New projects from Snoop Dogg, Andy Richter
Comedy Central has unveiled an ambitious development slate that includes projects from Snoop Dogg, Andy Richter and David Alan Grier.
Laffer cabler has already picked up the series “Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire,” which the channel describes as its “first foray into medieval comedy.” Pilots and scripts, meanwhile, encompass a wide variety of forms, including animated, sketch, scripted narrative and parody.
Net plans to order at least four or five series for 2009, with some projects picked up as soon as next month and another round greenlit in the fall.
Comedy Central original programming/development prexy Lauren Corrao is especially interested in finding the next big sketch-comedy hit; several of the projects in development tackle that format. Sketch comedy resonates with young men –and individual bites can be repurposed on a variety of platforms, including online and mobile.
“We first and foremost went looking for things that are very funny and appeal to young guys,” Corrao said. “There are all kinds of formats that can take that form. And we’ve identified a wide range of talent that can appeal to our young demo.”
Corrao is also high on “Krod Mandoon,” which she said reps a major production for Comedy Central. Producer MRC expects major international interest in the live-action “Krod,” she said. Show may even be shot in the U.K. or Europe.
“Krod Mandoon,” from scribe Peter Knight, revolves around a clueless medieval hero who’s a bit distracted. Knight, Keith Samples, Brad Johnson, Courtney Conte and Flody Suarez exec produce. Show, which has been given a six-episode order, will bow in early 2009.
Corrao, who bought “Krod Mandoon” as a spec script, called the project “hilariously funny.”
Among the pilots, the untitled Snoop Dogg project will take an animated look at Snoop’s life as a as a teen in 1980s Long Beach. Tha Doggfather and Tom Lynch will exec produce. As for the Richter sketch pilot, the funnyman will star; Kent Alterman and Tim Sarkes will exec produce.
“We’ve been looking to get into business with Snoop, who’s always fantastic on our roasts,” Corrao said. “He’s one of those people who truly crosses over between music and comedy.”
Grier, meanwhile, has teamed with Robert Morton, “Mad TV” alum Fax Bahr and Adam Small and Generate’s Pete Aronson and Jordan Levin for “David Alan Grier’s Chocolate News.” The magazine-show parody, originally developed at the channel last year as a presentation, will now be shot as a pilot.
Other pilots include the following:
- “Gay Robot,” an animated half-hour (consisting of two 11-minute segs) about a — you guessed it — gay robot and his pals as they adjust to life after college. Nick Swardson will voice the robot and write with Aaron Lee; pilot comes from Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison and Sony Pictures TV.
- “The Scariest Show on Television,” hosted by Paul F. Tompkins (in character as “Julius Darkshaft”). Sketch anthology comes from Waverly Films and 3Arts Entertainment; Jim Biederman, Brett Gelman, Jon Daly, Tom Lassally, Dave Becky and Greg Walter exec produce.
- “America’s Biggest Idiot,” which follows three regulars who compete in ridiculous physical competitions; Daniel Tosh hosts. Jim Biederman, Vito Viscomi and Paul Greenberg exec produce.
- “Search and Destroy,” featuring radio bad boys Opie and Anthony, who send teams of comedians on a scavenger hunt around New York. Troy Miller exec produces.
- “Speed Freaks,” a scripted laffer starring Zach Galifianakis and A.D. Miles as losers who go on the run after blowing up a meth lab.
Scripts in development include a comedy starring “Mad TV” player Bobby Lee that’s penned by Lee, Michael Hitchcock and Dick Blasucci. Net is also looking at the script “Gypsy Cap,” from scribes Jordan Rubin and Aaron Lee, and exec produced by Rubin, Lee and Generate’s Dave Rath.
Also, “The State” and “Stella” stars Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter are back at Comedy Central with “Michael and Michael Have Issues,” a sketch project. And then there’s “Reality Bites,” a spoof of the nonscripted genre from 3 Ball Prods.
Net plans to screen a first batch of pilots in the coming weeks; projects already shot include “Speed Freaks,” “Chocolate News,” “Scariest Show on Television,” “Biggest Idiot” and the previously announced “Run Lisa Run.”
Comedy Central also has new specials on tap from Carlos Mencia, John Oliver and Brian Regan. “Carlos Mencia: Performance Enhanced,” exec produced by Morton, bows May 18 at 10 p.m., while “John Oliver: Terrifying Times” will preem April 20 at 10 p.m. The Regan special will air sometime in the summer. Dakota Entertainment is behind the Oliver and Regan entries.