YouTube has given a straight-to-series order to Weird City, a half-hour comedic sci-fi anthology created by Jordan Peele and Charlie Sanders.
The six-episode series will debut exclusively on YouTube Premium in 2019. Adam Bernstein is directing the first two episodes.
Its description reads: Weird City is an anthology set in the not-too-distant future metropolis of Weird. Each episode is an exploration of issues that pertain to present day life, stories that could only be told now through the prism of sci-fi and comedy.
The series is written by Peele and Sanders and produced by Monkeypaw Productions, Sonar Entertainment, Mosaic and Raskal Productions.
Jose Molina will be the showrunner. Peele, Sanders and Bernstein will also serve as executive producers with Win Rosenfeld, Tom Lesinski, Jenna Santoianni, Sam Hansen, Jimmy Miller, Keith Raskin and Linda Morel.
“We are thrilled to be in business with Jordan, Charlie and Jose, who have brilliantly created a highly entertaining satire that will be a timely send-up of modern society,” said Susanne Daniels, global head of original content at YouTube. “We are excited to partner with Sonar Entertainment and all of the innovative storytellers behind Weird City to push boundaries and redefine what a comedy series can be.”
“Writer/creator Charlie Sanders and I collaborated on some Key & Peele sketches that took on everything from the ‘Black Republicans’ to ‘Continental Breakfasts’ to ‘Family Matters’,” said Jordan Peele. “Now, with YouTube, we present a series of comedy-driven twisted-ass science fiction stories that take place in a world close to ours but just a little bit off.”
“We’re excited to work with Jordan, Charlie and YouTube to share this unique and timely series with audiences,” said Tom Lesinski, CEO, Sonar Entertainment. “Jordan’s ability to capture the zeitgeist through genre-bending storytelling is unparalleled, and that certainly is the case with Weird City.”