Will Ferrell + Jon Heder + Comedy Central = Tyler Perry?
Heder, who shot to fame as "Napoleon Dynamite" and co-starred with Ferrell in "Blades of Glory," will take his first regular TV role in the untitled show. He'll play an IT specialist who, in a classic sitcom setup, loses his job and has to move home with his parents and younger brother.
Comedy Central has picked up 10 episodes of the show, and if it does well, the channel has an option to order a whopping 90 more episodes. That's where the Perry connection comes in. He followed a similar business model with "House of Payne," which has been a big success on TBS and in syndication. Debmar-Mercury, the company that engineered that deal, is involved with the new sitcom as well, and will have syndication rights after the initial run on Comedy Central.
Ferrell, McKay and Chris Henchy, the principals of Gary Sanchez Productions, will write and executive produce the show.
"We've always been fans of Jon's," McKay says. "This deal gives us a chance to take some big creative swings without the risk of testing and focus grouping the show to death."
The show is scheduled to premiere in 2010.
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