Comedy Central revealed a slate of new programming for 2018-19 that include two new series, as well as five series in development—with three of those projects pulling from Broad City talent.
The network greenlit sketch comedy show Alternatino with Arturo Castro, created by and starring the Broad City and Narcos cast member, and based on his experiences as a Latino millennial in the U.S.
“Arturo’s abilities as an actor knows no bounds, which combined with his stellar comedic instincts and unique point of view, makes Alternatino with Arturo Castro a potent and hilarious series in the grand tradition of Comedy Central’s sketch shows,” said Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen, executive vice presidents and co-heads of talent and development, Comedy Central, in a statement.
The series is executive produced by Castro, Jasenovec, Sam Saifer, David Martin, Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner for Avalon Television, with Avalon Television producing.
In development is Mall Town USA, created and written by Broad City’s Gabe Liedman, about a 13-year-old girl who navigates the complexities of life from the microculture of “the mall.”
Also from Broad City alum is the pilot Kevin vs. Josh, created, written by, and starring Kevin Barnett and Josh Rabinowitz, and based on their real-life, competitive friendship.
The network also ordered This Week at the Comedy Cellar, which takes a look inside the popular New York City comedy club and the country’s top comedians as they tackle fresh topics each week. The half-hour episodes will showcase the best topical jokes from the club, and goes beyond standup with a behind the scenes look at the “comics” table where comics debate the week’s topics and discuss the origins of their material.
Executive producers include Noam Dworman for the Comedy Cellar, Ray Ellin, Michael Hirschorn and Jessica Antonini for for Ish Entertainment, and Ian Gelfand. Christian McLaughlin and Anne Harris are the executives in charge of production for Comedy Central.
“We’re thrilled to partner with the Comedy Cellar and provide fans of comedy a look at the hot button issues of the week through the lens of the best comics in the world straight from the legendary and beloved NYC comedy club,” Babineau and Larsen said.
“The upcoming talent features a mix of established and emerging talent that taps into the network’s legacy of working with district and talented comedic voices,” they added.
Here’s a closer look at the pilots (all working titles) that are in development:
Mall Town USA
The animated comedy follows the after school misadventures of a 13-year-old girl navigating the complexities of life in the classic microcosm of American culture that is “the mall.” Mall Town USA is written and created by Gabe Liedman (Broad City, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and executive produced by Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer.
A half-hour scripted narrative inspired by Nora Lum’s experiences as a 20-something woman in Queens who strives for a larger-than-life existence. The show stars Lum, also known as rapper Awkwafina, and includes musical set pieces to embellish the story. Lum also has a lead role in upcoming movies Ocean’s 8 and Crazy Rich Asians. Awkwafina is written by Lum and Teresa Hsiao and is showrun by Karey Dornetto. The series is executive produced by Lum, Dornetto, Peter Principato, Itay Reiss & Principato-Young Entertainment, and co-executive produced by Hsiao.
A half-hour scripted comedy about an overzealous church-league basketball coach who aspires to restore glory to his rural Georgia town by following in his father’s footsteps as the infamous coach who won two high-school basketball championships in the ‘90s. Rory Scovel, who co-stars alongside Amy Schumer in the upcoming film I Feel Pretty, will play the lead. Robbie is written by Scovel and Anthony King. Scovel, Scott Moran, Anthony King and Gary Sanchez Productions will executive produce.
Kevin vs. Josh
Created, written by, and starring Kevin Barnett (Broad City, The Carmichael Show) and Josh Rabinowitz (Broad City, The Carmichael Show), the series is based on Barnett’s and Rabinowitz’ real-life friendship. It follows two childhood best friends whose dreams are falling apart. Reunited by their separate but equal failure, they do everything they can to simply make sure their lives are at least better than the other’s. Kevin vs. Josh is executive produced by Jerrod Carmichael, Ari Katcher, Avi Gilbert, Barnett, and Rabinowitz.
Verified with David Spade
The weekly comedy series skewers pop culture and news through the lens of social media. Relying on his legendary wit and sardonic worldview, Spade, in front of a small studio audience, uses a mix of original in-studio bits, panel discussion and field pieces to take viewers on a tour of the best—and worst—social media had to offer that week. The series is executive produced by Spade, Free 90 Media’s Brad Wollack and Tom Brunelle and Brillstein Entertainment’s Alex Murray and Marc Gurvitz.
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