TiVo is introducing a new DVR feature called Network Comedy Collections that will curate and automatically record primetime and late night comedy shows from ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox. The service, expected to arrive on TiVo Central today and to be assembled by TiVo’s editorial staff, will be offered on all TiVo models, including retail devices as well as DVRs leased out by TiVo’s MVPD partners. The new feature, however, is being billed as one that will be of particular value to customers of the new Roamio OTA, an HD-DVR tailored for cord-cutters that provides access to over-the-air TV signals and over-the-top content from sources like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu Plus. Network Comedy Collections, part of TiVo’s monthly service, is also designed to reduce the need for users to pay for a la carte streaming services. When activated, it will automatically pick up and record specific comedies from broadcasters. The NBC Collection, for example, will contain shows such as The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Saturday Night Live. The new TiVo feature is entering the picture as broadcasters continue to develop their own OTT service options. Of recent note, NBCUniversal confirmed earlier this week that it will launch a comedy-based video subscription VOD service later this year. Read More
Jon Dore has landed the lead in CBS’ multi-camera comedy pilotThe Half Of It. The project, from CBS TV Studios, centers on Mike, played by Dore, a newly divorced dad who revels in the fact that he now gets to keep half his stuff, which is more than he ever had when he was married. Mike is dealing with mixed feelings. Half of him is the excited, upbeat single guy and the other half is the single dad who is in over his head with single parenting. Canadian-born actor-comedian Dore previously co-starred on ABC’s How To Live With Your Parents.
Weeks before Glee’s series finale, Jane Lynch has locked down her next television role. Lynch will star in CBS’s pilot “Angel From Hell. The half-hour comedy centers around an unlikely friendship formed when a woman, Amy (Lynch), claims to be another woman’s, Allison (yet to be cast), guardian angel. Lynch’s character is described as larger-than-life, brassy and flamboyant, and when she claims to be a guardian angel, Allison can’t decide if she’s actually an angel or if she’s just plain nuts. Tad Quill (Scrubs, Samantha Who?) penned the pilot and will exec produce. Don Scardino (30 Rock, 2 Broke Girls) will serve as director. CBS Television Studios will produce. Lynch wraps up Glee on March 20 with its two-hour finale event.
Chances are, stand–up Sean O’Connor is having a better year than you. He’s worked on not one, but two pilots that were picked up by FXX, released a stand-up album, went on tour with Norm Macdonald and now holds a coveted seat at the writers table for The Late Late Show with James Corden. Oh and Comedy Central’s CC: Studios just announced they’re developing a digital series from Sean titled: How to be Friends with Everyone on Earth. To most that sounds like a fulfilling career but that’s just what Sean has been up to in the past twelve months and he doesn’t plan on stopping. Read More
Colin Hanks has been cast in a new single-camera sitcom pilot for CBS. Hanks will be starring in Life In Pieces, a new comedy about “one family, as told through the separate stories of its different family members,” from Aaron Kaplan and Better Off Ted producer Justin Adler. Hanks will play Greg, the family’s youngest, most coddled son, who will presumably be acting charmingly baffled and overwhelmed at the prospect of his upcoming transition into fatherhood. Hanks has a long history of TV work, including roles on Dexter and cop comedy The Good Guys, as well as an Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated performance last year on Fargo. But that show is following its critically lauded first season with a jump back to 1979, when Hanks was still just a wee tot dodging haphazardly around the giant stacks of typewriters that fill his father Tom Hanks’ home. Which means Colin is free now to pursue other projects, like Life In Pieces, and the ongoing training to one day slay his half-brother Chet and claim his birthright as America’s amiably smiling king.
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.
CBS has teamed-up with John Leguizamo (Ice Age, Ride Along), who will play the lead in Taxi-22, a single-camera comedy project that had been shepherded by the late James Gandolfini. Based on the hit French Canadian comedy, Taxi-22 centers on a politically incorrect NYC cab driver, played by Lequizamo. In addition to starring, he will co-executive produce alongside his managers, Jeff Golenberg and Sam Maydew.Leguizamo has 11 other projects already in production or announced, including Experimenter with Jim Gaffigan, out January 25th. As of 2009, Leguizamo has produced over 10 films, starred or co-starred in over 75 films, starred on Broadway in several productions winning several awards, and has made over a dozen TV guest appearances.
CBS joins the ranks of networks with their first pilot order. A multi-camera comedy starring stand-up Tommy Johnagin and executive produced by Bill Lawrence. CBS has been consistent in looking to launch another comedy fronted by a stand-up, ordering a Jim Gaffigan pilot the last two seasons. The untitled Tommy Johnagin project was written by Johnagin and Surviving Jack and S#*! My Dad Says creators Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker. It stars Johnagin as a stand-up comic raising a family in a small Midwestern town. Until he moved to Los Angeles four years ago, Illinois-born Johnagin lived in southern Illinois and St. Louis, launching and building his career from there. Lawrence and Jeff Ingold executive produce, with Johnagin co-executive producing for WBTV and Lawrence’s studio-based Doozer banner. The pickup Johnagin project is a nod to the storied TV tradition of comedians headlining comedy series inspired by their stand-up, which has produced such mega hits as Cosby, Roseanne, Home Improvement, Seinfeld and Everybody Loves Raymond.
Alright, we have ourselves about eight months to wait until the late night television return of Stephen Colbert. Today Colbert’s late night debut date has been announced, and it is Tuesday, September 8th according to CBS.
The eye network is currently working on giving David Letterman the proper send-off on May 20th. Then we have ourselves a summer break until Colbert takes over.
Esther Povitsky was on The Late Late Show with
Craig Ferguson Drew Carey last night. The comedian is at the age where she’s beginning to grow up but still clinging to childhood. Take it away Esther.