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Pilot Scoop: Will Arnett to Headline Greg Garcia Comedy for CBS

Will Arnett Joins CBS Comedy PilotJust how many nails does Up All Night‘s coffin require? Because here is another one.

Will Arnett has landed the lead in CBS’ yet-to-be-titled comedy pilot from Greg Garcia (Raising Hope, My Name Is Earl), TVLine has learned.

In the multi-cam project, Arnett will star as Jack, a recently divorced guy whose life gets more complicated when his parents go through marital problems of their own.

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Technically, this CBS pilot is in “second position” for Arnett, since the fate of NBC’s Up All Night — which has spent the winter being retooled as a multi-camera workplace comedy, no longer co-stars Christina Applegate, no longer has series creator Emily Spivey as an EP and at last count might not resume production as planned– has yet to be double-secret-officially decided.

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27 Comments
  1. ES says:

    Will someone please put a fork in that show already? It is such a joke. Everyone in that show deserves better.

  2. Superhero says:

    Love Greg Garcia, love Will Arnett, but really hope that Super Clyde goes to series instead of this. The multi-camera sitcom needs to die already.

    • Wally says:

      Yes, because all single-camera shows are wonderful, while there have been exactly zero good multi-cam shows.

      • Oliver says:

        The majority of single-camera sitcom are at least half-decent while the overwhelming majority of multi-camera shows are terrible. The only good multicamera comedy on air is HIMYM, and that’s basically a single-camera show wedged into the multi-camera format with canned laughter.

        I wouldn’t be upset if the multi-camera comedy went the way of the multi-camera drama. I mean, people loved I, Claudius but no-one insists on bringing that format back.

    • I agree. I really want to see Super Clyde, especially now that Rupert Grint is attatched to it. I’ll watch anything with a Harry Potter alum in it.

  3. YowzaPowza says:

    Maya Rudolph (the only reason this show was good to begin with) is next.

  4. Britta Unfiltered says:

    Did you guys catch that Maya Rudolph just announced she’s pregnant too? NBC is apparently now doubting their decision to even go through with the one episode of Up All Night they ordered. There’s a funny article on the AV Club about it. Just search for the title “Up All Night now being retooled as a show where Maya Rudolph is pregnant, so everyone should just quit already.”

  5. EmmitWest says:

    When the show dropped the Ava Show and sent Reagan home, it was over. Or maybe when it didn’t scoop up Jason Lee as a permanent cast member.

    Everything the show has done since the beginning of this season feels like it was ordered by a network suit trying to “fix” the show. “It needs to be a family comedy, not a workplace comedy!” “Give her a wacky brother who lives in the garage!” “Have the successful lawyer become a contractor!” “Give it a studio audience!”

    Reagan being pulled in opposite directions by Chris and Ava… Reagan parenting Ava at work and Chris parenting the baby at home… Ava and her wackiness (and Jason Lee as her soulmate) and Chris dealing with the wacky neighbors. These were what made the show work.

    Honestly NBC has no one to blame but itself.

    • Nero theTVFiddler says:

      That one show in particular from late last season (S1) – with Jason Lee playing opposite Ava/Maya and there’s like a dinner party [Valentine's Day?] they have at Reagan/Chris’ home – boy, that episode in particular was outstanding. I’m glad you mentioned it – I remember watching it, and I just loved it. That episode got me hooked on the show – I watched the rest of the way until it imploded this season.
      .
      Indeed, if they could have stayed on that S1/Jason Lee track, it might have worked. I love shows with multiple couples and their wonderful, weird dynamics [that's why I love HIMYM] – that foursome of Lee/Ava and Reagan/Chris – that was dynamite. I’ve mentioned in the past, that set as well – the home of Reagan/Chris was so cool – kind of a mid-century modern vibe to it. That show had charm, and someone (NBC &/or someone) really messed it up.

    • ChrisGa says:

      Yep, I thought the first season was great but then I watched the S2 premiere the tone of the show had just changed drastically and I gave up on it. Should’ve kept it at work and left last season’s cast intact.

    • Bob says:

      This is what Comcast thinks America wants. Dumbed down multi-camera, laugh track crap. NBC – enjoy this year’s ratings while you can. With Comcast 100% in charge soon, you’re doomed!

  6. KND says:

    Just announce it already NBC it’s getting comical

  7. David4 says:

    The only thing deader than Up All Night is a Greg Garcia comedy on CBS.

    Love Greg, but he is not a CBS funny type.

    • Oliver says:

      Greg Garcia co-created Yes, Dear for CBS, which ran for five seasons.

      Besides, if they didn’t want Greg Garcia shows then they wouldn’t have hired him. My guess is that CBS is trying to appeal to younger viewers as they’re aware the network is a demographic timebomb.

  8. Joey says:

    With Will Arnett starring they might as well quit while theyre ahead. Everything that man touches dies.

    • Oliver says:

      Not really. Arrested Development lasted 3 seasons and Up All Night lasted 2. Given that two thirds of all shows fail in their first season, his batting average is pretty solid.

      • noa says:

        true. also, Arrested Development is probably the greatest sitcom of all times and S1 of Up All Night was pretty good. i still wouldn’t bet against him.

      • Bob says:

        Arrested Development wasn’t all about Arnett’s character. It was most definitely an ensemble piece.

  9. Mstrmike says:

    Would the last person to leave “Up All Night” please wake Lorne Michaels!

    • Bob says:

      Lorne Michaels has been asleep for years. Just look at the state of SNL. He should fire the entire writing staff, including the head writer, and hire some real writers. Of course that will never happen because no decent writer will work that cheaply.

  10. lara says:

    Love Will, the show’s premise sounds kind of iffy, but I really hope he finds success.

  11. Dave Stone says:

    Will Arnett!! how does this guy keep getting work, every character he plays is acted nearly the same way, ah well at least this is one show i won’t have to waste my time watching.

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