“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” masterminds Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton are “boldly going” to broadcast television.
The trio has inked a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV and has landed a pilot order from Fox for “Boldly Going Nowhere,” a single-camera comedy.
Under the pact with 20th TV, McElhenney, Day and Howerton will develop new series for the studio, but their services will be in second position to their work on their quirky FX comedy, which has been renewed for a fourth season.
“Nowhere,” a high-concept comedy about what happens day-to-day on an intergalactic spaceship helmed by a rogue captain, is based on an idea by Adam Stein, McElhenney, Day and Howerton’s assistant, which he pitched to them in August.
At the time, the trio was busy editing the third season of “Sunny,” but they liked the premise.
“All of us grew up watching ‘Star Trek’ and other sci-fi series, and they’re always about these adventures,” McElhenney said. “We thought a great area to explore is what happens between the adventures, how the crew members take care of daily routine stuff on the spaceship.”
Rest of Hollywood Reporter article says Day, Howerton and McElhenney will not be on the show though. So we have to cross our fingers and hope they find people with even an 1/8th of the talent of Charlie Day. Premise sounds a little…well, Red Dwarf-ish? Am I wrong? I kind of hardly remember Red Dwarf yet I know I’ve watched so much of it. I am the most-forgettingest sci-fi fan ever. Also the second time around I nearly typed Black Dwarf. Clearly I remember nothing of that show. Anyhow, Philly has quickly become one of my favorite shows – its misanthropic and twisted world view is a nice palate cleanser after say, accidentally seeing 2 minutes of American Idol.