EXCLUSIVE: Maverick TV, producer of USA’s breakout docu-comedy Chrisley Knows Best, has teamed with Serious Business, the creators/executive producers of another breakout comedic program, Comedy Central‘s late-night entry @midnight, to develop #ThrowbackThursday, a new panel comedy series that taps into the hugely popular social-media phenomenon of sharing “throwback” photos and videos from the past every Thursday.
Funny and nostalgic #TBT pictures and videos will be presented by a host to a panel of top comedians, who will riff and poke fun at the embarrassing things people used to wear, say, and do. Adam Greener and Jim Sayer will executive produce for All3Media‘s Maverick TV, along with All3Media America’s Eli Holzman and Stephen Lambert and Serious Business principals Alex Blagg, Jason Nadler, and Jon Zimelis. The project is expected to be pitched to networks soon.
Comedy Central has given third-season orders to Tuesday night series Drunk History and Nathan For You four episodes into their sophomore runs. The new seasons will air in 2015. The announcement was made the day Kent Alterman, the network’s President of Original Programming, is presenting Nathan For You star Nathan Fielder with Just For Laugh’s Breakout Comedy Star of the Year Award in Montreal.
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Created for television by series host Derek Waters and director Jeremy Konner, Drunk History pairs inebriated storytellers up with well known talent as they reenact great moments in history. Guest stars in Season 2 include Jack Black, Courteney Cox, David Cross, Charlie Day, Laura Dern, Emily Deschanel, Nathan Fielder, Johnny Knoxville, Nick Kroll, John Lithgow, Jordan Peele, Stephen Merchant, Patton Oswalt, Busy Philips, Jason Ritter and Winona Ryder. Through four episodes, second season ratings for are up +26% among Adults 18-49 vs. season one and +17% among total viewers. In its Tuesday 10 PM timeslot, Drunk History is the #1 original series in all of television with Men 18-34 and #1 in cable with Men 18-49. Waters, Konner and Gary Sanchez Prods’ Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Chris Henchy and Owen Burke exec produce.
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Jim Sharp has been promoted to EVP Original Programming and Development West Coast, reporting to Kent Alterman, President, Content Development and Original Programming. Sharp, formerly Senior Vice President, will oversee development and production on all West Coast-based original pilots and series and in his new and expanded role, will also manage all digital development on CC:Studios.
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EXCLUSIVE: So far this Emmy campaign season we’ve seen the usual phalanx of billboards, mailed screeners, a witty public transit banner by Showtime for Shameless’ category change and a food truck from Fox comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine handing out free coffee and treats around L.A. Now we have what might be the first Emmy FYC trailer, at least as far as we can recall. Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer hopes to score some first-time nominations for the show’s second season by going for voters in a star-studded movie-style preview. With Inside renewed for a third season, Schumer will have a busy year — she is heading from the small screen to the big screen for her feature debut in the Judd Apatow-helmed comedy Trainwreck, which is set to be released by Universal on July 24, 2015. In the meantime, check out the For Your Consideration ad here (be warned, it gets messy):
Comedy Central has picked up to series Another Period, a spoof of a Keeping Up With The Kardashians-like reality show set in Victorian times, and Idiotsitter, a TV version of the digital series. The network also has renewed the well-received original series Inside Amy Schumer for a third season as well as freshmen Review and TripTank for a second season. In addition, Comedy Central has ordered five original digital series: 300 Sunnyside, New Timers, Pie Guys, Roustabout With Kurt Braunohler and Team Tiger Awesome to premiere later this year. Here are details about Comedy Central’s newly picked up and renewed series: Read More »
Just like it did with Stephen Colbert nine years ago, Comedy Central and Jon Stewart have gone to the bench of correspondents on The Daily Show to find a host for the post-Daily Show 11:30 PM slot. Senior Black correspondent Larry Wilmore will host a new nightly program, The Minority Report, which will launch in January 2015, following the end of The Colbert Report. (Colbert will be departing Comedy Central at the end of his contract in December to prepare for taking over CBS’ Late Show from David Letterman.) Wilmore also is attached as showrunner of ABC comedy Black-ish, which was just picked up to series. He is expected to complete his obligations, get the show off the ground and help with the transition before segueing to The Minority Report.
Like with The Colbert Report, The Minority Report was created by Jon Stewart and will be produced by his Busboy Prods., with Stewart and Wilmore serving as executive producers. The move, with Stewart continuing to produce both The Daily Show and its companion program, will likely help keep the comedian in the Comedy Central fold when his contract comes up next year.
The Minority Report With Larry Wilmore will be a comedic take on the day’s news. It will feature a panel of voices, which Comedy Central says, as the title suggests, “are currently underrepresented in comedy and television.” Said Stewart: “While Larry Wilmore is a … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Hit animated comedy Archer is following in the footsteps of fellow FX comedy series It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, landing an elusive basic cable-to-basic cable syndication deal. Comedy Central, the off-network home of Sunny In Philadelphia, has inked a deal with Twentieth Television for the off-network rights to Archer, basic cable’s second-highest-rated comedy among adults 18-49 and No.1 on FX. The deal covers all existing seasons and includes commitments for future seasons of the spy toon, which will begin airing on Comedy Central beginning as soon as May 2015. For the first two years, Comedy Central will have exclusive window pre-midnight, while FXX has exclusivity post-midnight. After that there will be no exclusive windowing parameters.
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FX groomed Archer for a syndication play last spring when it gave it a two-season, 26-episode pickup for Seasons 6 and 7. Reruns anchor comedy-focused upstart FXX. Archer, from FX Prods, was created by Adam Reed, who executive produces with Matt Thompson and their production company, Floyd County.
This is the first pick-up of a series developed by CC: Studios, Comedy Central’s in-house creative initiative for the development of original digital comedy. The eight-episode season of This Is Not Happening, executive produced by Ari Shaffir, Eric Abrams, Sam Saifer and Jeff Tomsic, will premiere in the fall. Hosted by Shaffir and based on his long-running live show, This Is Not Happening features Shaffir and his comedian friends telling hilarious and true stories in front of a live audience at LA’s gentlemen’s club, Cheetahs. Comedians that have appeared on the first two seasons include Kurt Braunohler, Joey Diaz, David Koechner, Bobby Lee, Natasha Leggero, TJ Miller, Trevor Moore, Kumail Nanjiani, Jay Oakerson, Steve Rannazzisi and Joe Rogan. Shaffir is repped by Gersh and Sam Saifer Management.
The day after CBS’s bombshell announcement that Stephen Colbert would replace David Letterman on Late Show, when things calmed down a bit and reason returned to her throne, industry pundits began to contemplate the deeper meaning of the shift in the late-night landscape. Practically speaking, it means Comedy Central is now one late-night show short — and CBS may be as well, if Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson, or the network, decides to call it a day now that Craig’s for sure not getting the 11:35 PM timeslot. We’ve all been brought up to speed on the clause in Craig’s contract that landed him a pot of cash if the network settled elsewhere on its Letterman replacement. But Ferguson was quick to tweet his congratulations to Colbert the morning the news broke. That night, Ferguson opened his show with another shout out to Colbert, after which he teased viewers with cracks about resigning — but only for the length of a commercial break. Read More »
For years in the 1990s, Comedy Central was considered nothing more than an incubator for late-night talent. Its first notable weeknight late-night show, Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher, originated there and ran for three years — from 1993-96 — before ABC snatched it to get into the late-night talk-show game. Maher’s successor at ABC, Jimmy Kimmel, also is a Comedy Central discovery, having gotten his start as host on the network’s Win Ben Stein Money and then The Man Show. Before Politically Incorrect left Comedy Central, it helped launch The Daily Show, which premiered behind PI at 11:30 PM before moving to the tentpole 11 PM slot. Back then, the Daily Show had Craig Kilborn as a host. In 1998, he was poached by CBS as a host of the Late Late Show. Sixteen years later, CBS once again is reaching out to Comedy Central’s Daily Show franchise to replenish its late-night ranks, this time drafting the former Daily Show regular and current host of spinoff The Colbert Report to succeed David Letterman on the Late Show.
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A lot has changed over those 16 years. Since Jon Stewart replaced Kilborn at the helm of The Daily Show in January 1999, the show has risen to become a late-night leader. It became a top late-night choice for younger viewers and, with the addition of spinoff The Colbert Report in 2005 to form a 11 PM-midnight block, Comedy Central evolved from a late-night poaching ground to a force to be reckoned with. The two shows became pop culture phenomenons and strengthened their hold on the younger crowds by embracing the Internet and social media before most of their late-night competitors. They have enjoyed buzz as well as critical acclaim, with their Emmy dominance nothing short of staggering. The Daily Show won the best variety series category for a record 10 consecutive times before its streak was ended last year by The Colbert Report to give Comedy Central 11 consecutive victories. (It’s worth mentioning that it was the man Colbert is replacing, David Letterman, who ruled the top variety category before Comedy Central’s dynamic duo kicked off their dominant run with five consecutive trophies.) In the variety series writing category, The Daily Show and Colbert Report have won 10 of the past 11 years.
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CBS announced its decision today that its new Late Show host will be Stephen Colbert, who said how “thrilled and grateful” he was to get the gig when David Letterman retires in 2015. Colbert has now released statement confirming he will be retiring the faux conservative talk-show host character he has played on Comedy’s Central‘s The Colbert Report since 2005 when his run there ends at the end of the year. Here’s his statement today:
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“I won’t be doing the new show in character, so we’ll all get to find out how much of him was me. I’m looking forward to it….”
Craig Ferguson, whose Late Late Show follows Letterman’s on CBS, tweeted his congratulations for Colbert thusly:
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:
After a lengthy deal-making process, Comedy Central has formally given the green light to Duty, a half-hour pilot from a group of Happy Endings auspices — creator/executive producer David Caspe, writers Matthew and Daniel Libman, executive producer Jamie Tarses and studio Sony Pictures Television. Written/co-executive produced by brothers Matthew and Daniel Libman, Duty centers around Kyle (Mike O’Gorman), a former football star who loses everything and is forced to start anew by moving back to his hometown and taking a job on the local police force opposite his childhood best friend Lonnie (Gil Ozeri). Laura Steinel plays Jamie, Kyle’s old flame. Tarses of Fanfare and Caspe of Shark v. Bear executive produce. Caspe and Matthew have been childhood friends since elementary school, with Daniel, who is eight years younger than his brother, constantly hanging out with the older guys. Daniel went on to become his brother’s writing partner. The two worked on Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken before Caspe brought them over to ABC’s Happy Endings. O’Gorman is repped by UTA, Mosaic and attorney Lev Ginsburg.
UPDATED WITH VIDEO: “Folks — I’m still here. The dark forces trying to silence my message of core conservative principles mixed with youth-friendly product placement have been thwarted!” Stephen Colbert raved Monday night, in re the motherlode The Colbert Report hit when a Twitter campaign to cancel the show erupted last week after the network tweeted a line out of context from one of his comedy bits. He devoted his entire telecast to his rebuttal, at the end of which he and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone blew up @ColbertReport — the network’s official Twitter account for the program, from which had come the offending tweet. (The page no longer exists on Twitter.) “The Interweb tried to swallow me whole. But I am proud to say that I got lodged in its throat and it hacked me back up, like a hastily chewed chicken wing,” Colbert told fans who’d tuned in, we’re guessing in large numbers, to see how he would respond to the kerfuffle. (See the video below.)
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Tonight’s episode opened with crew members carrying boxes out of the studio, The Colbert Report set shutting down its lights, a pink rose wilting and dying, Iron Eyes Cody shedding a tear in that ’70s Keep America Beautiful anti-litter PSA. Cut to Colbert, dressed in Washington Redskins sweats and cap, waking on a couch next to BD Wong. Wong told him he’d had a nightmare. Colbert wondered why he’s still dreaming he’s on a couch next to BD Wong. “You fell asleep watching Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” Wong explained. “Wednesdays at 9, 8 Central, on NBC,” Colbert responded.
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COLUMN: Social media went all Lord of the Flies today over a Twitter conflagration that erupted when @ColbertReport tweeted out a single line that Stephen Colbert had delivered on Wednesday night’s The Colbert Report mocking Dan Snyder for his latest reaction to the calls to change the racist name of his Washington NFL team. Snyder, in an effort to placate those calling for a name change — including President Obama — recently announced he’s started a foundation to help Native Americans. Proving his critics’ point, he hilariously named it The Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation.
“I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever,” @ColbertReport tweeted yesterday. It since has been deleted.
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It’s a line from a bit he did on the Wednesday edition of his Comedy Central show which, in turn, was a reference to a 2005 bit on the program in which TV Colbert – the conservative blowhard that the always-in-character Actual Colbert plays on his show – was caught performing a racist Chinese impersonation. To the surprise of the media, as evidenced by its coverage of the fracas, Colbert came under attack at #CancelColbert, with hashtag activist Suey Park leading the charge, which has been a top trending topic on Twitter for two days running: Read More »
Around the time Stephen Colbert was suffering Twitter blowback related to promotion of one of his comedy bits mocking Dan Snyder’s latest attempt to placate people angry over his unwillingness to change the name of his Washington team from racial slur “Redskins,” Comedy’s Central‘s The Colbert Report waded into safer territory last night. He mocked ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today for their new-ish social rooms, with a segment “Stephen targets the hip, young toddler demographic.” He got help from the host of CBS’ social-room-free morning show host Charlie Rose.
“In September Today launched its Web connected Orange Room, hosted by NBC Youth Correspondent Carson Daly who is 40 years old – that’s like three teenagers in one,” Colbert said, noting, The Orange Room has been such a hit for NBC that recently Good Morning America’s Lara Spencer unveiled their own new youth zone, Social Square, telling viewers, “it’s young, it’s fun — it’s all about you.”
“Kids, you know something is young hip and fun if a middle-aged woman tells you at 8 am…GMA’s Social Square…has all the same social media apps as the mobile phone in your hand but with the convenience of a stationary room you’re not in,” Colbert said.
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The line between satire and ignorance is often thin, and a taken-out-of-context line from The Colbert Report seems to have crossed it today. “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever,” The Colbert Report‘s verified Twitter account that bears Colbert’s image tweeted today to an instant backlash that spawned the fast-trending #CancelColbert. The line was lifted verbatim from a segment on the Comedy Central show last night about the move by the owner of the Washington Redskins to launch a foundation supporting Native Americans, but without that context, it came across the Twitter universe as an uncalled-for jab at Asians. Amidst the firestorm of negative reaction, the tweet was deleted.
With the controversy far from subsiding, Comedy Central is not officially commenting on the incident but attempted to distance Colbert from the ill-advised remark with two tweets, ”For the record @ColbertReport is not controlled by Stephen Colbert or his show… This is a Comedy Central promotional account, with no oversight from Stephen or his show, that quoted a line out of context.” Colbert tried to make light of the controversy, feigning outrage on his personal Twitter account, @StephenAtHome:
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Comedy Central‘s Key & Peele has been renewed for a fourth season, which will include 20 original and two “best of” episodes. Additionally, the cable network has given series creators/stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele a development deal for an animated series based on their Critiquer’s Corner “Vandaveon & Mike” characters from the duo’s YouTube videos, in which they critique Key & Peele episodes as their alter-egos Vandaveon Huggins and Mike Taylor (watch a video below). In the animated project, Vandaveon & Mike are 12-year-old hall monitors navigating their way through middle school. “Keegan and Jordan keep generating such a limitless supply of funny, inventive sketches, I’m starting to think they are not only 1/2 black and 1/2 white, but also 3/4 alien,” said Comedy Central’s president of original programming Kent Alterman. Key & Peele is executive produced by Key, Peele, Jay Martel, Ian Roberts and Joel Zadak. The show’s third season, which concluded in December, averaged 2 million total viewers. Additionally, Key & Peele videos, including East/West College Bowl, Pizza Order and Obama Loses His S**t, have generated over 500 million total streams, claiming nine of the top ten clips on the Comedy Central YouTube channel, including No.1, Substitute Teacher, with over 44 million streams to date.
Comedy Central has ordered a third season of sketch pop culture series Kroll Show. Creator/star Nick Kroll made the announcement tonight during an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers. The second season airing at 10:30 PM Tuesdays is averaging 1.1 million total viewers. “Nick has gone so deep into his characters we’re worried about his mental health if we didn’t pick up a third season,” said Comedy Central President of Original Programming Kent Alterman. Kroll Show, which reflects Kroll’s take on pop culture topics such as Internet life, professional sports, nightclub culture and the TV landscape, is executive produced by writers Kroll, who also co-stars on FX’s The League, and John Levenstein, director Jonathan Krisel and Mosaic’s Christie Smith.
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