Last month, we reported that Louie creator/star Louis C.K. signed a three-year deal to develop new shows for the FX Network under his Pig Newton production company. Today, the comedian has landed his first project under that pact, an untitled sitcom pilot that he co-wrote with Zach Galifianakis.
No story details were released, but Zach Galifianakis is attached to star in the comedy series and executive produce with Louis C.K., Blair Breard, Dave Becky, Andrea Pett-Joseph and Marc Gurvitz.
This project marks the 12th comedy pilot the network has ordered this season, since it now has to supply shows for FX and FXX, which launched in September with new seasons of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The League, along with a number of other shows in syndication.
In related news, Deadline is reporting another FX comedy pilot has just added new cast members, with John Hawkes and Michael Cera signing on to star in How and Why. We first reported on this project back in March, when FX issued a pilot order from creator/executive producer Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation).
The story centers on Goodman Hesselman (John Hawkes), a highly intelligent man who can explain how a nuclear reactor works, but is clueless about many other aspects of life. After losing his job as host of a children's science show, entitled How and Why, he starts fresh with a new series in a much smaller market, where he encounters supernatural forces. Michael Cera plays Mendelson, Hessleman's boss at his new studio, who is confident they can replicate Hesselman's previous show, even though they have no legal right to do so.
Production on the pilot begins this spring in North Carolina, with Charlie Kaufman directing from his own script and executive producing alongside Anthony Bregman.