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'Seinfeld' Writer/Producer Peter Mehlman Gives TV Writing Advice

"Laughter is such a strong spice, it’s hard to taste anything else. If you write something funny enough, you can get away with murder."

- Former Seinfeld writer/producer Peter Mehlman wrote a piece for this month's Reader's Digest Magazine called "How to Write a TV Show," and it's full of Seinfeld anecdotes and great advice for aspiring comedy writers.

NBC Is Developing Comedies from Justin Long and Meg Ryan

The big TV networks are continuing to buy new shows to develop for the 2014-15 TV season, and NBC just purchased a pair of comedies from two well-known actors: Justin Long and Meg Ryan.

Justin Long's untitled sitcom is being written by him, his younger brother Christian Long, and The Office writer Graham Wagner, Deadline reports. Long hasn't officially signed on to star, but he's expected to play the lead character: a guy in his early 30s who's dating a woman 10 years older than him while dealing with everyone else's judgment about their relationship and helping the woman raise her teenage kid.

Meg Ryan's show, which she will [...]

Fox Buys Comedy Pilots from Producers Johnny Depp and Bill Lawrence

Fox has purchased a few more comedy pilots from big name producers. Chris Miller and Phil Lord, who directed the 2012 film version the classic Johnny Depp-starring series 21 Jump Street, have now teamed up with Depp and Blue Mountain State co-creator and star Chris Romano to produce a comedy series called Torched. According to Deadline, it will focus "on a fast-talking, fun-loving dad, who through his very unique — and sometimes law-breaking — job, strives to give his young son the life he never had."

Meanwhile, Scrubs and Cougar Town creator Bill Lawrence and fellow Cougar Town producer Blake McCormick have sold the network an hour-long comedy action show called Chasing Skips, according to Deadline. The [...]

15.6 Million People Watched Robin Williams' New Sitcom; Twice As Many As Michael J. Fox's

Robin Williams' new sitcom The Crazy Ones debuted on CBS last night after uber-hit The Big Bang Theory and did very well for itself, drawing 15.6 million viewers overall. Though it didn't hold onto to all of Big Bang's 18.9 million viewers, it easily beat its NBC competition, the premiere of The Michael J. Fox Show, which pulled in 7.3 million people. The Michael J. Fox Show's lead-in, the always ratings-challenged Parks and Recreation, managed only 3.3 million viewers, while CBS's 9:30 show Two and a Half Men drew 11.54 million people.

Michael Ian Black Will Be a Series Regular on the New Fox Sitcom 'Us & Them'

There's going to be a little bit of a The State reunion on TV this season. Michael Ian Black has been added as a series regular on Fox's midseason sitcom Us & Them, in which he'll play the brother of a character played by fellow State alum Kerri Kenney, THR reports. Black was a guest star in the pilot, but was bumped up to series regular status for subsequent episodes.

This is Black's first regular TV role since the short-lived Michael & Michael Have Issues, which he starred in with The State's Michael Showalter for Comedy Central in 2009. A remake of the BBC series Gavin & Stacey, [...]

FX Is Developing a Sitcom Based on 'Texts From Bennett' Book

FX is turning the popular blog-turned-book Texts from Bennett into a sitcom from Wilfred executive producer and director Randall Einhorn. The show will based on the book, which focuses on "Bennett, a 17-year-old white kid who claims to be 13% black Crip, enjoys a more-than-recreational level of drug use and can’t keep a job," who must move in with his cousin Mac and his WASPy girlfriend in suburban Kansas. The book was written by Mac Lethal; a scriptwriter for the series hasn't yet been found.

Though Lethal, who's real name is David Sheldon, has claimed that the texts from his cousin are 100% real, though The Smoking Gun claims that their entirely [...]

How Are This Year's New Sitcoms Faring In the Ratings?

The new season is still kicking off, but already many new TV shows are pretty much doomed. Broadcast networks fill their schedules with the knowledge that some of the shows won't make it past a few episodes, and even fewer will make it to a second year. Cancellation decisions are based not just on the overall number of viewers and the viewership of the prime 18-49 demographic, but also in comparison to the ratings of the network's other programs. The flood of numbers from Nielsen ratings can be overwhelming, so here's a quick look at how all of the new sitcoms on network TV are doing, and which [...]

Damon Wayans Jr. Sells Pilot About Single Dads to Fox

Fox has bought a sitcom from Happy Endings alum Damon Wayans Jr. Variety reports that Man/Child will focus on "two single dads who move in together and struggle to find the balance between being responsible parents and debaucherous bachelors." The show will be written and executive produced by Wilfred showrunners Reed Agnew and Eli Jorne and will be directed by Modern Family director Jason Winer. Wayans will also serve as an executive producer on the show.

9 Sitcom Actors Who Should Make a Comeback

Tomorrow night marks the premiere of two new half-hour comedies starring performers who have each been out of the sitcom world for over a decade. NBC's The Michael J. Fox Show sees the title actor, who got his start on Family Ties, in his first leading role since stepping down from Spin City to spend more time with his family following a Parkinson's diagnosis in 2000, while CBS's The Crazy Ones marks Robin Williams's return to the format and his first regular TV role since Mork & Mindy went off the air in 1982. While it's exciting to see Fox and Williams back doing the kinds of shows that gave them [...]

Looking at Amazon's 10 New Comedy Pilots Currently in Development

Last month, Amazon launched eight comedy pilots as part of their efforts to create a number of new original TV series. While many of these came from established TV comedy writers some such as Those Who Can’t came through Amazon’s open door submission policy. Launched almost exactly a year ago the policy allows for any aspiring writer to submit their half hour pilot script for review of up to 45 days. After that time is up Amazon can choose to either let your script go, buy it outright for $55,000, or extend their evaluation period twice for 18 months for $10,000 an extension. In the past year Amazon [...]

Fox Cuts Backs Order on 'Us & Them', Essentially Cancels It Before It Airs

Fox has ended production on Us & Them, cutting the show's 13-episode order to the seven episodes already made. According to Deadline, the network "plans to air the produced episodes and has not canceled the series," but really that means the show is canceled. The show, which was based on the mega-hit BBC comedy Gavin & Stacey, stars Jason Ritter and Alexis Biedel as a couple in a long-distance relationship who must deal with merging their eccentric families. Kerri Kenney and Michael Ian Black played supporting roles as Biedel's mother and uncle.

It's the second early decision on a midseason show that Fox has made this year; the animated sitcom [...]

ABC and CBS Both Bought Brooklyn-Based Mom-Centric Comedies

Both ABC and CBS are looking to have New Yorky mom-centric sitcoms on their schedules next year. ABC is developing a multi-camera sitcom from executive producers Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, according to Deadline. Still untitled, the show follows "a free-spirited" single mother of two in Brooklyn who runs a design company with her best friends. But, "things take a turn when her conservative 16-year-old son starts interning at her company, intent on transforming the family business into a global empire."

As the same time, CBS has picked up a comedy pilot from Everwood creator Greg Berlanti. The single-camera sitcom will be based on the Israeli series Haverot, meaning "Little Mom", and [...]

There Might Be a 'Modern Family' Spin-off Starring Rob Riggle

Modern Family may be getting its very own spin-off. Deadline reports that ABC and studio 20th Century Fox have discussed several options for a spin-off to the multi-Emmy-winning series, including one starring Rob Riggle as his Modern Family character Gil Thorpe. Modern Family executive producers Paul Corrigan and Brad Walsh would be likely to write and run the new series.

Riggle appeared in two episodes last season, playing an abrasive real estate rival to Ty Burrell's Phil. It's been a big week for Riggle; it was announced last week that he's playing two major roles in the upcoming Dumb and Dumber sequel.

Sorry, NBC: Fox Is Now the Home of Critically Acclaimed, Smart Comedies

"Those Thursday comedies, which the critics love and we love, tend to be a bit more narrow than we'd ultimately like going forward," NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt told reporters at a press tour last summer before the start of the 2012-2013 TV season. He added that those shows, like Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, Community, and The Office, "tend to be a little bit more narrow and sophisticated than you might want for a broad audience. I hope these new shows we've got for the fall and the spring are also clever and also smart, but can also broaden the size of the audience."

That new batch of falls [...]