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Bradley Whitford back to NBC for buddy sitcom

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 31st 2008 11:01AM
B WhitfordI like Bradley Whitford. Chances are you like Bradley Whitford, too. Who doesn't like Bradley Whitford? So, the news today that the Emmy winning star, an NBC favorite from The West Wing -- and to a lesser-extent Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (although I think he was the best thing on that program) -- is back at work for the network is a good thing. Whitford will produce and star in Off Duty, a buddy comedy series opposite Romany Malco.

It'll be a single-camera style comedy, telling the story of a veteran, once legendary police detective who has fallen on hard times. He's then paired up with a younger up-and-comer, a straight shooter, played by Malco.

This sounds like a somewhat familiar formula, so what will make or break this project is the chemistry and comic fireworks between the principals.

Fortunately, we've seen that both these guys are very funny. Bradley is more of the name, clearly, but Romany Malco is a face that most everyone will recognize from big screen comedies, Baby Mama and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, as well as TV's Weeds.

Jason Mantzoukas of Upright Citizens Brigade is writing the show. Off Duty has been greenlighted for production following a cast-contingent pilot order in July.

From the looks of things right now, Kath and Kim will have a tough time making it beyond this season, and that's just the most obvious casualty in the NBC line up. Off Duty could definitely find a place on the roster for 2009.

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kaidez

Ha Ha Ha...hears some interesting trivia:

Romany Malco's character slept with Mary Louise Parker's character in Weeds.

Bradley Whitford's character slept with Mary Louise Parker's character in The West Wing.

November 01 2008 at 6:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RevJonathan

I'm surprised Sassone didn't write this one.

As for Whitford, it's good to see him back. Although he is hilarious, he belongs in a drama, not a sitcom.

October 31 2008 at 12:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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BDUB

LOVE IT!

October 31 2008 at 12:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Puck

I second the idea of bringing back the West Wing, or hell, even Studio 60 for that matter. Anything's better than Biggest Loser or Deal or No Deal, stupid opiates for the masses.

October 31 2008 at 11:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
colby

No disrespect to Bradley Whitford, but I will always remember him first and foremost as Eric from Billy Madison.

October 31 2008 at 11:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Dave

That's funny. I always remember him as the guy from Revenge of the Nerds II.

October 31 2008 at 11:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dkny

or they could just bring back the West Wing but why would you do that when you can have fat people compete against each other by choosing briefcases

October 31 2008 at 11:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Sam

Comment of the Year.

October 31 2008 at 4:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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