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Jenny Slate and Ari Graynor to Star in an FX Road Trip Comedy Pilot

Back in March it was revealed that Jenny Slate and her Obvious Child collaborators Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm were developing a pilot for FX, and today Deadline has more details on the project. The untitled pilot centers on Jenny Slate and Ari Graynor (Bad Teacher, Garfunkel and Oates, Kroll Show) as two friends named Lou and Viv who "embark on a cross-country road trip. Gutsy born and raised New Yorkers, Lou and Viv discover each other in their 30s, make a movie together, and jump into the great unknown of their next project. Lou and Viv find strength and vulnerability in each other, learning how to [...]

Paramount Is Developing a 'Galaxy Quest' TV Series

1999 sci-fi parody Galaxy Quest might get the TV treatment. According to Deadline, Paramount is currently developing a television series based on the film with original writing/directing/producing team Robert Gordon, Dean Parisot, and Mark Johnson attached to co-executive produce. The original Galaxy Quest starred Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell, Enrico Colantoni, and Justin Long, but there's no word yet whether any of them will return to appear in the TV version.

Chris Hardwick Is Developing a Weekly Show 'Nerdist News' for Syfy

Chris Hardwick's Nerdist empire is expanding to Syfy. According to Variety, the network has put into development a weekly half-hour news show called Nerdist News, which will cover current events in science fiction, fantasy, tech, science, and pop culture. Hardwick will not host the show, but he's attached as an executive producer alongside Talking Dead's Brandon Monk. No further details have been revealed, but it's expected to have the "same tone and feel" of its online version hosted by Jessica Chobot.

Sean Combs Is Developing an Animated Comedy for FX

Sean Combs aka P. Diddy has a new comedy in the works at FX. Deadline reports that Combs is executive producing an animated comedy called Brightmore Elementary for the network written by King of the Hill's Chip Hall and Detroit comedian Chris Powell, also known as Comedian CP. The series will center on a group of students in a Detroit elementary school and is described as "South Park set in inner city Detroit." This makes the second Detroit-set comedy in the works this year; in January, Comedy Central ordered a pilot called Detroiters starring Sam Richardson and SNL alum Tim Robinson.

Rob Schneider Is Self-Financing His New Sitcom 'Real Rob!'

Rob Schneider has a new autobiographical sitcom in the works. According to Deadline, the SNL alum is shopping a new half-hour show called Real Rob! at the MipTV conference in Cannes next month that "centers on Schneider as a version of himself, along with his wife and his incompetent assistant whom he cannot fire because he is his friend, and personal stalker." The documentary-style show is described as an "exaggerated yet brutally honest depiction of Schneider’s real life" and includes standup bits similar to Louie and early Seinfeld. Schneider self-financed the eight-episode single-cam series and co-wrote the episodes with his wife Patricia Azarcoya and comedian Jamie Lissow, and [...]

Amazon Orders Comedy Pilot from Bob Nelson and Sacha Baron Cohen

Nebraska writer Bob Nelson has a new coming-of-age comedy in the works at Amazon. According to Deadline, the streaming network has ordered a single-cam half-hour comedy called Highston from Nelson and produced by Sacha Baron Cohen, with Little Miss Sunshine duo Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris onboard to direct. The series follows Highston Liggetts, "a kind 19-year-old and perched on the edge of adulthood. When he encounters a world he doesn’t understand, like Elwood P. Dowd, he retreats into his vast imagination, where famous 'friends' are his companions and mentors." The cast has not yet been announced.

HBO Orders a Pilot and Standup Special by Whitney Cummings

Comedian and 2 Broke Girls co-creator Whitney Cummings is going into business with HBO. Deadline reports that the pay network has ordered a pilot for a half-hour comedy from Cummings based on Maureen Dowd's 2005 book Are Men Necessary? When Sexes Collide. Cummings created the series and will also write and star in the pilot, which is described as — and get ready for it, because it's a mouthful — "a comedic portrait of modern relationships that focuses on human nature and social construction using documentary elements and appearances from experts to help the characters understand the biological basis of their behavior." In addition to the pilot, [...]

A 'Muppet Show' Reboot Is in the Works at ABC

Kermit and friends might be heading back to television. TV Line reports that ABC is currently developing a reboot of The Muppet Show, which originally ran from 1976-1981. The Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady is writing and executive producing a pilot presentation for the network later this month with the working title Muppets 2015. Details are slim, and so far only a brief summary has been released: "The Muppets excitedly gather at ABC for a meeting about the new Muppet Show. However, the show will not move forward unless Miss Piggy signs on." ABC last attempted to revive The Muppet Show in 1996 with Muppets Tonight, but [...]

Jake Fogelnest Is Developing a Scripted Comedy for IFC

IFC is teaming up with Jake Fogelnest for a new show. The network announced today that Fogelnest — who is a writer on Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, Billy on the Street, and upcoming Hulu series Difficult People — is creating and writing a new scripted comedy tentatively called Start Making Sense with Ben Stiller on board as an executive producer. The series follows a man named Jack "desperately clinging to his fading relevancy as a best-selling author and his son, Shane, basking in popularity by expressing his teenage angst in 140 characters or less. As these generational voices collide they must navigate new waters [...]

Wyatt Cenac Is Developing a Topical Show for Pivot

It's a great year for new shows by past and present Daily Show correspondents, and now another project has joined the mix. Capital New York reports that Wyatt Cenac is currently developing a comedy for the Pivot network "that would provide his unique take on topical issues in an unconventional format." In addition to the Cenac project, Samantha Bee also has her own weekly satirical show in the works at TBS as well as a family comedy starring her husband and fellow Daily Show alum Jason Jones.

ABC's 'Muppets' Revival Will Be a "More Adult" Mockumentary Style Show

ABC is currently developing a Muppet Show reboot with Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady and Anger Management writer/producer Bob Kushell, and according to Entertainment Weekly the series will be aimed more at adults than kids, take on an Office/Arrested Development-style mockumentary format, and have a tone similar to 30 Rock. The plot will follow the Muppets behind the scenes as they launch a brand new television series, and the mockumentary format will delve "deeper into the Muppets' personal lives" for the first time. Here's ABC's official description of the series:

The Muppets return to prime time with a contemporary, documentary-style show that—for the first time ever—will [...]

ABC Family Orders a Pilot from 'The Office's Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky, and Danny Chun

Former Office writers and producers Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky, and Danny Chun have a new pilot in the works at ABC Family. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the trio has landed a pilot order at the network for Gorgeous Morons, a comedy about "two handsome, but ridiculously simple brothers — one is a model, the other a personal trainer — who find their lives rocked by their brainy new roommate, a female literature doctorate whose looks are, by their standards, in desperate need of help." Chun, who is also behind Jermaine Fowler's ABC pilot Delores & Jermaine, will write the script.

A 'Full House' Revival Is Reportedly in the Works at Netflix

The '90s television reboots, revamps, and reunions aren't winding down any time soon, because today TV Line reports that Netflix is very close to finalizing a 13-episode order for a Full House spin-off called Fuller House. Like the original '90s ABC sitcom, Fuller House will be a multi-cam comedy and star Candace Cameron Bure as D.J. and Andrea Barber as her best friend Kimmy. John Stamos is onboard as a producer and is set to make guest appearances alongside original cast members Bob Saget and Dave Coulier. Full House creator Jeff Franklin is returning to co-executive produce. Netflix has not yet officially confirmed the news.

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 [...]