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'You're the Worst' Creator Stephen Falk Explains His Romantic Comedy Approach

"But it's a genre that's near and dear to my heart, and I just thought that there's a freedom in British sitcoms for characters to not always be 'broadcast likable,' and thus I thought it would be a nice way to take a show like Mad About You and update it in terms of how young society behaves now and also to bring in some characters that are actually kind of shitheads at times. It's a tall order to make people fall in love with people who are kind of dicks, but I thought it would be worth trying, and I think it has been."

- Creator of FX's [...]

Just to Keep You Guessing, NBC Also Just Picked Up Dane Cook's Sitcom (and Renewed 'Whitney')

NBC, in addition to renewing basically all of their sitcoms with the exception of BFFs, Bent, and Are You There, Chelsea? (Whitney's second season just became official too!), has now picked up seven new comedies. The seventh? Next Caller Please, a single-camera sitcom from comedic pariah Dane Cook. Written and executive produced by Weeds' Stephen Falk, it'll be "a gender comedy that revolves around a brash alpha male DJ (Cook) and his feminist co-host (Collette Wolfe) set in the office of a satellite radio station." Now keep an open mind, people! This is the network that just renewed all of your favorite shows that nobody but you [...]

How FX's 'You’re the Worst' Has Quietly Become the Best New Comedy on Television

The summer television season used to be reserved for the ignoble combination of network miscalculations and obligatory burn offs as the Big Four reserved their more acclaimed pilots for the prestigious fall season. Luckily, the television landscape is slowly evolving. While the upcoming spate of new network sitcoms suggest that the low end of the dial may be clinging to the cozy confines of the familiar, FX’s freshman series You’re the Worst has embraced the allure of the unknown and, in the process, has quietly delivered the most entertaining comedy of the year.

Described as a "dark twist on the romantic comedy genre,” You’re the Worst follows the budding relationship [...]

Pop Quiz: Which NBC Pilot Pickups Are Real?

It's time for another round of everyone's (my) favorite game, Which New Show Pickups Are Real? This time: Which NBC Pilot Pickups Are Real? (Don't click that link unless you want to skip the game. Coward.)

1. Reduce, Reuse: a cranky garbageman's route is shaken up when his new partner, an eager young waste disposal student, starts advocating environmentally friendly policies. From Parks & Rec writer Alan Yang.

2. Friday Night Dinner: In this Greg Daniels remake of the British sitcom, a quirky family has dinner together every Friday night.

3. Sunday Brunch: In this Greg Daniels remake of the British sitcom, a quirky group of friends [...]

'Next Caller' Creator Stephen Falk Writes Good About His Mistreated NBC Sitcom

Stephen Falk, the creator / showrunner / executive producer of NBC's canceled midseason sitcom Next Caller, wrote a long, thoughtful piece on his Tumblr about the experience of working has ass off on the show for a year, only to have NBC pull the plug before even giving it the chance to air. It's a revealing look into the frustrations of working in network television and a reminder of how much hard work goes into every single show you see on TV (and some that never even make it to the screen). Here's a taste:

"For if you work hard enough, someday you too may work on your [...]

NBC Buys Two More Single-Camera Comedies About Satellite Radio and the Midwest, Respectively

NBC is buying a couple more single-camera comedies, one from Weeds writer/producer Stephen Falk, and one from Chelsey Lately panelist Sarah Colonna. Falk's show is called Satellites, and "is set in the chaotic world of satellite radio and centers around a former reluctant ’90s boy-band member and a female blogger/podcaster who co-host a relationship call-in show. They must contend not only with their loaded animosity for each other but also the insanity of working in the new world of radio — where the hip-hop station is across the hall from the gay station, which is next door to the nothing-but-windchimes station."

Meanwhile, Colonna's show is called Life As [...]