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Rachel Bloom's 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Goes From Showtime Half-Hour to CW Hour-Long Comedy

Rachel Bloom made a half-hour pilot of her musical comedy show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend for Showtime last year, and they ended up passing on it. But somewhat improbably, it's gotten new life as an hour-long comedy on the CW, as that network has picked a retooled version of it up for a full season, to be aired alongside their hit Jane the Virgin.

In addition to the shift from half-hour to hour-long, the show will be recasting one of its supporting characters, formerly played by Michael McDonald, and rewriting some of the racier material that would've flown on premium cable to make for a bit of a tamer network show. [...]

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 [...]

Showtime's 'Inside Comedy' Returns on May 5th with Conan O'Brien, Jon Stewart, and More

David Steinberg and Steve Carell's Showtime documentary series Inside Comedy just got a premiere date. The pay network announced today that Inside Comedy's six-episode fourth season is set to debut on Tuesday, May 5th at 11:00pm. In addition to previously announced guests Stephen Colbert, Michael Keaton, Bryan Cranston, Dan Aykroyd, Wanda Sykes, Ted Danson, and Carol Leifer, Steinberg will also interview comedy stars Conan O'Brien, Jeffrey Tambor, Jon Stewart, Dane Cook, and Cheech & Chong.

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 [...]

Here's the Trailer for Tig Notaro's Showtime Documentary 'Knock Knock, It's Tig Notaro'

A new Tig Notaro documentary premieres on Showtime next week, and the pay network recently released the first trailer. Titled Knock Knock, It's Tig Notaro, the documentary follows Notaro on her 2013 standup tour in fans' homes and backyards with Jon Dore. Knock Knock airs on Showtime Friday, April 17th at 9:00pm.

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.