Zach Galifianakis And Michael Cera To Star In FX Comedy Pilots

By Kelly West 1 year ago discussion comments
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Thereís some top talent headed to FX. Updates on the cable channel include word that a pilot order has been given for a comedy that is created by and will star funny-man Zach Galifianakis. Louis C.K. is co-writing. In other pilot news, Arrested Developmentís Michael Cera is joining Deadwoodís John Hawkes in a comedy pilot called How and Why, which comes from screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, who gave us Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich.

So much talent!

Weíll start with the Galifianakis comedy. Details on the nature of the comedy are vague but itís likely that fans of Galifianakis and/or Louis C.K. are already on board, assuming this project makes it to series. Vulture posted news of the pilot order, saying that itís among a dozen comedy pilots in contention for a spot at either FX or FXX, the latter being FXís recently launched comedy-skewed offshoot. Considering FX hasnít moved all of their comedies to FXX ó Archer, Chozen and Louie are all still at FX ó itís hard to predict where Galifianakisí comedy will land if it manages to earn a series order.

While Galifianakis has made a big name for himself in film, particularly in his starring role in the Hangover movies, heís no stranger to the small screen, having starred in HBOís Bored to Death and appeared in a number of other shows. He also stars in his own series of Funny or Die videos Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis, during which he interviews celebrities.


And then thereís the other pilot. EW says How and Why is ďthe story of a man who can explain how and why a nuclear reactor works, but is clueless about life.Ē And it comes from Academy Award-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. That alone piques our interest, especially when considering how unique and oddly charming Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich were. The premise for How and Why sounds like it has the potential to be equally unique and charming, especially when we factor in the involvement of Michael Cera, who joins John Hawkes in the pilot. No specifics on whoís playing what role were mentioned, but their involvement adds a bit more familiarity to this project.

Ceraís appeared in a number of memorable films, This is the End, Superbad and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World among them. But many of us associate him best for his role as the timid George Michael Bluth in Arrested Development. Cera reprised the role recently for the fourth season of the beloved comedy, which released on Netflix just last year. Heís also recurred in the voice-role of Sal Viscuso on Childrens Hospital, so his feature work hasnít fully drawn him away from the small screen. Still, it would be great to see him back on TV in a starring role, so letís hope things work out for How and Why.
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