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Ben Stiller scales a wet rockface in 'Running Wild with Bear Grylls'


In Bear Grylls’ newest reality show, Running Wild with Bear Grylls, the outdoors expert takes celebrities on 48-hour adventures to test their survival skills, get to know them, and hopefully teach them a thing or two. And after Zac Efron passed the test as Grylls’ first partner in survival on Monday’s premiere, Ben Stiller is next on the hit list.

We’ve got an exclusive clip from episode 2, in which Grylls and Stiller find themselves situated thousands of feet in the air, trusting their lives to one tiny rock.

Running Wild with Bear Grylls airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

Comedy Central greenlights Ben Stiller-produced comedy

Comedy Central has ordered a half-hour comedy series produced in part by Ben Stiller’s Red Hour productions. The network has also given the go-ahead to an animated series that features the voices of Rob Lowe, Elizabeth Banks and Will Forte.

The Stiller-produced scripted series, Big Time in Hollywood, FL, which follows two delusional filmmaker brothers, received a 10-episode order from the network. According to a statement from Stiller, the show “combines the directorial style of Hitchcock, the acting prowess of Streep, the budget of House of Payne, and the nutritional value of Velveeta. I think people’s minds will be blown wide open. For real.”

The animated series, titled Moonbeam City, is “an absurdist take on the gritty, sex-drenched crime dramas from the 1980s,” according to the network’s announcement. Lowe will lend his voice the project and will act as a producer as well. It is set to premiere in 2015.

'The Birthday Boys': See a clip from the IFC sketch series produced by Bob Odenkirk and Ben Stiller -- VIDEO

Yes, Bob Odenkirk is returning to the world of weekly sketch comedy series. Nope, it’s not in the form of Mr. Show. (Though, if you said that, you’ve got guts… the guts of a man who’s fired!). Odenkirk and Ben Stiller — who teamed up in the early ’90s on Fox’s short-lived, Emmy-winning The Ben Stiller Show — are the executive producers of The Birthday Boys, which premieres Oct. 18 at 10:30 p.m. on IFC. Look for Odenkirk to appear regularly on the show as well. (And, of course, on the Breaking Bad spin-off featuring Saul Goodman. And on Fargo.) Stiller, meanwhile, will guest-star in one episode.

In case you’re not familiar with the Birthday Boys — a.k.a. Jefferson Dutton, Dave Ferguson, Mike Hanford, Tim Kalpakis, Matt Kowalick, Mike Mitchell, and Chris VanArtsdalen — they are a sketch group that formed in 2007 and have performed regularly at L.A.’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Now they’re ready to kick things up multiple notches and get into a special kind of mischief. How crazy does it get? Click on the video below before you get TP’d.

Hey, that's my show! Ben Stiller bringing 'Reality Bites' to NBC

It looks like a new generation may get to experience the highs and lows of Lelaina Pierce, Troy Dyer, and the rest of the gang as a comedy series based on the seminal 1994 flick Reality Bites has gotten a script order at NBC.

EW has confirmed a Deadline report that Ben Stiller (who directed the original film and played straitlaced TV exec Michael Grates) is revisiting the film as a show and is attached to executive produce; original screenwriter Helen Childress will pen the script.

Much like the original, the series will reportedly take place in the early ’90s and center on novice filmmaker Pierce and her slacker friends in Houston after their college graduation. While no casting was announced, it’s safe to say Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Ben Stiller, and the rest of the original cast, which also included Janeane Garofalo and Steve Zahn, will probably not be reprising their roles. (Although it would be great to see Garofalo’s Vickie working at Gap’s corporate office two decades after she mastered the art of folding.)


Will Ferrell and Ben Stiller line up new IFC shows

The network that brings you Portlandia is about to get even funnier (and more absurd).

IFC has greenlit two comedies with A-list talent. First up is The Spoils of Babylon, “a television adaptation of a best-selling epic novel by author Eric Jonrosh (Will Ferrell), that will feature an ensemble cast to be announced later. The blowsy century-­spanning saga chronicles the sexy and dramatic lives of a family who made their fortune in the oil business.”  That show, from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, was given a six-episode order and will premiere later this year.

“This is a crazy and maybe even a stupid idea,” Ferrell said in a press release. “IFC is either really courageous or really stupid which makes them the perfect partner for us.” READ FULL STORY

Ben Stiller to guest on 'Arrested Development' -- EXCLUSIVE

It’s neither trick nor illusion: Ben Stiller will appear on the revived Arrested Development, EW has learned. The film star will reprise his role as Tony Wonder, rival magician to GOB (Will Arnett), in one episode during the new season of the cult comedy, which Netflix will stream in May. READ FULL STORY

Ben Stiller's All-Star Comedy Roundtable: Jim Carrey on the day the laughter died -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

In June at the Nantucket Film Festival, Ben Stiller brought together three of his funniest famous friends to talk seriously about comedy. Chris Rock and Jim Carrey joined Stiller on a panel moderated by Saturday Night Live‘s Bill Hader for the 4th Annual All-Star Comedy Roundtable. Stiller and Rock worked together on the Madagascar animated films, among other projects, Carrey starred in Stiller’s Cable Guy, and Hader, who popped up in Tropic Thunder, first met the Meet the Parents star when he was still a teenager in Oklahoma. “You’ve come a long way since Oklahoma,” Stiller said to Hader last fall, just as he and Hader were about to visit SNL‘s “Weekend Update” desk, dressed as Zoolander and Stefon.

But even the greatest comics fall flat on their faces now and again, as Carrey reveals in this exclusive clip. Way back when, before Ace Ventura, before In Living Color, he thought he had landed his first Tonight Show gig. It wasn’t to be. Watch below:



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