Among the crew of funny people who occasionally pop up in Judd Apatow's projects, Jay Baruchel tends to linger slightly off to the side of more prominent actors like James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill. Being somewhat on the fringe of that group actually served as a great bit of comedy and character set-up for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's 2013 comedy This is the End, in fact. But that's no reason to underestimate Baruchel's talent or potential, as he's proven to have plenty of both, which is why it's so great to hear that he's set to star in an FX pilot, which would put him back on TV in a starring (non-voice) role, should this project go to series.
TVLine reports that Baruchel has been tapped to star in the FX comedy pilot Man Seeking Woman, which is based on a book by Saturday Night Live scribe Simon Rich, The Last Girlfriend on Earth. Written by Rich and executive produced by SNL's Lorne Michaels, the comedy is described as "a sweet and absurd look at the life-and-death stakes of dating." Baruchel will play the part of Josh Greenberg, guy who's thrust back into the dating scene when his longtime girlfriend dumps him. Baruchel's character is described as a naive romantic on a desperate quest for love. That actually sounds like a great fit for Baruchel, who can surely play up a sensitive and vulnerable side with potentially charming results.
Baruchel's early credits include Nickelodeon's scary-story show Are You Afraid of the Dark and later, with a more prominent role in Judd Apatow's Undeclared. In recent years, we've seen more of him on the feature side, with roles in Tropic Thunder, Knocked Up and the mentioned This is the End. (This is the End SPOILERY pictures at the bottom of this article!)
Baruchel also wrote and co-starred in one of my favorite 2011/2012 films, Goon. So he's been busy with feature work both on and off screen, but he hasn't been completely absent from the small screen. He appeared in an episode of Being Human and has reprised his voice-role of Hiccup for the How To Train Your Dragon TV follow-up Dragons: Riders of Berk. Baruchel has certainly been around for a while, and he's been doing great things. This new comedy has potential to be another one, if it makes it beyond the pilot stage. Here's hoping. In the meantime, he's credited for a role in the upcoming Robocop remake and his dragon-training character Hiccup will be back on the big screen coming soon for the How to Train Your Dragon sequel.
Here's where those spoilery images from This is the End come in!
Go ahead and celebrate this news by listening to some Backstreet Boys...