WME now represents Blake Anderson, Anders Holm and Kyle Newacheck in all areas, joining fellow creator and star of Comedy Central’s Workaholics, Adam Devine, at the agency.
Anderson is currently developing an animated half hour at Comedy Central and is owner of clothing line “Teenage.” He, along with Devine, Holm and Newacheck, appeared in this summer’s breakout comedy Neighbors. Holm currently is shooting Nancy Meyers’ movie, The Intern, and is developing an untitled comedy for 20th Century Fox Studios. He will next appear in Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s film, The Interview, followed by Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice and Finally Famous, alongside Chris Rock, who directs and stars in the film. Newacheck is the executive producer and director of Adam Devine’s House Party alongside Devine for Comedy Central. He is attached to direct Shore Leave at Fox for Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Productions.
Anderson, Devine, Holm, and Newacheck will return to production in the Fall for the fifth season of Workaholics, which was the highest-rated series in its timeslot across all of cable among men 18-34. The series ranked No. 2 on Social Guide’s Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings ranker and was No. 1 on Social Guide’s Cable, Series, Live/New ranker. Anderson, Holm, Newacheck will continue to be repped by Avalon Management and Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner & Gellman.
BREAKING: Producers Scott Rudin and Eli Bush have teamed with Point Grey’s Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver to produce a feature with the Mail Order Comedy troupe that generates the Comedy Central series Workaholics. The film, which is not set up at a studio, is a completely original idea and not a big-screen adaptation of their TV show as was reported. Workaholics cast members Anders Holm, Adam DeVine and Blake Anderson will star and Holm is writing the script. Also producing is Isaac Horne, who manages the trio.
Comedy Central has given an eight-episode order to stand-up series Adam Devine’s House Party, which will spotlight 24 of Adam Devine’s favorite up-and-coming comedians and is slated to premiere this fall. Produced by Avalon Television, the company behind Workaholics, Adam Devine’s House Party is executive produced by Devine, Avalon’s Jon Thoday, Richard Allen-Turner, David Martin, Isaac Horne and Workaholics’ Kyle Newacheck, who will also direct the series. Combining stand-up and narrative sketches, House Party is set inside Devine’s Los Angeles mansion where each week three of his favorite comedians hang out at his massive house party and do stand-up in the backyard. “I don’t know how I convinced Comedy Central to give me another show, a Hollywood mansion and a paycheck for hanging out with my friends,” said Devine. “I hope they have a good lawyer and the fire department on speed dial.”
Viral hit Drunk History is becoming a TV series. Comedy Central has given an eight-episode series pickup to the project after originally ordering a pilot presentation in the spring. The announcement was made at TCA where the network also said it has ordered Seasons 4 and 5 of Workaholics for a total of 26 episodes.
Related: Sundance Channel Greenlights Unscripted Series About TV Writers
Drunk History, produced by by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy’s Gary Sanchez Prods. The trio will executive produce with Derek Waters, creator of the Drunk History series of shorts, Jeremy Konner, who directed them, and Owen Burke. Like the Web series, Drunk History, which will premiere in the summer, will feature historical reenactments by A-list talent serving as inebriated storytellers. “Will and I have always believed booze brings out truth,” McKay said. “Sometimes that truth involves hitting on airport bar janitors or eating cheese fries at 4 a.m. But in this case, we hope that truth will shine on our nation’s history.”
Related: Nick Kroll Aims For Whatever Gets The Most Laughs
Among those who have done re-enactments in the original Web series are Ferrell, Jim Carrey, Ryan Gosling, Jack Black, Don Cheadle, Michael Cera, Zooey Deschanel, John C. Reilly, Crispin Glover, Jason Ritter and Danny McBride. In addition to garnering millions of hits on YouTube and Funny or Die, a Drunk History short produced for Gary Sanchez’s HBO series Funny or Die … Read More »
Comedy Central has picked up a third season of comedy series Workaholics, with stars/co-creators Blake Anderson, Adam Devine, Anders Holm and Kyle Newacheck set to return. “It’s such an honor to be able to keep Workaholics going,” said Comedy Central’s head of programming Kent Alterman. “We feel like the show is one big public service announcement, teaching the youth of America how to engage with the workplace.”
From the much-hyped roast of Charlie Sheen to the debut of new series Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution; the cable premiere of 30 Rock and the return of Tosh.0, Workaholics and South Park; and Jeff Dunham, Donald Glover, Al’ Yankovic, Craig Ferguson and Carlos Mencia specials, here are Comedy Central’s fall premiere dates: Read More »
A month into its freshman run on Comedy Central, Workaholics has been renewed for a second season with a 10-episode order. The series, from Blake Anderson, Adam Devine, Anders Holm and Kyle Newacheck, has ranked No. 1 in its post-South Park Wednesday 10:30 PM time slot among young men and has done particularly well with Men 18-24. “It’s not only gratifying to know the audience for Workaholics has grown week-by-week, but also rewarding to see how the show is changing the way people live and work,” said Comedy Central’s head of original programming and production Kent Alterman. “Pretty soon, our national productivity will be so low, we will all have more leisure time.”