Last month, NBC ordered 12 episodes of a new comedy starring Andrea Martin called Working the Engels for the 2014-15 TV season, and now, a couple of her SCTV costars will be turning up in guest spots. TV Line reports that Martin Short and Eugene Levy will both be guest starring on Andrea Martin's show during the first batch of 12 episodes. The show stars Martin as Ceil Engel, a self-involved but loving mother who has to work with her kids to keep her recently-deceased husband's law firm afloat to keep the family out of debt. Short, who's set to star in the Fox sitcom Mulaney, will guest star as the head of a big pastry corporation who's involved in a lawsuit, and Levy will play the Engel family's neighbor who's in love with Ceil. The Kids in the Hall's Scott Thompson will be a regular cast member.
Since The Pete Holmes Show debuted in October, they haven't had anyone do standup yet — until last night when Gabe Liedman became the show's first person to do standup. This was also the TV standup debut for Liedman, who co-stars in the web series Bestie X Bestie with Jenny Slate and writes for Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and it was a super funny set.
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, having co-directed the entire fourth season of Arrested Development with Troy Miller.
Hurwitz directing Guinea Pigging may slow down progress on future Arrested Development projects. Earlier this year, he said he plans to do an Arrested Development movie for Netflix that leads into another season of the show.
NBC is working with standup Jerrod Carmichael to develop a new show. Deadline reports that the network has ordered a presentation (a short pilot) to be created by and star Carmichael. A semi-autobiographical comedy, the potential show would star Carmichael as an optimistic guy "who is eager to take on the world, but is too busy taking on everyone and everything in his small corner of it." Scott Ellis (2 Broke Girls, Weeds) is attached to direct. Carmichael played a recurring role on the Fox sitcom Goodwin Games last season and has a supporting part in the upcoming Seth Rogen/Zac Efron movie Neighbors. Carmichael placed first for LA comedians in a survey amongst comedy club bookers we conducted in January, and for more on him, check out an interview we did with him last year.
Comedy Central announced a bunch of info about their new series, Broad City, this afternoon. Starring and co-created by Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, Broad City is based on their web show of the same name, and it'll make its debut on Comedy Central Wednesday, January 22nd at 10:30 in a cushy post-Workaholics timeslot. In addition to that, the network announced that Hannibal Buress, Chris Gethard, John Gemberling, Arturo Castro, Paul Downs, and Stephen Schneider will all be playing recurring roles on Broad City's 10-episode first season alongside Jacobson and Glazer. Season one guest stars include Fred Armisen, Rachel Dratch, Janeane Garofalo, Michelle Hurst, Matt Jones, Pat Kiernan, Jason Mantzoukas, Seth Morris, Amy Poehler and Amy Sedaris.
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Community is set to return for its fifth season on January 2nd, with back-to-back episodes airing that night. Here's the brand new trailer for the first episode, giving us our first glimpses of the Chevy Chase-less version of the show with creator Dan Harmon back in the driver's seat after a season off.
The Anchorman 2 soundtrack is due out December 17th, and here's the first track from it, a cover of Christopher Cross's "Ride Like the Wind" performed by Robin Thicke and Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy. There's also a music video for Burgundy and Thicke's cover of the song in the works, but you'll just have to imagine what they look like singing this together for now.
2013 is ending and so are the current seasons of a couple of big shows. Set to air their season finales this week are both South Park and The Eric Andre Show. South Park's last episode of the year involves Wendy Testaburger trying to prove a point about how young girls are pressured to look like celebrities, while Eric Andre's finale sees him interviewing Friday Night Lights' Scott Porter and pro wrestler Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake. This week also features John Goodman hosting SNL for the first time in over a decade, and Stephen Colbert as a guest on Letterman tonight.
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"To some extent, with the exception of one or two seasons, we never really know if we're coming back. I think I know how the show ends. I know how this season ends — it could be an ending for the show, or it could be an ending for the season."
- Amy Poehler talking to Papermag about the future of Parks and Recreation and how this year could be the end (again).
Funny Or Die is working to raise awareness for Shezanne "Shez" Cassim, an American citizen who was living in the United Arab Emirates when he was imprisoned for making an amateur comedy video and posting it online. He's been held over seven months for a UAE "cyber crimes law" over a video that sounds pretty harmless. You can pressure the UAE government to free Shez Cassim by signing the petition or by tweeting about ti with the hastag #freeshez.
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The 2014 Grammy nominations were announced on Friday night, and that includes a couple comedy categories. Tig Notaro scored a nomination for Best Comedy Album for her release Live, which was recorded last August and involved her discussing her recent breast cancer diagnosis and other recent hardships to much acclaim. The ceremony will be held January 26th in LA. Here's the full list of comedy nominees:
Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)
America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't - Stephen Colbert
Carrie And Me – Carol Burnett
Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls – David Sedaris
Still Foolin' 'Em - Billy Crystal
Best Comedy Album
Calm Down Gurrl - Kathy Griffin
I'm Here To Help – Craig Ferguson
A Little Unprofessional - Ron White
Live - Tig Notaro
That's What I'm Talkin' About - Bob Saget
Here's the latest episode of Paul F. Tompkins's internet talk show Speakeasy, and his guests this time around are Key & Peele stars/creators Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. The three have a lovely conversation about how Key & Peele first met in Chicago, the danger of ironic racism, and a great story about a grandmother watching their show.
Director Brett Ratner is back on board Beverly Hills Cop IV, Deadline reports. Ratner was attached to direct the sequel a couple years ago, but the project was called off when Eddie Murphy was unhappy with the script and backed out. After that, Ratner produced a CBS one-hour pilot for a Beverly Hills Cop spinoff centered on Brandon T. Jackson as Axel Foley's son, Aaron Foley, but the network passed on it and Beverly Hills Cop IV was put back into development in July. Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec, the duo who wrote Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol and the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, are writing the script. This is being targeted as Ratner's next directorial project after a Dwayne Johnson version of Hercules that's filming now.
23-year-old Scottish comedian Daniel Sloss appeared on American TV for the first time last night on Conan. It's a strong late night debut and one that'll probably make you wish you'd accomplished more at 23, like Sloss who's already a successful standup and has had a great performance on big TV show in another country.