What’s happening in the comedy world now…
- Christina Applegate abruptly left the NBC sitcom Up All Night, while the show is on hiatus to be retooled as a multi-cam for planned new episodes this spring. No word on whether her role will be recast and how that it’ll impact her co-stars, Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph.
- IFC ordered 20 new episodes of Comedy Bang Bang, the anti-talk show talk show hosted by Scott Aukerman with music from Reggie Watts. The series already had been renewed for a second season. The announcement, though, did clarify that new episodes will air in two 10-episode blocks in the second half of 2013.
- TBS ordered a sitcom pilot, Do It Yourself, from Walt Becker and Rob Long. It’s about a math teacher in his 20s who takes a job in a big-box store.
- CBS has ordered three more sitcom pilots. Jacked Up (from Greg Malins and starring Patrick Warburton) is a multi-cam about a retired baseball player. An untitled multi-cam from Tad Quill features a newly widowed father who raises his 12-year old son. And a single-cam from Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky adapts an Israeli show about a 40-year-old woman and mom of three who habitually lies her way into and out of situational comedy situations.