Harry Connick Jr. Comedy Pilot Lands at Fox

The Paley Center For Media Presents: Annual Benefit Dinner Honoring Tim ArmstrongHarry Connick Jr. is anything but Idol idle at Fox these days.

The network has given a put pilot committment to a new comedy starring the fetching crooner and newly appointed American Idol judge in which he’ll play a successful singer trying to build a closer relationship with his teenage daughter, Deadline reports.

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The untitled project was written by Late Show vets Eric and Justin Stangel, and is being produced by David Letterman’s Worldwide Pants and ABC Studios.

While Connick is best known for his music chops, he also carved out a niche as an actor in big screen rom-coms like Hope Floats and P.S. I Love You. He’s also had recurring roles on Will & Grace and Law & Order: SVU.

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Connick’s deal marks the second recent instance of a Fox reality-show judge simultaneously landing an acting gig on the network, as The X Factor‘s Demi Lovato is currently recurring on Glee.

Excited about the prospect of a Connick comedy? Should Fox try to land J.Lo as his single-dad character’s ex? Sound off below!

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  1. LeahKittyS says:

    Oh, so THAT’S why he accepted the Idol judging gig! LOL but in all seriousness he’s funny. And handsome. Hope it works out while not distracting him from his Idol duties.

  2. dude says:

    Didn’t David Cassidy have a similar series not too long ago?

  3. Shaun Ed says:

    Fox better stop picking up shows more than they can handle. Didn’t they just delay that army comedy. But then again, other than Sleepy Hollow, most of Fox shows have been sub par in ratings at best.

    • Zach says:

      I think they’re plan is to do more shows and shorter seasons. Which I think is a great idea.

    • awnb95 says:

      Yep, FOX need to focus on promoting the they already have so maybe the rairings will increase. Example Glee’s gone from over ten million in the 2nd season to 4.5 last week.

    • Temperance says:

      Sleepy Hollow is pretty great, and it just got renewed for a second 13 episode season. The ratings much have been quite sufficient – and it’s cool we’re getting an actually scary show for the fall season again next year.

  4. Danny says:

    Hi Michael-
    This is off topic, but I’ve got a question for ya. Is there anyway you can set up a random thread for general Idol comments? Like for instance, James (from Season 10) has said he’s met Nikki Sixx & Sebastian Back (from Skid Row). He wanted to sing their songs during his season. Idol producers told him that they couldn’t get the songs cleared. According to James, both those guys said that they were never asked.
    I totally believe James, Nikki, & Sebastian over the Idol producers. Every now & then there’s an Idol tidbit that I think is interesting. I’m sure others may come across something they’d find interesting too. I was wondering if ya could set up an Idol Musings type thread that just sort of stayed open.
    Thank you,

    • Danny says:

      I meant to add, they both said they would have really enjoyed having their songs sang on Idol. I’m sure this has happened to other contestants who tried to get a song cleared.

  5. David says:

    guess we now see what the reason for signing up with Idol was

  6. DOT says:

    I mean I love him bt now am never gonna see him return to law and order svu him and mariska have amzing chimestry