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US Adaptation of BBC Three's 'Cuckoo' Lands a Pilot Order at NBC

Strange Calls isn't the only adaptation to land an NBC pilot order today. After over a year in development, NBC has given a pilot order to a remake of British comedy series Cuckoo from longtime Simpsons producer Tim Long. The single-cam show follows "a daughter who comes back from a summer abroad after marrying a charming but infuriating eccentric named Cuckoo, much to her father’s annoyance." The original Cuckoo has aired two seasons on BBC Three so far and starred Andy Samberg as Cuckoo in the first season, while Taylor Lautner replaced him as Dale Jr. in the second. Watch a teaser for the British [...]

Fred Armisen on the Evolution of 'Portlandia,' 'SNL,' and American Accents

Portlandia's fifth season premiered on IFC earlier this month, and for longtime fans of the show, the newest crop of episodes have been the perfect culmination of four years' worth of exploring the many characters, small businesses, and human idiosyncracies in the magical world of Portland. But Portlandia isn't the only thing that's evolved and changed over the past few years — co-creator and star Fred Armisen has moved from his SNL roots to be the new Late Night band leader and has a brand new IFC show set to debut later this year, so it looks like 2015 will be another busy year for one [...]

'SNL' Review: Blake Shelton Ain't From 'Round Here

One thing that's forgotten about the early years of SNL was how much it was a show that anyone could host. While hosts from the old days were more often handpicked from Lorne Michaels' rolodex of awesome comics, like Steve Martin or Buck Henry, the show also took risks with host bookings that it never would these days. An 80-year-old German immigrant woman who won an "Anyone Can Host" contest in 1977. An 8-year-old Drew Barrymore in 1982. Ron Reagan, son of the president, in 1986. SNL even dared to allow directors like Francis Ford Coppola and Quentin Tarantino to host once, even though they led to catastrophically bad episodes (Coppola "hosted" [...]

Nick Kroll Looks Back on Some 'Kroll Show' Fan Encounters on 'Late Night'

Nick Kroll was a guest on last night's Late Night, where he chatted with Seth Meyers about his decision to end Kroll Show, what his post-Kroll Show plans are, and what it's like to meet the real Bobby Bottleservices around the country who are fans of his show.

Blake Shelton Gets Back at Adam Levine in These 'SNL' Promos

Ahead of first-time SNL host and musical guest Blake Shelton's episode this weekend, NBC released the first round of promos this week featuring Cecily Strong, Southern accents, The Voice references, and some harsh words for Shelton's fellow Voice coach Adam Levine.

Eddie Murphy Confirms He's Attending the 'SNL' 40th Anniversary Special

Huge news, SNL fans: Eddie Murphy is ending his 30-year SNL absence and is headed to the show's 40th anniversary special set to air on February 15th. Murphy revealed the news during a phone interview with News One when asked about why he's never returned to the show since leaving in 1984: "It's just timing. It just never worked out where the timing was right for me to do it … They're actually having a 40th anniversary I think in two weeks. I'm going to that, and that'll be the first time I've been back since I left."

Here Are This Week's 'SNL' Promos with J.K. Simmons and Kenan Thompson

J.K. Simmons makes his SNL hosting debut this weekend, and NBC just released the first round of promos featuring boomerang snowballs, what J.K.'s initials really stand for, and Kenan Thompson insisting he never gets lonely.

The "NBC Playground" Contest Couldn't Find Any Ideas Outside of New York, LA, or Chicago

Remember when NBC announced its new "grassroots" talent initiative NBC Playground last year in hopes to — in the words of the network — find talented comedy writers by "reaching beyond the traditional talent labs of film schools and NY/LA comedy clubs"? Well, NBC announced the round of finalists last week, and guess where they live? Take a look at the list of finalists below:

Jeff Galante (Los Angeles, CA) – teacher at The Groundlings Tyler Hall (Brooklyn, NY) – UCB writer Melissa Hunter (Los Angeles, CA) – iO and Above Average performer Avery Lee & Bobby Richards (Chicago, IL) – iO performers Kassia Miller (New [...]

NBC Orders Two Comedy Pilots 'People Are Talking' and 'Take It From Us'

NBC revealed plans for a big multi-cam comedy push at TCA this year, and they're already following through on that promise with the order of two couple-themed multi-cam pilots. Deadline reports that the network has ordered two pilots called People Are Talking and Take It From Us. Growing Up Fisher creator DJ Nash and The Wedding Ringer producer Will Packer co-created People Are Talking, which revolves around "a white and a black couple and examines sex, race and everything else your parents told you never to talk about." Take It From Us hails from former Friends and How I Met Your Mother executive producer Greg Malins and [...]

Watch Kyle Mooney's Cut 'SNL' Sketch "Comedy Club"

Here's the latest cut-for-time sketch from SNL, this time starring Kyle Mooney as New York comedian and occasional Weekend Update guest Bruce Chandling in a pretaped sketch called "Comedy Club." It's an amusing peek into Chandling's inner emotions and features appearances by Hart, Leslie Jones, Pete Davidson, Michael Che, Jay Pharoah, Dave Attell, Artie Lange, and Beck Bennett as Chandling's partner in crime Ronny Donnyonyae.

NBC Orders Supernatural Comedy Pilot 'Strange Calls'

Australian paranormal comedy series Strange Calls is being developed for American audiences for a third time. THR reports that NBC has given a pilot order to a remake of the show produced by Aaron Kaplan and written by Cougar Town's Blake McCormick. The single-cam series follows "an affable but down-on-his-luck young police officer who is transferred to a rural town where — with the help of a peculiar, elderly night watchman — he starts to realize the town has a bizarre supernatural underbelly." ABC developed the show as a potential series twice in 2012 and 2014, but it ultimately did not move forward at the network. [...]

NBC Orders Two Comedy Pilots from Jimmy Fallon and Ellen DeGeneres

NBC just handed out two pilot orders. Variety reports that the network has ordered a single-cam workplace comedy executive produced by Jimmy Fallon called Sharing and an untitled multi-cam series executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres starring Parenthood's Monica Potter. Sharing will be an office-set workplace comedy from writers Damian Lanigan and Jeremy Bronson (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Mindy Project), while the DeGeneres-produced pilot will star Potter as a woman "juggling a busy family life and three ex-husbands, who begins to date again." Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer (The New Adventures of Old Christine) will write and co-executive produce.

Fred Armisen Announces the Charlie Chaplin Photo Awareness Festival on 'Late Night'

During last night's Late Night, Seth Meyers checked in with band leader Fred Armisen to ask about his latest project "Charlie Fest," an all-day music festival that hopes to raise awareness of pictures of Charlie Chaplin, particularly for younger people who might not be aware that there are Chaplin photos out there. It's tough work, but Armisen seems up to the task.

Rob Lowe, Jenna Fischer, and Megan Mullally to Star in New Series 'Apocalypse Slough'

Will Forte isn't the only performer to star in a show about the end of the world this year. Deadline reports that Rob Lowe, Jenna Fischer, and Megan Mullally have all joined the cast of Apocalypse Slough, an upcoming 10-part comedy/drama series on British channel Sky 1 that NBC is also set to air in the US. Described as "an adrenaline-fueled witty epic," Slough centers on "an eclectic group of ordinary people in an extraordinary situation: a collision is imminent with an eight-mile wide comet that’s destined to wipe out all life on Earth. Together, they hunker beneath the town of Slough, about 20 miles west of [...]