NBC Creates 'NBC Comedy Playground' To Lure Comedy Writers Outside Of NY/LA Film Schools And Comedy Clubs - Deadline.com
NBC wants to find fresh comedic voices. NBC’s Entertainment President Jennifer Salke today announced “NBC Comedy Playground,” which the network is calling a “grassroots” initiative designed to invest in new “cutting-edge comedy” through a national campaign that offers aspiring comedy writers from across the country the opportunity to pitch ideas with the winners getting a show on the NBC schedule. [Read More]
Showtime Developing David Cross Comedy
Showtime has put in development a comedy project from actor-writer David Cross. Here is the premise as explained by Cross himself: It centers around “a modestly successful travel writer who struggles to keep his families happy and satisfied. Oh, and also from finding out about each other’s existence.” Cross will write and executive produce through his Liberal Jew-Run Media Prods. [Read More]
FX Orders a Pilot Created by 'SNL's Simon Rich, Produced by Lorne Michaels
Former SNL writer Simon Rich has sold a half-hour comedy pilot to FX, with Lorne Michaels attached to produce via his company Broadway Video, Deadline reports. The pilot is called Man Seeking Women, and it's based on Rich's book, The Last Girlfriend on Earth. Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia) will be dir... [Read More]
HBO Greenlights Comedy Pilot From Lorne Michaels, Diallo Riddle & Bashir Salahuddin
HBO has given the green light to a half-hour comedy pilot from former Late Night With Jimmy Fallon writers/performers Diallo Riddle & Bashir Salahuddin, which is executive produced by Late Night exec producer Lorne Michaels. [Read More]
Showtime To Air ‘Richard Pryor: Omit The Logic’ Documentary On May 31 (Video)
Richard Pryor: Omit The Logic premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 23 and Showtime has now set Friday, May 31 as the debut air date. The documentary, directed by Roman Polanski: Wanted And Desired helmer Marina Zenovich, and written by P.G. Morgan, chronicles Pryor’s life from his troubled youth in Peoria, Illinois, to his meteoric rise as one of the most respected comic actors of the 20th century. Jennifer Pryor exec produced. [Read More]
'Community' Teases All Puppet Episode, Fifth Season At PaleyFest 2013
An all-puppet episode featuring extensive use of the performers in puppet form will air in April and include a cameo from Jason Alexander (though not as a puppet). [Read More]
IFC's 'Comedy Bang! Bang!' Renewed For Second Season
IFC has picked up a second season of original series Comedy Bang! Bang!, hosted by comedian-writer and podcast host Scott Aukerman (Between Two Ferns With [Read More]
'Arsenio Hall' late night show Cleared In 95% Of Country
The new late-night syndicated talk show officially became a go for the fall schedule after its clearances reached 85% of the country back in August. [Read More]
Chris Rock Says "You Should Need To Have A Mortgage To Buy A Gun"
“The gun lobby also says people need to be able to protect their property,” Rock said, “but every mass shooting is done by guys who live with their mother. So I believe you should need to have a mortgage to buy a gun. A mortgage is a real background check. Even if you go to jail for 30 years, you’ve still got to pay your fucking mortgage.” [Read More]