ABC Trying Again to Get Comedy Project on Track — Network Recasts Male Lead After ‘Friends’ Alum Exits

Dec 11, 2014  •  Post A Comment

ABC is taking a second swing at a comedy project after it was originally piloted last season with former “Friends” star David Schwimmer in the lead, Deadline.com reports.

The project, “Irreversible,” is now slated to star Justin Long, known for his role in Apple’s “Get a Mac” campaign with John Hodgman and roles in TV shows including “Ed” and “New Girl.”

The project is partially improvised, similar to HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Long will play Andy, one half of a self-absorbed couple who bring woes upon themselves, the story says.

Last time around the network had difficulty finding a female lead, but eventually cast British actress Jessica Knappett.

“The chemistry left something to be desired. Still, the pilot had fans inside ABC,” the piece notes. “It did not make the cut but the network’s executives remained bullish on the concept and indicated they are open to re-piloting with the right leads. With Long on board, the order hinges on finding an actress to star opposite him.”

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