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Pilots: Will Arnett Plays Husband To Applegate

Here’s an interesting development, though not an arrested one: Will Arnett, who despite being heavily courted was not planning to go up for any pilots this spring, has signed on to star opposite Christina Applegate in NBC’s untitled comedy from former Saturday Night Light scribe Emily Spivey, Deadline reports.

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The pilot — executive produced by SNL overlord Lorne Michaels — offers an irreverent look at parenthood through the eyes of an acerbic working mother (Applegate) and her stay-at-home husband, as well as other opinionated parents.

It just hit me: Applegate and Arnett will be married… with children. (You don’t get that sort of added flourish with other sites, folks.)

SNL alum (I’m sensing a pattern here…) Maya Rudolph recently was cast as Applegate’s coworker and BFF.

Arnett’s been all over the dial this TV season, first fronting Fox’s ill-fated Running Wilde and also reprising his 30 Rock role as Devon Banks. He is also set to appear in The Office‘s season finale, a piece of casting news that spurred speculation that his character would ultimately seize the reins at Dunder Mifflin because — if you hadn’t heard — Steve Carell is leaving.