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Exclusive: Comedy Central Greenlights Social Networking Pilot

Dwayne Perkins is creating a green-screen show that ”focuses on the world of social networking“ for Comedy Central


Comedy Central has greenlit a pilot presentation for "Dwaynebook," a green-screen roundup show in the tradition of "The Soup" that will focus on social networking sites. 

"Dwaynebook" is the brainchild of stand-up comedian Dwayne Perkins, who filmed a half-hour special for Comedy Central in 2004. He has also appeared on the "Tonight Show" and "Late Night" with Conan O'Brien, "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," "Last Call with Carson Daly" and as a regular correspondent on the "Jay Leno Show." 

Perkins is executive producing along with his manager, Matt Schuler, whose production company, Levity Entertainment, is also attached.

According to Schuler, "Dwaynebook" is a "green-screen show in the vein of 'Tosh.0' or 'The Soup'" that "focuses on the world of social networking."

Perkins will host and present segments spotlighting the goings-on at various social media sites.

Schuler says the focus on social networking is what sets "Dwaynebook" apart from other shows that highlight online content.

"It's completely different than any other green-screen show that's on TV, because it focuses specifically on social networking … I mean, 'Tosh.0' is basically about anything on the internet, 'Web Soup' is basically about anything on the Internet, 'The Soup' is basically what's going on on TV. This just focuses on the world of social networking sites," Schuler said.

Schuler said "Dwaynebook" will also differentiate itself from the competition with "traditional segments and sketches" featuring recurring characters who portray staffers on the show. "Dwaynebook's" producers are currently looking to cast one of these roles, "Angela," a sexy research assistant who was hired because of her looks and makes the rest of the show's staff nervous.

Currently, Schuler and Perkins are casting and working on the script.

"They [Comedy Central] greenlit the pilot presentation, the deal is closed and we're going to be working with them turning in scripts, and once they approve the scripts we're going to shoot it," Schuler said. 

Schuler hopes to begin shooting Aug. 29, but the schedule is subject to change. He doesn't know how many episodes of "Dwaynebook" Comedy Central will order if the pilot gets picked up.

Neither Perkins nor Comedy Central was immediately available to comment.

Jeff Sneider contributed reporting to this story.