NEW YORK, March 26, 2008 — Fresh off announcing its 2008-2009 development slate, COMEDY CENTRAL has given pick-ups to two new series, it was announced today by Lauren Corrao, president, original programming and development. The first is a fake magazine show hosted and executive produced by David Alan Grier, which will premiere during the first quarter of 2009. The second is an “uber-spoof” of the reality genre from 3Ball Productions, the producers of hit reality series, “The Biggest Loser,” which will join the COMEDY CENTRAL line-up this summer.
“We are thrilled to be moving ahead with these two totally unique series that bring fresh new concepts and distinctive points-of-view to COMEDY CENTRAL which will appeal not only to the channel’s core audience but to fans of David’s and fans of the reality craze,” said Corrao. “David brings a new, urban outlook to the magazine-show parody that will be a perfect complement to our current programming and 3Ball Productions is the ideal partner to turn the reality genre upside down from the inside out.”
“David Alan Grier’s Chocolate News” (working title) is a fake magazine show hosted by “In Living Color” alum and Tony® Award-nominee David Alan Grier that makes no apologies for its biased approach as it investigates inherently urban pop culture topics such as an operation to save black and white conjoined twins, steroid use in Little Leaguers and a rapper’s public service announcement gone awry. The point-of-view is decidedly from an African American perspective and everyone and everything is fair game for Grier and his regular team of investigators. The series will be executive produced by Grier (“Little Man”), Robert Morton (“Mind of Mencia“), Fax Bahr and Adam Small (“MADtv”) and Generate’s Peter Aronson and Jordan Levin. Gary Mann is the executive in charge of production for COMEDY CENTRAL.
“Reality Bites” (working title) is an over-the-top satirical spoof of the reality genre. The show features comedians in an elimination-style “reality” competition where every episode is a self-contained spoof of one of the major reality formats, such as “Are You Smarter Than A Monkey,” “So You Think You Can Dive!,” “Almost American Gladiators” and “The Amazing Disgrace.” The winner will end up being the “last comic standing” and will win a cash prize. “Reality Bites” is executive produced by 3Ball Production’s (“The Biggest Loser”) J.D. Roth, Todd Nelson and Adam Greener. Dan Powell is the executive in charge of production for COMEDY CENTRAL.
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