A look at Comedy Central’s 2011-2012 development slate

Comedy Central unveiled its full development slate for 2011-2012, although let’s face it, we already knew about some of these upcoming series, and any/all of them won’t find it to the airwaves until 2012. Details, details.

Let’s take a closer look!

First, the previously announced series that have been ordered.

“Key & Peele” – premieres Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012
Eight episodes of sketch comedy starring former MADtv players Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele.

“The Nick Show Kroll” – premieres 3Q 2012
Nick Kroll’s sketch-comedy showcase, with the pilot featuring his characters Bobby Bottleservice in “The Ed Hardy Boyz” with Jon Daly; “Rich Dicks,” also with Daly; “The PubLIZity Girls,” with Kroll and Jenny Slate as publicists on the verge of a breakdown; plus man-on-the-street interstitials from Fabrice Fabrice.

“Brickleberry” – premieres 4Q 2012
Based on a group of dysfunctional forest rangers at a national park that is facing closure until a new ranger comes in to whip everyone into shape and save the park. Created, written and executive produced by Waco O’Guin and Roger Black, with Daniel Tosh also on board as an e.p. and voice actor.

And now for shows currently somewhere in the development process:

“@Rob Delaney”
Taped before a live studio audience in November. This comedy, variety show brings the world of Twitter to life via the point-of-view of Rob Delaney. Delaney presents video and talks to remote guests as the show acts as a living, scrolling Twitter feed. Executive produced by Delaney and Avalon Entertainment.

Single-camera comedy based loosely on the life of Matt Braunger. By day, Braunger works as a closed-captioner, transcribing TV shows for the deaf. By night, he tries to make-up for the short-comings of his job by living the most fulfilling night-life possible with his gnome-like roommate, played by comic/actor Kyle Kinane. Executive produced and created by Braunger and Brent Forrester (“King of the Hill,” “The Office”), who will also direct, and executive produced by Avalon Entertainment. Braunger recently filmed a one-hour stand-up special, also for Comedy Central.

A sketch show in the form of a television network from Eugene Mirman. Executive produced by Mirman, Jon Watts and Chris Ford. Pilot footage already shot and screened earlier this week for a live audience and Comedy Central executives.

“Gregory Brothers”
The Gregory Brothers, know for their Auto-Tune the News series, in an ensemble musical comedy about a music group trying to succeed in the world of viral videos. Executive produced by The Gregory Brothers (Evan, Andrew, Michael and Sarah Gregory), Tom Scharpling, David Becky at 3Arts Entertainment and Peyton Reed (“The Break Up”), who also directed the pilot.

“My Mans”
Two best friends, one who is constantly getting into trouble, and the other who is always bailing him out. Executive produced by Naomi Odenkirk and Mark Provissiero, and written, performed and directed by Second City Chicago members Tim Robinson, Mark Raterman and Andy Miara. Bob Odenkirk (“Mr. Show,” “Breaking Bad”) serves as creative consultant.

“Nathan for You”
Canadian writer-comedian Nathan Fielder (“Jon Benjamin Has A Van,” “Important Things with Demetri Martin”) uses his finance degree and life experiences to help struggling businesses each week. When interacting with real businesses and real people, Fielder’s advice and questionable personal skills usually do more harm than good. Executive produced by Fielder, Michael Koman and David Kneebone.

Michael Kosta’s short-form comedic look at the world of social media. From his studio and in the field, Kosta breaks down the week’s highlights of what people are talking about on Twitter, Facebook, blogs, and more. Executive produced by Kosta, Infomania’s David Nickoll, Will Ward and Roar Entertainment’s Jordan Tilzer.

“Review with Forrest MacNeil” is a half-hour comedy written and executive produced by Andrew Daly (starring as Forrest) and Charlie Siskel. Unlike typical critics who review boring things like films, food or art, MacNeil reviews the most difficult experiences of life itself…by living them. He reviews anything his TV audience throws at him: the adrenaline rush of stealing, the trauma of divorce, the harrowing effects of murder, the wonder and joy of anonymous sex and stops at nothing to show us what an experience feels like before we embark on it ourselves. And, for our convenience, he rates every adventure on a scale of zero to five stars. MacNeil’s unwavering commitment to his work means his answers to life’s most challenging questions often come at the expense of his wife, his children, his affable neighbor Gary, his co-workers and humanity in general.

What if robots attempted to take over the world well before they actually had the ability to do so? This animated show pits a group of household electronics against their slacker owner, Jeff. Executive produced and written by Kumail Nanjiani, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky.

“The Burn”
The self-proclaimed Roast Master General, Jeff Ross, and his friends roast the week’s hot topics and go into the field to burn public figures and events. Each week, Ross will be joined by a group of fellow comics who help hit the topical targets. Executive produced by Ross, Mike Gibbons and Tagline Television.

“Time Trumpet”
A satirical look at pop culture and current events, set 30 years in the future, executive produced by Armando Iannucci, Chris Godsick and Laura Krafft.

“TripTank” is a collection of animated shorts from executive producers Alex Bulkley and Corey Campodonico of ShadowMachine (“Robot Chicken,” “Moral Orel”) and Tom Gianas (“Pretend Time with Nick Swardson,” “SNL”). Variety of formats and contributors, including Tommy Blacha, Tom Gammill, Jon Glaser, Laura Kightlinger, Joe Mande, Bob Odenkirk and Duncan Trussell, among others. Plot lines include a behind-the-scenes look at the Roman Colosseum, a magical alcoholic wheelchair helping sick children, a group of aliens studying the world’s most average guy to the misgivings of a kidney transplanted into a super model.

Untitled Amy Schumer Project
Schumer will executive produce and develop a pilot as well as shoot a stand-up special.

Untitled Anthony Jeselnik Project
Jeselnik will star in and executive produce, along with Tom Johnson and Mosaic Media Group’s Christie Smith.

Untitled Cyanide and Happiness Project
From the creators of the Cyanide and Happiness web comics and shorts comes a half-hour animated show featuring the twisted humor of a world populated by glorified stick figures. Executive produced and created by Kristipher Matthew Wilson, Robert Andrew DenBleyker, David McElfatrick and Matthew Melvin.

Untitled Wyatt Cenac Project
A sketch/narrative idea based on the Public Affairs shows from the 80’s hosted, written and executive produced by Wyatt Cenac (“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”) and produced by Generate’s David Rath.

Keep an eye on ’em, as will I, to see which ones stick around and make it to our TVs.

Sean L. McCarthy

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