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" [...]
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.
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 [...]
Former host of IFC's Bunk and upcoming star of the CC:Studios digital series Roustabout Kurt Braunohler might be getting his own late night talk show. Deadline reports that Comedy Central has ordered a pilot called Gettin' Some Strange with Kurt Braunohler, a late night talk show in which Braunohler "covers the strangest stories of the day, revealing just how beautifully insane our world actually is." Braunohler will also serve as executive producer alongside his writing partner Scotty Landes.
For more on Braunohler's current projects, check out our interview with him from last month.
Comedy Central might be getting a comedy/variety/magic show. According to Deadline, the network has given a pilot order to Sleight of Mouth, a weekly show produced by Chris Hardwick and hosted by comedian/magician Justin Willman that will fuse magic, sketch comedy, and @midnight-style social media interaction. Each week, Willman — who has appeared on The Tonight Show, Ellen, Chelsea Lately, and more — will "tackle a thought-provoking topic with sketches, social experiments, guest comedians, and interactive content." Click through to watch Willman appear on The Tonight Show back in December.