Patton Oswalt is one of the funniest people on the planet, so I’m cautiously pleased to report that he’s developing a new sitcom with Fox. I say “cautiously” because, well… it’s been a while, but the scars of “Arrested Development’s” cancellation will linger forever.
Oswalt has teamed with former Mr. Show writer Scott Aukerman to write and executive produce a comedy series in which Oswalt would star as a man whose wife of 20 years splits, forcing him to re-enter the dating world and fend for himself. Oswalt and Aukerman have collaborated before, with Oswalt regularly appearing at Comedy Death-Ray, the L.A. alternative comedy showcase (and podcast!) curated by Aukerman. [Vulture]
FX’s “Louie” — starring my other favorite stand-up comedian, Louis C.K. — has a similar premise, so this couldn’t sound better to a comedy nerd like me. I wish I could have been in the conference room when this was pitched. “Okay, so it’s kind of like ‘Louie,’ but much lighter and with Patton Oswalt in the Louie role. Oh, and we got the writer from “Mr. Show” to — um, is that guy masturbating?”