NEW YORK, March 12, 2008 — With a week of new series and new seasons on COMEDY CENTRAL featuring the premiere of “Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil,” new seasons of “South Park,” “Lil’ Bush,” and “Kenny vs. Spenny,” and ongoing, award-winning “Indecision 2008” political coverage from “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report,” the all-comedy network could be excused if it sat back and laughed along with its viewers for a spell. But, not resting on its laurels, the channel, coming off its second consecutive record-breaking year, is hard at work securing the future of comedy with a star-studded 2008-09 development slate, announced today by Lauren Corrao, president, original programming and development, COMEDY CENTRAL.
Projects in development run the gamut from short-form and sketch/variety to scripted narrative and animation, as well as COMEDY CENTRAL’s first foray into medieval comedy, and feature a cross-section of top comedic talent including Snoop Dogg, Andy Richter, David Alan Grier, Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter, Nick Swardson, Daniel Tosh, Bobby Lee and Opie & Anthony.
“This year’s development slate features an incredibly diverse and versatile array of talent and concepts,” said Corrao. “Our core viewers expect nothing short of the best comedy options and continue to connect with the brand we’ve built. We’re confident that these ideas will resonate with them and will continue to grow the network’s success into the coming year.”
The first of the 2008-2009 development slate to receive a series order marks COMEDY CENTRAL’s first fantasy-comedy and will premiere during 1Q 2009. “Krod Mandoon and The Flaming Sword of Fire” is an outrageous, live-action, character-driven comedy that takes place in the “long ago past” and features the reluctant hero Krod Mandoon, a sensitive, clueless freedom fighter, as the last great hope in a medieval struggle. The series is written by Peter Knight and executive produced by Knight, Keith Samples, Brad Johnson, Courtney Conte and Flody Juarez.
Other projects that have been greenlit for pilot/presentation production include: Untitled Snoop Dogg Animated Project, a half-hour animated comedy featuring Snoop Dogg as a 15 year-old growing up in 1980s Long Beach, CA; Untitled Andy Richter Sketch Show, a sketch show starring Andy Richter, executive produced by Kent Alterman (“Semi-Pro,” “Elf”); “David Alan Grier’s Chocolate News,” a fake magazine show hosted by the “In Living Color” alum that covers inherently urban pop culture topics; and “Gay Robot,” an animated, scripted series about the day-in-the-life, post-college adventures of Gay Robot, voiced by Nick Swardson (“RENO 911!,” “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry”), and his roommates partying their way through life while trying to find their way in the world.
COMEDY CENTRAL will also continue to feature the best in original stand-up comedy and will premiere three one-hour, original stand-up specials in 2008 starring Carlos Mencia (“Mind of Mencia“), John Oliver (“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”) and Brian Regan.
Descriptions of all 2008-2009 development projects follow:
“Krod Mandoon and The Flaming Sword of Fire”
Krod Mandoon is a reluctant hero in a medieval world. After the death of his mentor, Arcadius, Krod becomes the last great hope in the fight against the evil Dongalor. If only he wasn’t so worried about his hairline. Written by Peter Knight and executive produced by Knight, Keith Samples, Brad Johnson, Courtney Conte and Flody Juarez.
PILOTS/PRESENTATIONS (all titles listed are working titles)
Untitled Snoop Dogg Animated Project
A half-hour animated comedy featuring Snoop Dogg as a 15 year-old growing up in 1980s Long Beach, CA and dealing with family, school and the streets, giving viewers a hilarious look at growing up in the hood. Executive produced by Snoop Dogg and Tom Lynch.
Untitled Andy Richter Sketch Show
A sketch show starring Andy Richter executive produced by Kent Alterman (“Semi-Pro,” “Elf”) and Tim Sarkes.
“America’s Biggest Idiot”
Each week, three guys compete against one another in a series of off-the-wall physical challenges to see who is willing to take the most punishment. Hosted by Daniel Tosh. Created and executive produced by Jim Biederman (“Tom Green Show,” “Jamie Kennedy Experiment”), Vito Viscomi (“Tom Green Show,” “Punk’d,” “Jackass”) and Paul Greenberg (“Jackass,” “Punk’d”).
“David Alan Grier’s Chocolate News”
A fake magazine show hosted by “In Living Color” alum and Tony® Award-nominee David Alan Grier that covers inherently urban pop culture topics. The pilot is executive produced by Grier (“Little Man”), Robert Morton (“Mind of Mencia“), Fax Bahr and Adam Small, and Generate’s Peter Aronson and Jordon Levin. (previously listed in COMEDY CENTRAL’s 2007-2008 development slate announcement as a presentation deal)
An animated, scripted series composed of two eleven-minute stories per episode about a gay robot, voiced by Nick Swardson (“RENO 911!,” “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry”), and his friends Nick, Pat and Matt living together after college. The show follows the day-in-the-life adventures of Gay Robot and the guys partying their way through life while trying to find their way in the world. Produced by Happy Madison and Sony TV and co-written by Nick Swardson and Aaron Lee.
“The Scariest Show on Television”
Put a group of twisted comedy writers at the helm of “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” and you get “The Scariest Show on Television,” an anthology series where host Julius Darkshaft, played by Paul F. Tompkins (“Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil,” “Anchorman”), takes us through his vault of hilarious morality tales and gorefests. Tales include such gems as “The Misfortune Cookie,” where three Wall Street racists emerge from a Chinese restaurant to find that their gruesome fortunes are coming to life. Executive Produced by Jim Biederman, Brett Gelman and Jon Daly, Waverly Films and 3Arts Entertainment.
“Search and Destroy”
Executive producer Troy Miller (“Viva La Bam,” “Flight of Conchords”) brings viewers along on a scavenger hunt where nothing is off limits. Hosted by radio personalities Opie & Anthony, two teams of comedians run amok in New York City with a list of assignments and head-to-head competitions.
A scripted show starring Zach Galifianakis and A.D. Miles about two small town losers who are on the run from a redneck mafia hit-man after blowing up a local meth lab. As they fumble around the south trying to find odd jobs and shelter, the faceless hit-man is always hot on their trail.
SCRIPT/PAPER DEVELOPMENT (all titles listed are working titles)
Untitled Bobby Lee Project
This narrative comedy starring Bobby Lee (“MADtv”) will focus on his unique point of view of living in his multi-cultural world. The show is co-written by Bobby Lee and Michael Hitchcock & Dick Blasucci (“MADtv”).
An animated series consisting of two eleven-minute stories per episode revolving around the life of a driver of a dilapidated Gypsy Cab and his passengers, who will be portrayed in each episode by a different stand-up comedian. The Cab will be “home base” but viewers will also visit the cab depot, his apartment and spend time with his mom. Created by Jordan Rubin and written by Rubin and Aaron Lee. Rubin, Lee and Generate’s Dave Rath are the executive producers.
“Michael and Michael Have Issues”
A sketch comedy from comedians Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter (“The State,” “Stella”), this show features segments addressing issues each of the stars has with themselves, each other and the world at large.
COMEDY CENTRAL’s “uber-spoof” on the reality genre, this series sets out to completely take the piss out of American television’s popular, yet most hated, genre. Ten comedians compete to keep it “real-er” than the others and challenge each other to be the ultimate reality television star. Executive produced by 3 Ball Productions (“The Biggest Loser,” “Beauty and the Geek”).
Untitled Brian Regan Stand-up Special
A stand-up special starring Brian Regan produced by Dakota Entertainment. Premieres 3Q 2008.
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