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NBC Builds "Playground" to Help Save Comedy

Mindy Kaling, Seth Meyers

NBC has enlisted some of its biggest stars and showrunners to help the network find undiscovered comedy talent. The campaign, dubbed the "NBC Comedy Playground," will ultimately lead to two winners who will then develop original series with an eye towards airing in summer 2015.

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Growing Up Fisher Creator: I Wanted to Write a Love Letter to My Dad

Eli Baker and J.K. Simmons

Most people love to share stories about their wacky and crazy families. But few experience the reaction comedian and TV writer DJ Nash (Bent, Up All Night) used to get.

"I was telling a story about my dad cutting down a tree with a chainsaw — because I thought that that was not a big deal, I really... read more

Weekend Review: About a Boy, Fisher Sneak Peeks, Downton Finale

Minnie Driver, David Walton, Banjamin Stockham

This week's gold-medal question: Can NBC reverse its spotty track record when it comes to using the ratings boost of the Olympics to launch new programs? (Remember the Summer 2012 debacle when the network interrupted the flow of London's Closing Ceremony to inflict Animal Practice on an unwilling captive audience?)

The news is better this weekend, during the closing nights of the Games. The comedies getting a sneak peek are considerably more entertaining than Animal Practice — what wouldn't be? — and they won't air until after that night's Olympics packages are finished.

First up is NBC's best new comedy of the season (including the star-driven disappointments that flopped on Thursdays this fall): About a Boy, airing Saturday night at approximately 11/10c before moving to its regular time period next Tuesday at 9/8c. This charmingly offbeat ... read more

NBC Orders Comedy Pilot From Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman

NBC has given a pilot order to Two to Go, a single-camera comedy from Jason Bateman, TVGuide.com has learned.

Two to Go features... read more

SAG Awards Surprises and Snubs: Big Love for Big Bang, But None for Mad Men

Mayim Bialik, Jon Hamm

Wednesday's Screen Actors Guild nominations were out with the old, but not totally in with the new. Former awards darling Mad Men was nowhere to be found, while fresh faces came in the form of usual suspects at other awards shows. Check out our surprises and snubs below, and then tell us yours.
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Arrested Development Cast Reunites for Inside the Actors Studio

Arrested Development

Warden Gentles is locking up the Bluths one last time. The cast of Arrested Development will reunite on Inside the Actors Studiohosted by recurring guest-star with James Lipton.

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Top Videos: Shark Week, a Breaking Bad Musical, The Office Audition Tapes

Great White Shark

This week, Kristen Wiig played Patty Hearst on Comedy Central's Drunk History, Mumford & Sons enlisted the help of some comedians to spoof themselves in a new music video, and a group of middle school students put on a Breaking Bad musical. NBC released a slew of audition tapes for The Office, featuring the likes of... read more

VIDEO: Mumford & Sons Recruit Comedians to Spoof Themselves!

Mumford & Sons

At first glance, "Hopeless Wanderer" looks like any other Mumford & Sons music video — lots of natural light, strumming instruments and beards. But instead of Marcus Mumford & Co.,Jason BatemanJason SudeikisEd Helms and Will Forte have replaced the usual quartet. read more

Jenna Elfman Replaces Parker Posey on NBC's Growing Up Fisher

Jenna Elfman

Jenna Elfman has joined the cast of NBC's Growing Up Fisher, the network announced Tuesday.

Elfman... read more

Emmys: TVGuide.com's Picks for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Jake Johnson

Emmy season is in progress! Over the next two weeks, Emmy voters will be checking off names and shows they think are worthy of getting a nomination come July 18. We here at TVGuide.com have a few picks in mind ourselves. Next up: our dream ballot for Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.
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