Comedy Central has ordered two new series from former “SNL” head writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider as well as from “GLOW” star Bashir Salahuddin, his brother Sultan Salahuddin, and Diallo Riddle.
Kelly and Schneider’s series is titled “The Other Two,” which stars Drew Tarver as a 29-year-old aspiring actor wondering why he can’t get better auditions than “Man At Party Who Smells Fart,” and Heléne Yorke as his 30-year-old sister, and former professional child dancer, Brooke, who aspires to be anything other than what she is right now. As the two siblings work towards finding themselves, they must also confront the dueling emotions of envy and pride brought on by the overnight internet fame of their younger brother, 12-year-old Chase, played by real-life muscal.ly sensation Case Walker. The series will also feature Molly Shannon, who plays the siblings’ Hollywood-ready mother, and Ken Marino, as ChaseDream’s newly-hired manager.
Created by, written by and executive produced by Kelly and Schneider, who recently departed “Saturday Night Live” after serving as co-head writers during one of the series’ most memorable seasons. Lorne Michaels will serve as an executive producer on the series along with Andrew Singer. It will be produced by Broadway Video. Broadway Video’s Hilary Marx will be a co-executive producer with Kaylani Esparza serving as co-producer. The series will be also be executive produced by Tony Hernandez of Jax Media. Sarah Babineau, Ari Pearce and Samantha Schles are the executives in charge of production for Comedy Central.
“We are so excited to make this show with Comedy Central, our incredible cast, and our joint biological father Lorne Michaels, who will be making a cameo in at least one episode, and is finding that out right now,” said Kelly and Schneider.
“We are excited for our first scripted show about family, mostly because we did research and discovered that nearly 100% of our audience comes from them,” said Comedy Central president Kent Alterman. “Plus, hearing Chris and Sarah’s names called out so much at the Emmys didn’t hurt.”
The other series is titled “South Side,” an ensemble workplace comedy set in and around a rent-to-own store in the working class neighborhood of Englewood on the South Side of Chicago. The scripted series centers around two longtime friends trying to better their lives despite the numerous socioeconomic and political obstacles they face on a daily basis, exploring the ups and downs of the ensemble of characters, as well as the people they come into contact with while on the job and off-the-clock. The series will tap into the local talent pool of Chicago to further add to its authentic look and feel.
“South Side” is written by Riddle, and the Salahuddins. Riddle, Bashir Salahuddin, and Michael Blieden will serve as executive producers. The pilot was directed by Blieden, who is expected to direct episodes for the series. Ian Friedman and Kellyn Parker are the executives in charge of production for Comedy Central.
“I’m not great at geography, but South Side is right where it needs to be – on our air,” said Alterman.
“Though Chicago is often viewed in a negative way these days, our show aims to find joy in the fuller picture of the city,” said executive producers Salahuddin, Riddle and Blieden. “Chicago, and specifically the South Side of Chicago, is a diverse place where families live, where people laugh, where kids have dreams and goals and yes, even some good times. It’s a special place full of unique experiences, a place some of us call home.”
(Pictured: “South Side” stars: L-R Sultan Salahuddin, Chandra Russell and Kareme Young)