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  • Bruno Mars is getting in on the act with a new family comedy for NBC

    Bruno MarsWith the recent announcement of Nicki Minaj and her new ABC Family show as well as FOX and their new drama involving Pitbull, it seems the networks, in this case NBC, are diving into the music pool yet again for something new. According to Entertainment Weekly, NBC has landed a deal with Bruno Mars to produce what would be a family comedy. Attached to write is Prentice Penny who’s credits include Scrubs, Happy Endings, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. As of now, the show centers on a musical family that lives in Bronx. Also on board is Brian Grazer, executive producer of Empire.

    “Friends of the People” castmates Josh Rabinowitz and Kevin Barnett land new gig with NBC

    rabinowitz and barnettNBC has tapped into the New York comedian market yet again. Josh Rabinowitz and Kevin Barnett, the head writers from truTV’s hit show, are teaming up again for a new NBC sitcom. Both stars will write and produce the new project which as been described by Deadline as, “an odd couple story of two best friends (Rabinowitz, Barnett) who’ve worked hard their entire lives to reach the careers they’ve always wanted, and then realize everything sucks and they hate it. So they quit their jobs to figure out what they really want and care about. It’s the classic story about the 50 year-old white woman giving up the American dream to discover herself in another country, but about two dudes in their 20s who move nowhere.” Read More

    Let’s watch some Amy Schumer promos for hosting “Saturday Night Live” this weekend

    Amy Schumer is hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend. Here are the promos she cut with her Trainwreck co-star an SNL cast member, Vanessa Bayer. In it, they take the chance to re-familiarize themselves with each other. Just because they starred in the film together, had many scenes, and toured the world to promote the movie, that doesn’t mean they really know each other.

    Bob’s Burgers gets a two year extension from Fox

    Bob's BurgersFans of Bob’s Burgers on FOX, you can rejoice. The hit animated series has been extended two more years securing it’s seventh and eighth seasons. The show boasts the comedic talent and voices of H. Jon Benjamin (Archer, Family Guy), John Roberts (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Gravity Falls), Dan Mintz (Adventure Time, Mulaney), Eugene Mirman (Delocated), and Kristen Schaal (The Last Man on Earth, Flight of the Conchords). A comic book series based on the show is currently being published by Dynamite Entertainment. The show centers on the Belcher family – Bob, Linda, and their children Tina, Gene, and Louise who run a hamburger restaurant on Ocean Avenue in an unnamed seaside community. Congrats to all involved and it’s comforting to know the show is in the clear through 2018.

    ABC orders pilot for “Imaginary Friend”, a live action-CGI comedy

    ABCMembers behind hit comedy The Goldbergs, Adam F. Goldberg and David Guarascio, are teaming up with Oscar-winning animator Patrick Osborne from Disney for a pilot ordered by ABC. Imaginary Friend is not only a comedy, but will blend the elements of live-action with the world of CGI. According to Deadline, “Imaginary Friend centers on a thirtysomething bachelor whose life is turned upside-down when he finally meets the love of his life, a divorced working mom with three kids. This triggers even more upheaval when the slightly unhinged imaginary friend he created as an only child suddenly reappears in his life to help him navigate the transition from single guy to family man.” The show will be written by Goldberg and Guarascio. As for the CGI aspect of the show, we can only assume that’s where the imaginary friend comes into play. As for Osborne’s credits, they include Wreck-It Ralph and Tangled. With The Goldbergs already on ABC and the network being owned by Disney, this is clearly a perfect fit for all those involved.

    Watch the entire pilot of Hannibal Buress’ show “Unemployable” which wasn’t picked up by Comedy Central

    A while back Hannibal Buress taped a pilot with Comedy Central called Unemployable. He really wanted it to happen, even taking to social media to see if he could start up the groundswell. Alas, the show wasn’t meant to be and CC didn’t pick up the project. Buress would later have another shot with the network but if you were ever wondering what happened to that pilot, now is your chance to watch it. The show puts Buress in working situations, sorta like Dirty Jobs but the dirty part isn’t a prerequisite and some stand-up placed in there for good measure.

    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.

    “No, You Shut Up!” with Paul F. Tompkins set to return for fourth season in addition to election coverage specials

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    The comedy-news program, hosted by Paul F. Tompkins and his puppet cohorts, that takes on the issues of the day until everyone gets too angry to discuss them any further has just been renewed for a fourth season. No, You Shut Up! will also be tackling the 2016 election with two special reports to air November 5 and 12. The fourth season will then kick off in February of 2016 when it starts a 25-episode run. Tompkins and his puppet pundits will take stock of the current field of candidates in their own unique way, offering insight no other news program can deliver. “I can’t wait to jump into this election season with ‘No, You Shut Up!,’” said host Paul F. Tompkins. “What a challenge it will be to make a comedy show more ridiculous than the system by which we elect the leader of the free world! I am thrilled to be back with this amazingly talented group of people and the non-people they give voice to.” Read More

    Beck Bennett and Sasheer Zamata are now Repertory Players on Saturday Night Live

    Beck Bennett Sasheer ZamataCongratulations are in order for two former feature players on Saturday Night Live. Why former, because they’ve just been upgraded to Repertory Players. The news came in the form of the credits this past weekend when Beck Bennett, who joined the show back in 2013, and Sasheer Zamata, who joined a year later in 2014, appeared in their new slot. This news along with Kyle Mooney also joining said ranks, leaves only Pete Davidson, Leslie Jones, and new addition to season 41 Jon Rudnitsky as the only featured players left. Be sure to tune in this coming Saturday October 10 when Amy Schumer steps into guest hosting duties.

    This Week On TV: Billy returns to the street, SuperMansion is open for business, and Paul F. Tompkins is crying while driving

    Billy on the Street Season 4

    This Week On TV really should be titled This Week On Thursday. While the rest of the week is busy with normal comedic appearances on all of your favorite talk shows and a brand new special, Thursday night sees three shows making their series premiere with an additional two marking their return with one to a new home.  Read More