11:00am PT by Kate Stanhope
Kevin Hart Black History Special Greenlit at History Channel
Kevin Hart continues to add to his very busy schedule.
The comedian is set to star and exec produce a two-hour History Channel special centered on black history, it was announced Friday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.
Kevin Hart Presents: The Black Man’s Guide to History will specifically examine lesser-known, yet important black history stories as filtered through the lens of Hart.
The two-hour special kicks off when Hart finds his daughter upset after having seen 12 Years a Slave because she believes black history appears to only touches on slavery and oppression. Hart is motivated to begin educating her through scripted re-enactments about not-so-famous but fascinating historical figures such as Matthew Henson, the first person to travel to the North Pole; Robert Smalls, an ex-slave who led a revolt on a Confederate warship and posed as the captain to evade capture; Mae Jemison, the first black female astronaut; and Henry "Box" Brown, a slave who courageously mailed himself to a free state in, yes, a box.
The special, which hails from Hart's Hartbeat Productions and Comedy Dynamics, will premiere sometime later this year.
“Kevin is an extraordinary performer with a real appreciation for history,” said History executive vp and programming head Paul Cabana. “Only he could bring these true stories to life in such an entertaining way. We’re thrilled to be working with him.”
The special joins a long list of Hart's film and TV projects for 2017. On the small screen, Hart has the upcoming second season of Hart of the City and a second stand-up series, both on Comedy Central. His upcoming films include the Jumanji reboot, Ride Along 3, The Untouchables and a voice role in Captain Underpants.
Added Hart: “I’m very excited to be working with History on this show because not only is it entertaining, and it’s hysterical, but it also is an important program for our country right now. We hope to make people laugh and learn a bit too."