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Comedy Central Yanks 'Michael and Michael Have Issues'

'Michael and Michael Have Issues,' the behind the scenes sketch comedy fest from 'State' alumni Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter was one of the funniest "no surprise" shows in Comedy Central's line-up in a long time. So it should probably serve as "no surprise" that Comedy Central has put the kibosh on it. Showalter sent out the awful truth in Twitter form yesterday. Black also followed up Showalter's sad announcement with his own Tweet that contains a certain word that starts with "F" and ends with "K" and it isn't "fullback." I was a fan and I looked forward to the second season, but now I'll just have to settle with the inevitable buck squeezing DVD release. You guys had me at "bunny stomping."...

Hoping for a healthy dose of sketch comedy from Michael and Michael Have Issues

When Michael and Michael Have Issues premieres tonight at 10:30 PM on Comedy Central, it'll be a return to sketch comedy of sorts for Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter. The pair started out with The State on MTV, as this week's boxed set release reminded us. Their most recent TV project, Stella, the show, with former State member David Wain, wasn't really sketch as much as it was an exercise in absurdist slapstick. Comedy Central has been showing episodes from the single season the show lasted in the run up to Michael and Michael Have Issues, and it has been a pleasant reminder of Stella's brief experiment with a half-hour TV comedy. It's hard to imagine keeping that premise going - Wain, Black, and Showalter free associating with different guest stars season after season. But it's been fun to watch it again....

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'Michael & Michael Have Issues' Canceled

It looks like 'Michael & Michael' really do have issues. Comedy Central's short-lived comedy series, 'Michael & Michael Have Issues,' has been canceled, according to a tweet by one of its stars, Michael Showalter. "To all who were fans of 'Michael&MichaelHaveIssues' I can confirm that one week ago Comdey Central cancelled the show," he said. "Thanks for watching!" A reason for the cancellation has yet to be announced....

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A possible preview of Michael and Michael Have Issues

If you're a fan of Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black and you've been looking for information on their new Comedy Central show, Michael and Michael Have Issues, you've probably been a bit confused lately. Any press the pair have done for the show has been fairly vague. And then you have the site dedicated to the show, www.michaelandmichaelhaveissues.com, which offers plenty of blog entries, including one from earlier this month titled "Photos of the Promos Shoot" that feature dancers holding up Michael and Michael heads on a stick (see photo). Maybe this clip will help give a better clue. Poorly veiled tension has always been a part of the act with Stella (which also includes David Wain). But here we get to see Michael and Michael actually attack each other in a studio when Showalter takes issue with Black's impression of a butterfly fart. This is supposed to be from the series pilot, which premieres in July, but who knows? Maybe it's here to distract you from what they're really working on. (Oooohh!...

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Catching up with the boys of Stella

Former Stella and State alum Michael Showalter and David Wain have been making entertainment news these past couple of weeks. Showalter debuted his online series The Michael Showalter Showalter on College Humor with Comedian of Comedy Zach Galifianakis as his guest. (If you live in LA, you can catch Zach free tonight at the Upright Citizen's Brigade theater with VH1 talking head Doug Benson.) David Wain debuted his latest directorial outing The Ten at Sundance. The feature, which sounds like Kieslowski's Decalogue gone zany, puts together ten shorts - each musing on one of the ten commandments. The screening has been getting positive reviews. Those of us without Park City press passes will hopefully be enjoying that film later this year. Keep your eye on The Ten's website for more info....

Michael and Michael invite you to twarty

If you're a fan of Michael and Michael Have Issues, you may want to have your Twittering device handy watching tonight's episode. Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter will both be doing a "pre-Tweet Town Hall" at 9:30 PM ET, and then continuing through the show, which airs at 10:30 PM ET, looking for questions from the audience and commentary on the show. Officially, they're calling it their Town Hall Twitter Twarty, or "twarty," short for "Twitter Party." The plan is for the audience input to be featured along with commentary from the Michaels themselves and from writers Jessi Klein and Kumail Nanjiani, The Real Jim Biederman, and writer's assistant Stephie Grob, on the show's blog, www.michaelandmichaelhaveissues.com. The Michaels will post their favorite stuff on ComedyCentral.com during the week. Tweets can be sent to @mshowalter or @michaelianblack....

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Stella coming to DVD in September

It's official (after many fits and starts and rumors): the first season of Comedy Central's comedy show Stella is coming to DVD on September 12. The show starred Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, and David Wain. I thought it was sort of a modern Three Stooges. Now, the DVD set says first season, but was there a second season of the show, or is this a complete series set?...

Two-thirds of the cast of Stella have new series

Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black (who made up the cast of Stella along with David Wain) are returning to Comedy Central with their new series Michael and Michael Have Issues. The premise is somewhat similar to that of 30 Rock in which the two friends have a sketch-show-within-a-show. The comedy style of the duo has been somewhat hit-or-miss for me. I enjoyed Stella but didn't think that much of their stand-up comedy when I saw them perform live. Their scripted work (such as the movies Wet Hot American Summer and The Baxter) remains their strong suit so I have high hopes for this series. I do wonder if the characters are going to have the same names as the actors. Showalter and Black seem to have no problem with blurring the lines between fantasy and reality for the sake of television. Hopefully this show will last longer than Stella's single season....

The State to be released on DVD

Thomas Lennon and Ben Garrant from Reno 911! attended Comic-Con to promote their upcoming film, Balls of Fury (Christopher Walken and ping-pong? Hell yeah). There, they announced that The State, the MTV sketch program that showcased the talents of Lennon, Garrant, and folks like Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter, will be arriving on iTunes or DVD sometime this year. The only issue that kept the program from hitting DVD in the first place was, of course, the music clearances. MTV has put up money to re-score it. Sigh. I have a feeling fans are going to be complaining....

Talk Talk: Who's on the late night shows tonight

Charlie Rose: Anthony Shadid of The Washington PostThe Daily Show: Bill MoyersThe Late Show With David Letterman: Michael Keaton and David SedarisJay Leno: Ebert and Roeper, Dr. Phil, and Kathleen EdwardsJimmy Kimmel Live: Dennis Hopper, Andy Milonakis, and The FutureheadsLate Night With Conan O'Brien: Lindsay Lohan, David Allen Grier, and Dwight YoakamThe Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: John Waters, Demetri Martin, and Loretta DevineLast Call With Carson Daly: Fat Joe, Michael Showalter, David Wain...

The State actors making another movie together

TV Guide.com has a mildly interesting, yet informative interview with David Wain, of MTV's The State and Comedy Central's Stella. In it, Wain talks about how he, Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black never intended for their Stella sketches to end up on television. It all started with a live show they used to produce in New York and the goofy video clips they did for each show ended up becoming popular on the internet. They had to edit their content for television. Wain also dishes about the new movie he's directing, called The Ten. It has the whole crew from The State in it, plus Jessica Alba, Winona Ryder, Amanda Peet and Famke Janssen. Just like Wet Hot American Summer, it's a low-budget film, but Wain says the attitude is a little different since he penned the script with Ken Marino and not Showalter. No word on a release date for The Ten, but you can also see everybody from The State in the Reno 911! movie that's coming out in January. And if that's too long of a wait, well go pick up your DVD of...

Talk Talk: Who's on the late night shows tonight

Charlie Rose: Steve WynnThe Late Show With David Letterman: Stephen Colbert, Heloise, and Black-Eyed PeasJay Leno: Katie Hudson, Faith Hill, and The Haydens (repeat)Jimmy Kimmel Live: Sarah Silverman, Michael Ian Black, David Wain, Michael Showalter, and BJ SnowdenLate Night With Conan O'Brien: Rudolph Guiliani, Colin Quinn, and Bloc Party (repeat)The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Jane Kaczmarek, Greg Proops, and John Carroll Lynch (repeat - starts late because of US Open highlights)Last Call With Carson Daly: Jessica Alba, Mitch Fatel, Alicia Witt, and The Allman Brothers Band (repeat)...

The State now on iTunes

I have never bought a television show from iTunes... until now. MTV's sketch comedy show The State is now for sale only on iTunes (it's not even on DVD). The State aired on MTV from 1993-1995. It was both weird and hilarious. The network essentially gave a bunch of college graduates free reign over their own show. It gave some of my favorite comedy actors their start, including Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, David Wain, Kerri Kenney and Thomas Lennon. Season one is currently for sale, and it includes characters Doug, Louie, Barry & Levon... and $240 worth of pudding. According to The State website, run by David Wain, MTV will release subsequent seasons if downloads are popular and the network may even decide to put the damn show on DVD already. [Via Pop Candy]...

Comedy Central orders up Out of Bounds

Another State member makes good. Like Michael Ian Black, David Wain, Thomas Lennon and Michael Showalter before him, former sketch comedy troupe member Ken Marino has signed a pilot deal with Comedy Central. Marino, who has been guesting on Reno 911 and Veronica Mars as of late, has signed to create Out of Bounds, a behind-the-scenes workplace comedy. The setting - a Long Island sports radio show. Marino will portray one of the hosts of "Ball Talk" - a small market show with big time aspirations. The funny comes from the hosts' extreme publicity stunts and interviews between an in-character Marino and the not-in-character star athlete guests....

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Crank up the creativity, Stella fans

Do you love Stella, the odd little comedy trio featuring David Wain, Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black? If so, you'll be interested to learn that the guys are looking for someone to design a logo for new Stella merchandise. It's time to get out your crayons and glitter and see what you can come up with. Just don't use anything from their Comedy Central series or any related promotional images, that's not allowed. You can submit as many times as you wish, as long as you get your entry in by February 16. The guys will vote on their favorite and announce the winner on February 23. More details can be found on Wain's MySpace blog and the Stella Merchandise MySpace page....

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