Atom.com, the digital comedy network and COMEDY CENTRAL’s anchor brand for original digital content, announced its new development slate featuring more than a dozen new Web series including top comedic talent and up-and-coming stars. Titles include the third and final season of Atom’s hit comedy epic “Legend of Neil,” the feline-powered, celebrity-skewering “Munchie the Agent” and the ultimate couch-surfer “Johnny B. Homeless,” featuring Al Thompson and Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”).
The laughs begin with today’s premiere of the five-episode series “M’Larky,” created by and starring feature film star Dan Fogler (“Balls of Fury,” “Taking Woodstock”). Set in the world of a police show that has long since jumped the shark, “M’Larky” tells the story of cop John M’Larky and his maniacal colleagues who go undercover in their pursuit of booze, broads and Colombian drug runners. In addition to Fogler’s role as Detective Black, the Studio 13-produced series stars Josh Warren as M’Larky, with appearances by Gilbert Gottfried (“Family Guy,” “COMEDY CENTRAL Roast of Bob Saget“) and Jeffrey Ross (“Weeds,” “COMEDY CENTRAL Roast of Joan Rivers“), as well as cameos by Activision’s hit videogame “Tony Hawk™: RIDE®.” Episodes 1 and 2 are available for viewing now at mlarky.atom.com.
“Atom is a great partner for us because we share a soft spot for 80’s cop shows and video games,” said Fogler. ”They’ve got a big comedy audience that responds to outrageous humor both online and on TV and we’re looking forward to a successful collaboration.”
“We are excited to be working with the ‘M’Larky’ team and the lineup of other incredible talent involved in all of the new original series we’re bringing to Atom.com, COMEDYCENTRAL.com, and Atom TV beginning this summer,” said Scott Roesch, GM of Atom.com and VP of original programming for COMEDY CENTRAL Digital. ”We all know that the Web has an unquenchable thirst for comedy and it’s going to be fun to find out exactly just how much people can take.”
Many of the new releases will reach beyond the Web and make their way to linear late-night television during the third season of Atom’s half-hour late-night series “Atom TV” on COMEDY CENTRAL, which airs Wednesdays at 2:30 a.m., and as late-night interstitial programming each weeknight. As previously announced, the season premiere of “Atom TV” airs tonight, May 19, with Paul F. Tompkins (“Best Week Ever,” Atom’s “Sketch of the Dead”) guest-hosting.
The upcoming Atom.com original programming slate includes:
“Johnny B. Homeless”: (9 episodes, debuts June 15, 2010) – Winner of the 2009 People’s Choice Award for best pilot at the New York Television Festival, “Johnny B. Homeless” is the saga of the ultimate partying couch surfer. Created by and starring Al Thompson (“The Royal Tenenbaums,” “A Walk to Remember”) and co-starring Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”).
“Legend of Neil – Season 3”: (7 episodes, debuts summer 2010) – The Streamy Award-nominated and hit Atom.com series returns for its third and final season. Season 3 follows Neil (aka Link), as he navigates through the latter stages of the classic video game “Legend of Zelda™” in an attempt to save the princess. Created by Sandeep Parikh and staring Tony Janning, Mike Rose, Scott Chernoff and Felicia Day (“Red,” “The Guild”).
“Munchie the Agent”: (8 episodes, debuts summer 2010) – The world’s worst Hollywood agent (a cat, naturally) shreds his celebrity clients when they come in to gripe about their careers, personal lives and his services. Each episode features a different guest star, including Tom Arnold, Rick Yune (“Ninja Assassin”) and Eric Roberts (“The Dark Knight,” “Entourage”). Created by David Weinstein, former writer at “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
“Dan Levy‘s: Laugh Track Mashups”: (4 episodes, debuts summer 2010) – Dan Levy (“COMEDY CENTRAL Presents”) returns after his series of hit Atom shorts in 2009 to mash up familiar sitcoms from the golden era of TV such as ”Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and “Mr. Belvedere.”
“Scott Gairdner Sketch Comedy”: (5 episodes, debuts summer 2010) – Fresh off his hit Insane Clown Posse spoof “Juggalo News,” Gairdner comes to Atom as “comedian in residence,” offering a steady stream of exclusive videos and blog posts.
“Rahzel’s Rap Minute”: (6 episodes, debuts fall 2010) – World renowned human beatboxer Rahzel of The Roots (“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” “Teenage Dirtbag”) brings us the latest in the most ridiculous music news through his beatboxing and celebrity impersonations.
“Tommy Wiseau Untitled Horror Parody”: (3 episodes, debuts fall 2010) – A creepy comedy starring cult horror director Tommy Wiseau (“The Room”) as the unfortunate Alex. From Studio 8 and Brock LaBorde.
Additional upcoming Atom releases, currently unscheduled, include:
- “Angry Old Man and Gay Teenage Runaway” – Featuring Lonny Ross (“30 Rock”) and Fred Melamed (“A Serious Man”)
- “Ham Sandwich Time Machine” – Written and directed by David Green
- Hit of the Party – Created by Archie Gips (“Blind Date”) and Dennis Anderson (“American Beauty”)
- “Jason Nash Is Married” – Created by and starring Jason Nash (“The Shaman”)
- “Patriot Dog” – Created by and starring Natasha Leggero (“Ugly Americans,” judge on upcoming season of “Last Comic Standing”) and directed and co-written by Duncan Trussel (“La La Land,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm”)
- “Stay At Home Dad” – From David Title (“My Best Friend Is My P*nis”)
- “The Fuzz” – Created and written by Waverly Films (Chris Ford, Duncan Skiles and Jon Watts), COMEDY CENTRAL’s splittingly hilarious and gritty puppet world comes to Atom in the form of five Webisodes
- “Top Rope” – Directed by Web Emmy-nominated director Dave Seger (Webisodes for “The Sarah Silverman Program” and “Community”)
- Untitled video mashup series – Topical parodies from Scott Chernoff, formerly of “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” video team
Many of Atom’s recent hit-makers are also slated to return with all-new work, including cartoons from animator Dan Meth (“Toy Movies”), musical comedies from the Selwyn Bros (“White People Problems”), sports parodies from 12 Angry Mascots (“NFL Writers Room,” “March Madness Girl”) and videos from Sidecar Comedy (“Milk Men”), Jake Fleisher (“Intercourse With a Vampire”), Team Tiger Awesome (“Drunk Rocketeer”), Riegel & Blatt (“Ikea Song“), Jay Larson (“The Laundry Room”), Joe DeRosa (“Iron Manly”) and Mike Rotman (“Sketch of the Dead”).