IFC has greenlit a new music-themed comedy sketch series executive produced by music icon John Legend set to air in 2019, the network announced Thursday.
The series, Sherman’s Showcase, stars Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle and focuses on music and comedy drawn from the forty-year library of a legendary (but fictional) musical variety show, according to network officials.
John Legend, Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius will serve as executive producers through their Get Lifted Film Co. along with show creators and writers Salahuddin and Riddle (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon).
“When Bashir and Diallo brought us such a fully formed concept, universe and tone from the first pitch, we knew this was going to be a special show for IFC,” said IFC president Jennifer Caserta in a statement. “We’re incredibly excited that they brought Radical and Get Lifted into the mix from the start because music is integral to this show’s dynamite DNA.”
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