*HBO has picked up to series the comedy pilot “Brothers In Atlanta,” created by and starring Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin, directed by Tim Story and produced by Lorne Michaels, reports Deadline.com.
Written by former “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” writers/performers Riddle and Salahuddin, “Brothers In Atlanta” follows entertainers and best friends Langston (Riddle) and Moose (Salahuddin) as they 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.
The pilot also featured Maya Rudolph as Moose’s demanding boss, Shirle, an R&B diva whose heyday was in the 90s; and Jaden Smith as Curtis, a “New Atlanta” teenager and Langston’s rowdy neighbor with unpredictable interests and suspicious income. Both were billed as guest stars but will likely appear on the series, executive produced by Riddle & Salahuddin, Broadway Video’s Michaels and Andrew Singer and Story of The Story Co
According to Deadline, HBO originally ordered a Riddle and Salahuddin comedy pilot produced by Michaels in 2013, with the duo playing Atlanta reporters. It didn’t go to series but HBO liked Riddle and Salahuddin and the Atlanta setting and decided to take another stab with a new concept. It became “Brothers In Atlanta,” which went to pilot with Story directing.
This is HBO’s second order to a new series that tells stories of African American characters from African American auspices, joining Steve McQueen’s recently picked up drama “Codes of Conduct.”