Looking at veteran Hollywood almost-leading man Christian Slater's list of credits, one thing sticks out--he hasn't done much television. However, if all goes according to plan, that will change soon.
Slater is joining the growing number of feature-film stars making the jump to the small screen in a new drama for NBC. The Hollywood Reporter says that a series order is close to being handed out for the show from Bionic Woman and Kidnapped executive producer Jason Smilovic.
The untitled project centers on a man with dual personalities--one is a mellow dad in the suburbs and the other is a top-secret spy. It's being pitched as The Bourne Identity meets Jekyll & Hyde.
For those who prefer their television a little more bizarre, subversive, and flat-out funny, there's good news out of HBO. The cable network has picked up a pilot from Mr. Show creators Bob Odenkirk (Let's Go To Prison) and David Cross (Arrested Development), says Cross on his Web site.
The new show is tentatively titled David's Situation, Cross told MTV, and stars Cross as a former Hollywood comedic actor who leaves the glitz and shacks up with a uptight conservative and slacking hippie. Shooting begins in May in Los Angeles.
Mr. Show with Bob and David aired on HBO between 1995 and 1998 and is considered by many to be one of the most consistently funny, original sketch-comedy programs in history. In addition to outlandish premises (a racist in the year 3000, a movie about a coupon for tube socks, a law firm that recruits based on fellatio skills), each sketch flowed almost seamlessly into one another rather than fade to black.
CBS was also busy, picking up a few comedy projects that break from the network's typical mold. A pilot for Mike Birbigilia's Secret Public Journal will star Birbiglia as a fictionalized version of himself, Seinfeld style. The show will revolve around the comedian's day-to-day life as he shacks up with his girlfriend in Brooklyn. Also picked up was a pitch from Dan Fogelman (writer, Cars, Fred Claus) about a group of older men who hightail it to Las Vegas, reports Variety.