Heard about the lastest curious bout of profound relgious insensitivity at Comedy Central? The clue was conspiculously buried in lead of this morning's fall development press release:
"Puppet cops, 80's hair bands, Jesus Christ, a modern day take on "The Odd Couple," race relations, office politics in Deep Space and a live sex show. These ideas and many, many more make up COMEDY CENTRAL's 2010-2011 development slate announced today by Kent Alterman, head of original programming and production, COMEDY CENTRAL.
"The focus throughout our development process is to find performers, writers, directors and producers that project a strong, unique comedic voice, and then help them actualize their vision in the most unfiltered manner possible," said Alterman. "With the current development slate, I think it's safe to say we're doing our part to end global hunger and foster world peace."
Oh yuk yuk.
But Kent and CC's timing could not have been worse - two weeks after censoring "South Park" by blacking out images of Muhammad in the 200th episode. Maybe it could have been worse - they could have announced around Easter.
I am reliably told, however, that "JC" is almost certainly DOA. A script - as opposed to full pilot - was reportedly ordered but this morning the Catholic League attacked "JC," and the network has been getting hit all day with reporter calls. Meanwhile, no one remembers what the rest of the development slate had on it. A source told me 22 projects are being developed and the likelihood of this one going to air are "slim."
Here's "JC's" log line:
"A half-hour animated show about JC (Jesus Christ) wanting to escape his father's enormous shadow and to live life in NYC as a regular guy. A lot has changed in 2000 years and he is the ultimate fish out of water. Meanwhile his all-powerful yet apathetic father would rather be playing video games than listening to JC recount his life in the city. JC is a playful take on religion and society with a sprinkle of dumb. Executive produced by Reveille ("The Office"), Henrik Basin, Brian Boyle ("American Dad"), Jonathan Sjoberg and Andreas Ohman. "
Honestly, the name that should really give everyone pause here is "American Dad." If "JC" embraces the same level of sophistocation and intelligence as "AD," than this project won't only be sacrilegious was polution.