Six-episode series to premiere early 2009

British helmer Alex Hardcastle has been tapped to direct Comedy Central’s highly anticipated live-action period comedy “Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire.”

Hardcastle will helm all six episodes of the series, including the pilot, which comes from Media Rights Capital, FlodyCo and Hat Trick.

Sean Maguire plays Krod Mandoon in the Middle Ages-set comedy about a reluctant hero.

Hardcastle’s credits include directing and producing the BBC series “Not Going Out” and “Lead Balloon.” He also helmed the doc special “Lee Evans Up Close” and was behind short film “The Quiet Assassin.”

“Krod Mandoon” is scheduled to start shooting next month; Comedy Central is eyeing an early 2009 series launch.

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