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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.

Fox Is Developing a Comedy Starring John Stamos from 'Office' Writer Danny Chun

Fox might be adding another single-cam comedy to its lineup with today's news that they've given a put-pilot commitment to an untitled show starring John Stamos. Written by former Simpsons and Office writer Danny Chun and executive produced by Stamos and Dan Fogelman (The Neighbors), the series centers on Stamos playing a version of himself as "a charismatic longtime bachelor whose life is upended when he discovers he's a father — and a grandfather." In addition to the Fox pilot, Stamos will also star on an ABC drama called Members Only as well as an in-the-works Full House reboot, which is reportedly being considered by Netflix as a [...]

Comedy Central Orders an Animated Pilot from @DadBoner

Another Twitter feed might get the TV show treatment. Deadline reports that Comedy Central has ordered a pilot from longtime Simpsons writer Tim Long and Mike Burns, who is the mind behind Karl Welzein AKA @DadBoner. Here's the full description of the series, which is based on the @DadBoner Twitter feed and corresponding book Power Moves: Livin' the American Dream, USA Style:

The @DadBoner feed is penned by Karl Welzein, a fictional middle-aged Michigan man separated from his wife who loves Bob Seger … On the show, Karl Welzein has developed his own philosophy of life, indulging in dangerously generous helpings of booze, fast food, and [...]

Fox Passes on Tina Fey's Pilot 'Cabot College'

Tina Fey and Robert Carlock's women's college-themed Fox pilot Cabot College has been stuck in a state of limbo for a while now, but today Variety reports that the network has officially passed on the comedy starring Fortune Feimster, Margaret Cho, Broadway performer Jack Cutmore-Scott, and Guiding Light regular Bonnie Dennison as the announced cast. Here's what Fortune Feimster had to say about the pilot taping in our interview with her from June:

The experience was amazing. It was the first pilot I had been a part of as far as a scripted sitcom, and for me it was a magical experience because I was playing a [...]

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, [...]

Watch Amazon's Three New Comedy Pilots

Amazon has released its next batch of pilots up for consideration on Amazon Instant Video today, including three comedies from Whit Stillman, Jay Chandrasekhar, and Steven Soderberg. Here's a description of each show:

  • The Cosmopolitans: Written, directed, and produced by Whit Stillman, The Cosmopolitans follows "a group of young American expatriates in Paris searching for love and friendship in a foreign city." The pilot stars Adam Brody, Chloë Sevigny, Carrie MacLemore, Dree Hemingway, Freddy Åsblom, Shaun Evans, and Adriano Giannini.
  • Really: Written, directed, and starring Broken Lizard's Jay Chandrasekhar, Really follows a group of thirtysomething friends in Chicago led by Chandrasekhar as a "happily, messily married neurologist Jed" [...]

Scott Adsit to Play Sam Adams in AMC Pilot 'We Hate Paul Revere'

Former 30 Rock and Second City star Scott Adsit has a new television role lined up. Deadline reports that Adsit has been cast in AMC's in-the-works comedy pilot called We Hate Paul Revere, which follows two anti-Revere brothers in Colonial Boston. Ron Livingston was cast as Revere last month, while Adsit will play Founding Father Sam Adams. We Hate Paul Revere will be directed by SNL, Funny or Die, and The Spoils of Babylon's Matt Piedmont.

'The Office's Dan Sterling Is Developing a CBS Comedy Produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller

A day after announcing its new deal with Will Arnett's production company Electric Avenue, CBS might be adding another new multi-cam show to its lineup. Deadline reports that the network has given a put-pilot commitment to a series by Dan Sterling, who has worked as a director, writer, and producer on The Office, The Sarah Silverman Program, The Daily Show, and King of the Hill. The currently untitled pilot follows "an accommodating, well-meaning, and all-too-compliant man, and a powerful, outspoken, embattled woman who form a new friendship and partnership by which they jointly strive to revolutionize themselves and their lives." Lego Movie directing duo Phil Lord and [...]

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)

Fox Is Developing a Comedy Based on Weezer Frontman Rivers Cuomo's Life

Weezer's frontman Rivers Cuomo might be getting the Fox sitcom treatment. THR reports that the network has given a put-pilot commitment to DeTour, a single-cam comedy from Psych creator Steve Franks that will focus on "a 30-something rock star who, unable to rationalize his success and worried that he may not have the tools to repeat it, walks away from the spotlight at the height of his fame in an effort to rediscover the parts of his life he missed while he was busy becoming a massive success." The series will be loosely based on Cuomo's life but star a fictional character "and the small band of misfit [...]

ABC Is Developing an Astronaut Comedy Based on Chris Hadfield's Memoir

Astronaut and internet star Chris Hadfield's memoir An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth is getting the sitcom treatment. Deadline reports that ABC has given a pilot production commitment to the project, which will be a multi-cam family comedy from Surviving Jack co-creators Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker. The show will follow an astronaut "who is back from space and finds that re-entering domestic life might be the hardest mission he's ever faced." Hadfield is also onboard to work as a consulting producer on the series.

If An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth gets picked up to series, it won't be the only astronaut-themed comedy on [...]