Chris Rock’s autobiographical family comedy, “Everybody Hates Chris,” has been reimagined and animated into a series called “Everybody Still Hates Chris,” which has received a straight-to-series order by MTV Entertainment.
The new series will be released globally across streamer Paramount+ and sibling linear network Comedy Central.
Rock will return as both the narrator and executive producer of the series, which, like the original comedy, is inspired by the comedian’s teenage years.
CBS Studios and 3 Arts Entertainment produced Everybody Hates Chris and also developed the animated reboot. The two will produce with MTV Entertainment Studios, which has recently increased its adult animation portfolio, Deadline reported.
Sanjay Shah (South Park, Central Park) will serve as the showrunner. Shah wrote the pilot script for Everybody Still Hates Chris, which is inspired by Rock’s experiences growing up as a nerd in a large working-class family living in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, during the late 1980s.
“Chris Rock is one of the most gifted comedians of all time and we’re excited to partner with him, 3 Arts, and CBS Studios to bring this to life and welcome it as the next big hit in our expanding arsenal of iconic adult animation that includes smashing series such as South Park and the new Beavis and Butt-Head,” said Chris McCarthy, who is the President/CEO, Paramount Media Networks & MTV Entertainment Studios.
“A reimagining of this groundbreaking, critically acclaimed series has been a source of creative discussions at our Studio for a long time,” said George Cheeks, president and CEO of CBS. “It’s exciting to join forces with 3 Arts and the comedic genius of Chris Rock as he expands on his vision of the original show in this innovative new format. This also marks another significant in-house collaboration for CBS with Chris McCarthy and our valued partners at MTV Entertainment Studios as we jointly support this marquee series for Paramount+ and Comedy Central.”
Everybody Hates Chris aired in 2005 on UPN and ran for four seasons, one on UPN and the remaining three on its successor, the CW. The comedy won an NAACP Image Award for its writing in 2007 and was also nominated for a Golden Globe and several Emmy Awards.