [...]

NBC Is Developing a Live Sitcom About a Manhattan Hotel Staff

NBC is attempting to bring back the live sitcom. Deadline reports that the network is currently developing a "live hotel comedy" from actor/creator Chris Moynihan and Hazy Hills, the production company owned by Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner that's behind shows like Hot in Cleveland, Grimm, and Hollywood Game Night. Titled Hospitality, the series follows the hospitality staff of a midtown Manhattan hotel and would be a weekly multi-cam comedy that's completely live, including the commercials. 30 Rock is the most recent NBC sitcom to pull off the live episode format well, but Hospitality would be the first fully live sitcom on the network in some time, not [...]

Jermaine Fowler Is Developing and Starring in a New Comedy for ABC

Last week it was announced that both ABC and Fox were developing autobiographical comedies based on the lives of Johnny Knoxville and Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo, and ABC has added yet another, this time from standup Jermaine Fowler. THR reports that the network has given a script commitment to an untitled project starring Fowler as "a college dropout who winds up living with his estranged grandmother, a former DC cop who provides the perfect mix of parenting, laughs and adventure that gets him off the couch and out into the world." Fowler's past television appearances include MTV2's Guy Code and Comedy Underground with Dave Attell on Comedy [...]

Fox Is Developing a TV Adaptation of the 1988 Movie 'Big'

Proving that the future of television comedy will contain no more original ideas, Fox has gone and added yet another movie-to-TV remake to its lineup. Deadline reports that the network has given a script commitment to an adaptation of the 1988 comedy classic Big starring Tom Hanks from Enlisted executive producers Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce. The adaptation will be "an event series based on the movie that explores what it means to be an adult and what it means to be a kid — and how in today's world, those two things are more confused than ever." No cast has been announced yet for the project; Biegel [...]

NBC Buys Two Comedies from John Krasinski

Former Office star John Krasinski just sold two new comedies to NBC. Deadline reports that Krasinski has landed two new comedy projects through his production company Sunday Night. The first untitled series is a single-cam comedy written by Shawn Wines and co-executive produced with Aaron Kaplan about "a disgraced law student who, out of options, is forced to turn to the exotic and lucrative world of NYC garbage collection." The second single-cam comedy is a workplace/family show from former 30 Rock writers/producers Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan set on "a middle-aged ad executive who unexpectedly loses his job and cobbles together a ragtag team to launch his own [...]

Stephnie Weir Is Developing a Comedy for ABC

Former MADtv cast member Stephnie Weir has landed a new show at ABC. Deadline reports that the network has put in development a half-hour comedy from Weir and CBS TV Studios. The untitled project follows "a Branch Manager in a Credit Union who believes he can finally shake their Podunk image and compete with the newly arrived UberBank with his new style of management." While no casting has been announced yet for the series, Weir can be next seen onscreen in FX's upcoming comedy The Comedians starring Billy Crystal and Josh Gad.

Bryan Cranston Is Producing a Comedy for NBC Called 'The Dangerous Book for Boys'

NBC just added another potential comedy series from Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston. Deadline reports that the network has added a project from Cranston's production company Moon Shot Entertainment based on the book The Dangerous Book for Boys by brothers Conn and Hal Iggulden, which is described as "an irreverent family comedy about three teenage boys who are given a dad's guide to living lives full of adventure after he passes away." Cranston — who optioned the rights to the book back in June — will serve as executive producer, while Adventureland's Greg Mottola will write and direct the TV adaptation.