FX Passes on Charlie Kaufman’s Pilot HOW AND WHY

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The prospect of seeing an original TV series from the mind of Charlie Kaufman was almost too good to be true.  Alas, after producing a pilot for a comedy called How and Why, FX has decided to pass on the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Adaptation. scribe’s potential series, per Deadline.  The show was to star John Hawkes as a man who can explain how and why a nuclear reactor works, but is clueless about life.  The promising cast also included Michael Cera, Sally Hawkins, and Catherine Keener, but apparently it wasn’t up to snuff for the network.  Hit the jump for more.

how-and-why-john-hawkesFX has shown a willingness to go left-of-center with Louis C.K.Louie—which is at turns hilarious and heartbreaking and also exceedingly strange—but its new comedy series outputs haven’t exactly been of the same ilk.  The network recently launched a pair of more traditional comedies, Married and You’re the Worst, but neither garnered particularly positive reviews. FX also passed on Scott Frank‘s crime drama Hokestarring Paul Giamatti, leaving an untitled Zach Galifianakis project as the only live-action pilot still alive.  That project finished production and will be considered by FX for a possible series order soon.

This is another blow for fans of Kaufman, as the Oscar winner was previously planning a unique, fantastic-sounding musical set in Hollywood called Frank or Francis before it was postponed due to financing issues.  It’s possible he could give that film another shot (he already had a cast that included Nicolas Cage, Jack Black, and Steve Carell), and a film he wrote called Anomalisa is being produced by Dan Harmon and Dino Stamatopoulos as a stop-motion animation project.  Or it’s also possible that he could shop How and Why at another network.  He flirted with an HBO series at one point.  Regardless, I just hope we see something new from Kaufman soon.  It’s been far too long.




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  • Jamie Teller

    Ridiculous.

  • randommale7

    I must see this pilot NOW!!!

  • GrimReaper07

    :(

  • agent777

    So, that f$##^& show Willard was on for how many seasons? The animated turd that is Archer has been on for how many seasons? FX could of actually gained me as a viewer with this show.

    • Andrew from Troy

      Archer and Wilfred are actually hilarious shows. If anything, they’re underrated.

    • Vulcan

      Archer is the funniest animated show on tv right now. I didn’t care for the first two episodes, but gave it another shot, and it is hilarious.

  • Strong Enough

    fuck

  • Vulcan

    Might be for the better, I don’t really want to go too far down the rabbit hole that is Charlie Kaufman’s mind. It’s probably very strange and disturbing.

  • jack

    maybe instead he could bring it to HBO or AMC

  • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

    Okay, if Fox is willing to take a risk on “Last Man on Earth” which seems to be Will Forte wandering about a post-apocalytpic Earth, then Kaufman’s series must have been really out there or really unfunny or both. Clearly Fox/FX is up for strange programming, but if they wouldn’t take a chance on this it must have been too weird. Or maybe Kaufman’s eye for directing TV comedy isn’t up to spec and the jokes weren’t landing.

  • Stefan Bonomo

    You’d think FX would want a show with a heavyweight like Charlie Kaufman starring big name actors like John Hawkes, Michael Cera, Sally Hawkins, etc. And they already passed on a show starring Paul Giamatti too. That’s just really confusing to me.

  • Stefan Bonomo

    You’d think FX would want a show with a heavyweight like Charlie Kaufman starring big name actors like John Hawkes, Michael Cera, Sally Hawkins, etc. And they already passed on a show starring Paul Giamatti too. That’s just really confusing to me.

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