Fight Club. M*A*S*H*. Normally, you wouldn't put those two together. FX did.
David Fincher, the director of such bleak films as Se7en and Fight Club, has joined up with M*A*S*H* writer Larry Gelbart to create a sitcom for the cable network. The still-untitled series revolves around a Los Angeles psychologist who becomes a sensation when he does the unthinkable to Hollywood power players: He tells his clients the truth.
Fincher is a music video director who blasted into the big time with the poorly received Alien 3. He recovered with the Brad Pitt murder mystery Se7en, which grossed more than $100 million domestically. The next collaboration between the two, 1999's Fight Club, received mixed reviews and was a failure at the box office but developed a hardcore following.
Fincher is currently prepping Zodiac, a thriller about San Francisco's Zodiac Killer from the 1970s, starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
Gelbart has a long history in comedy, developing the classic TV series M*A*S*H* and writing for The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine. He also wrote the comedy films Oh God!, starring George Burns as God and John Denver as a hapless grocery store clerk, and Blame It on Rio, which starred Micheal Caine and Joseph Bologna as two middle-age pervs lusting after Demi Moore. In 1983, he was nominated for an Oscar for his Tootsie screenplay.
FX has scored with a number of high-profile adult series, including The Shield, Rescue Me, and Nip/Tuck.