TVLine Items: Billy Eichner's USA Pilot, Orange Upgrades, Veronica Mars Spin-Off News and More

Billy Eichner Difficult PeopleUSA Network is getting in the Billy Eichneryelling biz.

The cable net has ordered a pilot presentation for Difficult People, a scripted comedy featuring the Billy on the Street host/Parks and Recreation guest star, per The Hollywood Reporter.

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The project — penned by Eichner’s longtime pal/Billy on the Street head writer Julie Klausner and executive-produced by Amy Poehler — will star Eichner and Klausner as frustrated comedians and pop culture-loving best friends living in New York City who hate everyone — except each other.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Orange Is the New Black has promoted Nick Sandow (who plays Joe Caputo) and Selenis Leyva (aka Gloria Mendoza) to series regulars for the recently ordered Season 3, our sister site Deadline reports.

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* The Veronica Mars spin-off web series Play It Again, Dick — in which Ryan Hansen begs, cajoles and pleads with his former castmates to help him get his character, Dick Casablancas, his own show — will debut this summer on CW Seed. Also on tap for the CW’s digital arm: Whose Line Is It mini webisodes; digital talk show The Kelly Cutrone Project; and the reality series The Real Backpackers, which will coincide with the Backpackers premiere on-air.

* ABC is sticking with Jimmy Kimmel, extending the late night talk show host’s contract through January 2017, The Wrap reports.

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* Dreama Walker (Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23) has joined Amazon’s dramedy pilot Cocked, starring Sam Trammell (True Blood), per Deadline.

* WE tv’s first original scripted drama The Divide will debut with a special two-hour premiere on July 16 at 9/8c before moving to its regular 10 pm time slot the following Wednesday. The series, from co-creators Richard LaGravenese (Behind the Candelabra) and Tony Goldwyn (Scandal), explores the personal cost of morality, ambition, ethics, politics, and race in today’s justice system.

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  1. alistaircrane says:

    I wish we were getting a real Veronica Mars spinoff and not this meta s#!t.

  2. imissdonuts says:

    I think the VMars spinoff sounds hilarious. It seems more a marketing move to me, to keep the brand in peoples’ minds. Why else bother? And I hope that means it’s something to hold fans over in the interim as they work out the next move in the Neptune universe: movie sequel or digital season. *fingers crossed for Veronica Mars season 4*

  3. Et al. says:

    I’m excited for the vm spin off. It sounds like fun. I’d rather have a little Dick than no Dick at all.

  4. R.O.B. says:

    They could set the Billy Eichner show up for two hours a night all week and I would watch that guy shouting at people in real time, commercials and all. They don’t even need a script. Just have him losing it on people walking by. I have yet to watch Billy on the Street (could be that’s exactly what he does) but dude steals every scene on Parks & Rec.

  5. liz says:

    anyone else HATE the name CW Seed?! It makes me feel super icky whenever I read it or see it.

  6. JB Smooove says:

    is this guy, Billy Eichner, have turrets or something? if yelling is his shtick, it dont get it.

  7. Lindsey says:

    I hate Billy Eichner. He might actually be funny if he didn’t yell everything. Yes, I realize that’s his trademark, but that doesn’t make it funny at all. He’s just annoying, which is a shame because Parks and Rec is my favorite show, and I like every other character on it.

    I am looking forward to the VM spinoff, if you can really call it that. Ryan Hansen is hilarious in everything he’s in, and most of the Web series on CW Seed are actually pretty good.