Day: July 1, 2010

Comedy Central bringing free all-star comedy show, panels to Comic-Con 2010 in San Diego

Comedy Central has had a presence at previous editions of Comic-Con, the annual convention of comic fans in San Diego, but this summer, the cable network appears to be doing more to entertain you freaks and geeks. On Saturday, July 24, 2010, Comedy Central presents a free show at the House of Blues hosted by Pete Holmes (who provides voices on "Ugly Americans"), which includes clips from the network's upcoming new series, plus performances by "Ugly Americans" cast members Maria Bamford, Kurt Metzger, Matt Oberg and Randy Pearlstein; "Big Lake" cast members Chris Gethard and Horatio Sanz; "Pretend Time with Nick Swardson's" Nick Swardson; and "Workaholics'" Adam DeVine. At Comic-Con itself, Comedy Central will host panels for "Ugly Americans" on July 23 and "Futurama" on July 24 featuring exclusive footage, cast members and...

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Judd Apatow to produce new Pee-wee Herman movie with Paul Rust co-writing the script

Pee-wee Herman (aka Paul Reubens) announced last night that Judd Apatow would be producing his first new movie in decades, with comedian/actor Paul Rust (a UCB mainstay who in some ways embodies a younger next-generation version of Pee-wee) on board to co-write the screenplay with Reubens. No director is attached yet. Reubens made a big comeback over the winter with a restaging of "Pee-wee's Playhouse" in Los Angeles — a Broadway run is set to start in October — and he'll also be bringing Pee-Wee to the motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, in August for what's billed as the "world's largest 'Tequila' dance." Reubens told the New York Times' Dave Itzkoff in an interview today that Apatow wants him and Rust to write a movie that puts Pee-wee in "a reality-based world and a liner road movie," much like his first "Big Adventure" film in 1985. ‚ÄúThat appears to be what we‚Äôre doing,‚Äù Mr. Reubens said, ‚Äúalthough it‚Äôs at such an early stage right now that there still exists the possibility that this could turn into the ‚ÄòPlayhouse‚Äô movie. I don‚Äôt think we know the answer to that...

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Starz cancelled “Party Down” because you weren’t watching it on Starz (nor even on Netflix)

Interesting to see so many of the people I follow on Twitter and other blogs yesterday bemoaning the decision by Starz to pull the plug on its comedy Party Down after two seasons, when the ratings and the reality clearly didn't warrant a third season. I've seen numbers indicating that as many as 125,000 and as few as 75,000 viewers actually tuned in to the premium cable Starz network for Party Down's second season. That's a 0.0 rating. Zero. Zed. Nada. And even if you were claiming to watch this funny show about aspiring actors who are caterers, whether it was a day late, week late, or several months later on Netflix (here's a link for season one of Party Down on Netflix, by the way), you weren't enough. How many of you subscribe to Starz? How many of you decided to because of Party Down? I enjoyed the show, but I haven't ponied up the dough for Starz. You need to support the things you supposedly love when they need your support. Here's a clip of Lizzy Caplan, one of the few Party Down co-stars who hadn't already been poached by broadcast networks (FOX had taken Jane Lynch for Glee, while NBC had taken Adam Scott for an arc on Parks and Recreation; Caplan did take part in an upcoming CBS sitcom, but just for its pilot), telling...

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