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Aziz Ansari's New Netflix Special 'Live at Madison Square Garden' Premieres March 6th

Aziz Ansari has a brand new standup special due out in March. In a press release today, Netflix announced that Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden will debut on Friday, March 6th. The special was taped at Ansari's sold-out Madison Square Garden shows last year and covers topics "ranging from the struggle of American immigrants to the food industry to relationships to gender inequality." Here's what Aziz had to say when we asked him about selling out Madison Square Garden back in September:

I couldn't imagine that I'd get to play the Garden or something like that when I started out doing comedy. I didn't even [...]

Adam Sandler's First Netflix Movie 'Ridiculous 6' to Star a Ton of People

The first film in Adam Sandler's four-movie deal with Netflix has been revealed. The Wrap reports that Sandler's first Netflix film, called Ridiculous 6, begins production next month and includes a huge cast: Taylor Lautner, Nick Nolte, Blake Shelton, Whitney Cummings, Steve Buscemi, Rob Schneider (He's back!), Chris Parnell, Dan Aykroyd, Will Forte, Jon Lovitz, Nick Swardson, Terry Crews, Vanilla Ice, Luke Wilson, Steve Zahn, Danny Trejo, and Lavell Crawford, with more to be announced. No plot details have been announced on the Magnificent Seven-style parody, but The Wrap revealed some casting details: Sandler will star as a "man who grew up as an orphan among [...]

Iliza Shlesinger and the Contradictions of 'Freezing Hot'

Iliza Shlesinger is about as confident, bold and honest of any comedian as they come. She knows who she is and what she wants to talk about. Oh and did I mention she’s hilarious? No surprise, then, that after her first huge hit special War Paint, Netflix asked her to do a follow up. Freezing Hot comes out today and is definitely one you’ll want to put on your list.

I think I can guess based on watching it, but how did you come up with the name, Freezing Hot?

You know it was kind of a last minute name. Basically, what I found was a lot of the [...]

'Wet Hot American Summer' Adds Rob Huebel, Michaela Watkins, John Slattery, and More

The Wet Hot American Summer Netflix series just added some new cast members. Deadline reports that Michaela Watkins, John Slattery, Josh Charles, Randall Park, Jayma Mays, Lake Bell, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel, and Richard Schiff have all been added to the cast in addition to the original performers. Just to give you an idea of how huge and impressive the cast is, here are all the names that have been confirmed so far:

David Wain, Michael Showalter, Elizabeth Banks, H. Jon Benjamin, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Nina Hellman, Ken Marino, Zak Orth, David Hyde Pierce, Joe LoTruglio, Christopher Meloni, A.D. Miles, [...]

'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Premieres on Netflix March 6th

At TCA today, Netflix chief Ted Sarandos announced that Tina Fey's new comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt starring Ellie Kemper is set to premiere on March 6th. Fey, Kemper, and producer Robert Carlock also spoke to critics at TCA today, and even though Fey refused to reveal some of the show's guest stars ("March 6th. You can see them all the same night"), in a new EW interview she all but confirmed that she'll appear in the show: "Uhhh, maaaaybe! The good thing is it’s on Netflix now, so you’d only have to wait one day. Fast forward through all of them and see if I appear." [...]

Kristen Wiig, Jon Hamm, Jason Schwartzman, and Chris Pine Join 'Wet Hot American Summer'

As if the upcoming eight-part Wet Hot American Summer Netflix series couldn't get any better, Deadline reports that four major stars have been added to the already amazing ensemble: Kristen Wiig, Jon Hamm, Jason Schwartzman, and Chris Pine. Hamm will play a "secret spy," Wiig will play a "snobby counselor at the preppy rival camp Camp Tigerclaw,"and Pine's character is only described as "mysterious." The series is set to debut sometime this summer.

Here's How Eight Network Chiefs Would Solve the Industry's "Comedy Problem"

At TCA this month, The Hollywood Reporter surveyed 23 network chiefs about the industry, and when asked for solutions to television's current "comedy problem" they offered an interesting variety of responses. Here's what execs from NBC, FX, Netflix, HBO, Comedy Central, and more had to say:

The industry's comedy problem could be solved by:

CINDY HOLLAND (Netflix): Patience and trust that the audience will build over time.

SUSANNE DANIELS (MTV): Unleashing the traditional guidelines for developing and producing comedies. We over-note comedy people, and their ideas get watered down in the stew that's created by networks, agents and production companies.

MICHAEL LOMBARDO (HBO): Stop looking at focus [...]

'The Interview' Will Make Its Netflix Debut on January 24th

While the deal has been rumored since December, it's now official: Seth Rogen and James Franco's international conflict-sparking movie The Interview is officially set to hit Netflix in Canada and the US on Saturday, January 24th. According to Variety the film has already made Sony over $40 million in rental and VOD sales, but it still has a little further to go to break even with its $45 million budget.

'BoJack Horseman' Creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg Breaks Down Comedy's "Default Male" Problem

BoJack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg has been fielding questions from fans via his Tumblr this week, and his most interesting response yet comes from an anonymous question that referred to a female character (a crocodile voiced by Kulap Vilaysack) as male. Bob-Waksberg used the mix-up to illustrate "the tendency for comedy writers, and audiences, and writers, and audiences (because it’s a cycle) to view comedy characters as inherently male, unless there is something specifically female about them." While he admits to struggling with this tendency himself, he says his approach to gender on BoJack Horseman has changed largely thanks to working alongside head designer Lisa Hanawalt:

Here’s [...]

Iliza Shlesinger's Standup Special 'Freezing Hot' Premieres on Netflix January 23rd

Netflix just added another new standup special to its slate. According to Variety, the streaming network will premiere former Last Comic Standing winner Iliza Shlesinger's brand new hourlong standup special Freezing Hot on Friday, January 23rd. The special was recorded at Denver's Gothic Theatre and "explores truths about first-date attire, fantasy breakups and women’s obsession with fall." In addition to winning season 6 of Last Comic Standing, Shlesinger also starred in her own Comedy Central Presents special in 2010, has appeared on @midnight, The Pete Holmes Show, and The Tonight Show, and currently hosts her own podcast Truth and Iliza.

Check Out the First Teaser Trailer for 'Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp'

The limited series prequel to Wet Hot American Summer that's shooting now and coming to Netflix this summer has its first teaser trailer, which also confirms that yes, pretty much every single person from the original is returning to Camp Firewood.

The Duplass Brothers Sign a Four-Movie Deal with Netflix

Netflix has given the Duplass brothers a home for their next four films. Not long after reaching a similar deal with Adam Sandler, the streaming network signed a deal today with Mark and Jay Duplass to finance and release their next four movies. "This is just the latest step in our very long relationship with the Duplass Brothers," Netflix exec Ted Sarandos told Deadline. "We've been working with them almost since the very beginning, when we were red envelope delivery. Independent film has always been a big part of Netflix, and the reason we do things like the Adam Sandler deal is so we can do things [...]

Netflix Orders Eight Episodes of a New Show Starring Will Arnett

Will Arnett has another Netflix show in the works. Deadline reports that the streaming network has ordered eight episodes of a new comedy titled Flaked starring Arnett as "a self-appointed 'guru' who falls for the object of his best friend’s fascination. Soon the tangled web of half-truths and semi-bullsh*t that underpins his all-important image and sobriety begins to unravel." The series was created by Arnett and The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret's Mark Chappell and is slated to debut on Netflix sometime in 2016.

It's Official: An Eight-Episode 'Wet Hot American Summer' Series Is Coming to Netflix

It's been rumored for ages, but now it's official: a prequel to Wet Hot American Summer is in the works in the form of an eight-episode limited series for Netflix. Basically the entire cast is returning for it, including Elizabeth Banks, H. Jon Benjamin, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Nina Hellman, Ken Marino, Zak Orth, David Hyde Pierce, Joe LoTruglio, Christopher Meloni, A.D. Miles, Marguerite Moreau, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Marisa Ryan, Molly Shannon, Michael Showalter and Kevin Sussman. David Wain and Michael Showalter co-created the series, and Wain is directing the whole thing.

It's not clear when it'll be released, but shooting [...]