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San Diego Comic-Con celebrates its 45th year July 23-27 and once again, dozens of networks and TV studios will descend on the city with hundreds of stars and producers to promote their new and returning shows — but will your favorites make the trip? View our constantly updated schedule of Comic-Con’s TV panels and events below, and bookmark this page to check back for updates as Sdcc draws closer. Variety will be on hand at the convention to bring you the latest news and interviews direct from San Diego, so even if you won’t be attending Sdcc, you won’t miss any of the action.
July 23 (Preview Night)
“24″ (Fox, 10 a.m., Ballroom 20) Sneak preview and Q&A with the cast moderated by exec producer Jon Cassar. »
- Shelli Weinstein
Comic-Con 2014 is almost upon us, and the networks have just started announcing which of their shows will be lucky enough to be heading to San Diego this year.
After three wickedly successful seasons, the cast of American Horror Story (Coven and Freak Show) will be making their Comic-Con debut. Emma Roberts, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, and newcomer Michael Chiklis will be joined by executive producer Tim Minear in Room 6De on Saturday, July 26 from 7-8 Pm for a recap of last season and an exclusive sneak peek at Freak Show.
Showtime has also announced that their new hit series, Penny Dreadful, will be making its first appearance at Comic-Con on Thursday, July 24 in Ballroom 20 for a one-hour session scheduled for 6 Pm. The panel will include stars Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney and Harry Treadaway, along with creator/writer/executive producer John Logan. In addition, Showtime and Penny Dreadful »
- Lindsay Sperling
Looks like we’re going back Inside Amy Schumer: Comedy Central on Monday announced that the comedienne’s sketch series will return for a third season.
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Also renewed: the cabler’s black comedy Review and anthology of animated shorts TripTank, which both received orders for a second season.
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In addition, the channel issued series orders to the historical drama parody Another Period, starring Natasha Leggero (Burning Love) and Riki Lindhome (Enlightened, Super Fun Night), and Idiot Sitter, »
Amy Schumer can begin sketching out a third season of her series: Comedy Central announced Monday that it had renewed sketch comedy Inside Amy Schumer, along with second season go-aheads for Andy Daly’s Review and the animated series TripTank. All three shows will return with new episodes sometime next year.
The network also gave series orders to a pair of comedies, Another Period and Idiotsitter, which will premiere in 2015. Set at the turn of last century, Another Period stars Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome as two sisters from a fabulously wealthy family in Newport, R.I., who “care only about how they look, »
- Dan Snierson
Comedy Central has picked up to series Another Period, a spoof of a Keeping Up With The Kardashians-like reality show set in Victorian times, and Idiotsitter, a TV version of the digital series. The network also has renewed the well-received original series Inside Amy Schumer for a third season as well as freshmen Review and TripTank for a second season. In addition, Comedy Central has ordered five original digital series: 300 Sunnyside, New Timers, Pie Guys, Roustabout With Kurt Braunohler and Team Tiger Awesome to premiere later this year. Here are details about Comedy Central’s newly picked up and renewed series: Series Orders Another Period - set at the turn of the century, “Another Period” follows the misadventures of the Bellacourts, Newport, Ri’s first family, who have absolutely nothing to offer to the world, but who have so much money it doesn’t matter. The series focuses on »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Comedy Central is beefing up its female-focused content, renewing “Inside Amy Schumer” for a third season and giving series orders to “Another Period” starring Natasha Leggero and Garfunkel and Oates’ Riki Lindhome and “Idiotsitter,” the digital project created by Charlotte Newhouse and Jillian Bell.
“Another Period” is set at the turn of the century and follows the misadventures of a Rhode Island family who — apart from their exceedingly deep pockets — have absolutely nothing to offer the rest of the world. The series is written by, executive produced by and stars Leggero and Lindhome and is executive produced and directed by Jeremy Konner (“Drunk History”) and executive produced by Red Hour’s Ben Stiller, Debbie Liebling, Stuart Cornfeld and Mike Rosenstein. The pilot also stars Michael Ian Black, Paget Brewster, Beth Dover, Brett Gelman, Tom Lennon, Jason Ritter, Rosa Salazar and Armen Weitzman.
- Whitney Friedlander
I thought the best part of interviewing Andy Daly in Austin over the weekend would be getting a chance to witness the star of Comedy Central's "Review" channeling his fictional alter ego Forrest MacNeil and eating pancakes, as he did in the year's funniest half-hour of television. But though pancakes were, in fact, consumed (in the interests of accuracy, I should say that Daly ordered the short stack — albeit what turned out to be a Texas-sized short stack — and ate much, but not all, of it), the most exciting part of the interview was the news that Comedy Central was days away from announcing that "Review" (which had ended on a brilliant, but seemingly final, note) would return for a second season. (In that same announcement, Comedy Central also renewed "Inside Amy Schumer" and the animated series "TripTank," as well as greenlighting two new series: "Another Period," starring Riki Lindhome »
- Alan Sepinwall
Fear not, Amy Schumer fans; another batch of delightfully tasteful sketch comedy from your favorite funny lady is on its way. Comedy Central has renewed “Inside Amy Schumer” for a third season, the network said Monday. The Andy Daly comedy “Review” and animated series “TripTank” have also been renewed for second seasons. Also read: Larry Wilmore to Replace Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central The network has also given the green light to a pair of new series, “Another Period” and “Idiotsitter.” Starring Natasha Leggero (“Brickleberry”) and Riki Lindhome (“Garfunkel and Oates”), the series, set at the turn of the century, »
- Tim Kenneally
Comedy Central is firming up its lineup, renewing Inside Amy Schumer and two more, while handing out series orders to Another Period and Idiotsitter and five new digital shows. The cable network announced Monday that sketch series Schumer will return for a third season alongside Andy Daly's scripted comedy Review and animated anthology TripTank, which have been renewed for second seasons. TripTank will return for a supersized 20-episode season after its freshman run of eight installments. The three shows will be joined on the schedule by Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome comedy Another Period and Charlotte Newhouse and Jillian
- Lesley Goldberg
The network announced Monday that "Schumer," the wildly popular sketch show fronted by the titular comedienne, will be back for a third season. Comedy Central also ordered new seasons of series "Review," starring Andy Daly, and animated show "TripTank."
In addition to those renewals, the network has also picked up two new shows to series, and both are fronted by women.
The first, called "Another Period," stars Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome as sisters from a wealthy Rhode Island family at the turn of the 20th century. According to the show's official synopsis, the sisters at the heart of "Period" "care only about how they look, what parties they attend and becoming famous, which is a lot harder in 1902." The pilot features celeb cameos from Michael Ian Black, Jason Ritter, Tom Lennon, »
- Katie Roberts
Here’s some news you’ll wanna dip your… well, you know.
For those who didn’t get that reference: The State, a.k.a. the 11 comedians who collaborated on a seminal MTV sketch show in the ’90s, will reunite at this year’s Festival Supreme in Los Angeles. (Granted, this isn’t the first time the gang has gotten back together recently; most of The State stopped by Comedy Central’s @midnight in January.)
The one-day-only event, which invades the La Sports Arena and Exposition Park on Oct. 25, will also include appearances by 39 other star-studded acts, including Jack Black »
- Hillary Busis
Comedy Central has greenlit digital series “This Is Not Happening” for an eight-episode season to air on the linear channel — the cabler’s first promotion of a series developed by its inhouse Cc:Studios unit.
“This Is Not Happening” features host Ari Shaffir jawing with his comedian buddies in front of a live audience at L.A. strip club Cheetahs. Series is exec produced by Shaffir, Eric Abrams, Sam Saifer and Jeff Tomsic, who will direct the season. Show is skedded to premiere on Comedy Central in the fall of 2014.
“The only reason we are picking up ‘This Is Not Happening’ is to prove we can incubate an idea digitally and then have it migrate to the linear channel,” said Kent Alterman, president of content development and original programming for Comedy Central. “And also, it’s really funny storytelling with fantastic talent.” Added Shaffir: “F— yeah!”
Comedians featured on Cc:Studios’ two »
- Todd Spangler
This is the first pick-up of a series developed by Cc: Studios, Comedy Central’s in-house creative initiative for the development of original digital comedy. The eight-episode season of This Is Not Happening, executive produced by Ari Shaffir, Eric Abrams, Sam Saifer and Jeff Tomsic, will premiere in the fall. Hosted by Shaffir and based on his long-running live show, This Is Not Happening features Shaffir and his comedian friends telling hilarious and true stories in front of a live audience at La’s gentlemen’s club, Cheetahs. Comedians that have appeared on the first two seasons include Kurt Braunohler, Joey Diaz, David Koechner, Bobby Lee, Natasha Leggero, Tj Miller, Trevor Moore, Kumail Nanjiani, Jay Oakerson, Steve Rannazzisi and Joe Rogan. Shaffir is repped by Gersh and Sam Saifer Management. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Miller’s own mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at age 55, which inspired Miller and her husband to find a way to educate more people about the disease. They created Hilarity for Charity to bring Alzheimer’s awareness to younger crowds, and, more concretely, to fund Alzheimer’s research and donate resources to families struggling with it. Though Hilarity for Charity has already hosted multiple events in Los Angeles, Monday night marked its first New York benefit. »
- Ariana Bacle
Being fully aware I was choosing to watch a film starring James Franco, I was entirely unprepared for what I was getting into, which is a conundrum commonly associated with watching anything starring James Franco.
Maladies is written and directed by multimedia artist Carter. This is Carter’s first feature-length film. Combining the quirkiness of Spike Jonze — but more mellow — and complex philosophical musings like those of Charlie Kaufman — but less dizzying — Maladies manages first to catch me off guard, then just as my interest slowly begins to dwindle I am captured in a random moment of realization that I am enjoying the film. »
- Travis Keune
Natasha Leggero will host the sixth annual Shorty Awards, which will be held on April 7 in New York City and highlight the best content across Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Instagram, Vine and the rest of the social media landscape. "It is an honor and highlight of my career to take part in this prestigious award ceremony," said the stand-up comedienne in a statement. "Only emojis can express how excited I am!" Photos: Facebook Turns 10: The Social Network's Most Popular Stars, Movies and TV Shows Among the nominated top short-form content producers in Hollywood over the
- Ashley Lee
Comedian Matt Walsh is turning to fans for help on his next feature film. The co-founder of Upright Citizens Brigade launched on Thursday an Indiegogo campaign for improvised comedy A Better You. Walsh is asking fans to contribute $52,650 by April 21 to help cover the film's postproduction costs. A Better You, co-written by Walsh and Brian Huskey (This Is the End), stars Huskey as a hypnotherapist in the midst of a midlife meltdown. Comedians Horatio Sanz (Saturday Night Live), Adam Pally (The Mindy Project), Natasha Leggero (Chelsea Lately), Rob Huebel (The Descendants), Jo Lo Truglio (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and Andrew
- Natalie Jarvey
Exclusive: Comedy Central is betting big on actress-comedian Natasha Leggero. The comedian, who garnered a lot of attention with her wild set as a roaster at last year’s Comedy Central Roast Of James Franco, is a voice cast member of Comedy Central’s animated series Brickleberry and a recurring guest panelist on the network’s breakout new late-night show, @midnight. Now Comedy Central has greenlighted a scripted pilot starring and executive produced by Leggero and a stand-up special headlined by her. The pilot, Another Period, hails from Ben Stiller’s Red Hour, with Drunk History co-creator/director Jeremy Konner directing. It was created by and stars Leggero and Riki Lindhome as Victorian-era heiresses. Shot reality style, the comedy follows the misadventures of Newport’s first family, The Bellacourts, a family with nothing to offer the world, but who have so much money that it doesn’t matter. The show »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
2Nd Update, 8:20 Am: Will cable news programs steer clear of comedy after MSNBC‘s botched Melissa Harris-Perry end-of-year show left her tearily apologizing for the show’s gags targeting Mitt Romney‘s adopted black grandson, and Fox News Channel devoting yet more airtime to MSNBC’s show host foot-in-mouth epidemic? Most recently, Romney was a guest on Fox News this past Sunday, in the course of which, during a segment known as “Romney Reacts To MSNBC For Mocking Family Photo”, he told Chris Wallace, “I recognize that people make mistakes and the folks at MSNBC made a big mistake. They’ve apologized for it. That’s all you can ask for. I am going to move on from that. I am sure they want to move on from it. Look, I’ve made plenty of mistakes myself and they’ve apologized for this and, you know, I think we can go on from there. »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
Natasha Leggero is "not sorry" for her offensive joke she made towards World War II veterans who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor, while discussing SpaghettiO's on 'New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly.Leggero's joke amused very few on NBC's "New Year's Eve with Carson Daly."She joked about World War II veterans, who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor, when discussing a tweet SpaghettiOs posted on Pearl Harbor Day, which read, "Take a moment to remember #PearlHarbor with us."While talking about the odd tweet with very funny Jane Lynch, who quipped that equating Spaghetti-Os to pasta was a sacrilege, and Carson Daly, Leggero said, "I mean, it sucks that the only survivors of Pearl Harbor are being mocked by the »
- April Neale
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