EXCLUSIVE: After establishing footprint in drama and reality programming, AMC is focusing on expanding into comedy next. The network’s upfront slate, which will be announced later today, is expected to feature a number of half-hour projects, including two starring, written and executive produced by John Leguizamo and former The Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac.
Drawing inspiration from Leguizamo’s real-life three best friends, the untitled John Leguizamo project follows a group of men in Queens, The Bronx and upper Manhattan wrestling with careers, relationships, family, ambition, and getting older. In addition to starring, Leguizamo is co-writing the script with Sal Stabile (Revenge). The two executive produce with Jeff Golenberg and Sam Maydew of Silver Lining Entertainment, which reps Leguizamo alongside UTA and Sloane, Offer. Recently seen in Ride Along, Leguizamo is attached to play Pablo Escobar in the Relativity feature and has his 5th HBO special, Ghetto Klown, coming up.
Cenac’s No Money Down follows a guy (Cenac) who bottoms out and begins working at an Austin car dealership with a variety of personalities. Cenac is writing and will exec produce alongside Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan and Liza Chasin of Working Title, with Daniel Pipski co-exec producing. No Money Down is one of two sales for Cenac, who also has Yellowbellies set up at BBC America. Cenac created and will lend his voice to the marionette puppet show which focuses on the upstairs/downstairs relationships of a crew on an intergalactic peace keeping mission. Prior to his stint as writer/correspondent on The Daily Show, Cenac, repped by UTA and attorney Jared Levine, was a writer on Fox’s King Of The Hill.