Showtime delivered some 2012 programming announcements to TV critics Thursday in Los Angeles, where Showtime’s president of entertainment David Nevins made his presentation to the press.
First up is news on Steve Carell’s first post-”Office” TV gig: Carell is teaming up with David Steinberg to executive produce a new interview series called “Laughing Stock.” The 10, half-hour episodes, which Steinberg will host, are set to debut in early 2012.
The comedy series will feature one-on-one interviews with comic geniuses, from the greats of the ’50s to modern day funnymen, talking about their idols and how they developed their distinctive styles. Some of the biggest names in comedy are lined up for the show, including Jerry Seinfeld, Tina Fey, Chris Rock, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Don Rickles, Judd Apatow, Jane Lynch, Sarah Silverman and Ellen DeGeneres.
“We have gathered a monumental assortment of comedic legends, and their contemporary protegees,” said Carell. “It’s enlightening, fascinating, but more importantly, it’s funny.”
In additional Showtime news, the Don Cheadle-Kristin Bell series “House of Lies” has gotten a winter premiere date, debuting Sunday, Jan. 8, at 10 p.m., sandwiched between the second season premiere of “Shameless” at 9 p.m. and the fifth-season premiere of “Californication” at 10:30 p.m.
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