While Community left NBC for Yahoo, one of the cult comedy’s standouts, Danny Pudi, is coming back, making the leap from a supporting to a leading man with a starring tole in the network’s comedy pilot Strange Calls, from Kapital Entertainment, Hoodlum and 20th TV. Written by Blake McCormick based on an Australian format, it centers on Toby (Pudi), an affable but down on his luck young police officer. He is transferred to a rural town where — with the help of a peculiar, elderly night watchman — he starts to realize the town has a bizarre supernatural underbelly. In the pilot, Pudi joins Aussie Patrick Brammall who will reprise his role from the original series.
Pudi is the second Community cast member to book a comedy pilot , joining Ken Jeong, the star of ABC’s Dr. Ken. Both have series regular deals for Community through the end of the upcoming sixth season on Yahoo.