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JUL
22
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'Community's' Ken Jeong to Star in MTV Comedy Pilot (Exclusive)

His casting lifts the contingency on the pilot, from young writers Andy St. Clair and Paul O'Toole, which will now be titled "Ken Jeong Made Me Do It."

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Community's Ken Jeong is going on a ride with MTV.

The Hangover star has landed a leading role in the youth-skewing cable network's coming-of-age comedy pilot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned, with the project now titled Ken Jeong Made Me Do It.

The comedy entry revolves around 22-year-old Andy, who, after catching his girlfriend cheating, accidentally rear-ends Jeong's fancy car. Taking pity on Andy, Jeong takes it upon himself to teach him how to man up. Jeong will play himself, with the casting lifting the contingency on the pilot. The pilot will not prevent Jeong from returning to Community, with the MTV entry working around the in-demand actor's schedule.

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Andy St. Clair (Arrested Development) and Paul O'Toole will pen the script and co-executive produce the comedy. Odenkirk Provissiero's Marc Provissiero will executive produce the project. Jeong and his manager, Brett Carducci, will produce.

The Jeong comedy currently stands as the cabler's lone half-hour pilot in the works. On the drama side, MTV is prepping Scream and launching dramas Finding Carter and Eye Candy.

For Jeong, the role comes in addition to Community's recently revived sixth season, which will make the move from NBC to Yahoo Screen next year. Currently filming Ride Along 2, Jeong is repped by CAA, Aligned Entertainment and Stone Meyer.

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