Kanye West's TV Show 'Too Hard-Core' For HBO, Larry Charles Says
Kanye West's long- rumored HBO show doesn't seem like it will be getting off the ground anytime soon. Writer and producer Larry Charles, who was affiliated with the project, recently told ComingSoon.net that, for now, HBO seems to have curbed its enthusiasm about it.
"It was really good, but ... I think it was too hard-core for HBO. Also, HBO's management shifted. HBO doesn't have a good track record when it comes to black shows, and I felt like that may have had something to do with it also," he told the site. "I don't see a lot of shows about that experience at all. This was very entertaining and we showed it to a lot of people. People gave it a very good response, and it seems to be on the shelf right now. The management has shifted at HBO so we're waiting to see."
Charles did say that the show is roughly Kanye's version of Larry David's show, "Curb Your Enthusiasm," an idea that Kanye thought up himself. "What Kanye West said to me the first time, he said, 'I'm the black Larry David.' That's the first thing he said to me. So it's like a Kanye-and-'Curb' show, it's kind of improvised about the situations and stuff.
"He's so much funnier than people realize," Charles continued. "Even the whole being-full-of-himself stuff is a joke to him, and he likes to play that of being like, you know, Kanye. And he's kind of a brilliant guy actually."
A rep for HBO told MTV News she had no knowledge of the show's status, noting that the show has been in development for some time and adding, "Until it is actually shot or picked up as a pilot, we don't have any info."
Reached by MTV News, Kanye West's rep had no comment on the matter.