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Fox Set to Keep Lonely Island Comedy Trio Company

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Fox Set to Keep Lonely Island Comedy Trio Company
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It’s a great Monday for Andy Samberg! Fox has cut a multi-year deal with the comedy trio The Lonely Island to create new comedy projects to premiere on digital platforms such as Hulu before moving successful shows to Fox, FX, FXX, and other networks full-time. The news comes the day after Samberg walked away with a Golden Globe for his role on Fox’s single-camera series “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”

“This is Fox’s third alternative development venture, and I’m ecstatic that we’re launching it with comedic geniuses The Lonely Island,” said Fox chairman of entertainment Kevin Reilly. “I’ve admired Akiva, Andy and Jorma’s work for many years, and they share our desire to give creators more independence and the opportunity to take risks. These guys know what it takes to break through—whether online or on air—and they are the perfect partners to help us find the next generation of comedy hits.”

Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone are the masterminds behind hit comedic songs like Grammy-nominated “I’m On a Boat” “D**k in a Box” (featuring Justin Timberlake), and “Like a Boss.”

“Andy, Jorma and I are super excited to work with Mr. Reilly and everyone at Fox to make innovative and cool TV shows that might not otherwise make it through the normal development process,” said Schaffer. “Reilly has given us a sandbox to play in, and we’ve brought our shovels, buckets, towels, sunblock, some old Grisham paperbacks, a Luna bar—wait—what was I talking about again?”

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