Our last update on this was a few months ago, in November, 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.
The project, which will be executive produced by Lorne Michaels, along with Riddle and Salahuddin, will star both gentlemen would star as 2 young struggling entertainers, trying to make it big in Atlanta. Its title is “Brothers in Atlanta,” although that could very well be a tentative title (I’d expected something less literal). Also Tim Story attached to both produce and also direct the pilot, with a synopsis that 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.”
Announced today, Maya Rudolph and Jaden Smith have both joined the project’s cast, in recurring roles, playing Moose’s boss, who happens to be a fading R&B diva, and a “New Atlanta” teenager, who is Langston’s rowdy neighbor with unpredictable interests and suspicious income, respectively.
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.