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Earlier this week, Dusty Brown and Greg Bratman — who are Upright Citizens Brigade alumni — quietly released their new short film “The Nobodies,” and they rounded up comedy names like Jim Gaffigan, "Veep" star Tony Hale, Jack McBrayer, Ellie Kemper, and Tony Award-winning actress Sutton Foster to play along. The short grew out of a duo Brown and Bratman formed in NYC called “The Barrel Brothers,” that they describe as 'a talentless vaudevillian team of two naïve brothers from a fictional town in Kansas who were out of their depth performing in the big city.' Their long-running show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater won Best Emerging Comedy Duo in 2004, and gave them a platform where they met the actors who appear in their short. Here's the official synopsis: In “The Nobodies”, our two central characters (Greg and Dusty) have to make a fantastical journey through their own identity crises. »
- Joshua Encinias
Good news, Netflix’s very funny looking original animated show BoJack Horseman featuring the voices of Will Arnett, Aaron Paul and Alison Brie will appear on Netflix on Friday 22nd August just in time to binge watch over the bank holiday weekend.
From what I have seen so far it looks promising but then so did Hemlock Grove. Expect a full report next week. In related news, Netflix have announced a whole slate of stand-up comedy exclusive to its service after the success of the recent Aziz Ansari special. So the likes of Chelsea Handler, Jim Jefferies, Bill Cosby, Bill Burr and Chelsea Peretti will be adding stand up shows to streaming between now and December. I have only heard of a couple of these acts but there again one of the best things to do with an hour to spare is browse Netflix for its plentiful supply of stand-up »
- Chris Holt
In truly sad news today, beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams has passed away at the age of 63. He is believed to have died from a suicide by asphyxiation, which has left many people across the world stunned and saddened by this tragic loss. A stand-up comedian who parlayed his talents into a long-lasting acting career, the man is remembered by peers from all different spectrums of the entertainment world. Mourning Robin Williams, fellow comedians, past co-stars and long time friends all gathered to share their memoris on Twitter this afternoon.
I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) August 11, 2014
So sad so funny http://t.co/YF9UH5BOYb
— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) August 11, 2014
I’m merely the millionth voice chiming in on how sad and serious chemical dependency and depression are. Rip Robin Williams
— James Gunn »
News of Robin Williams’ death took the world by surprise on Monday afternoon. Celebrities have taken to Twitter to express their deepest sympathies and memories of the late comedian:
http://t.co/UEtjQ1f2zS— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) August 12, 2014
I can't take the Robin Williams news. I've never cried over someone I've never met but I can't stop »
- Jake Perlman
Get ready for more Cedric the Entertainmer and Niecy Nash. TV Land has renewed the pair's comedy “The Soul Man” for a fourth season, the network's president, Larry W. Jones, said Monday. Also read: Jim Gaffigan's CBS Pilot Gets Series Order From TV Land The series, which has received a pick-up order for 12 episodes, stars Cedric as R&B superstar-turned-minister Reverend Boyce “The Voice” Ballentine, who relocates from Las Vegas to St. Louis with his wife Lolli (Nash). The pair run into obstacles as they attempt to adjust to their new humble lives. “We are thrilled to bring back Cedric, »
- Tim Kenneally
The Flash doesn’t premiere until Oct. 7, but things are already heating up in Central City.
Kelly Frye (Rake) will guest-star as Bette San Souci, a bomb disposal expert destined to become the villainous Plastique, E! Online reports. A nasty enemy with the ability to turn any object into an explosive device, Plastique will make her first appearance in Episode 5.
Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…
TV Land may have cancelled their Kirstie sitcom but they aren't giving up on ordering new original comedies. They've just ordered 10 episodes of The Gaffigan Show, starring Jim Gaffigan. It will debut sometime next year.
Here are the details:
New York, NY - July 29, 2014 - TV Land has picked up "The Gaffigan Show," created by Peter Tolan and Jim Gaffigan. The network has ordered 10 episodes, it was announced today by Larry W. Jones, President, TV Land. Gaffigan is The New York Times best-selling author of "Dad is Fat." The single-camera series is inspired by Gaffigan's real life, exploring one man's struggle in New York City to find a balance »
Looks like Louie C.K. may soon have another portly, red-headed comic to contend with: Entertainment Weekly reports that Jim Gaffigan's semi-autobiographical comedy The Gaffigan Show has been picked up for a ten-episode order by TV Land, after two unsuccessful development attempts over at CBS. The show, based on his 2013 memoir, Dad Is Fat, will premiere on TV Land in 2015, with episodes also airing on Comedy Central the week after they debut. Gaffigan stars as a New York husband and father of five (as he is in real life) attempting to strike a balance between stand-up and family life, with a supporting cast that includes Ashley Williams (How I Met Your Mother) as his wife, Michael Ian Black (Ed) as his wife's confidante, and Adam Goldberg (Fargo) as his best friend. For the sake of our nation's think-piece writers, we just hope it's not as envelope-pushing as Louie. They are »
- Anna Silman
The network announced Tuesday that it has ordered 10 episodes of The Gaffigan Show, starring Jim Gaffigan. The single-camera sitcom, which was a pilot at CBS, is inspired by the comedian’s real life and will chronicle “one man’s struggle in New York City to find a balance between fatherhood, stand-up comedy, and an insatiable appetite.”
- Dan Snierson
In a changing of the self-titled comedy guard, TV Land announced on Tuesday (July 29) that it has given a series order to "The Gaffigan Show," while also confirming that "Kirstie" has been cancelled after only one season. As you might guess, "The Gaffigan Show" comes from best-selling author and Hot Pockets enthusiast Jim Gaffigan. The single-camera comedy has been ordered for 10 episodes and will shoot in New York, premiering in 2015. Based on Gaffigan's experiences balancing fatherhood, stand-up comedy and "an insatiable appetite," "The Gaffigan Show" has played an interesting version of network hopscotch. The project, created by Gaffigan and Peter Tolan, was developed and shot for CBS in 2013 and then redeveloped and shot this spring. It will now air on TV Land, with Comedy Central securing rights to air episodes one week after their premiere. “I am thrilled that TV Land is giving us this opportunity to do this show that Peter, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Jim Gaffigan‘s CBS pilot will finally air — but not on CBS. TV Land has given a 10-episode order to Gaffigan's comedy with Peter Tolan, which had previously been developed by CBS. Also read: TV Land Orders Hilary Duff Comedy Series From Darren Star The single-camera comedy, which was created by Gaffigan and Tolan, is inspired by Gaffigan's real life, exploring one man's struggle in New York City to find a balance between fatherhood, stand-up comedy and an insatiable appetite. The series, now dubbed “The Gaffigan Show,” will co-star Ashley Williams as Gaffigan's wife. Adam Goldberg and »
- Tim Kenneally
The show, which has a 10-episode order for a 2015 premiere, revolves around Gaffigan’s life as a standup comic and father who struggles with an insatiable appetite. The project was developed for CBS this past pilot season.
Adam Goldberg, Michael Ian Black and Ashley Williams also star. Episodes of the show will air on sibling Viacom cabler Comedy Central, where Gaffigan is known for his many standup specials, within a week of debut on TV Land.
- Cynthia Littleton
Jim Gaffigan's long-gestating semi-autobiographical family comedy has landed at a new home: TV Land. TV Land has handed out a 10-episode series order to The Gaffigan Show, the single-camera semi-autobiographical comedy from Sony Pictures Television that stars Gaffigan as a happily married and harried New York father of five — which he is in real life. The series will debut in 2015 on TV Land, with fellow Viacom-owned cable network Comedy Central airing episodes of the series a week after they debut. The deal capitalizes on Gaffigan's audience at Comedy Central, where he has
- Lesley Goldberg
“Kirstie” starred Alley as a Broadway star who reunites with the son she gave up for adoption years ago. The series reunited Alley with her former “Cheers” co-star Rhea Perlman. It also starred Eric Petersen and “Seinfeld’s” Michael Richards.
- Variety Staff
This week, The Tonight Show bestowed upon us a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young cover of Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," as well as Jimmy Fallon and Halle Berry's human hamster roll. Also, Jim Gaffigan guest-starred in the new web series "Teachers Lounge," and Mystery Girls stars Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling took a pop quiz about their days on Beverly Hills, 90210. And the Internet memorialized Brett Bunsen, who has been shot a total of nine times on Archer. Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:
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- TV Guide News
Police here believe they have quacked the code for finding followers on social media. The 80-officer Bangor Police Department, which serves a city of about 33,000, has attracted more than 20,000 likes on its Facebook page after humorous pictures of a stuffed duck were added. The duck, dubbed "Duck of Justice" or "Doj," appears in pictures of police cars, department members and K-9 cops, often accompanied with some pithy text about law enforcement. "I happen to believe that police officers are a pretty humorous bunch," said the man behind the duck, Sgt. Tim Cotton, a 17-year veteran Bangor officer with a fondness »
- Associated Press
There's a new website offering comedy web series, and one of its first offerings is bringing a few big names to the platform. SnagFilms' Thundershorts is home to Teachers Lounge, which has arrived just a few days after its creators successfully completed a Kickstarter campaign. We wrote about Teachers Lounge a week ago, when it had just two days to raise the $5,000 it needed to reach its $50,000 crowdfunding goal. Sure enough, creators Ted Alexandro and Hollis James managed to reach their mark just under the wire, and they immediate released the first of four previously-shot episodes via Thundershorts. The big appeal of the Teachers Lounge Kickstarter was the promise of big name guest stars, who Alexandro was able to recruit thanks to his ties to the New York City stand-up comedy scene. Sure enough, the first episode includes an appearance from Jim Gaffigan, who plays a school nutritionist who runs »
- Sam Gutelle
He isn’t wasting much time in post with Cymbeline. Joining the already cast Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder, THR reports that helmer Michael Almereyda has found sideburn and stache wearing participants for Experimenter in Kellan Lutz, Anton Yelchin and Taryn Manning. And get this. Lutz will play actor William Shatner, who portrayed Milgram in a 1970s TV movie.
Yelchin plays Rensaleer, a man who resists authority. Manning plays Mrs. Lowe, a test subject who is distressed by the process and pushes back. Also boarding; Anthony Edwards as Miller, the first person subjected to the experiment, and Edoardo Ballerini as Milgram’s best friend. John Leguizamo, Dennis Haysbert, Josh Hamilton and Jim Gaffigan are all set up in the drama as well. Filming has already begun in New York. Producing are Uri Singer, Fabio Golombek, Aimee Schoof, Isen Robbins, Danny A. Abeckaser and Per Melita. Jeff Rice, Lati Grobman, Christa Campbell, »
- Eric Lavallee
Project Name: Teachers Lounge Asking For: $50,000 on Kickstarter Amount Raised Thus Far (At Time Of Post): $44,411 Days Remaining In Campaign (At Time Of Post): 2 Description: You would be hard pressed to find a web series with a simpler premise than Teachers Lounge. It follows a janitor and a music teacher who hang out in a teacher's lounge and interact with their coworkers. Comedians Ted Alexandro and Hollis James will take the two lead roles, while each episode will also feature a guest appearance from one of Alexandro's comedian friends. The guest list includes Jim Gaffigan, Lewis Black, Janeane Garofalo, and several others. A handful of familiar faces also grace the Teachers Lounge pitch video, where they give droll praise for Alexandro's project. Creator Bio: Alexandro, who hails from Queens, has scored appearances on several top late night programs, including CBS' The Late Show, NBC's Late Night, and ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live. »
- Sam Gutelle
Jim Gaffigan ranks among my favorite comedians, but even I have to confess that I’ve found his comedy specials to be declining in quality as the years have marched on. His early appearances on Comedy Central stand-up shows and his first special Beyond the Pale remain some of my favorite comedy bits of the 00s, but since then there’s a fair argument to be made that he’s been coasting, or worse, repeating himself a bit. Some of that sentiment stems from his transition from his safe zone of all food comedy, all the time. That and his self-condemning audience persona were his two mainstays that made him a terrific stand-up act. Understandably, not wanting to be pigeon-holed as “the food comedy guy”, he’s been branching out since King Baby (which was still pretty food-centric and consistently funny from start to finish), but it hasn’t been working too well for him, »
- Lex Walker
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