THIS MOTHER JUST KEEPS EXPANDING! COMEDY CENTRAL� ENHANCES ITS BROADBAND CHANNEL "MOTHERLOAD" WITH A NEW DEVELOPMENT SLATE
"MotherLoad" Slate Includes More Than 20 Original Broadband Shows
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LOS ANGELES, July 13, 2006 -- COMEDY CENTRAL is bulking up its broadband channel "MotherLoad" with a new serving of original programming. The network's new original broadband development slate will boost the line-up to include more than 20 original shows, it was announced today by Lou Wallach, senior vice president, original programming and development, COMEDY CENTRAL.
COMEDY CENTRAL's "MotherLoad," which launched on November 1, 2005, was one of the first network broadband channels to premiere original series. The network continues to take original broadband programming to new heights. In the past six months, COMEDY CENTRAL has unveiled an extensive line-up of original programming including animation, live-action narratives, topical stand-up performances and sketch comedies. This year also marked, the development of COMEDY CENTRAL's first original multi-platform stand-up series "Live At Gotham," which premiered as a topical stand-up series on "MotherLoad" and is now debuting on-air on July 21 making this the first original broadband program to migrate to the network's linear channel.
"We are thrilled that 'MotherLoad' has attracted such an incredible following among viewers and the talent community," said Wallach. "COMEDY CENTRAL has been a trailblazer in the digital content arena. We were one of the first networks to have the foresight to develop and produce original broadband programming and we are committed to delving further into this expanding medium."
CURRENTLY IN PRODUCTION ON "MOTHERLOAD":
"Balloonheads" (10 episodes): This envelope-pushing series features the adventures of various characters who, yes, have balloons for heads. Series regulars include "Stu, the Cranky Amish Guy" and "Alfa & Romeo, Italian Superheroes." From Canadian company Eggplant Productions.
"Baxter & McGuire" (8 episodes): This animated buddy-comedy chronicles the adventures of Baxter and McGuire, the closest of pals who never leave each other's side. They also just happen to be testicles. From Michael J. Weithorn, creator of "The King of Queens" and writer/actor/dancer Nick Bakay.
"Good God" (6 episodes): This is a live action comedy, a la "The Office," about God's workplace environment. This show was developed by Hungry Man.
"Honesty" (6 episodes): Imagine a world where everyone said exactly what they were thinking. "Honesty," from commercial director Brit McAdams and producer Dave Steck, brings us into such a world.
"Judge Fudge" (6 episodes): The first spin-off of a character from a COMEDY CENTRAL on-air show ("Drawn Together") to become a MotherLoad original series. This animated show follows up on Judge Fudge after his partner is killed in an explosion. Judge Fudge takes the law into his own delicious hands. From Matt Silverstein and Dave Jeser, the executive producers and creators of COMEDY CENTRAL's "Drawn Together."
"Moonwalk 1986" (6 episodes): The adventures of two astronauts on the moon and their banal conversations during missions. Created, produced and written by Josh Koppel and Matt Peccini.
"Mike Birbiglia's Secret Public Journal" (6 episodes): From stand-up and COMEDY CENTRAL favorite Mike Birbiglia comes this hilarious video blog about life on tour as a comic. Written and shot during Birbiglia's "COMEDY CENTRAL Live: Medium Man On Campus" tour.
PROJECTS CURRENTLY IN DEVELOPMENT:
"8 Bit Bytes": An animated show that uses old-school videogame characters to satirize modern social and racial issues. From production company Flickerlab and writer Rusty Cundieff ("Chappelle's Show").
"Flex and Zephyr": An animated series following the adventures of two metro-sexual vice cops. From JWToo Productions.
"Guacamole": A comedic character-driven soap starring a tub of Guacamole and his best friend, a bowl of Minestrone. Written and voiced by Michael Blieden and Matt Price.
"Monsters": This series centers on four recognizable monsters who all live in the same castle. It explores how the monsters deal with the real world and how the real world deals with them. "Monsters" is written by Paul Rodenburg.
"Send Help": A two-man sketch show with a twisted view of the world. The show is produced by Summerhill Television.
"Super Stupid Dog": An animated show about a super stupid dog, written, directed and animated by Ken McIntyre.
"Time Traveler": Sy Waxer is a time traveler for hire. He is constantly trying to prove himself as a hero despite his lack of talent. "Time Traveler" is written by Mike Betette & Phillip Mottaz.
"The Watch List": This series features a combination of the stand-up acts and sketches from some of the funniest up-and-coming Middle Eastern comedians. Stand-up comic Dean Obeidallah (co-founder of the Arab-American Comedy Festival) and Emmy-winning writer Max Brooks ("Saturday Night Live") are the creators and producers of "The Watch List."
"Window Seat": An animated series about a put-upon business traveler and the various freaks who sit next to him on the plane. From the animation company Radical Axis (credits include "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" and COMEDY CENTRAL's "Freak Show").
CURRENTLY ON "MOTHERLOAD":
"All Access: Middle Ages": This hilarious VH1 clip-show parody is from Littleman, the gang behind MotherLoad's hit series "I Love the Thirties." The new show includes such episodes as "Most Awesomely Bad Plagues," "Worst Breakups: Henry VIII & Anne Boleyn" and "Best Crusade Ever."
"Golden Age": Each episode of this animated show features a profile of what happened to long-since-retired cartoon characters. For example, "Jerome" the gumdrop from the "Refreshments Are For Sale" film strips that played before movies in the 50's, was afflicted with numerous abuse problems.
"I Love The 30's": The TELLY-Award winning parody of the ubiquitous clips franchise on COMEDY CENTRAL'S sister network, VH1, features minor celebrities in the late 40's, as they look back nostalgically at the 1930's and discuss hilarious fads and trends such as The Great Depression and The Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping. Created, produced by and starring NYC-based comedy troupe Littleman (Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Conrad Mulcahy and Brian Donovan) and Disposable Television (Brendan Colthurst).
"Live At Gotham": Taped live at the Gotham Comedy Club in New York City, topical segments from the stand-up shows are released as "MotherLoad" exclusives. A new up-and-coming comedian is featured daily throughout the week. "Live at Gotham" will also debut on-air on COMEDY CENTRAL as six one-hour hosted episodes on July 21 making this the first broadband show to migrate to the linear channel. "Live At Gotham" is the first multi-platform show developed by COMEDY CENTRAL.
"Tiny Hands": This is a live-action show about the life and times of Dave Gordon, a man who has hands the size of a baby's. It might not sound like a bad affliction, but everything from buying gloves to holding a microphone is a monumental task when you have tiny, tiny hands. "Tiny Hands" was created by Jon Glaser, longtime writer/performer for "Late Night with Conan O'Brien."
"Odd Todd": "Motherload" viewers can watch Internet cult sensation Todd and his adventures in unemployment. As the money runs out and desperation kicks in, Todd struggles to work up the motivation to begin to think about considering, maybe, getting a job...eventually.
"Shadow Rock": A dark & twisted cartoon comes from the mind of Max Cannon, the artist behind the popular cult comic strip "Red Meat" (featured every week in The Onion). This animated series finds its humor in the deepest and darkest recesses of the human mind.
"Meet the Creeps": An extreme hidden camera show from the minds of writers/performers Jim Florentine (the voice of Special Ed and other characters on COMEDY CENTRAL'S "Crank Yankers") and Don Jamieson. There is no limit to how low these two will sink in order to both shock you and crack you up. You will laugh, feel guilty for laughing and then laugh at how guilty you feel.
"Jump Cuts": COMEDY CENTRAL'S short-film showcase "Jump Cuts" moves to broadband. Every week, "Motherload" will feature a hilarious new short by some of the funniest short film makers in America.