With Key & Peele recently ending its five-season run, the hit sketch series’ executive producers/showrunners Ian Roberts and Jay Martel have sold another half-hour comedy with a male duo at the center — this one a little older. Titled The Romeos, the single-camera comedy has been set up at ABC and ABC Studios.
Written and executive produced by Roberts and Martel, The Romeos (stands for Retired Older Men Eating Out) has a Grumpy Old Men vibe and revolves around two completely dissimilar 65-year-old neighbors who join forces to take full advantage of their second acts — driving each other, and everyone around them, crazy in the process.
Roberts, a founding member of Upright Citizens Brigade, and Martel were executive producers & showrunners on Comedy Central’s Peabody Award-winning Key & Peele for its entire five-season run, sharing an Emmy nomination for Best Variety Sketch Series with the series’ creators/executive producers/stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele.
Additionally, Roberts and Martel serve as executive producers/showrunners on TV Land’s upcoming comedy series Teachers, which debuts in January. The duo also wrote this year’s movie Get Hard starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart and won a WGA Award in 2014 for Best Comedy Variety Special with Blake Shelton’s Not So Family Christmas. They are repped by Verve and Principato-Young.
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