Kevin Hart is expanding his portfolio into television production. The stand-up comedian and actor is set to co-produce a new family-friendly comedy, Don’t Call It a Comeback, for ABC.
The Night School star will be working alongside producer and creator Courtney Lilly, known for his work on black-ish. The series will focus on a 40-something-year-old divorced father who was once a member of a one-hit-wonder rap group. The out-of-touch dad now uses his hip-hop knowledge to get his “swagger” back as a parent, according to Variety. Hart will executive produce through his HartBeat Productions alongside business partner John Cheng.
“Courtney’s idea is funny, relatable and most importantly has so much heart—all the elements that belong in a HartBeat production,” Hart said. “I’m so excited to work with him and everybody at ABC.”
This announcement comes one month after Hart committed to creating several kid-friendly shows for Nickelodeon. The first-look deal with Nick is also under his HartBeat Productions banner. Under the deal, the Philadelphia comic will develop and produce live-action scripted kids content for the network.
“For me, Nick has always represented everything fun about being a kid, and it’s still at the forefront today of kids’ and family entertainment,” Hart said. “I’ve been slimed at Kids’ Choice, won a lot of Orange Blimps and my kids are my very own built-in focus group, so I’m ready to dive in and make some next-level shows with Brian and everyone at Nickelodeon.”
Head of Nickelodeon and producer Brian Robbins, added, “I’m excited to inherit this terrific content deal with Kevin Hart just as I step into my new role at Nickelodeon. Kevin is an incredible talent whose appeal cuts across practically every age group and every member of the family. He knows how to create unforgettable characters, and I can’t wait for him and HartBeat Productions to focus their creativity on making great new content with us.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.