HBO Gives Go-Ahead to Reporter Comedy Pilot From Lorne Michaels

Half-hour buddy comedy will revolve around two reporters trying to make it in Atlanta

HBO is following up “The Newsroom” with another project revolving around the news media — but this time it's being played up for laughs.

The network has greenlit a comedy pilot from “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” executive producer Lorne Michaels and former “Late Night” writers Diallo Riddle and  Bashir Salahuddin.

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The as-yet-untitled pilot is a half-hour buddy comedy following Bashir and Diallo, two 30-year-old reporters, as they try to make it big in the burgeoning black mecca of contemporary Atlanta, aka the New South. Riddle and Salahuddin (pictured) are writing, starring in and executive producing the pilot, with Michaels also executive producing. Dave Flebotte (“Raising Hope”) is also executive producing, with Andrew Singer (“30 Rock”) co-executive producing.

Michaels is also executive producing “People in New Jersey,” a comedy project about an adult brother and sister who puzzle over the big and small mysteries of life while living in New Jersey. Singer is also executive producing that project, which is written by Bruce Eric Kaplan, who serves as a co-executive producer and writer on HBO's “Girls.”

Deadline first reported the news of the pilot greenlight.

  • billb99

    I'm surprised Jimmy Fallon wasn't offered the starring role. After all, he, and NBC latenight shows president, have their noses so far up Lorne Michael's butt it's sickening. I really hope the Tonight Show flops big time after he takes over the show and when the show moves back to New York. I also hope Dave Letterman retires next year and CBS offers Jay Leno the show. Letting Jay Leno go is nothing more than age discrimination (especially since the Tonight Show is #1 for late night talk shows)!!!