Our last update on this was many months ago, in January, when it was announced that HBO was indeed moving forward with a pilot order of a half-hour comedy from Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin, based on a redeveloped/retooled script.
At the time, the project, which will be executive produced by Lorne Michaels, along with Riddle and Salahuddin, was untitled, and all we knew was that both gentlemen would star as 2 young reporters, trying to make it big in Atlanta.
This afternoon, I learned a bit more about the potential series: first, its current title is “Brothers in Atlanta,” although that could very well be a tentative title (I expected something less literal); second, Tim Story is now attached to both produce and also direct the pilot; and third, we have a synopsis, which reads: “After some time apart, 2 old college friends, Langston Rogers (Riddle) and Musa “Moose” Almuharib (Salahudin), reunite in the black mecca of the New South, Atlanta. Both determined to make it big, their unique perspectives on the quirks of both Atlanta and the black community inevitably lead to personal and professional conflicts.”
I also learned that an early March 2015 production date is eyed. And assuming HBO likes what it sees, it just might go to series, likely for the 2015/2016 TV season, I’d guess.
But I’m glad that it’s an HBO project. I hope it means that Riddle and Salahuddin will be free to push the envelope a bit, and give us something wholly original.