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'@midnight' Is Holding an Internet Casting Call for Guest Panelists

If you've always dreamed of being a contestant on @midnight, today is your lucky day. The show recently announced an internet casting call called #PointsMe, in which @midnight fans can try out to appear on the show via Twitter, Vine, Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr posts using the #PointsMe hashtag. I spoke with @midnight co-creator, executive producer, and head writer Alex Blagg to get more details on the casting call, what kinds of aspiring @midnight contestants they're looking for, and where to keep track of the writers and performers the @midnight team is hunting down to potentially appear on the show.

How does #PointsMe work, and why did you [...]

ABC Orders a Pilot Starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo

After a year of development, Vacation stars Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo's ABC show finally has a name and pilot order. Deadline reports that ABC has ordered a half-hour single-cam comedy pilot called Chev & Bev, which will star Chase and D'Angelo "as two baby boomers who are fun, relevant and living a selfish retirement when their world is turned upside down and they are suddenly left to raise their grandchildren." Brad Copeland (Arrested Development, My Name Is Earl) wrote the pilot, and both Chase and D'Angelo will serve as executive producers.

Abbi Has a Laughing Gas Dance Party on This Week's 'Broad City'

If last week's Broad City taught us anything, it's that every episode should feature a scene of Abbi Jacobson gloriously expressing herself through the art of dance. Thankfully, this week's episode looks to be a perfect follow-up when Abbi and Ilana pay a visit to Lincoln the dentist/pasta blogger to get Abbi's wisdom teeth removed with the help of some nitrous oxide.

'SNL' Review: Blake Shelton Ain't From 'Round Here

One thing that's forgotten about the early years of SNL was how much it was a show that anyone could host. While hosts from the old days were more often handpicked from Lorne Michaels' rolodex of awesome comics, like Steve Martin or Buck Henry, the show also took risks with host bookings that it never would these days. An 80-year-old German immigrant woman who won an "Anyone Can Host" contest in 1977. An 8-year-old Drew Barrymore in 1982. Ron Reagan, son of the president, in 1986. SNL even dared to allow directors like Francis Ford Coppola and Quentin Tarantino to host once, even though they led to catastrophically bad episodes (Coppola "hosted" [...]

Chris Rock Guest Stars on Tonight's 'Eric Andre Show'

The latest season of Adult Swim's The Eric Andre Show has so far featured stars like Seth Rogen and Jimmy Kimmel and an episode takeover by Hannibal Buress, and tonight's new episode should be just as entertaining when guest Chris Rock joins Andre on the street for a new installment of "Bird Up!" The episode airs on Adult Swim tonight at 12:15am. Check out a preview clip via The Howard Stern Show below:

Craig Ferguson Signs a Development Deal with Lionsgate Television

Craig Ferguson just signed a TV development deal. Variety reports that the former Late Late Show host will develop scripted and unscripted series for Lionsgate Television via his production company Green Mountain West. No specific projects have been announced yet, but Ferguson could potentially serve as a writer, director, or actor on new shows under the deal. Said Ferguson on the news: "I'm delighted that Lionsgate is now so successful that they can even add me to their otherwise prestigious cavalcade of stars without significantly damaging their brand."

Louis C.K. and Letterman Talk Disappointed Fans, The Comedy Store, and His New Standup Special

Here's a clip from Louis C.K.'s visit to last night's Late Show, where he and Letterman talked about how it feels to disappoint fans in the audience while performing standup ("The more people you reach and the more people that see you, the more people are gonna think that you suck") and how C.K. recorded his new standup special at The Comedy Store despite never getting a full audition with owner Mitzi Shore. Watch C.K. offer his two cents on the New England Patriots' deflated balls controversy, as well as a five-minute preview of Live at the Comedy Store, below:

On Five Seasons of Buttholes with the 'Workaholics' Guys

Five seasons in, and there’s still no shortage of butthole jokes on Workaholics. You have to respect that commitment.

Whereas some comedies will shift gears over time and bring on new characters or other developments, Workaholics keeps it real. Week after week viewers are treated to the drunken antics of three slacker morons. They only thing that changes is the mischief they get into. It’s a formula that works so why mess with it?

I caught up with Workaholics stars Adam Devine, Anders Holm, and Blake Anderson prior to their Season Five premiere. We talked about buttholes (of course), A-list guest stars, and their various solo projects.

Jeff Goldblum, Garry Shandling, and Judd Apatow Trade Therapist Stories

Here's a clip from Judd Apatow's second Late Late Show episode as guest host last week featuring guests Jeff Goldblum and Garry Shandling, where it's revealed that Shandling has had the same therapist as both of the other guys in the past — one who doubled as Goldblum's wedding officiant, and another who Shandling ditched without giving Apatow a heads up.

TruTV Orders a Workplace Comedy Pilot Starring Shaquille O'Neal

Shaq might star in his own TruTV comedy series. Deadline reports that the network has handed a pilot order to Shaq Inq., a workplace comedy "in the tone of Veep." Shaq Inq. will follow O'Neal and his "offbeat, yet capable" business team who take on "the mayhem of managing Shaq’s existing products and endorsements while implementing his latest batch of eccentric and oftentimes brilliant business ideas. While they’re all working towards the same goal, each employee is constantly jockeying for the power and recognition to make the big guy proud." The pilot is written by The Wedding Ringer's Jeremy Garelick, directed by Galavant's John Fortenberry, and co-executive produced [...]

NBC Orders Two Comedy Pilots from Jimmy Fallon and Ellen DeGeneres

NBC just handed out two pilot orders. Variety reports that the network has ordered a single-cam workplace comedy executive produced by Jimmy Fallon called Sharing and an untitled multi-cam series executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres starring Parenthood's Monica Potter. Sharing will be an office-set workplace comedy from writers Damian Lanigan and Jeremy Bronson (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Mindy Project), while the DeGeneres-produced pilot will star Potter as a woman "juggling a busy family life and three ex-husbands, who begins to date again." Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer (The New Adventures of Old Christine) will write and co-executive produce.

What's on TV This Week: Key and Peele's Super Bowl Special

It's Super Bowl week, and fans of football are in for a real treat. Andrew Luck and Drew Brees stop in for some late night fun on Letterman and Conan, and to prep for the big game, Comedy Central presents Key and Peele's Super Bowl Special. During the one-hour episode, the duo will provide commentary and sketches about America's gridiron game.  Also this week, HBO premieres Mel Brooks Live at the Geffen and J.K. Simmons hosts SNL.

In late night, Regis Philbin and Whitney Cummings split the week hosting The Late Late Show with guests Martin Short and David Letterman. Conan has Brian Scolaro, Rainn Wilson, Simon Helberg, and Craig Ferguson while Letterman has guests John [...]

Here's How Eight Network Chiefs Would Solve the Industry's "Comedy Problem"

At TCA this month, The Hollywood Reporter surveyed 23 network chiefs about the industry, and when asked for solutions to television's current "comedy problem" they offered an interesting variety of responses. Here's what execs from NBC, FX, Netflix, HBO, Comedy Central, and more had to say:

The industry's comedy problem could be solved by:

CINDY HOLLAND (Netflix): Patience and trust that the audience will build over time.

SUSANNE DANIELS (MTV): Unleashing the traditional guidelines for developing and producing comedies. We over-note comedy people, and their ideas get watered down in the stew that's created by networks, agents and production companies.

MICHAEL LOMBARDO (HBO): Stop looking at focus [...]

John Oliver Auditions for the '50 Shades of Grey' Sequel

Ahead of the season 2 Last Week Tonight premiere on February 8th, here's a brand new web exclusive featuring John Oliver giving a "condescending half-hearted apology" for his recent #NotMyChristian Twitter campaign after it was announced that Jamie Dornan was cast as Christian Grey in the 50 Shades of Grey movie. Despite the fact that the movie has already been filmed and Oliver has never read the book, he records an on-the-spot audition to prove that he's the "epitome of male beauty" and deserves the lead role in the inevitable sequel.