Jon Heder bails on Comedy Central show, 'Friday Night Lights' pushed back
The "Napoleon Dynamite" and "Blades of Glory" star has dropped out of the project just a couple days before it was scheduled to begin production. The usual catch-all, "creative differences," is once again to blame.
"Comedy Central, Gary Sanchez Productions and Jon Heder have mutually decided to part ways over creative differences with the character," Heder says in a statement to Variety.
The show leaves Comedy Central in something of a bind. It had already picked up 10 episodes of the show, which is executive produced by Heder's "Blades" co-star Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy. He was to play a guy who has big dreams and sets out to accomplish them from his parents' basement. "Saturday Night Live" veterans Chris Parnell and Horatio Sanz are also in the cast. The show had been scheduled to premiere in the summer.
- "Friday Night Lights" will start its NBC run a week later than originally planned.
The network says the show's fourth season, which aired on DirecTV in the fall, will premiere Friday, May 7. That's a week later than the April 30 debut date NBC had initially announced.
Season 4 of the series picks up with Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) taking over as football coach of the newly reopened East Dillon High School and facing the challenges of an underfunded and undersized team. Tami (Connie Britton), meanwhile, is still at Dillon High and finds herself at odds with the new athletic administration. Taylor Kitsch is still a regular, and Zach Gilford appears in several episodes.
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