Television News: Fox Circles Will Arnett Pilot

3/23/2010 Posted by Admin

Television News

Fox Circles Will Arnett Pilot

By our guest blogger, Matt Jussim

Actor Will Arnett is reuniting with his former "Arrested Development” producers Mitch Hurwitz and Jim Vallely on a pilot for a new U.S. comedy series.

According to Variety:  The trio has been working on a pilot for an untitled comedy that would cast Arnett as a "rich Beverly Hills jackass who falls in love with a charitable tree-hugging woman who can't stand his lifestyle."

Lionsgate Television is expected to order the pilot, which was written by Hurwitz, Arnett and Vallely. The team previously collaborated on the celebrated, but short lived sit-com "Arrested Development."

If it gets picked up and goes to a series, the show would be another homecoming for Arnett, Hurwitz and Vallely at Fox, where "Arrested Development" earned critical acclaim (but small audiencess) over the course of three seasons.

More recently, Arnett provided the voice for "Ennis Hofftard" on Fox's animated comedy "Sit Down, Shut Up," which also came from Hurwitz and Tantamount. Show was short-lived, but Fox continues to air repeats on Saturday nights at midnight (behind "The Wanda Sykes Show").

Arnett's recent TV credits include guest stints on "Parks and Recreation"--opposite his real-life wife, Amy Poehler--and "30 Rock," where he recurs as Devon Banks. Vallely and Hurwitz are also writing the long-awaited "Arrested Development" movie, in which Arnett would revive his role as Gob Bluth.

“Arrested Development” is one of the smartest and funniest shows of I have ever seen, so anything coming from the creators of that show will catch my eye. Arnett is also hilarious and his style should fit perfectly with the character and story of this show.

Look for the show later this fall.

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