Showtime has picked up two new shows that will bring the network into the world of stand-up comedy. The network made the announcements on Tuesday as part of the Television Critics Association press tour.
“I’m Dying Up Here” is set in the stand-up comedy world of the 1970’s, and is executive produced by Jim Carrey. The series follows a group of would-be comedy stars, who are mentored by club owner Goldie (Academy Award winner Melissa Leo).
The massive ensemble includes a few people audiences will know from short-lived comedies, including Andrew Santino (ABC’s Mixology) and Ari Graynor (CBS’s Bad Teacher). Michael Angarano (The Knick), Clark Duke, RJ Cyler, Stephen Guarino and Erik Griffin also star.
Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Political Animals), Dylan Baker (CBS’s The Good Wife) and Alfred Molina (The Martian, TNT’s Monday Mornings) are among the slated guest stars.
The hour-long series will shoot its pilot this fall; a premiere date has not yet been announced.
It’ll be the second 70’s set series to get a pickup, as HBO prepares its period music industry program Vinyl to launch on Feb. 14.
Showtime has also ordered a half-hour, semi-autobiographical series from comedian Andrew Dice Clay, unsurprisingly titled Dice. Like many in its genre, the show will focus on him trying to rebuild his career and handle his family – in this case, managing his son’s rock band.
Premiering later this spring, Dice has lined up an eclectic batch of guest stars including Academy Award winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist), Michael Rapaport (Justified), Lorraine Bracco (The Sopranos), fellow comedian Natasha Leggero, and Las Vegas entertainers Wayne Newton and Criss Angel.
This news comes along with Showtime’s renewal of Shameless and as the network gets ready to debut its new drama series Billions, which premieres on Sunday. You can read our review of Billions here.