HBO May Get 'Blues,' Kanye
Network considering unscripted show with West
Charles will be an executive producer of a show featuring hip-hop star Kanye West, which will look at a day in the hectic life of the Grammy-winning rapper and producer. Legendary music producer Rick Rubin is also involved.
Separately, HBO is developing a series adaptation of its telefilm "Lackawanna Blues," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Ruben Santiago-Hudson, whose one-man show formed the basis for the movie, is writing a pilot script and will executive produce.
The film earned S. Epatha Merkerson an Emmy in 2005 and was nominated for several other awards, including best TV movie and best direction for a TV movie or miniseries (George Wolfe). Given her commitment to "Law & Order," though, it's not likely she would be able to reprise her role as Nanny.
HBO isn't commenting on the West project; the HR doesn't have too many details either, aside from the day-in-the-life format. In addition to Rubin and Charles, West and his manager, G Roberson, will also executive produce.
Charles is the director of "Borat" and had helmed several episodes of "Entourage" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm." He was also a writer and executive producer of "Seinfeld," earning two Emmy wins during his tenure with the show.