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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.

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 [...]

'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.

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 [...]

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 [...]

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: