Comedy Central Bets on 'Gajillionaires,' Two More Comedies (Exclusive)
The Viacom-owned cable network's development slate includes script orders for two animated projects and a live action buddy comedy.
Comedy Central is bulking up on its comedic offerings.
In an effort to expand its slate, which already includes such shows as South Park, Workaholics and Tosh.0, the Viacom-owned network has ordered scripts for three more projects, two of which are animated.
There's Gajillionaires, a half-hour animated show about the uber-wealthy Benjamin and George Krabbe and their misadventures in the world of big business. Bailouts, corrupt senators, sycophantic cronies like Chef Boyardee and Dick Cheney and an undying love for Tipper Gore are all along for the ride.
The project, created, written and produced by Yoni Brenner (Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs), counts Joel Kuwahara, Scott Greenberg and Mark McJimsey of Bento Box along with Peter Principato, Paul Young and Tucker Voorhees of Principato-Young Entertainment as executive producers.
Among the other scripts Comedy Central has ordered: Grubstein & Grubstein, an animated comedy created and co-executive produced by Arthur Jones and Karl Ackerman based on two twenty-something brothers who inherit a Brooklyn brownstone filled with oddball tenants.
Finally, the network has nabbed a script for Upstate, a half-hour narrative based on two guys who return to the summer town of their youth and live like they are sixteen again, complete with bonfires, jet-ski races and stealing Uncle Gary's pot. The project is written and co-executive produced by its stars, Jon Gabrus and Justin Tyler.
Brenner is repped by WME, Principato-Young Entertainment and Ginsburg Daniels; Gabrus and Tyler are repped by Paradigm, Principato-Young and Ginsburg Daniels.
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