First off, NBC has green lit Sarah Silverman’s pilot, which remains untitled at the moment. The project has taken a cue from the most critically-acclaimed comedies on TV today with it’s single camera format, but it will be more interesting with Silverman being at a broadcast network as opposed to cable. Even in a recent chat with Rachel Maddow who is on MSNBC and not NBC, Silverman, noted in the aforementioned NY Times article for her rape jokes, was completely comfortable talking about the n-word in regards to a Rick Perry scandal when Maddow was clearly not. It will definitely be interesting to see what comes from this dynamic.
Secondly, Diablo Cody, a seeming maven on the coming-of-age experience and what’s funny about it, is planning on following her upcoming dark comedy Young Adult starring Charlize Theron with an adaptation of the once popular book series Sweet Valley High. Once again, this is proof that women in comedy are not being tapped for projects because they are women in comedy. They’re being tapped because they know funny and, in this case, Cody is a perfect candidate having penned Juno to bring SVH to the big screen.
Lastly, and perhaps most intriguing, FX has gone to none other than the hilarious and adored Amy Poehler to adapt the popular web series Broad City from Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer into a half-hour TV project. This is just more icing on an already great cake as FX, currently, is home to the popular and groundbreaking series “Louie” and
None of these news items will likely change the minds of scantily clad women obsessed readers of GQ. Still, it’s a step in the right direction where the discourse in comedy will be about funny people doing funny things and nothing else.