The comedians you’ve come to know and love on MTV2 on shows such as Guy Code and Wild ‘N Out are taking over more of the cable channel’s programming, as the net announced two new comedy series and a talk-show pilot this morning, in addition to season renewals for Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out and Guy Code.
The new series for 2015 are MTV2’s Joking Off and Number 2 News. Charlamagne that God also is getting the chance to test-drive his own late-night talk show with a pilot order for Uncommon Sense with Charlamagne, which would have Rich Korson (“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “The Colbert Report”) as showrunner.
“With ‘Wild ‘N Out’ and ‘Guy Code’ we created a home where comedians could break through and define the voice of MTV2,” said Chris McCarthy, General Manager of MTV2, mtvU and Logo TV. “Now with ‘MTV2’s Joking Off’ and ‘Number 2 News,’ we’re cultivating new playgrounds to discover rising talent – and build on the network’s historic ratings.”
Here’s more info on the two new series and Charlamagne’s talk-show pilot, as described by MTV2:
“MTV2’s Joking Off” is where social media meets improv comedy. Featuring teams of rising young comedians, the hilarious, fast-paced, half-hour comedic game show celebrates the best of social media and the Internet, delivering laugh out loud reactions to the most ridiculous tweets, Instagram images, videos, and write-ups ever posted. The teams must avoid getting joked off before one comedian reigns supreme. “MTV2’s Joking Off” is executive produced by Back Roads Entertainment, with showrunner Michael Canter also serving as an executive producer. Candida Boyette-Clemons, Darin Byrne, Paul Ricci and Chris McCarthy serve as executive producers for MTV2.
In “Number 2 News” (working title), MTV2’s comedic news team turns anything from the Internet into a funny news story. Stunts, animal videos, pranks and epic fails … it’s not exactly news, but we’re pretending it is. The series features the wildest clips in sports, weather, breaking stories and on the scene reporting. The showrunners for the series are Kip Madsen and Geoff Bunch, while Dara Cook, Darin Byrne and Paul Ricci serve as executive producers for MTV2.
“Uncommon Sense with Charlamagne” curates the loudest social media topics of the week. Hosted by MTV2’s Charlamagne tha God, the pilot will feature a panel of comedians and social media-inspired packages. The showrunner for “Uncommon Sense with Charlamagne” is Rich Korson, who previously served as a producer on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and helped develop “The Colbert Report” for Comedy Central. Dara Cook, Darin Byrne and Paul Ricci serve as executive producers for MTV2.
Meanwhile, Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out just wrapped the first half of its sixth season in September as the highest-rated series in MTV2 history, and is tops among teens in its time period for all of cable TV. It’ll continue with a seventh season in 2015. Guy Code, which features a cast including comedians Chris Distefano, Lil Duval and Andrew Schulz, also will return in 2015 with new and returning cast members, new sketches and new segments.