Jim Carrey

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In this edition, Jim Carrey returns to his stand-up roots, Sarah Silverman plays matchmaker, and Kevin Bacon is one degree of separation closer to Renée Zellweger.

First up is Carrey. The funnyman is cocreating a half-hour comedy series for HBO starring fellow comic Lisa Lampanelli that will revolve around a woman who runs a comedy club in Los Angeles, per Variety.

The character is inspired by Mitzi Shore, the mother of comedian Pauly Shore and cofounder of L.A.'s Comedy Store, the famed venue that helped launch the career of the Ace Ventura star and dozens of other quipsters. The show will chronicle the ups and downs of running the club while acting as den mother to dysfunctional comics.

Speaking of yuksters, Silverman will be trading one-liners with Saturday Night Live alum Norm MacDonald as celeb panelists for TBS' new edition of Match Game.

Other stars joining them in the latest revival of the classic '70s game show will be Super Dave Osborne, Kids in the Hall's Scott Thompson, The Office's Rashida Jones and Reno 911's Niecy Nash.

As anyone who survived the Me Decade remembers, Match Game pits two contestants against each other as they try to match the answers given by the six-member celeb panel. Silverman and Macdonald will attempt to channel Brett Somers and Charles Nelson Reilly.

The pilot, hosted by Semi-Pro's Andrew Daly, is being executive produced by Robert Smigel, the man behind SNL's TV Funhouse cartoon spoofs and potty-mouthed puppet Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog.

In other casting news:

  • Bacon will costar with Zellweger, Chris Noth and Nick Stahl in My One and Only, Richard Loncraine's film supposedly based on actor George Hamilton's childhood road trips as his mom sought out a wealthy man to care for the family.
  • Uma Thurman and Jonathan Pryce are joining forces for My Zinc Bed, a small-screen adaptation of the David Hare the play for HBO and the BBC.
  • The same companies have also tapped Oscar-nominated actor Tom Wilkinson and Rhys Ifans for A Number, a telefilm based on Caryl Churchill's play.
  • Kill Bill's David Carradine and Daryl Hannah are set to reunite and walk the earth for Kung Fu Killer, a two-part original movie premiering Aug. 17-18 on Spike. The story unfolds in 1920s China and follows White Crane (Carradine), an orphaned son of Western missionaries who grows up to become a martial-arts master. After setting out in Shanghai's underworld to avenge his mentor's death, he teams up with a Brooklyn lounge singer (Hannah) searching for her lost brother.
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