HBO Finds New ‘Entourage’-Like Comedy in ‘Hyena’
HBO may have just found its next Entourage-like comedy. The producing team behind the popular show has signed on to executive produce a new show that, like its previous hit, also centers the autobiographical story of a man in the entertainment industry.
Whereas Entourage took inspiration from actor Mark Wahlberg’s stories of his early years in Hollywood, the new series, entitled Hyena, will center on the life of Jude Angelini, a hip-hop Sirius satellite radio host. According to Deadline, Hyena is based on Angelino’s self-published book of the same name. The book is described as a “collection of autobiographical stories,” which chronicles Angelini’s “journey of heartbreak, depravity, and hilarity, deftly moving between his adult life and his childhood.” The stories follow the host from his upbringing in a factory town outside of Detroit to the beginnings of his career path as a guest and comic on The Jenny Jones Show and eventually, his turn as a co-host on his own show, The All Out Show.
Similarly to Entourage, Hyena will explore Angelini’s life story while also delving into other more explicit themes like sex, drugs, and the human condition. Per Deadline, writer and producer Musika, a longtime fan of Angelini and his book, pursued the project and is now leading it. She will co-write the script alongside Angelini. Both will also serve as executive producers alongside frequent collaborators, Stephen Levinson and Wahlberg, who will produce via their Leverage Entertainment and Closest to the Hole Productions banners respectively.
The same producing team previously found huge success with their work on Entourage, which ran on HBO for eight seasons from 2004 to 2011. A comedy film continuing the TV series is due for release later this year.
Whether the similarly-themed Hyena will spur the same reaction remains to be seen. No casting information for the show has been revealed just yet and further plot details regarding the still developing series are still scarce. Still, having the same team behind it certainly puts it off to a good start. After all, Entourage isn’t the only successful project that Levinson and Wahlberg have produced for HBO. The two also serve as executive producers for the critically acclaimed drama series, Boardwalk Empire.
Hyena also isn’t the only show that Levinson and Wahlburg currently have in the works at the network. The two are also producing Ballers, an upcoming half-hour comedy that was ordered to series at the channel last year. Starring Dwayne Johnson and Rob Corddry, the series will reportedly center on a group of active, retired football players in Miami.
For HBO, Hyena marks the latest entry in a slew of upcoming shows centering on the entertainment industry. The network has already ordered to series a still-untitled 1970s rock ‘n’ roll drama from Martin Scorsese and Terrence Winter, and starring Bobby Cannavale. Also in the works is Living in Video, a developing comedy-drama from director David Fincher that will examine the burgeoning music video industry in 1983 Los Angeles.