Pilot Scoop: Kal Penn Joins ABC's Prairie Dogs

Kal Penn (House, How I Met Your Mother) has joined the cast of Prairie Dogs, a comedy pilot being developed for ABC.

Penned by That ’70s Show‘s Jackie and Jeff Filgo, the show follows an uncool cubicle worker — aka “prairie dog” — named Neil who is the victim of identity theft. Said corporate drone ultimately discovers the thief created a much more fulfilling life with his identity than he ever did — and thus he engages the con man to help him improve his prospects.

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Penn will fill the role of Neil, the identity theft victim. Thus far SNL alumna Michaela Watkins also is on board for the pilot.

ABC’s other comedy pilots in the pipeline include American Judy (starring Judy Greer), The Smart One (Portia de Rossi), White Van Man (with Kyle Bornheimer and JK Simmons), How to Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life (Sarah Chalke), Malibu Country (Reba McEntire) and two untitled projects fronted by Mandy Moore and Jami Gertz, respectively.

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