'Stella' comedian's pilot greenlit

Comedy Central has greenlit the pilot for “Michael Ian Black Doesn’t Understand,” a scripted showcase for the pop-culture gadfly.

Insiders said the show will feature Black’s trademark poker-faced irony as he comments on a range of pop-culture topics, including one hot-button topic each episode. Show will incorporate sketch comedy, field segments and studio bits from Black, many of them scripted.

Black is exec producing with “Kids in the Hall” exec producer Jim Biederman. Michael Showalter, who appeared in “Reno 911!: Miami” with Black, is co-exec producing.

Black manager Ted Schachter is attached as producer.

Black had earlier collaborated with Comedy Central on another sketch comedy show, “Stella,” which aired in 2005. But the comedian is best known for his sarcastic riffs on VH1 franchises such as “I Love the ’80s” and “I Love the ’90s”

Black also wrote and directed “Wedding Daze,” an Isla Fisher comedy produced by GreeneStreet Films that will be released this summer by MGM.

Pilot marks Comedy Central’s second live-action show in a week featuring a returning Comedy Central performer; last week, the net announced it was developing Lewis Black’s faux-courtroom show “The Root of All Evil.”

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