This Week in TV:
The Amy Poehler-produced comedy Broad City gets a series order, Tim Roth (Lie to Me) joins the cast of Discovery’s first-ever scripted mini-series, Amanda Peet is cast as a lead in a pilot from the Duplass brothers (Jeff, Who Lives at Home), and we get a first look at trailers for the second season of Veep and Christopher Guest’s new HBO series Family Tree.
Amy Poehler is helping bring the popular Web series Broad City to Comedy Central in 2014.
The series – which started out as a sketch idea with the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy troupe – has received a 10-episode series order from Comedy Central. The new series will be a direct adaptation of the web show, starring Broad City creators Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer as best friends living in New York City.
Poehler, who is best known as a former Saturday Night Live cast member and as the current star of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, will executive produce along with Jacobson, Glazer and longtime comedy agent, Dave Becky. As a UCB alum herself, Poehler has been a fan of Broad City for quite some time and wants to help it transition again – this time into a more mainstream television package.
“I’m excited to work with Comedy Central and introduce Abbi and Ilana to America. And all the other countries. And also Mars. We’ve got big plans,” said Poehler.
Broad City will premiere on Comedy Central in 2014.
Tim Roth has joined the cast of Klondike, the Discovery Channel’s first ever scripted miniseries.
In his first return to television since Lie to Me, Roth takes on the role of The Count in the series based on Charlotte Gray’s book Gold Diggers: Striking it Rich in the Klondike. Set in the 1890s, Klondike will tell the story of two best friends who venture out into the cold and remote Yukon Territory during the Yukon gold rush. The two will then battle harsh weather conditions and even harsher cutthroat businessmen in their quest for ultimate wealth.
With Chris Cooper (Seabiscuit) also set to star in the miniseries, it looks like Discovery has a potential winner on its hands featuring some big-name talent. Let’s hope its first ever scripted series is as compelling as some of its documentary-style programming.
Klondike begins production this month, but there is no premiere date just yet.
Source: Discovery Channel
Known primarily for her film work, Amanda Peet has been cast as the lead in Togetherness, a relationship comedy pilot from Mark and Jay Duplass.
Peet (who recently guest starred on The Good Wife) will make her TV headlining debut in the Duplass brothers’ pilot. The show will focus on two couples dealing with relationship issues while living under the same roof; Peet will play Tina Morris, an energetic, smart, fun-loving young woman who also has a mischievous side.
The Duplass brothers, who are used to developing and directing their own material, will write, executive produce and direct the pilot episode. There is no word on if either brother will appear in the show, but there’s a decent chance Mark could, considering he has plenty of TV acting experience as one of the stars of FX’s The League.
The combination of Peet’s sweet charm and the Duplass’ quirkiness should create an interesting blend of humor that – considering the talent involved – has a good chance of making it to the small screen with a series order. Then again, in the wild west that is TV pilot season, you can never be sure.
Togetherness is still rounding out its cast before production begins on the pilot.
A teaser trailer for Christopher Guest’s new HBO comedy series Family Tree has just been released. Check it out below:
Guest, who is known for his mockumentary films Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show, seems to be bringing a similar approach to the series – which centers on 30-year-old Tom Chadwick (Chris O’Dowd) and his quest to learn more about his ancestry.
Guest is using many of his former collaborators in the show, including Micheal McKean and Fred Willard, and seems to be following his own comedy formula by filling the series with several quirky characters. We’re only getting a tease at the moment, but with the performers on board, it could be be another recipe for Guest comedic gold.
There is no premiere date for Family Tree, but we should expect to see season 1 on HBO later this year.
Source: HBO’s YouTube Channel
The Emmy Award-winning political comedy Veep is coming back to HBO for season 2 and we’ve got a sneak peek, thanks to this recently-released trailer:
Veep was just successful enough to get picked up for a second season, but it should take HBO’s center stage for comedy this spring, as Girls and Enlightened have recently wrapped up their seasons. Emmy-winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus will be back as sassy United States vice president Selina Meyer, and by the looks of the trailer, she’s got a whole new mess of problems to deal with at the office.
Veep will return to HBO for season 2, which premieres on April 14, 2013.
Source: HBO’s YouTube Channel