Ben Stiller heads back to television with HBO comedy pilot
Stiller will star in and executive produce "All Talk," a half-hour pilot about the trials and tribulations of a Jewish family in Washington, D.C., according to the Hollywood Reporter. Novelist Jonathan Safran Foer ("Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close") is writing the script, and Alan Alda, Stiller's "Tower Heist" co-star, is in talks to join the cast as well.
Foer is also an exec producer, along with Scott Rudin and Eli Bush.
"The Ben Stiller Show" lasted only half a season in 1992-93, but it was A) very funny and B) helped kick-start the careers of a number of now-familiar Hollywood faces. The cast included Janeane Garofalo, Bob Odenkirk and Andy Dick, and Judd Apatow and David Cross were on the writing staff. Stiller has since produced a few TV pilots and made guest appearances on "Arrested Development," "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and other shows but hasn't had a regular series role.
The pilot for "All Talk" is tentatively scheduled to film in the fall.