FX Networks has given the green light to a half-hour anthology series pilot. Platform is written, directed and executive produced by B.J. Novak (The Office). The series aims to "use the boldest issues of our times as a jumping off point to tell singular, character-driven stories about the world we live in today."

The pilot will feature a star-studded cast including: Kaitlyn Dever (Booksmart), Jon Bernthal (The Punisher), Lucas Hedges (Ben Is Back), Boyd Holbrook (Narcos, Logan), O'Shea Jackson Jr. (Long Shot, Straight Outta Compton), George Wallace and Ed Asner. Other deals are still being finalized for additional cast members.

B.J. Novak is best known for appearing in the US version of The Office as the temp turned corporate, Ryan Howard. In reality, he was a strong voice on that and other projects. Novak served as executive producer on the phenomenally successful The Office from 2008 to 2012. During which time, he wrote over a dozen episodes as well. The series helped propel the mock-umentary sitcom and the careers of Steve Carell (Welcome to Marwen), John Krasinski (Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan) and Rainn Wilson (The Meg). To this day, The Office is thought to be one of Netflix's most valuable assets. Novak and Mindy Kaling joined forces again when he functioned as executive producer on The Mindy Project from 2012 to 2014. He also featured as a guest star alongside the main cast of Mindy Kaling, Ike Barinholtz (Blockers) and Ed Weeks. The show followed the romantic and professional escapades of Dr. Mindy Lahiri (Kaling). Novak seems to be continuing the trend of actor, writer, producer for FX.

Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox may have had fans worried about their favorite studios and networks under the Fox banner. During consolidation, there are bound to be sacrifices. Disney has already announced it will be closing the doors to Fox 2000, the studio responsible for many mid-level films such as Life of Pi and The Fault in Our Stars. So far, the FX Network appears to be going strong. It has had a lot of success in anthologies in particular. With the boom caused by American Horror Story, FX has followed it up with American Crime Story and Fargo. Platform will be the first anthology on the network to change cast and story every episode.

Other shows on FX's slate include The Old Man, a CIA drama starring Jeff Bridges; 1980s talent-agency drama Gone Hollywood starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau from Game of Thrones; and adaptations of Don Winslow's cartel novels and Patrick Radden Keefe's nonfiction book "Say Nothing". As well as an Untitled Lil Dicky Project comedy series, based on the life of comedian and rapper Lil Dicky, from Kevin Hart, Greg Mottola, Saladin Patterson, Marty Bowen, Mike Hertz, James Shin and Scott Manson.

Production on the pilot comes from FX's in-house studio FX Productions, and it began on Monday. Check back with us for all of your television news. This news comes to us from Deadline.

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