HBO has given a formal go-ahead to Brothers In Atlanta, a new comedy pilot written by and starring former Late Night With Jimmy Fallon writers/performers Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin and executive produced by Lorne Michaels.
Saturday Night Live alumna Maya Rudolph and actor-musician Jaden Smith are set as guest stars opposite Riddle and Salahuddin in the pilot, which will be directed by Tim Story. Brothers In Atlanta is a comedy about struggling entertainers and best friends Langston (Riddle) and Moose (Salahuddin) trying to navigate relationships and life in the black Mecca of Atlanta. An Atlanta native, Langston is an aspiring DJ whose career has stalled due to his lack of focus and his get-rich schemes. New to Atlanta, Moose is a perennial backup singer with dreams of the spotlight, who keeps his foot in his mouth.
Rudolph will play Shirle, Moose’s demanding boss, an R&B diva whose heyday was in the 90s. Smith will play Curtis, a “New Atlanta” teenager, who is Langston’s rowdy neighbor with unpredictable interests and suspicious income. Both are set to recur if the pilot goes to series.
Riddle and Salahuddin executive produce alongside Story and Broadway Video’s Lorne Michaels and Andrew Singer, while Field Entertainment’s Jeff Field, The Story Co.’s Doug Griffin and Anna Dokoza serve as producers. The pilot is set to film in Atlanta in the spring.
HBO originally ordered as a Riddle/Salahuddin pilot in 2013. It starred the duo as reporters trying to make it big in Atlanta. The pilot didn’t go to series but HBO brass kept the project alive, ordering a redevelopment with a production commitment attached.
Smith is represented by Paradigm and attorney Jason Sloane.