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Showtime Orders a Semi-Autobiographical Comedy Starring Andrew Dice Clay

The Diceman is headed to TV. According to The Wrap, Showtime has ordered a six-episode single-cam comedy starring Andrew Dice Clay called Dice, which will follow "semi-true accounts of Dice's efforts to revive his career and support his family" in Las Vegas. "Love him or hate him, Dice is a true original and Dice is always funny,” Showtime exec Gary Levine said on the news. "After a career full of ups and downs, he’s hotter today than ever." Old School and The Hangover Part II's Scot Armstrong created and wrote the series, which will premiere on Showtime sometime next year.

'Knock Knock, It's Tig Notaro' Airs April 17th on Showtime

In addition to an upcoming HBO standup special, Tig Notaro has another big television event slated for this year when Showtime airs her new documentary Knock Knock, It's Tig Notaro. The network revealed at TCA today that the special, which followed Notaro on her 2013 summer standup tour at fans' homes, is set to air on Friday, April 17th.

Christina Hendricks Joins Cameron Crowe's 'Roadies' Showtime Comedy

Cameron Crowe's in-the-works Showtime pilot Roadies just added another cast member. THR reports that Mad Men's Christina Hendricks has signed on to play production manager Shelli, described as "tough but privately emotional, married to her job and scary good at it." Hendricks joins previously announced cast members Luke Wilson, Imogen Poots, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Peter Cambor, and Rafe Spall. Roadies makes the second TV comedy project involving Hendricks in recent months following October's news that she had joined the cast of Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome's upcoming Comedy Central series Another Period.

Luke Wilson and More Join Cameron Crowe's Showtime Pilot 'Roadies'

Back in June it was announced that Cameron Crowe was developing a roadie comedy for Showtime, and today THR reports that the project has set its leading stars. The pilot will follow "the day-to-day life of a successful rock tour as seen through the crew members who get the show on the road" and star Luke Wilson as the sober and "sleep-deprived" tour manager Bill, Imogen Poots as electrical tech Kelly Ann, Keisha Castle-Hughes as the "outspoken and passionate" sound mixer Donna Mancini, Peter Cambor as "offbeat American anglophile guitar tech" Milo, and Rafe Spall as a British financial adviser named Reg Whitehead who "knows less than [...]

Inside Rachel Bloom's Showtime Pilot 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend'

Rachel Bloom made her first big splash in 2010 with the hilarious short "Fuck Me Ray Bradbury," which was so successful that Rachel had the honor of being present for Bradbury's first time watching it. Since then, she's produced numerous other successful and equally hysterical shorts, released two albums (Please Love Me and Suck It, Christmas!!! A Chanukah Album), produced a short Disney musical parody, and written for and voiced characters on Robot Chicken.

Bloom, together with Aline Brosh McKenna, is now developing a musical television series for Showtime, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. The show will follow Rebecca (played by Bloom), who leaves her job in a prestigious New [...]

Check Out the First Trailer for 'Happyish', Showtime's New Steve Coogan Comedy

Here's the first trailer for Happyish, the new Showtime comedy starring Steve Coogan that was initially supposed to star the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. Coogan plays Thom Payne, a "44-year-old guy whose world is thrown into disarray when his wunderkind boss arrives and forces Thom to take a good look at his life." He's joined by Kathryn Hahn, Bradley Whitford and guests including Ellen Barkin and Carrie Preston. It premieres on April 26th.

Showtime Renews 'Shameless' and Orders 'Happyish' to Series

Showtime just announced some comedy news at TCA today. Deadline reports that the network has renewed Shameless for a sixth season and also picked up the new pilot for Happyish, which was reworked following the death of star Philip Seymour Hoffman last year and now stars Steve Coogan. Happyish will debut its 10-episode season on Showtime April 26th.

The Weasel Grows Up

The late 80s and early 90s were good to Pauly Shore. The Weasel — an alter ego born out of Shore's standup — became, for a time, more than just a character. The Weasel was a living, breathing thing whose mannerisms and catchphrases, like it or not, infiltrated the fabric of American pop culture. From the small screen to the big screen, there was no escaping Pauly Shore. Shore's new documentary, Pauly Shore Stands Alone, which recently premiered on Showtime, opens with archival footage from that wildly successful point in his career. But the film quickly shifts focus to the reality of today: Pauly Shore, age 46, dealing with the [...]

Steve Coogan Cast in Philip Seymour Hoffman's Role in Showtime Pilot 'Happyish'

Back in January, Showtime ordered a new comedy pilot starring Philip Seymour Hoffman called Happyish centered on a man named Thom Payne who "is struggling with his new bosses being half his age and is having to choose between his antidepressants and his ED pills." While the pilot's future had been uncertain following Hoffman's death a month later, the network revealed today that Steve Coogan has been officially cast in the role. Here's the updated description for the pilot:

Coogan will star in the lead role of Thom Payne, a 44 year-old man whose world is thrown into disarray when his 25 year-old “wunderkind” boss arrives, saying things [...]

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, [...]

Watch Steve Coogan and Kathryn Hahn in the First Trailer for Showtime's 'Happyish'

Showtime's new half-hour comedy Happyish premieres in April, and the network released the first trailer today featuring Kathryn Hahn and Steve Coogan, who took over the starring role after original cast member Philip Seymour Hoffman died last year. The revamped series is currently in production in New York and premieres on Sunday, April 26th at 9:00pm.

Showtime Announces Return Dates for 'Episodes' and 'Web Therapy'

New episodes of Showtime comedies Episodes and Web Therapy arrive in just a few days. The network announced today that the fourth season of the Matt LeBlanc-starring series Episodes returns this Sunday, January 11th at 10:30pm followed by the premiere of Lisa Kudrow's Web Therapy on Wednesday, January 14th at 11:00pm. Another Friends alum Matthew Perry will guest star in the first two episodes of Web Therapy as Tyler Bishop, "and horrible pathological liar — who is about to be disbarred and needs Fiona's (Kudrow) help." Showtime also announced that Christina Applegate will guest star in the final two episodes of Web Therapy airing on January 21st and 28th [...]

Showtime Is Developing a Corporate Espionage Comedy

Showtime has another new comedy in the works. According to THR, the network has given a script order to a corporate espionage comedy called Professionals written by David J. Rosen (Us & Them) and directed/co-executive produced by Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer, The Amazing Spider-Man). The show follows "two partially broken midlevel employees who become ensnared in a dangerous game of corporate espionage." This makes Webb's second comedy currently in development at Showtime in addition to Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna's pilot Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

Pauly Shore's Road Documentary Premieres on Showtime December 4th

Pauly Shore is headed to Showtime. Deadline reports that the pay cable network has picked up Shore's documentary Pauly Shore Stands Alone to premiere on December 4th. Directed by and starring Shore, the documentary follows the actor and comedian during a standup tour across the Midwest "while grappling with aging, fading fame and his relationship with his Parkinson’s-suffering mother, Comedy Store founder Mitzi Shore." On the inspiration for the film, Shore told Deadline: "Down to my core of who I am, I’m a standup comic. A lot of comics go through personal things and have to put on a smile. I’m always doing schtick – I’m a comic, [...]