Comedy Central will roll out several new scripted and reality/sketch comedy series as part of an ambitious upfront programming development slate.
The slate, the first under new network head of original programming and production Kent Alterman, will feature such new shows as Highdeas, a comedy reality show based on the web site highideas.com; Jon Benjamin Has a Van, a newsmagazine style sketch show; Live Sex Show, a fully interactive panel show hosted by comedian Bert Kreischer that takes a comedic look at all things sex; Patrice Oneal's Guide to White People, starring the Opie and Anthony personality who will look at race relations from his unique point of view.
Other projects include Rich Dicks, based on the popular Funny or Die web short; Steel Panther, a loosely scripted docu-reality show that follows the popular 80's style hairband Steel Panther; This Show Will Get You High, a sketch show of video shorts featuring the next wave of stars from the world famous Upright Citizens Brigade Theater; and an untitled project from comedian Andre Hyland.
Along with reality fare, Alterman told Multichannel News that the network will delve more into the scripted arena with several new projects, including a modern day take on the 1970s series The Odd Couple starring Kevin Hart and Bill Burr.
Other fiction series on the docket include A**Holes, a half-hour series that follows the lives of two 20-something lowlifes; The Fuzz; a police procedural cop series that takes place in a city in which humans and puppets co-exist; Intercourse with Whitney Cummings which follows comedian Cumming's adventures in dating and sex; Joe Squad, an animated series showcasing the most elite fighting squad charged with saving the world; and Waiting..., based on the popular movie of the same name.
Comedy Central will also take on religion with JC, in which Jesus Christ lives in New York City as a regular guy; travel to outer space with politics-tinged space series Mars, and Nocturnal Mission, about aliens sent from space to save the earth; and play in the horror space with anthology series Midnight Drop Box.
Projects featuring comedian Jim Jeffries and music/comedian Reggie Watts are also on tap for the network.