Source: Deadline, The Wrap, THR
Among the 22 projects Comedy Central has in the pipeline are shows dealing with sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll and religion. Media outlets are reporting on the new 2010-2011 development slate that includes a live sex-chat talk show, an update of The Odd Couple and an animated series about Jesus Christ. The latter, JC, is a half-hour about Christ wanting to escape his father's shadow and to live life in NYC as a regular guy.
The project is executive produced by Reveille, Henrik Basin, Brian Boyle, Jonathan Sjoberg and Andreas Ohman. Among the other notable projects are: Highdeas, based on the Web site highdeas.com, in which a comedian explores questions that can only be posed by stoners. This Show Will Get You High, a sketch comedy featuring the next wave of performers from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Written by UCB co-founder Matt Besser and Eric Zicklin.
Based on a Funny or Die short, Rich Dicks stars Nick Kroll and Jon Daly as obnoxiously wealthy party-mongers in LA. Directed by Jon Krisel and executive produced by Krisel, Kroll and Daly. Live Sex Show sees hosts Bert Kreischer and Layla Kayleigh taking a comedic look at all things sex. It's executive produced by Jesse Ignatovic and written by Mat Harawitz.
Patrice Oneal's Guide to White People sees comedian Oneal's take on race relations. It's executive produced by Michael Hirschorn and Gideon Evans.
Steel Panther, a loosely scripted docu-reality show, follows the band Steel Panther, which parodies '80s hair metal acts. Created by Brian Posehn and Jeff Tremaine. Stand-up comics Kevin Hart and Bill Burr have a half-hour untitled scripted series that's billed as a modern-day take on The Odd Couple. Executive produced by Bruce McCulloch and 3Arts. A**Holes is a half-hour comedy about the two biggest assholes in the entire world - two twenty-something roommates who spend their days scamming on girls, bilking Alzheimer's patients out of money and generally being the opposite of model citizens. It's written by Steve Koren and Nick Malis.
Meanwhile, Russell Simmons Presents: Stand-Up at the El Rey is executive produced by Simmons and Stan Lathan. The stand-up show with a hip hop vibe, is hosted by JB Smoove.
The Wrap has a comprehensive look at the entire slate.
Oh cruel technology! With so many remote controls for so many devices Michael Newman (Adam Sandler) always clicks the wrong power button. He’s sick of it. The workaholic is also sick of being too busy to find time for his family. On a late-night trip to Bed Bath & Beyond in search of a universal remote he kills two birds with one stone. After passing the bed section and the bath section Michael reaches the “beyond ” where he meets an eccentric man named Morty (Christopher Walken) who offers a remote to control his life. No more wasting time or missing out--he can fast-forward rewind and pause; his life is his own personal TiVo. It’s all well and good until he abuses the fast-forward button and misses all the beautiful minutiae of life. Before long he’s old sick and alone and realizes--thanks to the rewind button--that he was never there for his family. It’s a simple twist of fate for Michael but it’s neither his only one nor his simplest. With Click some Sandler fans may fear he’s veering towards the Jim Carrey path of gradually more earnest roles. No fear necessary however for this is not Carrey’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (similar as the broad existential strokes may be) and it’s not even Punch-Drunk Love. It’s merely light tear-jerking Sandler-style. He does prove in addition to his beaten-path shtick-y performance that he has some drama in him after all these years--which may or may not foretell more serious roles down the road. But there’s still an abundance of his trademark goofiness to go around. As Sandler’s onscreen wife Kate Beckinsale might go unnoticed if not for her scene-stealing beauty. Her interplay with Sandler is husband-wife cute if nothing else. Consistently funny supporting turns from Walken and David Hasselhoff--as Sandler’s jerk of a boss--provide the usual semi-big names that Sandler movies typically boast. Click is a high-concept film--too bad it’s all “summer-ed” up (or down) because film might be the best medium to explore such a fascinating and potentially deep notion. But this is summertime Sandler after all and who better to keep the serious stuff from getting too serious than Sandler’s pal/collaborator (and director of The Waterboy and The Wedding Singer) Frank Coraci? The director has the Sandler fan base at heart and the result is thus decidedly unsubtle and not always pretty for a movie that should’ve in all honesty gone with more gusto towards the morose undertones the story puts into place--though the director at least didn’t completely steer away from dramatic elements. The usual goods are still here (i.e. fart jokes Sandler’s at times hilarious yapping) but the pivotal flashbacks and life themes feel crammed adding to the movie’s general unevenness. Bruce Almighty writers Steve Koren and Adam O’Keefe add their supernatural twist to straightforward comedy but they fail to produce anything beyond a slightly less-funny Bruce with a side of Multiplicity and Mr. Destiny.