Yesterday, I moderated a Mip-tv panel that brought together the folks behind Comedy Central‘s web-to-TV transfer Broad City. The comedy, created by Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, is exec produced by Amy Poehler (this was the trio’s first time in Cannes and they were giddy with excitement). Broad City began as a web series, and was ordered by Comedy Central in March 2013. The first season recently concluded, and has a second-season order. Also on the panel were Comedy Central President of Content Development & Original Programming Kent Alterman, and Caroline Beaton, SVP International Program Sales for Viacom Intenational Media Networks. We talked about how the girls got together in the first place, Poehler’s involvement, and the impact of the switch to television. Alterman addressed the web’s usefulness as an incubator, and Beaton spoke to why comedy does translate abroad. Poehler, who had a lot of Parks & Recreation fans in the audience, waxed on the importance of diversity and authenticity, and how you can’t pull the wool over the eyes of today’s youth. She also got in a good Sharon Stone/Basic Instinct joke at my expense, for which I thank her — I was pretty nervous and she put me right at ease. Here’s the video of our chat:
The odd-couple comedy adapted from Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer’s digital series is coming back for more. Broad City, about two NYC friends navigating their way through the life’s minutiae, launched last month on Comedy Central and is averaging 1.2M viewers at 10:30 PM Wednesdays. Jacobson and Glazer star as broke, flawed twentysomethings who constantly meet the challenges the Big City throws at them, no matter how bad it gets. Hannibal Buress, Arturo Castro, Paul Downs, John Gemberling, Chris Gethard and Stephen Schneider co-star. Jacobson and Glazer executive produce along with Amy Poehler, Dave Becky, Sam Saifer and Tony Hernandez.
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“I’m so glad you asked that!” Amy Poehler said when asked about Saturday Night Live’s recent hiring of its first black female cast member in five years, Sasheer Zamata. Poehler, who’d come to the TCA Winter TV Press Tour to talk about Comedy Central’s new series Broad City, told critics that in a recent interview she was “misquoted out of context” as if she had passed on responding to the SNL hire of the Upright Citizens Brigade alum. The talent search, which involved 12 finalists invited to audition on the SNL stage, also resulted in two staff writer hires on the veteran NBC late-night show. “I’ve not gotten a chance to say congratulations. UCB is proud,” said Poehler, a UCB founder, noting Zamata was part of UCB’s diversity program. She also congratulated the writers, Leslie Jones and LaKendra Tookes. “It’s awesome to see all those new faces on SNL.”
As for Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, which she is co-hosting with Tina Fey for a second year? “How are you this laid back this close to the Golden Globes?” a critic asked Poehler. ”Heavily medicated,” she replied. But not so “medicated” she’d reveal anything she and Fey have up their sleeve. “I can’t spoil anything,” she said apologetically — but not. The male critic asked if there would be nudity. “Are you planning on being nude as you watch?” Poehler shot back. Read More »