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Adhir Kalyan To Star In Amazon Comedy Pilot ‘Making Friends’ From Carter Bays & Craig Thomas, Pam Fryman To Direct

Rules of Engagement alum Adhir Kalyan has been tapped as the lead in Making Friends, Amazon Studios’ multi-camera comedy pilot from How I Met Your Mother creators/executive producers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. Himym director/executive producer Pam Fryman, a frequent Bays and Thomas collaborator, is on board to direct the pilot and executive produce with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Preacher). Sony Pictures TV Studios, where Bays & Thomas as well as Rogen & Goldberg…
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Comic book adaptation The Boys lands at Amazon

Back in 2015 it was announced that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were looking to follow up Preacher with another Garth Ennis adaptation in The Boys, and now comes word that Amazon has placed a script order.

The Boys is being written by Eric Kripke (Supernatural) with Rogen and Goldberg set to direct. According to Variety, the project is being eyed as a straight-to-series pickup at the streaming service, which is said to be refining its approach to focus on shows with broad, global appeal.

Created by Ennis and Darick Robertson and published between 2006 and 2012, The Boys “is set in a time where most of the superheroes are corrupted by their celebrity status and often engage in reckless behavior, compromising the safety of the world. It centers on a CIA squad, known informally as “the boys,” whose job is to keep watch on the proliferation of superheroes and, if necessary, eliminate some of them.
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Fred Armisen/Maya Rudolph Comedy Gets Series Order at Amazon

Fred Armisen/Maya Rudolph Comedy Gets Series Order at Amazon
Fred Armisen is relocating from Portlandia to Amazon — and reuniting with former Saturday Night Live costar Maya Rudolph.

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The streaming service has given a straight-to-series order to an as-yet-untitled comedy, created by Master of None‘s Alan Yang and 30 Rock‘s Matt Hubbard, Variety reports. Armisen and Rudolph will serve as executive producers on the half-hour project, alongside Yang, Hubbard, Dave Becky (Master of None) and Tim Sarkes (W/ Bob and David). A premise has not yet been disclosed.

In addition, Amazon has ordered to series Tong Wars,
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Amazon Orders Fred Armisen-Maya Rudolph Comedy & Wong Kar-wai Drama Series; Greg Daniels, Bays-Thomas Pilots

Amazon has given straight-to-series orders to a comedy starring Saturday Night Live alumni Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph and Tong Wars, a drama from filmmaker Wong Kar-wai and Homicide creator Paul Attanasio, the network confirmed. Additionally, Amazon has ordered Upload, a single-camera comedy pilot from The Office creator Greg Daniels, and Making Friends, a multi-camera one from How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s…
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Amazon Orders Fred Armisen-Maya Rudolph Comedy, Wong Kar-wai Drama, 3 Other Projects (Exclusive)

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Amazon Orders Fred Armisen-Maya Rudolph Comedy, Wong Kar-wai Drama, 3 Other Projects (Exclusive)
As Amazon refines its focus on shows with broad, global appeal, the streaming service has given series orders to a drama from Wong Kar-wai and comedy starring Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph. Three more projects have also been put into development.

The streaming service has given a greenlight to “Tong Wars,” an hour-long drama written and executive produced by Paul Attanasio and directed by decorated Hong Kong filmmaker Wong. The series is set against the Tong Wars of 19th century San Francisco and tells a story spanning a significant period of time about Chinese immigrants and the clashes between organized-crime families in the city’s Chinatown.

Also receiving a series order is an untitled single-camera half hour comedy from Universal Television starring “Saturday Night Live” alums Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph. The two actors will serve as executive producers alongside writers and creators Alan Yang (co-creator of “Master of None”) and Matt Hubbard. Dave Becky
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Geeks Vs Loneliness: getting help whilst unemployed

Craig Thomas Aug 25, 2017

A few ways to get help and support if you're looking for work...

Welcome to Geeks Vs Loneliness, our spot on the site where we try and offer help, thoughts, support and a dose of just giving a shit for those of us going through difficult times at the moment. No miracle cures are ever promised, but hopefully over the course of this series, you find something of some use to you.

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This week, we're handing over to the mighty Craig Thomas, who wants a chat about unemployment...

Unemployment is hard work. Seriously. The idea of having all the time in the world is something of which most of us dream. However, coupled with a very limited income,
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'How I Met Your Father': 'You're the Worst' Scribe to Pen Potential Spinoff

How I Met Your Father has found a new writer.

You're the Worst scribe Alison Bennett has been tapped to write a new take on the How I Met Your Mother spinoff, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Bennett's script will mark 20th TV's third take on a potential offshoot of the long-running CBS comedy since it went off the air in 2014. The first, How I Met Your Dad, hailed from Himym co-creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, along with former SNL writer Emily Spivey. The project went to pilot, with Greta Gerwig in the starring role and Meg Ryan...
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‘How I Met Your Father’: Alison Bennett Tapped To Write New ‘Himym’ Spinoff

‘How I Met Your Father’: Alison Bennett Tapped To Write New ‘Himym’ Spinoff
Exclusive: 20th Century TV has set Alison Bennett (FX's You're the Worst) to write a spinoff from the studio’s long-running comedy series How I Met Your Mother. Three years after 20th TV first tried to launch a Himym spinoff with the CBS pilot How I Met Your Dad, written by Himym creators Carter Bays & Craig Thomas and Emily Spivey, the studio last season took a second stab at the idea with This Is Us co-executive producers Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger. But the duo…
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How I Met Your Mother: Fox TV CEO Would Like to Revisit the Sitcom

Could How I Met Your Mother be coming back? Recently, Fox TV chairman Dana Walden mentioned a possible reunion for the CBS sitcom, Deadline reports.Earlier, we reported This Is Us writers Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger are developing a new spinoff to the long-running comedy, which ended in 2014. A previous attempt, How I Met Your Dad, was written by series creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas but it never made it past the pilot stage.Read More…
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TV Upfronts: Meet the Mega-Producers

In an era of increased competition from cable and streaming services alike, the broadcast networks continue to turn to experienced producers to steer their new investments. Following a pilot season that again featured familiar IP and spinoffs, the broadcast networks doubled down on proven hitmakers like Shonda Rhimes and Greg Berlanti, while other reliable producers had a tougher go of it (including Kenya Barris, Nahnatchka Khan, Carter Bays and Craig Thomas among them).  

Here's a look at the 2017-18 season's biggest winners, including those who now have multiple series on broadcast and cable. (Last year's overachievers can be found here.)

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Netflix's 3%: an underappreciated sci-fi gem

Craig Thomas May 16, 2017

Here's why you might want to put Netflix's Brazilian dystopian sci-fi drama 3% on your to-watch list...

The first Netflix original production from Brazil, and only its second produced in Latin America, 3% is a dystopian sci-fi show that should be on everyone’s must-watch list. Based on a rejected TV pilot from 2011, it was created by Pedro Aguilera, who returns, along with one of two original writers, Ivan Nakamura, and a whole new team.

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With dialogue in Portuguese, rather than English, this show has inevitably ended up becoming one of the more under-appreciated jewels in the Netflix Originals catalogue. If reading subtitles is not your thing, then a dubbed version is also available (and weirdly,
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Ryan Hansen Lands Role in Himym Creators' Real Life Comedy Pilot

Ryan Hansen Lands Role in Himym Creators' Real Life Comedy Pilot
CBS has traveled all the way to Mars to find what only turns out to be a potential male lead for its workplace comedy pilot from How I Met Your Mother creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays.

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Veronica Mars alum Ryan Hansen has been cast opposite Rebecca Rittenhouse (The Mindy Project) in Real Life, though he is only attached to guest-star, seeing as the sitcom is mulling a shift in focus should it be ordered to series.

Written by Hilary Winston (Community) and directed by
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CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Real Life’ Casts Male Lead Role With Ryan Hansen As Guest Star, Mulls Potential Premise Tweak

After an extensive search, Ryan Hansen has been tapped to guest star as Drew, the male lead opposite Rebecca Rittenhouse in Real Life, CBS' half-hour hybrid comedy pilot written/executive produced by Bad Teacher creator Hilary Winston and executive produced by How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. The pilot, written by Winston and directed by Pam Fryman, chronicles the relationship of two 20-somethings, Nora (Rittenhouse) and Drew (Hansen), who go…
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‘Real Life’: Bret Harrison Cast In CBS Comedy Pilot From Hilary Winston

Former Reaper and The Loop star Bret Harrison has booked a series-regular role in Real Life, CBS' half-hour hybrid comedy pilot written/executive produced by Bad Teacher creator Hilary Winston and executive produced by How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. Written by Winston and directed by Pam Fryman, Real Life chronicles the relationship of Nora (Rebecca Rittenhouse) and Drew (to be cast), two twentysomethings who go from being co-workers on…
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Kristen Johnston Joins CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Real Life’ From ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Creators

Kristen Johnston Joins CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Real Life’ From ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Creators
Kristen Johnston has joined the cast of the CBS comedy pilot “Real Life,” which hails from the creators of “How I Met Your Mother,” Variety has learned.

“Real Life” chronicles the relationship of two 20-somethings, Nora and Drew, who go from being co-workers on opposite coasts to working in the same office. Rebecca Rittenhouse is playing the female lead, Nora. Her male co-lead has yet to be cast.

Johnston will play Nora’s boss, Beverly, who is described as loud, confident and fabulous — on most days.

Along with Rittenhouse and Johnston, previously announced cast members include Brenda Song, who will play Nora’s best friend and roommate, plus Lucas Hazlett, who will play Nora’s co-worker in human resources at her office.

“Real Life” was written by Hilary Winston, who will serve as executive producer with Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, and Pamela Fryman who’s directing the pilot. Sony Pictures Television and CBS Television Studios are
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Kristen Johnston Joins CBS Comedy ‘Real Life’; Jaleel White In ‘Me, Myself & I’

Kristen Johnston is set as a series regular opposite Rebecca Rittenhouse in Real Life, CBS' half-hour hybrid comedy pilot written/executive produced by Bad Teacher creator Hilary Winston and executive produced by How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. Written by Winston and directed by Pam Fryman, Real Life chronicles the relationship of Nora (Rittenhouse) and Drew, two twentysomethings who go from being co-workers on opposite coasts to working in…
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How I Met Your Mother: Spinoff Delayed Because of This Is Us

How I Met Your Mother fans may have to wait even longer for How I Met Your Father. TVLine reports the spinoff has been delayed because of the NBC drama This Is Us.Earlier, we reported This Is Us writers Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger are developing a new spinoff to the long-running CBS sitcom, which ended in 2014. A previous attempt, How I Met Your Dad, was written by series creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas but it never made it past the pilot stage.Read More…
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Brenda Song Joins CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Real Life’; Zach Appelman In Jenny Lumet Drama Pilot

Brenda Song (Pure Genius) is set as a series regular opposite Rebecca Rittenhouse in Real Life, CBS' half-hour hybrid comedy pilot written/executive produced by Bad Teacher creator Hilary Winston and executive produced by How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. Written by Winston and directed by Pam Fryman, Real Life chronicles the relationship of two 20-somethings, Nora (Rittenhouse) and Drew, who go from being co-workers on opposite coasts to…
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‘Real Life’: Rebecca Rittenhouse To Star In CBS Comedy Pilot From Hilary Winston

Former Blood & Oil star Rebecca Rittenhouse has been cast as the female lead in Real Life, CBS’ half-hour hybrid comedy pilot written/executive produced by Bad Teacher creator Hilary Winston and executive produced by How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. Written by Winston and directed by Pam Fryman, Real Life chronicles the relationship of two 20-somethings, Nora (Rittenhouse) and Drew, who go from being co-workers on opposite coasts to working in…
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Chazz Palminteri Joins CBS’ Comedy Pilot ‘Distefano’

Chazz Palminteri Joins CBS’ Comedy Pilot ‘Distefano’
Chazz Palminteri has booked a series regular role opposite Chris Distefano and Annie Potts in Distefano, CBS' comedy pilot from How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays & Craig Thomas and Sony TV. Inspired by the comedy of Distefano, the project centers on Izzy (Diane Guerrero) and Chris, two 20-somethings raising their newborn daughter and merging their meddling families – one Colombian American, one Italian. Palminteri will play Tony, Chris’ (Distefano) dad, a…
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