TVLine Items: Amy Schumer's HBO Gig, NPH Variety Show Named and More

Inside Amy Schumer Renewed

This time, Amy Schumer is getting inside HBO.

The comedienne will headline her first comedy special for the pay cabler later this year, the network announced Thursday.

Chris Rock will direct the special, which is scheduled to tape at New York City’s Apollo Theater on May 29. Schumer will write and executive-produce alongside Mike Berkowitz and Jimmy Miller (Bad Teacher).

Other comedians who have landed their own HBO specials include Louis C.K., Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres, George Carlin, Sarah Silverman, Jerry Seinfeld and Lewis Black.

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

* Neil Patrick Harris’ forthcoming NBC variety show now has a name: Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, Vulture reports.

* The Spoils Before Dying, IFC’s follow-up to last year’s The Spoils of Babylon, will premiere as a three-night comedy miniseries that will air in six half-hour installments on July 8, July 9 and July 10 at 9 pm.

* Jimmy Kimmel will air a rerun of his talk show against David Letterman’s final Late Show episode on May 20, according to The New York Times.

* Sea lions, blue whales, white sharks, oh my! PBS will air its first live natural-history event, Big Blue Live, Aug. 31 through Sept. 2 at 8 pm, Deadline reports. The program will track the marine life in California’s Monterey Bay, with a live feed from the bay’s local aquarium documenting the action .

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  1. Mr. Tran K says:

    Can’t wait for NPH new variety show on NBC very soon possibly in the Fall.

  2. Jerry says:

    “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris”? So, was it… Legendary? I think NBC missed a chance here :D

  3. Ray says:

    That NPH is just setting itself for disappointment with that title. Based on his Oscar performance I’d call it Lower Your Expectations with Neil Patrick Harris.

  4. iHeart says:

    very respectful Jkim, you know I think Fallon, and Stewart and Conan should do the same

  5. meatwad says:

    Love me some Amy Schumer so i’ll be eagerly waiting for her new special

  6. c-mo says:

    Not surprising that Kimmel is showing a rerun on the 20th, he has been quite vocal about Letterman being a HUGE influence on his life and career. Since he’s not on Broadway, he can’t dim his marquee lights so he’s dimming his studio for the night. Classy dude!

  7. TV Gord says:

    Jimmy KImmel is so classy! I respect him for doing what everyone else will be doing that night…watching Letterman one more time.

  8. Mr. Tran K says:

    The execs at CBS Daytime should end The Price is Right in 2017 if no one replace Drew Carey because he’s still a poor man’s Bob Barker.

  9. B Miller says:

    Does anyone know when Amy Schumer’s HBO specials will air? Love her!