Netflix continues to amp up its original comedy offerings ordering a series from comedian Aziz Ansari. Netflix ordered 10 episodes of the unnamed series which Ansari co-created with Parks and Recreation co-executive producer Alan Yang.
Ansari and company are keeping details about the project on the down low. All we know is that Ansari stars alongside H. Jon Benjamin, Lena Waithe (Dear White People) and Eric Wareheim of Tim & Eric fame. Noël Wells and Kelvin Yu will also appear. Terrorist-hunting Claire Danes is also slated to guest star. Filming has already begun in New York City.
Netflix has a great history with Aziz Ansari after producing two of his hit stand-up specials Buried Alive and Live At Madison Square Garden. The video streaming service has been lauded for its dramas in Orange is the New Black, House of Cards and Daredevil. Now it beefs up it comedy offerings beyond stand-up specials and into original programming. It started with a historical movie deal with Adam Sandler, followed by a Judd Apatow-produced Pee-Wee Herman sequel, a multi-movie deal with the Duplass brothers and Ricky Gervais’s Special Correspondents starring Eric Bana. On the episodic front, we’re anticipating the Wet Hot American Summer reboot in July, a Bob Odenkirk/David Cross series, an animated series from Bill Burr and their recently-released NBC acquisition The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has been a popular and critical success. At this point, I think my cable box is just serving as an expensive living room ornament.