5:07pm PT by Kate Stanhope
HBO Orders Lorne Michaels Comedy Series 'Brothers in Atlanta'
HBO has ordered a new comedy series from Lorne Michaels titled Brothers in Atlanta, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin will write, executive produce and star in the show, which centers on struggling entertainers and best friends Langston and Moose trying to navigate life in the black Mecca of Atlanta. Riddle will play Langston, an Atlanta native whose DJ career has stalled due to his lack of focus and his get-rich-quick schemes. Salahuddin portrays Moose, a new Atlanta resident and perennial backup singer who dreams of the spotlight, but has a tendency to put his foot in his mouth.
Saturday Night Live alum Maya Rudolph will appear as Moose's demanding boss, Shirle, an R&B diva whose heyday was in the 1990s. Jaden Smith (The Karate Kid) will play Curtis, Langston's rowdy neighbor, described as a "New Atlanta" teenager with unpredictable interests and a mysterious income.
Andrew Singer of Michaels' Broadway Video will exec produce, along with Michaels and director Tim Story (Ride Along), who helmed the pilot. Jeff Field, Doug Griffin and Anna Dokoza will serve as producers.
Michaels also produces FXX's Man Seeking Woman, giving him two scripted shows on cable in addition to his duties as SNL executive producer.
Brothers in Atlanta marks HBO's third comedy series order this month. The premium outlet most recently ordered new episodes of the pot comedy High Maintenance. Sarah Jessica Parker is also set to return to the network with Divorce. HBO has a roster of awards-season darlings that includes Silicon Valley, Girls and Veep, as well as upcoming half-hours The Brink, Ballers and Vice Principals. Those shows join a slate that also features Togetherness, and the third and final season of Getting On.