Source: Deadline, The Wrap, THR
Among the 22 projects Comedy Central has in the pipeline are shows dealing with sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll and religion. Media outlets are reporting on the new 2010-2011 development slate that includes a live sex-chat talk show, an update of The Odd Couple and an animated series about Jesus Christ. The latter, JC, is a half-hour about Christ wanting to escape his father's shadow and to live life in NYC as a regular guy.
The project is executive produced by Reveille, Henrik Basin, Brian Boyle, Jonathan Sjoberg and Andreas Ohman. Among the other notable projects are: Highdeas, based on the Web site highdeas.com, in which a comedian explores questions that can only be posed by stoners. This Show Will Get You High, a sketch comedy featuring the next wave of performers from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Written by UCB co-founder Matt Besser and Eric Zicklin.
Based on a Funny or Die short, Rich Dicks stars Nick Kroll and Jon Daly as obnoxiously wealthy party-mongers in LA. Directed by Jon Krisel and executive produced by Krisel, Kroll and Daly. Live Sex Show sees hosts Bert Kreischer and Layla Kayleigh taking a comedic look at all things sex. It's executive produced by Jesse Ignatovic and written by Mat Harawitz.
Patrice Oneal's Guide to White People sees comedian Oneal's take on race relations. It's executive produced by Michael Hirschorn and Gideon Evans.
Steel Panther, a loosely scripted docu-reality show, follows the band Steel Panther, which parodies '80s hair metal acts. Created by Brian Posehn and Jeff Tremaine. Stand-up comics Kevin Hart and Bill Burr have a half-hour untitled scripted series that's billed as a modern-day take on The Odd Couple. Executive produced by Bruce McCulloch and 3Arts. A**Holes is a half-hour comedy about the two biggest assholes in the entire world - two twenty-something roommates who spend their days scamming on girls, bilking Alzheimer's patients out of money and generally being the opposite of model citizens. It's written by Steve Koren and Nick Malis.
Meanwhile, Russell Simmons Presents: Stand-Up at the El Rey is executive produced by Simmons and Stan Lathan. The stand-up show with a hip hop vibe, is hosted by JB Smoove.
The Wrap has a comprehensive look at the entire slate.
Alex Hughes (Alan Rickman) is an emotionally closed-off British ex-con who heads to Canada to visit an old lover. When he misjudges the distances between Ontario and Winnipeg he rents a car and starts driving across the snowy winter landscape. He encounters a charming young woman named Vivienne Freeman (Emily Hampshire) who hitches a ride and begins to thaw out his frozen heart but then tragedy strikes as the pair has a terrible car accident and Vivienne is killed. Alex is left with terrible guilt and so drives to the little town of Wawa to offer condolences to Vivienne’s mother Linda (Sigourney Weaver). Surprisingly Alex discovers that Linda is a high-functioning autistic and as he agrees to help her plan the funeral an unlikely friendship develops. Meanwhile Alex also meets Maggie (Carrie-Anne Moss) Linda’s beautiful next-door neighbor; his relationships with those two very different women change him very unexpected ways. Forget Ripley from the Alien flicks! With Snow Cake Sigourney Weaver gives the performance of her life. She transforms completely into Linda Freeman a middle-aged woman whose life is framed – but not controlled – by her autism. From her slightly twitchy movements to the far-off look in her eyes Weaver masterfully captures the physical elements of the disorder; add in the completely believable dialogue that reveals Linda’s inner emotional state and the portrayal is one that just might bring Weaver an Academy Award for her work. Alan Rickman is equally affecting as a man whose personal anguish threatens to shut him down completely; his emotional reawakening is so real that we can’t help but empathize and root for him. Carrie-Anne Moss is quietly effective as the sexually restless neighbor and Emily Hampshire is a beam of sunshine in her short time on the screen as Linda’s daughter a real face to watch for the future. Welsh director Mark Evans cut his teeth on British television and small films like Trauma. With Snow Cake he proves that he’s got a talent for telling emotional stories without descending into sentimentality. That’s a fine line and one that makes this film sit head and shoulders above those Lifetime channel flicks that send a chill up the spine of every red-blooded male (and many of us females too). First-time screenwriter Angela Pell should get massive credit as well. She tapped into her personal experience as the parent of an autistic boy translating that knowledge into creating a portrait of a grown woman (and mother of a normal daughter) who has successfully made her way through life despite her disability. The potent combination of those two talents united with across-the-board fine acting make Snow Cake a supremely satisfying cinematic experience. Watch for this one during awards season later this year.