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Tom Lennon to Star Opposite Matthew Perry in CBS's 'Odd Couple' Remake Pilot

Reno 911! and The State alum Tom Lennon has been cast alongside Matthew Perry in CBS's pilot remake of The Odd Couple, Variety reports. The multi-camera pilot, which was written by Perry and Frasier's Joe Keenan, is in development for the 2014-15 TV season. Lennon, who is coming off of a series regular role on NBC's recently-canceled freshman sitcom Sean Saves the World, will play the fussy Felix Unger to Perry's laid-back Oscar Madison. Sarah Baker, who played a supporting role in Perry's last show, Go On, also stars.

'Arrested Development' Creator Mitch Hurwitz to Direct His First Movie, 'Guinea Pigging'

Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz is preparing to direct his first movie. He's attached to direct a comedy called Guinea Pigging that The State/Reno 911! duo Tom Lennon and Ben Garant are going to script, THR reports. The film is based on a 2008 New Yorker article by Carl Elliott about the community of people who work as medical test subjects, and the film, described as "a sophisticated comedy," will follow a guy who starts guinea pigging for a drug company and experiences strange side effects. This is the first movie project for Mitch Hurwitz, as well as the first movie he's directing. He started directing TV recently, [...]

Talking to Tom Lennon About Playing the Villain on NBC's 'Sean Saves the World'

Best known for starring in and co-creating comedy nerd favorites like The State and Reno 911!, Tom Lennon is acting on a different kind of show this season: a multi-cam network sitcom on primetime TV. He's playing the villain on Sean Saves the World, NBC's new Sean Hayes comedy, which just premiered last week. As Hayes's dastardly mustachioed boss Hunter, he's one of the most deliberately unlikable and evil characters on primetime TV.

I recently had the chance to talk to Tom Lennon about Sean Saves the World, playing an bad guy, and the Baywatch movie he's writing with Ben Garant.

Tom Lennon and Ben Garant Share Details About Their 'Baywatch' Movie

The State and Reno 911! duo Tom Lennon and Ben Garant have been working on rebooting the cheesy 90s lifeguard drama Baywatch as a comedy movie for Paramount since last year, and the pair spoke to Collider this week about what to expect from the project. The movie is called Baywatch: Red Tide, and Lennon and Garant have finished the script for it and are hoping to direct it soon. "It’s basically Reno 911! with sexy people," explains Garant. They describe the movie as "a bit of an action comedy" that's "Point Break-y."

Lennon and Garant watched a bunch of old episodes of Baywatch to write the script and [...]

Watch a Trailer for Tom Lennon and Ben Garant's 'Hell Baby'

Here's the trailer for Hell Baby, an upcoming horror-comedy written/directed by Tom Lennon and Ben Garant (The State, Reno 911!) that stars them, Rob Corddry, Leslie Bibb, Keegan-Michael Key, Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, Michael Ian Black, Kumail Nanjiani, Alex Berg, Riki Lindhome, Dave Holmes, and a ghost dog.

Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant's Five Tips on How to Write Movies in Hollywood

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.)

Tom Lennon and Ben Garant are experts on how to make it in Hollywood. Their book, Writing Movies for Fun and Profit, was an [...]

'Reno 911!' Meets 'Cheers' in Tom Lennon and Ben Garant's Rejected NBC Pilot 'The Strip'

"The Script Pile" is a biweekly column on Splitsider that takes a look at the screenplays for high-profile movie and TV comedies that never made it to the screen.

After Comedy Central abruptly canceled Reno 911! in the fall of 2009, co-creators/stars Tom Lennon and Ben Garant spun around and sold a new show to NBC in just a couple months' time. Following the cancelation, Garant said this in an interview:

"We had a great run on Reno — 87 episodes and a movie. Not too shabby … Our next show is gonna be better, and it's gonna have a lot of the same faces from Reno … To [...]

Tom Lennon Is the Phantom of the 'Comedy Bang Bang' Set

IFC's Comedy Bang Bang is set to air its musical episode this week. Here's a clip from it, featuring Tom Lennon as the Phantom of the Comedy Bang Bang set, kidnapping Scott Aukerman's guest, Casey Wilson, who joins in on his song with some melodic screaming.

Watch Tom Lennon and Elaine Carroll in 'The Philanthropist'

Here's a new video called "The Philanthropist" starring Tom Lennon and Very Mary-Kate's Elaine Carroll as a selfish faux-philanthropist and a woman applying to be his assistant, respectively. This one really takes Tom Lennon's douchebag-playing abilities to the next level.

Chris Hardwick's Comedy Central Show Will Be Called '@Midnight' and It's a Game Show

Chris Hardwick revealed some new details about his upcoming Comedy Central late night show today. The comedian/podcaster tweeted this afternoon that the series will be called @Midnight and that it'll be a game show. Hardwick will be hosting live test shows at LA's NerdMelt Theater beginning next Tuesday. @Midnight is described as "a rapid-fire game show inspired by the darkest recesses of social media." It was previously announced that Funny or Die is producing the series, which has The State and Reno 911! masterminds Tom Lennon and Ben Garant serving as showrunners. @Midnight is set to premiere on Comedy Central this fall, airing at 12am (duh) Monday through Thursday after [...]

Patton Oswalt, Tom Lennon, Weird Al, and More Visit Eddie Pepitone for "A Puddin' Christmas"

Here's the new Christmas episode of Matt Oswalt and Eddie Pepitone's web series, Puddin', featuring the return of guests like Patton Oswalt, Tom Lennon, Weird Al Yankovic, James Urbaniak, Jake Fogelnest, Dana Gould, and more. As expected, it's one of the darkest Christmas specials ever.

Fred Armisen, Weird Al, and Tom Lennon Visit Natasha Leggero's Hot Tub

Natasha Leggero is continuing to get impressive guests for her web series, Tubbin' with Tash. In previous weeks, she's been joined by Sarah Silverman, Eric Andre, and Tig Notaro, but this time around, her guests are "Weird Al" Yankovic, Tom Lennon, and Fred Armisen in a short cameo as Jules the Gardener.

Critics Aren't Too Wild About 'Hell Baby'

Tom Lennon and Ben Garant's latest comedy, Hell Baby, has been available on VOD since July, but it hits select theaters today, and the reviews are mixed-to-meh. The film, which stars Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb as an expectant couple who move into a haunted house and end up with a demonic baby, earned a 35% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 40/100 on Metacritic. Despite praise for co-stars Keegan-Michael Key and Riki Lindhome, most critics weren't sold on the horror-comedy spoof, which Lennon and Garant wrote, directed, and acted in.

Watch a New Trailer for Tom Lennon and Ben Garant's 'Hell Baby'

Here's a brand new red band trailer for Reno 911! and The State duo Tom Lennon and Ben Garant's new horror-comedy Hell Baby, starring Rob Corddry, Leslie Bibb, Keegan Michael Key, Paul Scheer, and Rob Huebel. Like any good red band trailer, it features waaaayy more nudity, profanity, and pot-smoking than the movie's green band trailer.