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NBC Buys Comedy From Broken Lizard Duo, Adapts Australian Format ‘Laid’

7 October 2011 11:15 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

NBC has bought Kept Men, a multi-camera comedy from writers-actors Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme, members of the Broken Lizard comedy filmmaking group behind such movies as Super Troopers and Beerfest. Heffernan and Lemme will write the project, which tells he story of two friends who become supported by their respective wives after their business closes down. They also will executive produce with 3 Arts. Apa-repped Heffernan and UTA-repped Lemme just wrapped photography on The Babymakers with Olivia Munn and Paul Schneider. Additionally, NBC is developing a U.S. version of the Australian black comedy series Laid, from BermanBraun. Ali Rushfield (Help Me Help You) will write the script for the project, which was brought to NBC and BermanBraun by Jeremy Fox and Kary Mchoul of Digital Rights Group. It centers on a woman whose ex-boyfriends/one-night stands start dying under suspicious circumstances, prompting her to launch an investigation with her »


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'Whitney' gets a new mom: Jane Kaczmarek

11 August 2011 4:48 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

NBC's new comedy "Whitney" has recast the role of Whitney Cummings' mom.

Jane Kaczmarek, a multiple Emmy nominee for her work on "Malcolm in the Middle," will play Cummings' several-times-divorced mother in the series, Deadline reports. She steps in for Beverly D'Angelo, who played the part in the show's pilot. Kaczmarek will reshoot those scenes and go on to have a recurring role on the show.

Kaczmarek earned seven Emmy nominations on "Malcolm" -- one for every season it aired -- for playing harried mom Lois. She also co-starred in ABC's short-lived comedy "Help Me Help You" in 2006-07 and TNT's drama "Raising the Bar" a couple seasons back. She guested on FX's "Wilfred" earlier this month and has done voice work on several episodes of "The Simpsons."

"Whitney" premieres at 9:30 p.m. Et Thursday, Sept. 22. »


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HBO gets 'Girls' from 'Tiny Furniture's' Lena Dunham

7 January 2011 11:21 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

HBO is picking up some "Girls."

The cable network has given a series order to a show about young women in New York, but any "Sex and the City" comparisons should probably stop there. Rather than celebrating the fabulousness of women in their 30s, "Girls" will be about "the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their early 20s."

Lena Dunham, who received a bunch of critical kudos and three Independent Spirit Award nominations for her indie film "Tiny Furniture," created the show and will also star. She's executive producing with Judd Apatow ("Knocked Up," "Freaks and Geeks") and Jenni Konner ("Undeclared," "Help Me Help You"); "Sopranos" veteran Ilene S. Landress is a co-exec producer.

"Lena Dunham quickly established herself as an important young talent with her first feature film," HBO Entertainment president Sue Naegle says. "We are thrilled to team up with her and fellow »


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