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Jim Gaffigan Plays a Congolese Warlord in the Latest Episode of Colin Quinn's 'Cop Show'

Here's the latest episode of Colin Quinn's web series Cop Show with special guest Jim Gaffigan, who is about as reluctant to perform his Cop Show role as a Congolese drug warlord (tasked with a bunch of product integration, no less) as hipster drug ring leader Amy Schumer was last week.

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Here's the Writing Staff of 'The Late Late Show with James Corden'

cordenThe Late Late Show with James Corden makes its CBS debut on Monday, March 23rd, and Corden and his staff are hard at work prepping the show for its big premiere. Tosh.0 co-creator Mike Gibbons will serve as co-executive producer as well as head writer, and the writing staff currently includes Sean O'Connor (Lucas Bros. Moving Co), former Chelsea Lately writers Ian Karmel and James Davis, Lauren Greenberg (Love You, Mean It with Whitney Cummings), Nedaa Sweiss, Ben Hoffman, David Dineen-Porter, and former Daily Show writer DJ Javerbaum, who's also the mastermind behind @TheTweetOfGod. Read more on the format and premiere week guests of The Late Late Show here.

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Vanessa Bayer Barely Survives a Post Office Visit on 'Portlandia'

Here's a sneak peek of tomorrow night's Portlandia featuring SNL's Vanessa Bayer, whose trip to the post office transforms from a casual package pickup to a horrific descent into the dark, secret place where packages are held hostage. Catch the rest of the episode on IFC tomorrow night at 10:00pm.

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James Corden Reveals Some Details on the Format of 'Late Late Show'

james_cordenAhead of James Corden's Late Late Show debut on March 23rd, Variety sat down with the British actor for an interview about his hopes for the show and what format it will take later this month. Corden is, understandably, super nervous about the gig: "I don't know if I'm making a huge mistake," he told Variety. "But I'd rather regret doing something than not doing something. I think we have a real shot at enjoying ourselves for a bit, which is ultimately all you ever really want, isn't it?"

As for the format of the show, Corden and Late Late Show executive producer Rob Crabbe revealed that the show is taking an experimental approach between the hiring of band leader Reggie Watts ("He was on a list of one," Corden said) and the decision to skip an opening monologue and get to the guests faster, and all at once:

Yes, Corden will greet the audience and say something funny — but producers aren’t planning a lineup of 20 jokes in classic latenight fashion.

“James is not going to be able to go out and do six minutes on Isis,” Crabbe says. “I just don’t think that’s going to be his style.”

There’s a debate with CBS over how long the first act will be. If the producers get their way, the guests will be coming out in the initial part of the program — all at once. They’re modeling the show on Graham Norton’s U.K. series, in which all the stars come out at the same time and chat together on the couch.

While Corden and Crabbe admitted that booking guests has been a challenge, they have a pretty impressive lineup for premiere week: Tom Hanks, Kerry Washington, Will Ferrell, and Kevin Hart. In any case, Corden is trying not to let his nerves get to him: "I just know that this is a moment in my life. Good or bad, it is a moment. 'Do you remember that time we moved to Los Angeles and I tried to host a latenight talkshow?' 'Oh yeah, that was ropy, but it was a fun ride.'"

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Kate McKinnon and Chris Hemsworth Attempt the 'Dirty Dancing' Lift in These 'SNL' Promos

Chris Hemsworth makes his SNL hosting debut this weekend, and NBC released the first round of promos featuring Hemsworth and Kate McKinnon, who thinks Hemsworth is the perfect host to attempt the Dirty Dancing lift with…but it probably would've turned out better if Hemsworth had seen the movie first.

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H. Jon Benjamin Shows Off His British Accent on 'Conan'

Here's a clip from H. Jon Benjamin's visit to last night's Conan, where he looks back on the day he landed the role of Sterling Archer and panicked because he thought he'd have to do a British accent. Watch more from the interview below: READ MORE

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Paul Simon Answers Some Snobby Fan Questions on This Week's 'Portlandia'

Here's a sneak peek of this week's Portlandia featuring special guest Paul Simon, who fields some fan questions at a Q&A only to get bombarded by the folk music snobbery of Kath and Dave. By the way, Simon is there to promote his new book, the perfectly titled You Can Call Me Paul.

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China Is Getting Its Own 'Saturday Night Live'

snl_titleSaturday Night Live is heading to China. Bloomberg reports that Broadway Video has closed a deal with Sohu.com to launch a Chinese version of SNL. "China’s Communist Party has been looking for new ways to engage with an audience because past forms of preaching are no longer suitable for today," said Wang Sixin, a professor at the Communication University of China, on the news. "What Sohu needs to be careful about, though, is finding the right balance when doing satire about social and political issues." China isn't the first country to get its own version of SNL; Horatio Sanz worked as a consultant on SNL Mexico in 2013, and Spain, Italy, Japan, and South Korea have been airing their own versions as well.

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Mike Epps to Star in ABC's 'Uncle Buck' Pilot

mike_eppsABC is moving forward with Will Packer's TV adaptation of John Hughes's 1989 film Uncle Buck, and according to Deadline, the multi-cam comedy just cast Mike Epps in the lead role. The series will follow Epps as Buck Russell, "a childish man who learns how to be an adult by taking care of his brother Will’s kids in a very childish way." Nia Long (The Cleveland Show, House of Lies) will play Will's wife. The project is moving forward despite the protests of John Hughes and John Candy's family members, who released a statement last year voicing their disapproval: "Recalling that the director was displeased with first Uncle Buck TV show effort which failed on CBS in 1990, it is well expected that he would not be supportive of this current attempt."

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NBC to Launch a Subscription Streaming Comedy Service This Year

nick_burnsIf you're a fan of NBC comedy offerings like SNL and The Tonight Show but don't want to bother with the trouble of owning a television or cable box, NBC has you covered: Variety reports that the network is planning to launch a comedy subscription video service sometime this year. Details on what the streaming service will offer are still slim and have yet to get official confirmation from NBC, but for about $2.50-3.50 per month viewers will reportedly have access to full episodes of The Tonight Show and SNL, with the possibility of original comedy series exclusive to subscribers to follow.

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Adam Scott and David Koechner to Star in Christmas Horror-Comedy 'Krampus'

adam scottAdam Scott and David Koechner are teaming up to star in the next Christmas classic. The Wrap reports that Scott has joined Koechner in Krampus, an upcoming horror-holiday film directed by Trick 'r Treat's Michael Dougherty based on the ancient legend of the Christmas devil who punishes misbehaving children. Scott and Koechner will play fathers whose kids go missing, and Allison Tolman, Emjay Anthony, and Toni Collette round out the cast. The film is slated for a December 4, 2015 release.

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Fred Savage to Play Rob Lowe's Brother in Fox Pilot 'The Grinder'

fred savageKevin Arnold is back! Well, kind of. According to THR, child star-turned-director Fred Savage has signed on to star opposite Rob Lowe in the Fox pilot The Grinder. Savage will play Dean's (Lowe) little brother Stewart Sanderson "who is constantly in his shadow. When Dean returns to his hometown looking for a new direction in life, everyone is dazzled by his charm and celebrity —except Stewart, whose nerves are quickly frazzling. But when Dean preempts an eviction case and makes it a cause celebre, Stewart is outraged by Dean's effrontery." Savage's last regular sitcom role was on 2006's Crumbs on ABC, but in recent years he's focused more on directing, having helmed episodes of beloved comedy series like Modern Family, Playing House, 2 Broke Girls, Happy Endings, and Party Down.

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Second City's Finest: 31 Clips of Young Comedy Legends Before They Were Famous

billmurray_nickLast year, we teamed up with Second City for a new column called "The Second City Archives," in which we debut a new and never-before-seen clip from the improv theatre's extensive archives each week featuring legendary performers of the past and present, from old-school throwbacks like John Belushi, Chris Farley, and Alan Arkin to today's comedy superstars like Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Keegan-Michael Key, Bob Odenkirk, and tons more. Together with Second City, we've unearthed over thirty classic clips so far, so this week we're taking a look back all of them: READ MORE

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truTV Orders The Grawlix's 'Those Who Can't' to Series

thosewhocant2Denver comedy group The Grawlix is officially headed to truTV. The network announced today that it's given a 10-episode series order to its first scripted comedy from Grawlix, Those Who Can't, which was ordered to pilot in December. The series will follow three Denver high school teachers played by Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl, and Ben Roy, and Eagleheart's Maria Thayer has also been cast as a school librarian. Those Who Can't will debut on truTV sometime next year.

Those Who Can't is the latest in a big comedy push at truTV, which recently ordered a prank show from David Spade, more Billy on the Street, Adam Conover's Adam Ruins Everything, and Shaq's workplace comedy Shaq Inq. For more on Those Who Can't, check out our interview with The Grawlix guys back when it was a pilot at Amazon.