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  • CBS locks down its comedy block schedule with mid-season premiere dates

    CBS LogoCBS is relaunching their Wednesday comedy block from 8-9p. Something they used to have back when The New Adventures of Old Christine was still around. The two shows filling the hour mid-week are hits Mike & Molly and 2 Broke Girls, which used to be paired together previously. The new night kicks off January 6. The switch is nothing new for 2 Broke Girls with the move being the second this season alone. Newcomer Angel From Hell, which stars Jane Lynch, will now debut on January 7. The series follows an angel named Amy (Lynch), who acts as a guardian for another woman named Allison, forming an unlikely friendship. Lynch is also on hosting duties for this year’s People’s Choice Awards, also on CBS. Both 2 Broke Girls and Mike & Molly are solid entities for the network. 2 Broke Girls had a recent 22-episode order for their latest season while Mike & Molly landed 13. And finally, new comedy Life In Pieces will wrap its 22 season 1 episodes up in March. It will then be succeeded by The Odd Couple, which which kicks off season 2 April 7.

    Happy Endings and Community’s Hilary Winston sells comedies to CBS and ABC

    Hilary WinstonHilary Winston continues her dominance in the television game selling two more comedy projects, one to CBS entitled My Time/Your Time and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened to ABC. My Time/Your Time according to Deadline, “chronicles the relationship of a young couple as they begin dating long distance.” With Let’s Pretend This Never Happened centering on Jenny Lawson, who a few years ago left her small Texas town and eccentric family in search of a normal life. But when a death in the family brings her back home, she’s forced to face the fact that she will never be “normal.” Winston’s credits include huge hits My Name Is Earl and Community as well as cult favorite Happy Endings. Recently she produced the shows Marry Me and Bad Teacher while writing on Dr. Ken. She also has a book under her belt, My Boyfriend Wrote a Book About Me: And Other Stories I Shouldn’t Share with Acquaintances, Coworkers, Taxi drivers, Assistants, Job Interviewers, … and Ex/Current/Future Boyfriends but Have. Quite the title and a good read.

    This Week on TV: “With Bob and David” premieres, a new John Mulaney special, and “2 Broke Girls” returns

    With Bob and David

    The wait is over. I repeat, the wait is over. This week on TV will see David Cross and Bob Odenkirk return to their roots with their new sketch comedy series on Netflix, With Bob and David. This unofficial revival of the cult 1990s HBO sketch comedy Mr. Show returns with its two stars as well as most of their writers and co-stars, including Paul F. Tompkins, Scott Aukerman, Jay Johnston, Brian Posehn, John Ennis, Jill Talley, and Tom Kenny. To top it off, newcomers including Keegan-Michael Key and Paget Brewster join the party. All four half-hour episodes plus an hour-long making-of special this Friday. Read More

    1950’s period comedy “Dick Ernest” is in development over at CBS

    cbs-logoWriters and producers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (Hello Ladies, Trophy Wife, The Office) are developing a new 1950’s period comedy over at CBS. The show is called Dick Ernest, and according to Deadline, the show focuses on the title character “who has his mainstream values challenged when his beatnik nephew moves in and starts putting “modern” ideas into the heads of the rest of the family.” This is all that is know at this time. As for upcoming projects for the two, they have another pilot in the works at ABC Family which is re-branding itself as “Freeform”. Eisenberg is producing both the Bad Teacher sequel film and Hello Ladies: The Movie alongside Stupnitsky.

    Ryan Seacrest to enter the CBS comedy arena with “Squad Goals”

    Ryan SeacrestWhen someone says, “Wow, that guy is everywhere!”. Whomever they are referring to isn’t everywhere like this guy. Ryan Seacrest is heading up yet another project. This time it’s a scripted comedy for CBS. The project name is Squad Goals. According to Variety, “The potential series is an ensemble comedy about a group of late 20-something friends who met in college and realize it’s time to finally grow up.” The writers behind the project include stand-up comedian Aaron Karo and Lindsey Rosin (Beverly Hills, 90210). Rosin also directed the Cruel Intentions musical out in Los Angeles, which brought on fans in the original cast, Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair, who were seen attending a show together. Karo’s additional credits as an author include Lexapros and Cons.

    New CBS comedy “Married With Roommates” has been ordered from “Cougar Town” team

    cbs-logoSome would say, “Inspiration can be found absolutely anywhere.” Well, that’s the case with the new CBS pilot Married With Roommates. The network just purchased the comedy from the Cougar Town team of Mike Lisbe and Nate Reger. As the story goes, the show was inspired by an article found in the New York Times earlier this year. According to Deadline, “Married With Roommates centers on a young, recently married couple in New York City who realize they can’t afford their own place and decide the best option is to start their life together in an apartment with three roommates.” Lisbe and Reger are set to pen the script. Lisbe’s other credits include Men at Work and Just Shoot Me!. As for Reger, his credits include $#*! My Dad Says and Spin City.

    Kevin James to play retired cop in new comedy project for CBS

    Kevin JamesLooks like Kevin James will be heading back to television after nearly 10 years. He’ll be going from Mall Cop to retired cop in a new comedy project for CBS. James will be teaming up with Rock Reuben, who worked with him on King of Queens, as well as Bruce Helford (The Drew Carey Show, Anger Management, George Lopez) to handle writing duties. according to Variety, The untitled project features James as a retired cop who looks forward to spending more time with his wife and three kids, only to find himself in more trouble than he faced on the streets.” It will be some time before we see the comedy come to fruition despite receiving a 13 episode commitment. It’s currently slated for the Fall of 2016. “We’re beyond thrilled to be back in business with Kevin James!” said Glenn Geller, President, CBS Entertainment.

    Tina Fey lands yet another deal, this time with CBS

    Tina FeyBeyonce has asked, “Who run the world?”. Our response, Tina Fey. According to Deadline, Fey has landed an agreement, this time with CBS. The currently untitled comedy will be written by Jack Burditt (Frasier, 30 Rock, and The Mindy Project). According to the report, “the show will focus on an oddball athlete who drives family, friends and strangers nuts after he unexpectedly finds himself retired.” Also involved in the project is Robert Carlock (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, 30 Rock, Friends). No other info is available at this time including production dates or cast.

    Jermaine Fowler lands CBS family comedy show and Showtime special “Give ’em Hell Kid”

    Jermaine FowlerFriends of the People star Jermaine Fowler is now friends of the network CBS as he just landed a brand new family comedy sit-com project. Deadline broke the news earlier today that the newtwork is currently developing the comedy that will star and be written by Fowler. Like most comedies starring a comedian, it appears it will be semi-autobiographical. However, the twist, Fowler will be playing the role of his dad. His back story is quite interesting having young teenagers as parents. Also in the books is a brand new stand-up special for Showtime. Jermaine Fowler: Give ‘Em Hell Kid is slated to air December 11. Other credits for the comedian include BoJack Horseman, Lucas Bros Moving Co, Guy Code, and The Principal on The Eric Andre Show. He’s also done a lot with College Humor over the years. Here’s Fowler’s set from his appearance on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Read More

    Stephen Colbert books Michelle Obama up against Trevor Noah Daily Show debut

    Colbert ObamaThe Late Show with Stephen Colbert puts another stake and claim in the politics game by booking First Lady Michelle Obama the same night Trevor Noah is set to make his debut as host of the newly revamped Daily Show on Comedy Central. “It’s always an honor to have the First Lady,” said host Stephen Colbert. “Better than that, it’s always fun!” FLOTUS has a couple initiatives she’ll be tackling while on The Late Show including “Let Girls Learn” and “Reach Higher”. Under the assumption that this particular booking is to off-set The Daily Show posses as not only a strong move by CBS, but reaffirming Colbert’s own agenda to focus more on political guests than his late night television competition. He is fantastic in that forum and hopefully it will bring the best out of both him and Noah. Speaking of Noah, he has quite the shoes to fill with the departure of Jon Stewart, but he’s someone who can definitely stand on their own bringing and outside voice to the comedy news genre ala John Oliver.