CBS developing comedy starring Rob RiggleFeb 19, 2015
CBS loves Rob Riggle. For a third consecutive development season, the network has made finding a starring vehicle for the former Daily Show correspondent a priority. CBS is in negotiations for a half-hour comedy project from Saturday Night veteran Robert Smigel to which Riggle is attached to star. The untitled comedy centers on a gregarious guy (Riggle) who winds up as a real estate agent working for the nerd he made fun of in high school. The project was pitched straight to the network and will be laid off at sister studio CBS TV Studios. Smigel, Riggle, Peter Principato and Paul Young are executive producing.
Riggle is under his third consecutive talent holding deal at CBS. Under his previous two, he recurred on the network's comedy Gary Unmarried and starred in last season's pilot Team Spitz, which came close to a series order, largely based on Riggle's performance. I hear that this development season CBS has already bought several other comedy pitches with Riggle in mind, but the Robert Smigel comedy is the only one he is formally attached to. The project reunites CAA-repped Riggle and Smigel who crossed paths during Riggle's season-long stint on SNL in 2004-05. Riggle, who guest starred on NBC's Chuck on Monday, just wrapped Tom Hanks' Larry Crowne and is currently shooting Working Title's Everybody Loves Whales. He is managed by Principato Young. Smigel is making his feature writing debut with the upcoming Jack and Jill toplined by another SNL alum, Adam Sandler.
Judd Apatow on Maria Bamford & UCBFeb 19, 2015
An occasional series in which top comics tell us who's making them laugh. This week:Judd Apatow on his comedy crush, Maria Bamford.
'I love Maria Bamford. She makes me laugh. I think she's hysterically funny. She performs all over the place . Have you seen her? She's so funny - she's one of the few people that really makes you laugh hard, who's doing something so interesting and insane.
She does a lot of voices. She has a very high voice and she does a lot of characters and people in her life - with deep voices - and it's just a unique, bizarre act. I've seen a lot of comics and it takes a lot to make me laugh really hard. And she definitely makes me laugh super hard.
I don't live that close to UCB or I'd go there all the time; I've performed there a few times. I wish I lived right next door and I'd just move in. It's fun. I did some stand-up at UCB when I was writing Funny People, to just get in the head. You know ... I'm gonna try to not sit in my room watching Mad Men all day long.'
Adult Swim picks up crime drama parody starring, written & produced by Paul ScheerFeb 19, 2015
Adult Swim's next series is a mouthful. The network has handed a 12-episode order to Paul Scheer's NTSF:SD:SUV which, as the title suggests, is a parody of the ubiquitous genre of crime procedurals. NTSF:SD:SUV, created by and starring Scheer, originated as a mock promo (video below) that aired on another Adult Swim parody series, Rob Corddry's Childrens Hospital, which spoofs medical shows. Scheer, who guest starred on Childrens Hospital, is writing NTSF:SD:SUV and will executive produce the series with Childrens Hospital executive producer Jon Stern. The project leapfrogged the pilot stage, going from the clip, directed by Eric Appel, straight to series. The promo features other actors, including Rob Riggle, Brandon Johnson and June Raphael. Some of them are expected to appear in episodes of NTSF:SD:SUV but not as regulars. (Riggle recently inked a development deal with CBS and is attached to a Robert Smigel project there.) Paul Scheer, probably best known for his work on the MTV sketch comedy series Human Giant, which which he co-created, wrote and starred in with Aziz Ansari and Rob Huebel, also co-stars on FX's comedy The League. He is with UTA and Principato Young.