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Patton Oswalt, Kristen Johnston Make News at 'Beach Lane'

by Harley W. Lond, posted Apr 12th 2010 9:16PM
Newspapers don't die -- they just get funny. Or at least that's what NBC is hoping for as it rounds out the top cast members for its Matthew Broderick comedy pilot "Beach Lane."

According to a report in Variety, the network has added comedian Patton Oswalt ('Ratatouille') and '3rd Rock From the Sun's' Kristen Johnston to the show, which revolves around a millionaire (Oswalt) who hires a celebrity author (Broderick) to help his struggling newspaper in the Hamptons.Newspapers don't die -- they just get funny. Or at least that's what NBC is hoping for as it rounds out the top cast members for its Matthew Broderick comedy pilot "Beach Lane."

According to a report in Variety, the network has added comedian Patton Oswalt ('Ratatouille') and '3rd Rock From the Sun's' Kristen Johnston to the show, which revolves around a millionaire (Oswalt) who hires a celebrity author (Broderick) to help his struggling newspaper in the Hamptons.

Oswalt has had quite a TV career of late, with stints on 'Reno 911,' 'Dollhouse,' 'Caprica' and 'United States of Tara.' His recent Broadway debut -- in 'Lips Together, Teeth Apart' -- was cancelled when the play was axed after co-star Megan Mullally dropped out, freeing up Oswalt for the series.

Johnston, on the other hand, has had a rocky road since her extra-terrestrial days on '3rd Rock'; 'Beach Lane,' if a hit, would give a boost to her career. Johnston's role has not yet been announced, but we hope that it gives her a chance to strut her stuff.

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