With the hit FXX Simpsons marathon and live Hollywood Bowl event now complete, the next source of Simpsons anticipation will be which character is killed off during the season 26 premiere as well as how long we can expect the show to keep churning out new episodes on Fox. In a recent interview with Deadline, executive producer Al Jean gave a few teases for the new season as well as his thoughts on the future of the show: As for which character will be killed off during the season premiere "Clown in the Dumps," Jean commented on some fans' prediction that Krusty will be getting the axe: "We gave it that title for a reason; some have guessed (the character's death) correctly, and some are really off." Unlike the death and resurrection of Brian on Family Guy, however, Jean insisted that it's the real thing: "When we kill 'em, they stay dead."
Jean also described next season's Halloween episode as broken down into three segments: "'School in Hell,' inspired by the work of Neil Gaiman; then there's a Stanley Kubrick-inspired Clockwork Orange segment; and then there's a sequence where the Simpsons meet their Tracey Ullman selves." When asked about how much longer The Simpsons plans to run on Fox, Jean said: "We could last two more years, maybe four, maybe more. No one has talked to us about wrapping the show."
"But it's a genre that's near and dear to my heart, and I just thought that there's a freedom in British sitcoms for characters to not always be 'broadcast likable,' and thus I thought it would be a nice way to take a show like Mad About You and update it in terms of how young society behaves now and also to bring in some characters that are actually kind of shitheads at times. It's a tall order to make people fall in love with people who are kind of dicks, but I thought it would be worth trying, and I think it has been."
- Creator of FX's hit new series You're the Worst Stephen Falk explains his love for the romantic comedy genre and the British approach to likability in an interview with The A.V. Club.
Standup Hannibal Buress was a guest on last night's Conan, where he told O'Brien about his recent book deal — even though he still has no idea what the book's going to be about. Watch another part from the interview below: READ MORE
After just over three months of working as a Daily Show correspondent, Michael Che made his final appearance last night in a bogus news segment that turned into the perfect farewell from Stewart and the rest of the Daily Show correspondents. Stewart even sang a beautiful song while a reel of Che's not-so-many Daily Show memories played on a screen above.
How angry was Craig Ferguson when he found out that he didn't get Letterman's gig? Who was the worst guest ever during his stint on Late Late Show? Did CBS give him a huge consolation payout for not taking over Late Show? Ferguson answered two out of these three questions on Watch What Happens Live, but it's pretty easy to see through his poker face during that last response.
Former Office writer and co-executive producer Justin Spitzer just sold a new workplace comedy to NBC. THR reports that the network has given a script commitment to The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, a single-cam comedy by Spitzer centered on "a disparate group of employees working at a big-box store in middle America and the love stories that will ultimately unfold among them." Spitzer will co-executive produce alongside Enlightened's David Bernad and Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer, and he also serves as a co-executive producer on Fox's Mulaney, which is set to premiere on October 5th.
Key and Peele finally returns to Comedy Central next week, and here's a sneak peek from the premiere episode. It turns out that all it takes for the guys to survive an alien invasion is a simple understanding of one of humankind's most unfortunate traits.
Comedian and former host of Totally Biased W. Kamau Bell is going on tour. Titled Oh, Everything!, the tour kicks off this November and runs through the end of January 2015 with over 30 stops in Los Angeles, Kansas City, Austin, Cincinnati, D.C., Portland, New York, and more. Presale fanclub tickets are available today through Bell's website while general public presale starts tomorrow at 11:00am. Check out the full list of tour dates below: READ MORE
Actor/writer Ben Schwartz has written a new comedy and teamed up with Adam McKay and Seth Rogen for the project. Variety reports that McKay is officially attached to direct the untitled comedy, while Seth Rogen is set to star. Schwartz — who most recently appeared on Parks and Rec, Comedy Bang! Bang!, and tomorrow's new release This Is Where I Leave You — will also co-star in the film. McKay and Will Ferrell's own Gary Sanchez Productions is behind the film as well as Rogen and Evan Goldberg's Good Universe; plot details are currently being kept under wraps. "Evan and Seth have been doing amazing things and we’re so excited to work with them," said McKay in a statement. "Ben, not so much. Most of my problems with him are personal ones, but I have to give it up … he did come up with a great idea."
Rogen's statement is a little more epic: "Every two thousand years the planets of our galaxy align in a perfect line that funnels the cosmic energies of the universe to flow into one perfect comedic collaboration. The time is now. This is that project. Nothing will ever be the same." Added Goldberg: "McKay and Schwartz are reeeeeeal smart, well-endowed guys and we couldn’t be more excited to be working with them."
Chris Rock's new film Top Five has landed an official premiere date not long after screening at the Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews. THR reports that Top Five has been acquired by Paramount and is set for a limited release on December 5th followed by a nationwide release on the 12th. The film stars Rock "as a comedian trying to reinvent himself as a serious actor just as his reality-TV star fiancee talks him into broadcasting their wedding on their show." Rock recently likened the idea for the film to his own frustrations watching successful comedians transition into more dramatic roles: "It happens with everybody in art, even in sports sometimes. We take for granted the things we do well. You feel a need to stretch your wings, but it's not always the best idea."
Aside from the intriguing plot of the film, it's also filled with a bunch of great famous and upcoming comedy names, including cameos from Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld, and Kevin Hart and supporting roles from Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, J.B. Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che, and Jay Pharoah.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 just got a new home on the internet. Variety reports that 80 classic episodes of the series are now available on Vimeo, with about a dozen new episodes slated to premiere throughout the next year.
The 80 episodes currently on Vimeo are available to purchase for $300, while individual episodes are available for a $9.99 purchase or $2.99 rental. Fans who buy the entire $300 package will also have access to all newly released episodes between now and September 17, 2016, though those episodes will reportedly be made available for free anyway. MST3K's distributor Shout! Factory has already made the 80 episodes available in limited amounts on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Instant Video, and Walmart's Vudu, but the promise of the additional dozen never-before-released episodes — which were never cleared due to all the rights issues that come along with screening an entire film within a television show — is exciting news for MST3K fans who have long hoped to rewatch the lost episodes.
Parks and Rec star Aubrey Plaza just landed the role she was born to play. TV Guide reports that Plaza has officially signed on to voice the role of Grumpy Cat in an upcoming Lifetime movie called Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever. The film will premiere on the network November 29th at 8:00pm and star the internet-famous cat as "a pet store feline who's never chosen for adoption — which leads to her sour outlook on life. Along comes a 12-year-old girl, who can actually hear Grumpy Cat talk. The two eventually go on adventures together and, yes, discover the true meaning of Christmas." Hopefully Plaza can pull off heartwarming feline Christmas revelations as well as she can pull off living in a constant state of sarcasm.
The creator and the star of Scrubs are currently working on a new comedy series and have their eyes set on Netflix. According to The Independent, Zach Braff is currently in talks with Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence to create a new show together. "I've been talking about a new idea with Bill Lawrence," Braff said. "I don't know if it will be this year or next." As for where Braff and Lawrence hope to premiere the in-the-works show, Braff said: "I like the idea of this new waves that you can do 12 episodes or eight episodes maybe for cable or Netflix or whatever. There are so many more options now. It's an exciting time."
Braff didn't reveal any details on the show, but he's currently busy promoting the UK premiere of his Kickstarter-funded film Wish I Was Here. As for Lawrence, his new NBC show Undateable recently got a second season renewal.
Here's a clip from Tina Fey's visit to the Late Night desk last night, in which she tells Meyers about her older daughter's recent surprise Lemony Snicket-themed birthday party that accidentally resulted in a bunch of little girls wearing Alec Baldwin masks. Click through for some more clips from Fey's interview where she talks about Canadian fans, filming The Nest in Long Island with Amy Poehler, and working with Timothy Olyphant. READ MORE