The network had been trying to get the project off the ground for several years. It originally ordered a Riddle and Salahuddin comedy pilot produced by Michaels in 2013, with the duo playing Atlanta reporters. It didn’t go to series, but the pay cable network liked Riddle and Salahuddin and the Atlanta setting and decided to take another try with a new concept. It became Brothers In Atlanta, which went to pilot with Story directing and was picked up to series in April. The show will not go forward.
“After assessing our programming needs, we talked to Bashir and Diallo and decided moving forward didn’t make sense for us at the time,” HBO said in a statement to Deadline. “We feel they are immensely talented, and we hope to work with them in the future.”
HBO, which is coming off winning the best comedy series Emmy for Veep, has two new half-hour series coming up: Issa Rae’s Insecure, about the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern-day African-American woman, and the Sarah Jessica Parker-starring Divorce, about a married woman considering divorce.
Written by former Late Night With Jimmy Fallon writers-performers Riddle and Salahuddin, Brothers In Atlanta was about best friends Langston (Riddle) and Moose (Salahuddin), who are struggling entertainers trying to navigate relationships and life in the black Mecca of Atlanta. The pilot also featured Maya Rudolph as Moose’s demanding boss, Shirle, an R&B diva whose heyday was in the ’90s, and Jaden Smith as Curtis, a “New Atlanta” teenager and Langston’s rowdy neighbor with unpredictable interests and suspicious income.