Jesse Eisenberg: TV Comedy Megastar? He’ll Write/Direct/Star In A New Half-Hour Series Aided By J.J. Abrams

Being on television doesn’t signal slumming it for cinema actors anymore, which means the amount of movie stars trying their hand at TV projects continues to swell and swell. (Please keep this in mind when Meryl Streep stars in a glammed up Netflix reboot of Suddenly Susan.) The latest the big screen presence making the leap? Academy Award nominee and Lex Luthor conjurer Jesse Eisenberg. He’s got plans. Comedy plans.

Deadline reports that Eisenberg is both the star and creative force behind a new TV project dubbed The Market. The half-hour comedy series has yukmeister Eisenberg serving as writer, director and star with J.J. Abrams’ production company Bad Robot onboard to produce. When/if The Market emerges on television, it’ll make Eisenberg’s first regular TV gig since his time alongside Anne Hathaway and Eric Christian Olsen on the Fox dramedy Get Real. (Get Real was a program from the end of the Clinton years you thought you hallucinated, but didn’t.)

Here’s what The Market has in store according to Deadline

The Market centers on the recently widowed Harold Katzman who moves to Pittsburgh to live with his adult son, Stan (Eisenberg). Both men simultaneously lose their jobs due to the changing American economy and are thrust into an unforgiving job market.

Depending on your outlook, this sounds like comedy gold or “film festival funny” where it’s also a bit of a bummer. Either way, we’re intrigued.

(Via Deadline)