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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.

This 20-Year-Old Amy Poehler Pilot Is the Stuff of Comedy Nerd Dreams

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.

If you're mourning the end of Parks and Recreation today, Second City dug up an extra special clip for us this week that will help ease your sadness — a compilation of Amy Poehler scenes from a never-before-seen pilot from 1995 she starred in [...]

Dave Foley to Star Opposite Ken Jeong in ABC Pilot 'Dr. Ken'

NewsRadio alum and one-fifth of The Kids in the Hall Dave Foley just landed a starring sitcom role. Deadline reports that Foley has been cast opposite Ken Jeong in the in-the-works pilot Dr. Ken, a semi-autobiographical comedy based on Jeong's life about "a frustrated HMO doctor juggling medicine, marriage and parenting, and succeeding at none of them." Foley will play Pat, the head of the hospital where Jeong works. Foley's most recent television appearances include ABC's The Middle, TV Land's Hot in Cleveland, and CTV's Spun Out.

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.

'Office' Alum Angela Kinsey to Star in ABC Pilot 'The 46 Percenters'

The Office's Angela Kinsey just landed a new starring TV role. Deadline reports that Kinsey has been cast as a lead in a multi-cam ABC pilot called The 46 Percenters, an "unromantic romantic comedy about the 46% of the population who choose to stay married as told through the POV of three couples." Kinsey will play Marni, a wife and mother and one-half of the couples focused on in the series. Kinsey's most recent TV credits include Bad Judge, New Girl, and The Hotwives of Orlando, which got a season 2 renewal last month.

Adam Conover's 'Adam Ruins Everything' Ordered to Pilot at truTV

truTV is filling up its comedy roster. The network announced today that it's ordered a half-hour pilot for Adam Ruins Everything based on Adam Conover's hit CollegeHumor series of the same name. Like the web series, the pilot will follow Conover as he "explores topics and ideas many people take for granted and dispels widespread misconceptions through a combination of comedy, history, and science." Conover will also serve as an executive producer alongside Sam Reich, Spencer Griffin, and Jon Cohen. For more on Adam Ruins Everything, check out our in-depth interview with Conover here.

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 [...]

Rob Riggle and Jane Curtin to Star in Fox Pilot '48 Hours Til Monday'

Rob Riggle and SNL alum Jane Curtin are headed to Fox. THR reports that the two have been cast in a single-cam comedy pilot from The Mindy Project's Charlie Grandy called 48 Hours Til Monday, which follows "one husband's desperate struggle to not let every weekend go completely to hell." Riggle will star as a married father named Charlie Bishop, who "relies on weekends to reconnect with his family and be the kind of 'hands-on' father he didn't have growing up." Curtin will play Louise, "the wry and fun mom to Kelly who's currently living at — and smoking cigarettes in — Kelly's and Charlie's house with [...]