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David Fincher Is Developing an HBO Comedy About Making Music Videos in the 80s

David Fincher, director of such hilarious comedies as Gone Girl, Se7en, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is now developing a new half-hour comedy for HBO. Tentatively titled Living on Video, here's the synopsis: Set in 1983 Los Angeles, Living On Video centers on Bobby, a wide-eyed guy who drops out of college and drives to Hollywood with dreams of directing a sci-fi epic. He lands a job as a PA for a company making music videos. In the vein of HBO’s Entourage, the series revolves around the players of the then-exploding music video industry — directors, record executives and crew members, many of them dabbling in [...]

Dan Fogelman Is Producing an NBA-Set Comedy for ABC

ABC has a new comedy in the works. Deadline reports that the network has given a put pilot commitment to an untitled single-camera comedy from Trophy Wife writers Casey Windsor and David Johnson described as "a buddy comedy set in the world of the NBA about a rookie who doesn’t speak English and a translator who doesn’t speak basketball." Dan Fogelman, who is also developing two other ABC comedies with Jimmy Kimmel and Simon Stephenson, will co-executive produce with Aaron Kaplan and called the project "basically the international Odd Couple set in the NBA." This makes the second NBA-themed comedy recently put in development at ABC [...]

Amy Schumer Is Producing a Comedy Central Pilot Starring Rachel Feinstein

Amy Schumer is teaming up with comedian Rachel Feinstein for a brand new Comedy Central show. Deadline reports that the network has given a pilot order to an untitled series starring Feinstein and co-executive produced by Schumer described as "a field-driven sketch show that focuses on Feinstein out on the street using her social experiments and character-based comedy to explore and skewer gender, class and stereotypical issues in sketch and character-driven pieces." Feinstein has toured with Schumer, appeared on Inside Amy Schumer, and starred in her own Comedy Central Half Hour special earlier this year.

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's AMC 'Preacher' Adaptation Gets a Pilot Order

Back in February it was announced that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were developing a television adaptation of the '90s Garth Ennis comics series Preacher for AMC, and today Variety reports that the project has landed a pilot order. "Preacher has been our favorite comic since it first came out," said Rogen and Goldberg in a statement. "Garth Ennis is one of our idols and it's an incredible honor to be working on this. We promise we won’t make too many dick jokes and ruin it." In addition to writing the script, Rogen and Goldberg will also direct the pilot and serve as co-executive producers alongside former [...]

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.

HBO Orders a Comedy Pilot Starring Sarah Silverman

Sarah Silverman might be HBO's next big comedy star. THR reports that the pay network has ordered an untitled pilot starring Silverman described as "a comedic look at a pathologically honest woman having a modern midlife crisis." Silverman will co-write the script and serve as a co-executive producer alongside Secret Diary of a Call Girl creator Lucy Prebble. Silverman previously developed a Lorne Michaels-produced pilot for HBO last year called People in New Jersey, which was ultimately not picked up by the network. Silverman hasn't starred in her own comedy series since The Sarah Silverman Program ended its run in 2010, so hopefully this pilot has better [...]

ABC Casts Justin Long in Semi-Improvised Comedy 'Irreversible'

Back in February, ABC announced it was developing a partially improvised comedy starring David Schwimmer called Irreversible based on the hit Israeli series Bilti Hafich. While the pilot did not make it to series, today Deadline reports that ABC is now giving the project another shot by recasting Justin Long in the lead role. Described as "partially improvised in the vein of Curb Your Enthusiasm," Irreversible follows Long's character Andy "and Sarah, a somewhat eccentric, self-absorbed couple, and their trials and tribulations — most of which they bring upon themselves." ABC cast British actress Jessica Knappett in the original pilot but are reportedly looking for a replacement [...]

Luke Wilson and More Join Cameron Crowe's Showtime Pilot 'Roadies'

Back in June it was announced that Cameron Crowe was developing a roadie comedy for Showtime, and today THR reports that the project has set its leading stars. The pilot will follow "the day-to-day life of a successful rock tour as seen through the crew members who get the show on the road" and star Luke Wilson as the sober and "sleep-deprived" tour manager Bill, Imogen Poots as electrical tech Kelly Ann, Keisha Castle-Hughes as the "outspoken and passionate" sound mixer Donna Mancini, Peter Cambor as "offbeat American anglophile guitar tech" Milo, and Rafe Spall as a British financial adviser named Reg Whitehead who "knows less than [...]

HBO Is Developing a Show Based on Laura Kightlinger's Memoir 'Quick Shots of False Hope'

Laura Kightlinger might get an autobiographical comedy on HBO. Deadline reports that the network is currently developing single-cam comedy Quick Shots of False Hope based on Kightlinger's 1995 memoir of the same name. The series will be written and executive produced by Kightlinger and Will & Grace co-creator Max Mutchnick and will follow "a 1970s-era single mom and her ongoing quest to find a husband, while still sleeping with her daughter’s married father." Kightlinger is an SNL alum, starred in her own IFC series The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman from 2006-2007, and most recently worked as a consulting producer on CBS's 2 Broke Girls.

Ellen DeGeneres and Lauren Graham Are Developing a Female Late Night Host Comedy

There have been a ton of open late night hosting gigs on the major networks recently between The Tonight Show, Late Night, Late Show, The Late Late Show, and next year's Late Late Show guest host lineup, and NBC is attempting to bank off of late night's most glaring problem in the form of a sitcom starring Lauren Graham. Deadline reports that the network has given a script commitment to a single-camera comedy called Kate On Later. The half-hour series is co-written by Graham and He's Just Not That Into You's Liz Tuccillo and produced by Ellen DeGeneres's A Very Good Production and follows Graham as Kate, [...]

FX Orders a Pilot Created by and Starring Donald Glover

Community alum Donald Glover might be making a big return to television. Deadline reports that FX has given a pilot order to a comedy created by and starring Glover called Atlanta, which will follow "two cousins on their way up through the Atlanta rap scene whose opposing views on art versus commerce, success and race will make their quest anything but easy." In addition to serving as an executive producer on the pilot, Glover will also star as "Earnest 'Earn' Marks," a "college drop-out who reconnects with his long buried ambition and sets out to seize the life he imagined for himself when his estranged cousin becomes a [...]

Showtime Is Developing a Corporate Espionage Comedy

Showtime has another new comedy in the works. According to THR, the network has given a script order to a corporate espionage comedy called Professionals written by David J. Rosen (Us & Them) and directed/co-executive produced by Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer, The Amazing Spider-Man). The show follows "two partially broken midlevel employees who become ensnared in a dangerous game of corporate espionage." This makes Webb's second comedy currently in development at Showtime in addition to Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna's pilot Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

TruTV Orders Its First Scripted Comedy Pilot 'Those Who Can't'

After the success of its first sketch show Friends of the People, TruTV is adding its first scripted comedy pilot. Deadline reports that the network has ordered a pilot called Those Who Can't created by and starring Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl, and Ben Roy of the Denver comedy trio The Grawlix. The series will be set in Denver and follow Cayton-Holland, Orvedahl, and Roy as "three dysfunctional high school teachers who are as screwed-up as the kids they teach. When an entitled bully decides to make their lives miserable, they go to ridiculous lengths to exact revenge." Former SNL writer and Broad City co-executive producer Eric Slovin will [...]

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) [...]