The Lonely Island Sets Up Over-the-Top Projects at Fox with Eye for Series Creation

By December 3, 2014
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In case you didn’t know, comedy troupe and “Saturday Night Live” hip-hop super group The Lonely Island have a deal at Fox for multiplatform projects with the hope of a lucrative future in comedy development and creation, and they’ve just figured out there first three projects under the deal.

With the comedy development venture called Party Over Here, the group composed of “SNL” veteran and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star Andy Samberg, Hot Rod and The Watch director Akiva Shaffer and MacGruber director Jorma Taccone (the latter two also wrote for “SNL”) have announced vehicles for Danny Pudi (“Community”), Neal Brennan (“Chappelle Show”) and Andre Hyland (“Hollywood and Hyland”).

THR reports  new projects are being created for over-the-top platforms (like Crackle, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Instant or other online entertainment channels) with the hope that they could be turned into full-fledged series on Fox or one of their other channels like FX or the younger FXX. So what kind of shows are we looking at?

Danny Pudi - Neal Brennan - Andre Hyland

First, there’s “The Tyler Zone,” starring Danny Pudi (left) as the title character, a young guy who moves to a new town and suddenly finds himself in the middle of a series of supernatural occurrences. But the question is whether or not all of this is really happening or if it’s all just in his head. Keith Schofield, a veteran of music videos and commercials will direct from his own script.

Then we have “Home for the Weekend,” which sees stand-up comedian Neal Brennan (center) hosting a mockumentary style comedy following real celebrities as they head back to their hometown. But what should be peaceful, fun trips down memory lane turn into surprising backstories with unexpected revelations. That sounds like a really fun concept, and the first episode will follow Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, so that’s even better.

Finally, there’s “Topics with Andre Hyland” following the comedian of the same name (right) taking a cue from Nick Kroll by bringing an array of his own characters into the spotlight. But instead of crafting a sort of Marvel universe of interconnected reality shows, Hyland will take his characters to the public, not unlike Sacha Baron Cohen’s work on “Da Ali G Show” which spawned the comedy hit Borat and the lesser celebrated Bruno.

The Lonely Island has some other projects in the works, but these are the first three out of the gate. It’s easy to see how any of these projects could have bigger appeal as a comedy series on a real network, but let’s see how they do on over-the-top platforms first.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.