John Legend Sells Comedy To Showtime
Musician John Legend and television don’t seemingly go hand in hand, but the “Ordinary People” singer has actually been making inroads in the TV realm for a while, now. On Wednesday, news broke that Legend, along with his manager Troy Carter, have put together a half-hour comedy project that has been bought by Showtime.
Few details about the project have surfaced so far, but we do know the half-hour project has been pitched as a single camera comedy. Additionally, Deadline is reporting that the comedy will follow a team of managers working in the music business. Since Legend and Carter both have major ties with that business, a project of this ilk makes total sense. If the music business premise moves forward to pilot, Gossip Girl writer Austin Winsberg will pen the project and will executive produce. Other executive producers will include Legend, Carter, Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius.
While Legend is still busy making music, including the above song from the Django Unchained soundtrack, this isn’t the first time Legend has sold a TV project. The prolific creative mind sold another idea to NBC in 2011 called Mixed Blessings that would have followed a hip-hop artist shirking his duties in regards to his teenaged son. Mixed Blessings didn’t end up moving forward at the network, but it did set the stage for the singer and his production company, Get Lifted, to sell another project to Fox this fall and a third to USA called The Edge this past spring. If Legend continues to take tries at bat, eventually he’s going to connect with the right network and move forward to series.
In fact, the comedy with Showtime just might be the home run. Legend has teamed up with the subscription cable network in the past to put together a music special that was performed at Showtime’s Emmy preshow party. With Weeds ending last season and Dexter finished at the end of the summer, Showtime is looking toward brand new programming. In fact, the network is set to release its brand new series, Ray Donovan, on June 30, but you can currently watch the pilot episode for free.
Showtime is actually a little lacking in the half-hour comedy market, with Web Therapy being the channel’s only notable short comedy endeavor, and a program about the music business certainly has some promise. We’ll let you know if Legend’s latest moves forward at Showtime. Until then, check out Legend doing what he does best.
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