Yes, that Rush Hour. CBS announced three pilot orders on Monday, one being a series remake of the popular blockbuster comedy. The hour-long action comedy will follow a similar plot as the popular 1998 film starring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. Centering around a stoic, by-the-book Hong Kong police officer assigned to a case in Los Angeles, where he’s forced to work with a cocky black LAPD officer who has no interest in a partner. The series will be written and produced by Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Ground Floor, Cougar Town). The original film’s director, Brett Ratner (Rush Hour 1,2,3, Tower Heist), and producer, Arthur Sarkissian,( are also attached to produce. The writers intend to keep the new comedy close to the story line of the original film. Casting for the new series is under way now.
Today’s the day Saturday Night Live alum Brooks Wheelan releases his debut comedy album entitled This is Cool, Right? Brooks went to University of Iowa and got a biomedical engineering degree, but then decided to pursue comedy. In 2013 he made his television debut on Comedy Central’s Adam Devine’s House Party. And in 2012, he was invited to perform at the New York Comedy Festival as a part of Comedy Central’s Top 10 Comics to Watch. Wheelan was a breakout performer as a new face at the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal as well as the Comedy Central South Beach Comedy Festival. He’s also performed on Conan. You can grab his new album from Comedy Dynamics on iTunes, Amazon, and be sure to follow him on twitter. He recently filmed an episode of Girls. And wrapped up Stereotypically You, a feature film starring Kelen Coleman (The Newsroom, The McCarthy’s), as well as Chris and Abby Elliot (SNL). Stay Tuned.
Described as Lost meets It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, The TBS comedy Wrecked follows a group of extremely diverse survivors of a plane crash on a remote island who must adjust to life in a dangerous new world that poses unique threats. They must navigate this new society with no Wi-Fi, no plumbing, no Chipotle. Filming on the pilot has started in Puerto Rico. Here’s all the character break downs and who will be playing them. Zach Cregger (Whitest Kids U Know, About a Boy) will play the lead role of Owen, a flight attendant who only took this job out of college to travel and avoid starting his life. Ginger Gonzaga (Ted, Anger Management) will play Emma, who’s on her way to Thailand with her friend, Florence, after having decided to drop out of medical school. Jessica Lowe (Blended, College Humor) plays Florence, intellectually pretentious and a feminist in theory, she spouts complex, forward-thinking social ideas on which she’s too lazy or scared to act. Asif Ali (Silicon Valley, Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D), plays Pack, a sports agent who’s tied to his iPhone like it’s an umbilical cord. Read More
Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo are back at it again. Stars of the 1983 classic National Lampoon’s Vacation are reuniting for a new ABC comedy pilot called Chev & Bev. The show will be a single-camera project that will feature the duo as two baby boomers who are fun, relevant and living a selfish retirement. But then their world is turned upside down and they are suddenly left to raise their grandchildren. In addition to Chev & Bev, Chase will be seen in the upcoming sequel Hot Tub Time Machine 2 as well as Vacation alongside D’Angelo. The other side of the coin, D’Angelo, just completed the feature, Accidental Love, where she stars with the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal, Jessica Biel, and James Marsden. Well, it looks like we’ll be taking a couple extra vacations this year and it’s nice to see Chev & Bev will be there to take them with us.
NBC places an order for two more pilots. First up is Sharing, which is a single-camera show about disparate groups of people who work side-by-side in a shared office space. Jeremy Bronson (The Mindy Project, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon) wrote the pilot and exec produces with Fallon and Rick Schwartz (Black Swan, The Departed). Damian Lanigan is a co-exec producer. The second is an untitled multicamera comedy starring Monica Potter ( TV’s Parenthood, Con-Air), and is produced by Ellen DeGeneres’ production company A Very Good Production. Potter will also serve as producer. The show is about a woman, juggling a busy family life and three ex-husbands, who begins to date again. Chalk up two more for the peacock.
One of the first major comedy specials of the year was released on Friday when Comedy Central debuted Kyle Kinane’s second hour special. Very tongue-in-cheek, Kyle Kinane released the special under the title, I Liked His Old Stuff Better. Every comedian has to find their voice, carve out a place for themselves. They spend years creating an hour, stacking up joke brick after joke brick until they’ve got something built they can proudly show off. Once that’s finished, they gotta knock it over, create new bricks and start building something new.
Kinane’s previous 2012 special (and second release, following the album Death of the Party) Whiskey Icarus is a personal favorite. Kinane is one of my favorite comedians, a popular opinion for sure. He’s a comic that I’m willing to travel for, and I did so not too long ago because (luckily for me) Kinane decided to film this special at the wonderful 40 Watt in Athens, GA. Just a skip and a jump from good ole Atlanta, GA, I spent one night in August in Athens witnessing one of the greatest stand-up shows I’ve ever witness, and I’ve been excitedly waiting to see the final product. Read More
Former Parks and Recreation co-stars Adam Scott and Rashida Jones will be reunited on Jones’ new TBS show Angie Tribeca. It follows Rashida Jones’ character, a 10-year veteran of the LAPD, and the various members of the police department that help her solve crimes. Scott will play a doctor that Tribeca, played by Jones, encounters in a waiting room while she awaits news on her partner’s condition. Tribeca also stars Deon Cole (Conan). The series comes from Steve Carell and his wife Nancy Carell. The show already has a hefty guest list that includes Lisa Kudrow (Friends), Alfred Molina (Spider-man 2), and Gary Cole (Veep, Bob’s Burgers). Nancy Carell even has a cameo.
Kevin Pollak’s directorial debut “Misery Loves Comedy” scooped up by Tribeca Film and boasts star studded cast
Tribeca Film announced they have acquired the rights to Kevin Pollak’s documentary Misery Loves Comedy which is his directorial debut. Tom Hanks, Jimmy Fallon, Amy Schumer, Judd Apatow, Jon Favreau, Lisa Kudrow, Larry David, Steve Coogan, Jim Gaffigan, Nick Swardson and Maria Bamford are among over 60 famous funny people who are featured. Director Kevin Pollak shares in-depth, candid interviews discussing the dark side of the comedy universe. “As a first time director, I couldn’t ask for more than the thrill and assurance I’ve received from the entire team at Tribeca. This is a HUGE victory and celebration for my team,” said Kevin Pollak. “Misery Loves Comedy is a fascinating, unparalleled look inside the minds of some of the greatest and most beloved comedians of our time. Kevin Pollak has made a ‘must watch’ on the art of comedy, for casual enthusiasts, to connoisseurs, to aspiring comedians,” said Todd Green, General Manager of Tribeca Film. Pollak started out as a stand up comic himself and has gone on to appear in dozens of films, including A Few Good Men, The Usual Suspects and Casino. Tribeca is targeting a 2015 spring release.
Debuting this week at the Sundance Film Festival is the high school reunion comedy starring Jack Black entitled The D Train. And the next stop for said train is possibly IFC, who is close to signing a deal for U.S. distribution rights. Fox Searchlight was also in the running for the feature film, but IFC appears to be the front runner now. The film stars Jack Black as a former high school reject obsessed with landing the most popular member of the class, James Marsden, for their upcoming reunion. His attempts to land Marsden result in an unexpected one-night stand. The film will land a healthy seven figures. As part of the pact, there will be a wide theatrical release for the film. The film marks Jarrad Paul (Monk, Yes Man) and Andrew Mogel’s (untitled Bruce Almighty Sequel) directing debut. Jack Black, The D Train, I’ll be booking a first class ticket.
This week on TV, gear up for Key & Peele Super Bowl Special on Comedy Central. If this trailer is any indication of what’s to come, we’re in for a treat. These two are unstoppable when it comes to sketch comedy. And their football sketches have been some of the best over the course of the show’s four seasons. Who can forget McCringleberry’s excessive celebration. Or the East/West College Bowl. And lastly, Quarterback Concussion. They’ve struck the comedy vein of football and there will be plenty more where that came from when The Key & Peele Super Bowl Special premieres Friday, January 30 at 10/9c. Here’s the rest of the week’s line up Read More