Net has a laugh with 'Silverman'
Comedy Central has picked up “The Sarah Silverman Programme” to series.
Cabler has greenlit production on six episodes that star Silverman in a series of misadventures often set to song. Project has been in the works since spring (Daily Variety, May 13).
Half-hour single-camera narrative is set to premiere this summer. Silverman exec produces with Dan Harmon and Rob Schrab (“Heat Vision & Jack”) and Heidi Herzon (“Jesus Is Magic”).
In the pilot, Silverman disrupts a wheelchair marathon and causes a Vietnam vet to have a traumatic flashback — all while on the way to buy some batteries for her TV remote control. She also has a talk with God and bursts into song about her wishes to make the world a better place.
Comedy Central is on track to greenlight three to four primetime series this year. Still in contention are about a dozen pilots, including projects from Christopher Titus, Morgan Spurlock, Adam Sandler, Lewis Black and David Cross.
Silverman recently starred in the film version of her stage show “Jesus Is Magic.” Her other credits include features “The Aristocrats,” “School of Rock” and the upcoming “School for Scoundrels,” in which she stars opposite Billy Bob Thornton.