It looks like Melissa McCarthy and fellow Groundlings alum and husband Ben Falcone will be executive producing a new comedy for TVLand. It’s set to be a single-camera comedy with McCarthy guesting in the pilot. Tentatively titled Friends with Melissa, the comedy is written, executive produced and inspired by the real lives of Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras (Mike Tyson Mysteries), who watched as their friends from The Groundlings went on to star in blockbuster comedies and win Oscars, while they toiled away writing for children’s television. “We are so excited to be working with Hugh, Rachel & Larry – such funny people, who are great friends.” says McCarthy. She’s on fire right now with the success of Spy over the summer and the McCarthy forecast shows us her future will contain the upcoming 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters as well as Michelle Darnell, written and directed by Falcone. The two are quite the team. They are comedy’s new power couple.
Keegan-Michael Key, one half of the smash hit Comedy Central sketch show Key & Peele has been quoted as saying, “It was time for us to explore other things, together and apart.” This comes as shocking news. But I guess if you are going to go out, why not go out on top. Key continued on by stating, “The current season will be the series’ last.” The fifth, and now what will be the last, season of the show is already underway and will come to a close in September. The entire final season has already been filmed. The history of the two working together dates back to Mad TV when they spent 6 season working on the show before the launch of the Comedy Central powerhouse series. The show has been nominated for an Emmy 13 times over and has won a Peabody Award. Not a bad run. As for the future of Key and Peele as individuals, you can look to the big screen. Michael Key can be seen in the upcoming reboot of Vacation, the animated features Hotel Transylvania 2 and Angry Birds, and the recently announced Police Academy: Next Generation. Peele will be featured in the much anticipated Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp Netflix series in addition to Keanu, the story of friends who hatch a plot to retrieve a stolen cat by posing as drug dealers for a street gang. Keanu will also star Michael Key. And the two are already working on return to Comedy Central in a fresh series that’s in treatment.
ABC has released a “presentation” short of what the new Muppets series will look like when it premieres this fall. The great news is that it looks awesome! The better news is that it’s totally hilarious as well! It’s meta, self aware, updated with a bit of documentary style (The Office) elements, guest stars, and some very great jokes that adults will love just as much as children while remaining still very much the characters we know and love. There’s even a Rowlf sighting, which we all know is the first, and best Muppet. Classic. Read More
It appears FX has another hit comedy series on its hands. The first episode ratings for Denis Leary’s new sitcom Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll just pulled in some of the biggest Live + 3 days ratings in the network’s history.
A total of 867,000 viewers tuned into watch the July 16 premiere episode. Add on the DVR ratings of live + 3 days and that number has jumped 57% bringing the total numbers of the premiere episode to 1.36 million. Demo breakdowns are just as impressive as L+3 brings 710,000 in the 18-49 demo.
Thursday night is always a crowded night for television, even in the summer. S&D&R&R getting a nice boost in DVR ratings shows the interest from people to watch the show. Congrats all around to Leary, his team at Apostle, and all involved in the show.
The song that was the beginning and the end for The Heathens. Check out the official music video for “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.” The new show, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll stars Denis Leary, Robert Kelly, and Elizabeth Gillies and kicks off tonight. Read More
If you’re under the impression that getting drunk and recording a TV show about history is a fun job, those impressions are confirmed by the Drunk History panel that happened at Comic Con this weekend. Comedian Paul F. Tompkins moderated a panel featuring co-creators Derek Waters & Jeremy Konner, the panel also featured Taran Killam and Paget Brewster, who frequent the show. Tompkins will also appear on the show this upcoming season, which means we’ll probably see our the sharpest dressed drunk guy in an ascot. Read More
Joel McHale is hosting the ESPY awards tonight. While many awards ceremonies can sometime be a gladhanding, asskissing event. But McHale wasn’t having it as he came out swinging with his monologue, not only mocking athletes, but taking shots at Justin Bieber, a 9 fingered Jason Pierre-Paul, and landing a particularly big hit on on Bill Cosby. Read More
On tonight’s episode of The Meltdown with Jonah & Kumail, John Mulaney talks about the Emmy aspirations he has for one of his favorite TV shows The Jinx. Then, it turns out there’s a young lady, of 13 years, in the audience who needs to have the TV show explained to her. Enter a comedian explaining a murderer to a young child.
Last night was the premiere of Hannibal Buress’ new Comedy Central show Why? in one of his first sketches on the show he confronts his biggest internet troll. Turns out, it’s a familiar face. Read More