By Nellie Andreeva
June 9, 2014
Comedy Central has picked up to series Another Period, a spoof of a Keeping Up With The Kardashians-like reality show set in Victorian times, and Idiotsitter, a TV version of the digital series. The network also has renewed the well-received original series Inside Amy Schumer for a third season as well as freshmen Review and TripTank for a second season. In addition, Comedy Central has ordered five original digital series: 300 Sunnyside, New Timers, Pie Guys, Roustabout With Kurt Braunohler and Team Tiger Awesome to premiere later this year. Here are details about Comedy Central’s newly picked up and renewed series:
Another Period – set at the turn of the century, “Another Period” follows the misadventures of the Bellacourts, Newport, RI’s first family, who have absolutely nothing to offer to the world, but who have so much money it doesn’t matter. The series focuses on sisters “Lillian” (Natasha Leggero) and “Beatrice” (Riki Lindhome), who care only about how they look, what parties they attend and becoming famous, which is a lot harder in 1902. The series is written, executive produced and stars Leggero and Lindhome, executive produced and directed by Jeremy Konner (“Drunk History”) and executive produced by Red Hour’s Ben Stiller, Debbie Liebling, Stuart Cornfeld and Mike Rosenstein. The pilot also stars Michael Ian Black, Paget Brewster, Beth Dover, Brett Gelman, Tom Lennon, Jason Ritter, Rosa Salazar and Armen Weitzman. Leggero, who also has an upcoming one-hour special at Comedy Central, was repped in the deal by CAA, Brillstein Entertainment and attorney Lev Ginsburg. Lindhome, who is also starring in and executive producing of the newly-ordered Garfunkel & Oates series on IFC, is repped by WME, Principato Young Entertainment and attorney Lev Ginsburg.
Idiotsitter – created by Charlotte Newhouse and Jillian Bell, who co-stars in Comedy Central’s series Workaholics, “Idiotsitter” follows a straight-and-narrow young woman (Newhouse) who is hired to babysit a mega-rich womanchild (Bell) who is under house arrest in her daddy’s mansion. Idiotsitter originated on Comedy Central’s digital platform and is the second digital series produced by CC:Studios to make the transition to an on-air series. Newhouse is repped by Gersh, Evolution Management, and attorney Lev Ginsburg. Bell is with Innovative, 3 Arts and attorney Chad Christopher.
Inside Amy Schumer – renewed for a third season, Amy Schumer’s critically-acclaimed sketch series has tackled everything from sexual politics to Aaron Sorkin, with guest appearances from Paul Giamatti, Josh Charles, Zach Braff, Parker Posey, and many other notable names. The Los Angeles Times hailed the latest season as “brilliant, biting… outrageous” and Entertainment Weekly said it was “sharper than ever.” The series was created by Schumer and Daniel Powell, who executive produce along with Jessi Klein, the series’ Head Writer. Steve Ast is co-executive producer and production services are provided by Jax Media, helmed by veteran producer Tony Hernandez. Original music composed by Questlove. Brooke Posch and Cory Stern are the Executives in Charge of Production for Comedy Central.
Review – renewed for a second season, “Review” stars Andy Daly (“Eastbound & Down”) as life critic “Forrest MacNeil” and follows this atypical reviewer as he goes above and beyond the boring subjects like films, food or art. Called “the funniest TV debut of 2014” (A.V. Club) and “television’s most gleefully black comedy” (Paste Magazine), “Review” follows Forrest MacNeil as he reviews life itself: the adrenaline rush of stealing, the dangers of drug addiction, the joys of sleeping with a celebrity and answers life’s most challenging questions while dealing with the unintended consequences. The second season will be executive produced by Daly, Jeffrey Blitz and Charlie Siskel. Jim Sharp and Gary Mann are the Executives in Charge of Production for Comedy Central.
TripTank – renewed for a 20-episode second season, TripTank” showcases a wide range of fast-paced, hard-hitting animated comedy shorts presented in an anthology style, weaving together stand-alone and recurring narrative pieces. The series is executive produced by ShadowMachine’s Alex Bulkley and Corey Campodonico and delivers a variety of mind-bending animation styles featuring a broad range of formats including 2D, stop-motion and CGI from a varied list of talented creators, including Tommy Blacha (“The Eric Andre Show,” “Metalocalypse”), Daniel Cardenas (“Xemoland,” “Deep Space 69”), Nick Gurewitch (PBF Comics), Evan Keogh (PBF Comics), Laura Kightlinger (“Saturday Night Live”), Jordan Morris (PBF Comics), Bill Oakley (“The Simpsons,” “Portlandia”), Bob Odenkirk (“Mr. Show,” “Breaking Bad”), Tim Saccardo (“Community”), and Greg White (“Ugly Americans,” “Brickleberry”). Monika Zielinska and Ian Friedman are the Executives in Charge of Production for Comedy Central.
DIGITAL SERIES ORDERS
CC:Studios, Comedy Central’s in-house creative initiative for the development of original digital comedy, provides some of the most talented comics and comedy writers opportunities to create original content for multiple platforms. In addition to Comedy Central’s pick-up of “Idiotsitter,” the #1 brand in comedy earlier this year gave a series order to “This Is Not Happening,” marking the first property developed by CC:Studios to be greenlighted for the linear channel. The following series will be produced by CC:Studios and will premiere across multiple platforms throughout 2014.
6 Guys 1 Car – written and starring Dormtainment’s comedy troupe and directed by Nick Goossen, the series follows six guys from Atlanta to Los Angeles, documenting the “Broke and Famous” lifestyle of their YouTube popularity.
300 Sunnyside – the six roommates of 300 Sunnyside aren’t worried about their stagnant existence; they have too many petty, meaningless squabbles to occupy their attention. Written by Barry Rothbart and Danny Solomon, the series stars Rothbart, Brian Huskey, Betsy Sodaro,
Nick Rutherford, Chris Reinacher and Cornell Reid and is directed by Andy Landen.
New Timers – written by, directed by and starring comedy duo Good Cop Great Cop, aka Matt Porter & Charlie Hankin, “New Timers” follows Matt and Charlie, two friends who managed to survive the apocalypse. The world has changed, Matt and Charlie have not.
Pie Guys – written by and starring Jon Barinholtz, “Pie Guys” follows the lives of three very different breeds of idiot, who work as delivery drivers for a pizza shop. “Pie Guys” also stars
Mort Burke and Rob Belushi and is directed by Ike Barinholtz and David Stassen.
Roustabout With Kurt Braunohler (previously announced) – written by Kurt Braunohler and Scotty Landes and directed by Jeff Tomsic, “Roustabout” features Braunohler creating sweeping feats of absurdity to make the world a better place. Each season will feature a specific act of stupidity to make the world a bit brighter.
Team Tiger Awesome – written by Nick Mundy, Michael Truly and Clint Gage, who will direct, the series follows a loose cannon detective, played by Chris Jericho, and his by-the-book partner, played by Mundy, who kill time on an endless stakeout by doing the one thing that ruins a good detective tream…sharing feelings with each other.