While I decide which came first — spring fever or swine flu — here is a roundup of comedy-related news and nuggets from the trades and various publications.
— Nancy Franklin at The New Yorker loves Amy Poehler, but no so much her new sitcom.
— Broadcasting & Cable learns that NBC has made Jay Leno its main marketing mission for 2009.
— MTV has given a series order to Popzilla, what it calls "a rapid-fire half hour animated sketch show that relentlessly skewers the excesses of pop culture" from Dave Thomas.
— NBC is calling Liz Lemon "Tina" in promos for 30 Rock?! (via Videogum)
— Variety reported on a new comedy management firm, Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment, which will have to compete with giants such as the newly merged WMA-Endeavor.
— ABC announced multiple series pickups for 2009-2010, and none of them were sitcoms. Bad news for the current crop, but good news for pilots? Perhaps. The Hollywood Reporter notes that ABC is still thinking about reviving Scrubs, though.