Playtone jumps on ‘Band’ wagon

Comedy net sets up pop skein

Comedy Central has sealed a deal with Alanis Morissette, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone Prods. for “We’re With the Band,” a mockumentary-style improv series that looks behind the scenes at the pop star’s life on tour.

Cabler has greenlit production on the pilot with the expectation the series will shoot before Morissette goes on tour in the middle of next year.

Comedy Central will produce the series in association with Playtone. Morissette, Goetzman, Johanna Stein, Jeff Rosenthal and Brian Blondell will exec produce.

Single-cam half-hour will look at a fictional road crew that travels with Morissette. Improv actors — some of whom have been on the road with the pop star — will play her manager, tour manager, tech guys, security and wardrobe.

“It’s not a reality show and it’s not your typical workplace comedy,” said senior VP of programming and head of development Lauren Corrao. “It would be like ‘Larry Sanders’ if Garry Shandling was really a talkshow host.”

Other personalities from the music world will make their way into the show as opening acts or bands on the lineup at charity concerts.

Corrao said “We’re With the Band” would be improvised in the manner of net staple “Reno 911!” but with a greater emphasis on continuing storylines. Skein is one of the laffer net’s premiere efforts in the world of narrative comedy. Last month, net ordered the scripted pilot “Stella” from Michael Ian Black (Daily Variety, Nov. 17).

Having already seen an initial presentation tape, Corrao said Morissette is a natural. She added that if the show’s successful, the entourage in “Band” could work with other musicians in later seasons.

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