Comedy Central is in rebuilding mode for the rest of 2017. The network gave the greenlight to three new series and commissioned a slew of pilot orders. With Workaholics and Review ending, another shakeup with the post-Daily Show timeslot, and silence on the Inside Amy Schumer front, Comedy Central is bringing fresh faces to its new programming slate.
Reggie Watts (Comedy Bang! Bang!) headlines the crop of series orders with Taskmaster. Watts will host the U.S. adaptation of the British comedy created by Alex Horne. In Taskmaster, Watts and Horne will “judge five unwitting comedians as they compete against each other with creativity, cunning and genius in a series of stupefying tasks.” Taskmaster is a hot commodity; several European countries have adapted the series and more are on the way.
Music and standup will be at the center of a new series called The New Negroes. The series comes from Baron Vaughn’s comedy showcase and is executive produced and co-hosted by Vaughn and hip hop artist Open Mike Eagle. The series will feature new and popular comedians and will “challenge ideas about what constitutes black entertainment and expand the discussion about black life in America.”
The network will also return to the corporate setting that worked so well for Workaholics with Corporate. From Pat Bishop, Matt Ingebretson, and Jake Weisman, Corporate was picked up for a series order in June 2016 and follows junior-level employees at a multinational corporation.
Below is Comedy Central’s pilot commitments via Comedy Central PR and includes projects from Neal Brennan (Chappelle’s Show), Noël Wells (Master of None), and Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video.
Alternatino – based on the Comedy Central digital series, a half-hour sketch show hosted and performed by Arturo Castro (“Broad City”) as he attempts to navigate life as a modern Latino millennial – whatever that means. Executive Produced by Castro and Avalon’s David Martin, Jon Thoday, Richard Allen-Turner and Sam Saifer.
Delco Proper – based on the Comedy Central digital series, centers around a group of buddies from Delaware County, PA, who’ve worked together in the same lumberyard for years. In that time, they’ve learned one thing for sure: It’s hard to change in a town that doesn’t. Written by John McKeever and Tommy Pope, with McKeever set to direct. Executive Produced by McKeever, Pope, Eric Abrams, and Sam Saifer of Avalon.
Home for the Weekend – created, executive produced and hosted by comedian Neal Brennan, this mockumentary-style half-hour follows Neal and a celebrity guest as they take a weekend trip back to the guest’s hometown. In each episode, things veer off the rails and pleasant strolls down memory lane take unexpected turns which reveal surprising backstories and hidden details about high-profile stars. Executive produced by Brennan, Party Over Here’s Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, along with Lindsay Hannon.
Power Couple – created, written and executive produced by Noël Wells (who is attached to star) and Flint Wainess, Power Couple is the story of Flint and Noel, a neurotic 20-something couple in Austin, Texas navigating the existential horrors of the Internet age while constantly clashing with friends, neighbors, and the absurdity of the world around them.
Untitled Awkwafina Project – written by Nora Lum and Teresa Hsiao, executive produced by Itay Reiss of Principato-Young Entertainment and Lum and co-executive produced by Hsiao, thishalf-hour scripted narrative focuses on a heightened version of Nora Lum, better known as rapper Awkwafina, as she navigates the underground hip hop community in Queens.
Untitled Chris Kelly And Sarah Schneider Project – written by Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider, features two struggling siblings who are forced to reevaluate their lives when their much younger 12-year-old brother becomes instantly famous without trying. Chris Kelly (Other People) is set to direct. Executive produced by Kelly, Schneider, Lorne Michaels and Andrew Singer of Broadway Video.
Untitled Franchesca Ramsey Project – led by Franchesca Ramsey, the most diverse set of comedians on TV will heal America through brutal comedy, surprising guests, and breakdowns of the most pressing cultural issues you never knew you cared about. Who knew the awful truth was so hilarious? Executive produced by Ramsey, Eric Brown and Andrew Kornhaber and Kara Welker of Generate.
Untitled Jak Knight Stand-Up Project – Jak Knight hosts an underground stand-up show featuring three comedians from different genres and a unique performance from an emerging musical artist. Produced by Den of Thieves, executive produced by Knight, Molly Mandel, Lisa Mierke, Jared Morell, Jordan Barrow, Evan Prager, and Jesse Ignjatovic and directed by Chris Storer.
Untitled South Side Project – Written by Bashir Salahuddin, Diallo Riddle and Sultan Salahuddin, this workplace comedy is set in and around a rent-to-own business on the South Side of Chicago (where the Salahuddins grew up). All three writers will have roles on the show. The show will be executive produced by Bashir Salahuddin and Riddle as well as executive produced and directed by Michael Blieden.