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  • “Last Week Tonight” creates an all-dog Supreme Court

    John Oliver returned with Last Week Tonight this Sunday on HBO. While the Supreme Court doesn’t allow cameras into the court room, they do provide audio from their proceedings for the media to use. The problem is is that these audio clips with no good visuals are just too boring. Enter Oliver. Oliver and crew spent a lot of time and money to create an all-animal Supreme Court. Headed by a team of dogs, a duck assistant, and a chicken court stenography “who is just doing his best to keep up,” this footage to free to the media to use. Want one Supreme Court justice to hump the other? Oh, we got that! Read More

    Amy Poehler producing church comedy for NBC with Aisha Muharrar

    The Queen of NBC has picked up a new project. With the hit show Parks and Recreation coming to an end this year, Amy Poehler has signed on to produce a new comedy written by fellow Parks co-executive producer Aisha Muharrar. According to Deadline, the untitled show will be a single-cam work place comedy that follows “a young, agnostic woman who inherits a church and the crew of strong-willed characters who make up her new community.”

    Poehler has been flexing her producing muscles executive producing the new runaway hit show on Comedy Central, Broad City, which will air it’s second season next year. Poehler had also sold a pilot, Old Soul, centered around a retirement home that wasn’t picked up, is bringing her brother’s Welcome to Sweden to America, and is producing a pilot from Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner over at USA.

    Muharrar has written for Fox’s animated comedy Sit Down, Shut Up, and has been on the Parks writing staff since the show’s early beginnings. She’s written many great episodes including season 4’s “Born & Raised,” “Operation Ann,” season 5’s “Ron & Dianne” and more.

    Fox trims “Mulaney” series order to 13

    The talk of the fall (hell, year) has been all about John Mulaney’s new sitcom Mulaney. The show was originally turned down by NBC, a call that shocked many, then was picked up by FOX. Unfortunately, FOX recently decided to trim its season one order from 16 episodes to 13. According to Deadline, Mulaney just wrapped up its 13th episode and was about to start production on episode 14 before Fox halted production. After airing two episodes, the show is off to a slow start.

    The sitcom has received an unusually high barrage of criticism. Duo the show’s hype around its star, the show has earned both overly-high expectations and overly-low ones as well before the series even aired. The series received pretty mixed reviews since. While the scale-back is a little worrisome, 16 episodes is an unusually high order for a new series. With three other straight-to-series rookie shows at FOX this fall, this could be more of a financial move that actually benefits Mulaney in the long run. We’ll have to see.

    Mulaney airs on Sundays at 9:30pm est.

    Key & Peele set first joint film “Keanu” for production next year

    The duo behind Comedy Central’s hit show Key & Peele, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have set their first joint feature film over at New Line. According to Deadline, the project will start production next spring.

    The duo have been attached to multiple film projects over the past year, including a Police Academy reboot, a Judd Apatow flick, and a Key & Peele spinoff featuring beloved substitute teacher, Mr.Garvey. Their first film however will be titled Keanu, and tells the story of friends who pose as drug dealers to infiltrate the criminal underworld to retrieve a stolen cat named, Keanu. The film was written by Peele and Alex Rubens who write for Key & Peele and Community.

    It’s certainly an interesting choice for a debut film. Either way, it looks like we’ll be seeing Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele on the big screen a lot for the next few years (at least).

    This week in comedy: IFC brings back some shows

    The Birthday BoysThe past few weeks have seen some interesting and hilarious developments on Saturday Night Live, but with that show on a small hiatus until November 1, the late night circuit instead provided the most laughter this week. Some of today’s funniest faces popped up on Tonight Show, Conan, and Late Night With Seth Meyers, among others.

    – In the relatively small amount of SNL news currently making headlines, this past weekend’s Bill Hader-hosted SNL revealed that his most beloved character, Stefon, is pregnant…with former SNL-player-turned-late-night-host Seth Meyers’ baby. A sketch left out of the episode surfaced a couple of days later displayed Hader in tiptop comedic shape as a gossip-loving coal miner. The show will return on November 1 with Chris Rock as host and Prince as musical guest.

    – A more dystopian fiasco occurred during comedian Adam Newman’s New York set over the weekend, as flashlight-bearing police burst through the crowd to arrest someone. Where this gets really bizarre is that, when Newman tried to make jokes about the police interference, the boys in blue commanded him to “shut the f**k up!” If you don’t believe it, it’s all on video. Read More

    Wyatt Cenac talks stealing puppets and his new special on ‘Late Night

    Wyatt Cenac stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers last night to promote his new special, Wyatt Cenac: Brooklyn. Cenac likes to keep it simple when it comes to naming things, like specials and tours. Cenac also has an affinity for puppets, especially the one that looks exactly like him that he stole from The Daily Show. Forget iPhone’s, puppets are the true hot commodity. Wyatt Cenac: Brooklyn premieres on Netflix Tuesday, October 21st. Read More

    NBC trying to remake “The IT Crowd” (again) with Bill Lawrence

    If you are not familiar with the great British series, The IT Crowd, you need to. Especially now so you can compare the potential American remake in the works at NBC. According to Deadline, producer Bill Lawrence (Cougar Town, Ground Floor) is in charge of turning the series into an American multi-cam sitcom for NBC. Lawrence will team up with Community‘s Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan.

    The IT Crowd is a workplace comedy about two IT nerds stuck in the basement of a major corporation who know nothing about how to interact with people, and their newly installed, ambitious female manager, who knows nothing about computers. This will be NBC’s second attempt at an American IT Crowd. The first attempt starred Joel McHale, Jessica St. Clair, and Richard Ayoade reprising his role of Maurice Moss.

    The original series ran in the UK for four seasons and starred Ayoade, Chris O’Dowd, and Katherine Parkinson. The series earned a best comedy BAFTA, International Emmy and Golden Rose award. As a huge fan of the American Office, I’m a little bit curious to see how this comes out. However, I’ve seen NBC’s first American IT Crowd pilot and wasn’t pleased. The original trio of actors we’re so great in their roles, you really have to nail it again if you’re going to remake an already great series. We’ll see where this goes.