In the race for “Original Series” domination, the Showtime network has some heavy hitters in its arsenal, but, as a whole, has never enjoyed the level of success and acclaim showered upon its premium-channel competitor HBO (or hell, Netflix too, for that matter.) Now, with their latest original series acquisition, SHO is hoping a funny Jew torn between two worlds will help boost the network into the top echelon of cable programming.
Yank, from Fox 21, is centered on a young man who ventures out of his sheltered, ultra-orthodox Jewish community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to pursue his passion of becoming a stand-up comedian. He embarks on a double life in the foreign world that is only steps from his home — New York City — and earnestly attempts to live simultaneously in the diametrically opposed worlds.
“Conflicted Jewish Comic” isn’t exactly uncharted comedic territory (cough*anniehall*cough) but exploring the gulf between Ultra-Orthodox Williamsburg and, well, pretty much the rest of the world, sounds promising.
The series itself is being described as a comedy, and will be written by Elisa Zuritsky and Julie Rottenberg, whose previous writing credits include Sex and the City, and directed by Richard Shepard, who won an Emmy for his work on Ugly Betty.
As of now, Yank does not have a premier date.