Day: May 16, 2013

HBO going to Northern California for two new comedy series

HBO’s current original comedy stable revolves around Girls and Veep. They’ll be rejoined by a double dose of guys by 2014. The pay-cable network has announced pickups of two new comedy series, both set in and around the Bay Area of Northern California. Today came word of an HBO series order for an untitled series written and directed by Mike Judge, which follows the young men in the high-tech Web 2.0 world of Silicon Valley. It stars Thomas Middleditch and T.J. Miller, with a cast that included Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Angela Trimbur, Josh Brener, Lindsey Broad, Christopher Evan...

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USA’s sitcom era reopens with orders for BFFs Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham; Chicago EMT series from Denis Leary

The USA Network’s tagline — “Characters Welcome” — now officially is welcoming sitcoms back into the cable channel’s programming fold. Repeats of ABC’s hit Modern Family will begin airing on USA in September 2013. Come 2014, those repeats will be joined by new episodes or original USA sitcoms Sirens (from Denis Leary and Bob Fisher) and Playing House (starring and reuniting BFFs Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham). But will there be a Happy Endings to add to this story? Stay tuned. Negotiations, widely reported, between USA and Sony TV for the rights to pick up and continue¬†Happy Endings...

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Comedy Central to go dark to promote launch of Comedy Central Radio on SiriusXM

Comedy Central is about to launch Comedy Central Radio on SiriusXM this weekend, and it’ll make sure that its longtime TV watchers know about it when it happens. Comedy Central’s cable TV channel will go “dark” at midnight Sunday to simulcast the audio feed of Comedy Central Radio for its opening minute on SiriusXM, eliminating the moving pictures to alert TV viewers that they have a new way to experience the network’s stand-up and comedy special offerings. UPDATE: Amy Schumer’s voice will welcome listeners to Comedy Central Radio with a personalized intro, followed by her latest one-hour special, “Mostly...

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