Snoop, 'Krod' and fake magazine

Comedy Central rolls out a broad development slate

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 hopes to pick up four or five projects to series from the 2008-09 slate, which will include any other projects added in the coming months.

"Krod" marks the network's first fantasy-comedy series and the 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. Though the show is set in historic times, it features contemporary dialogue.

"Krod" 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.

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).