Fox orders South Side comedy “Rel” starring Lil Rel


Howery heads back to TV after Get Out.

The latest new
multi-camera addition
to Fox’s schedule
for next season is

from 20th Century Fox TV.

Updates continue flowing in before next week’s upfronts.

Fox has ordered a new multi-camera comedy called Rel, a Lil Rel Howery vehicle
from Jerrod Carmichael and Mike Scully.

Inspired by Lil Rel Howery’s (The Carmichael Show, Get Out) real life, the comedian stars as a prideful, self-made success who lives by the code to “always believe in yourself and great things will come.”

He then finds that attitude put to the test when he learns his wife is having an affair with his own barber. He tries to rebuild his life post-divorce as a long-distance single father on the South Side of Chicago who’s on a quest for love, respect and a new barber.

While Rel has been picked up by Fox, they recently dropped Brooklyn Nine-Nine (which was picked up by NBC one day later), The Last Man on Earth, and (my favorite) The Mick from their programming schedule.

However, the studio has since renewed 9-1-1, Star, The Gifted, Empire, The Resident, The Orville and The Simpsons.

The cast includes Howery, Sinbad, Jess “Hilarious” Moore and Jordan L. Jones. Howery will also write and executive produce with Kevin Barnett & Josh Rabinowitz. Jerrod Carmichael also executive produces. Mike Scully is showrunner, and Gerry Cohen is director.

With Shameless and The Chi on Showtime and South Side on Comedy Central, the South Side is looking very crowded which is a great thing for the Chicago production community.

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