From last night's Jimmy Kimmel Live, here's Kimmel and Seth Rogen doing the week's umpteenth True Detective parody, playing the stars of the the show's second season, which includes a lot more Cyndi Lauper songs than the first.
This morning, Funny Or Die released an episode of Zach Galifianakis's web series Between Two Ferns featuring Barack Obama as the special guest. Variety has the story on how this ended up happening.
Basically, the White House wanted to get young Americans to sign up for health insurance before a March 31st headline. Last summer, Obama attended a meeting with White House advisers and a bunch of movie/TV people about how to use Hollywood to spread the word about health care reform. Funny Or Die President of Production Mike Farah was at said meeting and pitched the idea of Obama doing Between Two Ferns there, but didn't discuss it with Obama directly. Senior Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett met with Farah in Los Angeles in the fall and talked about it with him then, confirming Obama's appearance months later and things got rolling from there. READ MORE
"Everything I’ve done in a way is revenge for the people who canceled Freaks and Geeks. It’s like, 'You were wrong about that person and that writer and that director.' I guess I should get over that."
- Judd Apatow speaking about his career while accepting an award at TV event PaleyFest.
After three decades of failed attempts at a movie adaptation, the late John Kennedy Toole's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Confederacy of Dunces is being developed into a play that producers are looking to take to Broadway, Variety reports. Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher (Broadway musical Never Gonna Dance, the stage adaptation of Tuesdays with Morrie) is writing the stage version of Confederacy of Dunces. Producers are casting for a spring reading. The last news on the Confederacy of Dunces movie, which has cycled through a handful of directors, actors, screenwriters, and studios since the early '80s, was that Zach Galifianakis had signed on to star in the film and James Bobin (Flight of the Conchords, The Muppets) was to direct, but there hasn't been any news on that front since and the stage version may be happening instead of a movie.
Jason Sudeikis is taking over the sought-after role of journalist Irwin M. "Fletch" Fletcher in the long-gestating reboot of the Fletch franchise. THR reports that the Saturday Night Live alum is in talks to star in Fletch Won, a Fletch origin story that's described as "a gritty action comedy with heart" and is said to be closer to author Gregory McDonald's series of comedic mystery novels than to the 1980s disguise-filled big-screen Fletch outings that starred Chevy Chase.
The studio is hoping that this incarnation of Fletch Won, based on the 1985 McDonald novel of the same name, will have the feel of Beverly Hills Cop or Midnight Run. David List, who represented McDonald's estate, wrote the current draft of the screenplay to the reboot. It's his first screenplay. A director has not yet been attached to the film. READ MORE
Adult Swim announced today that they've ordered a new live-action series from Aaron McGruder, creator of The Boondocks. Called Black Jesus, the show follows Jesus Christ living in present day Compton, spreading peace and love to his followers. Newcomer Gerald "Slink" Johnson, who did voices for Grand Theft Auto V, will play Black Jesus, with Charlie Murphy, Corey Holcomb, and John Witherspoon in supporting roles. Black Jesus is expected to debut on the cable network later this year.
Adult Swim aired three seasons of The Boondocks from 2005 to 2010, with the fourth set to debut sometime this spring as the show returns from a four year-long hiatus. Black Jesus will be the second TV show Aaron McGruder has created.
During Community creator Dan Harmon's Reddit AMA today, he was asked about the future of Heat Vision and Jack, the rejected 1999 Fox pilot he created with Rob Schrab that starred Jack Black as an astronaut who befriends a talking motorcycle (Owen Wilson) and went on to become a cult hit online. Harmon replied:
"They're trying to develop a Heat Vision and Jack cartoon right now, I believe… Schrab and I kind of 'sold' the idea to a studio but after a while, we backed out of it creatively and they hired writers to take it over, because it felt like they wanted Bob's Burgers but with a motorcycle. I say that never having seen Bob's Burgers and knowing that it's good, I'm just saying, do it with a burger, that's working fine already, don't do it with a motorcycle."
Harmon doesn't mention what studio is working on the Heat Vision and Jack animated show or if it's being developed at a network, but he did say what he'd like to happen next for the characters:
"Schrab and I, who have lots of stuff to work on, came to the conclusion that a good version of Heat Vision and Jack might actually be in the Eagleheart vein at Adult Swim, something relatively low-budget but allowed to be its own thing tonally. I don't think we could expect Jack Black and Owen Wilson to line up for that gig but I think they have better things to do, too, and I think doing Heat Vision and Jack as a brand new live action series that recalls the epic TV from my childhood…that's the way to do it without wasting the idea on something that may as well be anything else."
While promoting his new standup mixtape Bitchface, comedian and Parks and Rec writer Joe Mande went on Reddit, and instead of doing an "Ask Me Anything," he did an "Ask Me Nothing" where he encouraged people to not ask questions and refused to answer questions if he got them.
Check out a collection of the best non-responses below: READ MORE
Comedy Central announced today that April will be "Standup Month" for the network, with a bunch of original one-hour specials debuting starting March 29th. Here's the list of premiere dates, including previously-announced dates for specials from Hannibal Buress and Jim Gaffigan:
- Hannibal Buress: Live in Chicago – Saturday, March 29th at midnight
- Patton Oswalt: Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time – Sunday, April 6th at 10pm (making its Comedy Central debut. Special debuted on cable network EPIX and streaming in January.
- Dave Attell: Road Work – Saturday, April 12th at midnight
- Comedy Underground with Dave Attell – a new 8-episode standup series hosted by Attell and featuring Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Amy Schumer, Judah Friedlander, Nikki Glaser, Lil Rel Howery, Ali Wong, and more. – Saturday, April 12th at 1am (new episodes every week at this time)
- Tracy Morgan: Bona Fide – Saturday, April 20th at 10pm
After four seasons on the air, the sitcom Raising Hope has been canceled by the Fox network. The network announced today that the two-part series finale will air on Friday, April 4th, from 9 to 10pm. Starring Lucas Neff, Martha Plimpton, and Garret Dillahunt, Raising Hope follows a clueless 20something and his dysfunctional family raising his child from a one night stand. The show premiered in the fall of 2010 and has seen its ratings steadily declining season by season ever since, made all the worse by Fox moving the show to a Friday night death slot this past season.
By the time it finishes its run, Raising Hope will have aired 88 episodes and four seasons. The show was sold into syndication last year to a bunch of local network affiliates and cable networks FXx and CMT. It will make its syndicated debut this fall.
Fox gave an early renewal to three of its live action sitcoms this weekend (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Mindy Project, and New Girl), while the network has yet to announce a decision on its other two (Dads, Enlisted).
Showrunner Mike Mariano, who took over this season, released a statement: READ MORE
A bunch of new info on the second season of Marc Maron's IFC show Maron surfaced today. Entertainment Weekly reports that the 13-episode season will debut on Thursday, May 8th at 10:00pm and here's a massive list of guest stars for the season:
Michael Ian Black, Bill Burr, Wyatt Cenac, David Cross, Joey "Coco" Diaz, Paul Feig, Chris Hardwick, Rachael Harris, Moshe Kasher, Tom Kenny, Johnny Knoxville, David Koechner, Tig Notaro, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Pardo, Eddie Pepitone, Andy Richter, Richard Riehle, Rob Riggle, Ray Romano, Sarah Silverman, and Nora Zehtner.
Recurring actors Judd Hirsch, Sally Kellerman, Andy Kindler, and Josh Brener, who play Maron's father, mother, comedian friend, and assistant, respectively, will also be returning. Comedian and podcaster Dave Anthony is joining the show this season in a recurring capacity. Marc Maron is set to make his directorial debut on an episode that airs sometime during the season.
Community creator Dan Harmon did an interview with Rolling Stone out today, and in it, he mentioned that he and Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz are working on a mysterious new project together.
Here's what Harmon said, although he deliberately didn't give a lot of details:
I've begged him to come to the writers' room on Community, but he has wisely declined. I don't think he'd be able to stand being on someone else's thing. He and I have talked about doing a project together, so that every time I see him, I'm like, "We weren't just drunk, we're really gonna do that?" And he's like, "Yeah." … I don't want to talk about it… Okay, it would embrace the emerging mediascape, and use us both in a way that we weren't compromising each other, but are still collaborating, and giving the audience a lot to digest. That's all I'll say … I could lay it out in one sentence, but then it'll be on the Internet and I'm worried that that'll somehow ruin it. Right now it's the genie in the bottle, and I don't want it to come out and go away.
So, there you have it, the creator of Arrested Development and the creator of Community have been talking about collaborating on a specific project, and all we know about it is that "it would embrace the emerging mediascape" and "give the audience a lot to digest." The showrunners recently guest starred on eachother's shows, with Harmon playing a clerk at George Sr.'s desert retreat in the Netflix season of Arrested Development and Hurwitz guest starring in the most recent episode of Community as a party animal named Koogler. Hurwitz also recently appeared on Harmon's podcast Harmontown.
-Andy Daly's new show Review premiered on Comedy Central. We reviewed the show and interviewed Daly about it.
-The Daily Show hired comedian Jordan Klepper as its first new correspondent in two years.
-FX renewed Archer for two more Seasons 6 and 7, and Comedy Central renewed Kroll Show for Season 3.
-Bob's Burgers is putting out a music album.
-We interviewed Cole Bolton about being The Onion's new editor and Joe Mande about his new standup mixtape, writing for Parks and Rec, and buying a million Twitter followers.
-We looked back at Chris Elliott's failed stab at a mainstream family sitcom and prolific SNL writer Jim Downey's short stint as a cast member on the show.
-TruTV ordered 10 episodes of a sketch show called Friends of the People, starring The Lucas Brothers, Kevin Barnett, Josh Rabinowitz, Jermaine Fowler, Jennifer Bartels, and Lil Rel Howery,
-We dissected Late Night with Seth Meyers's first week on the air. READ MORE
In December, longtime correspondent John Oliver left The Daily Show to host his own political late night show for HBO. Called Last Week Tonight, it's set to premiere April 27th, and here's the first trailer for it. Oliver snagged Daily Show head writer Tim Carvell to be his head writer and Oliver had a very successful run as Jon Stewart's summer fill-in host last year, so expectations are definitely high for this one.