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NBC Is Developing an Animated Comedy Voiced and Co-Written by Ed Helms

NBC is looking to get back into animated comedy after a lengthy hiatus. The peacock network is developing a new comedy for the 2014-15 TV season called Mystery Island to be voice and co-written by Ed Helms, Deadline reports. Helms is writing the show with Graham Wagner, who was a writer/producer on the final season of The Office. Mystery Island is set on "an island where holidaymakers get marooned after their cruise ship malfunctions," and Helms is planning on voicing one of the main characters. If NBC ends up picking up the show, it will be the network's first animated series since the disastrous Father of the Pride [...]

This Week in Comedy: A Whole Lot of Ron Burgundy and Amy Poehler

-Will Ferrell made SEVENTY Dodge ads as Ron Burgundy. Seriously, seventy.

-Adult Swim has two pilots premiering this month: Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories, and Flithy Sexy Teen$ from Paul Scheer.

-In honor of next Friday's premiere of The Birthday Boys on IFC, we looked at their best web videos.

-NBC bought a Swedish sitcom from Amy Poehler and her brother. Poehler also gave a wonderful speech about the importance of charity and her work with the Worldwide Orphans Foundation.

-We interviewed Marc Maron about his new special, Mark Normand about standup, Hannibal Buress about The Eric Andre Show, and Tom Lennon about Sean Saves the World.

-We [...]

NBC Is Rebooting 'Remington Steele' as a Comedy

'80s TV show Remington Steele is coming back, albeit with a bit of a genre tweak. Deadline reports that NBC is developing a reboot of Remington Steele, turning the 1982-1987 Pierce Brosnan detective comedy-drama into a half-hour comedy. Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad) is directing the pilot, and Jay Scherick and David Ronn (The Smurfs, The Smurfs 2) are writing it. NBC has ordered a pilot script for the show. While the original series followed private detective Laura Holt (Stephanie Zimbalist) hiring a con man (Pierce Brosnan) to pretend to be her detective agency's fictitious boss Remington Steele, the revamped version of the show (also called Remington Steele) follows Holt [...]

David Letterman Really Thinks Seth Meyers Should Host 'The Tomorrow Show'

Future Late Night host Seth Meyers stopped by former Late Night host David Letterman's show last night, and they chatted about Seth's upcoming gig, his transition from Saturday Night Live, and why Dave thinks the show should revert back its original name. So look out for The Tomorrow Show with Seth Meyers, which premieres February 24, 2014. Below, Seth talks about the food poisoning that nearly ruined his recent wedding.

Jimmy Fallon Swapped Accents with Paul McCartney for a Minute

Sir Paul McCartney stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, and some Freaky Friday-ish mishaps ensued. Because truly, pretty much everything sounds better in a Liverpudlian accent. Below, McCartney's live performance of "Lady Madonna."

Rashida Jones is Producing a Comedy with Susan Sarandon and Her Daughter for NBC

Susan Sarandon and her daughter, actress Eva Amurri Martino, have sold a comedy to NBC called Growing Ivy, about a "a career-centered young woman who decides to focus on her personal life after her eccentric mother moves in." Sarandon and Martino will star, and Rashida Jones and her producing partner Will McCormack will executing produce the show, which McCormack will write with Martino. This is the latest of several pilot deals this season. for Jones and McCormack.

NBC Is Developing Comedies from Justin Long and Meg Ryan

The big TV networks are continuing to buy new shows to develop for the 2014-15 TV season, and NBC just purchased a pair of comedies from two well-known actors: Justin Long and Meg Ryan.

Justin Long's untitled sitcom is being written by him, his younger brother Christian Long, and The Office writer Graham Wagner, Deadline reports. Long hasn't officially signed on to star, but he's expected to play the lead character: a guy in his early 30s who's dating a woman 10 years older than him while dealing with everyone else's judgment about their relationship and helping the woman raise her teenage kid.

Meg Ryan's show, which she will [...]

NBC Is Remaking Andy Samberg's BBC Show 'Cuckoo'

NBC is remaking Cuckoo, the BBC show that originally starred Andy Samberg, according to Deadline. Samberg starred on the BBC Three series as an American hippie named Cuckoo who marries an British girl and moves in with her family back in the UK. The American version, which will be written by the original British writers Robin French and Kieron Quirke, is described as focusing on "the story of a middle-class family whose daughter comes back from a summer abroad married to a charming but infuriating hippie moron." It's unclear whether Samberg would be involved with the series; he's currently on Fox's beloved but ratings-challenged Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which might not make [...]

How Are This Year's New Sitcoms Faring In the Ratings?

The new season is still kicking off, but already many new TV shows are pretty much doomed. Broadcast networks fill their schedules with the knowledge that some of the shows won't make it past a few episodes, and even fewer will make it to a second year. Cancellation decisions are based not just on the overall number of viewers and the viewership of the prime 18-49 demographic, but also in comparison to the ratings of the network's other programs. The flood of numbers from Nielsen ratings can be overwhelming, so here's a quick look at how all of the new sitcoms on network TV are doing, and which [...]

NBC Is Turning 'The Money Pit' Into a TV Show

NBC is developing the 1986 Tom Hanks/Shelley Long big screen comedy The Money Pit into a sitcom, Deadline reports. The original starred Hanks and Long as a married couple who buy a mansion, only to find it needs a ton of expensive repairs. The movie was a modest box office success that received mixed reviews from critics. Justin Spitzer, who was a writer/producer on The Office from its third season on, will write the adaptation, which will be produced by Steven Spielberg's company Amblin because they made the original movie.

'SNL' Review: Badass Bruce Willis

For people who like to talk about comedy, there are few greater debates than the one over the claim that "funny is funny." Can a performer or joke be objectively funny independent of context or medium? There are those who argue yes, that some comedians are so talented that their popularity is universal — Robin Williams, say, or Bill Murray — and that every culture since the dawn of man has had some version of a fart joke. Then there are those who argue no, that there are "different kinds of funny." Comedian Bill Burr made waves for his rant about "alternative comedy," which he criticized as being [...]

Ed Helms Is Producing an NBC Show Created by Longtime 'Parks and Rec' Writer Aisha Muharrar

Just a few months after The Office ended its run, Ed Helms is working on a new comedy for NBC, albeit on the opposite side of the camera. Deadline reports that NBC is developing an untitled new show that's produced by Helms and created by Aisha Muharrar, who's been working as a writer on Parks and Recreation since season two. The comedy follows a smart teenage girl who wants to be the next Oprah and starts solving her reluctant family and friends' problems in order to gain experience. Helms is producing via his new company Pacific Electric Picture Co. He also has a project from Archer writer Mike [...]

Watch The Roots and Miley Cyrus Do an A Cappella Version of "We Can't Stop"

Miley Cyrus was the only guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, and once again The Roots demonstrated that they're the most gifted musicians in late night, if not all of television. This a cappella rendition of "We Can't Stop", which features the band as well as Miley and Jimmy in a Brady Bunch-style split screen, is simple but undeniably charming. Though for my money, it'll never rival their cover of the Sesame Street theme.

NBC Buys a Swedish Sitcom from Amy Poehler and Her Brother

NBC has bought the rights to a Welcome To Sweden, a sitcom produced by Amy Poehler and her brother Greg. The show, which was the first English-language series commissioned by Sweden’s TV4, is about an American accountant who falls in love with a Swedish woman and follows her back to Stockholm. Greg Poehler makes his acting debut in the series, which will be filmed in Sweden, New York and Los Angeles, and include cameos from Amy Poehler and others like Will Ferrell, Aubrey Plaza and Gene Simmons. There's no word yet on when it'll air.