Longtime friends and collaborators Conan O'Brien and Greg Daniels have a new show in the works at TBS. According to THR, the network has ordered a comedy from O'Brien and Daniels called The Group, which follows " a support group for people who think they have been abducted by aliens, which is the subject of a snarky feature piece by skeptical journalist Wyatt Jones. The more he digs into the oddballs' claims, however, the more confused, intrigued and seduced he becomes." O'Brien and Daniels will co-executive produce.
The network also picked up the "Lost-meets-Gilligan's Island" comedy Wrecked, which will join upcoming new series Angie Tribeca from Steve and Nancy Carell and road trip comedy The Detour starring Jason Jones.
Jason Alexander to might be Adult Swim's next star. THR reports that Alexander has signed on to star in a quarter-hour live-action pilot by Adam Lustick (Harvard Sailing Team, The Office, Silicon Valley). The untitled pilot will follow Alexander as "an award-winning psychotherapist who snaps one day and his therapy with his patients becomes more and more bizarre. However, he's such a celebrated doctor that his peers are reluctant to question his strange and unconventional methods." If the pilot goes to series, it will make Alexander's first TV comedy starring role since the short-lived 2004 CBS series Listen Up. Since then he's appeared on a couple comedies (China, IL, Community, and Comedy Bang! Bang!), but his recent career has focused more on theater and television directing (Everybody Hates Chris, Criminal Minds, Mike & Molly).
Leslie Jones made her very first late night guest appearance on last night's Late Night, where she talked with Seth about how she got into standup, her first season on SNL, how she deals with haters on Twitter, and her role in Paul Feig's upcoming Ghostbusters movie. Watch another clip from Jones's interview below, in which she shares some of the many celebrity selfies she took at SNL's 40th anniversary show. READ MORE
David Letterman's very last Late Show is now just one week away, and last night's episode included a brand new musical tribute to Dave by one of his frequent guests Adam Sandler. Check out some other recent musical tributes to Letterman from Amy Sedaris, Billy Crystal, and Nathan Lane.
Tig Notaro and Kyle Dunnigan's Professor Blastoff cohost David Huntsberger is headed to Syfy for his very own show. Entertainment Weekly reports that Syfy has ordered 12 episodes of a new comedy/talk show called Reactor with Huntsberger attached to host. The show will feature "a mixture of exclusive clips, celebrity guests, and comedy bits, all of it focused on the intersection of science fiction and pop culture in contemporary movies, TV shows, and comic books." Reactor premieres on Syfy on Thursday, July 16th at 11:30pm. Watch Huntsberger announce the new show over at EW.
Now that Paul Scheer has already mastered the art of recreating Arsenio Hall Show episodes, he's back for a brand new set of remakes with JASH, this time to honor Carson Daly's honorable run as host of MTV's TRL. For the first episode he's joined by Thomas Middleditch, Ryan Hansen, Max Schadler, and Eddie Johnson as late '90s boy band 98 Degrees. Keep an eye on JASH's YouTube channel for new episodes every day this week.
ABC announced its fall TV lineup today, including time slots for two new shows — the "docusoap-style" Muppets revival (Tuesday nights at 8:00pm) and Ken Jeong's semi-autobiographical comedy Dr. Ken, which will replace the recently canceledCristela on Friday nights. Additionally, Fresh Off the Boat will return for a second season after The Muppets on Tuesdays, moving from 8:00pm to 8:30pm. According to HitFix, new comedies The Real O'Neals and Uncle Buck are set for midseason premieres. Check out the new series trailers and full lineup below, via Entertainment Weekly: READ MORE
Here's the latest installment of Vanessa Bayer's Above Average web series Sound Advice featuring special guest Leighton Meester, who graciously takes Janessa Slater's advice on acting, music, her new album, and how lonely it is to be a beautiful and successful woman in show business. Slater also shares her reservations about the title of Meester's album Heartstrings: "I tend to think that women that are naturally beautiful don't really experience life."
Since premiering on Comedy Central back in January, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore has consistently tackled topics few late night talk shows would dare touch. Some of the 56 episodes that have aired so far include "Allegations Against Bill Cosby," "Islamophobia in America," "Slut-Shaming," and "Baltimore Unrest & The Origins of Racism," and while not every episode has delivered the perfectly timed social commentary of his recent Baltimore coverage, Larry Wilmore — who previously served as The Daily Show's Senior Black Correspondent — is quickly becoming the late night voice of underdogs everywhere. This is partly thanks to head writer Robin Thede, a Second City/iO alum who joined Wilmore and showrunner Rory Albanese in October after a year as head writer on The Queen Latifah Show. I recently spoke with Thede about how she got hired on The Nightly Show, what she looks for in a writing submission, and what can we expect from Larry Wilmore and crew in the coming months. READ MORE
Here's a clip from Howard Stern's visit to last night's Late Show, where he wastes no time interrogating Letterman about the news that Late Showextended an invitation for Jay Leno to be a guest on the big finale next week: "Don't applaud that! Are you serious? Are you out of your mind?" Check out some of Stern's past Letterman appearances here.
Ahead of his SNL season finale hosting stint this weekend, Louis C.K. stopped by last night's Late Night, where he talked with Seth Meyers about the days he was a writer on the show for Conan O'Brien. C.K. also shared a Late Night memory involving a dirty joke he and fellow writer Dino Stamatopoulos got announcer Joel Godard to say on the air. Watch more clips from C.K.'s interview below: READ MORE
Here's a sneak peek of tomorrow's brand new episode of Inside Amy Schumer, in which Schumer stars in a beer commercial that's a lot more straightforward with how beer ads depict the beerin' bros and dudes in them (played perfectly here by Swann Gruen, Wyatt Cenac, and Don Fanelli). Catch the rest of the episode on Comedy Central tomorrow night at 10:30pm.
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