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HBO Greenlights Scripted Half-Hour Comedy Pilot From Diallo Riddle & Bashir Salahuddin

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act June 10, 2013 at 6:23PM

Ahh, I love this news. I've been following these guys for several years now; their Black Cinema Review skit (from their Web series The Message) still cracks me up, some 7 years later. It was ahead of its time back then, in my not-so humble opinion.
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Diallo Riddle & Bashir Salahuddin via Their Facebook Fan Page
Diallo Riddle & Bashir Salahuddin via Their Facebook Fan Page

Ahh, I love this news. I've been following these guys for several years now; their Black Cinema Review skit (from their Web series The Message) still cracks me up, some 7 years later. It was ahead of its time back then, in my not-so humble opinion.

I'm referring to the dynamic duo, Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin, who have been given the greenlight by HBO to write and star in a half-hour comedy pilot for the premium cable TV network. 

By the way, they've also written and performed for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

The currently untitled project will star both gentlemen as two young reporters, trying to make it big in Atlanta.

The potentially new HBO series will be executive produced by Lorne Michaels, along with Riddle and Salahuddin, with Dave Flebotte serving as showrunner.

I'm glad that HBO will be its home. I hope it means that they'll be free to push the envelope a bit, and give us something wholly original, especially when compared to other mostly lackluster *black shows* on both broadcast and cable TV currently.

I can only guess that their reasons for setting the series in Atlanta, may have been influenced by the wealth of reality TV series that are set in that city, many starring black people; along with the fact that Atlanta is something of a *black metropolis*.

While we wait, and as a reminder (or if you've never seen it), watch their 7 year-old Black Cinema Review skit below:

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