Awkwafina and Rory Scovel are coming to Comedy Central with their very own scripted TV shows. Comedy Central announced in a press release that they are greenlighting eight episodes of Scovel’s Robbie and 10 episodes of Awkwafina’s self-titled series.
Both Scovel and Awkwafina had break-out performances this year. Scovel became an indie darling on TruTV’s Those Who Can’t, but appeared on the big screen opposite Amy Schumer in I Feel Pretty. Awkwafina started her career as a rapper but exploded onto the scene as a comedic actress in blockbusters like Ocean’s 8 and Crazy Rich Asians.
Awkwafina was joined by SMILF’s Karey Dornetto and Family Guy’s Teresa Hsiao to write the pilot for her new show. The plot follows a 20-something from Queens as she strives for a more meaningful life while living with her dad and grandmother. The cast features B.D. Wong as her father, Lori Tan Chin as her grandmother, and Saturday Night Live writer Bowen Yang as her successful cousin. No word yet on if Yang will stay on at SNL.
Scovel’s Robbie follows a small town basketball coach. He is living in his father’s shadow until he realizes his son could be his way out. Scovel co-wrote the show with Broad City’s Anthony King. He will be joined by SNL alum Sasheer Zamata, Mary Holland, and Beau Bridges, who plays his father. The show will be produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions.
Both of the stars are excited to work with Comedy Central. “I’ve been watching Comedy Central since I was old enough to hold a remote, and so many of their shows have defined who I am today,” said Awkwafina. “I am so honored to be given their platform to tell the story of an Asian-American girl against the backdrop of the city I was raised.”
Scovel joked, “It’s exciting to work with Comedy Central and it’s especially awesome because they said they would never cancel us.”
The whole tone of the announcement is joyful. Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen, Co-Heads of Talent and Development for Comedy Central, also joked, “We’re happy to be used as a pawn in Awkwafina’s elaborate, EGOT endgame.”
All of this excitement arrives at the end of an era at the network. With shows like Inside Amy Schumer, Workaholics, Another Period, and Key & Peele in the rearview mirror and current favorites like Broad City and Nathan For You ending, Comedy Central searches for its new hits and new stars to launch.