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Gethard in for Heder on Comedy Central's 'Big Lake'

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 12th 2010 11:00AM
Chris Gethard replaces Jon Heder on Comedy Central's 'Big Lake'Two weeks ago, Jon Heder ('Napoleon Dynamite') dropped out of a sitcom for Comedy Central produced by Gary Sanchez Productions. As it turns out, the company, led by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy, had their replacement already on hand.

Sanchez has tapped Chris Gethard, who has a small role in their summer action comedy 'The Other Guys,' to replace Heder in the sitcom, which is now tentatively called 'Big Lake.'

Gethard is far from Heder's level of fame (his other project this summer is 'It's Not You' with Shannon Elizabeth and Steve Guttenberg), but Gethard comes with an impressive pedigree outside of television. He's a staple at the Upright Citizen's Brigade in New York (the New York Times recently featured one of his more inventive shows).

The show brought 'Saturday Night Live' alums Chris Parnell and Horatio Sanz on board in mid-March. Which should make producers happy, since shooting was supposed to start March 31, and Heder pulled out just short of that. They'll kick off production this week instead.

Sanchez will be glad they have a couple of guys on board who know television. Gethard has written for 'SNL' and worked on the ill-conceived Comedy Central satire 'Crossballs,' but he's a rookie when it comes to playing a lead on a television show.

The show may not lose anything from an acting standpoint, but Heder's name was a point of interest, and the Sanchez team will have to work that much harder to generate buzz if the show makes it past the pilot stage. Still, it will be nice to see a new face make it through.

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