News Briefs: TBS Orders a New Comedy Pilot From Steve Carell

By Kaitlin Thomas

Nov 07, 2013


... Remember the first time you watched The Shield, and you were like, "Man this show is really great and all, but you know what would make it better? If it were a half-hour, single-camera satirical comedy about cops!" Well, TBS has ordered Tribeca, a new pilot from funnyman Steve Carell and his wife Nancy that's basically that exact same scenario! So weird! The project is centered on the character of Angie Tribeca, a 10-year veteran of the LAPD’S elite RHCU (Really Heinous Crimes Unit), whose members are an eccentric bunch who often share wayyy too much personal information and maaaabye aren't really all that great at their jobs. [TV Line]


... Speaking of comedies from funny people, Fox is developing some of their own. First up is a buddy comedy from Conan O'Brien. I Knew You When is a half-hour, multi-camera following two geezers who've achieved success—and the bumpy road they took to get there. Jeff Addiss and Will Matthews will write and executive produce alongside O’Brien, Jeff Ross, and David Kissinger. Fox has also ordered Fatrick, a pilot from Nahnatchka Kahn (Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23), Jim Rash (Community), and Nat Faxon (Ben & Kate). It's about Patrick, a former fat kid who must face the lingering damage caused by his overweight childhood. [Variety and TV Line]

... After several reports over the last year that Nikki Finke is out at Deadline Hollywood, it's finally official. Deadline has parted ways with Finke after "attempts by all to have it go otherwise" fell apart. Smell ya later, Nikki! [Deadline]

... The ratings for Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Sleepy Hollow were tied this week (though S.H.I.E.L.D. still has a higher ratings average). Apparently, this is important because even though they air on different nights, they're supposed to be fierce competitors. The reason for this is that, despite being wildly different shows, they're both freshman series lumped into the generic science-fiction/fantasy/supernatural/comic book subheading. Sorry, did that sound rant-y? [EW]

... Bear Grylls is returning to Discovery with a new six-part series titled Bear Grylls: Escape from Hell, which "reveals the incredible stories of ordinary people stranded in devastatingly dire situations." Of course, because he's Bear Grylls, he will then willingly reenact said situations in order teach viewers how to survive them. Here's a tip that also ensures your safety: Never leave your couch and just watch Netflix all day. So far I haven't found myself in any situation more dire than having to decide between Cheetos or BBQ chips. Escape from Hell premieres Monday, November 11 at 10pm before settling into its regular Wednesdays-at-10pm time slot on November 13. [Discovery via press release] 

... Netflix has announced that Season 2 of Lilyhammer will be made available for your viewing pleasure beginning December 13 at 12:01am. Lilyhammer was the first "original" series to air on Netflix, and it stars Steven Van Zandt of The Sopranos as a former gangster who's now in witness protection in Norway. You can watch a trailer for Season 2 below:

[Netflix via press release]


.... It looks like Coach—the character that Damon Wayans Jr. originated in the New Girl pilot and who returned to the show last nightwill be sticking around the loft (or the apartment across the hall from the loft) for the foreseeable future. Even though he was initially only slated to appear in four episodes, Wayans has signed a deal that ensures he'll appear on the show throughout the rest of Season 3. He'll continue to be billed as a special guest-star. [TV Line]

... Awkward. has upped Greer Grammar, who plays Lissa, to a series regular for Season 4. [Deadline]

... Game of Thrones is still casting people for Season 4. This time it's Russian actor Yuri Kolokolnikov as Styr, the Magnar of Thenn. One day I will finish reading the books and then those words will make sense to me. J/K I can't read. [EW]

... Elise Eberle (Tiger Eyes) has joined the cast of WGN America's new scripted series Salem, which stars Janet Montgomery and Shane West. Eberle will play Mercy Lewis, the vulnerable daughter of a reverend who's believed to be possessed. [Deadline]


... Best friends Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul will have their minds blown in David Blaine's upcoming special David Blaine: Real or Magic (airing on ABC November 19). Sigh, the things I'll watch for those two. [People]

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  • Taccado Nov 07, 2013

    Lilyhammer? How have I completely missed this show? Have to check it out. Thanks for expanding my world view.

    A few months back they talked about Joseph Gatt being cast as Magnar of Thenn. He would have been perfect for the role. I wonder what ever happened to that deal.

  • ultra-humanite Nov 07, 2013

    "[...]despite being wildly different shows, they're both freshman series lumped into the generic science-fiction/fantasy/supernatural/comic book subheading. Sorry, did that sound rant-y?"

    Sounds spot-on to me! While we're at it, let's toss Pushing Daisies under the same generic subheading as those two. Nope, no wild differences here...

    (This is like my animosity toward the catch-all adjective "genre". Dumping all unrealistic fiction into a single category is only helpful to the effort to disparage the whole group at once.)

  • fatimavh Nov 07, 2013

    A comedy about Really Heinous Crimes?????????

  • JT_Kirk Nov 07, 2013

    Nancy Walls is funny in small doses but I honestly don't see her carrying a show, and that description suggests it as well. The description sounds like an Adult Swim version of "The Closer", but TBS suggests something entirely different.

    How does Nikki Finke part ways with her own creation? I thought times were weird when she left the LA Weekly, but this one leaves me thinking stuff is gonna get extreme when she lands somewhere new and starts to build a name there. She's already an attack dog in industry reporting.

    That analysis for SHIELD vs HOLLOW didn't really say as much as I expected. What about comparing the apples and oranges of ABC vs Fox? What about key demos and erosions or whatever? Damnit woman, I need pointless doublespeak!

    Wait, David Blaine's still a thing? I thought after he got brain damage doing some nonsense stunt that people forgot about him and he shriveled up and died a la Tinkerbell minus the applause.

  • ludoTV Nov 07, 2013

    Don't want to rain on Coach's parade but his return to New Girl seemed like a weird dose of ineffective and unfunny testosterone - hope next eps are funnier cause this one was pretty meh... Once again The Mindy Project was better this week, mainly thanks to Rayland Givens playing a tattooed skater dude...

  • FilmFanatic Nov 07, 2013

    Don't get me wrong, I think Steve Carell is a very funny actor but didn't he depart from the Office; the show that made him a household name, cause he didn't want to do television anymore and wanted to pursuit a film career?

  • safibwana Nov 07, 2013

    He's had plenty of time to pursue. He obviously didn't catch. In the mean time, did he choose something less than what he wanted because it would make his wife happy? Probably. Like many other men with a wife and a career.

  • Loooooooooooost Nov 07, 2013

    As Gob would say, "Oh come on!" Don't like that at all about my 2 favorite dudes.

  • Bottron Nov 07, 2013

    Has anyone heard of this show called Brooklyn Nine-Nine? It's a a "half-hour, single-camera satirical comedy about cops, whose members are an eccentric bunch who often share wayyy too much personal information and maaaabye aren't really all that great at their jobs."

  • sleepy-sonic Nov 07, 2013

    I was thinking the same thing :)

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  • lynna12000 Nov 07, 2013

    I am not at all enthused by the description of Steve Carrell's 'Tribeca'. It sounds like a retread of a retread. If it had Jim Carrey attached to it, I might actually be tempted to watch. Carrell just isn't that funny.

  • EsmeBuffay Nov 07, 2013

    I'll watch it because Steve Carell's involved, and presumably staring, but we've already got a single camera comedy about cops with Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Also I don't really like the idea of adding Coach as a series regular on New Girl, I really love the four main characters and any time someone else is saying something is time one of them could be saying something.

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