Comedy Central books Burr

Network sends comedian to 'Purgatory'

Comedy Central has inked a pilot deal with comedian Bill Burr for a project that would feature a weekly rant from him on topical issues a la Keith Olbermann or Bill O’Reilly.

Hosted and exec produced by Burr, the prospective weekly skein, tentatively titled “Purgatory,” would take on a single theme or topic and explore it through Burr’s point of view using standup, sketch and digital shorts, a Comedy Central spokesman said. “Purgatory” will be produced by 3 Arts Entertainment and exec produced by Jeff Cesario and David Becky.

Burr said the series will feature him as a talking head like “Keith Olbermann and Bill O’Reilly … with no reading, no research — just strong opinions.”

The cabler will present “Purgatory” at the Comedy Central Stage in Los Angeles before deciding whether to go ahead with a series order. Network skeins “Mind of Mencia” and “The Naked Trucker & T-Bones Show” were developed in a similar manner.

Burr has previously appeared on Comedy Central in “Chappelle’s Show” and toplined the 2003 special “Comedy Central Presents: Bill Burr.”  He will be seen on the network in another hourlong spesh, “Why Do I Do This?,” later this summer.

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