Monday April 15, 2013

Deadline reports that "Comedy Central has ordered 12 episodes of Brody Stevens: Enjoy It!, a documentary-style series starring comedian Brody Stevens and executive produced by his close friend,Hangover star Zach Galifianakis. The project originated at HBO as part of a first-look deal Galifianakis had at the pay cable network. Ordered as a low-budget presentation by HBO, Brody Stevens: Enjoy It! became a six-episode 15-minute online series for HBO Digital. The Comedy Central order includes those six episodes, which will be expanded to half-hours, along with six brand new half-hour episodes, with the series slated to premiere this summer. Described as Comedy Central’s first ever dramatic comedy series, Brody Stevens: Enjoy It! follows the emotional roller coaster life of stand-up comic Stevens as he pulls his life back together after suffering a mental breakdown that is witnessed by his fans and the world via Twitter. He makes the rounds in LA, with pal Galifianakis and others in tow, including Sarah Silverman, Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, trying to reconnect and reconcile with the close friends he let down. The series combines a mix of live stand-up footage, documentary footage and animation. Stevens, Galifianakis, Mike Gibbons, Generate’s Dave Rath and Funny Or Die executive produce the series, directed by Dean Fleisher-Camp."

Here are a handful of updates on new series from a handful of different nets:

DISCOVERY -- Klondike, Discovery's first ever scripted mini-series, will star Tim Roth. New series include Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius with Kal Penn and Cutter Oil (wt) about a family-run oil company. Nik Wallenda, known as "The King of the High Wire", will traverse the Grand Canyon without using a harness on the special Wallenda Live

ANIMAL PLANET -- Alaska Bush Family, Catch and Release, Clipped (extreme dog grooming), My Tiny Terror, and Polar Bear Crossing and Top Hooker (it's about fishermen!). Special Puppy Bowl X will return next Super Bowl Sunday, thank goodness. 

TLC -- Alaskan Women Looking for Love, Best Funeral Ever, and My Teen is Pregnant and So Am I. 

I caught up on Boston's Finest over the weekend and that show has gotten better with age.  The drama has been ramped up and they've done a very nice job of humanizing the officers by showing us JUST enough of their off duty lives.

NBC is reportedly planning an all kids version of The Voice.  Come on.

Veep returned last night and was so so at best.  I still like the writing on this show but it game out of the gates without much punch so hopefully it comes a little stronger next week.

Louis C.K.'s special aired on HBO on Saturday night.  While some of the material was a repeat from when I saw him at the Improv last year, it was nevertheless beyond hilarious so I implore you to check it out if and when you can.