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Hulu Orders Middle School Comedy ‘PEN15’

Hulu Orders Middle School Comedy ‘PEN15’
Hulu has given a straight-to-series order for the middle school comedy “PEN15.”

Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle star in the series, playing versions of themselves as thirteen-year-old outcasts in the year 2000, surrounded by actual thirteen-year-olds, where the best day of your life can turn into your worst with the stroke of a gel pen. Hulu has given the show a 10-episode first season order.

Erskine and Konkle co-created the series with Sam Zvibleman. All three will serve as writers and executive produce, with Zvibleman also set to direct multiple episodes.
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Hulu Orders Twisted, Adult-Themed Middle School Comedy PEN15

Get your mind out of into the gutter: Hulu is taking us back to middle school… uncensored.

The streaming service has handed a 10-episode series order to PEN15 (Ok, class, stop giggling), an adult-themed half-hour comedy set in middle school, TVLine has confirmed. Maya Erskine (Casual) and Anna Konkle (Rosewood) will star as their 13-year-old outcast selves — though clearly grown-up — as they navigate middle school among real 13-year-olds in the year 2000, “where the best day of your life can turn into your worst with the stroke of a gel pen,” according to the official description. (The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.
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The Lonely Island Shares Rejected Oscars Anthem Honoring Blockbuster Movies

The Oscars are a place that honors excellence in filmmaking — particularly with highbrow films that the average moviegoer wouldn’t necessarily see rather than box office blockbusters. The comedic musical trio, The Lonely Island addresses this problem in the song, “Why Not Me?”; a tune that they were asked to write but didn’t make it to air because it was “financially and logistically impossible.” Known for their SNL Digital Shorts, Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, and Jorma…
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Lonely Island Debuts Parody Video Poking Fun at Oscar Nominees

The Lonely Island released a video lamenting the lack of nominations for Hollywood blockbusters at the Oscars, which they claim was supposed to air during Sunday’s ceremony.

Opening with a teleprompter-like crawl, a letter from the comedy trio — Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, and Jorma Taccone — reads, “We were asked to write a song for this year’s Oscars… Unfortunately it wasn’t chosen because it was ‘financially and logistically impossible,’ so for fun we thought we’d share the rough storyboards of what would have been a fully shot, star studded music video of exorbitant cost.”

The video continues with a slideshow of stills featuring characters from popular 2017 movies — including “Wonder Woman,” “Thor: Ragnarok,” “It,” and “Girls Trip” — as dubbed musical voiceovers play in the background.

“Why not me? Do I not deserve a nomination?” Thor muses as an illustration of the superhero reading through “Thor: Ragnarok’s” rave
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Watch the Hilarious Lonely Island Music Video That Was Cut From the 2018 Oscars

The Lonely Island wrote a song for the 2018 Oscars, but it didn't make the award show cut. The comedy group of Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer shared the news on social media Monday, along with a demo of the Oscar song, entitled "Why Not Me." The video begins with a message to viewers that reads, "We were asked to write a song for this year's Oscars…Unfortunately, it wasn't chose because it was 'financially and logistically impossible,' so for fun we thought we'd share the rough storyboards of what would have been a fully shot, star-studded music video of exorbitant cost. All vocals and visuals are temp, so please use your imagination and enjoy!" ...
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The Lonely Island’s Rejected Oscar Song Asks Why ‘Thor,’ ‘It,’ and More Don’t Get Nominated — Watch

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The Lonely Island’s Rejected Oscar Song Asks Why ‘Thor,’ ‘It,’ and More Don’t Get Nominated — Watch
For those who thought that last night’s Oscars telecast was lacking on the comedy side of things, here’s a glimpse of what could have been, courtesy of erstwhile comedy group The Lonely Island (Aka Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer).

Monday morning, the team behind such classic films as “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping” — as well as one of the best Oscar musical moments in recent memory — shared on YouTube the rough storyboards for a proposed music video they say they were asked to write for this year’s Academy Awards ceremony.

“Unfortunately,” according to the video description, “It wasn’t chosen because it was ‘financially and logistically impossible,’ so for fun we thought we’d share the rough storyboards of what would have been a fully shot, star-studded music video of exorbitant cost. All vocals and visuals are temp, so please use your imagination and enjoy!
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TV Review: ‘Alone Together’ on Freeform

TV Review: ‘Alone Together’ on Freeform
It’s deceptively quite difficult to make being a terrible person into comic brilliance — and there’s no better proof than a show like “Alone Together,” which strains to be more than bitchy but rarely manages it. The show, a vehicle for the comic duo Esther Povitsky and Benji Alfalo, relates the superficial, tawdry adventures of these two young wannabes in Los Angeles with an honesty that is in line with other millennial comedies of error. But the show is a poor facsimile of its forbears, without either the sharp observations or the engaging characters. The flimsy premise of the show is that Esther and Benji (the executive producers and stars, playing versions of themselves) are too dysfunctional to get along with each other but too awful to get along with anyone else. To their credit, the couple is recognizable — those perplexing fixtures at someone else’s party that are both codependent and unconsummated. But who wants
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‘Alone Together’: Paul Mather Tapped As Showrunner For The Lonely Island’s Freeform Series

Canadian writer-producer Paul Mather (Powerless, Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life) has been named showrunner for Freeform’s Alone Together, executive produced by The Lonely Islanders Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. The new comedy about L.A. millennials has already been renewed for a second season ahead of its January premiere on Freeform. Alone Together stars stand-up comedians Esther Povitsky and Benji Aflalo as overlooked millennial misfits from…
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The Best Lonely Island Story You Didn’t Know about Involving Kiefer Sutherland

If you know anything about The Lonely Island you still might not know this story involving Keifer Sutherland. In 2000 the trio that was responsible for The Lonely Island, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone, were filming a video for their show, The Lonely Island, which was so named for the low-rent, modest apartment the trio shared. They would often stay up late at night recording music videos and coming up with ideas to pitch to networks while attempting to make their own brand a workable deal. The role that Sutherland played in this group’s rise to fame was

The Best Lonely Island Story You Didn’t Know about Involving Kiefer Sutherland
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Anthony Anderson Sobs Hysterically as His black-ish Daughter Yara Shahidi Heads Off to College in grown-ish First Look

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Anthony Anderson Sobs Hysterically as His black-ish Daughter Yara Shahidi Heads Off to College in grown-ish First Look
Hey black-ish fans, meet your next obsession: grown-ish.

From executive producer Kenya Barris, grown-ish follows Zoey (Yara Shahidi), Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow Johnson (Tracee Ellis Ross) from the Emmy-nominated ABC comedy as they embark on a new chapter of their lives: Zoey’s freshman year of college.

People can exclusively reveal the first promo for the upcoming spinoff, which kicks off with a special two-episode premiere Jan. 3 on Freeform — and you’re probably not shocked that the Johnson family patriarch doesn’t take the transition all that well.

“It hurts so bad,” he wails into the phone in the sneak peek above.
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The Lonely Island’s ‘Alone Together’ Gets Season 2 Renewal Ahead Of January Premiere On Freeform

Freeform’s Alone Together doesn’t debut until next year, but the cable net today ordered a second season of the comedy about L.A. millennials. The series exec produced by The Lonely Islanders Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone premieres January 10. Alone Together stars stand-up comedians Esther Povitsky and Benji Aflalo as overlooked millennial misfits from different backgrounds trying to make their way in the vain and status-obsessed culture of Los Angeles…
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'Alone Together' Gets Early Season 2 Renewal at Freeform (Exclusive)

Freeform is showing an early sign of confidence in Alone Together.

The Disney-owned cable network has handed out an early 10-episode season-two renewal for the comedy ahead of its series debut.

In the single-camera comedy — produced by Lonely Island trio Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva SchafferEsther Povitsky and Benji Aflalo star as two overlooked millennial misfits from different backgrounds trying to make their way in the vain and status-obsessed culture of L.A. These two only find salvation in their male/female strictly platonic friendship. The series will premiere its first 10 episodes Jan. 10 at 8:30...
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‘Rick and Morty’ Fans, Check Out the Justin Roiland Series So Subversive, Bill Cosby Took Legal Action

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‘Rick and Morty’ Fans, Check Out the Justin Roiland Series So Subversive, Bill Cosby Took Legal Action
Years before a deluge of women started speaking out about Bill Cosby’s behavior off-screen, the then-beloved comedian revealed that there were some things he didn’t find particularly funny — specifically, the web series “House of Cosbys,” an absurdist animated series created by a young Justin Roiland.

Originally produced in 2005, “House of Cosbys” was one of the first major successes for Channel 101, the screening series/digital platform created by Dan Harmon and Rob Schrab. “Channel 101” featured a number of comedy stars, including Jack Black, Sarah Silverman, and The Lonely Island’s Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone – while also leading to the collaboration between Harmon and Roiland that would eventually give birth to “Rick and Morty.”

It also, however, attracted the ire of Cosby, who for some reason didn’t see the humor in the show. “Cosbys” focused on Mitchell (voiced by Jeff B. Davis, who would
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Electric Guest’s Asa Taccone: 5 Things to Know About the ‘Oh Devil’ Singer

Electric Guest’s Asa Taccone: 5 Things to Know About the ‘Oh Devil’ Singer
You know the feeling: You recognize a band, their music sounds so familiar, but you’re not quite sure where you’ve heard them before. Was it a commercial, a TV show, a late night talk show appearance? Or did you catch them during a summer music festival? Maybe you just came across one of their songs on a Spotify Discover playlist. Whatever the original circumstance, the tune is undeniably catchy and you’re curious for more.

Electric Guest checks off all the above boxes. The Los Angeles-based duo, Asa Taccone and Matthew Compton, released their first album Mondo in 2012. The debut song,
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TV News Roundup: Conan O’Brien Heads to Israel for TV Special

TV News Roundup: Conan O’Brien Heads to Israel for TV Special
In today’s roundup, Conan O’Brien is taking “Conan” to Israel, and NBC helms a new special on Princess Diana.

Specials

TBS is taking “Conan” internationally for the seventh time in two years as host Conan O’Brien travels to Israel. “Conan Without Boarders: Israel” will be a primetime special airing Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 10 p.m. O’Brien plans to visit Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, among other locations yet to be announced. “Conan” airs Monday through Thursday at 11 p.m. on TBS. The show is produced by Conaco LLC, with Jeff Ross serving as executive producer.

“Diana, 7 Days,” a two-hour documentary capturing the week following the 1997 death of Princess Diana, will air on Friday, Sept. 1 at 8 p.m. on NBC. The film documents the time between Princess Diana’s tragic death and her funeral, and the effect it had on the United Kingdom and the world. This marks the first time her two sons, Prince William
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‘Brigsby Bear’: How Two Childhood Best Friends Sold Their Love Letter to Cinema to Sony Pictures Classics

‘Brigsby Bear’: How Two Childhood Best Friends Sold Their Love Letter to Cinema to Sony Pictures Classics
Kyle Mooney and Dave McCary are well aware that keeping secrets in Hollywood can be a futile endeavor, but that hasn’t stopped them from trying to keep too much information about their comedy “Brigsby Bear” from leaking to potential moviegoers. Armed with a deliberately thin official synopsis and a gleefully weird set of trailers, the filmmakers are eager for audiences to see their film without knowing too much beforehand, instead experiencing the special charms of “Brigsby Bear” with as little prejudice as possible.

It’s a pretty big ask for a movie that debuted over six months ago. It’s also part of the reason why the first-time filmmakers are so high on their distributor, Sony Pictures Classics, which made it clear from their first meeting that they were all-in on the childhood best friends’ big vision — even if it meant keeping mum on some of its most inventive twists.
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New to Streaming: ‘Certain Women,’ ‘A Quiet Passion,’ ‘All These Sleepless Nights,’ ‘After the Storm,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

20th Century Women (Mike Mills)

That emotional profundity most directors try to build to across an entire film? Mike Mills achieves it in every scene of 20th Century Women. There’s such a debilitating warmness to both the vibrant aesthetic and construction of its dynamic characters as Mills quickly soothes one into his story that you’re all the more caught off-guard as the flurry of emotional wallops are presented.
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The Lonely Island on the Creation, Release, and Legacy of ‘Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping’

In hindsight, it seems crazy it took this long to get a Lonely Island movie, but Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping was well worth the wait. After making their mark on SNL, helping to usher the show into the digital age, Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer entered the feature film world in various combinations with movies like Hot Rod, MacGruber, and The Watch. But it wasn’t until Popstar that the three were granted the opportunity to create a feature film from the ground up, together, and make it whatever they wanted. Producer Judd Apatow helped shepherd the …
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Brigsby Bear Trailer Gets Trippy with Mark Hamill and Kyle Mooney

Brigsby Bear Trailer Gets Trippy with Mark Hamill and Kyle Mooney
Sony Pictures Classics has debuted the first trailer, poster and photos for the indie sensation Brigsby Bear, which the studio quickly picked up after its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January. While we don't get to see much from this trailer, it certainly paints an intriguing picture of this world, which is seemingly set in some sort of post-apocalyptic desert landscape, where one family has managed to survive, portrayed by Mark Hamill, Kyle Mooney and Jane Adams. While there is certainly much more to explore than this first trailer has to offer, it certainly presents an intriguing look into this unique world.

Brigsby Bear Adventures is a children's TV show produced for an audience of one: James (Kyle Mooney). When the show abruptly ends, James's life changes forever, he sets out to finish the story himself and must learn to cope with the realities of a new world that he knows nothing about.
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truTV Renews Eight Shows, Orders Five More to Series Including ‘Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters’

truTV Renews Eight Shows, Orders Five More to Series Including ‘Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters’
Turner network truTV has renewed eight of its shows in addition to greenlighting five more and putting four into development, the network announced during their upfront presentation in New York on Friday.

New seasons of “Impractical Jokers,” “Jon Glaser Loves Gear,” “The Carbonaro Effect,” “Hack My Life,” and “Comedy Knockout” will be joined in the 2017-2018 season by new shows including “Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks,” “At Home with Amy Sedaris,” and “Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters,” among others. The network’s development pipeline includes projects from Molly Austin and Shamikah Martinez, Liza Treyger, The Kloons, and Rose Schlossberg.

truTV underwent an extensive rebrand that began in October 2014. In late 2016, the network unveiled a new tag line – Funny because its tru – highlighting its commitment to both scripted and unscripted comedy.

“Three years ago, when we announced our plan to totally reinvent truTV as a comedy network, people thought we were nuts and it would never work – but
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