Comedy Headlines for 10/16/12

What’s happening in the comedy world right now…

    • ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live has booked Kimmel’s longtime idol, David Letterman, as a guest for the upcoming week of shows in Kimmel’s birthplace of Brooklyn, New York. JKL will tape a week of late-night shows there from Oct. 29 – Nov. 2. Kimmel’s other guests booked for Brooklyn week include Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Kelly Ripa, Tracy Morgan, with  musical performances by Alicia Keys, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Vampire Weekend and the Avett Brothers with the Brooklyn Philharmonic.
    • After a few years of dancing the will-he-or-won’t-he-insult-everyone dance with Ricky Gervais, NBC has looked in-house and tapped their inner Baby Mama, hiring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to co-host the Golden Globes on Jan. 13, 2013.
    • NBC will try again to develop Sarah Colonna’s book, “Life As I Blow It,” into a sitcom. Colonna will now co-write the story based on the relationship between her and her sister, who are brought together when Colonna loses her job and has to return to Arkansas where her sister’s life is also unraveling. Happy Madison’s Doug Robinson is executive producing alongside Colonna and New Wave Entertainment’s Abbey MacDonald, Brian Volk Weiss, and Michael Pelmont. Colonna is repped by APA and New Wave.
    • Wendy & Lizzie Molyneux sold their comedy pitch See You Next Tuesday! — an office comedy — to ABC. The sisters are repped by WME and attorney Gregg Gellman.
    • HBO announced start dates for season two of Girls and Enlightened — Jan. 13, 2013. Both have 10-episode renewal orders.
    • Rachel Zoe (Bravo’s The Rachel Zoe Project) is looking to develop her “reality” into a half-hour single-cam sitcom for NBC.
    • Andrea Savage sold a script order for Re-Together, a single-cam sitcom, to ABC. It focuses on a couple with two small kids who get divorced, and reconnect 30 years later. Jamie Tarses also will executive produce.
    • ABC and Canada’s Shaw are going in together on Bob Martin’s half-hour sitcom. Untitled, it’s about a cartoonist whose real life doesn’t match up with the one he draws.
    • FOX is developing two more sitcoms. One, The George Clooney Manifesto, centers on a single woman who decides to live her life as WWGCD. The other, Manchild, is set in a Rite Ad pharmacy.
    • Brian Regan announced a 41-city tour for 2013 that starts Jan. 11, 2013, in Memphis, and runs through May 12. Tickets go on sale Oct. 19 via LiveNation.


Sean L. McCarthy

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