Day: October 15, 2015

FX picks up Donald Glover’s “Atlanta” to series for 2016

Childish Gambino and Community fans rejoice, as Donald Glover will return to TV in 2016 in a new role he created as a young rapper in Atlanta. Speaking of which… FX has ordered 10 half-hour episodes of Atlanta. “Atlanta draws on Donald’s considerable talents as a musician, actor and writer to give us something unique,” said Nick Grad, FX Networks original programming president. “The story is made all the more powerful by the great cast and the contributions of Donald’s fellow Executive Producer Paul Simms and director Hiro Murai. We can’t wait to for the debut of Atlanta next year.”...

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NBCUniversal launching own comedy video subscription service: Seeso TV

NBCUniversal has announced the launch of Seeso, the company’s own comedy video subscription service online that’ll offer ad-free streaming sitcoms (both classic and new original series) for $3.99/month. It’s in beta now. Seeso is headed by Evan Shapiro, who previously helmed Pivot TV and before that, IFC TV and Sundance Channel. He’d brought Monty Python back for a reunion while at IFC, and now he’s bringing classic Python to Seeso — along with NBC hits such as The Office and 30 Rock, plus NBCUniversal-adjacent comedy universe classics as Kids in the Hall and Upright Citizens Brigade. New shows? Actually, the...

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Episode #26: Ali Farahnakian

Ali Farahnakian is living the American comedy dream. Born in Iran and raised in North Carolina, Ali moved to Chicago after college and fell right in with The Second City, improv Olympic and the teachings of Del Close and Charna Halpern. Saying “Yes, And” to life led him to becoming and original member of the Upright Citizens Brigade, a writing gig on Saturday Night Live‘s 25th anniversary season, a one-man show that hit the festival circuit thanks to Word of Mouth, and opening The People’s Improv Theater (The PIT) in 2002 in New York City, where he still teaches new...

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