What’s happening in the comedy world now…
- Sarah Michelle Gellar is looking to bounce back with a sitcom project at 20th Century Fox, written by Shepard Boucher.
- Anna Faris is topping a CBS pilot from Chuck Lorre in which she’d play a single mom who sobers up in the wine country of Napa Valley.
News from the TV Critics Association (TCA) winter press tour:
- The network ordered 13 episodes of one-hour dramedy series “Camp” to air over the summer, pitching it as a cross between “Meatballs” and “Dazed and Confused.” It’s created by Liz Heldens and Peter Elkoff and will be produced in Australia.
- NBC chief Rob Greenblatt denied any new “succession plan” for The Tonight Show involving current host Jay Leno and Late Night host Jimmy Fallon.
- Emily Spivey, creator of Up All Night, is leaving the show she created as it undergoes another transform. The sitcom will return this spring as a multi-cam, starring Christina Applegate, Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph.
- Greenblatt also told critics he is “absolutely hopeful” that Community could receive a fifth season in fall 2013 or 2014. Ahem. #sixseasonsandamovie
- New seasons of Girls (10 episodes) and Enlightened (eight episodes) begin Jan. 13.
- A ten-episode second season of Veep will return later in 2013, along with the debuts of mockumentary Family Tree (from Christopher Guest, and starring Chris O’Dowd), Hello Ladies (starring Stephen Merchant).
- And production will begin this year on a fourth season of Eastbound & Down, starring Danny McBride.
- Webseries Drunk History received an eight-episode order for summer, with celebrities re-enacting moments from history as told by drunken comedians.
- The network also announced renewals for a fourth and fifth season of Workaholics from stars Blake Anderson, Adam Devine, Anders Holm and Kyle Newacheck, in advance of the new third season, which premieres Jan. 16.
- VH1 announced the start of the weekly late-night series, “The Jenny McCarthy Show,” premiering Fridays on Feb. 8. It’s executive produced by Michael Davies for Embassy Row.
- Cher has a development deal with Logo and is working with Ron Zimmerman on the pilot for a potential series set in the Hollywood of the 1960s.