Comedy Green-Lights New Originals


A talk-show spoof and an animated series are on tap for Comedy Central as part of its third- and fourth-quarter programming push.

The newly added series include Crossballs, a send-up of the topical debate show format. Comedian Chris Tallman has been cast as host of the show, produced by Matt Besser (Upright Citizens Brigade) and Charlie Siskel (The Awful Truth).

Odd Todd, an animated series will follow the plight of an unemployed man, said network officials. The show is based on the real life adventures of creator Todd Rosenberg, who will produce the show along with David Stern (Monk, The Simpsons).

Also on tap for the network is a self-titled project from the popular British-based sketch group The Hollow Men.

The shows come on the heels of a recently announced Wanda Sykes project that depicts her real-life attempts to tackle everyday jobs outside of show business.

The comedienne will star in and executive-produce the series.

"These new series reinforce our commitment to increase original programming on the network," Comedy Central senior vice president of original programming and head of development Lauren Corrao said in a statement. "Each of these projects are smart, original and funny and unlike anything else on television."

Comedy Central also announced that it has tapped comics Patrice Oneal and Nick DiPaolo (Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn) to provide the voices on its animated vignette series, Shorties.

Denis Leary and Jim Serpico will serve as executive producers of the series, formerly dubbed House Arrest.