Rob Riggle To Star In CBS Comedy
Former Daily Show correspondent and character actor Rob Riggle will have a starring vehicle developed for him by CBS. They have been trying to find him a show for three consecutive development seasons. It t looks like this next season could be a big one for Riggle. Robert Smigel, Saturday Night Live veteran, has crafted a show and Riggle is now attached to star.
As of now the show remains untitled, but is said to revolve around a gregarious guy (Riggle) that is working as a real estate agent for the nerd he made fun of in high school. The show will be made at sister studio CBS TV Studios with Smigel, Riggle, Peter Principato and Paul Young serving as executive producers.
This makes three consecutive talent deals between Riggle and CBS. Riggle starred in Gary Unmarried alongside Jay Mohr and in Team Spitz, a pilot from last season that came close to a series order because of Riggle's great performance.
Deadline is reporting that CBS has brought a number of other comedy pitches to Riggle, but that the Robert Smigel comedy is the only one he is formally attached to. The show will reunite Riggle with Smigel, who worked together during Riggle's season-long stint on SNL in 2004-05.
Riggle has been busy as of late. He just guest starred on NBC's Chuck on Monday, recently finished filming Tom Hanks' Larry Crowne and is currently shooting Working Title's Everybody Loves Whales. Smigel will be making his feature writing debut with the Adam Sandler film Jack and Jill.
Riggle is a great comedic presence who steals most of the scenes he is in, on both the big and small screens. I love his characters in Step Brothers and The Hangover, and he was one of the primary reasons I enjoyed Gary Unmarried. The show sounds like an interesting premise and a great chance for Riggle to do what he does best - make the audience laugh.
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