Pilot Scoop: Community's Danny Pudi to Headline NBC Comedy Strange Calls

Danny Pudi Strange Calls

Community sidekick Danny Pudi is graduating to leading man as the star of NBC’s comedy pilot Strange Calls.

The single-camera project centers on Pudi’s Toby, an eager young cop who fears he’s landed the world’s lamest post when he’s transferred to a sleepy coastal town straight out of Northern Exposure. Those fears are short lived when he realizes the idyllic little town is secretly home to the most bizarre paranormal activity on the planet. And the one thing stranger than his cases is the eccentric local groundskeeper (Patrick Brammall) who is determined to be his partner.

Fun coincidence: Strange Calls is penned by Blake McCormick, whose most recent credit is writing for Cougar Town — a favorite of Pudi’s Community character Abed.

The potential series also reunites Pudi with NBC, Community‘s home during its first five seasons (before it was rescued by Yahoo Screen, which will debut Season 6 on March 17.)

Curiously, Pudi’s Strange Calls gig is in first position to Community, which means if the former is ordered to series and the latter gets renewed for a seventh season, Pudi will be doing Strange Calls.

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  1. Emster says:

    Uh. This is a TV version of Hot Fuzz, right? Like, almost exactly?

  2. Drew says:

    Since Community is an online series now, couldn’t the production schedule be altered? If they film their episodes over the course of the normal TV season hiatus, the actors would be free to work on other shows during the normal season.
    But considering how many of the actors are already gone and now more could potentially leave, I’d say that Community is done. There is no show without Abed.

    • Jenn says:

      It would have less to do with production and everything to do with contracts. The cast’s contracts are all up after this year and after that, they’re free agents. Which is why the new series is first position. Even if Community is picked up, he would be contractually bound to the new series.

    • Mel says:

      Remember, for now it’s just the pilot. Most pilots don’t get picked up. However, I do agree that Community won’t see a 7th season. Too many cast member losses, even in season 6.

  3. Sam says:

    This has brialliance written all over it and poor ratings.

  4. Nick says:

    I think Community is probably done. There will be a movie. Not that I’m not sad about that (I LOVE Community) but I’m so ready to see Danny Pudi headline a series.

  5. You Know says:

    Isn’t it based on an Australian show?

  6. MDS says:

    This sounds amazing but I worry it’ll be swiftly cancelled by NBC

    • Ray says:

      …if it even makes it to series. Even if so, NBC has a history of pre-emptively canceling shows before they air (Mission Control, Emerald City) or backing out of airing them (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt).

  7. herman1959 says:

    This sounds like it could really be funny.

  8. rowan77 says:

    Yay, Danny!

  9. Jared says:

    This actually sounds like a cool concept for a series and Danny Pudi is great but I just don’t see this on NBC.

  10. Mel says:

    Mash-up of Hot Fuzz (cop gets sent to a remote “quiet” location) and Haven (cop in a small supernatural seacoast town).

  11. Alan says:

    Everyone needs to let you know that Simon Pegg’s movie Hot Fuzz came first and this concept is a pure ripoff. How does this happen???

  12. Lyn says:

    I love the show but i’m on the fence about this casting decision. I hope he will keep the keep true to the character.