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Watch My Show: Newsreaders' Jim Margolis and David Wain Answer Our Showrunner Survey

6 November 2014 7:42 AM, PST | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

Adult Swim's TV newsmagazine parody Newsreaders is back for Season 2 with more absurdity and a new host, Alan Tudyk (Suburgatory). Guest stars this season include Malin Akerman, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jenna Fischer, Danny Pudi, Rob Riggle and David Hasselhoff. Executive producers Jim Margolis (The Daily Show With Jon Stewart) and David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer) filled out the TV Guide Magazine showrunner survey to explain why Newsreaders is worth the headline.

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- Michael Schneider

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Taran Killam, Bill Pullman, Rachael Harris, Rita Wilson Join ‘Brothers in Law’

21 August 2014 3:38 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Saturday Night Live” cast member Taran Killam is starring in the comedy “Brothers in Law” with Bill Pullman, Rachael Harris, Rita Wilson, David Wain and fellow “SNL” star Bobby Moynihan.

SNL” creator Lorne Michaels is producing and the team of Matt Villines and Osmany Rodriguez is directing. Shooting began on Tuesday in Oregon.

The original script was written by Cameron Fay with Killam amd Mikey Day performing rewrites. The story is described as having elements of “Meet the Parents” and “What About Bob?”

Fay and Harris have been tweeting photos from the set.

Best cast a boy could ask for! Rt @RitaWilson: @bibbymoynihan @RachaelEHarris @davidwain Man, this is No fun at all.—

Cameron Fay (@Cameron_Fay) August 20, 2014

Oh good times with the couples! #swinging @ritawilson #billpullman @davidwain #brotherinlaws—

Rachael Harris (@RachaelEHarris) August 19, 2014

Villines and Rodriguez have directed and edited comedy shorts for Funny or Die, »

- Dave McNary

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Fox Inks First-Look Deal With ‘Burning Love’ Duo Jonathan Stern & Keith Quinn

20 May 2014 10:14 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Continuing to look outside the traditional TV development process, Fox Broadcasting Co. has inked a first-look deal with Burning Love producer Jonathan Stern and executive/producer Keith Quinn. Under the pact, Fox will have first-look rights to comedy projects developed by Stern and Quinn that are suitable for development on digital platforms, such as Hulu and Roku, with the eventual goal of becoming TV series on Fox, FX, Fxx or other networks. Additionally, Stern and Quinn will provide distribution and producing services (via Stern’s Abominable Pictures) for select projects that The Lonely Island develop under their deal with Fox. “Jon and Keith have a proven track record of making outrageous digital comedy series that have graduated to successful on-air shows,” said Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, Svp of Multi-Platform Programming for Fox. Stern and Quinn’s collaboration began when Stern pitched Burning Love to Quinn at Paramount – the series, executive-produced by Stern, »


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CBS Enters Holding Deals With 3 Actors Following Diversity Comedy Showcase

27 February 2014 11:58 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

CBS has signed talent holding deals with three actors following their performances at January’s Diversity Comedy Showcase, including a deal for a lead role in the pilot for the upcoming “How I Met Your Mother” spinoff “How I Met Your Dad.” As previously reported by TheWrap, Drew Tarver has signed on for a role on “How I Met Your Dad,” playing Todd, the best friend and college roommate of Sally (Greta Gerwig) who is now married to Sally’s brother. Tarver, a member of the Upright Citizens Brigade Harold Team, has appeared on “Animal Practice” and “Newsreaders,” and has created and. »

- Tim Kenneally

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Drew Tarver joins 'How I Met Your Dad'

26 February 2014 8:32 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

The How I Met Your Dad gang is starting to come together. Soon enough, they’ll need a booth to fit them all.

But for now, EW has confirmed that Drew Tarver has been cast as Todd, Sally’s “best friend and roommate from college who is now married to her brother.” Sally is of course played by Greta Gerwig.

Tarver was discovered at a CBS Diversity Showcase in January and signed to a CBS Talent Holding Deal before being cast in the How I Met Your Mother spin-off. He previously worked on Animal Practice and Newsreaders. »

- Samantha Highfill

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Drew Tarver Lands A Lead In ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Spinoff

25 February 2014 7:32 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: From obscurity to a lead of one of the hottest pilots — that has been the trajectory for young actor Drew Tarver over the past month. Exactly a month ago, the Upright Citizens Brigade member performed at CBS‘ 9th annual Diversity Showcase as a Lgbt participant. The network signed him in a talent holding deal, and he has now been cast as one of the leads of How I Met Your Mother spinoff How I Met Your Dad. In the vein of the original series, Himyd tells the story from a female point of view, that of Sally (Greta Gerwig), and revolves around a new group of friends in New York. Tarver will play Todd, Sally’s best friend and roommate from college who is now married to her brother. Related: 2014 CBS Pilots Tarver, repped by Paradigm and Industry Entertainment, has trained at Ucb, the Groundlings, Westside Comedy Theatre and Acme Theater in New York. »


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Alan Tudyk Becomes One of Adult Swim’s “Newsreaders” and Chris Colfer Joins the “Hollywood Game Night” Finale

3 February 2014 4:39 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »


TVLine has the scoop  on the proposed Supernatural spin-off. The series will follow a new hunter who comes to realize that Chicago is under the control of five monster families and the tensions from their attempts to consolidate power while maintaining the peace. I have to admit, that sounds a lot soapier than I’d expect out of a Supernatural spin-off.

When Adult Swim’s fake news show Newsreaders returns for its second season, it will feature a new host — Alan Tudyk. I’ll miss (previous Newsreaders host) Mather Zickel but Alan Tudyk getting a chance to be goofy is generally a good thing.

Too bad “goody and naked” isn’t likely on a fake news show.

The Newsroom and Smash alum Grace Gummer has joined the cast of CBS’ summer series Extant. The series stars Halle Berry as Molly, an astronaut who returns from earth after a long mission in space. »

- Lyle Masaki

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David Wain To Direct Amy Poehler’s NBC Pilot ‘Old Soul’

31 January 2014 11:34 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

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, »


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