/// AMC’s Upfront Slate: Network Takes a Crack at Scripted Comedy
Having established itself as the home of hit drama series like Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, AMC is looking to break into the comedy business. On the eve of its March 27 upfront presentation in New York, the cable net has revealed that it has four scripted comedy series on tap for 2015 and beyond. Among these are Sober Buddies, a slacker substance abuse comedy from executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Knocked Up, Superbad, Pineapple Express) and an untitled project written by and starring John Leguizamo. Per the central conceit of Sober Buddies, a sees washed-up surfer is enlisted to help keep the scion of a wealthy industrialist from bingeing on drugs and alcohol. Trouble is, the life coach likes to get pretty twisted himself. Loosely based on the comic actor’s life, Leguizamo’s show focuses on a group of men from the outer boroughs and Upper Manhattan as they wrestle with the minutiae of middle age. Also in the hopper is the black comedy Random Acts, which focuses on a pair of female contract killers in L.A.’s Echo Park, and the ensemble comedy No Money Down, which is written and produced by star Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show). AMC will likely pick up at least two comedy pilots, as it currently does not own the rights to any off-net sitcoms. (Given broadcast’s seeming inability to keep new comedies alive for more than a few seasons, there is a paucity of sitcoms in the syndication pipeline.) The network took its first step toward developing its own scripted comedy series in green-lighting a pilot for the period piece We Hate Paul Revere . Written, executive produced and starring Ethan Sandler and Adrian Wenner (My Boys, Whitney), Paul Revere is slated to begin shooting in the third quarter, for consideration for a spot on AMC’s 2015 roster.