Ben Stiller heads back to television with HBO comedy pilot

ben-stiller-nov-2011-gi.jpg Ben Stiller's last regular TV role came about two decades ago in the late, great sketch comedy show he created for FOX. He could be headed back to the smaller screen soon, via comedy project in development at HBO.

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.
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