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.

Comments (27)

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

    Comment by ES – February 20, 2013 06:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Superhero – February 20, 2013 06:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes, because all single-camera shows are wonderful, while there have been exactly zero good multi-cam shows.

      Comment by Wally – February 20, 2013 06:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by Oliver – February 21, 2013 02:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • and even HIMYM has been terrible for years now.

          Comment by noa – February 21, 2013 05:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by J (@MusicandHouse) – February 20, 2013 07:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Maya Rudolph (the only reason this show was good to begin with) is next.

    Comment by YowzaPowza – February 20, 2013 06:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Considering she just announced her pregnancy, I’d say she’s already done with it

      Comment by Jen – February 20, 2013 06:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.”

    Comment by Britta Unfiltered – February 20, 2013 06:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • “…and at last count might not resume production as planned.”

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – February 20, 2013 06:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by EmmitWest – February 20, 2013 06:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Nero theTVFiddler – February 20, 2013 07:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by ChrisGa – February 21, 2013 06:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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!

      Comment by Bob – February 21, 2013 07:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Just announce it already NBC it’s getting comical

    Comment by KND – February 20, 2013 06:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by David4 – February 20, 2013 09:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Oliver – February 21, 2013 08:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Demographic timebomb? People are getting older every day. Total population is getting older.
        CBS is sitting pretty.

        Comment by Alienate – February 21, 2013 12:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • With Will Arnett starring they might as well quit while theyre ahead. Everything that man touches dies.

    Comment by Joey – February 21, 2013 12:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Oliver – February 21, 2013 04:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by noa – February 21, 2013 06:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Arrested Development wasn’t all about Arnett’s character. It was most definitely an ensemble piece.

        Comment by Bob – February 21, 2013 07:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Would the last person to leave “Up All Night” please wake Lorne Michaels!

    Comment by Mstrmike – February 21, 2013 06:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Bob – February 21, 2013 07:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love Will, the show’s premise sounds kind of iffy, but I really hope he finds success.

    Comment by lara – February 21, 2013 07:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Dave Stone – February 21, 2013 08:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Have you ever seen Up All Night? He’s not like his AD/30R/Running Wilde characters at all.

      Comment by Oliver – February 21, 2013 08:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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