MTV impatiently canceled Bo Burnham's MTV comedy Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous this summer, but Burnham's co-creator/showrunner on the series, Dan Lagana, has already sold a new comedy to another network. THR reports that CBS has given a script order to a new show written by Lagana. The untitled project follows a couple who just got married and are struggling to raise a toddler and a teenager at the same time. CBS has only ordered a script to the potential series so far, so they have yet to greenlight a pilot.
Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous walks a fine line. Co-created by and starring YouTube sensation turned comedy wunderkind Bo Burnham, the mockumentary-style show follows a new high school graduate who hires a film crew to make a reality show about his life. “You’re watching exclusive, behind-the-scenes footage of a pre-celebrity,” Zach Stone says in the first minute of the pilot. He’s spending his life savings, and foregoing college, to follow his dream of fame at all costs.
Mocking reality shows has existed almost as long as reality shows themselves and become almost a genre unto itself, with recent examples like spoof web series Burning Love and Bobcat Goldthwait’s [...]
MTV has set a premiere date for Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous, a new sitcom co-created by and starring comedian Bo Burnham. The show will kick off its first season on Thursday, May 2nd, at 10:30pm after a Jersey Shore spin-off called The Show with Vinny. Zach Stone stars Burnham as the title character, a guy who just got out of high school who foregoes college to try to become famous – despite not having any talent. Burnham rose up via a series of viral YouTube videos of himself performing comedic songs before releasing successful albums and Comedy Central specials and impressing Judd Apatow enough to hire him to develop [...]