Comedy Central has greenlit the pilot Michael Ian Black Doesn't Understand, which Variety describes as a "scripted showcase" for the oh-so-dry, poker-faced funnyman.... BET on Wednesday unveiled a development slate that boasts 16 new series, including projects from Will Smith ( Cipha, an animated sci-fi series), Vin Diesel ( Hannibal, an animated look at the ancient African king), D.L. Hughley ( S.O.B., a hidden-camera reality series) and Orlando Jones ( Bufu, an [again] animated sketch-comedy offering). (Nice to see BET drumming up so much on-camera work for black actors.) Also in the mix is the 26-year-old cabler's first original sitcom, Somebodies, based on the indie film of the same name.
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