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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 [...]

Tonight's 'Louie' Episode Originally Included a Part for Philip Seymour Hoffman

Sad news for fans of Philip Seymour Hoffman and the all-star cameos on Louie this season: The recently deceased actor was originally slated to appear in tonight's two-part flashback episode "In the Woods." Here's what Jeremy Renner — who shows up in the episode — told Yahoo last month:

I just did a little bit on Louie that's coming out next month. That was fun, and he's a good dude. I was happy to do that, but it was like: in and out. I could go in for three days and have some fun and move on … Phil [Seymour] Hoffman was supposed to be in it, too. [...]

Showtime Renews 'Shameless' and 'House of Lies'

Showtime announced this morning the renewal of two of the network's comedy-dramas, House of Lies and Shameless, for another season. Both shows debuted their current seasons in January and are currently airing new episodes on Sunday nights. The renewal will mark the fifth season for Shameless, starring William H. Macy, and the fourth for Don Cheadle-led House of Lies. Both new seasons will be 12 episodes long and are expected to debut in 2015.

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, [...]

Jonathan Ames Is Adapting an Icelandic Inmate Revolt Dramedy for Showtime

On top of creating a scripted comedy for Starz with Patrick Stewart, THR reports that Bored to Death's Jonathan Ames is also adapting the Icelandic dramedy World's End into a half-hour series for premium network Showtime. The series will follow a high school English teacher "struggling with life, love and his disaffected students, who spins out of control and winds up committed to a mental institution, where, ironically, he finally feels normal and becomes the leader of an inmate revolt." Ames will write the script and serve as executive producer alongside Ben Silverman and his former Bored to Death EP Stephanie Davis. Click through to watch the [...]

Showtime Orders 10 Episodes of Philip Seymour Hoffman Comedy 'Happyish'

Showtime has landed a new comedy starring Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman. THR reports that the pay cable network has ordered 10 episodes of Happyish, a dark comedy created by This American Life contributor Shalom Auslander that stars Hoffman, with Kathryn Hahn and Rhys Ifans in supporting roles. The show, previously titled Trending Down, was ordered to pilot in July.

In Happyish, Hoffman will play a man named Thom Payne who on his 42nd birthday, is struggling with his new bosses being half his age and is having to choose between his antidepressants and his ED pills. Hahn plays his wife, while Ifans is his mentor. Ken Kwapis (The Office) developed [...]

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, [...]

Cameron Crowe Is Developing a Roadie Comedy for Showtime

Cameron Crowe is about to give TV comedy a try. According to Nikki Finke, the Almost Famous writer/director is currently working on an ensemble comedy set at a U.S. rock tour called Roadies. While no other details on the pilot have been revealed, Crowe will reportedly direct it before the end of the year, when his latest untitled romantic comedy starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, and Bill Murray will be released in theaters.

Showtime Is Developing a Show About a Young Jewish Standup

Showtime is making a show about an aspiring comedian. Deadline reports that the pay cable network is developing a series called Yank, which comes from Sex and the City writers Elisa Zuritsky and Julie Rottenberg and follows a young man from an ultra-orthodox Jewish community in Williamsburg, New York, who decides to start pursuing a career in standup comedy. The guy starts leading a double life and venturing out of his sheltered corner of New York to explore the big city around him for the first time. If Yank gets picked up, it'd join Louie, Maron, and Mulaney to become the fourth show on the air about a standup [...]