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Posted: Sunday, April 3, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 12:36 am, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Moving from the web to cable television has presented its own challenges for the stars of the new comedy "Workaholics."

"Coming from the web, where you can get away with much more, we have our clashes with standards and practices," says Adam DeVine, 27, who co-stars in the scripted comedy series about three slacker buddies with Blake Anderson, 27, and Anders Holm, 29.

"We like to push the envelope."

The Comedy Central show (10:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday, April 6) centers on three recent college graduates who live together in a house that needs cleaning and work side-by-side in a telemarketing office where they share the same cubical space. They drink too much, smoke the wrong things and generally find a way to party and survive day to day.

In real life, the three guys have worked together as the sketch group Mail Order Comedy. In their leaner days, they concocted web videos, hoping to get noticed and their careers off the ground. It worked when Comedy Central saw their videos and requested a meeting.

Those slackers are "very loosely based" on the real guys' personalities, DeVine says. When it comes to work, though, they're much more driven.

"We've always been focused on what we do," Holm says. "We didn't do the videos just so they could go viral.

"You meet a lot of people when you move to Hollywood. Everyone wants to make it or whatever. You look for people who want to work as hard as you do. We all hold each other accountable for what we do. We take ourselves seriously."

"Workaholics" just doesn't brush up with reality. Much of it is rooted in their real lives.

The series is shot at the actual house where DeVine and Anderson live. "We looked at other houses (to shoot in)," says DeVine, "and we couldn't find anything better. Then Comedy Central said they'd pay our rent, so we said, 'Yeah, we'll do it from our house.' "

Shooting at home only gets "weird" when the guys walk into their living room to see "guys our dads' ages putting up lights," says Anderson.

"Workaholics" director Kyle Newacheck also lives with DeVine and Anderson.

The close working environment hasn't been an issue, says DeVine.

"We're such close friends," he says. "This (show) is something we've wanted for a long time. We've lived and worked with each other for so long that not being around each other would be strange now."

If anything, going from web to cable has taught the guys the art of compromise. "On the web, you are your only filter," says Anderson. "When you go outside that, you have to deal with other issues. There's a middle ground."

Other highlights for the week of April 3-9:

SUNDAY

"The 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards" (8 p.m., CBS). Taylor Swift, the Zac Brown Band and Martina McBride are scheduled for this celebration, live from Las Vegas.

"The Kennedys" (8 p.m., Reelz Channel). The miniseries passed over by other cable outlets stars Greg Kinnear and Katie Holmes. According to the cable channel, the eight-part story will look at the rivalries within the family, drugs, mob associations and the women in John F. Kennedy's life.

"The Killing" (9 p.m., AMC). In this new drama starring Billy Campbell, a teenage girl's murder prompts paranoia, a multitude of suspects and long-reaching consequences for the town.

MONDAY

"His Way" (9 p.m., HBO). Hollywood entrepreneur Jerry Weintraub is the focus of this documentary about his five decades of wheeling and dealing in Tinsel Town.

TUESDAY

"Pregnant in High Heels" (10 p.m., Bravo). The work of a "maternity concierge" to upper-crust mothers-to-be in New York City is profiled in this new reality series.

"Extra Yardage" (10:30 p.m., DIY). In this new show, landscape designer and builder Billy Derian turns neglected decks, patios and yards into something to brag about by including the latest trends and technology.

WEDNESDAY

"Glamour Belles" (10 p.m., Lifetime). A popular gown store in a tiny Tennessee town is the setting for the drama in this new reality show.

"Tori & Dean: sTORIbook Weddings" (10 p.m., Oxygen). Tori Spelling and her husband help couples get the weddings of their dreams in this new reality series.

THURSDAY

"Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew" (10 p.m., MTV). The "American Idol" judge opens a sixth season of looking for the best dance group in the country.

"The Real Housewives of New York City" (10 p.m., Bravo). A fourth season launches with two housewives facing off after months of estrangement.

FRIDAY

"CMT's Next Superstar" (9 p.m., CMT). Ten finalists, ranging in ages from 22 to 50, compete for a country-music recording career in this new talent-search series.

SATURDAY

"Colin Quinn Long Story Short" (10 p.m., HBO). The veteran comic's one-man show, performed at the Helen Hayes Theatre in New York City, takes a satirical stab at Snooki, ancient Greece and the excess of today's nations.

 

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