10:38am PT by Michael O'Connell
Andy Samberg's Lonely Island Sets First Projects at Fox
Fox and Andy Samberg's The Lonely Island have settled on the first three projects for their multiplatform collaboration. They've also settled on a name for the comedy development venture: Party Over Here.
It's an appropriate title, given the fact that the fruits of these labors could air in any number of venues. The first three, already in production, are intended for over-the-top video platforms — with the ultimate goal of becoming full half-hour series on FOX, FX, FXX, Fox International Channels or other networks.
Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone helped develop the three projects, vehicle for comedians Danny Pudi, Neal Brennan and Andre Hyland, respectively. Additionally, Billy Rosenberg has been named head of development and production. “We're delighted with these first projects, the caliber of stories and talent, and having Billy on board,” said Fox multiplatform and programming senior vp Kiliaen Van Rensselaer. “Akiva, Andy and Jorma have exceeded our expectations in identifying and nurturing a number of bold new ideas that might not otherwise have been produced through the traditional process.”
Additional projects are set to be announced in the coming weeks and months — but here is the current slate as of now:
The Tyler Zone
When Tyler (Danny Pudi, Community) moves to a new town, he finds himself in the middle of a series of supernatural occurrences. Are they really happening, or is it all in his head? Music video and commercial director Keith Schofield wrote and directed this surreal sci-fi comedy.
Home for the Weekend
Hosted by comedian Neal Brennan (Chappelle’s Show), Home for the Weekend is a mockumentary-style half-hour comedy following a celebrity’s return trip to his or her hometown, where pleasant strolls down memory lane can take unexpected turns and reveal surprising backstories about high-profile stars. The first episode in production features The Lonely Island’s Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone back in Berkeley, CA, where they grew up.
Topics With Andre Hyland
Comedian Andre Hyland (Hollywood & Hyland) morphs into his uniquely hilarious band of characters and interacts with an unsuspecting public. Hyland writes, directs and stars in this outrageous show.