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Stan Lee on ‘Fresh Off The Boat’ and Four More Shows to Watch Tonight: IndieWire TV Picks for Tuesday, May 2

Stan Lee on ‘Fresh Off The Boat’ and Four More Shows to Watch Tonight: IndieWire TV Picks for Tuesday, May 2
Tuesday, May 2 “Fresh Off the Boat,” 9 p.m. on ABC

Episode Title: “Pie vs. Cake

Synopsis: Jessica is thrilled to hear Evan is interested in joining the debate team. Yet, when her protégé becomes so good that he beats her at her own game, she second-guesses her worth. Meanwhile, Eddie and Emery team up to enter a comic book contest.

Why You Should Watch: “Fresh off the Boat” is on the bubble and It Shouldn’T Be On The Bubble. But also tune in for the cameo by Stan Lee, who, of course, is playing Stan Lee circa 1996 – and yet didn’t have to change his look at all. The guy is ageless. And will continue to never say “no” to popping up anywhere, at any time.

Read More: How ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Tells The Untold Story of ’90s Sitcom Moms

The Americans,” 10 p.m. on FX

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The New Negroes; Taskmaster: Comedy Central Announces Pickups and Pilot Orders

Are you ready for some more laughs? Today, Comedy Central announced is has ordered three new TV shows and nine new TV series pilots.The New Negroes is a standup comedy and musical variety series from creator Baron Vaughn who is co-hosting and executive producing with Open Mike Eagle (Michael W. Eagle II). Also executive producing are Betsy Koch, Funny Or Die, and Lance Bangs, who will direct.Taskmaster is a new game show, starring Reggie Watts in the title role. Series creator Alex Horne serves as his assistant. Watts will judge five unwitting comedians as they compete against each other. Watts, Horne, Richard Allen-Turner, Rob Aslett, David Martin, James Taylor, Jon Thoday, Kara Baker, and director Andy Devonshire executive produce.Read More…
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Reggie Watts and ‘The New Negroes’ Lead Comedy Central’s Attempts to Find the Next ‘Key & Peele’ and Amy Schumer

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Comedy Central’s latest development slate is diverse in more ways than one.

Not only has the cable network put together several new series with performers of color at the center, but the three shows picked up Tuesday by Comedy Central are all very different.

Ordered to series are the stand-up/musical show “The New Negroes,” the comedy game show “Taskmaster” and the scripted comedy “Corporate.” In development are shows from creators including Awkwafina, Neal Brennan, Arturo Castro, Franchesca Ramsey, Noël Wells and Flint Wainess, among others.

“The network when I got here was pretty traditionally targeted toward young white guys, both in terms of who the audience was and who was creating the shows for the audience,” said Comedy Central president Kent Alterman. “We started changing that a few years ago by expanding that into having funny women on the network, with Amy Schumer and Broad City and a lot more since.
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‘Workaholics’ to End After Season 7 on Comedy Central

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‘Workaholics’ to End After Season 7 on Comedy Central
Comedy Central’s “Workaholics” is coming to an end. The workplace comedy series, starring Blake Anderson, Adam DeVine and Anders Holm, is set to end conclude with its seventh season, which premieres in January 2017. The fan-favorite series was renewed for Seasons 6 and 7 by Comedy Central last year. Also Read: '@midnight With Chris Hardwick' Lands Season 4 Order at Comedy Central The single-camera comedy follows three slackers who live, work and party together 24/7. “Workaholics” was co-created by Anderson, Devine, Holm and Kyle Newacheck of the sketch group Mail Order Comedy. They serve as executive producers alongside Kevin Etten, Avalon Television’s Richard Allen-Turner,
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Catastrophe: Amazon Picks Up Seasons Three and Four

As expected, Amazon has renewed the Catastrophe TV show for a third and fourth season. Channel 4, which airs the show in UK, commissioned seasons three and four, on Tuesday of this week. Catastrophe is written by and stars Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan.The comedy follows an Irish woman (Horgan) and an American man (Delaney) who Channel 4 says, "...must navigate instant pregnancy and genuine disaster as they struggle to fall in love in London." The supporting cast includes Carrie Fisher and Ashley Jensen. Catastrophe is executive produced by Richard Allen-Turner, Kara Baker, Delaney, Horgan, and Jon Thoday.Read More…
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Spielberg, Bruckheimer & More: Why Some of TV’s Biggest Producers Have Gone Indie

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Spielberg, Bruckheimer & More: Why Some of TV’s Biggest Producers Have Gone Indie
TV’s top producers are drafting their own declarations of independence. Jerry Bruckheimer recently joined Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV and “Criminal Minds” producer Mark Gordon in opting to skip rich overall deals and go it alone.

Independence means losing the overhead dollars that come with being aligned to a major studio. But for Amblin, Bruckheimer, Gordon and others, the freedom to produce anywhere and with anyone is worth having to cover those costs.

“The environment is excellent for it,” Bruckheimer told IndieWire. “With all the enormous amount of new buyers, people need content. There are so many different venues to broadcast television shows. Since we have had a lot of success with network in premium content, we thought we could expand and do more.”

Bruckheimer had most recently been set up at Warner Bros. Television. But that deal was set to expire this year, and his TV chief, Jonathan Littman,
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Night Train with Wyatt Cenac: Seeso Releases Series Trailer for June Premiere

Welcome to Night Train! Below, watch the official trailer for the Night Train with Wyatt Cenac TV show on Seeso, premiering June 30, 2016. Daily Show vet Wyatt Cenac executive produces with Marianne Ways. David Martin, Jon Thoday, and Richard Allen-Turner also executive produce. Avalon Television produces.

The first season of Night Train with Wyatt Cenac features the comedy talents of Janeane Garafalo, Jen Kirkman, Roy Wood Jr., Sasheer Zamata, Hari Kondabolu, Eugene Mirman, Michelle Wolf, Aparna Nancherla, Seaton Smith, Phoebe Robinson, Larry Murphy, Scott Adsit, and John Hodgman. Questlove is among the musicians features in the standup comedy, music variety series.

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Amazon Original Comedy Series ‘Catastrophe’ to Launch June 19th

Amazon just announced the June 19th launch date for its new half-hour series, Catastrophe, a comedy about an American man and an Irish woman struggling to start a relationship after she unexpectedly becomes pregnant.

Created by and starring comedian and bestselling author Rob Delaney (Key & Peele) and award-winning actress Sharon Horgan (Pulling), the series guest stars Carrie Fisher (Star Wars) as Rob’s eccentric Bostonian mother and Ashley Jensen (Ugly Betty) as Sharon’s unpleasant friend, Fran.

Executive Produced by Richard Allen-Turner (Workaholics), Kara Baker (Iliza Shlezinger: Freezing Hot), Delaney, Horgan, and Jon Thoday (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver), all six episodes of the first season of Catastrophe will be available June 19th exclusively for Prime members in the U.S. and will come to Amazon Prime in the U.K. later in 2015.
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Amazon to Premiere Rob Delaney’s Pregnancy Comedy ‘Catastrophe’ in June (Video)

Amazon to Premiere Rob Delaney’s Pregnancy Comedy ‘Catastrophe’ in June (Video)
Amazon will premiere the first season of Rob Delaney’s unexpected pregnancy comedy “Catastrophe” on June 19, the streaming service announced on Tuesday. The series, consisting of six half-hour episodes, was written by Delaney, who plays an American man struggling to start a relationship with an Irish woman after their clumsy lust leads to pregnancy. Sharon Horgan (“Pulling”) plays Delaney’s love interest, while Ashley Jensen (“Ugly Betty”) co-stars as an unpleasant friend, and Carrie Fisher (“Star Wars”) plays Delaney’s eccentric Bostonian mother. “Catastrophe” is an Avalon Television production with co-producers Birdbath Productions and Merman. Executive producers include Richard Allen-Turner (“Workaholics”), Kara Baker (“Iliza Shlezinger:.
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Amazon Studios Adds Comedy 'Catastrophe' to its Original Series Line-up

Written by U.S. comedian and bestselling author, Rob Delaney, and award-winning actress, Sharon Horgan, Catastrophe is a half-hour comedy set in London about an Irish woman and an American man struggling to start a relationship after their clumsy lust leads to pregnancy. Already a critical hit in the UK, Catastrophe is an Avalon Television production with co-producers Birdbath Productions and Merman.

The series will be available exclusively for Prime members in the U.S. this spring and will come to Prime Instant Video in the UK later this year.

“Rob and Sharon have created an engaging, contemporary, funny and moving story,” said Roy Price, Vice President of Amazon Studios. “We are excited to bring Catastrophe exclusively to our Amazon Prime customers and can’t wait to hear what they think of the series.”

“We are delighted to be working with Amazon Studios, whose programming is rapidly proving to be
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'Workaholics' Season 4 Arrives on Blu-ray June 3rd with Uncencored Footage

'Workaholics' Season 4 Arrives on Blu-ray June 3rd with Uncencored Footage
Clock out and head home with Adam, Blake and Anders when Workaholics: Season Four Blu-ray and DVD are released on June 3 by Comedy Central Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution.

The 2-disc Blu-ray and 2-disc DVD sets include 13 episodes from the latest season of the Comedy Central hit series along with uncensored content that's too hot for TV. Season 4 begins with a bang, well, a water birth, and doesn't let up from there. Follow the guys as they make it through a baby shower, becoming party clowns, an office basketball tournament, and much more.

Bonus features on the Workaholics: Season Four Blu-ray and DVD include uncensored outtakes, as well as the best of the deleted and alternate takes.

Comedy Central and the Workaholics team will be celebrating the Half-Christmas holiday along with fans, who can check out exclusive video content on cc.com/halfxmas and send out
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Addison Cresswell obituary

Influential comedy agent who wheeled and dealed to turn his clients into stars

The colourful comedy agent Addison Cresswell, who has died suddenly at the age of 53, changed the face of British entertainment by steering the stand-up "alternative" comedians who emerged on the Edinburgh festival fringe in the 1980s into the heart of the radio and television schedules. Such was his success that he became the subject of some controversy – even notoriety – for negotiating an £18m three-year contract for his client Jonathan Ross with the BBC.

An ebullient "Jack the Lad" with a penchant for shiny satin suits and big cigars, he was the modern equivalent of such showbiz greats as Lew Grade or Bernard Delfont. His first star proteges were Lee Evans and Jack Dee, both remarkable talents in different ways, one physical and explosive, like an angrier Norman Wisdom, the other laconic and so laid back as to be virtually horizontal,
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Comedy Central Renews ‘Adam Devine’s House Party’

The stand-up series hybrid Adam Devine’s House Party has been renewed for a second season, with eight episodes ordered to air in 2014. The first season currently airs at 12:30 Am Thursdays and revolves around Devine’s massive party in an La mansion, with up-and-coming comedians stopping by to perform stand-up sets on a backyard stage. Each episode mixes scripted storylines with stand-up. ”Giving Adam Devine money to throw a house party stand-up series proved to be so irresponsible, we couldn’t resist doing it again,” said Kent Alterman, President, Content Development and Original Programming, Comedy Central. The Avalon Television-produced series is exec produced by Devine, Avalon’s Jon Thoday, Richard Allen-Turner, David Martin, Isaac Horne, and Kyle Newacheck, who directed the first season.
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Comedy Central Orders Stand-Up Series Starring ‘Workaholics’ Adam Devine

Comedy Central has given an eight-episode order to stand-up series Adam Devine’s House Party, which will spotlight 24 of Adam Devine’s favorite up-and-coming comedians and is slated to premiere this fall. Produced by Avalon Television, the company behind Workaholics, Adam Devine’s House Party is executive produced by Devine, Avalon’s Jon Thoday, Richard Allen-Turner, David Martin, Isaac Horne and WorkaholicsKyle Newacheck, who will also direct the series. Combining stand-up and narrative sketches, House Party is set inside Devine’s Los Angeles mansion where each week three of his favorite comedians hang out at his massive house party and do stand-up in the backyard. “I don’t know how I convinced Comedy Central to give me another show, a Hollywood mansion and a paycheck for hanging out with my friends,” said Devine. “I hope they have a good lawyer and the fire department on speed dial.”
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Comedy Bang! Bang! and Bunk Get the Greenlight at IFC

IFC announced today the greenlight of two new scripted comedy series to join its 2012 original programming slate - Comedy Bang! Bang! and Bunk (working title). IFC has ordered 10, half-hour episodes of each series to premiere back-to-back in June 2012 as a one-hour original comedy block.

"With popular shows like Portlandia and The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret currently on our air and now the addition of Comedy Bang! Bang! and Bunk, IFC is quickly becoming known as a destination for top comedic talent," said Debbie Demontreux, IFC's senior vice president of original programming. "These shows fit perfectly with IFC's mission to create fresh, original, off-kilter comedies, and we're thrilled to add them to our 2012 line up."

Comedy Bang! Bang! is a sketch variety show featuring celebrity guests, comedy sketches, and animation. The series is hosted by Scott Aukerman (co-creator/director/producer, Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis; writer/performer,
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IFC Greenlights 2 Scripted Comedy Series

IFC has picked up two new scripted comedy series, Comedy Bang! Bang! and Bunk (working title). Both have received orders for 10 episodes to premiere back-to-back in June as a one-hour original comedy block. “With popular shows like Portlandia and Todd Margaret currently on our air and now the addition of Comedy Bang! Bang! and Bunk, IFC is quickly becoming known as a destination for top comedic talent,” said IFC’s Svp oroginal programming Debbie DeMontreux. Comedy Bang! Bang! is a sketch variety show featuring celebrity guests, comedy sketches, and animation. The series is hosted by Scott Aukerman (Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis) and based upon his podcast of the same name. Music will be provided by the show’s resident one-man bandleader Reggie Watts. Comedy Bang! Bang! is produced for IFC by Abso Lutely Prods; Aukerman, Dave Kneebone and Leo Allen serve as executive producers. Bunk, which came out
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Alistair McGowan to front ITV sports panel pilot

You Cannot Be Serious is inspired by TV Burp and will be executive produced by Harry Hill

Impressionist and standup comedian Alistair McGowan, best known for his Posh and Becks double act with Ronni Ancona, is presenting a pilot for a new prime-time ITV1 sports panel show.

McGowan is a self-confessed football addict and was most recently seen on TV as part of the BBC's Wimbledon commentary team.

You Cannot Be Serious has been commissioned as a pilot for ITV and will mean the star returning to his first love - impressions. He has a repertoire of more than 100 including Portsmouth manager Tony Adams and BBC commentator John Motson.

Inspired by TV Burp the show will mix clips, sketches and McGowan impressions related to the week's sports in a bid to take on the BBC's A Question of Sport and Sky's A League of Their Own.

McGowan came to fame
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Adrian Chiles to host ITV1 talkshow

That Sunday Night Show will be a roundup of the big stories of the week and feature Catherine Tate and John Prescott

Adrian Chiles is to host a new ITV1 Sunday night topical talkshow offering viewers an "essential" roundup of the big stories of the week.

That Sunday Night Show will feature Chiles and a panel of guests including Frank Skinner, Catherine Tate, John Prescott and Louis Walsh.

It is Chiles's first ITV project outside of breakfast show Daybreak and his presenting duties on the channel's live football coverage.

The eight-part series, to be made by Harry Hill's TV Burp producer Avalon Television, is likely to be given an 10pm slot but full transmission details are yet to be confirmed. It will broadcast in early 2011.

Elaine Bedell, ITV's director of comedy and entertainment, said: "That Sunday Night Show promises to be the perfect roundup of the week as Adrian
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Comedy Central Greenlights Workaholics

Graduating from college and entering the real world isn't easy, especially for these three unmotivated roommates! Comedy Central greenlights Workaholics from Avalon Television, Inc. and Gigapix Studios, it was announced today by Kent Alterman, head of original programming and production, Comedy Central. The 10-episode half-hour weekly scripted series set to premiere this summer stars Mail Order Comedy's Blake Anderson, Anders Holm, Adam Devine and several episodes will be directed by Kyle Newacheck. Kevin Etten (Scrubs) has signed on as showrunner and executive producer.

"This pilot was one of the great surprises waiting for me when I arrived here," said Alterman. "These guys have a unique comedic sensibility that they've applied to a very relatable experience - that delicate time between college and becoming a responsible adult. For me, that period lasted for decades."

"Things have been happening very quickly and we've finally upgraded our underwear to breathable mesh," said Anderson,
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Comedy Central orders telemarketer series

Comedy Central has ordered a half-hour scripted series about a trio of slacking telemarketers.

The network has greenlighted "Workaholics" from Avalon Television and Gigapix Studios. The project started as a webisode development and progressed to a series order and stars Mail Order Comedy's Blake Anderson, Anders Holm, Adam Devine. Kevin Etten ("Scrubs") is showrunner and executive producer.

Comedy Central expects "Workaholics" to hit the air in the summer.

"This pilot was one of the great surprises waiting for me when I arrived here," said Kent Alterman, head of original programming and production at the network. "These guys have a unique comedic sensibility that they've applied to a very relatable experience -- that delicate time between college and becoming a responsible adult."

"Workaholics" is executive produced by Mail Order Comedy, 5th Year's Dominic Russo and Connor Pritchard, Etten, Avalon Television's David Martin, Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner as well as Gigapix Studios Pritchard.
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