With all the in-the-worksautobiographical comediesin development, NBC has decided to add one of its own from musician and The Voice cohost Adam Levine. Deadline reports that the network has given a script commitment to a single-cam project called Kids in America based on Levine's life that "centers on an unconventional family as seen through the eyes of a teenager with the dream of becoming a rock star." The show will be written by Family Guy's Aaron Blitzstein, and Levine will serve as a co-executive producer through his company 222 Productions.
Last week it was announced that both ABC and Fox were developing autobiographical comedies based on the lives of Johnny Knoxville and Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo, and ABC has added yet another, this time from standup Jermaine Fowler. THR reports that the network has given a script commitment to an untitled project starring Fowler as "a college dropout who winds up living with his estranged grandmother, a former DC cop who provides the perfect mix of parenting, laughs and adventure that gets him off the couch and out into the world." Fowler's past television appearances include MTV2's Guy Code, Comedy Underground with Dave Attell on Comedy Central, and TruTV's Friends of the People, not to mention a role in an NBC comedy series from The Office's Greg Daniels last year that did not move forward from the development phase.
It's been nearly seven years since Flight of the Conchords left television, but according to Jemaine Clement, the musical comedy duo's break might be nearing its end. The Guardian recently interviewed Clement about his new vampire film What We Do in the Shadows, and when asked about any future plans with his Conchords partner Bret McKenzie he had this to say:
Are the Conchords, dormant at the moment, waiting to erupt again? “We talk about a movie every so often,” says Clement. “Sometimes it feels like we lost a lot of impetus over the last couple of years. But Bret, James [Bobin, lead director] and me, we all want to do a musical. It would be good to do something all together … I miss playing Flight of the Conchords gigs.”
At the end of the interview, Clement also revealed that HBO has "commissioned a new, four-episode comedy show," though further details on the project have not been revealed. HBO has yet to announce the four-episode series officially.
In fake shows that should be real shows news, Mashable recently made the above episode of a fake kids news show called W-ORD Channel 7 News with John Oliver & Cookie Monster that's equally parts adorable and hilarious. Kate McKinnon makes a very excited cameo, and Nick Offerman (and the voice of Megan Mullally) delivers a flawless sports report in under 15 seconds. Click through for some outtakes with Oliver and Cookie Monster, who is surprisingly very professional. READ MORE
"Maybe it's because this younger generation doesn't have the demarcation we have—of a world before cell phones and then after. It was always there for them. So it's not a novelty. And thus has less power. They don't remember the endorphin rush of sudden connectivity, like when people my age first logged onto dial-up Internet and, after 10 minutes, sheepishly searched for their own name. Or the first time we received an email. And when those things happened on our phones? It was like the apes touching the monolith at the beginning of 2001."
Here's the latest installment of Paul F. Tompkins's web series Speakeasy with guest Bob Saget, who talks at length with Tompkins about how he got started as a standup, the relationship between comedy and death, his love for Chumbawamba, and a graphic story from his youth involving a fish smoking a cigarette.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver returns to TV this Sunday, September 7th, but in the meantime, Oliver decided to respond to some "fan mail" left in the comments of the show's YouTube page. The result is an enlightening look at what fans think of Oliver's head shape as well as Last Week Tonight's stance on cherry soda and other "brillent" work this year.
Earlier this week it was revealed that Hello Kitty is not in fact a cat but a little girl, despite looking exactly like a cat and being named Hello Kitty. To clear up the confusion, last night Jimmy Kimmel invited a representative from Sanrio to come on Jimmy Kimmel Live and explain the announcement further, and he delivered a powerful message about how true friendship transcends all.
"11 p.m.: I sip a mug of kratom tea, which is a legal vitamin that makes music sound better to people. It also makes you very hungry. Under its influence, I wolf an enormous turkey sandwich while listening to Brain Salad Surgery and become one with the glittering cosmos. My mouth glistens with a galaxy of mayonnaise. Turkey is … a dinosaur, I think, disoriented, and fall asleep dreaming of myself flying a pturkeydactyl so close to the sun that it becomes perfectly roasted and embraces me with a pair of enormous brown drumsticks. Food is truly a miracle."
Here's a sneak peek at Monday night's episode of SundanceTV's The Approval Matrix, in which host Neal Brennan wonders what happened to being cool and enlists Eugene Mirman to star in a malt liquor ad that updates the smoothness of '80s Colt 45 commercials with today's idea of coolness — a Game of Thrones fan who gets really mad if you rudely take the "Cold 45" he wanted to give to his friend Xavier.
FXX's 12-day Simpsons marathon has been a huge success for the network, having tripled the channel's typical viewing audience on its premiere night last week and making FXX one of the top five basic cable networks each night since. Vulture reports that FXX has taken a hint from the wild success of the Simpsons event and announced their post-marathon schedule, which will include 24 hours of Simpsons episodes per week. Episodes will air Mondays from 6:00pm through midnight, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00pm through midnight, Fridays from 6:00pm through midnight, and Sundays from 4:00pm through 8:00pm, so if you missed any of your favorite episodes during the marathon, you'll have plenty of chances to catch up again in the near future.
Standup Todd Glass stopped by The Daily Show last night to promote his new book The Todd Glass Situation, and the two covered Glass's decision to come out of the closet back in 2012 (or as he calls it, "bustin' out of the shed"), how it's affected his standup, and a hilarious memory involving his passion for setting tables.
Rivers Cuomo isn't the only star to get the autobiographical sitcom treatment this week. Deadline reports that Johnny Knoxville has signed a two-year first-look deal with ABC Studios to develop new projects under his company Hello Junior! Knoxville has sold one project to ABC under the deal already with an untitled Southern family comedy inspired my his own "unconventional childhood," with Knoxville attached to serve as narrator. Knoxville signed a similar two-year deal with Paramount Pictures back in May, so his upcoming projects will be for both the big and small screens.
Last year it was announced that Community creator Dan Harmon would be touring his live show/podcast Harmontown around the country then turning it into a documentary by director Neil Berkeley, and a new trailer was just released. This sneak peek features stars like Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Gillian Jacobs, Chris Hardwick, and John Oliver attempting to explain who exactly Harmon is and includes some special appearances by Chevy Chase (in the form of blog screen caps and footage of the now infamous voicemail message). Harmontown debuts in select theaters as well as VOD on October 3rd.
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