• Ellie Kemper of ‘The Office’ lands leading role on NBC pilot

    While NBC announced today the series finale of The Office will air on May 16 from 9 to 10 pm ET, we also learned that fan favorite Ellie Kemper, who plays Dunder Mifflin’s lovable and naïve Erin Hannon, landed herself a leading role on one of the network’s upcoming comedy pilots. Kemper will play Brenda Miller, the title character in Brenda Forever, “a comedy centered on stories from Brenda Miller’s

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    Roseanne developing new show for NBC, will appear on three episodes of The Office

    With a failed television pilot and an equally unsuccessful bid for the presidency of the United States behind her, comedy icon Roseanne Barr is ready to take another stab at television stardom. Teaming up with Steven Greener, who helped helm Roseanne’s Nuts, Barr’s 2011 reality series for Lifetime, the comedian is developing a series for NBC, the same network who last year passed on Downwardly Mobile, a show that would’ve

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    Fox skips the pilot and orders Seth MacFarlane’s new series

    At this point in his career Seth MacFarlane can vacate his bowels into a beach bucket, film it and successfully sell it as a network series. It hasn’t gotten to that point yet and luckily it doesn’t seem MacFarlane has started phoning it in. But the option is there. And so in the midst of the four major networks ordering 22 pilots, Fox has already said yes to MacFarlane’s latest

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    Stephen Merchant lands pilot deal with HBO

    HBO has picked up Hello Ladies, a pilot from Stephen Merchant, co-creator with Ricky Gervais of the British The Office. The would star Merchant as an Englishman who has relocated to Los Angeles in hopes of joining the ranks of the rich, famous and beautiful. The problem, however, is that group of folks see no room for our protagonist in their clique. Merchant’s character is focused on finding the woman of

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    Anne Heche sitcom ‘Save Me’ coming to NBC

    NBC, which will present its full Fall lineup a week from today, has green lighted a comedy pilot starring Anne Heche to series, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. The project, Save Me, stars the That’s What She Said co-star playing a woman (Heche) who believes she is channeling God after a traumatic accident. Alexandra Breckenridge and Michael Landes co-star. Here’s the official logline: A woman, who lets herself go while in

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    Conan O’Brien snags sitcom pilot deal with TBS

    It looks like Conan O’Brien might be widening his already-massive comedic presence to his current home network, TBS. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show “centers on a family man who quits his day job and returns to the neighborhood where he grew up. While there, he reunites with his former best friend.” The 30-minute pilot, a multi-camera affair (bucking the modern single-camera sitcom trend), will be executive produced by

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    And the winner of the Sarah Silverman bidding war is…

    By yesterday, we knew that Sarah Silverman was a wanted woman, with at least three networks vying for her pilot pitch. In the end, the peacock network beat out ABC and snagged a pilot order for Sarah Silverman’s untitled single camera comedy show. With Imagine Entertainment principal Ron Howard behind the project, it was pitched around Hollywood garnering serious interest from several suitors with it all coming down to a

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    Kevin Smith looks to host his own, daily television talk show

    Clerks director and cult comedy legend Kevin Smith is set to host a talk show pilot. The show is planned to be a daily, half hour, syndicated program that would blend discussion with celebrities and comedy. The show is tentatively titled The Kevin Smith Project, and the show’s booking staff is pitching it as “a Regis and Kelly talk show at the opposite end of the day for the opposite

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    Exclusive: A list of comedians cast in new pilots

    Fall is an underrated season. The leaves change, the weather becomes more tolerable, baseball gives way to football, and – best of all, for some – our favorite TV shows kick back into gear after a long hiatus. And that means we get new episodes of old favorites as well as a whole slew of brand new pilots. The problem? We get a whole slew of brand new pilots. Fall

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