Nat Faxon Signs On For A New Comedy Pilot From Andrew Gurland

It’s unfortunate that viewers didn’t show up in droves for Fox’s freshman comedy Ben and Kate. The series was cancelled by the network just as it was getting its legs, but luckily for series lead Nat Faxon, the cancellation hasn’t deterred the actor and writer’s prospects, much. On Wednesday, Faxon signed on to an untitled comedy pilot coming from writer and director Andrew Gurland.

The project doesn’t seem to be The Gabriels pilot Gurland already lined up at FX, which will star Rob Riggle and The Office’s Angela Kinsey. According to Deadline, Gurland’s other, untitled FX project will star Faxon as a married man who is having trouble getting along with his wife. In order to save the marriage, Faxon’s character will really put some effort in to try to change the stale relationship. As the pilot is a comedy, I’m guessing some wild shenanigans will ensue.

Faxon has been a bit player on plenty of TV shows in the past, including Joey and My Name is Earl. Additionally, the man co-wrote the much-lauded script for The Descendants. Faxon has spent the time since Ben and Kate shut down production pursuing potential TV projects. He recently signed on for ABC’s Spy, playing Paget Brewster’s character’s boyfriend in the pilot. I’m not surprised the actor would want to look for more of a (hopefully) long-term gig, and a cable show should allow some comedic freedom, as well as a fairly open schedule. Currently, we’re pretty low on actual details about the untitled pilot, so it is difficult to tell whether this one has any shot at moving forward, but we’ll keep you updated as more details come to light.

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