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EXCLUSIVE: David Koechner, one of the stars of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, which opens today, is returning to his sketch comedy roots as the star, creator and executive producer of a one-hour variety sketch show that has received a pilot order at NBC. Koechner, of course, started off on the biggest sketch/variety franchise on television, NBC’s Saturday Night Live, and also recurred on the network’s long-running comedy series The Office. Koechner will executive produce the pilot with Lou Wallach and Brillstein Entertainment Partners’ Alex Murray and Tim Sarkes. Universal TV’s Alternative Studio, where Wallach is under an overall deal, is producing. Under his pact, former Comedy Central executive-turned-producer Wallach had been looking to develop a sketch comedy. He reached out to Koechner, with whom he worked on the actor’s Web series Full On Koechner. Koechner had an idea for such a show, which the two pitched to NBC, landing a pilot order. “I am thrilled to be working with NBC to develop a dynamic hour of variety entertainment,” said Koechner. “I got my start working for NBC on Saturday Night Live, followed by a stint on The Office, and I’m happy to be back. As a husband and father of five, my vision is for us to create a show that engages everyone. I want it to make a mom, dad and grandmother laugh, while the 13- to 19-year-old stands behind the couch peeking over his iPhone, equally amused by the content.”
This is the second high-profile pilot for a sketch/variety show ordered by NBC in the past month, joining another project headlined by an SNL alumna, Maya Rudolph. NBC has been actively exploring alternative comedy as this is where the network’s strength has been recently, with SNL and Hollywood Game Night ranking as NBC’s top two comedy programs in the 18-49 demo. Given how well NBC did with another variety-type program, the live staging of The Sound Of Music, on Thursday, it is not inconceivable for the network to try sketch/variety shows on the night where its traditional comedies have struggled.
Host Paul Rudd and his Anchorman 2 cohorts Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, and David Koechner kept the promo train chugging along for Ron Burgundy’s December 18 return to screens last night on Saturday Night Live. First Anchorman 2 cast mate and former SNL grand dame Kristen Wiig lampooned NBC’s universally panned The Sound Of Music Live in a cold open featuring Dooneese, then the Anchorman 2 gang backed Rudd in a monologue face-off against boy band One Direction. They closed the show with a Bill Brasky sketch penned by Anchorman director/co-writer Adam McKay, reviving the character first created by Ferrell and McKay. Check out the Channel 4 News team moonlighting on SNL and other highlights below (opening monologue video not available):
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That’s what actors David Koechner (Anchorman 2) and Harlan Williams (Half Baked) are claiming to have created with the social media platform’s new video tool. Twitterers have taken to the new function since Instagram introduced it last month. As with Twitter‘s 6-second looping video Vine app, Hollywood marketers are exploring ways to exploit the promo potential in its 15-second video capability starting with Open Road, who jumped ahead of the competition with yesterday’s Jobs Instagram trailer. Koechner and Williams may or may not be “first” Instagrammers on the block to string together a narrative story told entirely in quarter-minute sequences, but they may be the first to partner with producers (Karen Lucey from Off the Record Media and Steve Barnett), develop a script with two additional writers (Joe Homokay and James Penland), and carefully compose 8 15-second sequences of footage into a two-parter tale. The bud cop story shot on iPhones is dubbed Steady and Shakes. Check out the first segment via Koechner’s Instagram page: