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

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 10, 2013 6:23 PM
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Diallo Riddle & Bashir Salahuddin

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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  • kwesi | June 11, 2013 11:43 AMReply

    Very funny stuff! Classic low key sarcasm...

  • Geneva Girl | June 11, 2013 7:08 AMReply

    That was funny!

  • kid video | June 11, 2013 4:39 AMReply

    Been a fan since their blog, Long Live the Message...also loved their "Coming to America" and "Black Conservative" skits.

    Cant wait to watch.

  • Akimbo | June 10, 2013 11:26 PMReply

    Love these guys! Great news!

  • Helluva | June 10, 2013 8:27 PMReply

    Nice video...hadn't heard of that piece previously. Dude was the "Hubble Telescope" guy. I wondered what happened to him, he was funny on Fallon's show. Will definitely check for the HBO joint...

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