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Comedy to Lead American Lives

11/16/2005 3:26 AM Eastern

Comedy Central has ordered 10 half-hour episodes of narrative series American Lives from DreamWorks Television.

The network described American Lives as an “improvised, single-camera show that features a group of dysfunctional fake newscasters interacting with real people and is presented in a documentary-style format.”

American Lives was created by Dan Mazer (Borat, Da Ali G Show), and its cast includes Zach Galifianakis (Tru Calling, Comedians of Comedy), AD Miles (Stella, Wet Hot American Summer), Andrea Savage (Significant Others) and Matt Walsh (Upright Citizens Brigade, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart).

“Anyone who watches the local news knows that it is inherently, albeit unintentionally, humorous," Comedy executive vice president of original programming and development Lauren Corrao said in a prepared statement.

“With American Lives, that humor and the chaos simmering just below the surface is magnified via the complex and unbelievably hilarious KSGY news team as imagined by Dan and performed by the wonderfully talented cast of Zach, AD, Andrea and Matt,” she added. “Viewers will love the environment this incredible team has created and the stories that they will tell through these outrageous characters.”