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Bradley Whitford teams with Burn Notice scribe Matt Nix

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 9th 2009 11:35AM
bradley_whitfordLet me start by confessing that every morning, I watched Bravo's back-to-back episodes of The West Wing. That means I get a dose of Bradley Whitford every weekday. Then, there's Burn Notice, created by Matt Nix. I don't miss any of those shows either.

So, the news that Bradley Whitford is signed for Jack and Dan, Matt Nix's new series for Fox, was happy indeed. My reaction was enthusiastic optimism bordering on a reason to sing. "Oh, what a beautiful morning, oh, what a beautiful day... "

Okay, I'm not really singing, but it is a good day. Nix is a crafty writer and if Whitford has proven he knows how to blend comedy with drama. Whitford should thrive in Jack and Dan. He'll be playing Dan, a former great cop who's now a ramshackle version of his old self because he's more interested in women, booze and having fun. He keeps his job because he was once a hero and is remembered for his bravery.

He's paired with Jack, the prototypical Jack Webb/Dragnet kind of cop, i.e. by the book. It'll probably be an Odd Couple type of thing, something tried and true, although with Nix creating it, maybe it'll be like Sam and Michael on Burn Notice. Dan and Sam might wear the same Tommy Bahama Hawaiian shirts.

On the TV front, Fox TV Studios is producing. There's a 13 episode deal and it's being called a straight-to-series hour-long project. Filming will begin in early 2010.

Oh, one last thing, this isn't the same buddy cop show that Bradley was attached to last year, although it sounds similar. That one was an NBC project that included Ken Jeong and Romany Malco and was called Off Duty. Nothing happened with it.

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Daune Calovini

Has the older, straight laced cop role been cast yet? I am casting in my mind, with all sorts of possibilities. Dan Lauria type? Or more of a button up, like a Ken Olin?

October 09 2009 at 1:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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