This Week in TV:
HBO orders a pilot for The Gorburger Show, originally a web comedy talk show from T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley) and Funny Or Die; New Girl star Max Greenfield joins the cast of American Horror Story: Hotel; upcoming Netflix music drama The Get Down casts Jimmy Smits (NYPD Blue) in a key role; Hulu renews original comedy Deadbeat for season 3; The Daily Show's Jon Stewart reveals he's been running a program to help military veterans enter the television industry; and Battle Creek comes to an end with ratings matching its lowest of the series.
HBO has placed a pilot order for The Gorburger Show, a bizarre web comedy sketch/talk show from Silicon Valley star and comedian T.J. Miller. See the madness for yourself via the clip below.
The show - which has spent two seasons with Funny or Die on the web before coming to HBO as a half-hour pilot - stars Miller as the voice and puppeteer behind Gorburger, a giant blue alien who takes over a Japanese morning show and turns it into a talk show, with the goal to better understand humanity by interviewing celebrities and musicians.
Miller will also co-write and co-executive produce, alongside the original creators of the show, Josh Martin and Ryan McNeely (The Director Brothers). The pilot will feature Moby, Ed Helms (The Office), and Jackass' Johnny Knoxville as its first guests, along with Danny Brown, Health and Eagles of Death Metal as musical guests.
While the premise and its humor will certainly not be for everyone, the show's popularity online and HBO's backing give it a chance to find a niche audience as a half-hour series.
We'll pass along more details on HBO's The Gorburger Show as they come in.
Source: TV Line
As he has with virtually every casting announcement for the anthology series' upcoming fifth season, creator Ryan Murphy took to Twitter to share the news, offering this cryptic tease for Greenfield's character:
This October, Max Greenfield (like you've never seen him) is checking in to the hotel….but not checking out. #AHSHotel
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) May 25, 2015
While details on Greenfield's character are clearly being kept under wraps, the part and the series will certainly be a departure from the comedic work he's known for as Schmidt on the FOX sitcom New Girl. Of course, the role will also give Greenfield the chance to play with a new and very talented cast that already includes Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Chloe Sevigny, Wes Bentley, Sarah Paulson, Matt Bomer and Lady Gaga.
American Horror Story: Hotel will premiere on FX in October.
Source: Ryan Murphy
Veteran TV actor Jimmy Smits (NYPD Blue) joined the cast of Baz Luhrmann's (The Great Gatsby) upcoming Netflix drama series The Get Down.
In the 1970s New York-set series that centers on a ragtag group of street teens and the era's music, Smits will play South Bronx politician Francisco Cruz, also known as "Papa Fuerte." Known in the neighborhood as someone with power and influence, Papa Fuerte is the man you come to when you need something, including services the City fails to provide. The character is also described as a man who handles his business - whether it be downtown or street politics - with "ease and a touch of deception."
Reportedly in high demand this past pilot season, Smits likely gravitated towards The Get Down because of his personal background as a native New Yorker of Puerto Rican descent who spent his youth in NYC during the 1970s.
Smits joins a cast that includes newcomers Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Herizen Guardiola, the latter of whom will star.
The 13-episode first season of The Get Down is set to debut on Netflix in 2016.
Hulu renewed its original half-hour comedy Deadbeat for a 13-episode third season.
Co-created by Cody Heller and Brett Konner (Wilfred), the series centers on a hapless but gifted medium (Tyler Labine) who helps New York's ghosts settle their unfinished business. The supernatural premise - which takes a comedic riff on shows such as The Ghost Whisperer and Medium - has been generally well received by critics and viewers, making the renewal decision an easy one for Hulu.
Here's what Hulu Senior Vice President and Head of Content Craig Erwich had to say about the renewal:
“Deadbeat is a uniquely imaginative and charming series. We are very happy to bring it back for another hilarious season and look forward to sharing new ghostly stories.”
The announcement did not include a premiere date for Deadbeat season 3, but viewers should expect to see it on Hulu's streaming platform sometime in 2016.
Source: Hulu (via Zap2It)
Earlier this week Daily Show host Jon Stewart revealed he's been running a program that helps military veterans get into the television industry.
Stewart, a noted and very staunch critic of the Iraq war, hadn't publicized the program until now, but revealed he's been organizing a TV industry five-week boot camp for the past three years. The program - which essentially acts as an internship - is designed to provide real-world experience to veterans - many of whom don't get opportunities to work in entertainment - and give them a behind-the-scenes look at areas such as talent booking and editing. The Daily Show staff developed the program to serve as an intense immersion into the business to weed out fans from those who were serious about working in television.
The program has generated several full-time jobs for its participants, some of whom have worked at The Daily Show as field segment producers and production coordinators.
“There are well-worn channels into this industry that are closed off to veterans. You get into the television industry generally by going to certain colleges known for having good television programs, getting internships and getting to know people who work in the industry. A lot of veterans never had that opportunity because they were busy at war. This is a way to give them that chance.”
Jon Stewart will host his final episode of The Daily Show on August 6, 2015.
Source: The New York Times
After getting the axe from CBS earlier this month, crime dramedy Battle Creek came to an end with a whimper last Sunday, as its series finale matched the show's all-time ratings low.
Despite earning praise from critics throughout its rookie season and landing on our list of New TV Shows That Deserve a Season 2 Renewal, Battle Creek just couldn't retain an audience, and ratings continued to slip to a dismal 0.6 for the finale (4.6 million viewers). Apparently, the combination of Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan behind the show and Josh Duhamel as one of the leads was not enough star power to keep Battle Creek running.
Source: TV Line