Chris Rock is returning to late night, but instead of hosting his own show as he did back in the 90′s, he will now be taking on the role as producer. FX cable network said Wednesday that it has ordered six episodes of a new late-night series from executive producer Chris Rock. The untitled project, starring political comic W. Kamau Bell, will premiere in the summer as a weekly half-hour series that will focus on politics, pop culture, race, religion, media and sex. Bell is a founding member of comedy troupe Laughter Against the Machine and released a top-selling comedy album, Face Full of Flour, in 2010. His half-hour show, The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour, earned critical praise in 2010 and 2011, earning him comparisons to Dave Chappelle.
Nick Grad, executive vp original programming at FX says:
“The presentation pilot that Chris and Kamau shot was terrific. 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 Russell Brand’sStrangely Uplifting, puts FX on really solid footing in the late-night arena.”
In efforts to be a serious player in the late-night market, FX has also order of a similar six-episode order for a Russell Brand-fronted late-night series debuting in the spring.
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