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Whoopi Goldberg Joins Jermaine Fowler's ABC Pilot 'Delores & Jermaine'

Standup Jermaine Fowler's ABC pilot Delores & Jermaine just cast Fowler's onscreen grandmother. According to EW, Whoopi Goldberg has officially been cast opposite Fowler in the multi-cam pilot, which follows Fowler as "a millennial with big ideas, but very little drive, who moves in with his estranged grandmother (Goldberg), a strict, football-loving, former D.C. cop who needs his youthful enthusiasm in her life as much as he needs her old school parenting." The pilot will tape in New York and reportedly not conflict with Goldberg's hosting duties on The View, and if it gets picked up Goldberg will also serve as an executive producer alongside Fowler and [...]

Colin Hanks to Star in CBS Comedy Pilot 'Life in Pieces'

Colin Hanks just landed a starring role in a CBS comedy pilot. Deadline reports that Hanks has been cast in an upcoming CBS pilot called Life in Pieces. The single-cam pilot from Justin Adler will follow a family as told through the stories of its family members, and Hanks will play Greg, "the coddled youngest of three siblings who finds himself overwhelmed and unprepared for the birth of his first child." No other cast members for Life in Pieces have been revealed yet. Hanks has had plenty of supporting comedy roles in recent years on Comedy Bang! Bang!, Burning Love, and Key and Peele, and he recently earned [...]

ABC Picks Up Seven Comedy Pilots from Jermaine Fowler, Johnny Knoxville, and More

Pilot season is in full swing now, and ABC announced a round of seven comedy pilot pickups on late Friday, including one by and starring standup Jermaine Fowler and another based on the life of Johnny Knoxville. Here's a breakdown of all seven comedy pilot orders via Variety:

NBC Orders Supernatural Comedy Pilot 'Strange Calls'

Australian paranormal comedy series Strange Calls is being developed for American audiences for a third time. THR reports that NBC has given a pilot order to a remake of the show produced by Aaron Kaplan and written by Cougar Town's Blake McCormick. The single-cam series follows "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." ABC developed the show as a potential series twice in 2012 and 2014, but it ultimately did not move forward at the network. [...]

CBS Orders 'Rush Hour' Pilot and Two Other Comedies

CBS announced three new pilot orders yesterday. According to Variety, the network has ordered a pilot based on the Rush Hour film franchise that Bill Lawrence and Brett Ratner began developing last year as well as two comedy pilots called Super Clyde and Joe Time. This makes the second pilot order for writer/executive producer Greg Garcia's Super Clyde, which landed a pilot order in 2013 starring Stephen Fry, Rubert Grint, and Tyler Labine but did not go to series. Modern Family writer/executive producer Bill Wrubel's Joe Time is described as a multi-cam comedy that "revolves around a family man who is frustrated that everyone around him [...]

Fox Orders Comedy Pilot 'The Grinder' Starring Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe has a new starring TV role lined up. Variety reports that Fox has given a pilot order to a single-cam comedy called The Grinder, which centers on Lowe as a TV lawyer named Dean Anderson who reaches "a crossroads in life after his long-running hit show comes to an end. He decides to move back to his small hometown, under the impression that his experience as a television personality has prepped him to take over his family’s law firm." Former Allen Gregory writers Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel will write, New Girl's Jake Kasdan will direct, and all three will co-executive produce with Lowe and [...]

Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore's 'Insecure' Lands a Pilot Order at HBO

After a year in a half of development, Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore's HBO show has finally landed a season order, Deadline reports. Titled Insecure, the pilot is inspired by Rae's hit web series The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl and will follow "the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern day African-American woman" and star Rae. It's unclear whether Wilmore will remain heavily involved in the show due to his new Comedy Central series, but Deadline reports he is still attached as an executive producer.

Weezer Frontman Rivers Cuomo Lands a Comedy Pilot Order at Fox

Back in August it was announced that Fox was developing a semi-autobiographical comedy based on the life of Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo, and now the project has landed a pilot order. The single-cam pilot, titled DeTour, is written by Psych creator Steve Franks, and Cuomo will serve as a co-executive producer. DeTour will center 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 [...]

Maya Rudolph and Jaden Smith Join Lorne Michaels' New HBO Pilot

Lorne Michaels is producing a new pilot for HBO. THR reports that the pay network is currently developing a comedy pilot called Brothers in Atlanta from former Late Night with Jimmy Fallon writers Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin. The duo will star as "struggling entertainers and best friends Langston (Riddle) and Moose (Salahuddin) trying to navigate relationships and life in the black mecca of Atlanta." SNL alum Maya Rudolph and Jaden Smith have both signed on for recurring roles — Rudolph will play Moose's boss and former "R&B diva" Shirle, while Smith will play Curtis, Langston's "rowdy neighbor with unpredictable interests and suspicious income." Riddle and Salahuddin had [...]

ABC Orders a Pilot Starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo

After a year of development, Vacation stars Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo's ABC show finally has a name and pilot order. Deadline reports that ABC has ordered a half-hour single-cam comedy pilot called Chev & Bev, which will star Chase and D'Angelo "as two baby boomers who are fun, relevant and living a selfish retirement when their world is turned upside down and they are suddenly left to raise their grandchildren." Brad Copeland (Arrested Development, My Name Is Earl) wrote the pilot, and both Chase and D'Angelo will serve as executive producers.

Ken Jeong's Medical Comedy 'Dr. Ken' Lands a Pilot Order at ABC

Community's Ken Jeong might star in his own television show. THR reports that ABC has given a pilot order to Dr. Ken, a semi-autobiographical comedy Jeong developed for NBC back in 2013. Written by The Internship's Jared Stern, the series follows Jeong's real-life experiences as a physician who pursues a standup career on the side. Jeong has had several other onscreen projects in the works recently including an MTV comedy pilot called Ken Jeong Made Me Do It and a WWE film role opposite Hulk Hogan and David Hasselhoff.

NBC Adds a Buddy Comedy Pilot from Former 'Animal Practice' Producers

NBC ordered another comedy pilot yesterday, bringing the total number of comedy pilots currently up for consideration at the network to 13. According to THR, the network has added an untitled multi-cam buddy comedy from former Animal Practice producers Joe Russo, Anthony Russo, and Aseem Batra. Written by Batra (Scrubs, The Cleveland Show), the pilot is described as "a politically incorrect comedy centered on best friends Dale and Georgie, whose relationship is upended when he starts dating the 'perfect' woman." The trio developed another pilot last season loosely based on Batra's childhood but it did not move forward at NBC. Other recent NBC pilot orders include adaptations of [...]

US Adaptation of BBC Three's 'Cuckoo' Lands a Pilot Order at NBC

Strange Calls isn't the only adaptation to land an NBC pilot order today. After over a year in development, NBC has given a pilot order to a remake of British comedy series Cuckoo from longtime Simpsons producer Tim Long. The single-cam show follows "a daughter who comes back from a summer abroad after marrying a charming but infuriating eccentric named Cuckoo, much to her father’s annoyance." The original Cuckoo has aired two seasons on BBC Three so far and starred Andy Samberg as Cuckoo in the first season, while Taylor Lautner replaced him as Dale Jr. in the second. Watch a teaser for the British [...]

NBC Orders Two Comedy Pilots from Jimmy Fallon and Ellen DeGeneres

NBC just handed out two pilot orders. Variety reports that the network has ordered a single-cam workplace comedy executive produced by Jimmy Fallon called Sharing and an untitled multi-cam series executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres starring Parenthood's Monica Potter. Sharing will be an office-set workplace comedy from writers Damian Lanigan and Jeremy Bronson (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Mindy Project), while the DeGeneres-produced pilot will star Potter as a woman "juggling a busy family life and three ex-husbands, who begins to date again." Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer (The New Adventures of Old Christine) will write and co-executive produce.