Vine star King Bach has officially crossed over into primetime TV. Andrew Bachelor (King Bach) will star in a Fox comedy also featuring Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele of the popular Comedy Central sketch show Key & Peele, which aired its last episode in September.
Deadline is reporting that the untitled show will be “a single-camera cop comedy” following Bachelor as an undercover cop stationed in his old neighborhood, poised to take revenge on childhood enemies who are now criminals.
After growing a Vine presence to become the most-followed (14 million followers) personality on the platform, King Bach has translated his social media success to appearances on The Mindy Project, House of Lies, Key & Peele — and now this starring role. The theatrically trained actor explained to Recode that developing a social media fan base to secure TV and film gigs was his plan all along. “I would go into these auditions and they were giving the roles to people with the bigger names,” said Bachelor. “… So I made my own name.”
The show — which doesn’t yet have a release date — will be Key and Peele’s first series since the recent end of their five season run on Comedy Central, which garnered nine Emmy nominations. Key, Peele and Alex Rubens (also of Key & Peele) will executive produce. Rubens will write the script.
Though Key and Peele just wrapped up their sketch show last month, don’t think that they’re slowing down. The duo are also in the midst of developing a new “installment” of the Police Academy franchise, a feature film based on their Substitute Teacher skits, and a movie with the godfather of modern comedy himself, Judd Apatow. The actors also each have their individual projects: Peele will write and direct a horror film, Get Out; Key stars in Mike Birbiglia’s showbiz dramedy Don’t Think Twice, and voices a part in The Angry Birds Movie.
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