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Comedy Central Unveils Development Slate

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Superhero freaks, red state residents and comic legends are all vying for places on Comedy Central’s program schedule, as part of a new 2006 development slate the network uncorked Wednesday.

The slate, Comedy Central's largest ever, aims to continue targeting young males while enlisting new talent and genres. Projects in development include:


Freak Show&/E>, an animated program from David Cross (Arrested Development) and Jon Benjamin (Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist) about freak show performers who are also superheroes.


Red State Diaries, in which Lewis Black hits the road to profile Republican-leaning states.


Wee on America, a half-hour comedy in which Jackass’ Jason “Wee-Man” Acuna and a co-star take on “full-sized” people around the country in physical and mental challenges.


Legends, a series of specials about the careers and lives of comic successes, including the show's first profile, Rodney Dangerfield.


Not Another High School Show, in which the team behind the film, Not Another Teen Movie, will spoof teen TV shows.


Half Way Home, a half-hour show about the dysfunctional crew at a halfway house.


Culture Clash, in which standup comic Nick DiPaolo insinuates himself into cultures he has made fun of in his routines.


Case Closed, a scripted spoof of cable crime documentaries.

The new projects join Comedy Central’s previously announced pilots in development – Gay Robot, from Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison shingle; Public Nuisance, from Morgan Spurlock; Naked Trucker, from Parallel Entertainment; and a yet untitled project from comedian Sarah Silverman.

Comedy Central, a Viacom-owned MTV network, also inked four script deals:

Teacher’s Lounge will profile awkward junior-high teachers and their drunken principal in suburban Kentucky.-

Doc & Chains will chronicle a scientist and a biker living together after zombies overtake the world.-

Used will tell of the cutthroat world of used car salesman in a half-hour semi-scripted show. The show will take over a real used-car lot and train actors to sell cars.


My Secret Public Journal will turn comic Mike Birbiglia’s syndicated radio feature into a TV show, starring the comic as himself in tales of his often less than fortunate life.

Comedy Central averaged 896,000 total viewers in prime time during the third quarter of 2005, down 4% from last year.