Comedy Central Motherload Gets Heavier

Comedy Central has unveiled its 2006 original development slate for its broadband programming outlet, Motherload. Among the additions are new cartoon shorts that will be available for download at www.comedycentral.com.

One of the first network broadband channels to premiere original series, Comedy Central Motherload launched on Nov. 1, 2005 and features such animated series as Odd Todd from Todd Rosenberg and Shadow Rock from Max Cannon, the artist behind Red Meat, a popular cult comic strip featured every week in The Onion.

“Our 2006 broadband development slate further represents Comedy Central’s commitment to developing and producing quality programming exclusively for this digital platform,” says Lou Wallach, senior VP of original programming and development for Comedy Central. “Top comedians, actors and writers are looking to Comedy Central as the launching pad for their broadband shows.

Among the new animated series in development is Golden Age from Augenblick Studios, whose animation has appeared in Comedy Central’s Shorties Watching Shorties and MTV2′s Wonder Showzen. Each episode of Golden Age reveals what happened to retired cartoon characters such Jerome the gumdrop from the ‘Let’s Go Out to the Lobby” film strips that played before movies in the 70s.

Animation and comic fans can also look forward to a dark and twisted Reading Rainbow parody titled Daisy Garden Story Time. The series is created by Nick Gurewitch, the artist behind the cult comic strip The Perry Bible Fellowship. Comedy central has also put an order in for Fanboy, a live-action series about an obnoxious comic-book geek, developed by Hungryman, a commercial production company that works with acclaimed directors Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry.