The acclaimed FX comedy "Baskets", starring Zach Galifianakis, returns for its second season tonight at 10 PM ET/PT. "Baskets", co-created by Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel, launched last year as the most-watched basic cable primetime comedy series premiere since 2014. In season two, the Baskets family is at its most fragile. Losing his wife and his rodeo job, Chip (Galifianakis) jumps on a train to get the hell out of Bakersfield, but a gang of gutter punks, the police, and a sudden death drag him right back into the drama he tried to escape. Dale's (also Galifianakis) marriage crumbles as his unrequited love affair with Martha (Martha Kelly) deepens, and Christine (Louie Anderson), who dedicated her life to her sons with little affection in return, takes her own happiness into consideration for once - and finds romance on the way.
In the new season of their Hulu original comedy "Difficult People", Julie (Julie Klausner) and Billy (Billy Eichner) continue to search for fame to diminishing returns. Billy embarks on the journey of finding a boyfriend, while Julie tries her best to avoid a deeper commitment to Arthur and not become her mother. Julie and Billy continue to have contempt for the world around them while remaining loyal to each other, and, as they get in their own way, learn no lessons.
The new season also sees Eichner and Klausner’s alterego characters besmirching Lin-Manuel Miranda, buddying up with Julianne Moore, and ruthlessly bullying Nathan Lane.
The first two episodes of season 2 are available today, only on Hulu. New episodes will continue to be available every Tuesday.
"Lady Dynamite" is a 12-episode half-hour comedy from Mitch Hurwitz ("Arrested Development") and Pam Brady ("South Park") starring comedian-actress Maria Bamford. Based on what she has accepted to be “her life,” the semi-autobiographical, semi-surreal series is a truthful look at the highs and lows of Bamford’s life -- as an actor on the rise, during her hospitalization for bipolar disorder, and through her present life in LA, where she’s reached a middle ground and found love.
Besides a regular cast that includes Ana Gasteyer as Maria's agent, Ed Begley Jr. and Mary Kay Place as Maria's parents, and Mo Collins as Maria's childhood best friend, the show features cameos by comedians and actors like Sarah Silverman, Tig Notaro, Adam Pally, Patton Oswalt, Jenny Slate, June Diane Raphael, Mira Sorvino, Brandon Routh, Dean Cain, and Jon Cryer.
All 12 episodes are available starting today, May 20th, on Netflix. Here's the trailer for the series:
As upfront week comes to a close, just a quick note to everyone that you should be watching "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend", starring UCB alumnus and former "Robot Chicken" writer Rachel Bloom as Rebecca Bunch, the titular "crazy ex-girlfriend" (the situation's a lot more nuanced than that) who, obsessed with her former summer camp boyfriend Josh Chan, forsakes a high-paying job at a New York law firm to move to West Covina, California to be closer to her middle school crush.
The hour-long comedy uses music videos to illustrate Bunch's mental state (for more of Bloom's pre-"Girlfriend" music video work, check out her Youtube channel here. This one's probably my favorite, but they're all great and worth watching. If you haven't been watching the show, you've been missing stuff like this (actually, this is an R-rated cut, so dirtier than what actually aired on TV, although hopefully the more adult versions will appear on DVD):
The show, which previously aired on Monday nights at 8, will be moving to Friday nights at 9 starting in the fall.
CBS today unveiled its 2016-2017 primetime lineup, featuring three new comedies. The CBS 2016 – 2017 programming will expand its comedy lineup, increasing the number of comedies from four to eight, compared to last fall, and programming two two-hour blocks on Mondays and Thursdays.
The new fall comedies are: "Kevin Can Wait", starring Kevin James as a newly retired police officer who faces tougher challenges at home with his wife and three kids than he ever did on the streets; "Man with a Plan", starring Golden Globe Award winner Matt LeBlanc as a contractor who starts spending more time with his kids when his wife goes back to work and discovers the truth every parent eventually realizes: his little angels are maniacs; and "The Great Indoors", starring Joel McHale as a renowned adventure reporter for an outdoor magazine who becomes the desk-bound boss to a group of eager millennials in the publication’s digital edition.
ABC unveiled its primetime schedule for 2016-2017 today, and very few changes were made in their lineup for fall (other than the cancellation after one season of "The Muppets"). Two new comedies were added to the network's fall schedule. The main change is that "The Middle" will now lead off Tuesday nights at 8 PM, with new comedy "American Housewife" at 8:30. "American Housewife" stars Katy Mixon ("East Bound and Down") as Katie, a confident, unapologetic wife and mother of three, who raises her flawed family in the wealthy town of Westport, Connecticut,which is filled with "perfect" mommies and their "perfect" offspring. "Fresh Off The Boat" follows at 9 and then "The Real O'Neals" at 9:30.
"The Goldbergs" will now lead off Wednesday night at 8 PM, followed by another new comedy "Speechless" at 8:30. "Speechless" stars Minnie Driver as Maya DiMeo, a mom on a mission who will do anything for her husband and kids, especially her eldest son, JJ, who has special needs. As Maya fights injustices both real and imagined, the family works to make a new home for themselves and searches for just the right person to give JJ his "voice." The show costars John Ross Bowie ("The Big Bang Theory"). "Modern Family" follows at 9 and "Black-ish" at 9:30.
Friday remains the same with "Last Man Standing" at 8 and "Dr. Ken" at 8:30.
Two additional comedies will air in midseason. "Downward Dog" (pictured above) stars Allison Tolman ("Review with Forrest MacNeil") as Nan, a struggling millenial who is viewed from the point of view of her lonely and philosophical dog, Martin (voiced by Samm Hodges). "Imaginary Mary" stars Jenna Elfman as Alice, a fiercely independent career woman whose life is turned upside-down when she meets the love of her life - a divorced father with three kids. This triggers even more upheaval when the slightly unhinged imaginary friend she created as a child suddenly reappears to help her navigate the transition from single girl to a woman ready for a family. Rachel Dratch provides the voice of her imaginary friend Mary. This live action/CGI hybrid comes from "The Goldbergs" team Adam F. Goldberg (writer/executive producer), David Guarascio (writer/executive producer) and Doug Robinson (executive producer).
FOX announced its primetime schedule for 2016-2017 today, and it finds the network continuing in the interesting direction it started with their pickup of Will Forte's "The Last Man on Earth", with the addition of two new offbeat-sounding comedies coming from "Last Man" executive producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller ("21/22 Jump Street", "The Lego Movie").
Starting in the fall, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" will lead off Tuesday nights at 8 PM, followed by "New Girl" at 8:30. A second season of the often comedic "Scream Queens" will follow at 9 PM. On Sunday nights, "Bob's Burgers" will lead off the night at 7:30, followed by "The Simpsons" at 8 PM and the new live-action/animated hybrid "Son of Zorn" at 8:30. Featuring the voice of Jason Sudeikis, "Son of Zorn" is a comedy about a "Conan the Barbarian"-like warrior from a faraway island in the Pacific Ocean – where everything and everyone is animated – who returns to Orange County, CA, to win back his live-action ex-wife (Cheryl Hines, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and teenage son (Johnny Pemberton, “21 Jump Street”). Zorn’s efforts to win them back are complicated by the fact that his wife is now engaged to Craig (Tim Meadows, “Saturday Night Live”), an online psychology professor and stable presence in their lives. Nevertheless, to be a good dad, Zorn commits to remaining in Orange County for the long haul, renting an apartment and even working in the exciting field of industrial soap sales under his boss (Artemis Pebdani, “Scandal,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”). As he adjusts to life in the suburbs, Zorn is the classic fish out of water, navigating his way through fatherhood, divorce and a boring office job. As an overlord of pain, he defeated glombeasts, wolf-bats and bloodthirsty arachnobots, but now he’ll go toe-to-toe with a new set of enemies: meter maids, dress codes and the DMV. The show will be followed by "Family Guy" at 9 and the third season of "Last Man on Earth" at 9:30.
Midseason will see the introduction of another comedy on Tuesday nights, "The Mick", starring Kaitlin Olson ("It's Always Sunny in Philadeliphia") as Mackenzie, aka Mickey, a brash, two-bit hustler from Rhode Island who must assume guardianship of her sister's three high-maintenance children. The show will air at 8:30 after "The New Girl" while "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" is on hiatus. "Son of Zorn" will also be replaced midseason with the live-action "Making History", also from producers Lord and Miller. "Making History" follows three friends from two different centuries as they try to balance the thrill of time travel with the mundane concerns of their present-day lives. Two shows in one, it's both a rollicking historical adventure and a contemporary comedy about love, friendship and trying to fit in to an increasingly complex and impersonal world. The show stars Adam Pally ("Happy Endings", "The Mindy Project"), Leighton Meister ("Gossip Girl"), and Yassir Lester ("Girls", "Key & Peele").
NBC today got the jump on the rest of the networks before the start of upfront week by formally announcing their fall schedule for 2016-2017. Although light on comedies for fall, the network does have several shows lined up for mid-season.
Eva Longoria's "Telenovela", multi-cam sitcom "Crowded", and "Undateable" (whose last season consisted entirely of live episodes) were cancelled. The freshman sitcom "Superstore" will return for a second season, leading off Thursday nights at 8 PM ET. It will be followed at 8:30 by a new comedy from executive producer Mike Schur ("Parks & Recreation", "Brooklyn Nine- Nine") called "The Good Place", starring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. The show follows Eleanor Shellstrop (Bell), an ordinary woman who, through an extraordinary string of events, enters the afterlife, where she comes to realize that she hasn't been a very good person. With the help of her wise newfound afterlife mentor (Danson), she's determined to shed her old way of living and discover the awesome (or at least the pretty good) person within.
These two shows will be NBC's only comedies for the fall. Midseason will bring more comedies to the schedule, including the Tina Fey and Robert Carlock produced "Great News," from Emmy Award-winning writer Tracey Wigfield, about a young TV producer who finds out her mom (Andrea Martin) has accepted an internship at her workplace; "Powerless", which is set in the DC Comics universe and stars Vanessa Hudgens as a "heroic" insurance adjuster specializing in coverage against damage caused by the crime-fighting superheroes; "Trial & Error," a mockumentary following a bright-eyed New York lawyer who arrives in a quirky small Southern town to defend a professor (John Lithgow) accused of murdering his wife; and "Marlon," loosely inspired by the real life of Marlon Wayans, an update on the classic family comedy about a father committed to co-parenting his two kids with his very-together ex-wife. The Jerrod Carmichael sitcom "The Carmichael Show" was also renewed for a third season and is also expected to return sometime in midseason.
Veteran of sketch, television, and film, comedian Michael Ian Black has mastered a delivery that's equal parts dapper and deadpan, whether he's discussing the pro-choice debate or the Tilt-A-Whirl.
Taped at John Jay College in New York City, Black's first comedy special for Epix includes his wry take on the human experience, from parenting and gender roles, to guilty pleasures of all shapes and sizes.
"Noted Expert" premieres tonight, May 13th at 10pm ET on EPIX. Here's Michael to tell you more about it:
“The show is autobiographical, so what [FX president and general manager] John Landgraf and I have always thought is that it may come back with a different set of stories from a different angle, a little further down the road. And I don’t know where that’s from yet, so it just depends on if it writes. I think, for me, if I’m on TV again doing a single-camera show, it’s Louie. But I don’t know. I have no idea.”
Chris Hardwick’s newest one-hour special, “Chris Hardwick: Funcomfortable,” is weird, inappropriate, fun and premieres with limited commercial interruption on Comedy Central on Saturday, April 30th at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
The “@midnight” host makes things very funcomfortable for the packed house at The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco as he explores awkward and sometimes super creepy memories from both childhood and today. With “the energy of SpongeBob dipped in cocaine water,” Hardwick delves into dealing with anxieties, finds the humor in joining the “Dead Dad Club,” and shares deeply personal anecdotes that most people would be too embarrassed to say out loud.
The digital album of "Funcomfortable" will also be released by Comedy Central Records on Tuesday, May 3rd, on iTunes and other digital music outlets.
Patton Oswalt delivers a fresh hour (and more) of brand-new stand-up that covers everything from misery to defeat to hopelessness. It’s his most upbeat special to date. You will believe that a man is capable of: TALKING FOR CLAPPING.The new special is available today, April 22nd, on Netflix. Here's the trailer: