Birmingham native Roy Wood Jr. coming home to film pilot for new Comedy Central show

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Cameras continue to roll in Birmingham! Comedy Central announced this week they’ve signed a deal with Daily Show correspondent and Birmingham native Roy Wood Jr. The pilot for his show “Jefferson County Probation” will be shot in Birmingham. (Photo via Comedy Central)

Aaaand, action! Birmingham native and veteran Daily Show correspondent Roy Wood Jr. is heading back to Birmingham to film the pilot for his new Comedy Central show, Jefferson County Probation. The pilot episode will film in Birmingham next month. We’ve got all the details.

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According to Comedy Central, the show is based on Wood’s early life. The pilot stars Wood as a probation officer who tries to help the clients he monitors.

The pilot episode is part of a deal Woods signed with Comedy Central this week and also includes a one-hour stand-up comedy feature. This will be his third. His first two specials, Roy Wood Jr.: No One Loves You (2019) and Roy Wood Jr.: Father Figure(2017) did well on the network.

“It’s my pleasure to partner with a network that understands an artist’s need to take the creative road less traveled to mine humor from complicated social prisms such as jail reform and gentrification,” said Wood. “Humor that also explores the human condition is the most meaningful, but can sometimes be the most challenging.”

Wood will also write and star in an original digital series for Comedy Central titled The Night Pigeon–the story of a black superhero with minimal powers fighting the biggest villains in his community, The Gentrifiers.

The behind-the-scenes talent includes:

  • Writers: Wood and Aaron McGruder (BoondocksBlack Jesus)
  • Executive producers: Wood, McGruder, Trevor Noah, and Mainstay Entertainment’s Norman Aladjem and Derek Van Pelt
  • Director: Millicent Shelton (Black-ish, Insecure, The Walking Dead)

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Wood will speak in Birmingham tomorrow to announce the series and give more details. Wood said he’s excited to come home for work. Plus, his mama has a list of chores!

“Excited to tell these stories in a new place (Birmingham) and even more excited to go on this journey with an African-American woman director at the helm,” said Wood. “Mom has a long list of chores for me to do. So it’ll be kinda cool to shoot at home.”

Stay tuned to Bham Now.  We’ll be reporting on all of the updates!

Christine Hull
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