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MAR
12
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'Key and Peele' Star to Topline USA Network Comedy (Exclusive)

Keegan Michael Key and Brad Morris will star in the cable network's pilot presentation from the creators of "Best Friends Forever."

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Keegan Michael Key and Brad Morris

USA Network has set two male leads in its comedy pilot presentation from the creators of Best Friends Forever.

Key and Peele's Keegan Michael Key and Brad Morris have joined the network's untitled comedy from Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.  

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The single-camera, semi-autobiographical comedy revolves around a single parent, Maggie (Parham), who asks her single and career-minded best friend Emma (St. Clair) to raise her new baby; it follows the two best friends, who reunite just when they need each other the most.

Key will play Mark, a cop in Emma and Maggie's small town who has some resentment toward Emma because she turned down his proposal when they were 23 and split the following day. Morris, whose credits include episodes of Modern Family and Cougar Town, will play Bruce, Maggie's husband, who is caught having online sex during her baby shower.

It's unclear whether Key will remain on board with the comedy should it move forward, given his commitments to Comedy Central's breakout hit Key and Peele, which was renewed in November for a third season.

Parham and St. Clair -- who created and starred in NBC's short-lived comedy BFF -- penned the script and will executive produce the Universal Cable Productions and American Work production alongside Scot Armstrong and Ravi Nandan. The Office's Zach Woods co-stars. 

Key is repped by UTA and Principato-Young Entertainment; Morris is with WME and 3 Arts Entertainment.

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