Comedy Central extends Key & Peele, adds development deal
Michelle Clancy | 13-03-2014
Comedy Central has extended the run for its Emmy-nominated Key & Peele series, while adding a development deal to Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele to expand their Critiquer's Corner Vandaveon & Mike characters into an animated series.
This extension brings the fourth season order to 22 episodes: 20 originals plus two 'best of' episodes. The animated project in development is based on their Vandaveon & Mike characters, set as 12-year-old hall monitors navigating their way through middle school.
"Keegan and Jordan keep generating such a limitless supply of funny, inventive sketches, I'm starting to think they are not only half black and half white, but also three-quarters alien," said Kent Alterman, president of content development and original programming at Comedy Central.
The third season of Key & Peele, which concluded in December, averaged two million total viewers each week and ranked No 1 1 in cable in its timeslot with men 18-34 and was in the top five with adults 18-49.
Key and Peele are best known for their impressive ability for improv, celebrity impressions and conjuring up original characters. The show utilises a combination of filmed sketches and live-stage segments to examine life in a provocative and irreverent way, from two men used to being on the outside looking in.