Comedy Central Details 2005 Fare


Comedy Central unveiled a raft of programming projects Tuesday, including development deals with Norm Macdonald and Jamie Kennedy, a half-dozen completed pilots and a green-lit concert film with Dave Attell.

The new shows Comedy has in the works include two parodies that poke fun at entertainment-newsmagazine shows, all part of the slate created by Lauren Corrao, senior vice president of original programming and head of development for the network. Those parodies are being considered as potential companions to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

In the talent deal with Macdonald, he would star and serve as executive producer for a sketch show. In the case of Kennedy, the premise of his show is that it would test people’s stereotypes and social expectations. Kennedy, who will executive-produce with Josh Etting, will go undercover at times to make his point in his half-hour show.

The two Tinseltown-skewering entertainment-show parodies are Gone Hollywood,hosted by Greg Giraldo, formerly of Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn,and The Hollywood Show, hosted and co-executive-produced by former Daily Show correspondent Brian Unger.

Gone Hollywood will incorporate actual footage, clips and on-location field pieces, as well as celebrity guests. The Hollywood Show is a topical parody of show-business, pop-culture and entertainment stories featuring celebrity interviews, man-on-the-street reporting and actual movie, TV and paparazzi footage.

Comedy’s other pilots are: Stella,a scripted series from Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter and David Wain, veterans of sketch-comedy troupe The State; Take It to the Bitch House, where comedienne Sommore acts as judge and jury in real-life disputes; Con, where Skylar Stone uses his smarts to get what he wants; and Happy Game Fun Bomb,where comedian gamers play video games against a satellite group of real gamers from cities around the country.

Comedy’s original movie, in the spirit of Blue Collar Comedy Tour and The Original Kings of Comedy,will feature Attell and his friends on tour.