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Awkwafina Sitcom Coming to Comedy Central

Comedy Central is working with ascendant multi-hyphenate Awkwafina, as the #1 brand in comedy ordered 10 episodes of her self-titled scripted series, it was announced today by Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen, Executive Vice Presidents and Co-Heads of Talent and Development for Comedy Central. Awkwafina is a half-hour scripted narrative starring writer, actor and rapper Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians) as a twenty-something living in Queens, striving for a larger than life existence while living with her father and grandmother. Awkwafina, Karey Dornetto (Portlandia) and Teresa Hsiao (Family Guy) wrote the pilot directed by Lucia Aniello (Rough Night). The cast is

Awkwafina Sitcom Coming to Comedy Central
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Comedy Central Orders Awkwafina, Rory Scovel Projects to Series

  • Variety
Comedy Central Orders Awkwafina, Rory Scovel Projects to Series
Both Awkwafina and Rory Scovel have scored series orders for projects they have set up at Comedy Central.

The cabler has ordered 10 episodes of the self-titled series “Awkwafina,” which is a half-hour scripted series starring the writer, actor, and rapper. In the series, she will play a twenty-something living in Queens, striving for a larger than life existence while living with her father and grandmother.

Awkwafina will star alongside Bowen Yang as Awkwafina’s more successful cousin, Bd Wong as her father, and Lori Tan Chinn as her grandmother. Awkwafina, Karey Dornetto, and Teresa Hsiao wrote the pilot directed by Lucia Aniello.

Awkwafina, Dornetto, Aniello, Dornetto, Peter Principato, and Itay Reiss of Artists First executive produce. Hsiao serves as co-executive producer. Monika Zielinska, Adam Londy and Rachel Olson are executives in charge of the show for Comedy Central.

“I’ve been watching Comedy Central since I was old enough to hold a remote,
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Awkwafina Sitcom Snags Series Order at Comedy Central — First Photo

Comedy Central is jumping on the Awkwafina bandwagon, placing a 10-episode series order for a half-hour sitcom starring the actress-writer-rapper, TVLine has learned.

Titled Awkwafina, the comedy finds the triple threat playing a twenty-something living in Queens, striving for a larger than life existence while living with her father and grandmother. Awkwafina co-wrote the pilot with Karey Dornetto (Smilf) and Teresa Hsiao (Family Guy). Broad City vet Lucia Aniello handled director duties.

The cast also includes Bowen Yang as Awkwafina’s more successful cousin, Bd Wong as her father, and Lori Tan Chinn as her grandmother.

“Inspired by Awkwafina’s formative years in Queens,
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‘Awkwafina’ & Rory Scovel’s ‘Robbie’ Picked Up To Series At Comedy Central

  • Deadline
Comedy Central has given series orders to two half-hour scripted comedies – the self-titled Awkwafina starring the multi-hyphenate Crazy Rich Asians star, and co-starring Bd Wong, and Robbie, from Rory Scovel and Gary Sanchez Productions, with Beau Bridges. Sasheer Zamata and Mary Holland. Both had been previously ordered to pilot as part of Comedy Central’s 2018-2019 development slate announcement in April. Since then, Awkwafina’s popularity exploded with the success of Crazy Rich Asians, landing her a hosting gig on Saturday Night Live. She has two films going to Sundance, The Farewell and Paradise Hills.

Comedy Central has ordered ten episodes of Awkwafina and eight episodes of Robbie. The pickups come amid ratings growth for Comedy Central which finished the fiscal year up 6% among adults 18-49. It was the network’s highest-rated year among Women 18-49 (+13%) since 2014. Comedy Central also saw strong multiplatform growth with nearly 4.7 billion videos streamed across
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Awkwafina’s Scripted Series Picked Up by Comedy Central

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Awkwafina’s Scripted Series Picked Up by Comedy Central
Comedy Central has given series orders to two new scripted comedies, one from Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina and another from comedian Rory Scovel.

The Crazy Rich Asians and Oceans 8 breakout is set to star in and executive produce the half-hour comedy “Awkwafina” about a 20-something in Queens, striving for a larger than life existence while living with her father and grandmother. The 10-episode series also stars Bowen Yang as Awkwafina’s more successful cousin, BD Wong as her father and Lori Tan Chinn as her grandmother.

Awkwafina co-wrote the Lucia Aniello-directed pilot with Karey Dornetto and Teresa Hsiao. Awkwafina, Dornetto, Aniello are executive producers alongside Peter Principato and Itay Reiss of Artists First. Hsiao is co-executive producer, while Monika Zielinska, Adam Londy and Rachel Olson are executives in charge for Comedy Central.
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Comedy Central Greenlights Arturo Castro Sketch Show And Comedy Cellar Stand-Up Series, Boosts Development Slate

  • Deadline
Comedy Central has unveiled its 2018-2019 development slate which includes series orders for Alternatino With Arturo Castro, a Latino-focused sketch series from the Broad City regular, and This Week at the Comedy Cellar, a stand-up series from the famed New York City venue.

The network also has five new shows in development including the weekly series Verified With David Spade, which Deadline revealed last month, and the already announced animated Mall Town USA executive produced by Broad City‘s Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer.

Broad City, which was just renewed for a fifth and final season, factors heavy in the development slate. Along with alum Castro’s series is the in-the-works Kevin Vs. Josh, created, written by and starring Kevin Barnett and Josh Rabinowitz. Based on their real-life friendship, it is executive produced by Jerrod Carmichael, Ari Katcher, Avi Gilbert, Barnett and Rabinowitz.

Also in development is Awkwafina, a half-hour
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Comedy Central Greenlights ‘Comedy Cellar,’ Arturo Castro Series; Orders David Spade Pilot

  • Variety
Comedy Central said it greenlit two new series and ordered five pilots as part of its 2018-2019 development slate, readying a stand-up series centered around New York’s Comedy Cellar and preparing a new showcase for Latino comedian Arturo Castro.

“Alternatino with Arturo Castro” stars Arturo Castro and is directed by Nick Jasenovec. The sketch show is based on Arturo’s experiences as a Latino millennial in the United States. The series is executive produced by Castro, Jasenovec and Sam Saifer for Avalon Television, with Avalon Television producing. Arturo is represented by Wme, Avalon and Melissa fox at Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush and Keller. Jose Acevedo and Ari Pearce are the executives in charge of production for Comedy Central.

“This Week at the Comedy Cellar” is a series of 30-minute episodes that showcase “the best topical jokes generated in the Comedy Cellar in the days immediately leading up to premiere.
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Portlandia: Watch the Sixth Season Premiere Episode

Season six of the Portlandia TV series premieres on IFC, Thursday, January 21, 2016, but you can watch it, right here and now. Already renewed through season seven, the satirical sketch comedy should not be cancelled too soon.

Shot in Portland, Portlandia is created by Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, and Jonathan Krisel. The trio writes the show with Karey Dornetto and Graham Wagner. Watch Brownstein, Armisen, and their alter-egos kick off the sixth season of Portlandia, below.

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‘Addicted to Fresno’ Review

Stars: Judy Greer, Natasha Lyonne, Aubrey Plaza, Ron Livingston, Allison Tolman, Fred Armisen, Molly Shannon, Jessica St. Clair, Malcolm Barrett, Michael Hitchcock, Clea DuVall | Written by Karey Dornetto | Directed by Jamie Babbit

Reteaming director Jamie Babbit with Natasha Lyonne, her leading lady from the 1999 cult favourite But I’m a Cheerleader, Addicted to Fresno tells the story of Martha (Lyonne), a quiet reserved young woman who divides her day between working as a cleaner at the Fresno Suites hotel and working out at the local gym.

When her elder sister, Shannon (Greer), is finally released from a sex rehab clinic, their unshakeable bond of sisterhood is put to the test when, after Martha gets Shannon a job at the hotel where she works, she accidentally kills a guest post-coitus. With no option but to try and dipose of the body, the pair get entangled in a web of sex toys,
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Addicted to Fresno review – ill-considered coupling, accidental killing

Laughter is in short supply in this wacky farce about codependent sisters

There’s a lot of talent on screen in Jamie Babbit’s dysfunctional farce about codependent sisters embroiled in a spiralling web of ill-considered coupling and accidental killing. Sadly, the cast can’t save Karey Dornetto’s script from the slough of wacky despond as sex addict Shannon (Judy Greer) drags long-suffering Martha (Natasha Lyonne) away from the would-be welcoming arms of fitness instructor Kelly (Aubrey Plaza) to help her dispose of an inconvenient stiff.

Naff jokes about rape, the Holocaust, and the wretchedness of Fresno leave laughter in short supply as the shrieky action pinballs self-consciously from barmitzvahs to pet cemeteries. Tonally, it’s not a million miles away from the aggravating screwball of Accidental Love, but at least director David O Russell disowned that recut catastrophe.

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Addicted to Fresno review – a killer sex-addict sister act

Pushing the taste envelope with murder japes and rape jokes, this weird sisters comedy slaloms to success

The new comedy from Jamie Babbit (But I’m a Cheerleader) reroutes Shame via Weekend at Bernie’s, and pulls a neat switch in casting its central siblings: Judy Greer is the abrasive sex addict shrugging into a chambermaid gig in the titular no-horse-town, while a genial Natasha Lyonne attempts to clear up after sis accidentally brains a casual lay. Though Karey Dornetto’s slaloming screenplay can feel self-conscious about pushing the taste envelope, it offers the leads a useful showcase: Greer, squandered as “concerned mom” in this summer’s blockbusters, proves she can get laughs simply from stacking loo rolls, while Lyonne builds a very sweet relationship with on-off gym buddy Aubrey Plaza, and her Cousin Itt impression alone merits the VOD rental. Innately funny people (Molly Shannon, Beth Grant, Fred Armisen
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Addicted to Fresno | Review

But I’m a Sex Addict: Babbitt Returns to Dark Comedy with Mixed Results

Though the film rests rather comfortably on the shoulders of its talented lead actresses, director Jamie Babbit’s latest, Addicted to Fresno, overreaches in its efforts to deliver an endearing yet cynical familial drama about two sisters maturing and growing closer together as they cover up an accidental murder. Written by talented television writer Karey Dornetto (“South Park,” “Portlandia”), here writing her first feature, a number of winning elements are present to constitute a successfully cynical dark comedy, but more often than not, a reliance on too many familiar narrative points tends to mish-mash the highs and lows into a mediocre black comedy. Fans of the notable cast members should find much to appreciate, though one is left with a curiously uninvolved feeling once the credits roll.

Recovering sex addict Shannon (Judy Greer) is having a difficult time staying sex free.
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Interview: Jamie Babbit and Karey Dornetto Talk Addicted to Fresno (Exclusive)

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Interview: Jamie Babbit and Karey Dornetto Talk Addicted to Fresno (Exclusive)
Compellingly making a female driven comedy that chronicles the complexity of their relationships in both a funny and meaningful way can be an equally daunting and liberating task. But the new independent movie ‘Addicted to Fresno,’ which was directed by Jamie Babbit and written by television scribe Karey Dornetto, comically and meaningfully chronicles how families enable each other to continue destructive patterns. But they ultimately realize they must ultimately separate in order to grow. Also emphasizing the vulnerability of two distinct sisters, as well as the prospect of redeeming their mistakes, despite their reluctance to change their bad choices, proves that the filmmakers know how to create relatable characters who [ Read More ]

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SXSW Interview: Jamie Babbit and Karey Dornetto Talk Fresno

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Fresno is writer Karey Dornetto and director Jamie Babbit's first film collaboration and hopefully not the last. It is a crime comedy that tells the dysfunctional story of two sisters Shannon (played by Judy Greer) a registered sex offender fresh out of rehab and her bright and shiny yet unintentionally enabling sister Martha (played by Natasha Lyonne). When an accidental death occurs the sisters are stuck trying to figure out how to get rid of it or suffer the consequences. Cinelinx sat down with both Babbit and Dornetto to discuss the film.

Post-rehab, sister Shannon shacks up with Martha and they both work as maids at a nearby hotel. Shannon, not completely over her sex addiction, ends up having sex with a perv in the hotel and accidentally kills him. With a dead body on their hands, the two sisters decide to bring it to the local crematory to get rid of it.
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SXSW 2015, The Average: ‘7 Chinese Brothers,’ ‘Adult Beginners,’ ‘Just Jim’ and More

SXSW 2015 Film Review

complete coverage of the SXSW Film Festival 2015

7 Chinese Brothers

Director/Screenwriter: Bob Byington

A man unaccustomed to telling the truth learns to at least describe it. Cast: Jason Schwartzman, Tunde Adebimpe, Eleanore Pienta, Olympia Dukakis, Stephen Root. (World Premiere) (film synopsis from sxsw.com)

Overall

The film is almost about nothing, just like the title of the film. Most of the time this doesn’t matter because we get to watch Schwartzman do many Schwartzman things, including acting opposite his real-life dog. There is a very sweet and surprisingly authentic death involving a key character. Besides that moment, when the film ends, you’ll quickly forget about it and move on.

Final Score: 6/10

Adult Beginners

Director: Ross Katz, Screenwriters: Jeff Cox, Elizabeth Flahive

Out of a job after a disastrous product launch, a big-city yuppie retreats to his suburban childhood home, in this heart-warming and hilarious film about crashing hard,
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'Fresno' (2015) Movie Review

I judge comedy harder than probably any other genre. To keep me consistently laughing takes a lot of hard work, and a lot of comedies nowadays don't like to try all that hard, throwing stuff to the wind they aren't terribly committed to and hoping it sticks. So, when a comedy with a focused, specific voice comes along that has me laughing from start to finish, I am a happy guy. Fresno from director Jamie Babbit and writer Karey Dornetto managed to do that. It's not a comedic masterpiece. I don't want to overstate it. But it certainly is a funny 90 minutes that gives stars Judy Greer and Natasha Lyonne a lot of things to play with. Greer plays Shannon, a recovering sex addict trying to get her life in order, very reluctantly I might add. She has shacked up with her sister Martha (Lyonne), a hotel maid with a bit of a savior complex,
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Top Ten Most Anticipated Films of the 2015 SXSW Film Festival

The South by Southwest Film Festival is starting up this Friday, and I could not be more excited. This is my fourth year of attending the fest, and each year brings about a couple of films I love. What is also great about SXSW is, unlike Toronto or Cannes, there is plenty of room for discovery. Many films are making their world premieres here from lesser known filmmakers. SXSW also brings together an eclectic assortment of genres for the program, from indie dramas to horror films to science-fiction to you name it. I think going to those aforementioned festivals and just seeing "prestige pictures" continuously could get a bit boring. Sure, SXSW has a higher risk for a terrible movie, but the risk is exciting. Consequently, making a most anticipated list for a festival offering a lot of discoveries seems like a contradiction. But, of course, if you look through the program,
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Portlandia Renewed For Two More Seasons

I knew you think you’re a fan of the best show on television, but unless you mean Portlandia, you’re just fooling yourself.

Well, I may be caught up in the excitement, and thus prone to overstating things a bit, But!

It is certainly one of the best shows on (and I mean the top three or four), and this is a good time to commit yourself to it, and binge the previous season, because you know it will be around.

The Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein show has always stood out as not only hilarious, but inventive, and frequently uncomfortable. As the seasons have moved on, we’ve gotten a fascinating look at the characters that hail from the soggy northwest, without sacrificing any of the genius behind the show.

Stay tuned, another few weeks, and more seasons may get ordered.

courtesy IFC

IFC Renews Hit Comedy for
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'Portlandia' Renewed for 2 More Seasons on IFC

'Portlandia' Renewed for 2 More Seasons on IFC
Currently in Season 5, IFC has renewed Portlandia for Season 6 and Season 7, ordering ten half-hour episodes each. Creators and stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, along with co-creator and director Jonathan Krisel, will remain at the helm for both seasons. Portlandia is executive produced by Lorne Michaels and produced by Broadway Video.

Said Fred and Carrie in a joint statement.

"We are so excited to get to do more Portlandia with IFC. Getting to work with Jon and our talented writers and crew, it really is our favorite thing in the world. Also, we get to spend more time in Portland!"

Said Jennifer Caserta, IFC's president:

"Portlandia may be a place where young people go to retire, but IFC is not retiring Portlandia. And if you order a book from Toni and Candace at the Feminist Bookstore right now, it might even arrive by the time season seven rolls around.
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SXSW Announces Their Features Lineup; Includes Feig/McCarthy's 'Spy' and Apatow's 'Trainwreck'

Amy Schumer and Bill Hader in TrainwreckPhoto: Universal Pictures With Sundance just wrapping up and Berlin starting up in a few days, we are now immersed in the year-long barrage of film festivals. One such festival in South By Southwest. A few weeks back they announced the first seven films of their program, including the opening night film Brand: A Second Coming. Today, they have revealed the rest of the features to be shown in March (except for the midnight program), and some of it has me very excited. The bigger titles announced do not do much for me. Paul Feig's Spy, starring Melissa McCarthy, and the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart starrer Get Hard leave a lot to be desired in terms of anticipation, as does a work in progress cut of Judd Apatow's latest film Trainwreck. I'm guessing an Apatow work in progress is probably around three and a half hours.
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