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Paul Scheer's New Podcast Network Wolfpop Launches Today

Great news for fans of Paul Scheer and pop culture podcasts: Today is launch day for Scheer's brand new podcast network Wolfpop, a media and pop culture-focused Earwolf spin-off of sorts from the same parent company Midroll Media. Wolfpop has launched with an initial lineup of 13 podcasts featuring W. Kamau Bell, Leonard Maltin, Sarah Thyre, Nate Corddry, and more all curated by Scheer with a focus on "presenting world-class and rising talent, providing them with an unfiltered platform to share their passions and stories with humor and depth. Wolfpop features host-driven programs that permit brilliant analytic and comedic minds to dig deeper into Hollywood and entertainment than [...]

Fox Orders John Mulaney's Show to Series

It looks like John Mulaney's sitcom has found a home. THR reports that the Fox network has ordered the comedy, titled Mulaney, to series after NBC developed the show but passed on it in May. The Lorne Michaels-produced multi-cam show's original pilot (review here) starred Mulaney (who also created it), along with Martin Short, Elliott Gould, Nasim Pedrad, Griffin Newman, and Seaton Smith, but only Short and Mulaney are confirmed to return for the Fox version of the series. Pedrad, who would have left SNL to do the show at NBC but probably won't move be able to get out of her SNL contract to go to Fox, [...]

USA Passes on 'Happy Endings'; Studio in Talks with Other Distributors

ABC canceled its critically-acclaimed but low-rated sitcom Happy Endings last month after three seasons, and cable channel USA went into negotiations to keep the series going with a fourth season immediately after ABC's decision. Now, though, it looks like the comedy won't be moving ahead at USA. Deadline reports that network execs have passed and that they were reluctant to invest marketing and promotion money in the show due to its low ratings and would rather put that money towards its new original comedies like Denis Leary's Sirens or Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair's Playing House.

While USA has turned down an opportunity to [...]

FX Is Officially Launching the All-Comedy Channel FXX in September, Anchored by 'Always Sunny' and 'The League'

Cable network FX officially announced today plans to start up a new channel focused on comedy programming called FXX this fall, anchored by its longest running comedies It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The League. FX has renewed Always Sunny, The League, and Legit for a tenth, sixth, and second season, respectively, with the already-announced upcoming ninth and fifth seasons of Always Sunny and The League set to debut on FXX in the fall. Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell will be airing five nights a week on FXX.

As far as FX (and not FXX) stuff goes, the network announced that the fourth season of Louie will debut in May [...]

Networks Buy New Comedies from Jake Johnson, Steve Dildarian, and Everyone Else in LA

We're still in the midst of the Big Four networks' development season, in which they're all buying up new pilots to turn into potential shows for fall of 2013, and a flurry of pilots were ordered in the past 24 hours. Yesterday, Fox bought a sitcom called The B Team created by New Girl star Jake Johnson and writer/director Max Winkler. The show follows a group of five guys who form a real-life Avengers, despite none of them having superpowers. Due to being locked down to New Girl, Johnson won't be able to star in the new series, but he will produce, write, and make his directorial [...]

The TV Networks' Comedy Depth Charts

How committed are your favorite TV networks to making you laugh? While some networks are happy to stick with a tried and true formula, others are being forced to experiment this season. What’s going on with the rise of the romantic sitcom? Who’s doubling down on family fare? Where should you look for your favorite canceled shows? We’ve examined the comedies the networks and cable have to offer this 2014-2015 TV season to see which network offers the most in quantity, which offers the most in quality, and who’s taking the biggest risks.

FX's Sister Channel FXX to Launch Sept. 2nd in 72 Million Homes

FXX, a new cable network that's a sister channel to FX, is set to debut in two weeks on Monday, September 2nd, at 7 AM ET/PT. The channel will be carried by every major cable provider and will be available in 72 million homes across the country. To find where the channel is on your system, check out GetFXX.com.

Geared towards a younger audience than FX, FXX will initially start out with all comedy shows and movies before expanding to drama. The new seasons of FX hits It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell will all premiere on FXX in a [...]

The President of ABC Explains His Decision to Cancel 'Happy Endings'

"I do think Happy Endings is absolutely on brand. What we found was it was just too narrow. It was a very hard decision because, as you know, I love that show and I found it very hard to make that decision. On the same token, I think Super Fun Night and Mixology are broader shows that will bring in a wider audience. So, hard decision, not happy at all to see it go, but we feel it was on brand and so is [Super Fun Night] and Mixology."

- ABC President Paul Lee when asked by a journalist today why he canceled Happy Endings and picked up Super Fun Night and Mixology, two other single-camera [...]

Fox Is Planning to Split FX Into Two Networks: FX and FXX

Fox executives are planning to split Fox's cable network FX in two this fall. If the arrangement goes through, FX will stay where it's at, but a new channel called FXX will debut, with an emphasis on broadcasting comedies are aimed at young people, Broadcasting & Cable reports. FX's comedies, like It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The League, are expected to move to FXX, while dramas, like Justified and Sons of Anarchy, will stay on the original channel.

Networks splitting their comedic and dramatic programming between two cable channels is nothing new. Turner does it with TBS (comedy) and TNT (drama), and AMC broadcasts drama with comedic content airing [...]

New Pilot Roundup: Paranormal Cops, Hollywood Assistants, and a Comedy from J.J. Abrams

TV's fall development season is still going strong, with all of the major networks still buying up new pilots that might end up picking up to series for the fall 2013 season if the shows turn out right. Here's a rundown of the flurry of new comedy projects the networks have announced this week:

  • 20-Nothings (CBS) – Based on a blog by Hollywood assistant Lauren Bachelis that's aptly titled Hollywood Assistants Blog, Deadline reports that this sitcom revolves around a group of five over-educated 20-year-olds trying to make it in Hollywood. Fred Savage is directing, and Bachelis is writing and serving as supervising producer. She presumably left [...]

Louis C.K. Signs an Exclusive Deal with FX to Develop New Shows

Louis C.K. will be staying at FX for a while. The comedian/filmmaker just signed a new multi-year deal with FX to exclusively develop pilots and potential series for the network (or new sister channel FXX) via his production company Pig Newton, Variety reports. Under the deal, C.K. will have the option to serve as writer and/or director on any projects he develops for FX in addition to executive producer duties. Although C.K. is bound to FX for future TV work, the deal allows him to go outside of the network to release his standup specials. C.K.'s show, Louie, is set to return to FX for a 13-episode fourth [...]

'American Dad!' Is Jumping to TBS in 2014

Fox's long-running sitcom American Dad! is jumping from the broadcast network to a cable one next year. Deadline reports that the series will air its tenth and final season on Fox beginning this fall and then the show will move to TBS next year. TBS has ordered an 11th season of American Dad! consisting of 15 episodes. Under the deal, TBS's sister network Adult Swim will air encores of the new American Dad! episodes after they initially air on TBS.

This is pretty surprising news given that this is the first we've heard of American Dad! being finished at Fox. The series has been at the network for [...]

9 Comedy Pilots We Hope Get Picked Up This Year

Next week, the TV networks are set to unveil their new fall lineups, officially announcing which shows are coming back and which new shows will get to see the light of day. Networks always develop a ton of pilots, only choosing a few to go to series, and Deadline reports that execs at all the networks are "very happy" with their comedy pilots this time around.  With shows from Rebel Wilson, Andy Samberg, and John Mulaney in the mix, there are a lot of high-profile comedy pilots this season, and we whittled them down to nine shows that we hope make it through the pilot season gauntlet. And just [...]

NBC President Talks Comedy Changes: 'The Farm,' 'Parks and Rec,' 'Community'

This has been a transitional season for NBC's comedy department, with the network seemingly abandoning developing hip young shows like Parks and Rec, 30 Rock, and Community to focus on more traditional, broadly-appealing sitcoms like Go On and The New Normal (with much better results, ratings-wise). NBC Entertainment Jennifer Salke spoke to TV Guide today about the changes to the network's comedy strategy:

"We just want a different brand. We don't want a narrow brand in the sense of some of those shows that we inherited here, which we're huge fans of, [but] have a very narrow audience… It would be easy if we hated those shows, but we actually [...]