Aaron McGruder, creator of the comic strip-turned-Peabody Award-winning Adult Swim series The Boondocks, has signed a new first-look deal with Adult Swim to create and develop new shows for the cable network. His first project under the deal is a live-action adventure pilot he's writing called Hooligan Squad that is set in the future in Japanese-occupied San Francisco, following an American insurgency. McGruder has another live action Adult Swim show he created, Black Jesus, which is set to start airing this August. The Boondocks ended its four-season run on Adult Swim earlier this summer, with McGruder having left the show after its third season.
Amazon Studios has added another comedy pilot to its lineup for pickup consideration later this year. According to Variety, the online network has added an '80s-set coming-of-age comedy called Red Oaks starring Craig Roberts (Submarine, Neighbors) as a college student who lands a summer job as an assistant tennis pro at a suburban New Jersey country club. Paul Reiser, Richard Kind, Jennifer Grey, and Oliver Cooper also star in the pilot, which is executive produced by Steven Soderbergh, directed by Pineapple Express and Eastbound and Down's David Gordon Green, and written by Gregory Jacobs and Joe Gangemi. Red Oaks joins Whit Stillman's The Cosmopolitans as one of [...]
Back in December it was announced that NBC was developing a pilot with standup Jerrod Carmichael, and while the presentation just missed the cut for pickup, Deadline reports that the network is giving Carmichael another shot with a brand new pilot. NBC is "eyeing a quick turnaround" for the project, though no details have been released on it yet. This news joins Carmichael's most recent projects that include appearing in Seth Rogen's Neighbors and taping his hourlong HBO standup special directed by Spike Lee, which will air on the network sometime this fall.
"We hope one day to do an episode like that movie Funny People, only instead of finding out she has cancer, Julie's character gets some liposuction on her inner thighs. Before the procedure, she decides to take stock of her life because she believes she may die during surgery — so she goes home to try to reconcile with her high-school crush, Seth Friedland."
-Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner giving Vulture some details about Difficult People, the pilot they're starring in and creating for USA.
How I Met Your Dad has found its narrator. The How I Met Your Mother spinoff, which CBS has ordered as a pilot, will be narrated by Meg Ryan, Deadline reports.
Just like how Bob Saget narrated HIMYM as an older version of Josh Radnor's character, Meg Ryan will narrate HIMYD as an older version of the lead character, who will be played by Greta Gerwig. The cast for the pilot also includes Andrew Santino, Drew Tarver, Nick D’Agosto, Tiya Sircar, and Workaholics' Anders Holm in a potentially recurring role.