Lonely Island Unveils Three Digital Projects in Development at Fox
In January, Andy Samberg and his sketch group The Lonely Island signed a digital-and-TV development deal with Fox. The “alternative” venture was created to incubate comedy projects on over-the-top platforms like Hulu and Roku with the ultimate goal of producing full-length TV series for Fox, FX, FXX, Fox International Channels, or other TV network.
Now the venture has a name and a slate. Dubbed “Party Over Here,” it has already put three projects into production.
“The Tyler Zone,” starring Danny Pudi of “Community,” follows a man who moves to a new town and finds himself in the middle of a series of supernatural occurrences, not knowing if they’re real or just in his head. The sci-fi comedy is written and directed by Keith Schofield.
“Home for the Weekend,” hosted by “Chappelle’s Show” co-creator Neal Brennan, is a mockumentary-style half-hour comedy following a celebrity’s return to his or her hometown. The first episode features The Lonely Island trio, Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone, and their trip to Berkeley, CA.
“Topics with Andre Hyland” follows comedian Andre Hyland of “Hollywood & Hyland” as he unleashes some of his characters on unsuspecting people in public. Hyland also writes and directs in addition to starring in the show.
With each project, Party Over Here is either producing a pilot or multiple episodes. All are executive produced by The Lonely Island trio. More projects will be announced in the coming weeks and months, Fox said.
Responsibility for running the venture goes to Billy Rosenberg (“The Spectacular Now”), who has been hired by Fox and The Lonely Island as head of development and production.
“We’re delighted with these first projects, the caliber of stories and talent, and having Billy on board,” said Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, SVP of multi-platform programming for Fox, in a statement. “Akiva, Andy, and Jorma have exceeded our expectations in identifying and nurturing a number of bold new ideas that might not otherwise have been produced through the traditional process.”Tags: Andre Hyland, Andy Samberg, Billy Rosenberg, Danny Pudi, Digital Development, digital incubation, Fox Broadcasting, Neal Brennan, Party Over Here, The Lonely Island