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It’s a Carmichael Show reunion!
Lil Rel Howery is set to headline a multicamera comedy for Fox executive produced by his former co-star Jerrod Carmichael, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The untitled project, which has received a put pilot commitment, centers on Lil Rel, a prideful, self-made success who lives by the code to “always believe in yourself and great things will come.” However, he finds that attitude put to the test when he learns his wife is having an affair with his own barber. He tries to rebuild his life post-divorce as a long-distance single father on the West Side of Chicago on a quest for love, respect and a new barber.
Howery will write the project with Josh Rabinowitz and Kevin Barnett (The Eric Andre Show). The trio will executive produce with Carmichael and former Carmichael Show co-executive producer Mike Scully, who will serve as showrunner if the comedy is picked up to series. The project is the first to stem from Carmichael’s rich overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, which he inked last month.
The project comes three months after the demise of NBC’s The Carmichael Show, which was also a multicam and also hailed from 20th TV. Howery played Carmichael’s brother Bobby on the series. This year has been a banner one for the stand-up and actor, who had a breakout role in Jordan Peele’s box-office hit Get Out and most recently recurred on the second season of the acclaimed HBO comedy Insecure. Over the summer, Howery also appeared in Jay-Z’s “Moonlight” video alongside his Carmichael Show co-stars Carmichael and fellow breakout Tiffany Haddish, as well as Insecure co-creator and star Issa Rae.
The untitled comedy also reunites Howery with Rabinowitz and Barnett, both of whom he worked with on the truTV sketch show Friends of the People.
Howery’s upcoming roles include the Nick Kroll comedy Uncle Drew and the Sandra Bullock sci-fi thriller Bird Box. He is repped by UTA, 3Arts, The Aziza Work Group and Cohen Gardner LLP.
The Fox endeavor is one of two TV projects Carmichael is working on, the other being an untitled comedy co-created by and starring actor-comedian Ramy Youssef. That landed a pilot presentation order at Hulu earlier this month.
The Carmichael Show earned critical acclaim throughout its three-season run for its ability to tackle tough topics like religion, gun control and even, yes, Bill Cosby. Carmichael is also working on a memoir and is next set to appear in The Disaster Artist. He is repped by UTA and Ziffren Brittenham.
Scully, whose credits include The Simpsons, Parks and Recreation and Everybody Loves Raymond, is also repped by UTA. Rabinowitz is repped by UTA and 3 Arts, while Barnett is with APA and 3 Arts.
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