News Briefs: Community's Dan Harmon Is Setting Up a Multi-Camera Comedy at Fox

SIX CAMERAS AND A MOVIE NEWS

... Community creator Dan Harmon, the man considered to be the heart and soul of the beloved comedy, was relived of his duties as captain of the S.S. Community in May. But he's bounced back, he's on his feet, and he's pitching to studios, and one pitch is close to being bought. Harmon is talking to Fox about a new comedy, the details of which are under wraps. Well, we do have one detail: It's probably going to be multi-camera (Community is the epitome of the single-camera format). How the heck is he going to pull off a paintball war on a multi-camera comedy? [TV Guide]


LIPSTICK ON A PIG NEWS

... In line with its efforts to rebrand itself, The CW has a new slogan! Gone is the old tagline of "TV To Talk/Text/Tweet/Bing/MySpace/Email/Smoke Signal/Wave Your Arms About," and in is the rather impatient sounding... "TV Now." NOW TV, NOW! What do you think of this? TELL ME NOW! [Deadline Hollywood]


BUSINESS TIME

... Comedy Central has wisely inked its fake-news stars Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert to longer deals. Stewart and The Daily Show will run through the middle of 2015 and Colbert's The Colbert Report will continue through 2014. Just in time for Vice President Herman Cain to take over the country after President Mitt Romney retires to start a peanut butter farm. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Apparently MTV didn't see The River. The network is developing a found-footage horror drama called The Experiment from Paranormal Activity producer Jason Blum (who also produced The River). Details on the project haven't been released, but I'm guessing the show will take place in the camera department of a haunted Best Buy. [THR]

... We all knew that Fox was thinking about getting into short-form comedy (think 12-minute episodes like several Adult Swim shows), and now it has a name. Fox will air The Short-Com Comedy Hour in the summer of 2013, featuring four short series back-to-back-to-back-to-back. It's like building a farm team of untapped comedic talent for Fox. Cool business move, Fox. [Fox via press release]

... Lifetime has ordered the pilot Cinnamon Girl from Renee Zellweger. The drama is like HBO's Girls in that it's about four young women being young women, except it's set in the late 1960s and isn't as whiny. Oh I'm kidding, relax. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Comedy Central has ordered a pilot based on the web series Tiny Apartment. It's about a couple that lives in a miniscule abode. Also, some guy who looks just like me thinks it's not funny at all, but I'm an impartial newsman so I don't have an opinion. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Kal Penn (House, Kumar) will star in the CBS pilot Ex-Men. The single-camera comedy will follow dudes being dudes in a short-term rental complex. Penn will play one of the dudes. [THR]

... Brothers & Sisters' Luke MacFarlane will guest star on The CW's Beauty and the Beast. MacFarlane will play the director of a ballet company in the second episode. Nice get, Beauty and the Beast! [TV Guide]

... Penelope Ann Miller (Men of a Certain Age) is joining ABC's sudsy midseason drama Mistresses. She'll play a woman who didn't know that her husband was sexing up some other ladies. [EW]

... Rome's Polly Walker will join the cast of The Mentalist next season in a major recurring role. She'll play a senior FBI agent starting in the season premiere. [TV Line]


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Oh, Luke you deserve better...
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I am open to anything with the name Dan Harmon on it.
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Bring back Heat Vision and Jack!
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the CW had a slogan?
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Well no wonder they passed on Adam Carolla's animated show. They want 12 min eps not 30.
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I think an hour of short comedies is sort of defeating the idea of a short comedy. They are suppose to be short so a half-hour would seem to make more sense. I'm just waiting for the return of the short drama which would run half-an-hour instead of a full hour.
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Mm, would probably call Arrested Development the epitome of single cam comedy, not community. That was a show that barely ever had a bad episode
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- If there is someone who can revive the multi-cam-format which is all but dead (quality wise), it's Harmon. I sure hope it would be a multi-cam sitcom without a laugh track. Are there any of those? Can't come up with one now.

- "TV Now"? I bet some project group was paid a shit load of money for that one. I think it's on par with Lifetime's new "Your Life. Your Time."

- I applaud FOX for making a bold move and doing short-form comedy. Succeed or fail, any attempts to do something different is appreciated.
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Rome, pfft. Sister Clarice!
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"TV to talk about" was so catchy. I didn't realize I liked it until now. They probably shouldn't have changed it.
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The CW's new slogan is rather too demanding and to be honest, I actually liked the last slogan. It held the sense that their shows were important and were to be socialized about.
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yeah, plus thats kinda what they're going for. watercooler tv shows that will be talked about with friends the next day
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I have never understood the difference between Single-camera and Multi-camera comedy show. Can anybody help me with that?
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So Single-Cameras are more or less like the movies. The camera follows or is set up and is like an onlooker following the action or talking in the scene. It involves just one camera for the scenes. Good examples for a Single-Cam comedy are Arrested Development, Community, The Office (all mockumentaries), Up All Night, Happy Endings... etc...



The Multi-Cam shows are more traditional in the sit-com genre, and can be best explained by examples! Everybody Loves Raymond. Cheers. Seinfeld. Big Bang Theory. Friends. How I Met Your Mother. Etc. There are usually sets, that are used as locations, and three (or more cameras usually) that film the scene as it's played out in front of the cameras. Then they're edited together using all the viewpoints from the cameras giving it more flow.



Refer to the wikipedia article above me (or below me) for more detailed details. I thought you'd like examples though!
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From wikipedia, the source of all valid knowledge

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single-camera_setup)



"As its name suggests, a production using the single-camera setup generally employs just one camera. Each of the various shots and camera angles is taken using the same camera, which is moved and reset to get each shot or new angle. The lighting setup is typically reconfigured for each camera setup.

In contrast, a multi-camera setup consists of multiple cameras arranged to capture all of the different shots (camera angles) of the scene simultaneously, and the set must be lit to accommodate all camera setups concurrently. Multi-camera production generally results in faster but less versatile photography.



The single-camera setup gives the director more control over each shot, but is more time consuming and expensive than multiple-camera. The choice of single-camera or multiple-camera setups is made separately from the choice of film or video (that is, either setup can be shot in either film or video). However, multiple-camera setups shot on video can be switched "live-to-tape" during the performance, while setups shot on film still require that the various camera angles be edited together later."
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I am not sure Fox is any better than NBC. While I am glad that Harmon is probably going to get a new show and it will have me as a viewer for at least the first season. I can't really forgive fox for what they did to Breaking In. Or bringing New Girl to TV. Which for me is barely a step better than Whitney. So I am not sure he has found a home or just NBC part deux. I would rather have him at ABC in a block with Happy Endings and B in 23. Those are comedies that have been nurtured and given a shot. And put on late because they are not family safe. But I am sure anything he is going to make is going to be good. Whether fox is going to get it or not.



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Tough call... if this was a few years ago I'd say Fox was a lot WORSE than NBC. They canceled things pretty quickly while NBC was giving things more of a chance.

But... lately, I don't know. Fox looks like it got better with the cancelling thing: shows are lasting longer. And NBC has been in the decline as of late.

So, it's kind of a "pick your poison" situation
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That is a good point. But I think some of the recent endeavors by Fox most notably Terra Nova and Alcatraz were run so poorly that there was little choice by Fox other than killing both and then starting from scratch. While NBC actually did give Grimm a shot and it isn't a bad show.



But both are kind of scraping the barrel so to speak.

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Whoa whoa whoa... New Girl is "barely a step better than Whitney"? So better writing, casting, and the removal of general crassness and a laugh track is just a barely a step to you?
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Yup.

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Dan Harmon has my full respect and admiration due to his work on Community. And while I strongly prefer single-camera comedies (and as you implied with the paintball comment, they do allow much more freedom than multi-camera comedies), multi-camera doesn't always equal bad. So I'll definitely check this out if it does get picked up.
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Dan Harmon rules!
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If FOX does pick up Harmon's new show idea, they better give it a longer life than Heat Vision and Jack.
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Harmon is also trying to make a animated show on Adult Swim.. All my want. And he's somewhat involved in a movie by Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) that's going to be made by Starburns Industries. (The Moral Orel guys) Oh, and it's crowdfunded. Basically, he's doing a lot of cool stuff.



That CW slogan just makes me think of Homer Simpson.. I love it.



I'm glad Fox is going to make 10-minute shows, because 10 minute shows are awesome. (See: Everything on Adult Swim.) Here's hoping they find some comedy gold.
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I've said it before and I'll continue to say until it's back on the air but I hate "Beauty and the Beast" because it replaced "The Secret Circle" and based on the trailers, it doesn't deserve to.
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ikr!
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