4 items from 2011
New York, December 7, 2011 — Robots taking over the world, a critic reviewing difficult life experiences, social networking, a closed-captioner gone wild, a music group trying to get discovered online and reviving a public affairs show from the 80′s. These are just a few of the creative concepts coming out of Comedy Central’s 2011-2012 development slate announced today by Kent Alterman, Head of Original Programming and Production. “There’s nothing more compelling than describing comedy in short paragraphs and we believe the following descriptions convey comedy development at its finest,” said Alterman. “Of course this may all be moot if television as we know it implodes, so just in case, we are producing these low-tech so they will be appropriate for the Web.” Projects in development range from sketch/variety to animated to scripted narrative and feature a combination of top comedic and up-and-coming talent including the Gregory Brothers, “The Daily Show’s” Wyatt Cenac, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Amercian cable channel Comedy Central has greenlit a pilot adaptation of ABC series Review with Myles Barlow, as reported by Deadline. As in the local series, the half-hour show will be a parody of the traditional review show, with MacNeil rating life experiences, including divorce, the effects of murder and anonymous sex, out of five stars. The U.S version of the format will be called Review with Forrest MacNeil and will star stand up comedian Andrew Daly in the title role. Daly will also co-write and executive produce alongside Bowling for Columbine producer, Charlie Siskel. To date, two seasons of Review with Myles Barlow have aired on ABC, in 2008 and 2010 respectively. The most recent season picked up AFI awards for Best Television Comedy Series and Best Performance in a »
- Amanda Diaz
Comedy Central has given a pilot order to Review With Forrest MacNeil, a half-hour comedy written and executive produced by Charlie Siskel (Tosh.0) and Andrew Daly and starring Daly as the title character. Based on the Australian series Review With Myles Barlow created by and starring Phil Lloyd, the project is a send-up of traditional review shows but instead of films, food or art, Forrest MacNeil reviews difficult life experiences … by living them. He reviews whatever his TV audience throws at him: the adrenaline rush of stealing, the drama of divorce, the effects of murder, the wonder of anonymous sex. And he rates every adventure on a scale of zero to five stars. Forrest’s unwavering commitment to his work often comes at the expense of his wife, his children, his affable neighbor Gary and his co-workers. Daly, repped by CAA and Principato-Young, recently wrapped the upcoming season of HBO’s Eastbound & Down. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
It's not necessarily the idea of finding the best and funniest videos on the web and making fun of them that's so novel about Comedy's Central's "Tosh.0." After seeing him at the Television Critics Association's Winter Press Tour, it's clear that it's host, Daniel Tosh, that is the big draw here.
He's a tall, lanky guy who would be considered handsome if he weren't such a spaz, but that's what's so appealing about him. He's cagey and makes hilarious faces and you don't know what he'll say next. It's a formula that works for the stand-up comedian, drawing three million viewers each week in "Tosh.0's" second season. Fans can expect that Tosh will try to top himself when the show returns for Season 3 on Tuesday, Jan. 11.
"We're certainly not holding back," Tosh says. "We kind of say what we want to say. We wanted to push it. We realize »
4 items from 2011
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