Jessie Eisenberg has a new Amazon series in the works. THR reports that Eisenberg is writing and executive producing a new half-hour Amazon comedy based on his series of short stories Bream Gives Me Hiccups, which ran on McSweeney's from 2012-2013. Like the short stories, the adaptation will follow "a privileged and precocious 9-year-old restaurant critic who visits different eateries with his alcoholic mother, reviewing everything, often with his friend Matthew." You can check out the original 12 short stories here.
FX revealed some new projects at TCA over the weekend, including the season 5 premiere of Louie and two other projects that are part of C.K.'s development deal with the network. Louie's eight-episode fifth season will premiere on April 9th at 10:30pm after the series premiere of Billy Crystal and Josh Gad's The Comedians, while frequent C.K. collaborator Pamela Adlon will star in her own comedy series called Better Things with C.K. onboard as director. Adlon will play "Sam, a working actor trying to earn a living, navigate her three daughters' lives, having fun with a friend or two, and also — just maybe — squeezing in [...]
A hit Ellen bit is turning into its own television show. THR reports that ABC has ordered a hidden camera prank show called Repeat After Me based on the popular running bit from DeGeneres's daytime talk show. The Goldbergs cast member and Reno 911! alum Wendi McLendon-Covey will host the series, which will "see McLendon-Covey, via remote earpiece, informing celebrities what to do with everyday people. At the end of each half-hour episode, the best moment of the night will be announced in front of a live studio audience." The first episode features Ellen Pompeo, Taye Diggs, and Harry Connick Jr. and is set to debut on Tuesday, [...]
Showtime just announced some comedy news at TCA today. Deadline reports that the network has renewed Shameless for a sixth season and also picked up the new pilot for Happyish, which was reworked following the death of star Philip Seymour Hoffman last year and now stars Steve Coogan. Happyish will debut its 10-episode season on Showtime April 26th.