FX, Chris Rock join forces in latenight

Comedian to exec produce series starring W. Kamau Bell

FX is ordering a latenight series from exec producer Chris Rock.

Untitled weekly half-hour will star standup comedian W. Kamau Bell, who will dissect politics, pop culture, race, religion, the media and sex. FX has ordered six episodes, and the series will debut this summer.

Cabler is looking to make a mark in latenight. Net is also set to launch Russell Brand’s “Strangely Uplifting” on June 28. Brand will chat about topical events in front of a live audience.

“The presentation pilot that Chris and Kamau shot was terrific,” said FX exec veepee of original programming Nick Grad. “Kamau is a tremendous young comedian who has a very smart and sharp take on life. Working with Chris will only bring out the best of his talents. This series, along with ‘Strangely Uplifting,’ puts FX on really solid footing in the latenight arena.”

Series will be produced by FX Prods., with Bell and Chuck Sklar exec producing with Rock.

Bell is a founding member of the comedy group Laughter Against the Machine and is known in comedy circles for his solo show “The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour.”

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