The Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right Now 2/6/14
by Jake Kroeger on February 6, 2014
Controversy abounds like it always does on the Internet. Conspiracies about the Super Bowl, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Super Bowl, Jerry Seinfeld, Amanda Knox, etc. etc…. If you’re conflicted about any of this or conflicted about even whether you should be conflicted about it or not, you can take a breather and catch up on comedy news. There was a Seinfeld reunion of sorts, Adult Swim is expanding into the heart of primetime, and even a Charlie Chaplin novel has been uncovered. It’s a lot.
So, get into The Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right Now.
-David Wain from The State to direct Amy Poehler’s NBC comedy pilot Old Soul.
-ABC orders another family comedy pilot from Brian Gallivan and Will Gluck.
-Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair’s Playing House at USA Network adds Bobby Moynihan, Ian Roberts, Jason Mantzoukas, Andy Daly, John Lutz, and more as guest stars.
-No official word on what will happen with the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s Showtime dark comedy series Happyish.
-Seinfeld Super Bowl reunion is for an episode of Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
-David Schwimmer to star and produce in ABC comedy pilot Irreversible.
-The Colbert Report and Veep win at this year’s WGA Awards.
-Seth Meyers to be on episode of Say Yes To The Dress before taking over Late Night.
-Charlie Chaplin novel discovered in Italy.
-Pixar takes home 5 awards from 41st Annual Annie Awards.
-Rob Kutner, Joel Levinson, and Stephen Levinson are coming out with an epic comedy album for charity OneKid OneWorld called 2776: A Millenium of American Asskickery featuring Will Forte, Ed Helms, Robert Smigel, Eugene Mirman, Aimee Mann, Paul F. Tompkins, and more.
-Zooey Deschanel producing animated modern fairy tale comedy project at Fox.
-Adult Swim to expand their programming into 8PM and Cartoon Network to produce more digital content.
-LeBron James comedy picked up to series at Starz.
-TBS partners with Marlon Wayans for televised comedy competition.
-USA Network cancels Psych after 8 seasons.
-Ken Marino to star opposite Casey Wilson in NBC comedy pilot Marry Me.
-Big scale YouTube musical about gays in Russia drops before Sochi Olympics.
-B.J. Novak to guest star in finale of Community.
-Vera Farmiga joined dance school comedy Prima.
-Erinn Hayes to co-star in NBC’s June Diane Raphael/Casey Wilson comedy pilot.
-Amazon released 2nd batch of pilots featuring the likes of Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman.
-Comedy Grand Seduction with Brendan Gleeson and Taylor Kitsch gets U.S. distribution.
-NBC cancels The Michael J. Fox Show.
-Tina Fey and Amy Poehler returning to host The Golden Globes in 2015.
-Modern Family EP Bill Wrubel signs overall deal with Warner Bros. Television.
-Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays to premiere on HBO Apr. 19th.
-Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson to return for Pitch Perfect 2.
-Comedy Central orders urban animated comedy pilot Legends.
-Open Road Films acquires Barry Levinson’s Rock The Casbah for U.S. release.
-Hari Kondabolu releasing latest album Waiting for 2042 for Kill Rock Stars.
-Jay Baruchel to star in FX comedy pilot produced by Lorne Michaels.
-Andy Daly launches The Andy Daly Podcast Pilot Project at Earwolf.
-Marti Noxon’s dark comedy Un-Real gets series order at Lifetime.
And here’s the previous Biggest Happenings in Comedy Right Now, in case you missed out.