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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 [...]

Watch the Pilot for the Rashida Jones-Created NBC Comedy 'A to Z'

Back in January, NBC announced they had ordered a romantic comedy series from Rashida Jones and Will McCormack called A to Z, and NBC has released the full pilot episode online ahead of its October 2nd premiere. The show stars Cristin Milioti and Ben Feldman as a couple who meet as a result of a tech glitch at the internet dating company where Feldman's character works. Keep an eye out for special guest appearances by fake versions of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Emoji.

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 [...]

Comedy Central Orders a Late Night Talk Show Pilot Hosted by Kurt Braunohler

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.

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 [...]

Here's a Clip of Alison Brie, Jennifer Lawrence, and H. Jon Benjamin in a Rejected Comedy Central Pilot

If you've ever wanted to see Alison Brie as a knockoff Buffy the Vampire Slayer or H. Jon Benjamin as an injured janitor, a short clip from Not Another High School Show — a rejected 2007 Comedy Central pilot from Not Another Teen Movie's Mike Bender — has been making the rounds on the internet today. A young Jennifer Lawrence also shows up near the end in a small but convincing part as a concerned high school student. (via Uproxx)