FX might add a science fiction company with Michael Showalter onboard as producer. Deadline reports that the network has put a series in development written by 1600 Penn and Super Fun Night writers Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit called Daedalus 6. No plot details have been revealed yet other than Daedalus 6 will be "set in the distant future." Hernandez and Samit will co-executive produce with Showalter and are also writing the Gilligan's Island movie reboot starring Josh Gad for Warner Bros.
Fans of Joel McHale as host of E! show The Soup don't have to worry about him leaving anytime soon — at least not for the next two years. Deadline reports that McHale's contract with the network has been renewed through 2016. As part of the deal, McHale will continue to host The Soup and pitch unscripted series to the network via his own company Free Period Productions. McHale said in a statement: "Although I narrowly beat Mitt Romney out for the job in a number of states, I’m confident that I can keep up the same quality of humorous observation of shows like Naked Dating and Bad Girls Club Season 12 Reunion Part 2 that the American people age 18-49 have come to expect and deserve."
Jerry Seinfeld's web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee returns with a brand new season on November 6th, and Crackle released the first trailer today featuring Amy Schumer, Fred Armisen, Jimmy Fallon (on a boat), Kevin Hart, and Bill Burr chugging a cigar much like Crackle president Dick Corcoran last week.
"The longer I spent time on The Daily Show, standing in front of a green screen pretending to report from war zones and hot spots around the world—most often from somewhere in the Middle East—the more I began to realize that The Daily Show was radicalizing me. I was being allowed to express the outrage that had lain dormant in me since the aftermath of September 11. I was becoming a terrorist of comedy … I was learning to fire missiles of satire across the basic cable airwaves and blow the minds of a million people."
- Aasif Mandvi looks back on getting hired on The Daily Show and his "Courage in Media" award in an excerpt from his new memoir No Land's Man due out November 4th.
Good news for Arrested Development fans who were confused by season 4's character-focused episodes. According to Uproxx, AD creator Mitch Hurwitz recently revealed during a Pretentious Film Majors interview that he plans to re-edit the fourth season: "Right now, I'm cutting a version of season four that tells it kind of chronologically," he said. No word on whether the revamped season 4 will be available on Netflix or not, but any news on more AD is good news. To refresh your memory on AD's fourth season, check out our complete season review.
Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's hit IFC show Portlandia returns in January with a ton of great guest stars, but in the meantime the network released this very Halloween-themed sneak peek featuring Fred and Carrie as a death-loving goth couple who set up their wills and super spooky funeral services.
Here's another installment of NYT's new web series Off Color highlighting Issa Rae, the creator and star of The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl who channeled her frustrations with the lack of black characters on television into creating and producing more of the content she wants to see in the mainstream: "We're doing great things, but there's still a desire for acknowledgement. And until that happens in some major way that's outside of slave movies and slave shows and reality shows, then I won't be satisfied."
Director Jason Reitman just landed his first (streaming) TV show. THR reports that Hulu has given a 10-episode order to Casual, a comedy about a "dysfunctional family with a bachelor brother and his newly divorced sister. Together, they coach each other through the crazy world of dating (online and off), while living under one roof again and raising a teenager." Up-and-coming writer Zander Lehmann will write the script, and Reitman will direct the series premiere episode and serve as executive producer. Production on Casual will begin this year, and the show is expected to debut sometime in 2015. "I've long looked for the right first step into episodic storytelling," Reitman said in a statement. "In Zander Lehmann, I have found the perfect collaborator. His writing is hilarious and provocative."
While Amy Poehler is developing an NBC comedy about an agnostic woman who inherits a church, Entertainment Weekly reports that Kyra Sedgwick is going the opposite route. Sedgwick has partnered with The New Adventures of Old Christine creator Kari Lizer to create and star in a half-hour HBO comedy about a nun who leaves the church. The untitled single-cam show will center on Sedgwick as Kate, a disillusioned nun who walks away from her vocation: "No longer 'Sister Katherine,' she’s turned her back on her old life and now finds herself coming of age, trying to figure out who she is without her vows and what it means to be an ordinary woman. A person who believes in believing, she’ll try to figure out what or whom she’ll put her faith in now." Sedgwick and Lizer will also serve as co-executive producers.
There was a bit of a mishap before Jim Carrey's interview on Late Show last night when he found an Academy Award in a claw machine backstage and couldn't resist trying to win it for himself. Watch more of Carrey's interview below, where he screens Letterman for Ebola, shows off his Matthew McConaughey impersonation, and looks back on the strange day he auditioned for Saturday Night Live. READ MORE
Bob Odenkirk is currently on tour promoting his new book A Load of Hooey, and he stopped by last night's Conan to do a live reading as a shameless politician who calls a press conference to get some skeletons out of his closet.
Paul Reubens visited The Tonight Show last night, where he and superfan Jimmy Fallon discussed the Blu-ray release of Pee-wee's Playhouse as well as the in-the-works Pee-wee Herman movie, which Reubens confirmed has Judd Apatow onboard as producer and will start filming in February.
Law & Order: SVU star Christopher Meloni has teamed up with Paramount for a new digital series set in a butcher shop called Beef, and you can check out the series trailer above. The mock reality show will follow Meloni's character Lou as he "acts as judge and jury for anyone in the neighborhood who has 'beef' with someone." The series is set to include a ton of comedy guests like Lizzy Caplan, Joe Lo Truglio, Thomas Lennon, and Michael Ian Black and will premiere on November 11th on VOD via iTunes, Vudu, and more.
On a recent episode of Tom Green Live, John Mulaney told the story of how he got to meet the Obamas when he helped write for Seth Meyers's White House Correspondents Dinner performance in 2011. It turns out that introducing himself right after Chappelle's Show co-creator Neal Brennan was not the best technique for getting some love from Barack and Michelle.