NEW YORK, October 17, 2017– Comedy Central is heading to the South Side as the #1 brand in comedy has ordered the scripted series South Side (working title), it was announced today by Kent Alterman, President, Comedy Central. Written by brothers Bashir Salahuddin (Glow) and Sultan Salahuddin, who were raised on the south side of Chicago, and Diallo Riddle (Marlon), South Side will be executive produced by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon alums Diallo Riddle, Bashir Salahuddin and Michael Blieden.
At its core, South Side is an ensemble workplace comedy set in and around a rent-to-own store in the working class neighborhood of Englewood on the South Side of Chicago. The scripted series centers around two longtime friends trying to better their lives despite the numerous socioeconomic and political obstacles they face on a daily basis, authentically exploring the ups and downs of the ensemble of characters, as well as the people they come into contact with while on the job and off-the-clock. The series will tap into the rich local talent pool of Chicago to further add to its authentic look and feel.
“I’m not great at geography, but South Side is right where it needs to be – on our air,” said Alterman.
“Though Chicago is often viewed in a negative way these days, our show aims to find joy in the fuller picture of the city. Chicago, and specifically the South Side of Chicago, is a diverse place where families live, where people laugh, where kids have dreams and goals and yes, even some good times. It’s a special place full of unique experiences, a place some of us call home,” said executive producers Salahuddin, Riddle and Blieden.
South Side is written by Diallo Riddle, Bashir Salahuddin and Sultan Salahuddin. Riddle, Bashir Salahuddin and Michael Blieden will serve as executive producers. The pilot was directed by Blieden, who is expected to direct episodes for the series. Ian Friedman and Kellyn Parker are the Executives in Charge of Production for Comedy Central.
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