He's branching out from the music business after the huge success of "Uptown Funk;" Bruno Mars will produce an NBC comedy alongside Empire producer Brian Grazer. The single-camera comedy was written by Brooklyn Nine-Nine executive producer Prentice Penny and follows a timid 10-year-old as he moves in with his loud relatives in the Bronx. The show has musical elements, which partially explains Mars' involvement. Apparently, Mars and Penny came up with the show's concept together.
Bruno Mars is not the only musical superstar to make the shift to the small screen in the past year. There seems to be a trend of artists who are getting involved with television acting and production, specifically TV comedies. Nicki Minaj just announced that she will appear in a TV comedy based on her young life that's coming to ABC Family, and then there's the paradoxically titled Ordinary People based on the marriage of John Legend and Chrissy Teigen.
So, we already have a lot of awesome television coming our way, but is it possible that other musicians will jump on this bandwagon and get into the TV game? Hopefully. It seems like a great way for artists with a lot of personality to share their creativity and express their artistic vision in a new way. Here are other artists who should definitely create TV comedies, as well as some suggestions for their roles.
1. Miley Cyrus
Miley now has a distinctive visual aesthetic to accompany her music. I can imagine her bringing her vision to a show that would probably fit in less on the Disney Channel and more on Adult Swim.
I just want Sia's amazing mini-me Maddie Ziegler to play her in some kind of avant-garde show.
With his constant stream of releases, Drake seems to have a lot of creative energy. Before long, I have the feeling he'll want to branch out from rapping and maybe return to his theater roots, though I can see him taking on more of a production role.
It's been a while since Madonna acted, but she seems to be pretty interested in comedy, what with her recent standup foray. I'm pretty sure she should produce a comedy about a young Madonna, which everyone would watch of course.
5. Meghan Trainor
The singer has a bubbly personality and a body positive message, which I can see her bringing to acting.
Pharrell was heavily involved with the excellent comedy Dope, so I can easily see him bringing his activism and likability to a TV show.
7. Ed Sheeran
Ed has a wacky sense of humor and some acting experience, and I can definitely see him starting on an acting or show biz career.
8. Carly Rae Jepsen
I can totally see her starring in or being involved with a quirky fish-out-of-water comedy. Some call it the Zooey Deschanel route.
I guess I'm greedy; shouldn't comedies from Bruno Mars, John Legend, and Nicki Minaj be enough? But, until we get our young Madonna in the '80s comedy, I will not be satisfied.