Last year, Apple commissioned a new series from Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day, and now, the It’s Always Sunny duo are starting to put together the cast for the project.
Little was initially known about the series, except that it was a “cutting-edge” comedy in a video game studio, exploring the intricacies of the human condition. Now, details are starting to emerge, with Deadline reporting that their workplace will be populated by such characters as a seasoned writer, a hapless, emasculated producer, an alpa male in its monetisation department and two games testers, one undervalued and one sweet and studious.
McElhenney and Day ave got an impressive cast lined up to bring these characters to life, led by Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus, Homeland) as C.W. Longbottom, the studio’s writer. He’ll be joined by Imani Hakim (Everybody Hates Chris) as games tester Dana, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia veterans David Hornsby as producer David, Danny Pudi as alpha male Brad, Ashly Burch as tester Rachel, Charlotte Nicdao as engineer Poppy and Jessie Ennis as David’s eager assistant.
McElhenney also will star as Ian, the studio’s creative director. He and Day will exec produce under their RCG banner, alongside Michael Rotenberg and Nicholas Frenkel and Gérard Guillemot for producers 3Arts and Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik for co-producers Ubisoft.
Charlie Day and Rob McElhenney team up for Apple comedy
11th August 2018
Charlie Day and Rob McElhenney are teaming up for a new Apple comedy series.
The untitled series is a scripted comedy that marks the first collaboration from the duo since It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. That comedy has become a huge hit for FX since its premiere in 2005, with McElhenney developing the programme with Glenn Howerton and exec producing it alongside Day, who co-stars with McElhenney, Howerton, Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito.
Always Sunny returns for Season 13 this autumn, with Season 14 of the depraved sitcom already given the greenlight. Nonetheless, there are signs of the talent involved moving onto new projects, as Howerton’s Dennis reduces his involvement, so he can place the lead in A.P. Bio. McElhenney has an untitled comedy pilot with Fox, created with former Always Sunny writer Rob Rosell, and Day has co-created The Cool Kids, which premieres on Fox this autumn in the US.
Now, Day and McElhenney have inked a deal together with Apple for a “cutting-edge” comedy set in a video game studio. The series, which is written by the pair, promises to explore the intricacies of the human condition through innovative ways.
McElhenney and Day will exec produce under their RCG banner, alongside Michael Rotenberg and Nicholas Frenkel and Gérard Guillemot for producers 3Arts and Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik for co-producers Ubisoft.
It joins a wave of comedy series in development at Apple, including Hailee Steinfeld’s Dickinson, and Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon’s anthology series Little America.