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'Key & Peele' Showrunners Ian Roberts and Jay Martel Talk the Third Season, the Writing Process, and Metta World Peace

Key & Peele wraps up its third season next week, and the dynamic sketch show continues to work like a well-oiled machine, delivering an impressive and idiosyncratic mix of sketches with strong performances from creator-stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele and pitch-perfect cinematic aesthetics from director Peter Atencio. Comedy Central has renewed the show for a fourth season, and credit must also go to executive producers Jay Martel and Ian Roberts. As showrunners, Martel — a television, film, and theater writer known for Strangers with Candy — and Roberts — writer, producer, UCB founder who executive produced Players on Spike TV with Martel — unite the disparate players around a common vision, oversee the writing staff, [...]

It's Official: Dan Harmon Is Coming Back to 'Community'

After being fired from his own show by the studio last May, Dan Harmon is coming back to Community. Reports have been circulating for weeks now that the ousted showrunner has been negotiating a deal to return, but Harmon confirmed these rumors himself via Twitter this weekend. After joking about his plans to return, Harmon was asked by a fan if he was really returning, and he replied, "Yes yes yes! I'm back I'm back I'm back. You can thank @joelmchale."

Harmon spoke about the events onstage Saturday night at a Cinefamily event in Los Angeles, revealing that he still hasn't watched the show's fourth [...]

"50 Power Showrunners" List Includes Louis C.K., Seth MacFarlane, Lena Dunham, and More

The Hollywood Reporter put out a list today of “50 Power Showrunners,” the leading writer-producers in TV. Here’s the full roster of comedy showrunners who made the list:

Salim and Mara Brock Akil -The Game (BET) Blake Anderson, Adam Devine, Anders Holm, Kyle Newachek and Kevin Etten – Workaholics (Comedy Central) Carter Bays and Craig Thomas – How I Met Your Mother (CBS) David Caspe, Jonathan Groff and Josh Bycel – Happy Endings (ABC) Louis C.K. – Louie (FX) David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik – Episodes (Showtime) Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner – Girls (HBO) Greg Garcia – Raising Hope (Fox) Bruce Helford – Anger Management (FX) [...]

'The Daily Show' Promotes Three Producers to Fill Showrunner Position

Longtime Daily Show showrunner Rory Albanese did his last episode on Thursday, and Comedy Central filled his job with three people today. Deadline reports that Adam Lowitt, Jennifer Flanz and Steve Bodow, all co-executive producers on the series, are being named the new showrunners. Albanese is moving to Los Angeles, where he will be working on a sitcom he sold to CBS. Lowitt and Flanz have been producers on The Daily Show since 2005 and 2006, respectively, while Bodow started as a writer in 2003 and had a stint as head writer from 2007 to 2010. The regime change comes just months after Jon Stewart took a [...]

Report: Dan Harmon Confirms He's Been Asked Back to 'Community'

A report came in earlier this month that Sony is interested in having Dan Harmon to return to Community for the show's fifth season, and now, it looks like Harmon has confirmed the news. Hollywookiee reports that, at the most recent live taping of his podcast Harmontown, the Community creator said this:

Dan Harmon just told the audience of his podcast Harmontown that he has been asked to return to Community! As soon as Dan said it, he asked that it be edited out of the podcast and it was just for us audience members (and I wasn't going to say a word), but soon after that, [...]

Top Comedy Showrunners Just Doing Some Roundtabling

The Hollywood Reporter brought together showrunners Carter Bays (How I Met Your Mother), Bill Prady (The Big Bang Theory), Liz Meriwether (New Girl), Paul Lieberstein (The Office), Steve Levitan (Modern Family), and Emily Spivey (Up All Night) to have a roundtable discussion. (Though, the gang actually shared three roundtables. Also, for some reason they were arranged by who did or did not wear glasses.) They address all the many stresses of the job, like deciding on pen color:

Liz Meriwether: I was unprepared for the leadership; people are looking to you for everything, and you’re pretending to be an expert on, say, props. It’s been the hardest thing I’ve ever done. But I haven’t had a baby.

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Dan Harmon Is Watching 'Community' Season 4 This Weekend and Promises "Not to Be a Jerk About It"

Community creator Dan Harmon is in the process of negotiating a deal to return to the series as showrunner next season, and he told E! News that he's planning on getting caught up on the fourth season, which he hasn't seen yet, in a binge-watching session this Sunday. "I'm just going to sit by myself, pop some popcorn and watch it," Harmon says. "I'm not going to be a jerk about it. I know there were some great writers working on that show who bled with me for seasons one, two and three … the worst thing I can do is fart in their direction at all."

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Splitsider's Power List: The 50 Top Writer/Directors in Comedy (and Their Next Projects)

There are more people working professionally in comedy now than ever before, and with so many talented funny folks running around, it can be a little hard to keep track of your favorite writer or director and what their next project is/when it's coming out. We've gone through and compiled all the known info on what 50 leading comedy writers/directors are working on right now, and when you can expect to see their new project hit the screen. It's a mix of the comedy industry's current top dogs (like Judd Apatow, Greg Daniels, and Tina Fey), the old guard (Woody Allen, Larry David, Chris Guest), cult favorites (Charlie Kaufman, [...]

The TV Comedy Showrunners Roundtable

Have an hour to spare? You should check out The Hollywood Reporter's comedy showrunners roundtable! Featuring Community's Dan Harmon, Modern Family's Steve Levitan, The Big C's Jenny Bicks, Big Bang Theory's Bill Prady, Nurse Jackie's Liz Brizius, and Parks and Rec's Mike Schur, it features these folks talking about their shows, Twitter, and Charlie Sheen. I am only a bit of the way into it now but can say that if you are a nerd about comedies on TV, it is worth checking out. That is all! [via]