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Chris Rock Jumps Into Late Night Television!

Posted Mar 28, 2012

According to several media outlets, including Variety, comedian Chris Rock is jumping into late night television as an Executive Producer. It seems that he is about to produce a show on FX with comedian W. Kamau Bell in an untitled series that is about politics, pop culture, race, and religion (just to name a few). Here is the article from Variety;

FX is ordering a latenight series from exec producer Chris Rock.

Untitled weekly half-hour skein will star standup comedian W. Kamau Bell, who will dissect politics, pop culture, race, religion, the media and sex. FX has ordered six episodes and the series will begin in the summer.

Cabler is making a mark in latenight. Not only does it now have this project on its ledger but net is set to launch Russell Brand’s “Strangely Uplifting” on June 28. Similar to Bell’s rifting, Brand will chat about topical events in front of a live audience.

“The presentation pilot that Chris and Kamau shot was terrific,” said FX exec VP of original programming Nick Grad. “Kamau is a tremendous young comedian who has a very smart and sharp take on life. Working with Chris will only bring out the best of his talents. This series, along with ‘Strangely Uplifting,’ puts FX on really solid footing in the latenight arena.”

Series will be produced by FX Prods., with Bell and Chuck Sklar exec producing with Rock.

Bell is a founding member of the comedy group Laughter Against the Machine and is known in comedy circles for his solo show “The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour.”


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