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Crews are set up in Downtown Birmingham for the start of filming for a new Comedy Central pilot, “Jefferson County Probation” starring Roy Wood Jr., Birmingham native and Daily Show frequent. See photos on location and find out more about the show here.
Streets between 15th and 17th St N on 3rd Ave were blocked off from thru traffic today due to filming. According to a member of the crew, filming for the pilot will last throughout the week of May 20.
More on the Pilot
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 announcement came last month that Wood would be heading to the ‘Ham for filming.
“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.”
- Writers: Wood and Aaron McGruder (Boondocks, Black 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)
“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.”