While Lorne Michaels is usually pretty busy with “Saturday Night Live,” he also has a hand in regular comedy series from time to time, and he just landed one more.
THR reports that HBO has just ordered a new comedy series called “Brothers in Atlanta” which Lorne Michaels will executive produce through his Broadway Video banner with Andrew Singer.
The new series is written and executive produced by Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin (below), both of whom will also star in the show that follows struggling entertainers and best friends Langston and Moose trying to navigate life in the black Mecca of Atlanta. Riddle will play Langston, an Atlanta native whose DJ career has stalled due to his lack of focus and his get-rich-quick schemes. Salahuddin portrays Moose, a new Atlanta resident and perennial backup singer who dreams of the spotlight, but has a tendency to put his foot in his mouth.
In addition, “Saturday Night Live” alum Maya Rudolph will appear in the series as Moose’s boss Shirle, an R&B diva whose heyday was in the 1990s (which sounds like a character we might have seen her play on “SNL.”). And in a surprising bit of casting, Jaden Smith will also have a role in the series as Curtis, the rowdy neighbor of Langston. Curtis is described as a “New Atlanta” teenager with unpredictable interests and a mysterious income.
The pilot will be directed by Ride Along helmer Tim Story, which is a little worrisome, but since this is HBO we’re talking about, it shouldn’t be terrible. HBO rarely produces a bad comedy series, and even the ones that end up getting canceled are leaps and bounds better than most network comedies.
Michaels is coming off producing the bold and smart FX comedy series “Man Seeking Woman” starring Jay Baruchel, not to mention continuing to executive produce “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon and “Late Night” with Seth Meyers. Here’s hoping this is another successful series for Michaels, but more importantly, a funny one.
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