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Paul Simon Answers Some Snobby Fan Questions on This Week's 'Portlandia'

Here's a sneak peek of this week's Portlandia featuring special guest Paul Simon, who fields some fan questions at a Q&A only to get bombarded by the folk music snobbery of Kath and Dave. By the way, Simon is there to promote his new book, the perfectly titled You Can Call Me Paul.

NBC to Launch a Subscription Streaming Comedy Service This Year

If you're a fan of NBC comedy offerings like SNL and The Tonight Show but don't want to bother with the trouble of owning a television or cable box, NBC has you covered: Variety reports that the network is planning to launch a comedy subscription video service sometime this year. Details on what the streaming service will offer are still slim and have yet to get official confirmation from NBC, but for about $2.50-3.50 per month viewers will reportedly have access to full episodes of The Tonight Show and SNL, with the possibility of original comedy series exclusive to subscribers to follow.

How 'Mad About You' Made One of the Boldest Bottle Episodes Ever

‘Genie in a Bottle’ is a recurring feature where each week a different bottle episode (an episode set entirely in one location, often designed to save money) from a comedy series is examined

“This whole scene is one shot. The camera hasn’t moved in twenty minutes.”

“What’s the big deal?”

The quote up above appears in the episode’s tag where Paul and Jamie Buchman are watching a movie together and Jamie is unimpressed by the film’s one-take approach. “The Conversation” is arguably an unpopular episode (and if you check out IMDB, a lot of users are quick to accuse it as being “boring”). It’s smart for the series to at [...]

Jane Lynch to Star in CBS Comedy Pilot 'Angel from Hell'

Jane Lynch just landed another starring TV role. According to Deadline, Lynch has signed on to star in a half-hour CBS comedy pilot called Angel from Hell, which follows Lynch as a "larger-than-life, brassy, and flamboyant" woman named Amy who enters Allison's life and claims to be her guardian angel. The women "form an unlikely friendship, and Allison can’t be sure if Amy is an angel or just nuts." The role of Allison has not yet been cast. Tad Quill (Scrubs, Samantha Who?) will write and executive produce, and Don Scardino (30 Rock, 2 Broke Girls) will direct.

'Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp' Hits Netflix Friday July 17th

Netflix announced a round of premiere dates today, and now you can start your official countdown for the glorious eight-episode return of Wet Hot American Summer, which is officially set to debut on the streaming network Friday, July 17th. In addition to Wet Hot, Netflix also announced premiere dates for three standup specials (Chris D'Elia: Incorrigible on April 17, Jen Kirkman: I'm Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine) on May 22, and What Happened, Miss Simone on June 26th) as well as season 3 of Orange Is the New Black on June 12th.

China Is Getting Its Own 'Saturday Night Live'

Saturday Night Live is heading to China. Bloomberg reports that Broadway Video has closed a deal with Sohu.com to launch a Chinese version of SNL. "China’s Communist Party has been looking for new ways to engage with an audience because past forms of preaching are no longer suitable for today," said Wang Sixin, a professor at the Communication University of China, on the news. "What Sohu needs to be careful about, though, is finding the right balance when doing satire about social and political issues." China isn't the first country to get its own version of SNL; Horatio Sanz worked as a consultant on SNL Mexico in [...]

Fred Savage to Play Rob Lowe's Brother in Fox Pilot 'The Grinder'

Kevin Arnold is back! Well, kind of. According to THR, child star-turned-director Fred Savage has signed on to star opposite Rob Lowe in the Fox pilot The Grinder. Savage will play Dean's (Lowe) little brother Stewart Sanderson "who is constantly in his shadow. When Dean returns to his hometown looking for a new direction in life, everyone is dazzled by his charm and celebrity —except Stewart, whose nerves are quickly frazzling. But when Dean preempts an eviction case and makes it a cause celebre, Stewart is outraged by Dean's effrontery." Savage's last regular sitcom role was on 2006's Crumbs on ABC, but in recent years he's focused [...]

The Season 6 'Community' Trailer Has Arrived

At long last, Community makes its glorious return on Yahoo on Tuesday, March 17th, and the first trailer just dropped. Meta references are made, inmate students are accepted, new cast members are introduced, degrees are given to dogs…and plenty more. Prepare for the dawn of the Age of Yahoo.

Aziz Ansari Leads a Live Reading of His Screenplay 'Ghost Plane' on 'Conan'

Here's a clip from Aziz Ansari's visit to last night's Conan, where he decided to bring copies of a screenplay he wrote on Twitter called Ghost Plane to do a live reading with Andy Richter and O'Brien, who graciously agrees to read all the female parts. Watch more from Ansari's interview below:

Help Chris Gethard Build His New 'TCGS' Set

Chris Gethard is hard at work prepping for The Chris Gethard Show's move to Fusion, and today he posted a new video to YouTube asking fans to help him build the new set for his show. Gethard is going for a very specific vibe for the new set — he's hoping to recreate the carefree fun of his childhood friend Anthony's basement where he spent many afternoons playing Sega Genesis and SNES. With that goal in mind, Gethard wants fans to mail in random items from their basements, which he promises to use in the new TCGS set: "Build our set for us. Let's make it feel authentic — [...]

Mike Epps to Star in ABC's 'Uncle Buck' Pilot

ABC is moving forward with Will Packer's TV adaptation of John Hughes's 1989 film Uncle Buck, and according to Deadline, the multi-cam comedy just cast Mike Epps in the lead role. The series will follow Epps as Buck Russell, "a childish man who learns how to be an adult by taking care of his brother Will’s kids in a very childish way." Nia Long (The Cleveland Show, House of Lies) will play Will's wife. The project is moving forward despite the protests of John Hughes and John Candy's family members, who released a statement last year voicing their disapproval: "Recalling that the director was displeased with [...]

IFC Cancels 'Garfunkel and Oates' After One Season

Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci's IFC comedy Garfunkel and Oates is no more. Deadline reports that the network has decided not to renew the freshman musical comedy — which aired its first 10-episode season last year — for a second season. Garfunkel and Oates joins The Birthday Boys in IFC's recent round of comedy cancellations, but don't worry: Lindhome already has a new series, Another Period, in the works at Comedy Central with Natasha Leggero, so expect to see more of this comedy-folk pair on your TV screen in the near future.

FXX Renews Simon Rich's 'Man Seeking Woman' for a Second Season

Great news for fans of SNL alum Simon Rich: FXX announced today that his new comedy starring Jay Baruchel Man Seeking Woman has been renewed for a second, 10-episode season. "Simon Rich has delivered an incredibly smart and original take on the search for love,” FX exec Nick Grad said on the news. "Critics and fans alike have embraced his unique storytelling, [EP] Jon Krisel’s stunning visuals and the brilliant performances of Jay Baruchel, Eric Andre and the rest of the cast that has made Man Seeking Woman one of the best new comedies on television." Rich added: "Working on Man Seeking Woman has been the creative highlight of [...]

What's on TV This Week: 'Togetherness' Wraps Up Season One

There's plenty new on this week, including the season finale of Togetherness as well as new episodes of The Mindy Project, Workaholics, and Portlandia. Thursday, VH1 is re-airing SNL's 40th Anniversary Special, and on Saturday night Chris Hemsworth hosts SNL. Finish the week by watching John Oliver recap it all on Last Week Tonight.

In late night, Robert Smigel is on The Daily Show and Late Night with Seth Meyers. Nick Frost also stops in to Late Night. Cathy Ladman, Paula Poundstone, Josh Robert Thompson, Jane Lynch, and Brendon Walsh are on The Late Late Show with host Drew Carey. Conan welcomes Aziz Ansari and Adam Sandler while Kimmel has Beth Stelling, and Fallon [...]