Comic will exec produce laffer, reality skein for Frog
For Jamie Kennedy, one experiment has ended — and three more are about to start.
After 66 episodes, the WB Tuesday officially said goodbye to “JKX: The Jamie Kennedy Experiment,” the “Punk’d” predecessor in which Kennedy pulled pranks on unsuspecting targets. But while the show’s over, Kennedy’s relationship with the Frog is anything but.
Net has given a midseason greenlight to “Shacking Up,” a Fran Drescher-led laffer on which Kennedy is one of the exec producers (along with Mike Langworthy, David Garrett, Jason Ward and Josh Etting). Kennedy, along with Etting and Ellen Rapoport, is also exec producing the talent search competish “Wannabe” for the WB (Daily Variety, Nov. 19).
What’s more, “JKX” may live on as a feature: Kennedy is closing in on a deal with Par to produce a movie based on the skein. Repeats begin airing next month on ABC Family, and the second season DVD of the skein hits stores soon.
WB CEO Jordan Levin said Kennedy helped give the Frog one of its earliest unscripted successes.
“It was a breakthrough show in its time,” Levin said. “It never got the attention it deserved.”
Kennedy said Levin “gets my sense of humor,” which is one reason he wants to continue his relationship with the Frog.
“He let us get away with a lot of stuff on ‘JKX,’ which is why we took these ideas (for the reality show and sitcom) to the WB first,” Kennedy said.
Thesp just got back from Australia, where he shot the sequel to “The Mask.” He’s also developing a pic at Warner Bros. dubbed “Dream Girl,” which Kennedy calls “a sort of reverse ‘Notting Hill.’ “