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Comedy Central Bulks Up Digital Development Slate With Greenlights, Renewals

News follows Comedy Central nixing separate digital unit in favor of a more holistic programming approach

Comedy Central’s in-house digital studio CC:Studios has handed out a slew of renewals and project pickups, the network announced today.

“Bro-Dependent,” “This Is Not Happening” and “The Walsh Brothers’ Great & Secret Comedy Show” were all renewed for second seasons. CC:Studios has also greenlit six new comedy projects from alums of TV shows including “Punk’d” and “Workaholics.”

“This slate represents an evolution of Comedy Central’s development process, collaborating across departments as we work with an incredible roster of talented comedians to create shareable content,” said Allison Kingsley, veep of digital development at the Viacom cable net. Comedy Central recently eliminated its separate digital department, thereby emphasizing the “content is content” approach to programming television and online shows.

Projects greenlit by CC:Studios include:

  • “Biatches” (Working Title) — Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov (writers on “Punk’d” and “Good Vibes”) wrote and star in this animated series about bad girls kicked out of middle school and forced to attend the Special Education Students program – but they’re not going to let that stop them from wreaking their raunchy brand of havoc.

  • “Idiotsitter” — Charlotte Newhouse and Jillian Bell (“Workaholics”) created and star in a show about a straight-and-narrow young woman (Newhouse) who is hired to babysit a mega-rich womanchild (Bell) who has been left alone in her daddy’s mansion under house arrest.

  • “The Midnight Beast” — Ashley Horne, Dru Wakely & Stefan Abingdon are hip-hop comedy group The Midnight Beast.  Already blowing up in the UK and on YouTube for their parody music videos, the guys are ready to leap across the pond and partner with CC:Studios.

  • “Pixelheads” — CC:Studios has partnered with GameTrailers to produce and distribute a video game focused animated sketch series. Segments feature Steve Agee, Rich Fulcher, Jordan Morris, Ron Funches, Brent Morin, Peter Giles, Andrew Bachelor, H. Michael Croner and Matt Cook.

  • “Strong Island” — Creators and co-stars Jon Gabrus and Justin Tyler portray two brothers living at home with their mom on Long Island.  This series is part of a multiplatform deal Gabrus and Tyler inked with Comedy Central.  Cast also includes Artemis Pebdani (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) and Kevin “Dot Com” Brown (“30 Rock”).

  • “Untitled Kurt Braunohler” — The Untitled Kurt Braunohler Project is a multi-format interview show where each guest is interviewed gonzo style in unexpected locations.

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