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Chris Elliott to Star in Cartoon Network Pilot 'Eagleheart'

by Scott Harris, posted Nov 17th 2009 12:21PM
Former 'Late Night' hosts and current competitors David Letterman and Conan O'Brien now have something else in common: Chris Elliott.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Elliott, who got his break as a recurring guest star on 'Late Night with David Letterman' and went on to co-star with Letterman in 'Cabin Boy', will be playing the lead role in an upcoming live-action comedy pilot produced by O'Brien's Conaco Productions. Titled 'Eagleheart', the show will focus on the misadventures of a one-time action star, played by Elliott, who uses his role on the hit series 'Eagleheart' to push his conservative political agenda, bringing him in conflict with network executives.Former 'Late Night' hosts and current competitors David Letterman and Conan O'Brien now have something else in common: Chris Elliott.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Elliott, who got his break as a recurring guest star on 'Late Night with David Letterman' and went on to co-star with Letterman in 'Cabin Boy', will be playing the lead role in an upcoming live-action comedy pilot produced by O'Brien's Conaco Productions. Titled 'Eagleheart', the show will focus on the misadventures of a one-time action star, played by Elliott, who uses his role on the hit series 'Eagleheart' to push his conservative political agenda, bringing him in conflict with network executives.

'Eagleheart' is being developed for Cartoon Network, which continues to broaden the definiton of "cartoon" as it adds yet another live action series to its lineup. The network made headlines earlier this year when it announced the development of no fewer than eight new, non-animated pilots to its slate; earlier this month two of those, 'Tower Prep' and 'Unnatural History', were picked up and will begin airing early next year.

Cartoon Network hasn't entirely abandoned its mission, however, as they also announced the development of 'Horrorbots', which will star Nate Corddry ('Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip') as the voice of a Transformers-style robot who has to face a true horror: high school.

Whether that high concept is enough to keep the cartoon in Cartoon Network for much longer, though, remains to be seen.

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