Undeclared and This Is the End star Jay Baruchel has been cast as the lead in an FX pilot created by former Saturday Night Live writer Simon Rich and executive produced by Lorne Michaels, THR reports. Based on Rich's book, The Last Girlfriend on Earth, the half-hour comedy follows as a guy who's reentering the frightening dating scene after being dumped. If the show gets picked up, this will be Baruchel's first TV job since the short-lived 2006 courtroom drama Just Legal, which he starred in with Don Johnson.
Rich will serve as showrunner if the Last Girlfriend on Earth pilot gets picked up. Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia) [...]
Back in October, it was announced that HBO had added what seemed like a surefire pilot with People In New Jersey, a half-hour series starring Sarah Silverman and Topher Grace, directed by Bridesmaids' Paul Feig, produced by Lorne Michaels, and created/written by Girls/Six Feet Under writer Eric Kaplan. Though the specifics of the network's decision is unclear, Deadline reports that HBO has "decided not to go forward" with the pilot, though they are redeveloping another Michaels-produced comedy created by and starring Fallon writers Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin. Sadly, it looks like we'll have to wait a little longer until Silverman finds her next regular starring [...]
Maya Rudolph is coming back to NBC. Deadline reports that the network has ordered a pilot for an untitled variety show starring Rudolph and produced by Lorne Michaels, who worked with her on SNL and Up All Night. NBC will air the pilot in February as a primetime special following the Winter Olympics. Presumably, the network will order the pilot to series if the special does well. With Rudolph and Michaels working on this, the show should have no trouble landing well-known guests from both the music and comedy worlds.
After Up All Night was canceled last February, Maya Rudolph turned down five sitcom pilot offers and [...]
Here's a recently-unearthed video of a short interview Lorne Michaels and the entire Saturday Night Live cast did with Tom Snyder on his NBC talk show Tomorrow just prior to the show's premiere in 1975. It's worth sitting through the monologue about 30 Rock's air conditioning that Snyder interrupts the interview for just to see the whole gang all together and looking so young and unaware of all the amazing success they were all about to have.
(via Laughing Squid)
Season 39 of SNL kicks off this Saturday night with Tina Fey, Arcade Fire, and a mouthful of new names for Don Pardo to read off in the opening credits. After several seasons of little turnover, the cast is experiencing a major upheaval, with six — six! — new cast members to replace the departed Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis, and Fred Armisen. This is the largest staff hire in 18 years, tying the 1995-1996 season's addition of Jim Breuer, Will Ferrell, Darrell Hammond, David Koechner, Cheri Oteri, and Nancy Walls. After the show's dismal 1994-1995 season, which saw near cancellation and the firing/resignation of 12 cast members, those six were [...]