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Michael Cera and John Hawkes Cast in Charlie Kaufman Pilot "How and Why"
The project is "the story of a man who can explain how and why a nuclear reactor works, but is clueless about life."

[via press release from FX]


Kaufman Will Write and Direct the Pilot

Kaufman and Anthony Bregman Will Executive Produce

Production Will Begin This Spring in North Carolina

LOS ANGELES, January 14, 2014 - FX Networks has cast Michael Cera and Academy Award(R) nominated John Hawkes in How And Why, a half-hour comedy pilot from Academy Award-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. Produced by FX Productions, How And Why will begin production this spring in North Carolina.

Kaufman, who brought us such brilliantly original films as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich, returns to half-hour television with How and Why, the story of a man who can explain how and why a nuclear reactor works, but is clueless about life. Kaufman will write and direct the pilot and serve as executive producer. Anthony Bregman (Synecdoche, New York, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) will also be executive producer.

Cera was most recently seen in Netflix's revival of Arrested Development. Feature film credits include This is the End, Scott Pilgram vs. The World and Juno. Cera is repped by ICM, Thruline and Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman. Hawkes was nominated for an Academy Award for Winter's Bone, and also starred in HBO's Deadwood. Other credits include Lincoln, The Sessions and American Gangster. He's repped by Innovative Artists, Thruline and Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner & Gellman.

About FX Networks

FX Networks, a business unit of 21 Century Fox, is comprised of FX, FXM, and its newest channel, FXX, launched on September 2, 2013. Launched in June of 1994, FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable channel, which is carried in more than 97 million homes. Its diverse schedule features a growing roster of critically-acclaimed and award-winning hit dramas, including Sons of Anarchy, Justified, The Americans, and critically acclaimed new drama The Bridge; the miniseries American Horror Story; and the acclaimed hit comedy series Louie, Archer and Wilfred. Its library of acquired box-office hit movies is unmatched by any commercial television network. FX's roster of acquired hit series includes Two and a Half Men, Anger Management and, coming in 2014, Mike & Molly. FXM (formerly Fox Movie Channel) was launched in October of 1994 and is now carried in more than 49 million homes. Its schedule features classic films during the day, and contemporary box office hits and acclaimed, award-winning films in the evening, as well as short-form award-winning original programming. FXX launched on September 2, 2013 in 72 million homes with a schedule that features original series, movies, and acquired series. The channel is anchored by the acclaimed hit comedies It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League and Legit. Over the next several years, FX, FXX and FXM will undergo an ambitious programming expansion, with the three networks combining to deliver more than 25 original scripted series.

About FX Productions

FX Productions produces the critically acclaimed hit comedy series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Louie, Archer, Wilfred, and Legit. FXP co-produces the award-winning hit drama series Sons of Anarchy and Justified, the critically acclaimed drama The Americans, and the critically acclaimed new drama series The Bridge. FXP currently has production output deals in place with RCG Productions, the production company of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Executive Producer/Showrunners Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton, and Floyd County Productions, the production company of Archer Executive Producer/Showrunners Adam Reed and Matt Thompson. FXP recently announced a cable exclusive, first-look pact with Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson and their Color Force production company, producers of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid feature franchise and The Hunger Games. It was the first POD deal for FX Productions that was not established through a prior existing relationship with the studio. FXP has a first-look cable deal with Paul Giamatti, Dan Carey and their production company, Touchy Feely Films. FXP is also producing limited series and miniseries for FX and FOX.

  [january 2014]  


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