Comedy Central has given the green light to DETROITERS, a new comedy series created by and starring SNL’s Tim Robinson and Veep’s Sam Richardson. The series is being executive produced by Lorne Michaels through his Broadway Video and SNL alum Jason Sudeikis. Richardson and Robinson will also executive producer, along with co-writers Joe Kelly and Zach Kanin.
The series, which the network has picked up for a 10 episode first season, centers around Richardson and Robinson’s characters, “two small-time Detroit ad men who aspire to help turn their hometown back into the glittering jewel of the Midwest that it once was.”
Robinson and Richardson have a long history together, coming up in the comedy scene in Detroit before performing together on the coveted Second City Mainstage in Chicago. In announcing the pick up of the project, Comedy Central’s Kent Alterman said, “The creative team on Detroiters is so ridiculously funny, we’re not even sure we deserve them.” That’s high praise from the network who recently saw two other Second City performers, Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele, sign off from their mega-hit sketch comedy series Key and Peele earlier this fall, while Amy Schumer recently took home an Emmy for her work on Inside Amy Schumer.
Richardson may be best known for his work on Veep, as well as his supporting roles in films like Spy and the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot. Robinson is a former cast member-turned-writer for Saturday Night Live, with recent appearances on IFC’s Comedy Bang Bang and Documentary Now!
Josh Lyons | Staff Writer