The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)
This summer, with the events of Ferguson, Missouri making headlines around the world, a lot of people were talking about California in the early [...]
Stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan and Rescue Me creator/Larry Sanders Show writer Peter Tolan began developing a show for CBS last year, and now the network has ordered the series to pilot, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The untitled show was created by Gaffigan and Tolan and will be written by Tolan. It's based on Gaffigan's life, with him playing a father of five living in a two-bedroom New York apartment. Last season, Gaffigan, who was recently nominated for a Grammy for his comedy album Mr. Universe, had a family sitcom in development with NBC that didn't make it. The CBS series will mark his return to the [...]
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The lying schemer and the arrogant braggart are two tried-and-true sitcom archetypes that have been around since the early days of TV. Watching someone bury themselves in a string of fabrications or demonstrate their own pomposity is always good for a laugh. Here are 10 of the biggest braggarts and liars in sitcom history, including a certain guy who lied about being marine biologist to impress a date and the biggest [...]
Bring her all the Beckys! A parade of Beckys in her honor! Roseanne's Downwardly Mobile has a script order in from NBC, where she will join Snoop Dogg, Sarah Silverman, Sean Hayes and Portia de Rossi as the latest big name that will hopefully make some money up in this bitch. Following the cancellation of Lifetime's Roseanne's Nuts, Downwardly is reportedly a multi-cam sitcom featuring Roseanne as the locus of a lively trailer park community. I'm going to go ahead and assume that her husband is dead from the very beginning, just so she can't pull any fast ones over on me.