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IFC orders series from 'SNL' vets Seth Meyers, Bill Hader, and Fred Armisen

IFC is solidifying itself as a destination for top names in comedy. Ahead of its annual upfront event scheduled for Thursday evening, the network announced a 2014-15 programming and development slate that includes a new series from a trio of Saturday Night Live veterans and Community star Joel McHale.

Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers are behind the new comedy American Documentary, a half-hour anthology series featuring documentaries and biopics about completely made-up historical figures. Also added to the schedule is American Storage, a scripted half-hour comedy starring Rob Huebel (Childrens Hospital, Human Giant) as a free-spirited L.A. bachelor who lives in a storage facility. Both new series are slated to premiere in 2015.

Next year IFC will also introduce the Comedy Music Awards, a collaboration with CollegeHumor that satirizes traditional awards shows, while honoring the best in the musical comedy genre.

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'Billy on the Street': What are Lena Dunham, Amy Poehler, and Lindsay Lohan doing on the show?

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Hell hath no fury like a fired-up Billy Eichner. The 35-year-old comedian returns tonight for a third season of Fuse’s fun-and-frenetic game show from Funny or Die Billy on the Street, in which he tests New Yorkers’ pop culture knowledge at a turbo pace and very loud volume. What kind of manic antics can you expect to see from Eichner, who also guest-stars as the easily enraged Craig on Parks and Recreation? Below, he gives EW 11 teases for the upcoming 10 episodes, which air Wednesdays at 11 p.m. READ FULL STORY

'Late Night With Seth Meyers': Fred Armisen to 'curate and lead' house band

Seth Meyers has just tweeted the first photo of his upcoming talk show’s 8G Band, a.k.a. the Roots to his Jimmy Fallon. Spy any familiar faces?

That’s right — Meyers’ old SNL pal Fred Armisen, an accomplished musician who began his showbiz career as a drummer for a punk group (and, uh, the Blue Man Group), will serve as the frontman for Meyers’ Late Night band. Meyers says Armisen will both “curate and lead” 8G, even when the quirky comedian is busy with his own IFC comedy series, Portlandia:

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'SNL' taps Colin Jost to succeed Seth Meyers as 'Weekend Update' co-anchor

Cecily Strong has a new desk mate.

EW has confirmed SNL head writer Colin Jost will join Strong as co-anchor of “Weekend Update” following the departure of longtime anchor Seth Meyers, who will leave to host Late Night starting Feb. 24. Meyers’ final “Update” will be Feb. 1.

After joining the staff at age 22 in 2005, Jost — a former president of the Harvard Lampoon – was named SNL’s head writer in 2012. He’s been nominated for seven Emmy Awards, taken home three WGA awards, and won the 2009 Peabody Award for his work on SNL.

Jost is also a stand-up comedian who’s appeared at the Just For Laughs festivals in Chicago and Montreal, and on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. His first feature film, Staten Island Summer, is expected in 2014.

Jost is the third consecutive head writer to take over the “Update” desk, following in the footsteps of Meyers and Tina Fey.

'Late Night with Seth Meyers' promo: Guess who's not ready for airtime? VIDEO

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@LateNight Seth hasn’t tweeted once yet. latenightseth.tumblr.com has been reserved, but bears no posts. Yet there is evidence online that Seth Meyers will, in fact, take over Late Night this February — thanks to a brand-new YouTube account, which recently posted its very first video: a bouncy promo for Meyers’ new show.

Turns out those empty social media accounts are thematically appropriate: The gist of Meyers’ first promo is that his show really isn’t ready for air. (That seems about right; Meyers said in the most recent issue of Time that he still doesn’t know if he’s going to feature a band or a DJ.) The clip shows Meyers leaving the set of SNL, then offering to take viewers on a tour of his new digs, which happen to be just “30 feet” away from his old studio. Once he arrives, though, Meyers finds a room filled with equipment — nowhere near in shape for a late night broadcast. It’s funny ’cause it’s true!

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'Late Night With Seth Meyers': See the poster -- EXCLUSIVE

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Seth Meyers is a seasoned pro when it comes to Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update, but the actor is now preparing to sit behind a different desk as the host of Late Night With Seth Meyers.

EW has an exclusive first look at the art for Meyers’ new late-night talk show, which premieres Monday, Feb. 24, at 12:35 a.m. on NBC, when Jimmy Fallon leaves Late Night and takes over Jay Leno’s Tonight Show.

Best of 2013 (Behind the Scenes): Bill Hader on saying goodbye to Stefon -- and 'SNL' -- with one last video

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Saturday Night Live‘s epic farewell to Stefon — the absurd masterpiece played for five seasons by Bill Hader — had EVERYTHING: human parking cones, Black George Washington, Jupids, Furkels, even DJ Baby Bok Choy, “a giant 300-pound Chinese baby who wears tinted aviator glasses and spins records with his little ravioli hands.”

So naturally, putting the clip together was a massive undertaking — and an especially emotional one for departing cast member Hader, who left NBC’s comedy institution this spring after eight years. (Soon, Stefon’s entire team will be gone for good: Hader’s writing partner John Mulaney exited the show in 2012, returning only occasionally to help with Stefon-related matters. Meanwhile, Hader’s longtime Weekend Update foil Seth Meyers moves to host NBC’s Late Night in early 2014.)

Here, the comedian describes the making of that big goodbye video, from start to finish — and reveals when, precisely, he started crying.

Click here for more of EW.com’s Best of 2013 coverage.
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'The Awesomes' scores second season on Hulu

Seth Meyers’ schedule just got even busier. He’ll return to Saturday Night Live with new “Weekend Update” co-anchor Cecily Strong by his side on Sept. 28, before taking over Late Night from Jimmy Fallon in February. Now, Hulu has ordered a second 10-episode season of The Awesomes, the animated superhero comedy he created with his Late Night with Seth Meyers producer Mike Shoemaker. The announcement comes today, as Part 1 of the show’s two-part season 1 finale hits Hulu. It concludes Sept. 26. READ FULL STORY

'SNL': Seth Meyers' new 'Weekend Update' co-anchor is ...

Saturday Night Live castmember Cecily Strong will co-anchor Weekend Update with Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels revealed to the New York Times.

Strong, who joined SNL at the start of last season, has made a name for herself with her Update segment “The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party” and her “glamorous” commercials with Vanessa Bayer for Moet and Hermes.

“Cecily, from the first show, was right there,” Michaels told the Times. “She exploded.”

There has been a lot of speculation around the Weekend Update desk recently, since Meyers is leaving SNL soon to take over Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night. It remains to be seen whether Strong earns the solo gig once Meyers exits.

Other news revealed in the NYT report includes the new castmembers — and one featured player who will be a writer full-time this season.
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Hulu CEO insists: We don't think like a network

To (incorrectly) paraphrase LL Cool J, don’t call it a network. The idea of TV is definitely shifting, especially given Netflix’s 14 Emmy nominations this year, and Hulu is helping push that concept even further, to the point that it doesn’t relate to the traditional network model.

“We’re not really a network, we’re not really a studio,” Hulu acting CEO Andy Forssell told reporters during the Television Critics Association press tour Wednesday. “We’re a distributor at heart.” Forssell says Hulu goes out “looking for voices,” as opposed to networks that try to find shows that fit their point of view. “If there’s a theme, it’s that there is no theme.”

But like a network, Hulu has a full slate of new shows, four of which had panels during today’s TCA presentation: The Awesomes, Quick Draw, The Wrong Mans, and Behind the Mask. And, as Forssell promised, the shows run the genre gamut from action-comedy and docuseries to western-comedy and animated superhero adventure.
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Seth Meyers and producer Michael Shoemaker talk 'Late Night' plans (and their 30 Rock ID photos)

In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly out Friday, Seth Meyers and Michael Shoemaker tell EW about The Awesomes, the 10-episode animated superhero series they created, debuting Aug. 1 on Hulu. But the duo, who met at Saturday Night Live in 2001, also chat about their next adventure: Late Night With Seth Meyers. Shoemaker guided Jimmy Fallon’s transition to late night and will be Meyers’ producer when he inherits the show in February 2014.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What kind of conversations are the two of you having at this point?

Seth Meyers: One of the main things we’re doing now, which will be the most essential part of the success of the show, is staffing. You’re trying to find people who you trust and like their comedic voices. That’s been a really fun part of this summer so far. I don’t think we’re gonna try to deconstruct the late night model. But I feel like every time one of these shows succeeds, it’s because it’s built around the strengths of the host. So we’re trying to recognize my strengths. [Laughs]

Michael Shoemaker: Seth being delighted with other people is my favorite thing to watch. Watching Seth set someone up for a joke and then have it appear is the most satisfying thing. He did Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with Jerry Seinfeld. Watching that, I realized every time I would pause, I was grinning, and it was just because he was having such a good time. That’s what I want to see.

Meyers: It was like the greatest four hours of my life. There was a reason I looked happy.
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Seth Meyers' 'Awesomes' website launches with new trailer

TheAwesomes.com, the site for the 10-episode animated series from Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker debuting Aug. 1 on Hulu, just went live, and we’ve got your first look at a new trailer below.

The story revolves around the greatest superhero team in history and what happens after all the most powerful members leave. Those remaining are led by Professor Doctor Awesome (a.k.a. Prock), voiced by Meyers, who’s attempting to fill his father’s shoes.

Click here for a rundown of other characters, voiced by Taran Killam, Bill Hader, and Kenan Thompson among others.
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'The Getaway': Joel McHale, Aziz Ansari, and the full lineup of vacationing celebs -- EXCLUSIVE

Esquire Network (the re-branded G4 channel) debuts this fall with several original series. But the one I’m most excited about is The Getaway (Sept. 25 at 9 p.m.). From executive producer Anthony Bourdain and Zero Point Zero Production, each hour-long episode features a revolving cast of travel-loving celebs who take viewers on a tour of some of the world’s greatest cities. And since it’s the closest I’ll ever get to actually traveling with Joel McHale, I’ll gladly live vicariously through my DVR. A few of the participating celebrities had previously been announced, but check out the full cast of season 1 and a first-look video after the jump:

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