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NBC Taps Comic For 20-Something Sitcom

Remember how in the 1980s and 1990s standup comedians ruled the comedy series world as the broadcast networks were clamoring to develop sitcoms with them? Well, it's been awhile since the last big one based on standup, Everybody Loves Raymond, went off the air, and now networks are looking in other places for fresh writing/acting talent. NBC is taking a chance this development season with a high-concept comedy from up-and-coming comic Mo Mandel. The project, produced by 3 Arts, chronicles what a group of twentysomethings do in the last five years of their lives before the Earth is destroyed by a meteor. Mandel may also co-star if his script goes to pilot. Mandel broke out at the Montreal Just For Laughs comedy festival and has pilot acting experience after co-starring on Fox's Strange Brew last season. Wme/3 Arts-repped Mandel, who recently taped his first stand up special for Comedy Central,
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TV Bites: Fox Kills Off Ben Stiller's Station and Martin Short's Tax Man

· After Fox greenlighted five pilots to series yesterday afternoon, the network snuffed out six others, including Ben Stiller's CIA comedy The Station. Stiller announced the death last night via Twitter: "I like to produce a failed pilot for Fox about once every ten years. Latest was the Station. Written directed and acted by a great group." The other casualties include, Tax Man, which starred Martin Short, Judy Greer and David Krumholtz in a workplace comedy and Strange Brew, a comedy starring Laurie Metcalf as a newly sober matriarch whose family runs a brewery. Fox also killed Christian Slater's comedy Breaking In, as well as Breakout Kings and ironically, Most Likely to Succeed. [Deadline]

ABC picks up a family of superheroes, Mark Wahlberg writes about females looking for love, and more TV Bites after the jump.
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