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South Side: Comedy Central Orders Scripted Series from Late Night Vets

Welcome to the Windy City. Comedy Central has ordered the South Side TV show to series. South Side, however, is still a working title, so we'll keep our eyes peeled for any changes and let you know. Back in April of 2017, the cable network announced it was developing the then untitled project from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon alum Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin, with Sultan Salahuddin. The press release notes the Salahuddin brothers grew up on the South Side of Chicago. A scripted workplace comedy, South Side will be executive produced by Riddle, Bashir Salahuddin, and fellow Late Night vet Michael Blieden. Set in the South Side's Englewood neighborhood, at a rent-to-own store, the Comedy Central TV series centers on two old friends who are trying to make it, despite all of the stumbling blocks in
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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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MTV’s ‘Little Darlings’ & Kaplan/Elfont Comedy Pilots Set Cast, Directors

MTV has set the cast and directors for comedy pilots Little Darlings (working title) and Untitled Kaplan/Elfont Project. Rebecca Thomas (Electrick Children) will direct the pilot for Little Darlings (wt) and Michael Blieden (Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll) will helm the pilot for Untitled Kaplan/Elfont Project. Additionally, Amanda Lasher (Gossip Girl) will join Little Darlings (wt) as Executive Producer and showrunner. From Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, Little Darlings centers on two…
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Broad City, Ep. 2.07, “Citizen Ship” jazzes all over

Broad City, Season 2, Episode 7, “Citizen Ship”

Written by Anthony King

Directed by Michael Blieden

Airs Wednesdays at 10:30pm on Comedy Central

Broad City has never been overly concerned with plot serialization. Most of the time, a viewer can jump in at any episode and be able to understand everything that’s going on. There are certain constants, such as the undying love between Abbi and Ilana, or the amicable relationship between Ilana and Lincoln. The problem with this, even within an absurdist comedy such as this, is that the result can become stasis. If nothing really changes, it can be difficult to find new stories to tell, and the audience will get bored. Broad City is learning this deep into its second season, a place many shows in the past have felt the same growing pains. There have been hints at certain elements that are presented here, but “Citizen
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Directed by Bob Odenkirk

In addition to being a modern comedy giant, Bob Odenkirk seems like a really nice guy. He’s like the Dave Grohl of comedy, minus the backlash. The movies have not treated him all that well, however, particularly in the case of the Mr. Show-derived Run Ronnie Run, which became a heavily-compromised affair. Still, Odenkirk has to date managed to produce three features as a director, and they remain largely under the radar as far as mainstream audiences are concerned. With his star having risen via Breaking Bad, and now Better Call Saul, Odenkirk seems poised for greater popular recognition. Here’s hoping the extra clout can him back behind the camera making features because, as good as the first three are, it feels like the best is still ahead of him.

Melvin Goes to Dinner (2003)

Mr. Show fans could not have expected Odenkirk’s debut feature to be
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Denis Leary Gets FX Series Order For Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll

Denis Leary’s upcoming comedy show, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, has been ordered to series by FX, with 10 episodes now in the pipeline. Written by Leary and directed by Michael Blieden (Children’s Hospital), the show follows Johnny Rock (Leary) – an aging rocker, desperately chasing one last shot at fame and fortune.

The show sets up his character as someone who, back in the early 1990s, led a band called The Heathens to the height of the New York rock scene. He was headed for greatness, along with best friend and lead guitarist Flash (John Corbett), until he precipitated their downfall with his predilection for drugs, alcohol and the wives of his friends. We learn that the band released one record and broke up on the same day. Two decades later, Johnny has reunion on his mind.

Starring Elizabeth Gillies (Victorious), Elaine Hendrix (See Dad Run) and Bobby Kelly (Louie
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FX Orders Denis Leary Series Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll

Fans of Rescue Me, and/or Denis Leary, have something to be happy about as FX orders a new series, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, from the comedian.

This one is quite a different effort from the surprisingly dramatic Rescue Me, but looks as though it is going to mix a lot of elements. Leary is likely just the guy who can deliver an aging, washed out musician who barely had a career in the first place, and is now trying to make something happen for himself. That’s especially true if this is angling for a comedy that can also deliver some weightier moments, which looks to be the case.

Catch all the info below, and let me know what you think. Will you be tuning in?

Reunited And It Feels So Good

FX Orders 10 Episodes of Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll Created by and Starring Denis Leary

Leary, Jim Serpico
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Denis Leary rock-star comedy series gets FX series order

Denis Leary rock-star comedy series gets FX series order
Denis Leary is officially returning to FX, with the cable network giving a series order to his comedy project Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.

The ampersand-heavy title is follows a middle-aged rocker (Leary, of course) trying to reunite his early ’90s band after falling into years of drugs and debauchery. The cast also includes John Corbett, Elizabeth Gillies, Elaine Hendrix, and Bobby Kelly.

The show marks Leary’s FX reunion after co-creating and starring in Rescue Me, which ran for seven seasons on the network. “I am extremely elated at the opportunity to once again be working with John Landgraf and
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FX orders Denis Leary's 'Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll' to series

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FX orders Denis Leary's 'Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll' to series
FX is continuing its aggressive recent push into comedy with a series order for Denis Leary's typographically controversial "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll." The "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll" -- no spaces, silly FX -- order is for 10 episodes, with the series set to premiere in 2015. Nearly everybody involved wanted to have comments in the official press release. "I am extremely elated at the opportunity to once again be working with John Landgraf and the fine executive talent over at FX," blurbs Leary. "They have a great platform for comedy, an award-winning marketing team and an amazing new Nespresso machine in the conference room. The Gran Maestria C520 Platinum? Get this: it heats the cup! Also, doing this show with FX will allow me to live one of my last show-business dreams: Emmy-winner Peter Tolan will be playing my gay stepdad. I know what you're thinking - isn't Peter just a few years older than Denis?
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IFC greenlights 'Garfunkel & Oates' pilot, is developing shows by Megan Mullally and other comedians you know

IFC greenlights 'Garfunkel & Oates' pilot, is developing shows by Megan Mullally and other comedians you know
Building on the cult success of Portlandia and the impending debut of cult comedian Marc Maron’s sitcom, IFC announced a development slate of 11 scripted comedies today, which cumulatively show the Network Formerly Known As The Independent Film Channel continuing its efforts to rebrand itself as Alt-Comedy Central.

The network ordered three interesting-on-paper pilots. Garfunkel & Oates stars the titular comedy-folk duo Riki Lindholme and Kate Micucci playing fictionalized versions of themselves. International Plan stars Michael Blieden and Eric Ledgin, a pair of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon writers…who play fictionalized versions of themselves. (In this case, they’re
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Tons Of New Comedy Coming To IFC

Tons Of New Comedy Coming To IFC
IFC intends to grow its comedy programming, as evidenced by the cable channel's announcement that they ordered three pilots and eight scripts for 2014.

Highlights of the announcement are a pilot built around Garfunkel & Oates, the female musical comedy duo made of up actress/musicians Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci, and a script written by Megan Mullally ("Will & Grace," "Party Down") called "Two Idiots," about "a pair of odd women raised in an old world Beverly Hills hotel."

Lindhome and Micucci previously had a web series on HBO Go as Garfunkel & Oates.

Other highlights include a pilot from "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" alums Michael Blieden and Eric Ledgin called "International Plan," about two friends travelling around the world looking for love; the animated pilot "Timms Industrial Piping" featuring the voice talents of Maria Bamford, Nick Kroll and John Lithgow, among others; and a script order of "Stupid Life," an adaptation
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IFC Announces 11 Scripted Series in Development, Including a Pilot From Folk-Comedy Duo Garfunkel and Oates

IFC Announces 11 Scripted Series in Development, Including a Pilot From Folk-Comedy Duo Garfunkel and Oates
IFC, which has been transforming itself from a network known for indie film to one that's embraced alternative comedy, has announced a development slate that includes pilot orders for scripted projects from Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci of the very funny folk-comedy duo Garfunkel and OatesSteve Conrad ("The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," "The Promotion") and Fallon writers Michael Blieden and Eric Ledgin. Also in works for 2014 consideration are eight scripts in development, from Matt Besser, Chris Gethard and Tom Scharpling, Megan Mullally and others, including one from a New York Television Festival deal-winner. IFC's currently airing Ryan Quincy's animated coming-of-age series "Out There," and will premiere Marc Maron scripted comedy "Maron" on May 3rd. Pilot orders: Timms Industrial Piping (working title) A scripted comedy set in the fictional town of Timms Valley, Wisconsin, where the lives and livelihoods of its citizens are intertwined with the fate of the.
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Awkward., Ep 2.12: “The Other Shoe” wraps up the season in fine form

Awkward., Season 2, Episode 12: “The Other Shoe”

Written by Lauren Iungerich

Directed by Michael Blieden

Airs Thursdays at 10:30 Pm on MTV

A path of unexpected success and luck can always leave individuals used to things not going their way more than a little nervous. The idea that something immense and catastrophic is right around the corner is an unshakeable feeling, and waiting for that often prevents individuals from enjoying the moment, or making rational decisions. With the constant troubles that have plagued Jenna Hamilton from the moment she received the care-frontation letter, and even prior to that, it stands to reason that she’d react to good luck in a less than enthusiastic manner, waiting for the other shoe to drop. The final episode of the season examines how Jenna reacts to good circumstances, and imparts some interesting lessons along the way.

This episode took a very interesting approach
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Awkward., Ep 2.11: “Once Upon a Blog” explores alternate realities of the show

Awkward., Season 2, Episode 11: “Once Upon a Blog”

Written by Erin Ehrlich

Directed by Michael Blieden

Airs Thursdays at 10:30 Pm on MTV

“Hindsight is 20/20″ is one of the most common phrases today. People often find themselves, in times of turmoil, looking back at the decisions they have made, and wondering how things would turn out had they gone with another option instead. Many movies and television shows have explored this idea as well, providing an interesting glimpse into how things would have looked had writers decided to alter characters even a little bit. Awkward. goes down this route in this week’s episode, and while the hypothetical scenarios are fun to watch, the end result leaves this episode feeling like a filler to tide over audiences, an unexpected disappointment from the show.

The episode took an interesting approach towards revisiting Jenna’s life, by going down an exaggerated comedic route,
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Five Funny Documentaries About Stand-Up Comedians

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Five Funny Documentaries About Stand-Up Comedians
With a new documentary about the life of Bill Hicks opening in New York City this weekend, it seemed like a good time to dig deeper into the world of documentaries about stand-up comedians. And, pending an thorough examination, this is what we found: there aren't a lot of good ones. Obviously there are plenty of concert films of stand-ups, just not a ton of docs about stand-ups, and most of the ones that do exist aren't very good. "American," which is smartly edited and constructed, is a fine exception. Here are five more:

"The Comedians of Comedy" (2005)

Directed by Michael Blieden

As "The Comedians of Comedy" opens, Patton Oswalt talks about one of the worst gigs of his life: Yuk-a-Buck Night, six comedians, six bucks, one comedy club. Places like that Yuk-a-Buck joint, with their lowest common denominator expectations and two drink minimums, are the reason Oswalt gathered together Brian Posehn,
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6 things you may not know about Jimmy Fallon and 'Late Night'

Jimmy Fallon took center stage at the 2011 PaleyFest Friday night (March 11), and this time he was the interviewee, not the interviewer.

Fallon was the sole guest at the festival, submitting to an easygoing, funny and clip-filled interview with his friend, comedian and "Web Soup" host Chris Hardwick. He talked a lot about how he puts together "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," the type of people he likes to work with (he hired his writers "based on their talent, not their resumes") and about his career leading up to "Late Night," including his time on "Saturday Night Live."

He also shared a few things we didn't previously know. Depending on your level of Fallon fanaticism, some of these things might be familiar to you. But we thought found the following six tidbits pretty interesting.

1. He didn't pass his first "Saturday Night Live" audition. Producers liked his audition bit -- as part of his early stand-up act,
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The Shirtless ‘Shaman’ Head Trip Begins on Atom

Uninhibited, enlightening, ridiculous - comedian Jason Nash's latest character The Shaman is like that guy you should have left at Bonnaroo. It's hard not to watch this cosmic train wreck of a man trying desperately to maintain an ephemeral existence surrounded by the sobering responsibilities of modern Los Angeles life. That's really just a fancy way of saying he's a lazy roommate. The other end of that roommate coin is Matt Price, a comedian Nash has worked with on his basement podcast, Guys With Feeling, and who capably pulls of the straight man to Nash's joker. Nash steps up with a unique spin on the Will Ferrell-popularized flabby everyman on mission routine. He's the mushroom-toting hippy version that the more jocky Ferrell hasn't nailed yet. For more on the production and secret tidbits of the series, take another look at our interview with Jason earlier this spring, where we learned,
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Celebrate 4/20 with 'Super High Me'

Maybe you're a raving pothead who runs around going "Dude, it's 4/20 today! Let's totally bake oooout!" Or maybe you're a non-partaker who still enjoys watching stoned people act silly. Or Maybe you hate marijuana but you just like documentary films that dole out funny and informative in equal measure.

Well good news. Tonight All of you can tune in to the television world premiere of Super High Me, which is a pro-weed doco that played to an appreciative (if slightly fragrant) audience at last year's SXSW Film Festival. Borrowing a leafy page from Morgan Spurlock's (clearly influential) Super Size Me, Michael Blieden's Super High Me charts the journey of one serious pot-smoker (affable comedian Doug Benson) who decides to abstain for thirty(!) full days ... before smoking like Cheech times Chong for the Next 30 days. Along the way we learn a lot of (baked and biased but still interesting) things about pot culture,
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Sxsw 2008: Going Cuckoo for Cannabis

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By Stephen Saito

With 4/20 only a little more than a month away, Sxsw kicked off an all-encompassing celebration of marijuana on Friday with the regional premiere of the Doug Benson doc "Super High Me" at the Paramount Theatre, shortly before other comedies about the herb made their premieres (officially: "Humboldt County"; unofficially: Jonathan Levine's Sundance hit "The Wackness," which played Saturday night as a secret screening). Part concert film culled from "Best Week Ever" regular Benson's stand-up act and part social documentary about the ongoing battle in California between the feds and the newly created legalized "dispensaries," which have been empowered by state law to sell medical marijuana, "Super High Me" sets its sights on being entertaining and informative and manages to do a little of both.

As Benson proves, it's not difficult to procure a doctor's note, and the film follows him as he detoxifies for 30 days from
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Wilson, Blieden cut into 'Slice'

Rainn Wilson and Michael Blieden have joined Janeane Garofalo in ABC's midseason comedy pilot Slice o' Life, from Universal Network TV. Meanwhile, Wilson (Six Feet Under) also has booked a lead role opposite Mario Van Peebles in Peebles' independent film Gettin' the Man's Foot Outta Your Ass and Other Life Lessons, about the making of Melvin Peebles' (Mario's father) 1971 indie Sweet Sweetback's Baad Asssss Song. Also tapped to co-star are Joy Bryant and Nia Long. Slice o' Life, created by Bill Diamond, stars Garofalo as a producer of light segments at a prestigious TV newsmagazine.

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