EXCLUSIVE: Showtime is creating Jonah Kills, a UK-based comedy created and written by Clem Garritty. It hails from Jax Media UK, which commissioned up-and-comer Garritty to generate 4 scripts earlier than the comedy was pitched to Showtime. There is not any work at present being performed on the scripts however I hear the intention is to solid and movie a pilot after the strikes, and veteran TV director Iain B. MacDonald (Poker Face, Shantaram) has been tapped to direct it.
Jonah Kills follows a homosexual man residing in London and looking for love by way of intercourse, solely to find that each particular person he has ever slept with has died in a freak accident.
This marks MacDonald’s return to Showtime the place he was a director on a few of the community’s standout comedy collection of the previous decade, together with Episode, for which he acquired an Emmy nomination, Shameless and Black Monday.
Showtime, which is in transition as it’s turning into carefully built-in with Paramount+ with a brand new government crew underneath Chris McCarthy, has been seeking to reinvent its comedy model. The community doesn’t have present comedy collection. It picked up Season 2 of Darren Star and Jeffrey Richman’s Uncoupled, starring Neal Patrick Harris, following its cancellation by Netflix. A high-profile new entry, Nathan Fielder and Benny Safdie’s The Curse
Imagine-owned Jax Media, recognized for having the ability to effectively produce comedy collection, additionally has a historical past at Showtime the place it was behind Desus & Mero. The firm’s portfolio additionally consists of Emily in Paris, Russian Doll, Search Party, Broad City, and A Black Lady Sketch Show.
Garritty is the Artistic Director of comedy firm Kill the Beast and directed all three of the corporate’s reveals, The Boy Who Kicked Pigs, He Had Hairy Hands and Don’t Wake the Damp, all of which have toured the UK and since transferred to The Soho Theatre. He additionally co-wrote and directed John Henry Falle’s The Story Beast, which was nominated for the Fosters Comedy Award at The Edinburgh Fringe. Alongside writing and directing, Garritty has a aspect enterprise, Swamp Motel, the place he creates digital and immersive experiences.
MacDonald is repped by WME, 3 Arts, and lawyer Robby Koch. Garritty lately signed with WME and can also be repped by Kaplan Perrone.