Comedy Central orders new projects

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Comedy Central is moving into the fantasy arena, greenlighting a scripted live-action series dubbed "Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire."

In addition, the cable network has ordered pilots or presentations of projects starring a range of talent, including an animated comedy with Snoop Dogg, a sketch show starring Andy Richter and a fake-magazine show featuring David Alan Grier.

Those are just a few of the projects on an extensive 2008-09 slate announced Wednesday by Lauren Corrao, president of original programming and development, who noted that "funny always comes first" when putting a slate together at the network.

"It really is about the comedy and the point of view, whether it's the on-air talent or the writer behind it," she said.

Corrao is hoping to pick up a total of four of five projects to series from the 2008-09 slate, which will include any other projects added in the coming months.

As for "Krod Mandoon," that series marks the network's first fantasy-comedy series and first project to receive a series order off the slate. The show, set to premiere in first-quarter 2009, is described as a character-driven comedy that centers on reluctant hero Krod Mandoon, a sensitive, clueless freedom fighter who becomes the last great hope in a medieval struggle.

"Krod Mandoon" is written by Peter Knight, who executive produces with Keith Samples, Brad Johnson, Courtney Conte and Flody Juarez. The show has yet to be cast.

Corrao said the timing was right to add a fantasy-comedy to the network's schedule, which is set in historic times but will feature more contemporary dialogue.

"That script came to us as a spec, and we fell in love with the writer's voice," she said. "It's big, bold, loud and something we've never done before. It was a real opportunity to get into a world that people, at least with features, seem to be loving these days."

Comedy Central also confirmed that "Gay Robot," which originally was developed as a live-action series, is now an animated project. "Robot," from Sony Pictures TV and Adam Sandler and Jack Giarraputo's Happy Madison, was first ordered to pilot in 2005 as a scripted, live-action adaptation of a character featured on Sandler's comedy album "Shhh ... Don't Tell" -- voiced by Nick Swardson -- but last year the network began redeveloping it as an animated project (HR 5/25).

The Comedy Central set programming slate is listed on the next page.


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Comedy Central sets programming slate

Series

"Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire" (first quarter 2009)
Fantasy-comedy from Peter Knight about a reluctant hero in a medieval world; executive produced by Knight, Keith Samples, Brad Johnson, Courtney Conte, Flody Juarez

Pilots/presentations (all are working titles)

Untitled Snoop Dogg
Half-hour animated comedy featuring Snoop Dogg as a 15-year-old growing up in 1980s Long Beach; from Snoop Dogg and Tom Lynch

Untitled Andy Richter
Sketch show starring Richter and executive produced by Kent Alterman and Tim Sarkes

"America's Biggest Idiot"
Three guys compete against one another in a series of off-the-wall physical challenges to see who is willing to take the most punishment. Hosted by Daniel Tosh; created and executive produced by Jim Biederman, Vito Viscomi and Paul Greenberg

"David Alan Grier's Chocolate News"
Fake magazine show hosted by Grier that covers urban pop culture topics. Pilot exec produced by Grier, Robert Morton, Fax Bahr and Adam Small and Generate's Peter Aronson and Jordon Levin (previously listed on Comedy Central's 2007-08 development slate as a presentation deal)

"Gay Robot"
Animated scripted series about a gay robot (voiced by Nick Swardson) and his friends living together after college; from Happy Madison and Sony Pictures TV; written by Nick Swardson and Aaron Lee

"The Scariest Show on Television"
An anthology series where host Julius Darkshaft (played by Paul F. Tompkins) takes viewers through his vault of morality tales and gorefests; from Waverly Films and 3Arts Entertainment; exec produced by Jim Biederman, Brett Gelman, Jon Daly, Tom Lassally, Dave Becky and Greg Walter

"Search and Destroy"
Two teams of comedians compete in New York-based scavenger hunt; hosted by radio personalities Opie & Anthony; exec produced by Troy Miller

"Speed Freaks"
Scripted show starring Zach Galifianakis and A.D. Miles about two small-town losers who are on the run from a redneck Mafia hit-man after blowing up a local meth lab.

Script/paper development (all are working titles)

Untitled Bobby Lee
Narrative comedy focusing on Lee's point of view of living in his multicultural world; written by Bobby Lee and Michael Hitchcock & Dick Blasucci

"Gypsy Cab"
An animated series from Jordan Rubin about the life of a driver of a dilapidated Gypsy Cab and his passengers, to be portrayed in each episode by a different stand-up comedian; written by Rubin and Aaron Lee; exec produced by Rubin, Lee and Generate's Dave Rath

"Michael and Michael Have Issues"
Sketch comedy from Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter where the duo addresses issues they have with them themselves, each other and the world at large.

"Reality Bites"
Reality spoof in which 10 comedians challenge each other to be the ultimate reality television star. From 3 Ball Prods.

Stand-up specials

Carlos Mencia: * Performance Enhanced (10 p.m. May 18)
Exec produced by Robert Morton

John Oliver: Terrifying Times (10 p.m. April 20)
From Dakota Entertainment

Untitled Brian Regan (third-quarter 2008)
From Dakota Entertainment
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