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Showtime to Debut a New Richard Pryor Documentary May 31st

There's a new documentary about Richard Pryor coming to TV next month. Deadline reports that Showtime will be debuting Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic on Friday, May 31st, a month after the movie premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival. From director Marina Zenovich and writer P.G. Morgan, who made Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired together, the Pryor doc follows the iconic comedian's life from his rough childhood in Illinois to his ascendance to one of the country's most revered stand-ups and comedic actors in the 1970s. The comedian's widow, Jennifer Pryor, executive produced Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic, which features interviews with Mel Brooks, Lily Tomlin, Robin Williams, [...]

Showtime Renews 'House of Lies,' 'Californication,' and 'Shameless'

Showtime just handed out renewal orders to a trio of shows, comedy-dramas House of Lies, Californication, and Shameless. It'll be the third season for House of Lies, which stars Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz, ans Josh Lawson; the seventh season for David Duchovny-led Californication, and the fourth for William H. Macy vehicle Shameless. Showtime says the three shows have each experienced a year-to-year gain in viewership. All three are currently airing new episodes on Sunday nights through early April and will pick up again with these new seasons in 2014, which sounds really far away but isn't anymore.

Here's a Promo for the Showtime Special 'Larry Wilmore's Race, Religion, and Sex'

Even in this short trailer, it's apparent that this is a very different sort of comedy special. Part stand-up, part man on the street, part town hall, Wilmore will look at how race, religion, and sex influence politics – especially that one religion with sex races. Watch a few more promos below and tune in on Saturday to learn more about religious sex races.

'Daily Show' Senior Correspondents Make Some Outside of the Show Plans

It must be real awkward around the Daily Show correspondents' cafeteria. Everyone is a senior correspondent of something – there are no junior correspondents – leaving them with no natural hierarchy. Good thing they all get out of the office from time to time. Recently, Senior Middle East Correspondent Aasif Mandvi got out to film a new special for the Cooking Channel. Today's Special: NY Indian pairs Mandvi with Indian food expert Madhur Jaffrey and follows the duo around New York as they sample the best in South Asian food. Sounds delicious and hilarious. Less delicious and probably more hilarious will be Larry Wilmore's Race, Religion and [...]

Weeds Returns For Season One Million (Okay, Eight)

The annual winner of the That Show Is Still On? Prize, Weeds, is coming back for season eight on July 1. May it stay on for 20 more seasons that you only watch because "this has gotta be the last one."

Steve Carell on Comedy: "I Don't Want to Overthink It"

"There are no universal truths [about comedy]. I am very reticent about talking about what makes something funny. I love to hear these comedic minds talk about themselves and their careers and why they think things might be funny. But if something works, I don't want to overthink it. It might not work next time."

- Steve Carell explaining his comic philosophy to The Wall Street Journal in a piece about Inside Comedy, the Showtime interview series he produces.

Mitch Hurwitz Explains Why 'Arrested Development' Didn't Jump to Showtime When Fox Canceled It in 2006

Way back in 2006, when Fox canceled Arrested Development, the press reported that Showtime had made an offer to continue the show but that creator Mitch Hurwitz has turned it down. Now, talking yesterday at Netflix's presentation for television critics, Hurwitz shed some light on why he said no:

Well, at the time, you have to remember that we were not successful. The Showtime offer, as it was presented to me, was half the money for half the show. I was not interested, at that point, in doing a smaller cast and a more simplified Arrested Development. I felt like I would lose the one thing we had, [...]

Ben Schwartz Seems to Really Hate Don Cheadle and Really Love Profanity

What an ass Don Cheadle is. What is he even the Don of? Jerks? It's wonderful that Ben Schwartz was brave enough to tell the truth. This is the first of a Hollywood Reporter series in which they're having actors "stump" for their Emmy-nominated costars. Can't wait for the video in which the dog from Modern Family just takes a shit on a photo of the cast.

Nurse Jackie Still Has More Drugging to Do

With its fourth-season finale coming up in a couple weeks, Nurse Jackie has already been renewed for a fifth season. For which former Dexter showrunner Clyde Phillips will replace the two departing executive producers. So I guess Nurse J is going to start attempting to murder people but before they die, she'll nurse them back to health, just so she can murder them a second time (like a Super Dexter). Also, she'll do drugs.

Trade Roundup: Only Fools and Horses, Paul the Male Matchmaker, Lizzy Caplan

Could Steve Carell be set to re-make a second popular British sitcom for American audiences? ABC is working on a US version of the BBC show Only Fools and Horses, to be written by Scrubs writers Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley. Steve Carell and Jason Biggs are rumored to be playing the lead roles, but you know what they say about rumors. (That they're always true and we're going to have another Office!)

Hulu has picked up a 10-episode mockumentary comedy series called Paul the Male Matchmaker from Sex and the City's Liz Tucillo and Mad Men's Paul Bartholomew, with guest stars including Janeane Garofalo and Tony [...]

'It's Garry Shandling's Show': Just as Influential as You Probably Don't Remember

Garry Shandling is one of the most innovative and influential comedians of all time. However, when Shout Factory released the entire Larry Sanders Show on DVD in the winter of 2011—concurrent with IFC’s decision to rerun the entire series—it seemed to set off a “Garry Shandling renaissance” that has carried over for the past 2-3 years; buoyed by Garry’s ever-bizarre and hilarious Twitter feed.

No matter how staunch of a Shandling supporter you’ve been over the years, you have to concede that there has been a certain heightened re-appreciation of his talents over the past few years. As a child of the 90’s I was slightly too young [...]

'Episodes' to Shoot a Nine-Episode Third Season

A third season of the Matt LeBlanc tour de funny Episodes will shoot next year for Showtime and the BBC. "I guess Episodes will have more EPISODES," jokes everyone.

'Weeds' Is Officially Entering Its Last Season

The upcoming eighth season of Weeds will be the show's last. Weeds really pioneered Showtime's definitive brand of protagonist driven pseudo-comedies. There had been some speculation of it ending previously but the move seemed especially likely when Justin Kirk signed on to star in the much sillier NBC sitcom Animal Hospital. Though, an animal hospital would be a perfect front for a weed dealer. Watch out for that that – old habits die hard.

Listening to the DVD Commentary for Weeds, "Corn Snake"

Columentary (title sadly not pending) is a weekly feature, in which I’ll listen to the commentary track of a sitcom, and divulge, through pretty pictures and less pretty words, the behind-the-scenes secrets the creators, writers, and cast discuss about their show. If you've ever wondered about that one guy who once starred in that thing, but whom everyone loves because he's such a nice guy on set, this is for you.

Show: Weeds

Episode: "Corn Snake" (S02E01)

Original Airdate: August 14, 2006

Episode Plot: Marijuana dealer Nancy Botwin (Mary Louise Parker) attempts to break off contact with the DEA agent she slept with in the season one finale, Peter [...]