UCB Theatre Performers & Alumni Continue To Find Television SuccessAs new information regarding the upcoming 2009 and 2010 television season begins to trickle out, the UCB Theatre continues to improve its track record as a major Hollywood resource for new and emerging comedic talent. Numerous new network pilots in production for the upcoming TV season have been developed by or cast with current and former UCB Theatre performers.
At CBS, Lennon Parham has earned a place as a principle cast member for Accidentally On Purpose starring Jenna Elfman. The sitcom revolves around a female San Francisco movie critic who finds herself pregnant after a one-night fling with a younger man.
Also on CBS is Ben Schwartz in Happiness Isn't Everything starring Richard Dreyfuss & Mary Steenburgen. The sitcom focuses on the overly involved relationships of a family of adult siblings and their parents.
Waiting To Die, another CBS sitcom ordered to pilot, could see T.J. Miller return to network television in his second starring role (Miller previously appeared on ABC's Carpoolers). The new comedy revolves around two friends -- played by T.J. Miller and long-time UCB performer, Nick Thune -- who remain happy with their lives, no matter how awful it may appear from the outside.
NBC pilot Off Duty starring Bradley Whitford and Romany Malco is a buddy comedy about cops who can't leave their job at the station. Order was written by Jason Mantzoukas and produced by Scot Armstrong.
Donald Glover is featured in NBC pilot Community starring Joel McHale as a thirtysomething guy finding himself part of an unlikely family after enrolling in a class at a community college.
Over at Fox, Rob Huebel -- who currently can be seen in the film I Love You, Man -- follows a string of memorable TV and movie appearances (Human Giant, The Office, 30 Rock) with his first potential starring network role. Huebel has been cast in The Station, a workplace comedy that revolves around a covert CIA office in South America.
Fox has also tapped Nick Kroll to play a principle cast member in Cop House. The offbeat sitcom is primarily set in a halfway house that is populated by troubled police officers.
Colton Dunn finds his way into a starring role for Fox's Brothers. The sitcom focuses on a retired football player and his struggle to reconnect with his family after he moves back to his hometown. This show is also starring football star Michael Strahan.
At ABC is comedy No Heroics about a group of superheroes with less-than-formidable powers who hang out at a bar. Based on the British format, series is to star Eliza Coupe and Freddie Prinze Jr.
Premiering Thursday April 9th is NBC's Parks & Recreation. The show pokes fun at small-town politics in the same mockumentary-style as The Office, and stars UCB founder Amy Poehler with UCB performers Aziz Ansari and Aubrey Plaza.
Also on Thursdays is ABC's new comedy series In The Motherhood. The show, based on real-life mommy experiences, stars UCB performers Jessica St. Clair and Horatio Sanz.
Cable TV networks also continue to put their faith into UCB alumni.
Spike TV has just green-lit a half-hour comedy created by Matt Walsh. The show, titled Players, co-stars Matt Walsh and fellow UCB founder Ian Roberts. The two will play brothers with opposite personalities who run a sports bar. Several UCB performers help to round out the cast, including James Pumphrey, June Diane Raphael and Danielle Schneider.
Weeds creator Jenji Kohan is at the helm of the Ronna & Beverly pilot at Showtime. UCB performers Jessica Chaffin & Jamie Denbo created the characters and will star in the pilot also featuring Harris Wittels.
Harris Wittels is also writing and producing a six episode order of comedy series Secret Girlfriend for Comedy Central. Unique series stars Mookie Blaiklock and features a first person format that makes the audience a central character.
MTV picked up Popzilla, an animated sketch series created by Kevin Pedersen for 8 episodes. Andie Bolt, Michael Cassady, Jackie Clarke, Dannah Feinglass, Allan McLeod, Ben Siemon, Jeff Sloniker, Angela Trimbur and Kevin Pedersen all provided voices for the pilot.
Check UCBtheatre.com & UCBcomedy.com to find upcoming shows & videos featuring these performers.