Day: June 28, 2012

Eagleheart’s Maria Thayer survives “Pilot Season”

Maria Thayer co-stars in Chris Elliott’s ridiculously over-the-top cop show parody Eagleheart, which airs its second-season finale tonight on Adult Swim. It should return for a third season. But what if it doesn’t?!? That’d mean Thayer would have to start auditioning again for new roles. She has plenty of experience doing that, and you’ll say to what lengths she’ll put up with casting auditions in the webseries, “Pilot Season.” Directed by Andy Blitz (a consulting producer on Eagleheart and former writer for Late Night with Conan O’Brien) and hosted on Funny or Die. The first episode showed Thayer in...

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A topical webseries: “Vetting Mitt’s Veeps”

Big day in U.S. politics, eh? The U.S. Supreme Court upheld much of President Barack Obama’s law expanding health-care accessibility with a 5-4 ruling today. Even so, the presumptive GOP presidential challenger, Mitt Romney, immediately made a speech upholding his demands to repeal the law if he’s elected. Despite the fact that “Obamacare” is modeled on “Romneycare.” Anyhow. This is all to say, it’s a timely time for a topical webseries to launch. Which is what UCB Comedy has done this week with “Vetting Mitt’s Veeps.” Its logline: “Mitt Romney needs to choose a running mate. Beth Myers is...

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Comedy Central greenlights three for 2013 series: Anthony Jeselnik, Amy Schumer, Ben Hoffman

Comedy Central is adding to its 2013 slate of series with three new orders, as Anthony Jeselnik, Amy Schumer and Ben Hoffman all will be leading their own shows next year. “These three shows have one thing in common, and I dare viewers to watch every single episode to find out what it is,” said Kent Alterman, Comedy Central’s head of original programming and production. Well, for one thing, all three performers already had a current or recently pre-existing relationship with the network. Anthony Jeselnik, whose untitled weekly topical series should prove to be as dark and oftentimes offensive...

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EPIX launches monthly “Comedy Unbound” series; starts with Jim Norton

EPIX announced today it’d showcase comedy each month with a new motto, “EPIX Comedy Unbound,” which kicks off Saturday night with the debut of Jim Norton’s latest special, “Jim Norton: Please Be Offended.” Future specials will air on the last weekend of the month. Upcoming later in 2012: An All-Star Comedy Roundtable presented by Ben Stiller with Jim Carrey and Chris Rock, moderated by Bill Hader (recorded live June 22 at the Nantucket Film Festival by Stiller’s Red Hour Films) Best of Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball Held at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall in March, with performances from...

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Louis CK talks selling his 2012 tour on his own terms, his own site

Louis CK has done what proved so difficult two decades ago for Pearl Jam: Set up and establish a successful independent ticketing system for touring. Of course, a lot has changed with technology since the 1990s, and Pearl Jam wasn’t able to build a website back then with implements in place to allow fans to purchase individual tickets directly from them online. Louis CK has done that this week. In fact, the comedian — who just launched the service on on Monday — announced late Wednesday, that: “well. after 45 hours, my tour has sold 100K tickets, box office...

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