Jason Jones and Samantha Bee's TBS comedy has been picked up for a third, twisted season Deadline reports. The Detour -- written and executive produced by the couple -- chronicles a family that gets into incredibly dark situations. The first season had them road tripping to Florida while the second had them settling down in New York, getting caught in US investigations in both. Ratings for The Detour have been stellar with an average of 4.4 million viewers and drawing 1.2 million in the 18-49 demographic. The third season will premiere sometime next year.
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Maria Bamford's latest special, Old Baby, is going to be drastically different from her last one. The last one -- The Special Special Special -- was a very intimate performance for the comedian's parents. This one will take place in the streets, stages, a bowling alley, and a bookstore. It's a lot like Chris Rock: Kill The Messenger except a lot more self-depricating. Old Baby will premiere on Netflix on Tuesday, May 2nd.
As Netflix takes the comedy special crown from both Comedy Central and HBO, the streaming platform sets the date for its next five stand up events. Big Red is staying true to its word that it will in fact release a new special every week this year. Joining already announced Tracy Morgan and Sarah Silverman specials is Maria Bamford, Norm MacDonald and Hasan Minhaj sets.
On May 2nd, Bamford's Old Baby premieres; May 9th has MacDonald's Hitler's Dog, Gossip & Turkey; Morgan's Staying Alive bows on May 16th; Minhaj's very popular Homecoming King plays on May 23; and A Speck of Dust from Silverman flutters on May 30th.
Netflix also announced premiere dates for their new comedy shows. Master of None season 2 debuts on May 12th. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season 3 begins on May 19th. Season 2 of F Is For Family debuts on May 30th.
Hark! Michelle Wolf is getting her own comedy special. On HBO no less! The writer/comedian is long over due for her own televised set and adding the storied comedy special broadcaster into the mix is a cherry on top of this sweet sundae. In a press release, HBO announced that the set will tape on Saturday, August 12 at Skirball Center in New York. It's also going to be directed by Neal Brennan. Wolf is currently a contributor on The Daily Show. She used to write for Late Night with Seth Meyers. There is curently no air date for the special.
Comedy Central is known to have a look at several different projects and give pretty much anyone a shot at making the next big thing. That's why there's been a dozen talk shows and several one season series like Why? from Hannibal Buress. The network is just aching for another hit. Enter three new series that were just picked up to seasons. In a press release, Comedy Central highlighted what the new shows would be about.
The first of the three is titled Corportae and comes from Pat Bishop, Matt Ingebretson, and Jake Weisman. Ingebretson and Weisman star as junior-executives-in-training for a tyrannical CEO (Lance Reddick). Aparna Nancherla, Adam Lustick and Anne Dudek also star.
The next show is titled Taskmaster and stars series creator Alex Horne and Reggie Watts as the titular taskmaster. The two will judge five comedians who will be assessed based on talent in a series of "stupefying" tasks.
The third series is The New Negroes. Coming from Baron Vaughn and Open Mike Eagle, the stand up and musical showcase aims to talk about black life in America while dissecting the media surrounding it. Funny or Die and Lance Bangs are among the producers.
But we're not done yet. Comedy Central has also announced the pilots it's working on for the upcoming television season. Among them are shows from Awkwafina, Arturo Castro, Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider, and Franchesca Ramsey. There are nine and you can read their descriptions below.