Comedian Chris Gethard is experimenting with a new way to develop his material that might involve him performing at your house if you're up for it. In a new post on his website, Gethard has reached out to fans who live within four hours of his home base of New York City to try to get some new and interesting non-NYC venues to work on his act. From the post:
I really want to have a whole month where I do low key house shows, where I bring comedy to places that maybe don’t have it as readily available as New York, and in environments that can be really intimate for both the audience and for me as a performer.
I’ve also been talking to some of my favorite comics in NYC, and there are a whole bunch of experimental oddballs who want in. For each of these shows, my plan is to grab two or three other comics I really like, get in my car, drive somewhere and have us put on a one to two hour show in your house.
There are a couple rules to Gethard's experiment, including driving distance from New York, a promise you won't charge others to see the show, and a willingness to let a bunch of fans you don't know into your home, but it certainly seems like an interesting idea. For more information, head over to Gethard's website.
Hit 1990 film Problem Child is getting the sitcom treatment at NBC. Deadline reports that the network has put a single-cam comedy adaptation in development based off the film starring John Ritter and Amy Yasbeck as a couple tricked into adopting a seven-year-old boy who wreaks havoc wherever he goes. Problem Child grossed $72 million when it was released in theaters in 1990 on a $10 million budget and went on to return with two sequels in 1991 and 1995. The TV adaptation comes from writer Scot Armstrong, who penned Old School, The Hangover: Part II, and the 2004 TV-to-movie adaptation Starsky & Hutch and will also serve as an executive producer. Hopefully the television series will have less vomit scenes than Problem Child 2.
Considering the amount of commercial tie-ins Saturday Night Live used last season (Remember those Jeep commercials with Cecily Strong and Michael Che? Synergy!), it looks like the show has made the next logical step in brand partnership by teaming up with MasterCard to create the Saturday Night Live MasterCard, the credit card all SNL fans have been clamoring for. News of the new MasterCard surfaced yesterday when SNL's Twitter account tweeted out a link for their #SNL40 Kickoff Sweepstakes, in which fans can enter to win tickets and airfare to a taping of the show this season.
Fans who bothered to read the fine print might have noticed a second check box underneath the sweepstakes information page that allows a site called Comenity Bank to send news "about the new Saturday Night Live MasterCard and its perks, rewards and other benefits," which include a "cardholder exclusive SNL™ leather wallet" when you spend $500 or more on the card within 180 days of opening, although be warned — that offer is subject to credit approval, sent within 4-6 weeks after qualification, and "may be replaced with items of similar value." The card boasts some other benefits and apparently can up your chances for tickets and "exclusive content," but selling points aside, this has got to be the most cringeworthy corporate thing SNL has ever done. Check out a screen grab of the Saturday Night Live MasterCard information breakdown below, then watch the 2010 sketch "A Message from MasterCard" to feel better about not being able to afford the $500+ cardholder exclusive SNL™ leather wallet. READ MORE
San Diego State's Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film recently released the results of their 17th annual "Boxed In" study, which analyzes how many women are working behind and in front of the camera in the entertainment world. In the primetime television sphere, women saw more decline than progress during the 2013-2014 season, falling 3.5% from last year in the number of women working as creators, directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and directors of photography. Also down this season are the number of women working onscreen with a 2.3% slip (from 43% last season to 42% this season) as well as the number of programs that employ four or fewer women — a whopping 44% of all the primetime shows included in the study. Conversely, only 1% of the shows studied employed four or fewer men. On the upside, sitcoms came out on top with the highest percentage of female characters at 46%, compared to 44% on reality shows and 39% on dramas.
"For many years, women have experienced slow but incremental growth both as characters on screen and working in key positions behind the scenes,” said San Diego State's Dr. Martha Lauzen. "However, that progress, small though it was, now appears to have stalled. However, when women are employed behind the scenes, they make a difference." While the onscreen decline of women is clear, there was some progress in the number of women working 13% more producer jobs (43% total), 7.7% more director jobs (13% total), and 5.9% more editing jobs (17% total) compared to last year. But in all other behind-the-scenes fields — show creators (down 17%), executive producers (down 15%), directors of photography (down 50%), and most notably writers (down 26%) — the study found that this season is far from a progressive one for women. Add on the fact that every current major network late night host is a man, and it looks like women still have a long road until they reach true equality in the television world. Check out the full study here.
In addition to the recent hiring of standup Michael Che as co-anchor of Weekend Update, yesterday SNL revealed some surprising hiring news with the announcement that young standup Pete Davidson has been added to the cast as a featured player. SNL has an unpredictable history with hiring standup comedians, and while many seamlessly stepped into the impersonation, sketch acting, and recurring character mold — see Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, and Darrell Hammond, to name a few — most of the show's standups-turned-players stayed true to their roots, often appearing on Weekend Update and finding ways to make sketch characters take on their own standup sensibilities to varying degrees of success. Here's a look at 11 of them: READ MORE
Marc Maron is returning to IFC next year. The network announced today that they've renewed his series Maron for a 13-episode third season slated to begin production this fall. The third season will premiere sometime in spring 2015, but no exact premiere date has been announced. "I am very proud of both seasons of the show and thrilled we're doing another one," Maron said in a statement. "Through all the episodes I can see the growth and evolution of the character, writing and comedy. I'm excited about getting back to the process. The character of Maron needs some work on and off screen and fortunately that's what drives the show." For more on Maron the character and the real-life person, check out our interview with him from May.
Judd Apatow just landed his first television series since Fox's Undeclared over ten years ago. Deadline reports that Netflix has given a rare two-season straight-to-series order to a new relationship comedy series from Apatow called Love. Starring Paul Rust (Comedy Bang! Bang!) and Gillian Jacobs, Love is co-created and written by Apatow, Rust, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Girls writer Lesley Arfin and co-executive produced by Brent Forrester (The Simpsons, The Office, Undeclared) and centers on "love gurus Gus (Rust) and Mickey (Jacobs) as they navigate the exhilaration and humiliations of intimacy, commitment, and other things they were hoping to avoid." The show — which was rumored to be in development for Hulu earlier this year — will premiere its first 10-episode season on the streaming network sometime in 2016 and its 12-episode second season the following year; this will not affect Jacobs's work over on Yahoo's new season of Community. "I am so excited to get to work with Paul and Lesley on this project," said Apatow in a statement. "Netflix has been supportive in ways I couldn’t create in my wildest fever dreams."
It turns out that despite the many characters and impressions Nasim Pedrad had during her run on SNL, she wanted to do none of them more than Aziz Ansari. While Nasim did get a chance to very briefly play Ansari in a sketch, on last night's Conan she shared a clip of an unaired sketch that gave her much more screen time as Ansari, an impression she describes as "a real boner-eraser."
Bill Hader finally visited the Late Night desk last night, where he and Meyers looked back on their years working together at SNL, one of Hader's impressions that never made it on the show, and the origins of his beloved Weekend Update regular Stefon. Check out more clips from the interview below: READ MORE
Jerrod Carmichael's very first (and Spike Lee-directed) standup special Love at The Store premieres on HBO on October 4th, and today the pay-network released the first full promo for it featuring a more inside look at Carmichael's material and influences.
The long in-the-works Vacation reboot just cast its grown-up Audrey. Variety reports that Leslie Mann has signed on to star opposite Ed Helms and Christina Applegate as Rusty's sister Audrey Griswold, who was played in the original 1983 film by Dana Barron. In addition to Mann's casting, child actors Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins have been cast as Rusty's (Helms) sons in the reboot, both Chris Hemsworth and Charlie Day are in talks to show up in small roles, and original Griswolds Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo will both make cameo appearances.
A ton of shows based on the lives of once-much more famous stars are currently in the works on the major networks, including series about Johnny Knoxville (ABC), Weezer's Rivers Cuomo (Fox), John Stamos (Fox) and The Voice cohost Adam Levine (NBC), and ABC just added another from an unlikely source. According to THR, late night host Jimmy Kimmel has sold an untitled half-hour sitcom to the network based on the post-TRL career of his longtime friend Carson Daly, who is attached to the project as a producer. Dan Fogelman — who created ABC's The Neighbors and is also working on the Stamos project — is also onboard as executive producer.
According to THR, the Daly-centric series will follow "a once-massively popular VJ who loses it all and is forced to move in with his parents and take a job as host of a local radio 'morning zoo'" based on Daly's struggles before landing his hosting gigs on NBC's The Voice and Today. The series makes Kimmel's very first original pilot — a rare and impressive feat for a late night host considering his daily commitment to Jimmy Kimmel Live. Daly and Kimmel's friendship goes back to the mid-'90s, when Kimmel first encouraged the Daly to drop out of college and intern for him at LA's KROQ radio station.
Adam Scott and his wife Naomi, who are the brains behind Adult Swim's The Greatest Event in Television History specials, have signed a first-look deal with Universal Television. According to THR, Adam and Naomi have signed on with Universal via their production company Gettin' Rad Productions for a two-year first-look deal focused on bringing more of Greatest Event-style comedy to television. "We love Adam's work as Ben Wyatt in our beloved Parks and Recreation and we are excited that his and Naomi's passion to produce will continue with us at Universal TV," Universal exec Bela Bajaria said in a statement. "We look forward to making some very interesting and successful new TV shows with their company." Gettin' Rad recently wrapped its very first feature film, an indie comedy titled The Overnight starring Scott, Jason Schwartzman, and Orange Is the New Black's Taylor Schilling.
Earlier this summer Ben Stiller confirmed that he was "actively" working on the long-rumored Zoolander sequel, and it looks like Mugatu has confirmed his own involvement in the sequel too. According to Slash Film, Will Ferrell was recently asked about the sequel in an interview and said "We are actually supposed to do a read-through of a sequel script soon, and Mugatu is a part of it." Justin Theroux, who played the evil DJ in the original film and was initially set to write and direct the sequel, also confirmed news of the script last month with Vulture, saying that "it looks like it actually might be starting to get up and running." Theroux also said that directing duties will likely go to Stiller due to his own scheduling conflicts, which he added "would be awesome."
Last year, Stiller dropped some hints on the Zoolander 2 plot as "about how the fashion world moves so quickly," with the film starting "at a time when the whole world has moved on from Derek and Hansel because they're so ancient history." Slash Film reports that the sequel could be set in Europe with "Hansel experiencing 'hard times' after suffering a 'disfiguring injury' a la Tom Cruise in Vanilla Sky." In any case, this is the most promising Zoolander 2 news yet short of David Duchovny announcing his return as the wise hand model J.P. Prewitt.