Add FX to the growing number of outlets (Netflix, HBO, Showtime) that are utterly dismantling the traditional, big network competition with investments in better talent and daring subject matter. Deadline's Nellie Andreeva is reporting that Michael Cera ("Arrested Development") and John Hawkes ("Eastbound & Down") have agreed to star in "How And Why," a half-hour sitcom written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind").
Hawkes will play Goodman Hesselman, a host for a successful children's science show called "How And Why." Cera will play Mendelson, a small studio executive who becomes Goodman’s boss after he quits "How And Why" and moves to the middle of nowhere.
Kaufman has already written the pilot, will direct the first episode, and serve as the show's executive producer. This will be Kaufman's first return to television since his stints on "Ned and Stacey," "The Dana Carvey Show," and "Get a Life."
Add this to FX's other big news of the day: Sean O'Neal from A.V. Club is reporting that the network has picked up a new original comedy starring Zach Galifianakis. The yet untitled sitcom will be produced and co-written by FX's most famous curmudgeon, Louis C.K.
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