Comedy Central Orders Three New Series And Nine Pilots

Comedy Central is exploring a bunch of new ways to make us laugh.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the cable network has been busy this spring with a orders for three new series and the development of nine pilots.

Executives recently announced a new companion to The Daily Show called The Nightly Show, hosted by Jordan Klepper, and we've already seen promos for The President Show, another late-night show fronted by Donald Trump impersonator Anthony Atamanuik. But that's apparently just the beginning.

The network also gave the go-ahead for three other new shows: the scripted series Corporate, the variety hybrid The New Negroes, and a U.S. spin on the the U.K.'s Taskmaster, hosted by Reggie Watts. The pilots in development include vehicles for Noel Wells, Awkwafina, and Chappelle's Show co-creator Neal Brennan.

"I'd say we're continuing to open up our aperture to new audiences," said Comedy Central president Kent Alterman. "It doesn't mean we're trying to appeal to everybody with any one show. When I got here, we were pretty much only doing shows by and for young white males. Now I think we're looking in all different directions at different sensibilities–and what goes along with them in terms of genres, formats and premises."

Corporate will be an "edgy look" at life as a junior-executive-in-training at a "soulless multi-national corporation" starring Matt Ingebretson, Jake Weisman, and Lance Reddick.

The New Negroes comes from Baron Vaughn and Open Mike Eagle, and it's a "socially aware" stand-up and musical series that will showcase new and established comedians.

Taskmaster, based on the internationally popular U.K. show, will star Reggie Watts as the titular taskmaster who judges five unwitting comedians while they compete with each other in a series of "stupefying" tasks.

The pilots (each with working titles) include Alternatino, a half-hour sketch show hosted by Arturo Castro (Broad City); Delco Proper, which centers on a group of buddies who have worked in the same Pennsylvania lumberyard for years; the Andy Samberg-produced mockumentary Home for the Weekend, which follows Neal Brennan and a celebrity guest on a trip back to the guest's hometown; Noel Wells' Power Couple, about a neurotic 20-something couple in Austin; and a currently untitled half-hour scripted series starring rapper Awkwafina as she navigates the underground hip-hop scene in Queens, New York.

First up is The President Show, which premieres April 27. Until then, take a look at the untold truth of Chappelle's Show and a few TV cancellations that never should've happened.