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Warner Bros Animation’s Evp Creative Affairs Sam Register has been promoted to President, Warner Bros Animation and Warner Digital Series. The second part of the title refers to Register’s role as head of a newly formed live-action digital content production unit where he will oversee the development and production of original live-action digital series, working with both Warner Bros TV-based creative talent as well as outside writers and producers. The studio already has such a division in Studio 2.0, which has spawned series like Childrens Hospital, which migrated to TV via Adult Swim. It is unclear whether Studio 2.0 will be absorbed by the new unit or remain autonomous. Register also will continue to run Warner Bros’ television animation unit as president, after having served as Evp Creative Affairs for the past six years. He will continue to report to Warner Bros Television Group President and Chief Content Officer Peter Roth. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Check out Brit babe Tom Hardy and indie dream queen Lake Bell topless on the dual cover of Esquire's May issue, which hits newsstands April 22. Hardy's got the experimental, one-man drama "Locke" coming out this week. Meanwhile, Lake Bell, who wrote and directed last year's feminist comedy "In A World...," will soon appear opposite Jon Hamm in Disney's "Million Dollar Arm." In Bell's cover story, she opens up about acting, directing and "Million Dollar Arm," while giving her two cents about marriage: "Marriage is traditionally old-school in many respects. It is highly antiquated, and, that being said, beautiful." Regarding directing, which she's done for film and TV ("Childrens Hospital" on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim), she says, "If I write something and I'm going to put in all that love and energy, I want to direct it. As an actor, you have access to the trenches -- to a myriad of different sets. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
IFC is solidifying itself as a destination for top names in comedy. Ahead of its annual upfront event scheduled for Thursday evening, the network announced a 2014-15 programming and development slate that includes a new series from a trio of Saturday Night Live veterans and Community star Joel McHale.Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers are behind the new comedy American Documentary, a half-hour anthology series featuring documentaries and biopics about completely made-up historical figures. Also added to the schedule is American Storage, a scripted half-hour comedy starring Rob Huebel (Childrens Hospital, Human Giant) as a free-spirited L.A. »
- Amber Ray
IFC has unveiled a slate of new and returning comedy projects, along with projects in development, ahead of its upfront tonight in New York. New programming for 2015 includes American Documentary (working title), a docu-parody created by Saturday Night Live vets Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers; and American Storage (working title), a scripted half-hour comedy starring Rob Huebel (Childrens Hospital, Human Giant). IFC is also collaborating with CollegeHumor on the first-ever Comedy Music Awards, a satire of traditional awards shows incorporating the best of the comedy and music worlds. Returning for an expanded fourth season is Comedy Bang! Bang! hosted by Scott Aukerman (Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis), and a sophomore season of its original sketch comedy The Birthday Boys, executive produced by Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad, Mr. Show) and Ben Stiller (The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, Zoolander), featuring the La comedy troupe of the same name. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
As part of its upfront slate announcement, IFC also announced an eight-episode order for scripted comedy starring “Childrens Hospital’s” Rob Huebel and plans for a kudocast satire “Comedy Music Awards” event to be produced with website CollegeHumor.
“IFC began the year with significant momentum that continues to accelerate,” said IFC prexy Jennifer Caserta. “We’re delivering more original programming that is resonating with viewers, and key advertisers are seeking us out to reach consumers through the power and authenticity of our alt comedy voice.”
“American Documentary,” set to premiere next year, is described as six half-hour biographical docs on fictitious subjects. It will hail from Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video banner, which is also home to “Portlandia.” Armisen and Hader will »
- Cynthia Littleton
Åkerman's acting career began in Canadian TV, followed by "The Utopian Society" (2003) and "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" (2004).
...receiving a nomination for a 'Saturn Award' for 'Best Supporting Actress'.
Since 2012, she has had a recurring role on the sitcom "Suburgatory" and currently plays the lead »
- Michael Stevens
Kroll Show, which airs Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m., has been averaging 1.1 million viewers. Its first episode premiered in January of 2013. Guests on the show have included Zach Galifianakis, Amy Poehler, Fred Armisen and Hannibal Buress. »
- Lynette Rice
Rob Huebel, who co-starred with Aziz Ansari on MTV sketch series Human Giant, will soon pop up in Pawnee alongside Ansari. (Four seasons ago, their other Giant castmate, Paul Scheer, guest-starred in a Parks episode.) Huebel, who currently stars in Childrens Hospital, is playing an unlikable owner of a tent store that Ben (Adam Scott) and Tom (Ansari) can’t seem to escape when they try to rent one. “He’s cornered the market on tents in southern Indiana,” Parks executive producer Michael Schur tells EW, »
- Dan Snierson
Adult Swim will be expanding its reach this spring, when the network hits the road for a 12-week, 10-city national college tour sponsored by Ice Breakers mints and KFC.
The road trip will provide a much-needed study break for college students, as the network will be setting up a 40-foot tall inflatable castle featuring 15 rooms themed after popular shows including “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” “Childrens Hospital,” “Loiter Squad,” “Metalocalypse,” “Robot Chicken” and “Squidbillies” at each campus.
Not your average fun house, the Adult Swim castle will require students and guests to crawl, slide and even sing their way through, depending on the path they choose. The Karaoke Cage will ask participants to sing their hearts out to pre-selected songs, and guests will also traverse the Tippy Tunnel, a kaleidoscopic hallway located within the castle.
- Francesca Bacardi
Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim is a boon of high quality comedic programming. From Robot Chicken to Childrens Hospital, Adult Swim always delivers the most laughs per minute, simply because it has to. When all you have is fifteen minutes to tell a coherent story (although, coherent might not be the best choice of words), you’ve got to be at the top of your game to keep people interested. Luckily, Adult Swim has always picked winners and has done so well, even while adding new shows like Dan Harmon’s Rick and Morty, that the comedy block is being extended by one hour. Let the night owls rejoice!
Beginning on March 31, Adult Swim will run from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. You might think that this extension would take away from the network’s other programming space, but, as reported by THR, Cartoon Network will be releasing new content »
- Brody Gibson
CBS is giving Happy Endings creator David Caspe his second pilot order of the season: The network has issued a thumbs-up to Cuz-Bros, a comedy that he created with fellow Happy producer Erik Sommers. The multi-camera pilot, which will be written and executive produced by the pair, chronicles the exploits of a successful lady killer whose perfect life is thrown out of whack when his “mess of a cousin” moves in with him.
- Dan Snierson
Childrens Hospital co-star Erinn Hayes is set as the co-lead opposite June Diane Raphael in NBC‘s comedy pilot Mason Twins. Written/executive produced by Raphael and Casey Wilson, with Stacy Traub supervising the script/exec producing, Mason Twins tells the the story of two fraternal twin sisters, estranged since high school, who could not be more different. Pender (Raphael) is stuck in the 80s and has never made anything of her life. She is reunited with her sister Lizze (Hayes) who is an intense, successful corporate climber who comes back home after she catches her fiancé cheating and loses her job, both in the same day. This marks a return to NBC for Hayes, repped by UTA and Sweeney Entertainment, who co-starred on the network’s comedy series Guys With Kids last season. She appeared in two films at this years’ Sundance Film Festival, Hits and They Came Together. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
NBC has cast June Diane Raphael's twin. Childrens Hospital star Erinn Hayes has boarded the network's comedy pilot The Mason Twins, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Mason Twins hails from executive producers Raphael and Casey Wilson (Happy Endings). It centers on fraternal twins Pender (Raphael) and Lizzie Mason (Hayes). After having been estranged for 15 years, the duo reconnect after Lizzie's perfect city life falls apart and she returns to her suburban town to discover that her sister hasn't matured beyond her teen-queen days. Story: TV Pilots 2014: The Complete Guide Hayes' Lizzie is described as an intense, successful
- Lesley Goldberg
Already a force to be reckoned with in late-night, Turner’s Adult Swim is making a big play in primetime. Currently airing from 9 Pt to 6 Am, Adult Swim will add an extra hour to start at 8 Pm effective March 31. In part to offset the loss of an hour to Adult Swim, Cartoon Network will be introducing a new portfolio of original content online at CartoonNetwork.com and other branded digital platforms. In another change for Turner’s Animation, Young Adults and Kids Media portfolio of networks, Boomerang, the 24-hour commercial-free channel airing classic cartoons, will be introducing ads. Related: Adult Swim’s ‘The Eric Andre Show’ Renewed For Third Season The new 8-9 hour of Adult Swim will kick off with back-to-back reruns of King of the Hill, leading to The Cleveland Show reruns at 9 Pm. Adult Swim, best known for such animated/live-action originals as Robot Chicken, Childrens Hospital and Rick and Morty, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Role Models helmer David Wain has signed on to direct NBC‘s single-camera comedy pilot Old Soul, co-created by Amy Poehler and starring Natasha Lyonne. The Uni TV-produced project, which Poehler co-created with Josh Bycel and Jonathan Fener, centers on a reformed wild child Nadia (Lyonne) who has a business caring for the elderly and feels she has more in common with her colorful old clients than she does with people her age. Old Soul reunites Wain with Poehler — his Lionsgate feature They Came Together starring Poehler and Paul Rudd just premiered at Sundance. Wain, repped by Wme, Principato-Young and attorney Rick Genow, executive produces Adult Swim’s Newsreaders as well as Childrens Hospital, which he also directs. In another NBC comedy pilot director hire, Robbie Duncan McNeil (Chuck) is set to helm single-camera project Mason Twins, from Casey Wilson, June Rafael, Stacy Traub and ABC Studios. Having been estranged for 15 years, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
David Wayne's goofy, playful filmmaking approach was first successful with "Hot American Summer," but despite solid work on television ("Childrens Hospital"), he hasn’t made a film that hits that sweet spot of mirthful humor since "Role Models." Fortunately, he more or less returns to form with "They Came Together," a takedown of romantic comedy traditions of chaotic, irreverent proportions. Reuniting with "Wet Hot American Summer" alums Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd along with co-writer Michael Showalter, Wain has shot a comedy that hits the ceiling of silliness and bursts through the plaster for a view of the upper floor. Every romantic comedy trope is roasted here, mocked and emulated with a wink; the only thing they’re missing to complete this maniacal medley is Kate Hudson. Poehler and Rudd star as Molly and Joel, a seemingly blissful couple regaling an equally blissful married couple (Bill Hader and Ellie »
- Robert Cameron Fowler
This weekend marks Jonah Hill’s third time hosting SNL — not exactly a milestone worthy of its own lengthy, star-studded sketch, but still something worth noting. (Back when Superbad was released, who’d have thunk Michael Cera would end up with a regular gig on indie comedy staples like Childrens Hospital and Burning Love — while Hill would be the one hosting SNL once every few years and winning Oscar noms in his spare time?)
Hill’s new SNL promos do just that, making much out of his three-peat and, interestingly enough, mentioning the whole Best Supporting Actor thing just once. »
- Hillary Busis
On TV this Thursday: Community returns with a double study session, The Taste sizzles up a second season, the hunt for The Assets is on and will The Big Bang Theory pop the big bang question? As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm The Taste (ABC) | Two-hour Season 2 premiere: Judges Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre and Marcus Samuelsson winnow a group of culinary hopefuls down to this season’s 16 competitors.
- Kimberly Roots
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