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  • FOX buys comedy pilot based on Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo’s life

    Well this looks interesting. According to Deadline, the Fox network has bought a new comedy pilot from Psych creator Steve Franks that will be based off of Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo’s life. Entitled DeTour, the single camera comedy “centers on a thirtysomething rock star who, unable to rationalize his success and worried that he may not have the tools to repeat it, walks away from the spotlight at the height of his fame in an effort to rediscover the parts of his life he missed while he was busy becoming a massive success.”

    Cuomo is a Harvard grad, having attended the Ivy League school off and on from 1995 to 2006. The pilot will be largely based his last years earning his English degree after taking a sabbatical from his music career. I wonder if Franks and Cuomo have seen The Undone Sweaters. Let’s line up some auditions for Jim Tews, Andrew Short, and Reid Faylor.

    FX orders new Zach Galifianakis and Louis C.K. clown comedy called “Baskets”

    At the top of the year, FX ordered a pilot for a new Zach Galifianakis TV show that was to be produced by Louis C.K. Now, that pilot has a 10-episode series order.

    FX ordered Baskets which was co-created by Galifianakis, C.K. and Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia). It’s set to make its debut sometime in 2016 and stars Galifianakis as the title character, Chip Baskets, who has dreams of being a clown. Read More

    “Full House” may be coming back to TV

    This week in news that might not be new, but totally could be… it seems like the beloved 80′s-90′s sitcom, Full House, might be coming back to TV. According to Variety, a revival of the show is in the works. While nothing is concrete at the moment, there have been talks of Warner Bros. bringing Full House back.

    The series originally aired on ABC from 1987 through 1995 and helped make Bob Saget, John Stamos, and Dave Coulier household names. Stamos recently hinted at a Full House return on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live saying, “We’re sort of working on a twist on a sequel.” If that twist is letting Saget be the foul-mouthed man stand-up fans know and love, then I’m all for it… at least for a few episodes.

    Michel Che tries to find a safe reporting spot for an unarmed black man on “The Daily Show”

    The Daily Show attempted to cover the tense situation in Ferguson on last night’s show by sending newest correspondent, Michael Che, to Missouri. Of course, Che didn’t quite feel safe as an unarmed black man in Ferguson, so he reported from St.Louis… until he learned about the recent shooting there. But where on Earth is it safe for an unarmed black man? Turns out, nowhere.

    Watch Seth Meyers’ Emmy Awards opening monologue

    Last night, Seth Meyers hosted the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. Monday is an unusual day to hold the Emmys, which Meyer’s explained in his opening monologue that is was partially due to the MTV VMA’s being held the day before. “MTV still has an award show for music videos even though they no longer show music videos, that’s like  network TV holding an  award show and giving all the trophies to cable and Netflix.” Watch Meyers’ full monologue here. Personal thank you to Mr. Meyers for the dig at drama shows that submitted themselves as comedies. A real sh*tty trend we must end. Bravo.

    Donald Glover is finally playing Spider-Man

    Miles Morales, voiced by Donald GloverA few years back the internet was clamoring for the opportunity for Donald Glover to portray Spider-Man in the reboot of the live action movie. That role eventually went to Andrew Garfield. Then, about a year later Marvel announced that new, alternate universe version of the web slinger would be portrayed by Miles Morales, a 13 year old kid who was world’s first half-black, half-Hispanic Spider-man. A decision according to the book’s author, Brian Michael Bendis stated was directly related to the Glover/Spider-Man fandom. Glover countered this gesture by sporting Spidey pajamas from time to time on Community. He also relayed that little kids would come up to him at his Childish Gambino shows asking him to autograph the Morales versions of the comic book.

    Fast forward about 4 years time to present day and Donald Glover is Miles Morales. This Sunday, the new season of Disney’s animated series Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors begins and will take Peter Parker through parallel worlds to catch his nemesis, the Green Goblin. In one of those worlds, Peter Parker will encounter the Miles Morales version of Spider-Man and it’s voiced by – you guessed it – Donald Glover. Read More

    Watch a teaser for the fourth season of “Girls”

    Lena Dunham and the rest of the Girls cast and crew are back at it. Season four of the critically acclaimed show will be hitting TV screens in 2015, but the good people at HBO have released this teaser just this week. Last season ended with Dunham’s Hannah Horvath getting accepted into the University of Iowa’s writing program, and it looks like she’s having a great time.