Patton Oswalt Developing New Sitcom For Fox
Patton Oswalt dodged a pretty significant bullet last spring when he signed on for and subsequently bailed on the pilot Beach Lane, the Matthew Broderick-starring pilot that NBC ordered but ultimately never did anything with. The comedian and actor has been doing perfectly well for himself with his stand-up and occasional film roles ever since The King of Queens went off the air three years ago, but apparently the siren song of television still lures him. Now he's found something that, unlike Beach Lane, he'll probably actually want to stick with.
According to Vulture, Oswalt and former Mr. Show writer Scott Aukerman are teaming up to develop a series for Fox, a half-hour comedy starring Oswalt as a recently divorced man fending for himself in the dating world. It sounds very, perhaps deliberately similar to Louie, the FX series starring fellow stand-up comedian Louis C.K. as, well, a recently divorced man. Of course, the character in Louie is a pretty thinly veiled version of C.K. himself, while Oswalt presumably remains happily married. There's also the significant differences of a show on basic cable and the networks-- I can't imagine Oswalt will get away with something as envelope-pushing as, say, the conversation about the word "faggot" on Louie.
I wouldn't mind seeing Oswalt venture into cable just for the looser leash they'd have him on, but something worth watching on the networks is nothing to scoff at. Now we begin hoping that this doesn't fall apart like Beach Lane did-- and that the result is a lot more comedically satisfying than The King of Queens.
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