June 28, 2012 10:11am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Anthony Jeselnik Talker Among Comedy Central Series Orders
Comedy Central is continuing to take big risks on up and coming comedians.
The cable network on Thursday gave series orders to efforts from The Late Show With Jimmy Fallon scribe Anthony Jeselnik, stand-up comic Amy Schumer and comedian Ben Hoffman.
Jeselnik, who has been a frequent player on Comedy Central's roasts of Charlie Sheen and Donald Trump, will host an untitled weekly topical show and serve as an executive producer alongside head writer Tom Johnson. Showrunner Krysia Plonka and Mosaic's Christie Smith will also exec produce, while Jim Sharp and Monika Zielinska will oversee for the network.
The effort comes after Jeselnik, a Fallon scribe from 2009-10, recently taped an hourlong stand-up special for the cabler.
Schumer, meanwhile, broke out after a blistering set during Sheen's roast and will star in a weekly sketch series featuring single-camera vignettes in which she'll play heightened versions of herself. Each bit will be linked together using footage of the comedian's stand-up set. Schumer also recently taped an hourlong special for the network and was a finalist on NBC's Last Comic Standing; Comedy Central also released her first comedy album, "Cutting," last year. She has appeared on Curb Your Enthusiasm and 30 Rock.
Schumer will exec produce alongside Daniel Powell with Levity Entertainment's Itay Reiss and Derek Van Pelt producing. Brooke Posch will oversee for the cabler.
For his part, Hoffman will host The Ben Show, a sketch/man on the street hybrid where the comic will take viewers on a different life journey each week. The comic was a writer/correspondent for the network's Sports Show With Norm Macdonald and has appeared on Arrested Development, New Girl and written for the MTV Movie Awards.
Hoffman, Mike Gibbons, Reiss, Van Pelt and Judi Brown Marmel will exec produce for Levity Entertainment. Zielinska will also oversee for Comedy Central.