After a lengthy gestational period, FX Networks has given a pilot green light to comedy Pariah starring Bill Burr. It was co-created by It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia writer-producers John Chernin and Dave Chernin, with Sunny creator Rob McElhenney set to direct. The project hails from FX Prods. and studio-based RCG Prods., the production company of Sunny masterminds McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton, who will executive produce alongside Burr, the Chernins and 3 Arts’ Dave Becky, Michael Rotenberg and Nick Frenkel.
Pariah centers on volatile TV personality Joe Abbott (Burr) who, after an on-air meltdown, is exiled from show business and forced to navigate society as a man with no apparent skills. “Bill Burr is a great comedic talent,” said FX’s Nick Grad. “Teaming Bill with Rob, Charlie and Glenn, along with John and Dave is a perfect recipe for a terrific comedy pilot.”
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The Chernin brothers, whose father is News Corp executive-turned-producer Peter Chernin, landed their first writing job on It’s Always Sunny IUn Philadelphia, where they have spent six seasons as writers and serve as supervising producers on the FXX show’s upcoming 10th season. Burr is repped by 3 Arts, APA and Cohen Gardner.
Pariah would be looking to join the five comedy series orders by FX Networks this year that have gone to Baskets, starring Zach Galifianakis; The Tracy Morgan Project (FXX); The Comedians (FX), starring Billy Crystal and Josh Gad; Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll (FX), starring Denis Leary and John Corbett; and Man Seeking Woman (FXX), starring Jay Baruchel.