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Netflix Orders Comedy Series ‘Brews Brothers’ from Schaffer Brothers

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Netflix has put in an eight-episode order of “Brews Brothers,” a comedy series from creative sibling team Greg Schaffer and Jeff Schaffer.

The show follows estranged brothers Wilhelm and Adam Rodman, who wind up running a brewery together. According to Netflix, each is a “beer genius … but they couldn’t be more different in their beer-making techniques and personalities. A lot of times in a show you see two people who complete each other. These two don’t even make a full person.”

Alan Aisenberg and Mike Castle will play Wilhelm and Adam, respectively. Carmen Flood has been tapped to play Sarah, while Marques Ray will play Chuy.

Greg Schaffer of “That 70’s Show,” “Notes From the Underbelly” and “Lab Rats” will serve as showrunner, executive producer and writer.

The League” creator Jeff Schaffer — of “Seinfeld,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and the upcoming Lil Dicky comedy series on FX — will executive
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Netflix Orders ‘Brews Brothers’ Comedy Series From ‘That ’70s Show’ & ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Alums

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Netflix has ordered eight episodes of Brews Brothers, a new comedy series from brothers Greg Schaffer and The League creator Jeff Schaffer, with Alan Aisenberg (Orange Is the New Black) and Mike Castle set to star.

Written by Greg Schaffer, Brews Brothers follows estranged brothers, Wilhelm and Adam Rodman (Aisenberg and Castle) who find themselves running a brewery together. Each one is a beer genius — a braumeister — but they couldn’t be more different in their beer-making techniques and personalities. Carmen Flood and Marques Ray round out the cast as Sarah and Chuy, respectively.

Greg Schaffer serves as showrunner and executive produces with Jeff Schaffer, Jonathan Stern, and Keith Quinn (Rob Riggle’s Ski-Master Academy).

Greg Schaffer served as consulting producer on Lab Rats and supervising producer on
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'That '70s Show,' 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Veterans Set Sibling Comedy at Netflix

Netflix has greenlit a comedy about two brothers — made by two brothers.

Greg Schaffer (That '70s Show, Lab Rats) and Jeff Schaffer (Curb Your Enthusiasm, The League) are behind Brews Brothers, which the streamer has picked up for eight episodes. The show will center on Wilhelm (Alan Aisenberg, Orange Is the New Black) and Adam Rodman (Mike Castle, Clipped), estranged siblings who find themselves running a brewery together.

Each one is a beer genius, but they couldn't be less alike in terms of brewing technique or personality. As Netflix puts it, "A lot of times in a ...
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‘The League’ Reunion: Cast and Creators Open to Revival, Share One Regret About Airing on Cable

When the cast and creators of FX Networks’ “The League” reunited Friday night in Austin at the Atx Television Festival the primary topic — threaded between jokes about fantasy football failures and on-set injuries — was timing and opportunity. Namely, did the show air at the right time, could it survive in today’s TV landscape, and would it thrive, even, if a revival aired on streaming or premium networks, sans the restrictions of basic cable?

Katie Aselton, who played Jenny, referred to the possibility of a revival as the “billion dollar question,” and co-creator Jackie Marcus Schaffer caught some good-natured flack from the cast when she questioned “The League’s” continued relevancy.

“At the time [we made the show], fantasy football was [really] popular,” she said. “But is that still a thing?”

“I don’t know,” Aselton said, sarcastically. “Are friends still a thing?”

“Are people still busting balls?” Jason Mantzoukas said, piling on.

“It was a kinder,
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‘The League’ Creators And Cast Reminisce About Meghan Markle Appearing On FX Comedy, Talk Possibility Of Reboot – Atx

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‘The League’ Creators And Cast Reminisce About Meghan Markle Appearing On FX Comedy, Talk Possibility Of Reboot – Atx
On Friday night, The League creators Jeff Schaffer and Jackie Marcus Schaffer were joined by cast members Paul Scheer (Andre), Nick Kroll (Ruxin), Jason Mantzoukas (Rafi), Stephen Rannazzisi (Kevin) and Katie Aselton (Jenny) to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the FX cult comedy and reminisce about the show and hilariously throw each other under the bus — specifically Jonathan Lajoie and Mark Duplass, who weren’t able to make it to the reunion. But first, they pointed out that they once had a member of the royal family on the show.

“Mark is Eskimo brothers with Prince Harry,” Aselton pointed out.

Rannazzisi was shocked and did not remember that Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, was on the show on the first season of the show playing a divorcee.

“We had an Oscar winner and a princess on the show!” Aselton pointed out.

The Queen is a big The League fan,” Mantzoukas chimed in before taking a beat to say: “If Meghan Markle was in a scene with Rafi, she would be ineligible to be a princess.”

The series ran for seven seasons and for those who watched the semi-improvised show, the Schaffers puts the cast through a lot of off-center scenarios which included work with dangerous members of the animal kingdom including bears, bulls, monkeys and birds — which Rannazzisi hates. They also discussed how they had a real fantasy football league behind the scenes and out of everyone, Rannazzisi and Schaffer were the only real-life fantasy football players — and they constantly lost. There were also many moments when injuries happened on set with an on-set medic who wasn’t that much help. All that said, they were asked if there would a reboot of this show to do all of this all over again.

“At the time, fantasy football was popular — is that still popular?” asked Marcus Schaffer.

Aselton responded, “Is Friends still popular, Jackie?”

“There’s nothing on this planet more fun than working with these people,” Schaffer added. “It was an extremely fun experience.”

“Could you reboot the show and have the same impact — I don’t know,” adds Scheer. “But I think people would be excited to see this show do something.”
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‘Yellowstone’ Season 2 To Make World Premiere At Atx Television Festival

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Paramount Network’s epic ranch drama Yellowstone will premiere its second season at the Atx Television Festival. The fest also announced that they will be offering single ticket sales for select events. The eighth season of the fest will take place June 6-9 in Austin, Tex.

The second season Yellowstone season 2 will premiere at the fest on June 7 ahead of its June 19 debut on the Paramount Network. The screening will be followed by a panel conversation with cast members Luke Grimes, Wes Bentley, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille, and Gil Birmingham. Additional panelists will be announced at a later date.

The series is co-created by critically-acclaimed, Oscar-nominated screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water) and John Linson (Sons of Anarchy), and follows John Dutton (Kevin Costner), who controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States. Amid shifting alliances, unsolved murders, open wounds, and hard-earned respect – the ranch is in constant
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‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Season 10 Adds Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy to Cast (Exclusive)

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Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy has been cast in the new season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The exact nature of Tweedy’s role in Season 10 of the HBO comedy is being kept under wraps. Tweedy is said to be good friends with Jeff Garlin, who stars on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” as Jeff Greene in addition to executive producing.

This will not be Tweedy’s first acting role, as he previously appeared in the role of Scott Tanner in multiple episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” He also portrayed himself in two episodes of “Portlandia” and in the feature film “Hearts Beat Loud.”

Tweedy founded Wilco in 1994. The band has released 10 studio albums including the Grammy Award-winning “A Ghost Is Born” in 2005. The singer and songwriter has also collaborated musically with the likes of Billy Bragg and Mavis Staples and launched a solo career in 2017. In November 2018, he released a memoir,
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TV News Roundup: Hulu Drops ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ and ‘Veronica Mars’ Trailers

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In today’s roundup, Hulu released trailers for the third season of “The Handmaid’s Tale” and the revival of “Veronica Mars.”

First Looks

Along with a slew of announcements made today, Hulu released the official trailer for Season 3 of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” The new footage shows Offred (Elisabeth Moss) managing covert alliances with fellow handmaids and leaders of Gilead to overthrow their rulers. The new season premieres on June 5.

Hulu also unveiled the first look at the “Veronica Mars” miniseries with Kristen Bell reprising her iconic role as the titular private investigator. The 8-episode revival focuses on Mars chasing down a serial killer murdering spring breakers in her fictional town of Neptune, Calif. The series debuts on July 26.

Dates

USA Network has announced the ninth and final season of “Suits” and the spinoff series “Pearson” will premiere back-to-back on July 17 at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Et/Pt.
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Atx Television Festival Sets ‘The League’ Reunion; Adds ‘Veronica Mars’ And ‘City On A Hill’ Guests

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Exclusive: The eighth season of the Atx Television Festival continues to add to its extensive slate of programming with a reunion of the FX comedy The League. The fest, which takes place in Austin June 6-9, also announced guests for the previously announced panel for Hulu’s Veronica Mars as well as the closing night screening for City on a Hill.

The League’s creators/directors/executive producers Jeff Schaffer and Jackie Marcus Schaffer, as well as stars Paul Scheer, Nick Kroll, Stephen Rannazzisi and Jason Mantzoukas, are set to reunite at Atx for some fun conversation about the FX semi-improvised comedy about a group of old friends and their competitive fantasy football. The FX series ran for seven season and 2019 marks ten years since the series premiere.

The panel for Hulu’s upcoming Veronica Mars revival will include creator/executive producer Rob Thomas as well as original stars from
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Kevin Hart-Produced Comedy Series With Rapper Lil Dicky Heads to FX

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Kevin Hart-Produced Comedy Series With Rapper Lil Dicky Heads to FX
FX has ordered a comedy series based on the life of rapper and comedian Dave Burd, known best by his stage name Lil Dicky, starring Burd himself.

Kevin Hart will executive produce the untitled series, which follows a suburban guy in his late 20s who becomes convinced he’s destined to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Now he must convince his closest friends, because with their help, he might actually convince the world.

“Not only has Dave Burd cemented his place in the rap community, but he’s now poised to take over TV with his infectious comedic sensibility in his own series,” Nick Grad, president original programming for FX Networks and FX Productions, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to have partnered with an impressive creative team featuring Jeff Schaffer, Saladin Patterson, Kevin Hart, Greg Mottola and Scooter Braun to bring the story of Lil Dicky to TV audiences.
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Lil Dicky Comedy Ordered to Series at FX

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Lil Dicky Comedy Ordered to Series at FX
Lil Dicky is officially coming to TV.

FX has ordered an untitled half-hour comedy series based on the life of the rapper and comedian to series, Variety has learned. The series is centered on a suburban neurotic man in his late twenties who has convinced himself that he’s destined to be one of the best rappers of all time. Now he must convince his closest friends, because with their help, he might actually convince the world. FX had ordered a pilot for the project last May.

Lil Dicky, whose real name is Dave Burd, achieved critical acclaim and commercial success with his album “Professional Rapper,” which debuted at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Comedy, Rap and Independent Charts, and featured the multi-platinum single “Save Dat Money.” Another of his singles, “FreakyFriday,” peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has gone on to achieve over one billion streams
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FX Orders Lil Dicky Comedy To Series Based On Life Of Rapper-Comedian From ‘The League’ Creator & Kevin Hart

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FX Orders Lil Dicky Comedy To Series Based On Life Of Rapper-Comedian From ‘The League’ Creator & Kevin Hart
FX Networks has handed a series order to a half-hour comedy based on the life of rapper and comedian Lil Dicky. This comes after it piloted the project with the star, whose real name is Dave Burd.

The Untitled Lil Dicky series is co-created by Burd and The League creator Jeff Schaffer and is exec produced by Kevin Hart, Superbad’s Greg Mottola, who directed the pilot, The Big Bang Theory writer Saladin Patterson, Scooter Braun, Marty Bowen, Mike Hertz, James Shin and Scott Manson.

The show centers on a suburban neurotic man in his late 20s who has convinced himself that he’s destined to be one of the best rappers of all time. Now he must convince his closest friends, because with their help, he might actually convince the world.

The series is produced by FX Productions, in association with Hart’s Hartbeat Productions and Sb Projects. It
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‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Season 10 Teaser: Jb Smoove Just Won’t Take No for an Answer (Video)

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‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Season 10 Teaser: Jb Smoove Just Won’t Take No for an Answer (Video)
J.B. Smoove will film his “Curb Your Enthusiasm” scenes… no matter what.

In the first teaser for the HBO show’s 10th season, Smoove shows up on set to film scenes, but he’s told that he’s not scheduled to shoot that day.

Well, he just won’t have that! Smoove rushes through the set to find Larry David and Jeff Garlin in the midst of a heated conversation about, um, poppy seeds and sesame seeds.

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David is surprised to see Smoove and tells him he’s not in this scene. But once again, Smoove insists he’s there to work.

“I’m already here!” he tells David. “I’m in this motherf—–!”

Production for the 10th season began last month, 10 months after the premium cable network announced the Larry David-led series had been renewed. No plot
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"Curb Your Enthusiasm" Season 10 Finally Begins Production

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Well this is prettay, prettay, prettay good news: Filming has finally begun on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" Season 10.

HBO confirmed to TheWrap production started Friday, 10 months after the premium cable network announced the Larry David-led series had been renewed. No plot details or premiere date was given for the return of the "Seinfeld" co-creator’s neuroses-laced program.

David’s comedy was renewed for a tenth season by HBO last December, with production set to begin in spring 2018 and a yet-to-be-determined debut date yet given. Obviously, something stalled filming for a bit, but hopefully that doesn’t mean you’ll be waiting six years for another season of "Curb" again.
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2018 Emmy race for Best Comedy Directing: What pilots will be nominated?

2018 Emmy race for Best Comedy Directing: What pilots will be nominated?
The Emmy Awards ballot for Best Comedy Directing lists 195 episodes from 105 series, up from 174 episodes from 82 series last year, when the nominees were:

Atlanta” season 1

Winner — “B.A.N.” (Donald Glover)

Silicon Valley” season 4

“Intellectual Property” (Jamie Babbit)

“Server Error” (Mike Judge)

“Veep” season 6

“Blurb” (Morgan Sackett)

Justice” (Dale Stern)

“Groundbreaking” (David Mandel)

SEEanalysis of the Best Comedy Writing contenders.

“Veep” did not air this season. Lead “Atlanta” director Hiro Murai was snubbed last year; he has a stronger episode this time and more name recognition from directing the music video for Childish Gambino’s “This is America.”

Having been nominated two years ago for “Silicon Valley” when he last directed it, Alec Berg has submitted his work on the first season finale of “Barry.” He also directed this season’s “Silicon Valley” finale, but Best Comedy Directing is one of only six categories that precludes multiple ballot submissions. Having
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FX Orders Lil Dicky Comedy Pilot With Kevin Hart, Scooter Braun Producing

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FX is going big with Lil Dicky.

The cable network has ordered a pilot for a half-hour comedy series inspired by the life of the rapper and comedian, whose real name is Dave Burd. The series is centered around a suburban neurotic man in his late twenties who has convinced himself that he’s destined to be one of the best rappers of all time. Now he must convince the world.

The untitled series is based on a story co-written by Burd and “The League” co-creator Jeff Schaffer. Burd wrote the teleplay and will star as well as serve as executive producer for music. The pilot will be directed by Greg Mottola.

The pilot will be executive produced by Burd, Schaffer, Kevin Hart via Hartbeat Productions, Mottola, Marty Bowen, Scooter Braun, Mike Hertz, James Shin and Scott Manson. The pilot is being produced by FX Productions.

Burd achieved critical acclaim
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FX Orders Lil Dicky Comedy Pilot Based On Life Of Rapper-Comedian From ‘The League’ Creator & Kevin Hart

FX Networks has handed a pilot order to a half-hour comedy based on the life of rapper and comedian Lil Dicky (aka Dave Burd), with Burd attached to star. The project comes from The League creator Jeff Schaffer, Kevin Hart, Scooter Braun and FX Productions.

Based on a story co-written by Burd and co-creator Schaffer, the project centers on a suburban neurotic man in his late 20s who has convinced himself that he’s destined to be one of the best rappers of all time. Now he must convince the world.

In addition to starring, Burd wrote the teleplay for the untitled pilot and will serve as executive producer for music. The pilot will be directed by Greg Mottola, who executive produces with Burd, Schaffer, Hart and his Hartbeat Productions, Mottola, Marty Bowen, Braun, Mike Hertz, James Shin and Scott Manson. FX Productions is the studio.

Rapper, actor and underwear model Lil Dicky drew critical acclaim and commercial success with his album Professional Rapper, which debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Comedy, Rap and Independent Charts, and featured the 2x platinum single “Save Dat Money.” His latest single, “FreakyFriday,” peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has been on the charts since its release nine weeks ago, as the song has surpassed more than 500 million global streams in just under two months.
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Rapper Lil Dicky to Star in FX Comedy From 'The League' Creator, Kevin Hart

Rapper Lil Dicky to Star in FX Comedy From 'The League' Creator, Kevin Hart
FX is ready to bring the life of Lil Dicky (aka Dave Burd) to the small screen.

The cable network has handed out a pilot order to the untitled comedy starring the rapper-comedian. The show hails from the all-star team of The League creator Jeff Schaffer, Kevin Hart and Scooter Braun.

The potential series revolves around a suburban neurotic man in his late 20s who has convinced himself that he's destined to be one of the best rappers of all time. Now he must convince the world.

The comedy is based on a story co-written by Burd and co-creator ...
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‘The League’ Cast Gets Together Several Times A Year, Would Be Open to Another Season or Movie — Exclusive

‘The League’ Cast Gets Together Several Times A Year, Would Be Open to Another Season or Movie — Exclusive
As the recent cancellation and last-minute renewal of “Brooklyn Nine Nine” made clear, no show with a devoted fanbase is destined to die an immediate death. So when Mark Duplass posted a photo on social media of the principal cast from “The League” all gathered in one place, fans of the FX (and later Fxx) show started reading between the lines.

When IndieWire asked Duplass in a recent interview if the photo was meant to tease a potential reunion, he laughed and denied those rumors. “We get together three or four times a year and we just miss the shit out of each other,” said Duplass. “It was our first big job and we really were a family, the six of us that were there. And so we just get together and hang out, and that said, if someone came to us and said, ‘Here’s a dump truck of
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Harvardwood Writers Competition Unveils Winners, Most Staffable TV Writers List

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The Harvardwood Writers Competition announced the winners of this year’s competition as well as those who made the Most Staffable TV Writers List. The winning writers will be mentored by A-list TV and film professionals including Dr. Neal Baer, Colleen McGuinness, and Jeff Schaffer.

The writers’ work will also be read by some of the industry’s top producers and will be considered for representation at established talent agencies and management companies. Each writer will receive a one-on-one mentorship while competition winners will score a handsome cash prize.

The winners of the Harvardwood Writers Competition in each category are:

TV Comedy Winner: Katie O’Hanlon – Branching Out (Half-Hour Comedy) TV Drama Winner: Alison McKenzie – Dirty Business (One-Hour Drama) Shorts Winner (tied): Myles McDonagh – Bardo (Animated Short) Shorts Winner (tied): Justin MonticelloCity of Angels (Sketch Comedy)

The Most Staffable TV Writers selected from Havardwood Writers Program were
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