8:00am PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
Comedy Central Orders 'The Other Two' and 'South Side' to Series
Comedy Central is greenlighting two new shows. The network has ordered new scripted series The Other Two, from former Saturday Night Live head writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider, and South Side, from brothers Bashir Salahuddin (Glow) and Sultan Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle (Marlon), after they were picked up to pilot in April.
The former hails from Lorne Michaels’ production shingle Broadway Video, with the SNL creator set to serve as an executive producer. Created, written and executive produced by Kelly and Schneider, The Other Two stars Drew Tarver (Bajillion Dollar Propertie$) as a 29-year-old aspiring actor wondering why he can’t get better auditions than “Man At Party Who Smells Fart.” The show also stars Helene Yorke (Masters of Sex) as his 30-year-old sister and former professional child dancer, Brooke, who aspires to be anything other than what she is right now. As the siblings work toward finding themselves, they must also confront the dueling emotions of envy and pride brought on by the overnight Internet fame of their younger brother, 12-year-old Chase, played by real-life muscal.ly sensation Case Walker. The Other Two will also feature SNL vet Molly Shannon, who plays the siblings’ Hollywood-ready mother, and Ken Marino (Party Down), as ChaseDream’s newly hired manager.
Kelly, who directed the pilot, will also helm the rest of the episodes for the series. In addition to Michaels, Broadway Video’s Andrew Singer will serve as an executive producer. The company’s Hilary Marx will be a co-executive producer with Kaylani Esparza serving as a co-producer. The series will be also be executive produced by Tony Hernandez of Jax Media. Sarah Babineau, Ari Pearce and Samantha Schles are the executives in charge of production for Comedy Central.
“We are excited for our first scripted show about family, mostly because we did research and discovered that nearly 100 percent of our audience comes from them,” joked Comedy Central president Kent Alterman. “Plus, hearing Chris' and Sarah’s names called out so much at the Emmys didn’t hurt.” Added Kelly and Schneider, “We are so excited to make this show with Comedy Central, our incredible cast, and our joint biological father Lorne Michaels, who will be making a cameo in at least one episode, and is finding that out right now.”
Promoted last year to co-head writers, Kelly and Schneider had been writers for SNL since 2011 and are credited with writing the skits with Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton and Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump throughout the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath. In addition to his time on the NBC staple, Kelly has written for Comedy Central’s Broad City, and also wrote and directed the feature film Other People, which earned 2017 Indie Spirit Award nominations for best first feature and best screenplay (and earned star Shannon Spirit Award). Schneider, for her part, has written for the Netflix series Master of None and was formerly a writer and actress for CollegeHumor Originals.
South Side was birthed from the Salahuddin brothers' experience being raised on the South Side of Chicago. The show is described as an ensemble workplace comedy set in and around a rent-to-own store in the working class neighborhood of Englewood on the South Side. The scripted series centers around two longtime friends trying to better their lives despite the numerous socioeconomic and political obstacles they face on a daily basis, authentically exploring the ups and downs of the ensemble of characters, as well as the people they come into contact with while on the job and off-the-clock. The series plans to tap into the rich local talent pool of Chicago to further add to its authentic look and feel.
South Side is written by Diallo Riddle and the Salahuddin brothers. Late Night With Jimmy Fallon alums Riddle, Bashir Salahuddin and Michael Blieden will serve as executive producers. The pilot was directed by Blieden, who is expected to direct episodes for the series. Ian Friedman and Kellyn Parker are the executives in charge of production for Comedy Central.
“I’m not great at geography, but South Side is right where it needs to be — on our air,” said Alterman. In a joint statement, Salahuddin, Riddle and Blieden added: “Though Chicago is often viewed in a negative way these days, our show aims to find joy in the fuller picture of the city. Chicago, and specifically the South Side of Chicago, is a diverse place where families live, where people laugh, where kids have dreams and goals and yes, even some good times. It’s a special place full of unique experiences, a place some of us call home.”