It sounded like a triumphant return to television for Charlie Kaufman, the Academy Award-winning writer of Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind
, but 'twas not to be, at least at one U.S. cable broadcaster.
How & Why
, a comedy pilot created by Kaufman and starring Michael Cera, has not been picked up by FX, according to The Hollywood Reporter
, and Netflix has turned it down as well. The show is still being shopped around to other networks, with IFC considered a possibility, but the price tag associated with the series is considered a possible stumbling block.
The series' premise sounded intriguing, revolving around "a man who can explain how and why a nuclear reactor works but is otherwise clueless about life." The great John Hawkes was set to star as that man, "host of the How & Why show at the center of the comedy. After losing his passion for the show, he is replaced by a younger host and relocates to a different town to start a similar program with significantly lower stature." Cera would portray his new boss; Sally Hawkins would co-star.
Kaufman got his start on television, laboring on shows like The Trouble With Larry (with Bronson Pinchot), Misery Loves Company, and Ned & Stacy before moving into features with Being John Malkovich in 1999. Who knows what he might have created with a weekly show nowadays? Perhaps some brave network will let us all find out.
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