Thursday December 19, 2013

Another workplace comedy, another winner.  Deadline reports that "[h]it online series Jake & Amir is heading to television.  TBS has put in development a comedy based on CollegeHumor’s most popular and longest-running series by comedy duo Amir Blumenfeld and Jake Hurwitz. Hurwitz and Blumenfeld will star the TV project. They will co-write with another scripter duo, Mike Lisbe and Nate Reger, with The Hangover and The Office alum  Ed Helms executive producing.

"Created by Hurwitz and Blumenfeld, Jake & Amir will revolve around an odd-couple friendship between best friends and co-workers Jake (Hurwitz), the sensible 'regular guy,' and Amir (Blumenfeld), the obsessive oddball. Together they must navigate the cubicles of their workplace, stand up to the corporate man and try to function with their dysfunctional co-workers, all while maintaining their shenanigans."

Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson has been placed on indefinite hiatus by A&E in the wake of anti-gay comments he made to GQ.

“We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty, the network group said in a statement just now. ”His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”

In the GQ profile, Robertson called being gay a “sin” and compared it to bestiality. “It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus,” he told the mag. “That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer… But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical… Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”

Duck Dynasty is the No. 1 reality show in cable history. Hopefully this dethrones it!

"Trophy Wife has cast the mother of all roles: Kate's mom! Cybill Shepherd is set to guest star on the ABC breakout sitcom as Kate's mother when it returns in 2014, E! News has exclusively learned. 

"The Moonlighting and Cybill actress, who recently starred on The Client List, will tackle the role of Cricket, 'a fun-loving, spontaneous wild child whose arrival quickly throw's Kate's family life into chaos.'"

Per Deadline, "[i]n her return to television, Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross is taking a comedy route, signing on for the lead female role in Fox‘s single-camera comedy pilot Fatrick. The project, written by Don’t Trust The B—- In Apt. 23 creator/executive producer Nahnatchka Khan and co-exec producer Corey Nickerson and to be directed by Oscar-winning scribes Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, centers on Patrick, a 30-something moving man and former fat kid, who, realizing that his life isn’t quite where it should be, is forced to face the damage caused by years of being Fatrick: a chubby little kid just trying to survive. It will be shifting between the present and Patrick’s school years. Cross will play Patrick’s mother Arlene, seen in both present day and flashback."

Here's Grantland's Andy Greenwald bagging on the present state of TV . . . again.

On a more positive note, Grantland points out its top 10 most overlooked shows of 2013.  Definitely a couple of worthwhile inclusions on that list.

Suits cast going Sci-fi?

WME paid $2.4B for IMG.  I'm sure that will work out flawlessly.

Ex-Navy SEAL Joel Lambert is dropped in a secret starting point each week and must outwit elite tracking teams from all over the world in new Discovery seriesLone Target. The Discovery Studios series premieres Wednesday, January 1 at 10p.

The competition for $100,000 in season two of Oxygen's Bad Girls All Star Battle includes a stiletto standoff, mud wrestling and a twerking match. Games begin Tuesday, January 7 at 8p.  Sadly this is the 2nd season of this show and to make matters worse, I watched season 1. . . .