Because it's in desperate need of comedy shows, NBC has picked up Mike O'Brien and Seth Meyers' show about a scorned high school teacher. The show, which stars Glenn Howerton and Patton Oswalt, follows a philosophy scholar who doesn't get the job he wants and is relegated to teach pubescent ne'er do wells. At some point, he decides to use his advanced placement students to his benefit. Deadline reports that Lyric Lewis, Aparna Brielle, Jacob McCarthy, Mary Sohn, and Nick Peine co-star. Lorne Michaels is set to produce along with Meyers.
NBC used to be a network that focused purely on the highest rated comedy shows. It's no secret that the past decade or so have been difficult for the network. It just can't seem to find comedies that it loves. Now, it's finding a groove with Superstore along with recent addition The Good Place. With its recent pilot: NBC is not screwing around anymore.
Glenn Howerton and Patton Oswalt -- two comedy television mainstays -- have been cast in a pilot for the network. The two will take the lead roles in the untitled Mike O'Brien and Seth Meyers comedy about a cynical Ivy League professor (Howerton) who is thrust into the world of high school teaching and ultimately decides to use his students as his pawns for revenge. Oswalt will play the pushover principal.
Fans of Howerton's FX(X) show Always Sunny in Philadelphia needn't fret. The show still has two more seasons on the channel and the cast has no plans to stop any time soon.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia star and creator Rob McElhenney (heretofore known as Mac) will be writing and directing his first movie for Legendary.
The actor signed with the production company armed with a 20 minute pitch and a four minute test reel. Mac's film is called Figment and, Deadline reports that "It’s a family action adventure about an imaginative boy and his family who are thrown for a loop when their greatest fears come to life. It is a template for the kind of large scale film that fits the Legendary template, and there is a ticking clock incentive that puts it on a fast track."
This doesn't really come as a surprise. Rob, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton shot a test reel for their show when they were pitching it to FX after failing at seven other networks. It just makes sense that Legendary would take a leap like this.