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Larry the Cable Guy is set to get animated for Comedy Central.
The cable network has ordered a half-hour animated pilot starring the Blue Collar comedian, who is the creator and writer of the still-untitled project along with feature film scribes Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow.
Larry will star as a misguided but well-intentioned co-owner of a cable TV station whose other owner is a woman of class and taste who does not share his vision for programming, preferring instead a more traditional station lineup to Larry's experimental, half-baked show ideas. As can be expected, they seldom agree on anything.
Creator-writers Larry, Cohen and Sokolow will executive produce the pilot with J.P. Williams. Jim Sharp is the executive in charge of production.
The pilot marks a continuation of Larry's successful relationship with Comedy Central, which aired the network TV premiere of the film Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie, drawing more than 2 million viewers in November 2003. The premieres of the network's Blue Collar Comedy Tour Rides Again (February 2005) and Blue Collar Comedy Tour: One for the Road (in June) drew 6.1 million and 5.3 million viewers, respectively, ranking the programs as the Nos. »
TBS has given a pilot script order to a half-hour comedy from Bill Engvall, one of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour comedians, and veteran TV writer Michael Leeson. Engvall also would star in the untitled project, portraying the father at the center of the family comedy. The project would be multicamera and shot in front of a live audience, which would mark a first for TBS. Engvall and Leeson are writing the script. They also would executive produce the project with Engvall's manager, J.P. Williams. Engvall co-starred in Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie and its sequels as well as the sketch-comedy series Blue Collar TV. He also appeared on fellow Blue Collar comedian Jeff Foxworthy's comedy series The Jeff Foxworthy Show. Engvall next appears on the big screen in Delta Farce. »
CMT has collared Blue Collar TV star Jeff Foxworthy for his own series on the Viacom-owned cable channel. The former WB Network comedy star has signed on for 12 half-hour episodes of Foxworthy's Big Night Out, a showcase for stand-up and sketch comedy as well as live country music performances. Night will premiere in September. "There's a real opportunity to deliver a variety show, a first for CMT, with a unique comedy sensibility," CMT vp and general manager Paul Villadolid said. Night will begin production in June. The show will be taped in front of a studio audience in Atlanta's Alliance Theater. Foxworthy is a proven draw on cable; his Blue Collar Comedy Tour notched the second- and third-highest-rated programs ever on Comedy Central, exceeding 6 million total viewers. Foxworthy also has been a boon to CMT as host of CMT Music Awards, which has been the network's highest-rated program the past two years he has served as host. »
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