9:30am PT by Andy Lewis
HBO Developing African-American Sibling Comedy 'Bros'
HBO has some new Bros.
The premium cable service is developing comedy Bros from writer Ben Cory Jones (Hand of God) and Hemingway Taylor Productions. The story centers on three African-American brothers — two straight, one gay and all very different — looking for love and happiness in Los Angeles. Bros is based on Hemingway Taylor's 12-minute presentation of Bros.
The project marks the first sale for director Anthony Hemingway (Red Tails, The Wire, Newsroom) and producing partner Mark Taylor’s Hemingway Taylor Productions banner. Taylor is a former production executive with TNT and HBO.
Hemingway and Taylor will executive produce. Lena Waithe (Dear White People) will co-exec produce with Jones; Hemingway will direct the project.
Jones is repped by CAA and Fineman Entertainment. Hemingway Taylor is repped by Scott Siedel (WME) and attorney Tom Hoberman. Waithe is repped by Paradigm and The Mission.
The comedy comes as broadcast networks have found success this fall with a major diversity push on the heels of ABC's Scandal. ABC has African-American family comedy Black-ish as well as Viola Davis drama How to Get Away With Murder, both of which have been picked up for full seasons.