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  • Comedy Central developing ‘TripTank’ spinoff ‘Jeff & Some Aliens’

    Comedy Central is developing a new series, a spinoff from freshman animated series TripTank. According to THR, duo Sean Donnelly and Alessandro Minoli are set to man the new animated/live-action hybrid comedy Jeff & Some Aliens. The show follows “Jeff (voiced by Brett Gelman) and three extraterrestrials who are sent to Earth to study the world’s most average guy to evaluate whether humanity and the planet should be destroyed.” It originally aired on the CC network as part of their show TripTank.

    TripTank debuted earlier this year. The show consists of a collection of animated shorts of various styles. The series will return for season two in 2015. TripTank executive producers Alex Bulkley and Corey Campondonico are on board as producers on Jeff & Some Aliens.

    Donnelly and Minoli have also sold their animated/live-action comedy The Amazing Danny. The series puts viewers inside the mind of a lovable schlub in his mid-20s.

    FX and FXX announce premiere dates for ‘Archer,’ ‘It’s Always Sunny’, ‘Man Seeking Woman’

    January will be a big month for FX and FXX. According to HitFix, the network has set premiere dates for the new seasons of hit shows Archer and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, as well as the premiere of their new series Man Seeking Woman.

    Sterling Archer and the gang will return for their sixth season on Thursday, January 8th at 10pm on FX. After spending season five on the lam, working as drug dealers, the crew returns to their regular jobs. Although, this time around they will no longer be ISIS agents as the show has decided to change the agency’s name so as not be confused with the militant group.

    It’s Always Sunny will return for its tenth season on the comedy-centric spinoff FXX Wednesday, January 14th at 10pm. The long-running show doesn’t need the help, but certainly will benefit from FXX’s new (much needed) rebirth thanks to endless re-runs of The Simpsons.

    FXX’s newest original comedy, Man Seeking Woman, will make its debut on after Sunny. The series stars Jay Baruchel as a single guy looking for love. Eric Andre, Britt Lower and Maya Erskine co-star alongside Baruchel.

    The Rumor Mill: “Last Comic Standing” cancelled by NBC

    Last Comic StandingWe’re hearing rumblings from sources that NBC has axed the summer reality comedy series Last Comic Standing… again.

    The comedy competition show had new life injected into it this past summer when Wanda Sykes and her production team revived the show for an 8th season hosted by JB Smoove with judges Russell Peters, Roseanne Barr, and Keenan Ivory Wayans. The rebooted show was met to mixed reviews from people who criticized the application process in which producers hand-selected comedians to audition for the show. Once it aired, response was fairly well from the comedians involved and community in general. Read More

    Fox is adapting comic strip ‘Jump Start’ into a sitcom

    As Fox looks to expand its comedy line-up, Deadline reports that the network is looking to turn the comic strip Jump Start into their newest sitcom. The long-running comic strip is currently in development to be adapted into a single-camera comedy.

    Jump Start was created by Robb Armstrong and went into syndication in 1989. The comic strip follows “the trials and tribulations of young Philadelphia Black couple Joe, who is a cop, and Marcy Cobb as they try to balance the demands of work and raising their young children, Sunny, Jojo and twins Tommi and Teddy.”

    “Nearly every married couple I know is like Joe and Marcy, my main characters,” he said in a 1996 interview. “The image of young blacks is so skewed, so false. I don’t know anybody who’s carjacking, playing basketball, rapping. Joe and Marcy and the characters I’ve developed are deep and based on real life.”

    Armstrong will co-write the new potential series alongside Malcolm in the Middle‘s Andrew Orenstein.

    John Oliver analyzes the bizarre tradition of “turkey pardoning”

    Thanksgiving is this week. For many that means getting together with family, watching football, eating too much food, and finding out which relative is racist. There’s also the long tradition of “turkey pardoning.” While Last Week Tonight is on hiatus (set to return in February), John Oliver and crew are still cranking out web exclusives. For his latest, Oliver offers up a challenge for Obama and future presidents: just kill all the delicious turkeys.

    This week on TV: holiday medleys

    This week is a fun week for comedy on television. Since its the holiday time, there’s special programming and reruns of some of the best performances. Case in point, Colbert and Jon Stewart. But not every show is dark this week some continue traditions, for example Rashida Jones is appearing on Fallon on Thanksgiving. A reprisal of the annual signing of a holiday medley with The Roots? Read More

    Cameron Diaz hosted “Saturday Night Live”: Turkey time in New York City

    Cameron Diaz was the host of Saturday Night Live and Mystical was a drop in musical guest. Yes, you read those words and its not 2002. Diaz is hosting the show to promote her starring in the upcoming Annie movie, so there’s a guarantee we’ll see a spoof sketch of that. But, if there would be a sketch of her wearing Ben Stiller’s “hair gel,” now that’s something that would surprise me.

    As for the show itself, it appeared the writers had already checked out for the long holiday weekend, because this night brought as few laughs as an episode could get. There wasn’t much to the evening really, the cold open was a simple, “how ’bout we throw Kenan down some steps?” joke, then Diaz opened the monologue with a clunky Thanksgiving joke and things didn’t really move more from them.

    Aside from a fun revisiting of the all girl song, “Back Home Baller,” there wasn’t much that really hit on the episode. The monologue was a bit half-assed and that was the best we got throughout the entire evening. A far cry of the classic vintage episode NBC ran earlier that same evening. Let’s run it down. Read More

    This week in comedy: the accusations peaked (hopefully)

    Cosby Rap AlligationsThings keep getting worse for Bill Cosby. In the wake of even more sexual assault charges levied against him, groups planning to work with him in the future cut ties, making headlines both within and outside of the comedy world this week. The fallout began Wednesday, when Netflix essentially cancelled his stand-up special they had previously planned to release; NBC followed suit within the same day, nixing a Cosby family sitcom slated for next year.

    – And speaking of Bill Cosby, the famously anti-Cosby, modern comedy sage Hannibal Burress brought his impeccable sense of humor to a video review of Mason, Georgia’s Cracker Barrel. This isn’t nearly the first time Burress has reviewed a restaurant like this, but it’s one of his funniest moments yet.

    – Dave Ross (not to be confused with David Cross) recorded a 7″ in Denver this week, marking another comedian playing into the fascinating resurgence of vinyl-pressed comedy albums. Read More

    Tina Fey, Ellie Kemper sitcom “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” jumps from NBC to Netflix

    Well nobody saw this one coming. Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s sitcom Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, starring Ellie Kemper, is moving from NBC to Netflix. The series was originally in development with the network, home of Fey’s former jobs SNL and 30 Rock, and scheduled for a March 2015. According to Deadline, Netflix stepped up and offered a two-season commitment and ordered 13 episodes for season one, doubling NBC’s original order.

    ”When the opportunity arose for Tina Fey and Robert Carlock to premiere their new show on Netflix with a two-season commitment, we decided this was the best possible scenario to launch this captivating new series,” said NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt. “While it was originally developed for NBC, we have a very drama-heavy mid-season schedule so we’re thrilled about this Netflix opportunity; it’s an instant win-win for everyone, including Tina, Robert, and Universal Television.”

    Greenblatt also stated Fey and Carlock are already in talks to develop something new for NBC. Considering the lack of strong comedies on the network, NBC could really use more projects from Fey.

    Spike orders ‘Lip Sync Battle’ series from Jimmy Fallon, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant

    A popular recurring segment on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon is spinning off to become its own show. According to THR, Spike TV has ordered Lip Sync Battle to series from Jimmy Fallon. On Fallon’s show, celebrities face off lip synching a song of their choice, battling for pride and honor.

    “Lip sync battling is one of the coolest things happening in pop culture right now and already has a huge fan base thanks to the amazing talent involved,” Jay Patterson of Matador said. “We’re thrilled to be in business with producers as talented as Jimmy, John and Stephen as Spike broadens its programming in new and exciting ways.”

    Fallon will be teaming up with The Office‘s John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant who will co-executive produce the series while Beth McCarthy-Miller (SNL, 30 Rock) will direct. The trio will also appear on the show though a host has yet to be named. The series will being taping in New York in January and will air on Thursday, April 2, 2015.