EXCLUSIVE: Comedy Central has picked up three new series, The Burn starring the network’s “Roastmaster General”, comedian Jeff Ross; Review with Forrest MacNeil starring Andrew Daly (Eastbound & Down); and Nathan For You starring Canadian writer-comedian, Nathan Fielder (Jon Benjamin Has A Van).
In The Burn, Ross will be joined by a group of fellow comics to skewer the week’s hot topics and head into the field to take aim at public figures and current events. Ross, who has appeared in the last nine Comedy Central Roasts, is executive producing The Burn with Mike Gibbons and Tagline TV’s Willie Mercer and Amy Zvi. Production is slated to begin this spring for a premiere in the summer, following an all-new Comedy Central Roast. “My mission is clear,” Ross said. “To rip the world a new asshole one crack at a time. I can’t wait to get started.
Review with Forrest MacNeil is a half-hour comedy written and executive produced by Charlie Siskel (Tosh.0) and Andrew Daly, directed by Jeff Blitz and starring Daly as the title character. Based on the Australian series Review With Myles Barlow created by and starring Phil Lloyd, the project is a send-up of traditional review shows but instead of films, food or art, Forrest MacNeil reviews difficult life experiences … by living them. He reviews whatever his TV audience throws at him: the adrenaline rush of stealing, the drama of divorce, the effects of murder, the wonder of anonymous sex. And he rates every adventure on a scale of zero to five stars. Forrest’s unwavering commitment to his work often comes at the expense of his wife, his children, his affable neighbor Gary and his co-workers. “This show will be a great service to society,” said Daly. “If you’re thinking about cheating on your spouse or murdering someone, please wait until we review it so you can avoid the pitfalls and enjoy the experience.”
Nathan for You is a half-hour docu-reality comedy starring Nathan Fielder who uses his business degree and life experiences to help real small businesses turn a profit and inspire viewers to be more successful themselves. From showing people how to overcome their fears, giving kids life lessons, and allowing inventors to promote their unique products, Nathan’s mandate is to advise, inspire, and teach. Unfortunately, he just sucks at it. “Picking up my show is a great move for Comedy Central,” said Fielder, who executive produces the series with Michael Koman and Dave Kneebone. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a major uptick in Viacom stock today.”