Comedy Central Reveals New Programming Slate


Sketch comedies and animation are on tap for Comedy Central as part of its new slate of original pilots announced Tuesday.

Among the new pilots the network green-lit: Night Writer, a short-form comedy from former Saturday Night Live writer T. Sean Shannon; Held Up, a half-hour series in which a bored bank teller is held hostage by two teams of crazy robbers; and an as-yet-untitled animated feature starring Larry the Cable Guy as a misguided but well-intentioned cable-TV-station co-owner.

Also on the docket is Michael Ian Black Doesn't Understand, a sketch show that will feature commentary and studio pieces around a "hot-button" topic each week; and Root of All Evil, in which two people or topics are debated in a courtroom setting presided over by The Daily Show with Jon Stewart star Lewis Black.

The network will also try its hand at urban/ethnic content with three new shows: David Allen Grier's Chocolate News, a fictional magazine show that covers urban pop-culture topics; The JoKoy Project, an animated, comedy sketch and stand-up show that will feature a racially diverse ensemble cast; and The Watch List, a sketch/variety show featuring some of the funniest up-and-coming Middle Eastern-American comedians.