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TCA: Showtime Picks Up Doc Series On Comics, Sets Premiere Date For ‘House Of Lies’, More From Network’s Exec Session

Nellie Andreeva

Showtime has picked up Steve Carell and David Steinberg’s docu/interview series, now titled Laughing Stock. The series, which will premiere in January, features host Steinberg interviewing top comedians of several generations, including Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Lily Tomlin, Don Rickles, Carol Burnett, Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, Judd Apatow, Robin Williams, Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock, Jane Lynch, Tina Fey and Carell.

Additionally, Showtime announced a premiere date for new dark comedy series House of Lies starring Don Cheadle. It will debut on Jan. 8, sandwiched between the season premieres of Shameless and Californication.

Showtime entertainment president David Nevins today introduced to critics his first 2 new series at the network, drama Homeland and House of Lies. There will be more soon. “We’ve definitely been in expansion mode, we’re now up to 10 major scripted shows and there are more coming,”he said during the network’s executive session.”We believe in investing in renewable resources, which is fundamentally our series. We are in a good place now trying to get gradually bigger.” He said Showtime is not tempted to re-enter the longform arena despite HBO’s Emmy success with movies and miniseries. “If you do longform, you can rack up a large number of Emmy nominations but I like our strategy to put resources in renewable things.”

Asked about the cancellation of United States of Tara, Nevins said, “It was a big show … Read More »

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Steve Carell and David Steinberg Team To Produce Documentary About Comedians

By | Thursday December 2, 2010 @ 2:28pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: They are among the leading comedians of their generations and both hail from Chicago’s Second City. Steve Carell and David Steinberg have teamed for a documentary that will chronicle the evolution of comedy over the past sixty years through the eyes of several generations of comedians. The yet-untitled documentary, from Carell’s Carousel Prods., is already in production. Among the comedians interviewed by Steinberg are veterans Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Lily Tomlin, Don Rickles, and Carol Burnett, trendsetters Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, Judd Apatow and Robin Williams, more recent stars Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock, Jane Lynch, and Tina Fey, as well as a host of up-and-comers. “We’re honored that so many legendary comedic performers have chosen to be part of this,” Carell said. Steinberg and Carell had known each other for awhile. Asked how their partnership on the documentary came to be, Steinberg deadpanned: “Short story: Carell’s career floundering.  I throw him a bone.  End of story.” Carell and Steinberg are producing the documentary, which is targeted for TV distribution, with Carousel Prods.’ Vance DeGeneres and Charlie Hartsock as well as writers Alan Zweibel and Josh Etting.

Steinberg is one of the country’s best known comedians of the 1960s-70s who went on to become a top comedy series director and worked on such series as Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He previously showcased top comedians on his informal interview-style show Sit Read More »

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