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‘Rel,’ ‘The Gifted’ Canceled at Fox

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Fox has made early decisions not to move forward with news seasons of “Rel” and “The Gifted.”

The Lil Rel Howery-led sitcom “Rel” and the Marvel drama “The Gifted,” which were in their first and second seasons, respectively, have both been canceled by the network.

The two shows become two of the first formal cancellations of the season. Both were produced by 20th Century Fox Television, which split from the network after coming under Disney ownership earlier this year.

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Inspired by Howrey’s real life, the multi-camera comedy “Rel” starred the comedian as a man trying to start his life over as a long-distance single father on the South Side of Chicago after discovering that his wife was cheating on him with his barber.

Howrey also served as writer and executive producer alongside co-creator Kevin Barnett, Josh Rabinowitz,
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‘Rel’ Canceled By Fox After One Season

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‘Rel’ Canceled By Fox After One Season
The Lil Rel Howery-starring comedy Rel will not get a second season at Fox. The network has canceled the comedy series from Jerrod Carmichael, Mike Scully and 20th Century Fox TV, after one season.

Of the other two Fox freshman comedy series, Last Man Standing is fully expected to be renewed while The Cool Kids is heavily on the bubble.

There was a hint at Rel’s fate when Fox last fall opted not to give a back order to the series. (The network ended up trimming the original order from 13 to 12 episodes.) Rel did not take advantage of its post-Family Guy time slot on Sunday. Its first season averaged a modest 0.8 adults 18-49 rating and 2.1 million viewers in Live+7.

The Rel family suffered a tragic loss in January when co-creator/executive producer Kevin Barnett died suddenly while vacationing in Mexico, a little over a week after the season one finale had aired.
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Kevin Barnett’s Cause Of Death Disclosed – Report

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Kevin Barnett’s Cause Of Death Disclosed – Report
More information has been revealed about the passing of young writer-comedian Kevin Barnett who died suddenly on Jan. 22 while vacationing in Mexico.

According to the Chief of the Forensic Medical Service, cited by E! News, Burnett’s body was received on Jan. 22 at 5:50 Am, from Avenida Revolución in Tijuana.

“The corresponding autopsy was carried out, which determined that the cause of death was: Non Traumatic Hemorrhage, caused by pancreatitis,” the statement to E! News reads.

Barnett was a rising New York City comic whose death at age 32 triggered an outpouring of grief in the comedy community. He recently co-created and executive produced fellow comedians Lil Rel Howery and Josh Rabinowitz’s Rel, the freshman Fox/20th TV comedy series starring Howery.
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Rel Co-Creator Kevin Barnett Dead at 32

Stand-up comedian and TV writer Kevin Barnett, who co-created the Fox sitcom Rel and wrote for Broad City and The Carmichael Show, has died at the age of 32, our sister site Variety reports.

Barnett died while on vacation in Mexico; the cause of death is currently unknown. News of his passing was first announced by New York City comedy club The Stand, where Barnett had previously performed:

Rest in peace Kevin Barnett pic.twitter.com/FM6ctlQEDo

— The Stand NYC (@TheStandNYC) January 22, 2019

A stand-up comedian on the rise, Barnett created Fox’s freshman comedy Rel along with Josh Rabinowitz and star Lil Rel Howery,
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Kevin Barnett, Comedian and Co-Creator of 'Rel,' Dies

Kevin Barnett, Comedian and Co-Creator of 'Rel,' Dies
Comedian Kevin Barnett, who co-created the Fox series Rel with Lil Rel Howery and Josh Rabinowitz, has died.

UTA, Barnett's talent agency, confirmed the news Tuesday on Twitter: "We are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and client Kevin Barnett. He was an incredible talent and a wonderful person. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. We will miss him."

Ben Kissel, who hosted the podcast Round Table of Gentlemen with Barnett, remembered the comic on Twitter. "Dear Last Podcast family," Kissel wrote. "It’s with a heavy heart we inform you of the ...
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‘Rel’ Premiere Adds 600,000 Viewers in Delayed Viewing

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The series premiere of Fox’s multi-cam comedy “Rel” rose approximately 10% over its linear debut in the delayed viewing ratings.

Accord to Nielsen Live+3 data, “Rel” grew to a 2.0 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.1 million viewers, compared to the 1.9 rating and 5.5 million viewers it drew on Sunday. That is Fox’s strongest three-day multi-platform audience since the Season 4 finale of “Empire” in May. According to Fox, “Rel” also delivered another 500,000 viewers on Twitter and YouTube as part of its early sampling.

Inspired by the life of “Get Out” star Lil Rel Howery,” Rel” stars Howery as a recently divorced husband and father who makes a fresh start on the West Side of Chicago. He does so with the help of his best friend and unfiltered sounding board, Brittany (Jessica “Jess Hilarious” Moore); his wayward younger brother, Nat (Jordan L. Jones); and his old-school dad (Sinbad). It will make its time period premiere on Sunday,
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How Lil Rel Howery & Jerrod Carmichael Push Comedy Boundaries On Fox’s ‘Rel’ – TCA

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How Lil Rel Howery & Jerrod Carmichael Push Comedy Boundaries On Fox’s ‘Rel’ – TCA
With Jerrod Carmichael serving as Ep on Lil Rey Howery’s new Fox series Rel, the question from the TCA corps today was just how political in this new comedy series going to be?

The Carmichael Show pushed boundaries until its ultimate cancellation from NBC; “an uptight network” dinged one reporter in the room.

“During the Barry Diller era, (Fox) really challenged and felt dangerous; there was stuff on there my mom didn’t want me to watch,” said Carmichael, “We want to contribute to that legacy.”

“On The Carmichael Show we built from the argument out,” says that series former Co-ep and current Rel Ep Mike Scully, “Jerrod was like ‘we’re going to do Ferguson’. I was like ‘Wow, when does the family go camping?'”

In Rel, the writing team has been working it from reverse, setting up the situation and layering on the political and social issues later.
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Fox New Series Trailers: Comedies ‘Last Man Standing’, ‘Rel’, ‘The Cool Kids & Dramas ‘The Passage’ & ‘Proven Innocent’

Fox has released trailers for its new comedies and dramas as part of the 2018-19 series orders. You can watch below.

The Cool Kids – Comedy

Produced by 20th Century Fox Television and FX Productions. From writer/executive producer Charlie Day, writer/co-executive producer Paul Fruchbom, executive producers Nick Frenkel and Kevin Abbott and director/executive producer Don Scardino.

Last Man Standing – Comedy

Produced by 20th Century Television. From writer/executive producer Jack Burditt.

Rel – Comedy

Produced by 20th Century Fox Television. From writers/executive producers Lil Rel Howery, Kevin Barnett and Josh Rabinowitz, executive producers Mike Scully and Jerrod Carmichael and director Gerry Cohen.

The Passage – Drama

Produced by 20th Century Fox Television, 6th & Idaho and Scott Free. From writer/executive producer Elizabeth Heldens, executive producers Matt Reeves, Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker and Adam Kassan, director Marcus Siega and co-executive producer Justin Cronin.

Proven Innocent – Drama

Produced by
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Lil Rel Howery Multi-Cam Comedy Ordered to Series at Fox

  • Variety
Fox has ordered Lil Rel Howery’s self-titled comedy project to series.

Rel” hails from writer, executive producer and star Howery, as well as writers and executive producers Kevin Barnett and Josh Rabinowitz and executive producer and showrunner Mike Scully. It sees Howery play a prideful, self-made success who lives by the code to “always believe in yourself and great things will come” but finds that attitude gets put to the test when he learns his wife his having an affair with his 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. The series is inspired by Howery’s real life.

In addition to Howery, the series will star Sinbad, Jess “Hilarious” Moore, and Jordan L. Jones. “Rel” also has Jerrod Carmichael on-board as an executive producer. Gerry Cohen directed the pilot.
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‘Rel’ Comedy Starring Lil Rel Howery Picked Up To Series By Fox In Big Multi-Camera Push

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Fox is swinging the comedy format pendulum heading into next season, adding three new multi-camera series while cancelling at least three single-camera ones, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Mick and The Last Man On Earth, which all got the ax earlier today.

The latest new multi-camera addition to Fox’s schedule for next season is the Lil Rel Howery starrer Rel, from Jerrod Carmichael, Mike Scully and 20th Century Fox TV. It joins recently picked up pilot-to-series multi-camera comedy The Cool Kids as well as the Last Man Standing revival, which is still being finalized. The retirement home-set The Cool Kids had been rumored as a potential companion for Lms on the fall schedule, so Rel could be for a midseason.

Returning to multi-camera comedies, which Fox abandoned a couple of years ago, was a priority for the network’s new entertainment president Michael Thorn. “I believe in them, we all believe in them,
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Fox Orders Divorce Comedy Rel Starring Get Out Scene Stealer Lil Rel Howery

A former Carmichael Show star is headed to Fox for more family dysfunction.

The network has given a series order to Rel — a multi-cam comedy based on the life of Lil Rel Howery, who will portray himself — for the 2018–2019 season, TVLine has learned. The show’s official description is as follows:

Lil Rel, a prideful, self-made success who lives by the code to “always believe in yourself and great things will come,” 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
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Comedy Central Greenlights Arturo Castro Sketch Show And Comedy Cellar Stand-Up Series, Boosts Development Slate

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Comedy Central has unveiled its 2018-2019 development slate which includes series orders for Alternatino With Arturo Castro, a Latino-focused sketch series from the Broad City regular, and This Week at the Comedy Cellar, a stand-up series from the famed New York City venue.

The network also has five new shows in development including the weekly series Verified With David Spade, which Deadline revealed last month, and the already announced animated Mall Town USA executive produced by Broad City‘s Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer.

Broad City, which was just renewed for a fifth and final season, factors heavy in the development slate. Along with alum Castro’s series is the in-the-works Kevin Vs. Josh, created, written by and starring Kevin Barnett and Josh Rabinowitz. Based on their real-life friendship, it is executive produced by Jerrod Carmichael, Ari Katcher, Avi Gilbert, Barnett and Rabinowitz.

Also in development is Awkwafina, a half-hour
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Comedy Central Greenlights ‘Comedy Cellar,’ Arturo Castro Series; Orders David Spade Pilot

  • Variety
Comedy Central said it greenlit two new series and ordered five pilots as part of its 2018-2019 development slate, readying a stand-up series centered around New York’s Comedy Cellar and preparing a new showcase for Latino comedian Arturo Castro.

“Alternatino with Arturo Castro” stars Arturo Castro and is directed by Nick Jasenovec. The sketch show is based on Arturo’s experiences as a Latino millennial in the United States. The series is executive produced by Castro, Jasenovec and Sam Saifer for Avalon Television, with Avalon Television producing. Arturo is represented by Wme, Avalon and Melissa fox at Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush and Keller. Jose Acevedo and Ari Pearce are the executives in charge of production for Comedy Central.

“This Week at the Comedy Cellar” is a series of 30-minute episodes that showcase “the best topical jokes generated in the Comedy Cellar in the days immediately leading up to premiere.
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‘Rel’: Jessica “Jess Hilarious” Moore To Star In Fox Comedy Pilot After Recasting

Actress-comedian Jessica “Jess Hilarious” Moore has been cast as the female lead opposite Lil Rel Howery in the Fox comedy pilot Rel, executive produced by Jerrod Carmichael and Mike Scully. She replaces Angel Laketa Moore, who had been originally cast in the role. The recasting decision was made after the pilot’s table read. Written/executive produced by Josh Rabinowitz & Kevin Barnett and Howery, and inspired by Howery's real life, Rel, from 20th Century Fox TV, centers…
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Sinbad Cast as Lil Rel’s Dad on Fox’s ‘Rel’ Pilot

Sinbad Cast as Lil Rel’s Dad on Fox’s ‘Rel’ Pilot
Comedian and actor Sinbad has been cast on Fox’s Lil Rel pilot, “Rel.” He’ll play Rel and Nat’s dad, who seems to care more about his reputation in the community than he does about the happiness of his sons, per the character’s description. The 20th Century Fox Television multi-camera comedy hails from Jerrod Carmichael and showrunner Mike Scully. Lil Rel will write, executive produce and star on the potential series. Kevin Barnett and Josh Rabinowitz are the other writer/EPs. Here is the pilot’s official logline: Lil Rel, a prideful, self-made success who lives by the code to “always believe in yourself and great...
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‘Rel’: Sinbad To Co-Star In Fox Comedy Pilot

Sinbad is set for a lead role opposite Lil Rel Howery in the Fox comedy pilot Rel, executive produced by Jerrod Carmichael and Mike Scully. Written/executive produced by Josh Rabinowitz & Kevin Barnett and Howery, and inspired by Howery's real life, Rel, from 20th Century Fox TV, centers on Lil Rel (Howery), a prideful, self-made success who lives by the code to "always believe in yourself and great things will come." Rel finds that attitude put to the test when he…
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Angel Laketa Moore Joins Fox Comedy Pilot ‘Rel’; Shea Buckner Joins ABC’s ‘Get Christie Love’

ER alum Angel Laketa Moore is set as a series regular opposite Lil Rel Howery in the Fox comedy pilot Rel, executive produced by Jerrod Carmichael. Written/executive produced by Josh Rabinowitz & Kevin Barnett and Howery, and inspired by Howery's real life, Rel, from 20th Century Fox TV, centers on Lil Rel (Howery), a prideful, self-made success who lives by the code to "always believe in yourself and great things will come." Rel finds that attitude put to the test when…
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‘Rel’: Jordan L. Jones Cast In Fox Comedy Pilot

Newcomer Jordan L. Jones has landed a lead role opposite Lil Rey Howery in the Fox comedy pilot Rel, executive produced by Jerrod Carmichael. Written/executive produced by Josh Rabinowitz & Kevin Barnett and Howery, and inspired by Howery’s real life, Rel, from 20th Century Fox TV, centers on Lil Rel (Howery), a prideful, self-made success who lives by the code to "always believe in yourself and great things will come." Rel finds that attitude put to the test when he…
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Fox Buys Lil Rel Howrey Comedy Produced By Jerrod Carmichael & Mike Scully With Put Pilot Commitment

Fox has given a put pilot commitment to a multi-camera comedy starring Lil Rel Howrey, from 20th Century Fox TV. It is the first project under the overall deal The Carmichael Show co-creator/star Jerrod Carmichael recently signed with 20th TV. Carmichael is executive producing alongside Mike Scully. Written/executive produced by Josh Rabinowitz & Kevin Barnett and Howrey, the untitled comedy centers on Lil Rel, a prideful, self-made success who lives by the code to…
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Fox Orders Pilot From Jerrod Carmichael Starring ‘Insecure’ Actor Lil Rel Howery

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Fox Orders Pilot From Jerrod Carmichael Starring ‘Insecure’ Actor Lil Rel Howery
Jerrod Carmichael wasn’t out of a network TV job for long. Fox has ordered a put pilot from the “Carmichael Show” alum for his untitled comedy starring “Insecure” actor Lil Rel Howery.

The multi-camera comedy will be executive produced by Carmichael and Mike Scully. Writing and executive producing are Josh Rabinowitz, Kevin Barnett and co-creator Lil Rel Howery.

Scully is showrunner.

The 20th Century Fox Television production for Fox broadcast will follow Rel as a “prideful, self-made success who lives by the code to
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