Showtime execs might be mum on the future of “Fat Actress,” but they’re still bent on reviving the comedy genre, toasting a pair of new laffers that are getting a mammoth seven-nights-a-week push for the next 10 weeks.
At Tuesday’s back-to-back screenings of “Weeds,” about a dope-selling suburban mom, and the small-screen adaptation of “Barbershop,” Showtime entertainment prexy Robert Greenblatt said he was adamant about keeping good comedy alive.
He called the broadcast networks’ recent contributions to the genre “pretty dreadful” before adding diplomatically, “except those on our sister network CBS and the three Greenblatt-Janollari comedies that are flourishing on UPN.”
Party was held on the Paramount lot’s new Chicago set for “Barbershop” — where attendees were treated to free eyebrow shaping, manicures and haircuts.
Not joining the line for a styling was Showtime Networks topper Matt Blank, who earlier had lamented to the crowd, “I remember a time when both weed and barbershops played an important part in my life.”