Amazon has added another comedy pilot to its lineup. Deadline reports that Broken Lizard's Jay Chandrasekhar will write, direct, and star in the new single-cam comedy Really opposite Sarah Chalke. Rounding out the cast is Selma Blair, Luka Jones (Up All Night), Travis Schuldt (It's Always Sunny), Lindsay Sloane (Weeds, Kroll Show), Hayes Macarthur (Go On), and Collette Wolfe (Young Adult). Really follows a group of thirtysomething friends in Chicago led by Chandrasekhar as a "happily, messily married neurologist Jed" and Chalke as "lawyer/mom Lori." Really joins newly added Amazon comedies Mozart in the Jungle and Transparent as well as a recent series order for the Whit [...]
Jay Chandrasekhar made a name for himself acting in and directing movies like Super Troopers and Beerfest with his comedy team Broken Lizard, whose most recent produced project Freeloaders came out last week. In addition to his movie work and standup, though, Chandrasekhar has guest directed episodes for a handful of critically acclaimed fan-favorite TV series including Arrested Development, Undeclared, Happy Endings, and Community, where he's directed some of the series' best episodes ("Mixology Certification") and one of the most talked-about moments (Chevy Case emitting the N-word on set).
In light of Freeloaders' DVD and online release, I talked to Jay Chandrasekhar about ensemble comedies, the difference between directing [...]
Director and superest Super Trooper Jay Chandrasekhar was on Sklarbro Country today and he told a story about Chevy Chase being classic Chevy Chase during the filming of Mixology Certification:
The bits are in three parts: beginning, and move along, and payoff. … So I said, "All right, Chevy, it's time to shoot the second part of the bit," and he goes "eh, you don't need it." And I'm like, "Yeah, yeah we need it, we need it." He goes, "Nah, don't worry about it, you don't need it." And I'm like, "Yeah, well, we shot the intro, we shot the payoff, we kind of need the move-along section." He goes, [...]