Key & Peele's recurring characters Vandaveon and Mike could finally get the bigger spotlight they're probably sure they're due. Comedy Central announced today that Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, stars and executive producers of Key & Peele, have inked a development deal for an animated series based on their Critiquer's Corner bit "Vandaveon & Mike."
If you're familiar with the series and some of the related online videos, this recurring segment has the funny stars playing two guys with enough thoughts and opinions to fill a few minutes of video per sketch. Their interest range from criticizing Key & Peele to discussion about movies, their own brilliant ideas and other random thoughts they feel like sharing. You can watch one of the earlier "Vandaveon & Mike" sketches below.
You may have noticed that the two characters are adults, however the approach Key & Peele are taking with them for the animated project is a bit different. Comedy Central says Vandaveon & Mike will be 12-year-old hall monitors in the animated show and "navigating their way through middle school." Aging the characters down so significantly certainly justifies the choice to go animated for the project, as it would presumably allow the actors to voice the characters, assuming that's the plan. Comedy Central's announcement doesn't get into details there, and it sounds like this is just a development deal for now, so we'll have to wait and see whether or not the project moves forward at the network.
Meanwhile, Comedy Central also announced that they've extended the current fourth season of Key & Peele, bringing the order to 22 episodes, consisting of 20 original episodes plus two "best of" episodes. The sketch comedy series wrapped up its third season in December and is expected to return for Season 4 later this year. In the meantime, you can expect to find the funny men on the FX drama series Fargo, which is set to arrive in April.
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