Jon Heder Walks Away From Comedy Central Sitcom

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A weekly sitcom produced by Will Ferrell (Anchorman) and starring Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) and Chris Parnell (the funniest parts of SNL) sounds like an idea that’s too good to be true, right?  Production was set to begin next month, but EW is reporting that Jon Heder has decided to part ways from the as-yet-unnamed Comedy Central series over “creative differences” about the character.  Keep in mind that Heder willingly played a helmet-wearing, booger-eating, mentally handicapped paperboy alongside Rob Schneider in The Benchwarmers.  Hopefully, Heder’s departure isn’t a sign of the show’s quality but combined with Comedy Central’s checkered past of original series, I’m a little wary.

The series is reportedly about a man who is forced to move back in with his parents.  As we reported a couple weeks ago, Horatio Sanz, who co-starred with Parnell and Ferrell on SNL, is also attached to the project.  And though I would personally like to see them play the parents, this seems unlikely at best.





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  • carsonreeves1

    Since there's no shot Heder's willingly leaving a Will Ferrel produced show with the way his career is going, I think it's safe to say Ferrel's team probably wanted him out, and in order to soften the blow, agreed to make it look like Heder's choice.

  • Michael

    carson – I was thinking the same thing. I mean, Heder seems nice, but the guy cannot act. Hope the show continues, because any time Chris Parnell gets work, the world wins.

  • Michael

    carson – I was thinking the same thing. I mean, Heder seems nice, but the guy cannot act. Hope the show continues, because any time Chris Parnell gets work, the world wins.

  • Jed

    As a Mormon, and knowing that Heder is Mormon, I read this article completely different than you. Given Ferrel's usual raunchy, vulgar material (see Old School, Anchorman, etc.), I wouldn't be surprised if Ferrel wanted Heder to say/act certain things that he did not feel comfortable with. Even in Blades of Glory, Heder's character was the “innocent” one while Ferrel's character was the womanizer.

    Not saying I'm right, just bringing my own cultural reading of the article to the table. And, it seems like a plausible reading of “artistic differences” to me.

  • css1

    Don't consider anything about Jon Heder to be newsworthy. Yuck.

  • W. F.

    Heder is enjoying his obscurity. He should be busting his ass to do Napolean Dynamite 2 if he wants work.

  • W. F.

    Heder is enjoying his obscurity. He should be busting his ass to do Napolean Dynamite 2 if he wants work.

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