On Sunday night, a completely shocked and confused Andy Samberg took home a Golden Globe for his character on Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which also won for Best Television Series: Comedy or Musical. Fox clearly wants to hold on to talent like Samberg and attract more “alternative” comedic talents, because just yesterday the network signed a multi-year deal with the actor and his comedy trio The Lonely Island.
The comedy group—comprised of Samberg and childhood friends Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone—joined SNL in 2005 and introduced the world to the first-ever SNL Digital Shorts, including classics like “Lazy Sunday” and “Dick In A Box,” which won them the Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics in 2007.
According to Deadline, through this new partnership, Schaffer, Samberg and Taccone will develop an “alternative pipeline of next-generation comedy series” for Fox by fostering more off-the-beaten-path projects through digital platforms like Hulu and Roku.
“These guys know what it takes to break through,” said Fox Entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly, “and they are the perfect partners to help us find the next generation of comedy hits.” The projects the trio develops will eventually become full series on Fox, FX, FXX or other networks.
Schaffer said The Lonely Island team is “super excited” about the new partnership with Fox and the opportunity to “make innovative and cool TV shows that might not otherwise make it through the normal development process.” He also added: “Reilly has given us a sandbox to play in, and we’ve brought our shovels, buckets, towels, sunblock, some old Grisham paperbacks, a Luna bar-wait-what was I talking about again?”