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Broken Lizard's 'Quality Time' Lands a Pilot Order at TBS

Back in August it was announced that comedy group Broken Lizard was developing a show for TBS called Quality Time, and today THR reports that the network has now given the show a pilot order. Described as an "untraditional fatherhood comedy," Quality Time will star Broken Lizard's Paul Soter, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, and Erik Stolhanske and follow "four college friends who kept their sophomoric ways in suspended animation throughout their 20s and are now succumbing to reproduction." The four will also co-write and executive produce the pilot.

ABC Casts Justin Long in Semi-Improvised Comedy 'Irreversible'

Back in February, ABC announced it was developing a partially improvised comedy starring David Schwimmer called Irreversible based on the hit Israeli series Bilti Hafich. While the pilot did not make it to series, today Deadline reports that ABC is now giving the project another shot by recasting Justin Long in the lead role. Described as "partially improvised in the vein of Curb Your Enthusiasm," Irreversible follows Long's character Andy "and Sarah, a somewhat eccentric, self-absorbed couple, and their trials and tribulations — most of which they bring upon themselves." ABC cast British actress Jessica Knappett in the original pilot but are reportedly looking for a replacement [...]

TruTV Orders Its First Scripted Comedy Pilot 'Those Who Can't'

After the success of its first sketch show Friends of the People, TruTV is adding its first scripted comedy pilot. Deadline reports that the network has ordered a pilot called Those Who Can't created by and starring Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl, and Ben Roy of the Denver comedy trio The Grawlix. The series will be set in Denver and follow Cayton-Holland, Orvedahl, and Roy as "three dysfunctional high school teachers who are as screwed-up as the kids they teach. When an entitled bully decides to make their lives miserable, they go to ridiculous lengths to exact revenge." Former SNL writer and Broad City co-executive producer Eric Slovin will [...]

Amazon Studios Adds Another Round of Original Pilots

Amazon Studios announced a batch of seven new pilots that will be up for consideration in early 2015, and much like its most recent hit Transparent, there's a mix of comedy and drama in a few of them. Like the last few rounds of pilots, Amazon will post the episodes for free and pick up series based on viewer comments and feedback. "Our first pilot season of 2015 brings some of the greatest storytellers in the business to Amazon customers with works of novelty and passion. We’re very excited by these shows and look forward to getting customers’ reactions next year," Amazon Studios VP Roy Price said [...]

FX Orders a Pilot from the 'It's Always Sunny' Guys Starring Bill Burr

Bill Burr might be FX's next comedy star. Deadline reports that the network has ordered a comedy pilot starring Burr called Pariah. Co-created by It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia writing/producing team John and Dave Chernin, Pariah follows "a volatile TV personality Joe Abbott (Burr) who, after an on-air meltdown, is exiled from show business and forced to navigate society as a man with no apparent skills." Always Sunny's Rob McElhenney is also on board to direct the pilot and serve as co-executive producer alongside Burr, Charlie Day, and Glenn Howerton. Other comedy projects currently in the works at FX and FXX include The Comedians, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, [...]

Christina Hendricks Joins Cameron Crowe's 'Roadies' Showtime Comedy

Cameron Crowe's in-the-works Showtime pilot Roadies just added another cast member. THR reports that Mad Men's Christina Hendricks has signed on to play production manager Shelli, described as "tough but privately emotional, married to her job and scary good at it." Hendricks joins previously announced cast members Luke Wilson, Imogen Poots, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Peter Cambor, and Rafe Spall. Roadies makes the second TV comedy project involving Hendricks in recent months following October's news that she had joined the cast of Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome's upcoming Comedy Central series Another Period.

Amy Schumer Is Producing a Comedy Central Pilot Starring Rachel Feinstein

Amy Schumer is teaming up with comedian Rachel Feinstein for a brand new Comedy Central show. Deadline reports that the network has given a pilot order to an untitled series starring Feinstein and co-executive produced by Schumer described as "a field-driven sketch show that focuses on Feinstein out on the street using her social experiments and character-based comedy to explore and skewer gender, class and stereotypical issues in sketch and character-driven pieces." Feinstein has toured with Schumer, appeared on Inside Amy Schumer, and starred in her own Comedy Central Half Hour special earlier this year.

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's AMC 'Preacher' Adaptation Gets a Pilot Order

Back in February it was announced that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were developing a television adaptation of the '90s Garth Ennis comics series Preacher for AMC, and today Variety reports that the project has landed a pilot order. "Preacher has been our favorite comic since it first came out," said Rogen and Goldberg in a statement. "Garth Ennis is one of our idols and it's an incredible honor to be working on this. We promise we won’t make too many dick jokes and ruin it." In addition to writing the script, Rogen and Goldberg will also direct the pilot and serve as co-executive producers alongside former [...]

NBC Orders a Multi-Cam Pilot Starring Jerrod Carmichael

NBC has been developing a comedy from standup Jerrod Carmichael for almost a year, and THR reports that they've handed him a third pilot order for the project. Written by Carmichael and Nick Stoller (Sex Tape, Undeclared, director of Neighbors), the untitled multi-cam pilot is inspired by Carmichael's life and standup. The current version has been extensively reworked since its first and second incarnations in December and June, though no more plot details have been revealed yet. Aside from writing and starring in the pilot, Carmichael will also serve as a co-executive producer on the project alongside Stoller.

John Swartzwelder's Failed 1996 Pilot 'Pistol Pete' Is Now Online

After years of being nothing more than a "near-mythical pilot" from the great Simpsons writer John Swartzwelder, the 1996 pilot episode of his unsold show Pistol Pete has been recently uploaded to YouTube. Starring Brian Doyle-Murray and Steve Kearney, Pistol Pete is set in an Old West town and is worth the view for the opening alone. For more on Pistol Pete, check out a great in-depth analysis over on Antenna Free TV. (via The A.V. Club)

FX Orders a Pilot Created by and Starring Donald Glover

Community alum Donald Glover might be making a big return to television. Deadline reports that FX has given a pilot order to a comedy created by and starring Glover called Atlanta, which will follow "two cousins on their way up through the Atlanta rap scene whose opposing views on art versus commerce, success and race will make their quest anything but easy." In addition to serving as an executive producer on the pilot, Glover will also star as "Earnest 'Earn' Marks," a "college drop-out who reconnects with his long buried ambition and sets out to seize the life he imagined for himself when his estranged cousin becomes a [...]

Luke Wilson and More Join Cameron Crowe's Showtime Pilot 'Roadies'

Back in June it was announced that Cameron Crowe was developing a roadie comedy for Showtime, and today THR reports that the project has set its leading stars. The pilot will follow "the day-to-day life of a successful rock tour as seen through the crew members who get the show on the road" and star Luke Wilson as the sober and "sleep-deprived" tour manager Bill, Imogen Poots as electrical tech Kelly Ann, Keisha Castle-Hughes as the "outspoken and passionate" sound mixer Donna Mancini, Peter Cambor as "offbeat American anglophile guitar tech" Milo, and Rafe Spall as a British financial adviser named Reg Whitehead who "knows less than [...]

AMC Passes On Its First Comedy Pilot 'We Hate Paul Revere'

AMC has been developing its very first comedy pilot We Hate Paul Revere since way back in 2012, but it wasn't until this past summer when it began picking up pace with attached cast members Scott Adsit and Ron Livingston with SNL/Funny or Die/Spoils of Babylon director Matt Piedmont also attached to direct. Sadly, THR reports that AMC has decided to pass on the project, presumably to focus on original scripted drama now that Breaking Bad has ended and Mad Men will conclude its run next year. AMC has a bunch of comedies currently in development as well as a TV adaptation of [...]

Nick Stoller and the 'Allen Gregory' Co-Creators Land a Pilot at Fox

The minds behind the short-lived Fox animated series Allen Gregory just landed a new pilot on the same network. Deadline reports that Fox has given a put pilot commitment to a single-cam comedy by Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul called The Grinder with Neighbors director Nick Stoller on board as an executive producer and possible director. No cast has been revealed and plot details are slim aside from the hint that the show "revolves around two brothers." Mogel and Paul also co-wrote the 2008 Jim Carrey film Yes Man together with Stoller and were also tapped to pen the in-the-works Bruce Almighty sequel back in 2012.