The Straight Man, is set to premiere in 2023 on AMC.
While the broadcast of the final season of Better Call Saul started this week on Netflix (its second part is expected in mid-July), AMC announces that it wants to reteam with its main actor Bob Odenkirk. The American television network is teaming up with Tristar TV and Gran Via to produce eight episodes of Tea Straight Man, taken from the eponymous novel by Richard Russo, who, like him, will co-produce the project. He will play a certain William Henry Devereaux, in the midst of a midlife crisis, who is trying to hang on to his job as head of the English department at a once-renowned school in Pennsylvania. The script is signed by Aaron Zelman (Criminal minds) and Paul Lieberstein (Toby in The Office), who will also be the showrunners of the series, and Peter Farrelly (Mary at any cost, Green Book) will be in the making.
“I’m so glad AMC enjoyed this storyline and these unique characters portrayed by Paul and Aaron.commented the actor. I love the mix of drama and comedy in Better Call Saul and we find this dynamic in this other story, this way of closely observing a well-written character. AMC has become the specialist in this type of exploration. It’s going to be fun to do… and to watch!” The showrunners for their part explained that they had chosen it because “We don’t know of any other actors who can deliver three different emotions when shooting a reaction shot.”
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