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'I'm Special': Jim Parsons Adapting 'Thought Catalog' Writer's Book as a Pilot

Jim Parsons, of Big Bang Theory fame, and his gay lover, Todd Spiewak, have optioned a book to make a half-hour comedy series, according to Deadline. Here's what's notable about this:

• The book is a memoir by Ryan O'Connell, who was the first writer at Thought Catalog and has penned millions of blog posts explaining what it's like to be a millennial. He literally might be the "voice of his generation" if he's not in the same generation as Tavi.

• The book's about, among other things, being gay and having cerebral palsy — something O'Connell had never even written about before, even as he mined almost [...]

Adult Swim Announces Pilots and Specials from Jon Daly, Seth Green, Tim and Eric, Jon Glaser, Brad Neely, and More

Ahead of its upfront presentation next week, Adult Swim just revealed its huge slate of upcoming pilots, including a new animated sketch show from China, IL's Brad Neely called TV Sucks, Jon Glaser's Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter, and a '60s golf championship special starring Adam Scott and Jon Daly. In addition, there will be more Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories and Robot Chicken, a third Dinner special from Brett Gelman, and a children's program parody hosted by Brian Huskey. Check out the full slate below, via The Wrap:

ABC Family Orders a Pilot from 'The Office's Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky, and Danny Chun

Former Office writers and producers Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky, and Danny Chun have a new pilot in the works at ABC Family. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the trio has landed a pilot order at the network for Gorgeous Morons, a comedy about "two handsome, but ridiculously simple brothers — one is a model, the other a personal trainer — who find their lives rocked by their brainy new roommate, a female literature doctorate whose looks are, by their standards, in desperate need of help." Chun, who is also behind Jermaine Fowler's ABC pilot Delores & Jermaine, will write the script.

Jenny Slate and Gillian Robespierre Are Developing a Pilot for FX

Jenny Slate had a fantastic 2014 thanks to her starring film debut in Obvious Child, and it looks like she finally might get her own TV show. According to Deadline, Slate's regular role on FX's Married has been downgraded to recurring status due to a pilot she's currently developing for the network with Obvious Child writers Elisabeth Holm and Gillian Robespierre, who also directed the film. No details on the pilot have been revealed yet, but with memorable roles on Kroll Show, Parks and Recreation, and Bob's Burgers now under her belt, it's about time Slate got a show of her very own.

Craig Ferguson to Play a Recluse in ABC Pilot 'The King of 7B'

Former Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson might star in his own ABC sitcom. Entertainment Weekly reports that Ferguson has joined the cast of The King of 7B, a single-cam comedy about a recluse who "ventures outside for the first time in 20 years when he spies what could be his soul mate moving into the building across the street." Ferguson will play the lead role and joins previously announced cast members Carla Jimenez and Kirby Howell-Baptiste. Howard Franklin will write and executive produce alongside Dan Fogelman and former Daily Show EP/Colbert Report co-creator Ben Karlin.

Jason Alexander to Play a Psychotherapist in Adult Swim Pilot

Jason Alexander to might be Adult Swim's next star. THR reports that Alexander has signed on to star in a quarter-hour live-action pilot by Adam Lustick (Harvard Sailing Team, The Office, Silicon Valley). The untitled pilot will follow Alexander as "an award-winning psychotherapist who snaps one day and his therapy with his patients becomes more and more bizarre. However, he's such a celebrated doctor that his peers are reluctant to question his strange and unconventional methods." If the pilot goes to series, it will make Alexander's first TV comedy starring role since the short-lived 2004 CBS series Listen Up. Since then he's appeared on a couple comedies (China, [...]

Jenny Slate and Ari Graynor to Star in an FX Road Trip Comedy Pilot

Back in March it was revealed that Jenny Slate and her Obvious Child collaborators Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm were developing a pilot for FX, and today Deadline has more details on the project. The untitled pilot centers on Jenny Slate and Ari Graynor (Bad Teacher, Garfunkel and Oates, Kroll Show) as two friends named Lou and Viv who "embark on a cross-country road trip. Gutsy born and raised New Yorkers, Lou and Viv discover each other in their 30s, make a movie together, and jump into the great unknown of their next project. Lou and Viv find strength and vulnerability in each other, learning how to [...]

Watch the Original 'Reno 911!' Pilot That Fox Turned Down in 2001

If you're a fan of Comedy Central's Reno 911!, Thomas Lennon has a big present for you. Lennon recently gave Nerdist an exclusive look at three Fox pilots he worked on that never made it to air, including the original Reno 911! pilot he made with fellow The State members Robert Ben Garant and Kerri Kenney-Silver. It's very similar to the later version that ran for six seasons on Comedy Central and features mostly the same cast, so consider it a special bonus episode.

Lennon also shared two other rejected Fox pilots, a sci-fi comedy called U.S.S. Alabama — described as "essentially Reno 911 in space" with cast members [...]

Fred Savage to Play Rob Lowe's Brother in Fox Pilot 'The Grinder'

Kevin Arnold is back! Well, kind of. According to THR, child star-turned-director Fred Savage has signed on to star opposite Rob Lowe in the Fox pilot The Grinder. Savage will play Dean's (Lowe) little brother Stewart Sanderson "who is constantly in his shadow. When Dean returns to his hometown looking for a new direction in life, everyone is dazzled by his charm and celebrity —except Stewart, whose nerves are quickly frazzling. But when Dean preempts an eviction case and makes it a cause celebre, Stewart is outraged by Dean's effrontery." Savage's last regular sitcom role was on 2006's Crumbs on ABC, but in recent years he's focused [...]

Danny Pudi to Star in NBC Pilot 'Strange Calls'

Community's Danny Pudi might return to NBC soon. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pudi has signed on to star in NBC's adaptation of Australian comedy-horror series Strange Calls, which the network ordered to pilot last month. Pudi will play Toby, "an affable but down on his luck young police officer who is transferred to a rural town where — with the help of a peculiar, elderly night watchman — he starts to realize the town has a bizarre supernatural underbelly." Patrick Brammall will reprise his role from the Australian series as Sergeant Lloyd. Cougar Town's Blake McCormack will write the script, and Modern Family's Jason Winer will [...]

ABC Not Moving Forward with Jermaine Fowler's Pilot 'Delores & Jermaine'

Standup Jermaine Fowler's in-the-works sitcom Delores & Jermaine isn't headed to TV — at least not on ABC. "Well, the Delores & Jermaine pilot didn't get picked up, but I'm so damn proud of how funny it came out," Fowler tweeted last night. "Thanks ABC. Off to cable now." Fowler starred in the pilot with Whoopi Goldberg as his "strict, football-loving, former D.C. cop" grandmother, and Jennia Fredrique, Roy Wood Jr., Gary Perez, and Christina Moore rounded out the cast.

Pilots still in the running at ABC include Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo's Chevy (formerly titled Chev & Bev), Ken Jeong's Dr. Ken, Fortune [...]

HBO Orders a Pilot and Standup Special by Whitney Cummings

Comedian and 2 Broke Girls co-creator Whitney Cummings is going into business with HBO. Deadline reports that the pay network has ordered a pilot for a half-hour comedy from Cummings based on Maureen Dowd's 2005 book Are Men Necessary? When Sexes Collide. Cummings created the series and will also write and star in the pilot, which is described as — and get ready for it, because it's a mouthful — "a comedic portrait of modern relationships that focuses on human nature and social construction using documentary elements and appearances from experts to help the characters understand the biological basis of their behavior." In addition to the pilot, [...]

Watch Mike Myers and Richard Kind Try to Out-Prank Each Other in a 1987 Pilot

Welcome to The Second City Archives, in which we post an exclusive clip each week of some of comedy's biggest superstars performing early in their careers on the legendary Chicago stage. Second City has generously given us a glimpse into their extensive archive of live performances, and over the coming weeks we'll be sharing some rare and retro comedy never before seen on the web.

As a tribute to the confusing mess that is April Fools' Day, this week's unearthed Second City clip comes from the 1987 television pilot 110 Lombard starring Ryan Stiles, Bob Bainborough, and Mike Myers and featuring Dana Andersen, Bonnie Hunt, Linda Kash, Richard Kind, [...]

Jane Lynch to Star in CBS Comedy Pilot 'Angel from Hell'

Jane Lynch just landed another starring TV role. According to Deadline, Lynch has signed on to star in a half-hour CBS comedy pilot called Angel from Hell, which follows Lynch as a "larger-than-life, brassy, and flamboyant" woman named Amy who enters Allison's life and claims to be her guardian angel. The women "form an unlikely friendship, and Allison can’t be sure if Amy is an angel or just nuts." The role of Allison has not yet been cast. Tad Quill (Scrubs, Samantha Who?) will write and executive produce, and Don Scardino (30 Rock, 2 Broke Girls) will direct.