Basic Cable Guy: Ani pilot at Comedy net

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Larry the Cable Guy is set to get animated for Comedy Central.

The cable network has ordered a half-hour animated pilot starring the "Blue Collar" comedian, who is the creator and writer of the still-untitled project along with feature film scribes Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow.

Larry will star as a misguided but well-intentioned co-owner of a cable TV station whose other owner is a woman of class and taste who does not share his vision for programming, preferring instead a more traditional station lineup to Larry's experimental, half-baked show ideas. As can be expected, they seldom agree on anything.

Creator-writers Larry, Cohen and Sokolow will executive produce the pilot with J.P. Williams. Jim Sharp is the executive in charge of production.

The pilot marks a continuation of Larry's successful relationship with Comedy Central, which aired the network TV premiere of the film "Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie," drawing more than 2 million viewers in November 2003. The premieres of the network's "Blue Collar Comedy Tour Rides Again" (February 2005) and "Blue Collar Comedy Tour: One for the Road" (in June) drew 6.1 million and 5.3 million viewers, respectively, ranking the programs as the Nos. 3 and 5 most-watched programs in Comedy Central's history.

"Larry the Cable Guy's humor continues to resonate with the Comedy Central audience," said Lauren Corrao, executive vp original programming and development. "His unique voice and heightened characterization should translate very nicely into the world of animation."

Larry also recently taped a one-hour, stand-up special for Comedy Central that will premiere in the summer.

"I am very excited about this animated project," Larry said. "Comedy Central has always been good to me, and I thank them for giving me the opportunity once again to live up to their low expectations."

Larry's other recent credits include starring in the feature film "Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector" and voicing a role in the animated feature "Cars." He is set to star in the upcoming film "Delta Farce."

Cohen and Sokolow's writing credits include such feature films as "Toy Story," "Money Talks, "Goodbye Lover" and "Cheaper by the Dozen."

The deal was brokered by CAA and attorney Abel Lezcano.
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