Christopher Titus has inked with Comedy Central to star in, write and exec produce a scripted laffer he describes as ” ‘The Shield’ with handicapped people.”
Laffer net has greenlit production on a pilot for “Special Unit,” about a rebel cop whose on-the-job offenses land him in charge of a squad of physically and mentally challenged officers.
Comedian’s 3 Arts managers Michael Rotenberg and Dave Becky will also exec produce. Bryan Cranston will direct the pilot slated to shoot in Los Angeles next month.
“Special Unit” reunites Titus with Comedy Central topper Doug Herzog, who helped launch autobiographical sitcom “Titus” while at Fox.
Titus will play a cop who, as punishment, must lead one of the mayor’s special programs: the training of special-needs cops. Group includes a Sherlock Holmes type whose speech is incomprehensible due to cerebral palsy; a midget with top-notch shooting skills; an autistic officer who knows martial arts but doesn’t like to be touched; and a physically disabled Gulf War vet and tech specialist.
“They are badasses,” Titus said. “They prove themselves in the first episode, but, of course, I don’t like to be saddled with them.”
Rick Montgomery, the casting director behind several Farrelly brothers films, is assembling the ensemble, which will be cast with thesps with disabilities.
Titus said the humor won’t come at the expense of the crew, but “to make them poor little heroes would also be a mistake. They’re going to be real people.”
“I don’t want to do ‘Strangers With Candy’-absurd,” he added. “I think the straighter we play this, the funnier it will be.”
Titus’ eponymous laffer spent two seasons on Fox. He last starred in the pilot “Future Tense” from Warner Bros. TV, Silver Pictures and NBC Studios.