EXCLUSIVE: Writer-actor-comedian Larry Wilmore is set to co-star opposite Mike Vogel in Living Loaded, Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot from the It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia duo of Rob McElhenney and Rob Rosell and FX Prods. Additionally, Wilmore is prepping a comedy special for Showtime. Based on the book of the same name by Dan Dunn, Living Loaded centers on Dan (Vogel), the loose partying blogger of the popular Living Loaded blog who is forced to change his career plans when he becomes an NPR radio host.
Wilmore will play Leonard, a thoughtful and reserved Black intellectual whose dream of hosting his own NPR show is crushed when Dan is brought in as his co-host. Also cast in Living Loaded are Anna Maria Horsford as a painfully shy NPR executive and Kaitlyn Black as Esther. They join Vogel, Wilmore and recently cast Donald Sutherland. The pilot gig will not interfere with Wilmore’s duties as “senior Black correspondent” on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show With Jon Stewart where his most recent segment on the Jeremy Lin mania has gone viral (video below). On the writing side, The Bernie Mac Show creator Wilmore recently penned a comedy script for CBS that was eyed as potential starring vehicle for Martin Lawrence. The network is yet to make a pickup decision on a Lawrence-fronted pilot. Wilmore is with UTA, 3 Arts and attorney Tom Hoberman.