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FX looks to continue its voyage to become the number one source for comedy on TV by adding another comedy pilot. Judy Greer (Arrested Development, Archer) is the latest the network gave a pilot deal in a recent string that includes both Tracy Morgan and Billy Crystal. Andrew Gurland is the creator of the yet unnamed show that also includes Nate Faxon (Beerfest, Ben & Kate)
The comedy revolves around two best friends who are willing to go to incredible lengths to save their marriage. Greer and Faxon play a parents of 3 young girls who get along in most ways except in the bedroom. Then when they move to a city where they know nobody knows them, she gives her husband the hall pass to have needs fulfilled elsewhere. Nothing funnier than jokes about an open marriage. Read More
Last night on W. Kamau Bell’s TV show, Totally Biased Kamau hosted a discussion between Jim Norton and Jezebel.com writer Lindy West. If you aren’t familiar, West has recently began to question comedians and the jokes they make about rape. Many have chimed in on the topic and there’s been plenty written and shared on the subject.
Particularly, within the last year this has been a touchy subject between comedians and critics with very heartfelt debates made between both sides. While last night’s conversation probably didn’t sway the opinions of those that already have them, what it did provide was an arena where at least two people with differing opinions could discuss freedom of speech. Read More
The FX network just announced, yet another, comedy pilot that will be coming to the channel called Death Pact starring Tracey Morgan. After the recent wrap on the very successful 30 Rock series, FX quickly picked up Morgan to star in their new show. Death Pact is about a past high school coach, who also deals marijuana, and now receives a great homecoming as a war hero (played by Tracey Morgan). Once home, Morgan’s character starts up a self-help group, however, if you fail there are some serious consequences. I’m pretty sure I would not want to be the one who upsets a past coach and war hero, especially one as loud as Morgan. No word on when the show will make it to series, but it looks interesting to say the least. Stay tuned for more details.
Billy Crystal is on his way back to America’s living rooms via television, more specifically, the FX Network. That’s right, FX has officially green lit a new situational comedy pilot staring the comedic legend. The show’s title is The Comedians and portrays Billy as a has-been comedian that is looking to renew his career. He looks to do this through connecting with a young edgy sketch comedy group.
Larry Charles (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Borat) is the pilot’s director, as well as, one of the creators of the series. The show is based on a show that originated in Sweden and holds the same name. Others mixed into the project include Matt Nix (Burn Notice) and Ben Wexler (Community). It’s an exciting thing for not just comedy junkies but also, Billy Crystal who hasn’t been on TV since Saturday Night Live back in ’84 and ’85.
Although pilots can rack the nerves of anyone, the creators of The Comedians are in good hands at FX. The network has recently split into two channels with one of them being totally devoted to comedy. Not to mention the channel has already ripped out some very successful comedies, for example Louie and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. On paper it looks like this will be a huge hit, will it play out? We’ll see.
The Hollywood Reporter’s May 10th print issue will reveal their Comedy Class of 2013. While many of the honors they bestowed upon funny people are titles used more to explain them they do cover some great folks including Louis C.K. (the master), Kevin Hart (stand-up breakout), Mitch Hurwitz (reunion organizer), Marc Maron (podcast phenomenon), Jimmy Kimmel (rising late night star). They even give nods to the writers of The Daily Show and Colbert Report (satire stars), Live Nation comedy president (tour boss), and FX (comedy network of the year). Break down the whole list here. Read More
I feel every time Louis C.K. is on a talk show it’s worth talking about. Not because everything Louis does is amazing or anything, just because something funny always ends up happening. The other night when Louis dropped by the Ed Sullivan Theatre to talk to David Letterman about his new stand-up special Oh My God, it was interesting because a large portion of the most recent season of Louie revolved around C.K. as a potential replacement host of the late night show. Did Letterman know it was happening? Did he see it? What did he think of Louie cursing him out in the show’s final scene? Something tells me in true David Letterman fashion he wouldn’t really give a damn. Read More
Today FX announced its official plans to launch FXX, a new cable channel geared towards comedy. Something that was first rumored at the beginning of the year.
Premiering September 2nd, FXX will take over the Fox Soccer Channel (a real blow to Americans everywhere) and be readily available to over 74 million homes. FXX will focus on attracting a younger demographic (18-36), while the original FX will focus on all the older Matlock-loving folks also known as the 18-49 demographic. Both channels will concentrate on more original programming with FX giving emphasis to more drama series.
Along with the new network announcement, FX also revealed the renewal of tenured shows like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The League. The newly renewed Legit will also be making the move to FXX. Additionally Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell will enter the Late Night war as it expands to five nights a week.
No word yet on whether other FX comedies like Wilfred, Archer, Brand X, or the acclaimed Louie (which isn’t planned to return until 2014 anyway) will make the move to FXX. But unfortunately Anger Management starring Charlie Sheen isn’t disappearing into the dark TV abyss never to be seen or mentioned again because it has the 90 episode order to fill.
In other news that will excite TV nerds everywhere, will be FXX’s addition of syndicated programming including Freaks & Geeks, Arrested Development and Parks & Recreation. The network will also air syndicated episodes of How I Met Your Mother, Rescue Me, and Sport’s Night.
Just really hope they don’t get rid of those FX Movies Commercial with the guy that raps about FX Movies. “FX, FX has the Movies.”