10 items from 2016
Universal Cable Productions has signed the Upright Citizens Brigade to a first-look production deal. The agreement is the first such for the comedy troupe founded by in 1990 by Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh. Universal Cable Productions will assist Ucb in developing scripted programming for NBCUniversal’s cable networks as well as other outlets.
“Ucb is comprised of a group of amazingly talented people who are fearless when it comes to taking comedic risks,” said Dawn Olmstead, executive vice president, development at Universal Cable Productions. “This partnership is a perfect fit for the studio because it allows us to incubate fresh ideas and make our mark in the comedy space by tapping into Ucb’s unique point of view. We’re thrilled to be working with them.”
“This collaboration with Universal Cable Productions provides us with the resources to execute ideas and cultivate new audiences across platforms,” said »
- Daniel Holloway
This has been a fun, and weird, and uneven, and sometimes upsetting (Remember when He Who Shall Not Be Named hosted?) season, and it has been a pure joy to write about it, in both good times and bad. But as the great Nelly Furtado once sang, all good things come to an end, and so tonight we witness Season 41’s swan song-- guided by Fred Armisen, famous for his own run on SNL, his musical skill on Late Night with Seth Meyers, his IFC shows Portlandia and Documentary Now, and that time we let him play Obama because he was the most ethnic cast member SNL had. Cold Open: Hillary Clinton celebrates her inevitable victory while drinking at a bar with a slightly bitter Bernie Sanders. The two set aside their differences for a dance together. When people talk about how much better SNL was when it was first starting out, »
- Emilie Sowers
“Great News” and “Marlon” have been frontrunners from the very start. As previously reported, both of the projects have been at the top of the crop of NBC’s comedy pilots and were expected to land series orders. The network has struggled with comedies over the past few seasons, but is hoping to gain a presence in the genre, especially with a star in Wayans.
“Great News” stars Briga Heelan an up-and-coming news producer whose overbearing mother (Andrea Martin) re-enters the workforce with a job as an intern at the station where Katie works. Tracey Wigfield is a writer and and will serve as executive producer with Fey, Carlock and David Miner. The series is produced by Universal Television, Little Stranger and 3 Arts Entertainment. »
- Daniel Holloway
NBC is turning to some sketch-comedy MVPs to boost its 2016-2017 schedule.
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The network on Friday gave series orders to Marlon — a family sitcom starring Marlon Wayans (In Living Color, Scary Movie) — and Great News, starring Sctv vet Andrea Martin and produced by Tina Fey (SNL, 30 Rock).
Wayans will star in and executive-produce his eponymous comedy, with the cast also including Essence Atkins (Are We There Yet?, Half & Half), Bresha Webb (Grey’s Anatomy), Diallo Riddle (Silicon Valley) and young newcomers Notlim Taylor and Amir O’Neil. Loosely inspired by Wayans’ own life, »
Let's face it: April has been a pretty cruel month for Saturday Night Live fans. Aside from a killer sketch about space pants, there have been few memorable moments or big laughs. The fact that an episode hosted by Julia Louis-Dreyfus continued this streak almost defies reasoning. An SNL alum and one of the most celebrated comic actresses of the past twenty years, Louis-Dreyfus seemed like the perfect way to end this subpar month on a high note.
There is only one more three-week block to go before SNL is off for the summer. »
In just a few short weeks, HBO's critically-acclaimed comedy series Silicon Valley will return for Season 3, but fans will also get to see two of the show's leading men on the big screen this summer. Focus Features has debuted a new red band trailer for the outrageous comedy Search Party, arriving in theaters, Digital HD and VOD on May 13. Silicon Valley stars Thomas Middleditch and T.J. Miller reunite for this comedy, starring alongside Adam Pally, which shows that you should think twice before visiting Mexico.
Wedding bells threaten to break up three best friends' long-running bromance, but they aren't going down without a fight in Search Party, the directing debut of screenwriter Scot Armstrong (The Hangover Part II, Old School). Convinced that his buddy Nardo (Thomas Middleditch) is making the mistake of a lifetime by marrying Tracy (Shannon Woodward), Jason (T.J. Miller) puts a dramatic end to their wedding. When »
Chicago – In founding and being an artistic director of a theater company for over 30 years, Richard Cotovsky of Mary-Arrchie Co. has a few stories to tell. In Part Two of an interview with the “Godfather of Chicago Storefront Theater” Cotovsky talks about the annual Abbie Hoffman Died for our Sins Festival, and the various acts of producing memorable stage productions.
Rich Cotovsky is a lifelong Chicagoan, growing up and currently living in the Rogers Park neighborhood. He was a founding member of Mary-Arrchie Co. – an amalgamation of parent’s names from one of his early acting students – and has served as its Artistic Director since it began in 1986. His award-winning theatre company has served up gritty and memorable productions for 30 years, but their current show, “American Buffalo” – which features Cotovsky in a lead role – will be their final show. The building that houses the space the company has had since the late 1980s, »
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Scott Porter is really going to need clear eyes and a full heart for his next gig.
The Friday Night Lights vet has been tapped to recur on Scorpion, TVLine has learned exclusively.
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Porter will appear as Tim Armstrong, a former prom king, football captain (perhaps as the starting quarterback for the Dillon Panthers?) and Navy Seal who was injured in action. Tim is Cabe’s new trainee, courtesy of Homeland Security, and Walter’s not quite sure how to process this new, handsome »
The only problem with Horatio Sanz's impression of Mexican drug kingpin El Chapo is that, between the giggling and natural rapport with Seth Meyers, you kind of end up forgetting all the bad things the real El Chapo has done. This is like Kate McKinnon's Hillary all over again! (Just kidding! Hilary 2016.) On the other hand, Sanz imbues his El Chapo with a very questionable taste in films, which raises an interesting question: If El Chapo had been familiar with Sean Penn's oeuvre, would he have still agreed to do the interview? Or would he have held out for, say, an Michael Jordan or a Zach Galifianakis, or whoever played Watto? Looks like we'll never know. Oh, until El Chapo breaks out and does another celebrity interview next month. »
- Halle Kiefer
Lorne Michaels launched the careers of Fred Armisen and Horatio Sanz, and now Michaels, Armisen, and Sanz want to do the same thing for you — as long as you are a Latino writer or comedian who has enough experience in the industry not to have to pitch unsolicited material to their new venture, Más Mejor, an internet studio the trio launched in the hopes of cultivating Latino talent. The project's current roster includes The Office's Oscar Nuñez and Reno 911's Carlos Alazraqui, and the sketch group Room 28, plus comedians like Fabrizio Copano, Sofia Gonzalez, and Melissa Villaseñor. The channel launched on Wednesday with a handful of videos, including a Documentary Now!–style genre spoof from Armisen and Sanz, and an obligatory Donald Trump punchfest. You can watch them all abajo. »
- Nate Jones
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