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Thank God the Lucas Bros. (a.k.a. Keith and Kenny Lucas) didn't follow through with law school. If they did, we probably wouldn't have played witness to the pop-culture treasure trove that is the animated show Lucas Bros. Moving Co. or their cannabis-fueled antics in 22 Jump Street. And we probably wouldn't — actually, never mind, they probably would still have the wherewithal to come up with a satiric show about community organizers in Brooklyn. But before that rolls out, the twins are joining forces with fellow comedians-in-arms Jermaine Fowler, Kevin Barnett, Jennifer Bartels, Lil Rel Howery, and Josh Rabinowitz (pictured above) to unspool a sketch-comedy series on truTV. Titled Friends of the People, the show debuts tonight with jokes tied to Morgan Freeman, Steve Harvey, and murderous geriatrics. Vulture caught up with the Lucas Bros., both of whom are writers and exec producers on the show, to talk about some »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Jermaine Fowler of MTV2's "Guy Code" has inked a development deal with ABC to create a semi-autobiographical comedy series based on his life. Fowler, who began making a name for himself as a stand-up comedian, at 24-years-old, has performed in numerous festivals such as Just for Laughs: Montreal, where he was featured as a New Face, and the Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival where he took home the prestigious Rooftop Comedy Silver Nail Award. He has also performed as a finalist in NBC's Stand Up for Diversity, toured with Comedy Central and was chosen for ABC's 10th Annual Diversity Showcase. The untitled comedy project would star Fowler as a college dropout who winds up »
- Tambay A. Obenson
ABC is looking to Jermaine Fowler for its next offbeat family comedy. The network is teaming with the comedian for a semi-autobiographical comedy based on his life, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The untitled entry, which has received a script commitment, hails from ABC Studios and would star Fowler as a college dropout who winds up living with his estranged grandmother, a former DC cop who provides the perfect mix of parenting, laughs and adventure that gets him off the couch and out into the world. Fowler will exec produce alongside 3 Arts' Avi Gilbert and Michael Rotenberg. Fowler,
- Lesley Goldberg
TruTV has ordered six new series and 13 more episodes for its comedy-magic series “The Carbonaro Effect.”
The new series come amid a brand overhaul for the Turner cabler, which is aiming for a younger audience of what it described as “funseekers” in the adults 18-34 demo. The cabler had been known under the previous exec regime for out-there comedic reality-skeins that leaned toward male viewers.
With the next batch of shows, TruTV is aiming younger and for a more gender-balanced aud. “Carbonaro Effect” order came after a strong response to the April 1 sneak peek airing of the show, which formally bows May 15.
“We’re extremely excited to be rolling out a robust slate of programming, including big swings in new areas including reality/scripted hybrid shows, sketch comedy, docusoaps and competition elimination as we continue to shape and evolve the truTV brand,” said Chris Linn, president and head of programming for truTV. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Reality-focused truTV is expanding into scripted programming with a green light to its first-ever sketch-comedy series: Friends Of The People, for a launch this summer. It stars comedians Kevin Barnett (Guy Code), Jennifer Bartels (In Living Color reboot), Jermaine Fowler (Comedy Underground With Dave Attell), Lil Rel Howery (In Living Color reboot), The Lucas Bros. (22 Jump Street) and Josh Rabinowitz (I Just Want My Pants Back). The network has ordered 10 episodes, including the pilot, for Friends Of The People scripted sketches and man-on-the-street segments. The sketches in the pilot include a previously-untold story from television history, and the adventures of “Tracy Morgan Freeman.” 3 Arts Entertainment and Marobru Productions (Chappelle’s Show) are producing, with 3 Arts’s Michael Rotenberg and Avi Gilbert and Marobru’s Michele Armour executive producing alongside the series’ and showrunner/director Neil Punsalan (The Pete Holmes Show). The cast members also serve as writers and executive producers, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
TruTV has greenlit its first-ever sketch comedy show, “Friends of the People,” part of an effort to diversify its programming and raise the production values of its shows, said Chris Linn, president and head of programming for the Time Warner-owned cable outlet.
The network has ordered 10 episodes, including the pilot, with plans to launch the series in summer 2014. Friends of the People is produced by 3 Arts Entertainment and Marobru Productions. The series stars comedians Kevin Barnett, Jennifer Bartels, Jermaine Fowler, Lil Rel Howery , The Lucas Bros. and Josh Rabinowitz.
“Friends of the People” is executive-produced by 3 Arts Entertainment’s Michael Rotenberg and Avi Gilbert; Marobru’s Michele Armour and showrunner/director Neil Punsalan. The cast members also serve as writers and executive producers, with Josh Rabinowitz and Kevin Barnett as head writers.
“If you think about the shows the network had been known for, this is definitely a significant shift, »
- Brian Steinberg
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