In addition to picking up Rise and For God and Country, NBC has also given the green light for Seth Myers' new sitcom entitled A.P. Bio, which stars Glenn Howerton and Patton Oswalt. This news comes off of the previous announcement that It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 13 will be delayed until 2019. Howerton has not yet said whether he will be returning to It's Always Sunny and this could be one of the major indicators, as well as his frequent outside acting work, that he'll not be returning. Howerton is the second Sunny star to become the lead on their own network show. Philadelphia co-star Kaitlin Olson stars in Fox's The Mick. Regardless, this is big news for fans of Howerton and Oswalt.
Variety reports that A.P. Bio stars Glenn Howerton as a philosophy scholar who loses out on his dream job and instead goes to work at a high school as an advanced placement biology teacher. Howerton's character soon makes it known that he will not be teaching advanced placement biology, but instead use the class of honor students for his own purposes. Patton Oswalt will play the high school's principle, which is a role perfect for him and is sure to be hilarious. The show also stars Lyric Lewis, Jacob McCarthy, Mary Sohn, Apama Brielle, and Nick Peine. In addition, it has been announced that Vanessa Bayer of Saturday Night Live will appear in the pilot episode of A.P. Bio.
A.P. Bio will reunite Meyers and SNL writer Mike O'Brien who will write the new series as Lorne Michaels and Meyers serve as executive producers. Meyers and O'Brien worked together on SNL from 2009 until 2014 when Meyers left the show to host Late Night with Seth Meyers, which is also produced by Lorne Michaels. In addition to serving as executive producer on A.P. Bio, Meyers is also an executive producer on Documentary Now!, a show on IFC that stars fellow SNL alumni Fred Armisen and Bill Hader. Documentary Now! tries to realistically spoof famed documentaries, often tracking down original lenses used in cameras and specific locations for filming.
Fans of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia will at least have some Howerton, Olson, and the rest of the gang to watch in different projects during the hiatus of the cult favorite show. Rob McElhenney who created the show, is set to make his directorial debut for the upcoming Minecraft movie. Charlie Day recently had a costarring role in Fist Fight and is set to be in the upcoming Pacific Rim: Uprising, opening in 2018. And Danny DeVito has Tim Burton's Dumbo and an upcoming comedy series with Jeff Goldblum on Amazon.
SNL joining forces with Howerton and Oswalt sure looks like a homerun on paper. Only time will tell if fans of Howerton and Oswalt will tune in to watch A.P. Bio, but fans of the duo should be able to trust that they're going to be delivering the goods. Oswalt has an impeccable track record of choosing projects and why would this be any different. The show will be the first comedy ordered for the network in the 2017-2018 slate.