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 .