Comedy Headlines for 1/16/13

What’s happening in the comedy world now…

  • Over the holidays, ABC announced it would air original episodes of Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23 on Sunday nights as well as Tuesdays. That didn’t last long. No more Sundays for both sitcoms. Instead, the 10 p.m. Sunday hour will be filled with Shark Tank repeats.
  • Steve Harvey has signed an exclusive deal with Clear Channel, renewing his relationship with them for his syndicated morning radio show. His daytime TV talker also has been renewed for a second season.
  • NBC is developing a multi-cam sitcom based on Jessica Simpson’s real life, starring Simpson. Blame/credit Nick Bakay, who’s writing the script, and Ben Silverman’s Electus, for this.
  • Turner made a deal with Netflix to provide streaming programming for some of its back catalog of Adult Swim series, beginning on March 30, 2013.
  • Lifetime has dropped dramedy¬†Drop Dead Diva. It aired for four seasons, and its cast included Margaret Cho. Yes. Four seasons. Everyone was talking about it. Weren’t they? Just ask a comedy nerd. That’d be fun. Do it. Do it.
  • NBC has promoted Doug Vaughan to¬†Executive Vice President, Special Programs and Late Night Programming. Vaughan is based in New York.

Sean L. McCarthy

Editor and publisher since 2007, when he was named New York's Funniest Reporter. Former newspaper reporter at the New York Daily News, Boston Herald and smaller dailies and community papers across America. Loves comedy so much he founded this site.

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