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What's on TV This Week: The Season Premieres of 'Key and Peele,' 'SNL,' 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' and More

This week is full of premieres. The Big Bang Theory kicks it off tonight on CBS with its season 8 premiere. ABC keeps it going Wednesday with all new episodes of The Middle, The Goldbergs, and Modern Family as well as the new series Black-ish starring Anthony Anderson. Wednesday night also has the season premieres of South Park and Key and Peele on Comedy Central. NBC continues the stride on Saturday with a new SNL hosted by Chris Pratt, and Fox brings it to a close with new seasons of The Simpsons, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Family Guy on Sunday. And while this week welcomes back shows it also says goodbye to Married at [...]

NBC Buys Two Comedies from John Krasinski

Former Office star John Krasinski just sold two new comedies to NBC. Deadline reports that Krasinski has landed two new comedy projects through his production company Sunday Night. The first untitled series is a single-cam comedy written by Shawn Wines and co-executive produced with Aaron Kaplan about "a disgraced law student who, out of options, is forced to turn to the exotic and lucrative world of NYC garbage collection." The second single-cam comedy is a workplace/family show from former 30 Rock writers/producers Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan set on "a middle-aged ad executive who unexpectedly loses his job and cobbles together a ragtag team to launch his own [...]

Inside 'Marry Me,' 'Hotwives,' and 'Drunk History' with Tymberlee Hill

Having to transition from being an eccentric sitcom neighbor to a reality show housewife to any number of historical figures as filtered by intoxicated comedians would normally make for a serious case of mental whiplash, but it’s no issue for the incredibly talented and incredibly funny Tymberlee Hill. The Virginia Beach native began her career as a classically trained stage actress before making the completely accidental switch to comedy after her move to LA. A few chance performances at UCB have since led to roles as the insanely entrepreneurial Phe Phe on the Hulu exclusive The Hotwives of Orlando, as a frequent player on Comedy Central’s Drunk History, and as [...]

Jim Carrey Is Reportedly Returning to Host 'SNL' This Year

Saturday Night Live's landmark 40th season is shaping up to be filled with some great hosts. The Wrap is reporting that Jim Carrey is set to return to host his third episode sometime this season. While the exact date is not yet known and NBC has yet to confirm the news, insiders told The Wrap that Carrey's episode will most likely air close to the premiere of Dumb and Dumber To on November 14th. Confirmed hosts that will appear prior to Carrey include Chris Pratt and former SNL cast members Sarah Silverman and Bill Hader.

Watch some of Carrey's best SNL sketches from his 1996 [...]

'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 [...]

Ben Schwartz Explains How His Haircut Led to a Role on 'Parks and Rec'

"Prior to that, my hair was crazy. I'd been working with Mitch Hurwitz on a pilot, and I mentioned needing to get a haircut. But he's like, 'No, no, no, you will not touch that hair.' So because that went well and I thought it made me stand out more, I was like, 'Fuck it, I'm gonna keep it for auditions.' So I go to Parks and we're about to film my one-and-a-half pages of trying to be Ron [Swanson]'s assistant. Mike Schur comes down, wanting to see how I'm gonna play it, and he just fell in love with my hair. I did Jean-Ralphio once and Mike goes, 'We're [...]

USA's 'Benched' Starring Eliza Coupe to Premiere on October 28th

Early this year it was announced that USA had ordered 12 episodes of a new half-hour comedy starring Happy Endings' Eliza Coupe called Benched, and the network just announced the official premiere date. Deadline reports that the show — which was co-created by Michaela Watkins, Damon Jones, and Party Down's John Enbom — will premiere on USA Tuesday, October 28th at 10:30pm. The series also stars Jay Harrington, Oscar Nunez, Maria Bamford, Jolene Purdy, and Carter MacIntyre and centers on Coupe as "a high-powered corporate attorney who has a very public nervous breakdown after getting passed up for an expected promotion, and finds herself working in the [...]

John Oliver Hosts a Beauty Pageant with Kathy Griffin on 'Last Week Tonight'

Here's a clip from last night's episode of Last Week Tonight, in which John Oliver breaks down the Miss America Pageant — or as they prefer to be known, "the world's largest provider of scholarships for women." Oliver decided to investigate the pageant's claims of providing $45 million in scholarship money each year then decided to host his very own beauty pageant with a little help from Kathy Griffin.

Watch Conan O'Brien Hand Out Some Audiencey Awards

Proving that no late night host cares more about his studio audience, Conan O'Brien doled out some Audiencey Awards during last night's Conan to display his appreciation for all the excellent sitters, clappers, and viewers out there. Watch the second part below featuring Conan's no-nonsense prop master Bill Tull:

Lorne Michaels Asks 'What's It All About, World?'

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.)

If you were a young person and you were into anti-establishment humor, then the late 1960s were a great time for you. You had Rowan [...]

Here's a Sneak Peek of 'South Park's 18th Season

South Park's 18th season premieres this Wednesday at 10:00pm, and Comedy Central released the above sneak peek featuring Cartman as the head of a corporation that's taken advantage of the pulled trademark for the Washington Redskins' team name, which deeply offends team owner Dan Snyder.

Kenan Thompson Will Reportedly Leave 'SNL' After Season 40

Kenan Thompson's long SNL stint has entered its home stretch. TMZ reports that Thompson will leave SNL after the upcoming season; Thompson reportedly planned to leave after season 39 but was asked by Lorne Michaels to stay another year due to the high cast turnover. Thompson "has no hard feelings and is leaving on great terms," and TMZ also reports that he's in talks for a brand new show and plans on moving to Los Angeles after SNL ends to work on the project.

Thompson joined the cast back in 2003 and currently holds the record of having the third longest cast member tenure ever, second only [...]

Here's a Teaser for Channel 4's New Comedy 'Scrotal Recall'

If you're wondering what kind of sitcoms are premiering over in the UK this fall, here's a particularly intriguing teaser for a new Channel 4 series that deserves a standing ovation for the title alone: Scrotal Recall. The show will follow a man named Dylan Witter (played by musician Johnny Flynn), "a lovelorn young guy forced to seek out his ex-girlfriends when he's diagnosed with chlamydia. In each episode, Dylan will set out to find a different girl from his past, as he tries to make sense of all his romantic missteps from over the years." Sure, the title was probably conceived before the plot, but it will definitely give [...]

'Simpsons' Executive Producer Al Jean Teases Season 26 and the Show's Future

With the hit FXX Simpsons marathon and live Hollywood Bowl event now complete, the next source of Simpsons anticipation will be which character is killed off during the season 26 premiere as well as how long we can expect the show to keep churning out new episodes on Fox. In a recent interview with Deadline, executive producer Al Jean gave a few teases for the new season as well as his thoughts on the future of the show: As for which character will be killed off during the season premiere "Clown in the Dumps," Jean commented on some fans' prediction that Krusty will be getting [...]