Two of your favorite actors signed on to star in network sitcom pilots tonight. We’ll start with Zachary Levi. Now that Chuck is off the air, Levi is free to play the field. THR reports the former NBC star is jumping over to Fox for the single-camera comedy pilot Let It Go. Levi will play a husband who tries to “navigate, negotiate, and sometimes manipulate society’s unspoken rules.” Nothing special about the premise, so we’ll have to see how Fox fills out the cast. The other main roles are the wife, her sister, and Levi’s best friend. DJ Nash (‘Til Death) wrote the script and will executive produce along with Peter Tolan (Rescue Me) and Michael Wimer (2012).
Hit the jump for details on J.K. Simmons‘ new pilot on ABC, White Man Van.
Simmons somehow sneaked 7 seasons and 103 episodes of The Closer into the last years. I don’t think I’ve seen a minute of this work. I am much more likely to watch Simmons’ next TV venture if ABC orders it to series. Per Deadline, White Man Van co-stars Kyle Bornheimer as a man “who is forced to put his dreams on hold in order to take over the family handyman business from his father (Simmons).” Simmons is always money. And I fell for Bornheimer in his pair of single-season sitcoms, Worst Week and Perfect Couples. If you asked me to come up with the perfect father/son team for a network comedy, I would cast Simmons and Bornheimer.
Bobby Bowman (Raising Hope) adapted the half-hour pilot from the British series of the same name. The title is derived from the UK term that identifies light commercial vehicles painted white with blue collar small businesses. Out of context, it’s a neat title. A bit dangerous, though. If White Man Van progresses through development, expect the title to change. Michael Fresco (Suburgatory) will direct the pilot.