Showtime will be delivering us Dice, a single-camera scripted comedy starring controversial actor-comedian Andrew Dice Clay, with a six-episode straight-to-series order. Created and written by Scot Armstrong (Old School, The Hangover Part II), Dice chronicles the semi-true stories of Andrew Dice Clay, one of the most polarizing men on the planet. It follows the comedian as he works in Las Vegas to resurrect his career while supporting his family. And his girlfriend. And his ex-fiancé. And his ex-wife. And his mother-in-law. And his son’s band. Production is slated to begin later this year for a 2016 premiere. Showtime’s EVP original programming Gary Levine said, “Love him or hate him, Dice is a true original and Dice is always funny. Plus, we were looking to do a semi-autobiographical comedy about a one-named icon and Cher was busy.” Dice’s acting career has picked up in the past couple of years. He was in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, on the final season of HBO’s Entourage and appeared in NBC’s The Blacklist.
Dice is slated to co-star on the upcoming Martin Scorsese/Mick Jagger/Terence Winter Rock ‘n’ roll drama series for Showtime rival HBO, which I hear also pursued Dice. Sources indicate that Dice is legally clear to do both though time will tell if that will be the case. A few years back, HBO suspended Liev Schreiber as the voice of its sports documentaries when he signed on as the lead in the Showtime drama pilot Ray Donovan. He was subsequently reinstated.