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‘Chad’ Trailer: Nasim Pedrad Plays an Awkward 14-Year Old Boy in New TBS Comedy Series

‘Chad’ Trailer: Nasim Pedrad Plays an Awkward 14-Year Old Boy in New TBS Comedy Series
Nasim Pedrad launched her career as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2009 through 2014. Since then, she’s popped up on Scream Queens, People of Earth, and New Girl, as well as having a role as a new character in Disney’s upcoming remake of Aladdin. But soon, she’ll be taking on a role […]

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SNL's Nasim Pedrad Plays Teenage Boy Chad In New TBS Comedy — Trailer

SNL's Nasim Pedrad Plays Teenage Boy Chad In New TBS Comedy — Trailer
Nasim Pedrad is heading back to high school… as a 14-year-old boy.

TBS has handed a series order to Chad, a 10-episode comedy starring the Saturday Night Live alumna as a Persian boy trying to fit in while reconciling his cultural identity.

In addition to her on-camera role, Pedrad is creator, writer, executive producer and co-showrunner, alongside Hayes Davenport (Vice Principals). Additional EPs include Oly Obst (The Mick) and Rob Rosell (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia).

“I’m so grateful to TBS for believing in Chad and giving an adult woman the opportunity to live her dream of playing a jarringly awkward teenage boy,
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Wrecked Cancelled at TBS

Wrecked‘s chances for another season have crashed and burned: TBS has cancelled the survival comedy after three seasons, TVLine has confirmed.

The Lost-inspired spoof followed a group of mismatched strangers forced to band together on a remote island to survive after their plane crashes into the ocean. The ensemble cast included Zach Cregger (About a Boy) as flight attendant Owen, Asif Ali (The Mick) as sports agent Pack, Jessica Lowe (Man Seeking Woman) as fiery feminist Florence and Rhys Darby (Flight of the Conchords) as New Zealand native Steve. The show also welcomed a number of guest stars across its three seasons,
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Shrill Renewed for Season 2 at Hulu

Annie Easton’s journey of self-discovery isn’t over just yet: Hulu has renewed its Aidy Bryant-led comedy Shrill for Season 2, exactly one month after its debut.

The show’s sophomore run will span eight episodes, which is up from the six installments included in Season 1. It’s not yet clear how the renewal might affect Bryant’s stay on Saturday Night Live, where she’s been a cast member since 2012.

Based on Lindy West’s 2016 memoir Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, the series stars Bryant as Annie, an overweight young woman who wants to change her life,
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‘Our House’: Nancy Lenehan & Phil Hendrie To Co-Star In CBS Comedy Pilot

  • Deadline
‘Our House’: Nancy Lenehan & Phil Hendrie To Co-Star In CBS Comedy Pilot
Exclusive: Nancy Lenehan (Veep) and Phil Hendrie (New Girl) are set as leads opposite Katherine Heigl and Malcolm Barrett in CBS’ multi-camera comedy pilot Our House, from Sony Pictures TV and CBS TV Studios. In addition, Chris Harris (How I Met Your Mother) has been tapped as executive producer and showrunner as part of his overall deal with CBS TV Studios.

Written by Brendan O’Brien and directed by James Burrows, Our House centers on a devoted dad, Shawn (Barrett), and mom, Bridget (Heigl), who are committed to raising their children with the love and support the mom never got as a kid but discover how difficult that is with her insane parents, played by Lenehan and Hendrie, and siblings back in the picture.

Lenehan will play Laura, Bridget’s (Heigl) loving, passive-aggressive mother who feels like she no longer has a place in her family after her daughter renovates
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Pilot Castings: Jane Star Joins Spinoff, Iron Fist Vet's ABC Drama and More

Pilot Castings: Jane Star Joins Spinoff, Iron Fist Vet's ABC Drama and More
Jane the Virgin‘s abuela is moving to the spinoff Jane the Novela: Ivonne Coll — who plays Jane’s grandma Alba on the original series — will co-star in The CW’s offshoot pilot as a new character, our sister site Deadline reports.

Coll will portray Camila, the adoptive mother of central heroine Estela (East Los High‘s Jacqueline Grace Lopez), an up-and-coming art curator with a shocking secret that forces her to live a double life.

Also joining the anthology series — each season will based on a different fictional novel “written by” Jane Villanueva — is Remy Hii (Marco Polo) as Estela’s boyfriend Luen,
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Taika Waititi Joins Terry Gilliam to Direct Apple’s ‘Time Bandits’ Television Series

Taika Waititi Joins Terry Gilliam to Direct Apple’s ‘Time Bandits’ Television Series
Taika Waititi and Terry Gilliam are officially teaming up for what is now one of the most exciting creative pairings in Hollywood. The “Thor: Ragnarok” and “What We Do in the Shadows” favorite is confirmed to co-write and direct the pilot of “Time Bandits,” the upcoming Apple television series adapted from Gilliam’s 1981 fantasy film of the same name. Gillian is attached to the project as an executive producer. Waititi will also produce alongside Dan Halsted (TBS’ “People Of Earth”).

Time Bandits” was the first entry in Gilliam’s beloved Trilogy of Imagination, which also includes “Brazil” (1985) and “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen” (1988). The story centers around an 11-year-old boy named Kevin who meets six time-traveling dwarfs and joins them on an adventure through history. The group travels from one historical era to the next, stealing riches and meeting such prominent figures as Napoleon Bonaparte.

Gilliam’s movie has become
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Taika Waititi To Co-Write & Direct ‘Time Bandits’ Series In Works At Apple From Paramount, Anonymous Content & MRC

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Taika Waititi To Co-Write & Direct ‘Time Bandits’ Series In Works At Apple From Paramount, Anonymous Content & MRC
Exclusive: Thor: Ragnarok filmmaker Taika Waititi has boarded Time Bandits, the TV series adaptation of the beloved Terry Gilliam-directed movie, which is in development at Apple.

Waititi will co-write and direct the pilot for the potential series, co-produced by Anonymous Content, Paramount Television and Media Rights Capital. He also will serve as executive producer alongside Gilliam and producer Dan Halsted (People Of Earth).

Apple last summer made a deal for the rights to turn the 1981 fantasy into a TV series. Gilliam’s Time Bandits is a dark, irreverent adventure about imagination, bravery and the nature of our dreams. It follows the time-traveling adventures of an 11-year-old history buff named Kevin who, one night, stumbles on six dwarfs who emerge from his closet. They are former workers of the Supreme Being who have stolen a map that charts all the holes in the space-time fabric, using it to hop from
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'Time Bandits' TV Series in the Works at Apple With Taika Waititi

Apple's Time Bandits TV series is coming together.

Thor: Ragnarok's Taika Waititi has joined the project and will co-write and direct the pilot for the potential series, which remains in development.

The deal follows a rights deal Apple made last summer to adapt Terry Gilliam's 1981 fantasy feature for the small screen. The project hails from Anonymous Content, Paramount Television and Media Rights Capital. Waititi will also exec produce alongside Gilliam and producer Dan Halsted (TBS' People of Earth).

The news arrives as Waititi is currently earning rave reviews for FX's adaptation of his cult hit ...
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Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas Season 2 to Focus on Education

Alec Bojalad Mar 8, 2019

For Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas Season 2, the comedian-helper will be exploring education in America...and goat yoga.

Wyatt Cenac just wants to help. The first season of Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas on HBO covered things like space travel, police apologies, and automation. For Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas Season 2, the comedian is getting a little more specific.

Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas Season 2 will focus chiefly on the American education system per an HBO release. The 10-episode season, which debuts on Friday, April 5 at 11 p.m. Et on HBO, will tackle education from a variety of angles. These will cover teacher pay, student mental health, the school-to-prison pipeline, among other things. In his pursuit of understanding and improving American education, Cenac will visit West Virginia, Oregon, California, Minnesota and other areas around the country.

Here is a trailer of what exactly that will look like. 

Video of Wyatt
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Alan Tudyk to lead Syfy’s Resident Alien adaptation

Last summer it was announced that Syfy was developing a TV adaptation of the Dark Horse comic Resident Alien, and now comes word that the network has granted the project a series order, with Alan Tudyk set to lead the cast.

Based on the comics by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse, Resident Alien is described as dark, twisted and comedic fish-out-of-water story which “follows a crash-landed alien named Harry who, after taking on the identity of a small-town Colorado doctor, slowly begins to wrestle with the moral dilemma of his secret mission on Earth — ultimately asking the question, ‘Are human beings worth saving?’”

Tudyk will take on the role of Harry, while the cast will also feature Sara Tomko (Once Upon a Time), Corey Reynolds (The Closer), Alice Wetterlund (People of Earth) and Levi Fiehler (Mars) as series regulars. Filming will get underway on the series this summer, with Universal Content Productions,
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Syfy Orders Resident Alien Series Starring Firefly Vet Alan Tudyk

Syfy Orders Resident Alien Series Starring Firefly Vet Alan Tudyk
Alan Tudyk is officially taking up residence at Syfy: The network has given a series order to Resident Alien, a comic book adaptation starring the Firefly vet, it was announced on Thursday.

Based on the Dark Horse comics by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse, Resident Alien is described as “a twisted and comedic fish-out-of-water story that follows a crash-landed alien named Harry (Tudyk) who, after taking on the identity of a small-town Colorado doctor, slowly begins to wrestle with the moral dilemma of his secret mission on Earth.” Harry is, ultimately, forced to ask, “Are human beings worth saving?
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Syfy Orders ‘Resident Alien’ Drama to Series, Alan Tudyk to Star

  • Variety
Resident Alien,” a comedic drama series based on the comic books of the same name, is coming to Syfy, Variety has learned. Alan Tudyk is in position to star as the lead character in the adaptation of the Dark Horse comics, which were co-created by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse. “Resident Alien” is described as a twisted fish-out-of-water story that follows a crash-landed alien named Harry (Tudyk) who, after taking on the identity of a small-town Colorado doctor, slowly begins to wrestle with the moral dilemma of his secret mission on Earth. His experiences ultimately lead him to ask the question, “Are human beings worth saving?” The show hails from Universal Content Productions, in association with Amblin TV and Dark Horse Entertainment. It was adapted to television by executive producer Chris Sheridan. Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg will executive produce for Dark Horse Entertainment, and Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank
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‘Resident Alien’ Drama Ordered To Series At Syfy

  • Deadline
Syfy has handed a series order to drama Resident Alien starring Alan Tudyk, based on the Dark Horse comics series by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse, from Universal Content Productions, Dark Horse Entertainment and Amblin TV.

Resident Alien is described as a dark, twisted and comedic fish-out-of-water story. Adapted for television by Chris Sheridan (Family Guy), it follows a crash-landed alien named Harry (Tudyk) who, after taking on the identity of a small-town Colorado doctor, slowly begins to wrestle with the moral dilemma of his secret mission on Earth — ultimately asking the question, “Are human beings worth saving?”

David Dobkin (The Judge) executive produced and directed the pilot.

Tudyk is joined by series regulars Sara Tomko (Once Upon A Time), Corey Reynolds (The Closer), Alice Wetterlund (People of Earth) and Levi Fiehler (Mars).

The series will begin production in Vancouver this summer.
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Nasim Pedrad’s ‘Wonder Years’-Esque Comedy ‘Chad’ Gets TBS Pilot Order

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Nasim Pedrad’s ‘Wonder Years’-Esque Comedy ‘Chad’ Gets TBS Pilot Order
Nasim Pedrad’s comedy Chad has found a new home at TBS, which has picked it up to pilot three years after the project was ordered to pilot by Fox.

Chad is a single-camera Middle-Eastern family comedy that follow a 14-year-old Persian boy, played by Pedrad during high school as he desperately tries to fit in, cope with his mother’s dating life, and reconcile his cultural identity.

The show was a creative swing for Fox, which picked it to pilot in 2016 that was directed by Jason Winer and searched worldwide for Middle-Eastern actors to play Chad’s family. After Fox ultimately passed on the pilot, producing studio 20th Century Fox TV shopped it to other platforms. The studio is not involved in the TBS’ version of the project, which has been reworked for cable. Studio T is producing.

Chad sees Pedrad return to TBS after being cast in the
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Shrill: Aidy Bryant Learns to Love Herself in Trailer for Hulu Comedy

The trailer for Hulu’s Shrill begins with Aidy Bryant timidly asking a pharmacist for the morning-after pill. But it ends with Bryant’s character confidently cursing out her friend with benefits and confronting an online troll.

So, yeah, this girl goes on a serious journey in the span of two-and-a-half minutes.

Shrill stars Bryant (Saturday Night Live) as Annie, an overweight young woman who wants to change her life, but not her body. While trying to start her career as a writer, Annie juggles bad boyfriends, a sick parent and a perfectionist boss.

As seen in the trailer above,
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Alan Tudyk to Star in ‘Resident Alien’ Pilot at Syfy, Network Sets Main Cast

  • Variety
Alan Tudyk to Star in ‘Resident Alien’ Pilot at Syfy, Network Sets Main Cast
Alan Tudyk has been cast in the lead role in the upcoming “Resident Alien” pilot at Syfy.

The pilot is based on the Dark Horse comics series of the same name. Tudyk will play an alien that crash landed in the little town of Patience, Colorado and takes over the body of Doctor Harry Vanderspeigle, one of the town’s most reclusive citizens. The alien is up to no good, but his mission is sidetracked when the doctor is murdered and the alien is forced to take his place.

Tudyk recently starred in the film “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and was cast in the upcoming DC Universe TV series “Doom Patrol” in the role of Mr. Nobody. His other feature credits include “28 Days,” “Dodgeball,” “Frozen,” and “Moana.” He is also known for his role on the cult series “Firefly” and the film follow up “Serenity.” He is
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The 50 Most-Watched TV Shows of Summer 2018: Winners and Losers

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Talk about a reversal of fortunes: While the movie box office world recovered this summer after a disappointing 2017, television — at least the programming that’s measured by Nielsen ratings — took a dip. Blame some of that on the lack of “Game of Thrones,” which dominated last summer among adults 18-49.

NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” still scored plenty of eyeballs, as once again the summer’s most-watched program. But Simon Cowell and company were still down to 14.56 million viewers, vs. 15.28 million last year.

IndieWire has compiled the summer 2018 rankings for broadcast and cable, using the most recent Live+7 ratings (which include seven days’ worth of DVR and video on-demand usage). Here’s a final look at some of the hits and misses of the summer, followed by our complete list of the most-watched shows of June/July/August, according to both adults 18-49 and total viewers.

Highs

“Yellowstone”:
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Shrill: Release Date, Trailer, Cast, News, and More

Alec Bojalad Feb 11, 2019

Hulu has given the greenlight to Shrill, a six-episode series based on Lindy West's 2016 Memoir. Aidy Bryant will star.

Shrill is officially moving forward at Hulu with the help of some major Saturday Night Live talent.

Shrill will star Saturday Night Live's Aidy Bryant and will be produced by SNL creator Lorne Michael's Broadway Video, per a Deadline report. The series will debut on Hulu and will be six-episodes long. Broadway Productions is behind several major current TV comedies including The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Portlandia, and A.P. Bio.

This will be the first Broadway Video series for Hulu and also its first streaming exclusive series. Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman’s Brownstone Productions will produce as well through Warner Bros. Television.

Shrill is based on the 2016 Lindy West memoir Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman. West is a
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Time Bandits TV Series Taps Taika Waititi to Write and Direct

Tony Sokol Mar 11, 2019

Apple will show what an invisible barrier looks like in a Time Bandits TV series, which is now in the works.

"God isn't interested in technology," Evil observed in Terry Gilliam's cult film Time Bandits. "He knows nothing of the potential of the microchip or the silicon revolution. If I were creating a world, I wouldn't mess about with butterflies and daffodils. I would have started with lasers, eight o'clock, day one!" Nearly 40 years after George Harrison's Handmade Films released Time Bandits to big screens, Apple announced last summer that it will adapt it into a television series!

See related A History of George Harrison's HandMade Films

Released in 1981, Time Bandits was the first film in Gilliam's “Trilogy of Imagination,” which included Brazil in 1985 and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, which came out in 1988.” The fantasy was co-written and directed by Gilliam, the former animator
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