Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Comedy Central Orders 'The Other Two' and 'South Side'

Comedy Central has today ordered two original scripted comedies to series - The Other Two from Chris Kelly & Sarah Schneider and South Side from Bashir Salahuddin, Sultan Salahuddin & Diallo Riddle.

The Other Two stars Drew Tarver as a 29-year-old aspiring actor wondering why he can't get better auditions than "Man at Party Who Smells Fart" and Helene Yorke as his 30-year-old sister and former professional child dancer, Brooke, who aspires to be anything other than what she is right now. As the siblings work toward finding themselves, they must also confront the dueling emotions of envy and pride brought on by the overnight Internet fame of their younger brother, 12-year-old Chase - played by Case Walker. The show also features Molly Shannon as the siblings' Hollywood-ready mother and Ken Marino as ChaseDream's newly hired manager.

Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider created the series, with Kelly set to direct the entire first season. They executive produce with Lorne Michaels, Andrew Singer and Tony Hernandez. Hilary Marx is a co-executive producer while Kaylani Esparza is a co-producer. Broadway Video and Jax Media produce.

"We are excited for our first scripted show about family, mostly because we did research and discovered that nearly 100 percent of our audience comes from them," joked Kent Alterman, President, Comedy Central. "Plus, hearing Chris and Sarah's names called out so much at the Emmys didn't hurt.

"We are so excited to make this show with Comedy Central, our incredible cast, and our joint biological father Lorne Michaels, who will be making a cameo in at least one episode, and is finding that out right now," added Kelly and Schneider.

South Side is an ensemble workplace comedy set in and around a rent-to-own store in the working class neighborhood of Englewood on the South Side. The series centers around two longtime friends trying to better their lives despite the numerous socioeconomic and political obstacles they face on a daily basis, authentically exploring the ups and downs of the ensemble of characters, as well as the people they come into contact with while on the job and off-the-clock. 

The Salahuddin brothers and Diallo Riddle created the comedy. They executive produce with director Michael Blieden. 

"I'm not great at geography, but South Side is right where it needs to be - on our air," commented Alterman.

"Though Chicago is often viewed in a negative way these days, our show aims to find joy in the fuller picture of the city," added Salahuddin, Riddle and Blieden. "Chicago, and specifically the South Side of Chicago, is a diverse place where families live, where people laugh, where kids have dreams and goals, and yes, even some good times. "It's a special place full of unique experiences, a place some of us call home."