Comedy Central‘s Key & Peele has been renewed for a fourth season, which will include 20 original and two “best of” episodes. Additionally, the cable network has given series creators/stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele a development deal for an animated series based on their Critiquer’s Corner “Vandaveon & Mike” characters from the duo’s YouTube videos, in which they critique Key & Peele episodes as their alter-egos Vandaveon Huggins and Mike Taylor (watch a video below). In the animated project, Vandaveon & Mike are 12-year-old hall monitors navigating their way through middle school. “Keegan and Jordan keep generating such a limitless supply of funny, inventive sketches, I’m starting to think they are not only 1/2 black and 1/2 white, but also 3/4 alien,” said Comedy Central’s president of original programming Kent Alterman. Key & Peele is executive produced by Key, Peele, Jay Martel, Ian Roberts and Joel Zadak. The show’s third season, which concluded in December, averaged 2 million total viewers. Additionally, Key & Peele videos, including East/West College Bowl, Pizza Order and Obama Loses His S**t, have generated over 500 million total streams, claiming nine of the top ten clips on the Comedy Central YouTube channel, including No.1, Substitute Teacher, with over 44 million streams to date.
Kenneth Choi (Ironside) has landed a regular role in the NBC drama pilot Coercion, from Universal Television and Keshet Media Group. Based on the Israeli format The Gordin Cell, the high-octane thriller revolves around the O’Connor family and their extremely intelligent son, Alex (Gavin Stenhouse), a decorated American war hero and newly minted CIA analyst. Choi, repped by Mosaic, TalentWorks and Derek Kroeger, will play Sam Luttrell, the CIA station chief for New York.
Comedy Central’s Key & Peele stars Michael Key and Jordan Peele have been tapped for a 4-episode guest arc on FX’s first limited series Fargo, executive produced by Joel and Ethan Coen. The duo will appear in the final four episodes of the 10-episode limited series. Inspired by the Coens’ 1996 film, FX’s Fargo features an all-new true crime story, with the series following a new case and new characters. Key and Peele will play FBI partners Webb Pepper (Peele) and Bill Budge (Key), who, after a violent run-in with Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton), become obsessed with finding him again. Key and Peele are repped by UTA and Principato-Young Entertainment.
In addition to the third-season pickup of Brickleberry, Comedy Central today also renewed Key & Peele for a fourth season and Drunk History for a second, all for 2014 premieres. “We are covering several genres with these pickups: one sketch, one animation, and whatever Drunk History is,” said Comedy Central President of Original Programming Kent Alterman. Key & Peele is averaging 1.9 million viewers in its third season and is No.1 on cable in its timeslot with men 18-34. The show also boasts more than 400 million streams across multiple digital platforms. Stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele executive produce with Roberts, Martel and Zadak. Drunk History premiered in July and averaged 1.2 million viewers over its first season. Created for TV by series host Derek Waters and director Jeremy Konner, Drunk History is exec produced by Waters, Konner and Gary Sanchez Prods’Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Chris Henchy and Owen Burke.
Things are looking up in South Park. The Season 17 premiere on Wednesday was up big over the Comedy Central show’s Season 16 debut on March 14, 2012. In its highest-rated episode in four years, the 10 PM season opener was up 70% among adults 18-49 with a 1.8 rating, up 76% with adults 18-34 and with 2.887 million watching up 56% in total viewers over the previous cycle’s debut. Over three plays last night, the South Park Season 17 debut drew 4.43 million viewers and was the highest-rated series on cable among the key 18-49 demo for the night. The return of new episodes of Cartman, Stan, Kyle and Kenny after over a year also helped their lead-out. With a 1.0 rating, the second week of Season 3 of Key & Peele. was up 37% among the 18-49s over its September 18 season debut. The 10:30 PM sketch comedy showalso rose 49% in the 18-34 demo
Comedy Central’s Key & Peele stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele will co-host the 29th annual TCA Awards. At the non-televised trophy ceremony, TV critics, reporters, columnists, bloggers, etc., from the U.S. and Canada who belong to the Television Critics Association dispense 12 awards to their fave programs during their semi-annual press tour. This year’s awards show is set for Saturday, August 3 at the Beverly Hilton, where the summer tour will run from July 24-August 7. FX leads the way with seven nominations, which were announced in June, with CBS, NBC and HBO logging six apiece and AMC five. Key & Peele starts its third, 13-episode season in September.
Comedy Central has handed sketch comedy series Key & Peele a third-season renewal. The 13-episode third cycle of the show starring Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele will premiere next fall. Key & Peele was a breakout hit when it launched in January. Its Season 2 finale airs tomorrow night. The show has been taking on politics, recently weighing in on the Presidential campaign with its popular recurring skit featuring President Obama’s fictitious ‘anger translator’ Luther. “Since Obama won re-election, it only seems fair that we would give Key & Peele another season,” said Comedy Central’s head of original programming Kent Alterman. Added Key and Peele, “We are so thrilled about the pickup and want to thank Comedy Central for four more years! “Oh wait, what’s that? One more year? Oh….ok, that will work too.” Key & Peele is created by and stars Key and Peele and is executive produced by Key, Peele, Ian Roberts, Jay Martel and Joel Zadak.
Two weeks into its freshman season, Comedy Central’s breakout new sketch comedy series Key & Peele has been renewed for a 10-episode second season, which will premiere in the fall. “Because Key & Peele has been so immediately and universally well received, I was worried if we didn’t give the show a quick pick up, people might accuse me of being racist,” Comedy Central’s head of original programming Kent Alterman said. Created by and starring Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, Key & Peele examines life in a provocative way through a combination of filmed sketches and live stage segments, showcasing Key and Peele’s chemistry, camaraderie and unique point of view, born from their shared background growing up biracial in a not quite post-racial world. The series launched 2 weeks ago behind Comedy Central’s hit Tosh.0 to 2.1 million total viewers, the network’s most watched new series premiere since 2009. It was particularly strong with male viewers, posting a 2.6 rating in men 18-34 rating and a 3.3 in men 18-24 rating to finish as No.1 in its time slot with both demographics across all of television. “We are honored, humbled and most importantly contractually obligated to deliver a second season to Comedy Central,” said Key and Peele. In Key & Peele
Comedy Central’s sketch comedy Key & Peele debuted to 2.1 million total viewers last night, posting the cable network’s most watched new series premiere since 2009. Key & Peele, starring Keegan and Michael Key and Jordan Peele, was helped by a big lead-in from the fourth-season opener of hit Tosh.0 (3.1 million), which was down 13% from its record Season 3 debut. Tosh was the No. 1 show in all of primetime among men 18-34 with a 3.4 rating.