*“Saturday Night Live” vet Maya Rudolph and Will Smith’s son Jaden Smith are set to recur in the HBO pilot “Brothers in Atlanta,” reports Deadline.com.
The cable network has given a formal green light to the comedy pilot written by and starring former “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” writers/performers Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin and executive produced by Lorne Michaels.
The comedy is about struggling entertainers and best friends Langston (Riddle) and Moose (Salahuddin) trying to navigate relationships and life in the black Mecca of Atlanta. An Atlanta native, Langston is an aspiring DJ whose career has stalled due to his lack of focus and his get-rich schemes. New to Atlanta, Moose is a perennial backup singer with dreams of the spotlight, who keeps his foot in his mouth.
Rudolph will play Shirle, Moose’s demanding boss, an R&B diva whose heyday was in the 90s. Smith will play Curtis, a “New Atlanta” teenager, who is Langston’s rowdy neighbor with unpredictable interests and suspicious income. Both are set to recur if the pilot goes to series.
The pilot will be directed by Tim Story.
HBO originally ordered as a Riddle/Salahuddin pilot in 2013. It starred the duo as reporters trying to make it big in Atlanta. The pilot didn’t go to series but HBO brass kept the project alive, ordering a redevelopment with a production commitment attached, reports Deadline.com.