Comedy Central Greenlights Scripted Series Corporate & More


Comedy Central has unveiled its 2017-18 development slate, with three series pickups, including the scripted show Corporate, and nine pilot orders.

From Pat Bishop, Matt Ingebretson and Jake Weisman comes Corporate, which takes a dark look at life as a junior executive-in-training at a soulless multinational corporation. The show stars Ingebretson and Weisman, serving as executive producers alongside Bishop, who will also direct.

The channel also gave the go-ahead to Taskmaster, an Avalon Television production based on the popular U.K. game-show format. The series will see host Reggie Watts and creator Alex Horne judge five comedians as they compete against each other in various challenges. It will be executive produced by Watts, Horne, Richard Allen-Turner, Rob Aslett, David Martin, James Taylor, Jon Thoday, Kara Baker and Andy Devonshire, who will also direct.

In addition, Comedy Central greenlit The New Negroes, a stand-up and musical program featuring a combination of new and established comedians. The show is created, executive produced and co-hosted by Baron Vaughn, exec produced and co-hosted by Open Mike Eagle, and executive produced by Betsy Koch, Funny Or Die and Lance Bangs, who will also direct.

The network also made nine tentatively titled pilot orders, including Alternatino and Delco Proper, based on the Comedy Central digital series, as well as Home for the Weekend (Neal Brennan), Power Couple (Noël Wells), Untitled Awkwafina Project (Nora Lum and Teresa Hsiao), Untitled Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider Project, Untitled Franchesca Ramsey Project, Untitled Jak Knight Stand-Up Project and Untitled South Side Project (Bashir Salahuddin, Diallo Riddle and Sultan Salahuddin).

“There is more high-level talent in this announcement than I could ever hope to convey in a corporate quote,” said Kent Alterman, the president of Comedy Central.