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'Marry Me' Star Ken Marino on Why Comedy Gets Lower Ratings Than Drama

"I think the reason that comedy maybe gets lower ratings than the reality shows or dramas is that there's a lot of different places you can do comedy, you can get comedy elsewhere, you can find comedy online. I think that what's nice about our show is that … there are people who look for alternative stuff that I think will appreciate this show as well as people that [like] big, straight-up network comedy. It's sort of a mixture of both."

- Star of NBC's new comedy Marry Me Ken Marino explains why comedies have the biggest ratings struggle to The Wrap.

How 'SNL's Season 40 Title Sequence Came Together

Last year SNL director of photography Alex Buono posted a lengthy blog entry about the making of the Wes Anderson parody "The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders," and this week he's back with a comprehensive behind-the-scenes look at SNL's season 40 title sequence. To capture the 40th anniversary feel, Buono explains why the team landed on the mantra of a "Love-letter to New York" and why they used light-writing and other technical tricks as inspiration: "Not just light-writing, but an overall simple, clean concept: as an homage to the 40-year history of SNL, we would approach the sequence using in-camera techniques that would be at home just as [...]

Rob Lowe, Pete Huyck, and Alex Gregory Are Developing a Father Comedy for NBC

Back in January, NBC ordered a new comedy pilot called The Pro starring Rob Lowe with Larry Sanders Show/King of the Hill writers Pete Huyck and Alex Gregory attached, and now they're teaming up for another new NBC comedy. While The Pro didn't make it to series, Deadline reports that Lowe, Huyck, and Gregory are now developing a single-cam family comedy for NBC that follows "a worldly, adventurous, and newly sober narcissist — a role written for Lowe — whose decision to become a devoted father happens when his son and daughter are already teenagers. He’s back in his hometown making amends to his kids, his ex-wife, [...]

Nasim Pedrad Looks Back on Her 'SNL' Arianna Huffington Impersonation

SNL alum and Mulaney star Nasim Pedrad was a guest on last night's Late Night, where she and Seth Meyers looked back on how she first got her Arianna Huffington impersonation on SNL — which was largely thanks to Bill Hader getting an eye infection. Watch more from Pedrad's interview below:

Chris Rock to Host 'SNL' November 1st with Musical Guest Prince

NBC just announced another former SNL cast member who is set to host an upcoming episode, and it's a big one. According to a Twitter update by SNL, Chris Rock is slated to host on November 1st with musical guest Prince. The episode will make Rock's second hosting stint following his 1996 episode with musical guest The Wallflowers, which followed his years as a cast member from 1990-1993. Rock will follow Jim Carrey, who is also confirmed to host with musical guest Iggy Azalea on October 25th.

'SNL' Writer Leslie Jones Is Now a Featured Player

SNL just made an excellent (and long overdue) casting decision by promoting writer and sometimes-performer Leslie Jones. Deadline reports that Jones has officially been added as a featured player, and her first credited episode will be this Saturday's episode hosted by Jim Carrey. Click through to watch the SNL appearances Leslie Jones has made as a writer so far as well as her standup appearance on Late Night last month:

Bill Lawrence Is Developing an 'IT Crowd' Remake for NBC

NBC is attempting to remake the Channel 4 workplace comedy The IT Crowd again. Deadline reports that the network has teamed up with Bill Lawrence — who is also developing a Rush Hour TV adaptation for CBS — to adapt the Chris O'Dowd, Richard Ayoade, and Katherine Parkinson-starring series into a multi-cam show with Community's Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan signed on as writers. This makes NBC's second attempt to remake the British series following the 2006-2007 season version starring Joel McHale, which you can read more about here.

Brad Pitt and Jimmy Fallon Have a Breakdance Conversation on 'Tonight Show'

Brad Pitt made a special appearance during last night's Tonight Show in the above sketch called "Breakdance Conversation," which reveals Pitt and Fallon's love for sneaking to the basement of 30 Rock and having casual conversations through the power of dance.

David Caspe on Reviving 'Happy Endings': "I Would Totally Do It"

"I loved making it and I loved all the people involved in it and if there was ever a good situation to continue it, I would love to do it. If there was ever a situation where it made sense to do it again and everyone was in, I would totally do it. I think it would be so fun, but if we don't get to, there's also something nice that we made this little three-year thing that the people who liked it really liked it."

- Creator of new NBC show Marry Me David Caspe reveals that he's open to the idea of bringing back Happy Endings in [...]

Zach Galifianakis and Jimmy Fallon Make Some Plans for 2030

Here's a sketch from last night's Tonight Show, in which Fallon and special guest Zach Galifianakis fail — then finally succeed — to set up a good time to hang out together. Click through to watch Galifianakis's interview at the desk, which covers everything from his year-old son to his distaste for the red carpet scene.

Amy Poehler Is Developing an NBC Comedy About an Agnostic Woman

Amy Poehler has another NBC show in the works. Deadline reports that Poehler has teamed up with Parks and Recreation writer/producer Aisha Muharrar for a single-cam workplace comedy for the network that follows "a young, agnostic woman who inherits a church and the crew of strong-willed characters who make up her new community." No word yet on who will star in the untitled show, but in the meantime Poehler and Muharrar are hard at work on the final season of Parks and Rec.

Armie Hammer Is Developing a Semi-Autobiographical Comedy for NBC

Semi-autobiographical comedy pilots are so hot right now, and The Lone Ranger's Armie Hammer is the latest celebrity to put one into development. Deadline reports that Hammer has teamed up with About a Boy writer/producer David Israel for an untitled comedy about "a guy whose world is rocked when he finds out that his parents have been secretly 'seeing' his ex-girlfriend for three years since he broke up with her, and the highly unlikely friendship he forms with his ex’s fiancé." The series is inspired by Hammer's life, just like the pilots based on the lives of Will Packer, Johnny KnoxvilleAdam LevineTommy JohnaginJermaine [...]

'Mission Control' Canceled by NBC Due to Casting Issues

One of NBC's new comedies has been killed off before even making it to the airwaves. THR reports that '60s space-set workplace comedy Mission Control starring Krysten Ritter and produced by Will Ferrell's Gary Sanchez has been yanked from the network's lineup before its midseason premiere. Sources close to the project told THR that the show had "casting issues" in some of the supporting roles and "ultimately decided to scrap the series completely." Gary Sanchez's other NBC comedy Bad Judge premiered on the network earlier this month.

'Ride Along' Producer Will Packer Is Developing an Autobiographical Comedy for NBC

Ride Along and Think Like a Man producer Will Packer just sold a half-hour comedy to NBC. Titled Like Father, Like Son, the series is inspired by Packer's life and follows "a recently divorced man in his early thirties who is just starting to enjoy the benefits of being young, successful and single when he learns he has a fifteen-year-old son from a one-night-stand he had in college." Packer will executive produce alongside writer Michael Pennie (My Name Is Earl, Raising Hope). This makes Packer's third TV project currently in the works following NBC comedy #PeopleAreTalking and the Uncle Buck remake for ABC, which hasn't made the [...]