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Watch Nathan Barnatt's Rejected Adult Swim Pilot 'Youth Large' Featuring 'SNL's Kyle Mooney

Back in 2012, comedian Nathan Barnatt struck a deal with Adult Swim to develop a half-hour comedy based on his hit dancing/gaming character Keith Apicary called Youth Large, and recently Barnatt posted the full pilot — which the network passed on last year — to YouTube. Written by Barnatt, his brother Seth, and Paul Cummings, the pilot follows a group of lazy gamer nerds (including a pre-SNL Kyle Mooney) getting into all kinds of low-level shenanigans — or as Barnatt describes it: "We were hired to make a 'weirder' Always Sunny. So that's what we made."

Ron Livingston to Star in AMC's 'We Hate Paul Revere' Comedy Pilot

It's been over a year and a half since AMC announced that they were working on a Colonial Boston-themed comedy pilot by Whitney writer/producers Adrian Wenner and Ethan Sandler called We Hate Paul Revere, but today The Wrap reports that the network has finally signed on a star to play the titular role. Office Space's Ron Livingston has officially been cast to play Paul Revere in the show, while SNL, Funny or Die, and The Spoils of Babylon's Matt Piedmont will direct. Director/producer Troy Miller — who has worked on Arrested Development, Flight of the Conchords, Parks and Rec, and The Office — will also work as [...]

'Boondocks' Creator Aaron McGruder to Create New Pilot 'Hooligan Squad' for Adult Swim

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 Adds Comedy Pilot 'Red Oaks' from Steven Soderbergh

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 [...]

Jerrod Carmichael Gets a Second Pilot at NBC

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.

'The Cosmopolitans,' 'Really,' and 'Red Oaks' to Premiere on Amazon August 28th

Variety reports that Amazon just announced the premiere date for its next batch of pilots up for consideration. Out of the next five series slated to premiere on the streaming network later this month on August 28th are half-hour comedies The Cosmopolitans, Really, and Red Oaks. Here's an overview of what you can expect from each series:

  • 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.
  • [...]

'Community's Ken Jeong to Play Himself in MTV Comedy Pilot

Community favorite Ken Jeong is about to star in his own show. THR reports that Jeong has been cast in an in-the-works coming-of-age comedy pilot for MTV now titled Ken Jeong Made Me Do It. Jeong will play himself in the show, which centers on a 22-year-old named Andy, "who, after catching his girlfriend cheating, accidentally rear-ends Jeong's fancy car. Taking pity on Andy, Jeong takes it upon himself to teach him how to man up." The project — co-written and produced by Arrested Development's Andy St. Clair and Paul O'Toole — will thankfully not get in the way of Jeong's return to Community on Yahoo Screen [...]

Here's the Cast for NBC's New Sketch Comedy Pilot

It was reported over a year ago that former Comedy Central VP Lou Wallach was developing a new primetime sketch show for NBC, and the pilot for it was just shot this summer. Like Saturday Night Live, the pilot for the untitled sketch show features a large group of performers culled from all over the country, and The Comic's Comic has a list of its writing staff and cast. The pilot was directed by Bruce Leddy, who directed the bulk of Fox's MADtv, and it's being produced by Mick Napier (Annoyance Theater, Exit 57) and Wallach, who, during his stint at Comedy Central, oversaw the development of Chappelle's Show, The Colbert Report, Crank [...]

The Only Public Screening of the 'Chris Gethard Show' Pilot Will Be for the Winners of a 'Game of Thrones'-Style Tournament

In January, comedian Chris Gethard shot a pilot of his public access series The Chris Gethard Show for Comedy Central. The network recently passed on the show, but Gethard announced today there will be a one-time only public screening of the pilot, with a catch: you have to win an intense Game of Thrones-themed competition to be able to see it.

For the UCB Theatre's annual Del Close Marathon this coming weekend, The Chris Gethard Show is doing a Game of Thrones-style show with audience members forming teams and competing in a series of trials. Gethard writes:

"When only one team is left standing, they will [...]

Comedy Central Orders a 'BriTANick' Pilot

Comedy Central is teaming up with online sketch duo BriTANick to create a new show. THR reports that the cable network has ordered a pilot created by and starring BriTANick's Nick Kocher and Brian McElhaney, much in the same way they recently developed the web series Broad City into a TV show.

The pilot will star Kocher and McElhaney as a pair of fictional best friends who get into silly adventures based on their own real experiences. In the episode, "Nick fakes his own death to get out of a relationship as Brian tries to buy his way back into one."

Nick Kocher and McElhaney formed the group BriTANick in 2008 after graduating [...]

A Chris Hardwick-Produced Weekly Magic Variety Show Might Be Coming to Comedy Central

Comedy Central might be getting a comedy/variety/magic show. According to Deadline, the network has given a pilot order to Sleight of Mouth, a weekly show produced by Chris Hardwick and hosted by comedian/magician Justin Willman that will fuse magic, sketch comedy, and @midnight-style social media interaction. Each week, Willman — who has appeared on The Tonight Show, Ellen, Chelsea Lately, and more — will "tackle a thought-provoking topic with sketches, social experiments, guest comedians, and interactive content." Click through to watch Willman appear on The Tonight Show back in December.

Jim Gaffigan in Talks to Turn His CBS Pilot Into a Series at TV Land

In May, CBS passed on ordering comedian Jim Gaffigan's family sitcom pilot Gaffigan to series, but it looks like the show may be finding new life on another network. Deadline reports that TV Land has been in talks with Sony TV, the studio that produced the pilot, for the last month or so and that TV Land is "well down the road of trying to make the show work there." Deadline says TV Land is trying to get the actors' rates down for a lower budget.

Gaffigan, a single-camera comedy co-created by Jim Gaffigan and Peter Tolan (Rescue Me),  stars the titular comedian as a fictionalized version of himself [...]

Watch the Pilot for 'The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail' on Amazon for Free

Comedy Central's new standup series The Meltdown doesn't premiere until July 23rd, but the pilot is already available for viewing on Amazon Instant Video for free. The episode's lineup includes Steve Agee, David Koechner, Neal Brennan, Moshe Kasher, and plenty of cuts to the backstage scene with Meltdown producer and Nanjiani's wife Emily Gordon, so get ahead of the curve by watching the free episode now over at Amazon.

Showtime Orders 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Pilot from Aline Brosh McKenna and Rachel Bloom

In a press release, Showtime announced today that they've given a pilot order to a half-hour comedy with a musical slant called Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-created, executive produced, and written by Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada) and Rachel Bloom, a comedian/actress/writer on Robot Chicken and creator of many hit musical comedy web videos. The show follows Bloom's character Rebecca, "a successful, driven, and possibly crazy young woman who impulsively gives up everything – her partnership at a prestigious law firm and her upscale apartment in Manhattan – in a desperate attempt to find love and happiness in that exotic hotbed of romance and adventure: West Covina, [...]