Chris Kattan will play a small-town TV news reporter in the pilot, which will mix wry observational humor with the physical comedy he was known for during his seven seasons on "SNL."
"[The character] is based on a huge exaggeration of myself. He is an appealing, neurotic, Basil Fawlty-type of egomaniac," Kattan tells The Hollywood Reporter. Michael McCullers, who wrote the two "Austin Powers" sequels and worked with Kattan on "SNL," will team with "Just Shoot Me" veterans Don Woodard and Tom Maxwell on the pilot script. They're aiming to incorporate physical comedy a la "The Dick Van Dyke Show" or "I Love Lucy" into the show.
The three writers will also serve as executive producers, as will Michael Rotenberg, David Miner and Steve Tann of 3 Arts Entertainment, which is producing the show with 20th Century Fox TV. Kattan will receive a producer credit.