Don’t give up hope, Downwardly Mobile cast — it really is possible for a web series to become a TV show.
Case in point: Comedy Central announced today that it’s ordering a pilot of a show called Broad City, which is based on the web series of the same name. Comedians Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer have produced Broad since 2009, attracting the attention of famous fans (and guest stars) like Amy Poehler and Kristen Schaal along the way. Glazer was also one of the minds behind “Sh– New Yorkers Say,” which has been viewed more than 3.6 million times on YouTube.
Poehler herself will executive produce the TV version, along with Jacobson, Glazer, Louie EP Dave Becky, and Sam Saifer. Though the project was originally developed at FX — Louis C.K.’s network of choice — Comedy Central head of original programming Kent Alterman is excited about its potential: “Amy Poehler told me this would be a great show for us, and that’s good enough for me,” he said in a statement.
Want a taste of the series? Check out this teaser, which features clips from several different web episodes. Warning: NSFW language abounds.