NEW YORK, March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- 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,
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
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,"
"David Alan Grier's Chocolate News"
A fake magazine show hosted by "In Living Color" alum and Tony(R)
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
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
"Carlos Mencia: *Performance Enhanced"
A one-hour stand-up special starring Carlos Mencia ("Mind of Mencia")
executive produced by Robert Morton. Premieres May 18 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
"John Oliver: Terrifying Times"
A stand-up special starring John Oliver ("The Daily Show with Jon
Stewart") produced by Dakota Entertainment. Premieres April 20 at 10:00
Untitled Brian Regan Stand-up Special
A stand-up special starring Brian Regan produced by Dakota
Entertainment. Premieres 3Q 2008.
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