Rob Riggle Joins Terry Jones Comedy ‘Absolutely Anything’

By | Wednesday March 19, 2014 @ 8:14am PDT
Mike Fleming

Rob Riggle Absolutely AnythingEXCLUSIVE: Rob Riggle has joined the Terry Jones-directed comedy Absolutely Anything for GFM Films. Riggle will join Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale, Eddie Izzard and Robin Williams. Jones and Gavin Scotts penned the screenplay and Ben Timlett and Bill Jones are producing. Production begins in April in London.

Pegg plays a disillusioned school teacher who suddenly finds he has the ability to do anything he wishes. This power is bestowed on him by a group of power-crazed aliens who are voiced by Monty Pythoners John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle and Michael Palin. Riggle will play the role of Colonel Grant. Read More »

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Rob Riggle To Star In Rob Lowe’s NBC Comedy Pilot ‘The Pro’

By | Friday February 7, 2014 @ 5:46pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

riggleRob Riggle, hot off the strong buzz for his Ford Fusion Hybrid Super Bowl commercials, has closed a deal to star opposite Rob Lowe in NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot The Pro. Written by  Pete Huyck and Alex Gregory, The Read More »

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Super Bowl XLVIII: The Good, The Bad, The Ads

Super Bowl 2014Super Bowl XLVIII: total bust as a game, middling year for ads –  though outrage was tearing up Twitter by the time the game sputtered to a close over a Coke commercial in which “America the Beautiful” was … Read More »

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Super Bowl Ad: James Franco To Play Rob Riggle Selling Ford Vehicles: Video

By | Wednesday January 29, 2014 @ 3:32pm PST

Add James Franco to the list of Hollywood glitterati taking over the Super Bowl, ad-wise. Franco will play an alternate version of Rob Riggle in the final 60 seconds of a 90-second ad hawking the Ford Fusion Hybrid. Riggle plays himself in the first 30-seconds. Still with … Read More »

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ABC Eyes Potential ‘Modern Family’ Spinoff

By | Friday September 27, 2013 @ 5:18pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Modern Family Rob Riggle Spinoff SeriesEXCLUSIVE: ABC‘s flagship comedy Modern Family, which is coming off a fourth consecutive best series Emmy win, may be getting a spinoff. I’ve learned that the network and producer 20th Century Fox TV have met to discuss potentially spinning off the hit comedy. Details are sketchy as conversations are in very early stages with multiples ideas discussed, but I hear one offshoot concept that is being explored is for a show built around standout Modern Family guest player Rob Riggle and the character he played in two episodes last season. The idea is being spearheaded by Modern Family executive producers Paul Corrigan and Brad Walsh who would run point and write the script. (Modern Family co-creator/executive producer Steve Levitan would likely have some involvement, while fellow co-creator/exec producer Christopher Lloyd is expected to remain solely focused on the flagship series, now in its fifth season.) Riggle’s Gil Thorpe is Southern California’s most successful real estate agent and rival of Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell) who briefly employed Phil’s wife Claire (Julie Bowen). Thorpe is abrasive and has a penchant for inserting his name in words, like “Thorpedoed” and “Gil Pickles.” Corrigan and Walsh, who became a writing team when they met in NYU’s film school, have been on Modern Family since after the pilot. They wrote one of Riggle’s two Modern Family episodes, “Career Day” (check out the video below). Read More »

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Taylor Swift Joins Weinstein’s ‘The Giver’; Rob Riggle Cast In ‘Dumb And Dumber To’

By | Friday September 27, 2013 @ 12:00pm PDT

Taylor Swift has been cast in The Giver, the feature adaptation of Lois Lowry’s dystopian young adult novel that kicks off production October 7 in South Africa ahead of a planned August 15, 2014 … Read More »

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Rob Riggle To Star In Fox’s ‘Gabriels’ Pilot

By | Friday February 1, 2013 @ 11:15am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Rob Riggle is in final negotiations to topline The Gabriels (formerly House Rules), Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot from 20th TV and Principato Young. I hear the deal also includes a producing/development component for Riggle. Written by Andrew Gurland and Justin Hurwitz and to be directed by Jason Winer, The Gabriels centers on a neurotic family with contempt for all things normal that tries their best to fit into their small Midwest town where everyone knows each other and politeness reigns. Riggle will play the family’s patriarch in the pilot, executive produced by Gurland, Hurwitz, David Dobkin, Peter Principato and Paul Young. Read More »

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WME Signs Rob Riggle

By | Thursday October 11, 2012 @ 11:43am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Comic actor Rob Riggle has signed with WME in all areas. Riggle is shaping up to be one of the next comedy guys. He’s funny as the new comic relief on the Fox NFL Sunday pregame show; he appeared in 21 Jump Street and lent his voice to Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, both big hits. Riggle, best known for his turns in the Will Ferrell comedies The Other Guys and Step Brothers, next lends his voice to the R-rated stop-motion animated comedy Hell And Back, alongside Mila Kunis and Susan Sarandon, and he’ll next be seen starring with Johnny Knoxville and Patton Oswalt in Nature Calls. Riggle, the former Daily Show correspondent, hosted the ESPY Awards and he’ll guest star in the Thanksgiving episode of Fox’s New Girl. Read More »

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HBO To Develop 1980s Wall Street Comedy Starring Rob Riggle With Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg And Chris Henchy

By | Monday May 14, 2012 @ 11:44am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Rob Riggle Wall Street HBOEXCLUSIVE: The Other Guys gang is back together, this time on HBO. The pay cable network is developing a comedy project for Rob Riggle to star and produce. The single-camera comedy, based on an … Read More »

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Comedian Rob Riggle To Host ESPYs

By | Thursday April 19, 2012 @ 8:09am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Rob Riggle ESPYSFormer Daily Show correspondent Rob Riggle is set to host this year’s ESPYS, which will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday, July 11. Riggle is the latest comedian … Read More »

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Johnny Knoxville And Patton Oswalt Play Squabbling Sibs In Big Beach Comedy

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Johnny Knoxville and Patton Oswalt have signed on to star in an untitled comedy that will be directed by Todd Rohal and financed by Marc … Read More »

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Rob Riggle Signs Development Deal With HBO, Set To Star In ‘Lifestyle Lemonaid’

By | Monday August 1, 2011 @ 5:42pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Actor Rob Riggle has inked a development deal with HBO. Under the pact, Riggle has come on board to help develop and star in Lifestyle Lemonaid, a comedy project based on, Nikki Joel’s tell-all blog about her … Read More »

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NALA Sets Steve Carr To Direct Rob Riggle And Thomas Lennon In ‘The Boondoggle’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: NALA Films has set Paul Blart: Mall Cop helmer Steve Carr to direct and Rob Riggle and Thomas Lennon to star in The Boondoggle, the comedy that the producer/financier bought in January as a spec. Riggle and Lennon … Read More »

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Taylor Swift, Danny DeVito Lead Voice Cast For Animated ‘The Lorax’

Mike Fleming

Taylor Swift, Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Rob Riggle and Betty White will provide the principal voices for The Lorax, the Illumination Entertainment 3D CGI animated film. The pic is based on the Dr. Seuss tale that follows the … Read More »

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Rob Riggle To Star In CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Home Game’ Produced By Mark Wahlberg

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Home Game has won the Rob Riggle sweepstakes. Riggle is set to star in the CBS multicamera comedy, from Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson’s Leverage. The project, loosely based on the experiences of former NFL star Mark … Read More »

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Tom Lennon, Rob Riggle At Center of ‘The Boondoggle’ Spec Laffer

By | Friday December 3, 2010 @ 4:16pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Beyond the Jay Roach-directed political comedy pitch that has Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis attached, studios have a hot spec script to think about this weekend. CAA is out … Read More »

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Adult Swim Picks Up Crime Drama Parody Series With 12-Episode Order

By | Tuesday November 23, 2010 @ 2:37pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Adult Swim’s next series is a mouthful. The network has handed a 12-episode order to Paul Scheer’s NTSF:SD:SUV which, as the title suggests, is a parody of the ubiquitous genre of crime procedurals. NTSF:SD:SUV, created by and … Read More »

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CBS Developing Comedy Starring Rob Riggle And Written by Robert Smigel

By | Thursday November 18, 2010 @ 2:17pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: CBS loves Rob Riggle. For a third consecutive development season, the network has made finding a starring vehicle for the former Daily Show correspondent a priority. CBS is in negotiations for a half-hour comedy project from Saturday Night veteran Robert Smigel to which Riggle is attached to star. The untitled comedy centers on a gregarious guy (Riggle) who winds up as a real estate agent working for the nerd he made fun of in high school. The project was pitched straight to the network and will be laid off at sister studio CBS TV Studios. Smigel, Riggle, Peter Principato and Paul Young are executive producing. Read More »

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