HBO Orders Pilots with Elton John, Jaden Smith

January 28, 2015


HBO has revealed the latest way we might enjoy the experimental theatre of nepotism that is Jaden Smith. According to THR, the network has given a pilot order for Brothers in Atlanta, a comedy in which the Smith scion would regularly appear as "a 'New Atlanta' teenager with unpredictable interests and suspicious income"--but not suspicious in the "getting paid for After Earth sense" this time. Former Late Night with Jimmy Fallon writers Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin will write and star in the series, said to be about "struggling entertainers and best friends Langston (Riddle) and Moose (Salahuddin) trying to navigate relationships and life in the black mecca of Atlanta." Maya Rudolph will make use of her many, many SNL appearances as a diva to play a demanding former R&B star.

With True Blood recently drawing to a close, HBO is also quickly getting back into business with series creator Alan Ball. The network has reportedly given a pilot pickup order for Virtuoso, a period musical-drama Ball has created. He'll also executive produce, write, and direct, while Elton John and husband David Furnish will produce alongside Six Feet Under's Peter Macdissi--also one of the series' stars. The series is described as being akin to Fame, but in 18th century Vienna. And probably SEXY.

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