Ken Marino Joins Casey Wilson For NBC's Marry Me
Of the plethora of actors currently working, there are few that I enjoy seeing on a regular basis more than Ken Marino, founding member of the legendary sketch group/series The State. So it should be easy to understand why Iím so jazzed about Marino signing up to join fellow funnyperson Casey Wilson for the single-camera pilot Marry Me. The pilot is being set up at NBC, so it should be just as obvious why Iím as worried as I am excited.
Marry Me doesnít have too complicated a storyline, which means itíll probably run out of steam in about three episodes. It will follow Marino and Wilson as a young couple who get engaged, only to realize that the road to marriage is one paved with difficulties. Iím foreseeing eccentric family members, problems buying rings and a wedding venue that keeps changing. Oh, and a couple of exes will probably pass by to spice things up a bit. Honestly though, good writing could make any stereotype workable, so hereís hoping this script is full of it.
According to Deadline, the pilot is being developed by Sony TV, Fanfare and David Caspe, the creator of ABCís Wilson-starring Happy Endings, which was cancelled last year. (Caspe also wrote Adam Sandlerís 2012 groan-fest Thatís My Boy, but we promise to forget about that if you will.) Seth Gordon will step in as director. Gordonís breakout documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters landed him directing jobs on Parks and Rec and The Office before he found huge success with both Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief, but heís been busy with episodes of ABCís The Goldbergs, so this should be a piece of cake for him.
Marino has been all over movies and TV in the past few years. 2013 saw him in Jacob Vaughanís ass-blasting horror comedy Bad Milo and Lake Bellís directorial debut In a WorldÖ, and he recently finished filming Rob Thomasí big screen debut of Veronica Mars. On the small screen, Marino was an asinine sports show host in the fourth season of HBOís Eastbound & Down, and also stars in Adult Swimís absurdist hospital comedy Childrens Hospital, the Bachelor/Bachelorette web-turned-TV spoof Burning Love, in addition to having lent his voice to Foxís Axe Cop and the holiday special Toy Story of Terror. He also has a handful of upcoming TV projects in differing stages of production, including a Fox sitcom he was developing with his wife Erica Oyama.
Because it seems like not enough people have watched Burning Love, hereís a preview to get you interested.
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