Comedy Central picks up David Alan Grier, reality spoof

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Comedy Central has handed out series pickups to David Alan Griers fake magazine show and a reality spoof from the producers of NBCs The Biggest Loser.

The news comes on the heels of Comedys 2008-09 development slate announcement, which included both projects as well as the series order for the fantasy comedy Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire, which debuts in first-quarter 2009.

The working-titled David Alan Griers Chocolate News, also bowing in the first quarter, will investigate such inherently urban pop culture topics as an operation to save black and white conjoined twins, steroid use in Little Leaguers and a rappers public service announcement gone awry.

Grier hosts the half-hour show and also executive produces with Robert Morton (Comedy Centrals Mind of Mencia), Fax Bahr and Adam Small (Foxs Mad TV) and Generates Peter Aronson and Jordan Levin. The episode order has yet to be determined.

Reality Bites, also a working title, is a spoof of the reality genre that features comedians in an elimination-style competition where every episode is a self-contained spoof of one of the major reality formats, such as Are You Smarter Than a Monkey? So You Think You Can Dive! Almost American Gladiators and The Amazing Disgrace. The winner will end up being the last comic standing and win a cash prize.

Comedy has ordered eight half-hour episode of Reality Bites, which debuts in the summer.

The Hollywood Reporter

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