Day: February 22, 2010

FX renews animated comedy “Archer” for second season, orders 13 episodes in 2011

Good news for fans of the risque animated spy agency comedy caper, Archer, as FX announced it has ordered a 13-episode second season for its 2011 schedules. H. Jon Benjamin voices the lead role of spy Sterling Archer, with the rest of the voice cast filled out by Jessica Walter as his mother, Aisha Tyler as his ex-girlfriend and colleague, George Coe as his butler, Chris Parnell as an agency administrator, Judy Greer as a lovesick secretary, and Amber Nash as the human resources director. Through seven of its initial 10 episodes, Archer has averaged 1.2 million total viewers (853K in the 18-49 demo, 573K in adults 18-34). If you're curious, the other new FX comedy to launch over the winter, The League, is doing even better, with 1.3 million total viewers (and 1.076 million 18-49, 829K 18-34). "Executive Producers Adam Reed and Matt Thompson are delivering a hilarious series and it truly earned a second season," said FX exec Nick Grad. "H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Jessica Walter, Chris Parnell and Judy Greer comprise one of the best voice casts of any animated series on TV. We're very happy with the audience response and critical acclaim for Archer and are excited to move forward with it." FX plans to air four episodes of Archer back-to-back from 10 p.m. to midnight this Thursday, Feb. 25, before the final three...

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Scott Gairdner anchors Juggalos News for your Insane Clown News Network (+ other crazy videos)

Los Angeles-based comedian Scott Gairdner brings us a new video this afternoon that imagines what the "Juggalos," the self-described bunch of fans who love whatever it is the Insane Clown Posse and its ilk is doing, would do if they took over a cable news network. Is this any more ridiculous than you'd expect? Of course it contains profanities. And horror clown makeup. If you'd like to see some other recent offerings from Gairdner and his comedy friends, try this on for size. It's a parody of the Chicago Bears "Super Bowl Shuffle" called "Sex Offender Shuffle." Roll it! And this 2006 take on a soap opera called "Cutthrote Hospital" has Gairdner playing the straight man to the melodrama plot twists, and also appears to star a young Nasim Pedrad. Would you like to see that? CLARIFICATION: Gairdner has told me that my eyes are deceiving me, and that isn't Nasim. Clearly, I wanted it to be....

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Def Comedy Jam crew gets Comedy Central series order, hosted by JB Smoove

They're not calling it "Def Comedy Jam" yet, or are they, but Comedy Central announced today it had ordered a six-episode series showcasing "urban and hip-hop stand-up" from Russell Simmons and Stan Lathan, the men who created Def Comedy Jam 21 years ago on HBO. JB Smoove will host the half-hours, which are taping this week — Feb. 24-25 at the El Ray Theater in Los Angeles — and will air this summer on Comedy Central. Each half-hour will showcase three up-and-coming stand-ups and music from DJ Cassidy. "We've been trying to get into business with Russell and Stan for a while now and this new stand-up series is an exciting first venture for us to partner with them," said Comedy Central's Elizabeth Porter, senior VP of specials and talent. "As someone who was a huge fan of 'Def Comedy Jam,' working alongside these two incredible visionaries on this series has been nothing short of amazing. With JB Smoove as our front man and all the fresh faces that Russell and Stan have discovered for the show, we'll be giving our viewers something really awesome each week." "'Def Comedy Jam' made a significant contribution to American pop culture by introducing so many superstars," said Simmons. "Now, with COMEDY CENTRAL as our new partner, we're poised to present the next generation of star...

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