FX has ordered another late-night series test, this one starring comic W. Kamau Bell and executive-produced by Chris Rock.
Like “Strangely Uplifting” — the Russell Brand late-night show FX ordered back in December — this new show also got a short six-episode order, will also be a weekly show and will star a stand-up comic who “dissects politics, pop culture, race religion, and sex.”
Bell, a founding member of the comedy group Laughter Against the Machine, is maybe best known for the critically acclaimed one-man show, “The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour,” which he’s been performing for a few years. Last November, he and Rock tried to develop that into a TV series, but it didn’t fly.
The as-yet-unnamed late-night show will debut in August. Meanwhile, the six-episode test of Brand’s “Strangely Uplifting” is scheduled to debut June 28 — the same night FX launches its new prime-time Charlie Sheen sitcom, “Anger Management.”
FX announced in mid-December that it had ordered six episodes of the Brand-hosted late-night show, as duly reported in The TV Column.