Unscripted

Shaquille O’Neal, Ken Jeong set for unscripted TBS pilot

NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal and Community, The Hangover and Crazy Rich Asians funnyman Ken Jeong are headed to Turner-owned cable network TBS for an unscripted comedy pilot. Unqualified (w/t) will see the ...
November 5, 2018

NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal and Community, The Hangover and Crazy Rich Asians funnyman Ken Jeong are headed to Turner-owned cable network TBS for an unscripted comedy pilot.

Unqualified (w/t) will see the odd couple reunited after their showdown on the network’s rap battle series Drop the Mic to take on different odd jobs.

The series will follow the two multi-hyphenates (O’Neal is a former basketball player, actor and sports analyst while Jeong is both an actor and medical doctor) as they become scuba instructors, line cooks, dental hygienists and nude art class models, all in one day.

Their new gigs will be a mix of jobs the two always wanted and others they’re not too eager to try. Tasks will include patrolling malls as rent-a-cops, substitute teaching kindergarten, train conducting, performing as party clowns and more. They’ll be summoned by strangers through a digital portal to take on their new jobs, according to a release.

O’Neal and Jeong will executive produce Unqualified with Dave Kneebone, Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of Abso Lutely Productions. Jensen Karp, Perry Rogers, Colin Smeeton, Mike Perris and Brett Carducci will also serve as EPs on the series.

“These guys made magic on Drop the Mic together. Their chemistry is undeniable,” said Michael Bloom, SVP of unscripted and specials for TBS and TNT, in a statement. “And no doubt that magic will extend to the unwitting people who expect anything to get done when they show up.”

“We are built to hustle,” added O’Neal and Jeong. “We’re thankful to TBS for giving us the opportunity to embrace any challenge that comes our way and we hope to surprise everyone with our ability to learn the ropes on the fly.”

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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