FX is getting into the late-night business with Chris Rock. The network just announced that it bought six installments of a new half-hour series from Rock that will star standup comedian W. Kamau Bell (pictured).
Set to bow this summer, the show will “dissect politics, pop culture, race, religion, the media and sex in a weekly half hour.”
“Kamau is a tremendous young comedian who has a very smart and sharp take on life,” said Exec VP of Original Programming Nick Grad in a statement. “Working with Chris will only bring out the best of his talents.”
Bell is considered a socio-political comic and is a founding member of the comedy group Laughter Against the Machine. His recent stand-up album, Face Full of Flour, was named one of the top 10 best comedy albums by iTunes and Punchline Magazine.
FX now has eight original comedy series bowing this year: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Archer, Louie, Wilfred, Unsupervised and Strangely Uplifting from Russell Brand.